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.
Here's a really silly interview between musician John Vanderslice and Stella (Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain) that serves as proof that the Stella guys should never be apart from each other.
Here's the first episode of Michael Ian Black's new Adult Swim show You're Whole, a phony 11-minute self-improvement infomercial he stars in as ponytailed sleazebag Randall Tyree Mandersohn. Black wrote the series with Stella/State buddy Michael Showalter directing. Adult Swim produced three episodes, which will be airing at 4am over the next three weeks. The first episode (above) will be playing on Adult Swim at 4am M-F this week, with the second episode airing at that time every day next week, and the third the week after.
Adult Swim is no stranger to airing fake infomercials created by comedians early in the morning. Three years ago, David Cross and Jon [...]
Lost Roles is a weekly column taking a particular subject and exploring all of their movie and TV projects that came close to happening but didn’t for one reason or another. This week, we turn our attention to David Wain, whose new film Wanderlust opens tomorrow.
David Wain spent the early part of his career jumping from cult hit to cult hit as a writer, director, and actor on The State, Stella, and Wet Hot American Summer. Wain's comedies never achieved much mainstream success until he signed on to replace the original director of Role Models and rewrote the movie's script with his friends and frequent collaborators Ken [...]
Michael Showalter might be on TV again! Fox has bought his multicamera half-hour comedy pilotI Hate Your Friends, co-written with Christina Lee. It's about a couple who hates each other's friends. Here is my imagining of the first and every scene:
Comedy duo Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter have teamed up for another project. The pair, who worked together previously on TV shows like The State, Stella, and Michael & Michael Have Issues, just debuted a new podcast this week called Topics in which they "have serious discussions about big topics of conversation that we all think about." The first two episodes — an short introductory podcast and one that sees the pair debating the existence of God — are now available, and, of course, getting serious is just another excuse for Michael and Michael to goof off and dryly joke about being serious week to week.
As as an uber-fan of the famed nineties sketch group The State, it delights me that several of the members have continued to collaborate over the last twenty years. In 1998, a few short years prior to the production of the comedic masterpiece Wet Hot American Summer, State members Michael Showalter, David Wain, and Joe Lo Truglio wrote and produced the play Sex a.k.a. Weiners and Boobs over the course of four days. Showalter, Wain, and Lo Truglio and a majority of the original cast reunited this past weekend during the San Francisco Sketchfest to perform the play for only the second (and perhaps the last) time.
It seems like, regardless of tonight's election results, Leslie Knope and Bobby Newport will be able to work together in the future. Variety is reporting that Poehler and Rudd are set to star in the David Wain and Michael Showalter written romantic comedy parody, They Came Together. The script was written soon after Wet Hot American Summer and has been sitting unproduced since. Wain will direct the faux-rom-com that will have everything: knick-knack stores, autumnal New York City, a talking dog. I know it's supposed to be a parody and all, but, guys, I still hope they end up together because, guys, that would be cute, totes cute, [...]
Michael Showalter was Watch What Happens Live! on Bravo last night, where he gave the impression that a Wet Hot American Summersequel would really be happening. Just as we were all trying on our Camp Firewood uniforms to see if they still fit, though, Michael Ian Black tweeted, "I just found out there's going to be a "Wet Hot American Summer" sequel from @mshowalter on TV. Apparently, I'm not in it." Alas! There go our once-buoyant hopes, dashed against the merciless rocks of reality. Why can't they just make this movie already?
Forget Party Down and Arrested Development. After reading this oral history of the making of Wet Hot American Summer, I am throwing all my support behind a Wet Hot American Sequel. If only for the opportunity to drive up to the camp where it's being filmed and participate in what sounds like the most fun couple weeks anyone has ever had anywhere. As Amy Poehler described it, "We were being given the chance to take one more shot at summer camp, only we were wiser, better drinkers, and more sexually experienced."
Only read this article if you have the time and emotional stability to get really jealous and [...]
Because we live in a time of comedic plenty, it’s hard to remember what life was like before the comedy boom. YouTube was only invented in 2005 and, as recently as ten years ago, a person had to do some serious digging to find something funny on the Internet — outside of some lame joke that a friend or family member forced down your throat on a chain e-mail that was most likely sent from an AOL or Hotmail account.
Some would argue that current age of online comedy began with the advent of YouTube; while others would state that Funny or Die started the trend in 2007; still [...]
Writer/director David Wain spoke to Laughspin today, confirming that he and co-writer Michael Showalter are working on a Wet Hot American Summer sequel. Wain says, "It is slowly but surely in the process of being made." When asked if they've written at least a few pages of the script, Wain laughed and replied with, "I would say we have more than a few pages."
Wain continued, "Seriously, we’re doing it. I know everyone wants to know. I’m flattered and thrilled, but the creative process has its own time schedule. And meanwhile Michael [Showalter] and I are in the editing process of the movie we shot over the summer [...]
This week, Sara and Nikki welcome Michael Showalter (The State, Stella, and much much more) into the fold. Sara and Nikki first discuss their childhood fears, and then Mike joins in for some frank talk about growing up in the streets, boys liking girls, awkward moments with your parents, vacationing in the Hamptons, Top Chef, and The Bachelor. This is a great one!
Most of the cast played their original roles, with the additions of David Wain as the narrator, Busy Phillips and David Cross in the parts originated by Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce, Bobcat Goldthwait as the can of vegetables, and Andy Richter, Gillian Jacobs, Jessi Klein and John Hodgman filling out various [...]
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