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. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.
Employee of the Month – Paula Pell
ZOE: There are plenty of podcasts out there that focus on “making it,” but what’s so great about Employee of the Month [...]
Above Average released the first two episodes of the new web series "Hudson Valley Ballers" today, and they are as hilarious as expected (and feature a creepy disappearing doll, which is always a bonus). "Best Friends" features guest stars Kate McKinnon and Paul Rudd, and "Felize V. The Feminists" features Paula and James as a pair of outspoken feminists in what I can only describe as an older, wiser, upstate New York version of Portlandia. Click through to watch the second episode.
One of the longest-serving SNL writers of all-time, Paula Pell has been writing for the show since 1995. The past couple years have seen her splitting her time between the seminal sketch series and a burgeoning career as a movie writer, working on scripts for Judd Apatow and Tina Fey and pitching jokes on Apatow-produced projects like Bridesmaids and This Is 40 (which she also produced and helped rewrite). I recently had the chance to talk to Pell about her decade-plus experiences at SNL , what it's been like transition from sketch to features, and how writing for Tina Fey and Judd Apatow has changed her writing habits.
Early in Parks and Rec’s run, when it was revealed that Tammy was the name of both of Ron Swanson’s ex-wives and also his mother, it created more questions than answers. Two years later, we finally got to meet the last of the important Tammys in Ron’s life. Going off past episodes with Megan Mullally’s Tammy 2 turning Ron into an id-indulging deviant, I was prepared to see Ron hit some new lows in last night’s show, but nothing prepared me for the polite, moustache-less nerd Tammy 1 causes him to morph into.
In her second appearance as Ron’s ex-wife, Tammy 1, Patricia Clarkson fills her role well in [...]