"Something gritty. Something early-70s. Boston. Icy grime. Low-stakes larceny, with her psyche as collateral. I don’t think there’s anything Amy can’t do."
- Patton Oswalt in a new piece for New Republic, in which he nominates Maria Bamford, Kevin James, Martin Short, Amy Poehler (above), and Eric Idle as the comedy actors he'd most like to see make the jump to more dramatic roles.
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.)
As you may have read, recently the Writers' Guild of America recently announced their list of the 100 Best Written TV Series of [...]
Living comedy legend Martin Short is getting ready to write his first book. The NY Times reports that Short has inked a deal with HarperCollins to write a memoir that will cover his movie and TV career, his friendships with other well-known comedians and actors, and his 30-year marriage to Nancy Dolman, who passed away in 2010. Short recently starred in the NBC pilot Mulaney from Lorne Michaels and SNL writer John Mulaney, which the network bafflingly opted not to order to series, and he's currently filming a small part in director Paul Thomas Anderson's movie adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice. "Although I've never [...]
Following a flurry of sitcom cancellations, NBC has opted not to pick up the pilot for SNL writer/stand-up John Mulaney's new sitcom Mulaney. An ensemble multi-camera show staring Mulaney, Martin Short, Elliott Gould, SNL's Nasim Pedrad, and stand-ups Griffin Newman and Seaton Smith and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, Mulaney seems like a slam-dunk on paper. I attended the pilot taping, and it was super funny, so it comes as a huge disappointment that NBC opted not to pick up the show. The pilots they did pick up had better be good.
Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, and Martin Short are just some of the guest stars lined up for Hollywood Game Night, a new NBC game show hosted by Jane Lynch and produced by Sean Hayes. Deadline reports that in addition to those three amazing comedy people, Matthew Perry, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Maya Rudolph, Minnie Driver, Kal Penn, Ellie Kemper, Kristen Chenoweth, Cheryl Hines, Molly Shannon, and Max Greenfield have all signed on to guest, with more expected to be added later. Hollywood Game Night is an hour-long show that will feature celebrities and non-celebrities participating in game nights in a cocktail party environment. NBC gave the [...]