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A Look at 'I Love Lucy's Radio Roots

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

I'm no expert on writing snappy headlines to get attention, but as far as book titles go, Mr. And Mrs. Cugat: The Record Of [...]

A Young George Carlin and an Old Lucy Perform with Carol Burnett

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

The Carol Burnett Show is up there with Murphy Brown, The Phil Silvers Show, and Moonlighting as shows that were massive hits during their [...]

The Surprising Persistence of "Women Aren't Funny"

One of my favorite interactions I've ever had as a comic happened when I asked a friend of mine if I could perform at a show he runs. I wrote him, “Hey man, if you're ever looking for funny ladies, I'd love a spot.” He wrote back, “We never are, but how about next week?” I'm a girl, and I'm a comic, and I believe in things (specifically in gender equality), so it's pretty easy to give me shit. It's usually hilarious. But I just read S.E. Shepherd's essay, “Confessions of a Former Comedy Chauvinist,” and it reminded me how important it is to remember the extremely powerful [...]