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.)
It's summer, and for many that means travel. With that in mind, at various points throughout the season, I will be providing you, the [...]
Last month, Tom Scharpling ended his comedy radio program The Best Show on WFMU after 13 years, and comedian/musician/author Dave Hill was given his timeslot on listener-supported New Jersey station WFMU. Dave Hill's new show, aptly titled The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, is set to premiere tonight at 9pm EST. Hill has a lot planned for the new three-hour program, which will be a mix of comedy, music, listener calls, and guests.
I recently had the chance to chat with Hill about The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, trying to escape The Best Show's shadow, and writing his second book.
In October, Tom Scharpling announced that his long-running comedy/music radio show, The Best Show on WFMU, would be ending its run tonight after 13 years on the air. Since it began, two presidential administrations ago as Scharpling often reminds listeners, The Best Show has become a staple of the comedy world with people like Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, Tim & Eric, and tons more having become regular guests and fans of the program, which was doing what podcasts do but better years before podcasts were even a thing. On top of the show being a nonstop parade of some of the biggest names in comedy, Scharpling taking calls from [...]
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost stopped by a London radio station to promote their new movie The World's End and ended up laying down this incredible cover of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." We should just replace the original with this song from now on. (via The AV Club)
MaximumFun.org chief Jesse Thorn's radio show/podcast Bullseye (previously called The Sound of Young America) will be airing on NPR beginning in April, Thorn announced today. The move comes after months of negotiations and planning between Thorn and NPR. Bullseye is an expertly-curated show that features Thorn interviewing guests from the entertainment world and recommending his favorite works of pop culture with an emphasis on comedy. Past guests have included Jeff Bridges, Judd Apatow, Dolly Parton, Michael Ian Black, Demetri Martin, Chris Gethard, Bob Newhart, and Key & Peele. Under the new deal, Thorn will continue to produce Bullseye independently; it will just be distributed by NPR. Congrats [...]