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.)
Canada’s David Steinberg is probably best known today as the host of Showtime’s Inside Comedy. As you no doubt gathered from the title, in it [...]
Mulaney's premiere on Fox is a month away, but in the meantime the network released the above 22-minute preview featuring some clips from the show as well as behind-the-scenes interviews with Mulaney, Lorne Michaels, Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith, Zack Pearlman, and Elliott Gould. The preview is heavy on clips of Mulaney's standup and light on clips of what he calls the "throwback sitcom" format, but at least we know now that Andre is acceptably annoying because he's a weed dealer.
Last month, NBC ordered 12 episodes of a new comedy starring Andrea Martin called Working the Engels for the 2014-15 TV season, and now, a couple of her SCTV costars will be turning up in guest spots. TV Line reports that Martin Short and Eugene Levy will both be guest starring on Andrea Martin's show during the first batch of 12 episodes. The show stars Martin as Ceil Engel, a self-involved but loving mother who has to work with her kids to keep her recently-deceased husband's law firm afloat to keep the family out of debt. Short, who's set to star in the Fox sitcom Mulaney, will [...]
Martin Short joined Conan O'Brien for another of Conan's occasional long-form interview web show, Serious Jibber-Jabber. Conan's clearly a huge fan of the SCTV and SNL star, who he describes as one of the most respected, undeniable comedians around. "There's one name I reliably hear – funniest guy ever," Conan says at the beginning. "Martin Short. Consistently, you. Why? How have you perpetuated this fraud this long?"
It snuck up on us, didn't it? The end of SNL Season 38 brought along with it key staff changes, among them the upcoming departure of head writer Seth Meyers and the immediate departures of cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and (unofficially) Jason Sudeikis. Few people have shaped SNL over the past 8 years more than these men — Meyers with his leadership in the writers room and charm as Weekend Update host, and Hader, Armisen and Sudeikis as the cast's workhorses and loadbearing performers. Indeed, many pegged Season 38 as a "transitional year" in the wake of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg leaving the show a year ago, [...]