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Chris Rock Talks 'SNL,' Standup, Politics, and More with 'New York' Magazine

New York magazine recently conducted a lengthy interview with Chris Rock to promote his latest film Top Five, and it's loaded with great insight on everything from standup and SNL to political correctness, President Obama, and current events like Ferguson and Bill Cosby's demise. Here are Rock's thoughts on how cell phones and social media have driven comedians' self-censorship when developing material:

It is scary, because the thing about comedians is that you’re the only ones who practice in front of a crowd. Prince doesn’t run a demo on the radio. But in stand-up, the demo gets out. There are a few guys good enough [...]

Alec Baldwin's 'SNL' Hosting Days Might Be Over

On Sunday, New York magazine published a piece by Alec Baldwin called "Good-bye, Public Life" in which the actor expresses his new mission to remove himself from all spheres of public life, perhaps in an effort to escape the bad press and tabloid drama he's attracted in recent years. From the article:

It’s good-bye to public life in the way that you try to communicate with an audience playfully like we’re friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for. Letterman. Saturday Night Live. That kind of thing. I want to go make a movie and be very present for that and give it everything I have, and [...]

Looking Back at the Life and Untimely Death of Patrice O'Neal

“When you question a lot, you are wrong a lot—so wrong—but he’d present the case like a champion,” says Keith Robinson, a comedian and former roommate. “I’m arguing, and at the same time thinking, How this dude is working this!” [Patrice] O’Neal was always maneuvering to make room for the man he was still discovering himself to be—a seeker with competing appetites and sorrows; a half-domesticated feminist ­super-misogynist; an iconoclastic black man who defended the freedom of white racists on Fox News; a brilliant 325-pound jock philosopher from the hood whose favorite books were Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop [...]

Jon Stewart Talks 'Rosewater' and His Future at 'The Daily Show' with 'New York' Magazine

New York magazine has a lengthy and fantastic interview with Jon Stewart out this week that's a must read for Daily Show fans and longtime Stewart viewers who are curiously anticipating the release of his directorial debut Rosewater. The interview covers everything from the making of Rosewater to Stephen Colbert's 50th birthday party (Stewart calls the attending crowd a "love bomb") to Stewart's brush with NBC's Meet the Press to how much longer he plans to host The Daily Show.

On the risk of making his first movie:

But is it a risk at this point in my life? Yes, it’s very different from the forgiving [...]

Lorne Michaels Gives Post-'SNL' Career Advice to 'New York' Magazine

"The advice I give most often is, build a bridge to the next thing. When it’s solid enough, walk across it. Don’t go because somebody promised you this or somebody promised you that. You’re a star on SNL. That does not automatically mean you’ll be a star in everything else you touch."

- Lorne Michaels in a new interview with New York magazine about SNL, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon's upcoming late night turns, and how comedy has evolved over his 40+ year career.

The One About Old Jews on Broadway

"OLD MAN: Doctor, I can’t pee.

DOCTOR: Tell me, Mr. Moskowitz, how old are you?

OLD MAN: I’m 94.

DOCTOR: You’ve peed enough.

Believe me: It’s a lot funnier live. So is this one: Why didn’t Hitler drink? Mean drunk. Or the one about Feldman, who’s pulled over by a cop on the Long Island Expressway. Cop says, 'Sir, do you know that your wife fell out of the car a mile ago?' And Feldman says, 'Thank God—I thought I was going deaf.' But if you place classic jokes in the hands of outstanding comic actors, they become completely new." – Daniel Okrent in New York Magazine, explaining why, and eventually how, he brought Old [...]

H. Jon Benjamin Narrates an Animated McSweeney's Story in "Ballad of a WiFi Hero"

Recently New York magazine decided to combine three great things — a funny McSweeney's story by Mike Lacher, retro video game-inspired animation, and the masterful narration talents of H. Jon Benjamin. The result is the above web video "Ballad of a WiFi Hero," which valiantly exposes the secret to unlocking uninterrupted wifi when all seems lost.

Scott Aukerman Is the Best Person to Hang Out with At Comic Con

The panel went well, he reports: “The audience questions ranged from super-nerdy to one woman who didn’t appear to know what comedy was. She asked, ‘How do you start a comedy project?’” Aukerman and his panelists told her that “most projects start out as neutral, and by the end, you know whether it’s a comedy project or a drama project.” - NY Magazine hung out with Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman at the recent New York Comic Con, where he confessed his comic book indulgence and made fun of break dancers. It's worth reading to find out how he's like both Italian Renaissance sculptor Donatello and Mister Rogers.