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Watch Michael Keaton Improvise with Dave Thomas and Catherine O'Hara in 1988

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

Between his Oscar nomination for Birdman and interest in a possible Beetlejuice sequel, Michael Keaton is certainly off to a busy 2015. This week's Second City clip comes from the Toronto theatre's 15th anniversary show in 1988 — the same year Beetlejuice was [...]

America Meets David Letterman and Michael Keaton on a Failed Mary Tyler Moore Variety Show

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.)

In Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's new book, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, she accurately describes The Mary Tyler Moore Show as "a classic" [...]

Larry David Casts Every Actor for His Movie – There Are No More Actors

You want to hang out with Larry David, right? So it should come as no surprise that a lot of people have signed on for Clear History, his semi-improvised HBO movie about a man named Nathan Flomm (David) who changes his identity to Rolly DaVore and moves to a small island off the coast of Massachusetts, after giving up 10% of an electric car company that eventually is worth billions. So who's signed on? Let's run them down:

Jon Hamm plays Will Haney, Flomm's handsome rival and boss at the car company.

Kate Hudson plays Rhonda, Haney's wife who has a special friendship with Flomm.

Michael Keaton plays [...]

Michael Keaton Reunites Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke

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.)

A few years ago, who would have expected that Michael Keaton would be a Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee? After a few years [...]

Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts Cast in the Dark Comedy 'Birdman'

Serious filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Amores Perros , 21 Grams) is getting ready to make his first comedy – albeit a dark one – and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he's cast Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis in prominent roles. The movie, called Birdman, follows an ex-actor who played an iconic superhero (Keaton) as he puts together a Broadway play based on a Raymond Carver story in an attempt to get his career back on track, only to have the play's cocky lead actor muck things up. Stone plays Keaton's newly-rehabbed daughter/assistant, Watts portrays an actress, and Galifianakis is a conniving producer. Casting ex-Batman Michael [...]

A Beetlejuice Sequel May Not Be Worth Dying For

The Beetlejuice sequel is still happening, according to screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith. If the script impresses them, Tim Burton would be back to produce it, and Michael Keaton to reprise the title character in a plot taking place 26 or 27 years later. “What’s great is that for Beetlejuice, time means nothing in the afterlife, but the world outside is a different story," says Grahame-Smith. He also sounds very serious about making the sequel worthy of the original. "I don’t wanna be the guy that destroys the legacy and the memory of the first film; I would rather die." There's gotta be some joke about dying to preserve the [...]

Michael Keaton Remembers Harold Ramis the Buddhist on 'Letterman'

During his interview with Letterman last night, Michael Keaton told a short but sweet story about working with the recently deceased Harold Ramis, who directed him in the 1996 clone comedy Multiplicity. According to Keaton, Ramis had become a Buddhist by then, which made him way more laid-back than the average movie director.

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Michael Keaton, Aziz Ansari, Janeane Garofalo, Judd Apatow

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy.  Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy. 

Professor Blastoff #86 – Janeane Garofalo

SAMANTHA: What’s better than a good [...]

Low Standards: The Beauty of Michael Keaton in Ron Howard's Gung Ho!

In today's episode of Low Standards, John and Matt focus on Gung Ho!, the 1986 Ron Howard movie that features Michael Keaton at his finest. Centering on an American auto plant that's being run by the Japanese, it sticks Keaton between the surly, lazy, oftentimes-racist workers and the uptight, unsmiling Japanese executives to amazing effect. A perfect snapshot of the time, this one's a classic. At least to John and Matt.