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Check Out 'The A.V. Club's Oral History of 'Airplane!'

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Airplane! this year, The A.V. Club has a new oral history out today on the film's origins, casting, production, and impact with writers/directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker as well as a bunch of the cast. Here's what Jerry Zucker had to say on the film's unexpected cult popularity:

I think we’d spent so much time—years—convincing other people that it was going to be a hit that we started to believe it. [Laughs.] But we had our ups and downs, and we had moments of “Oh, my God, it’s never going to work.” We were certainly bullish on the movie [...]

Cameron Esposito Interviews Her Dad About Catholicism and Coming Out

The A.V. Club published a new installment of standup Cameron Esposito's ongoing column "Who in the World Is Cameron Esposito?" today, and this time Esposito decided to interview her conservative Catholic father about his struggle to accept her sexuality after she came out, and how it's affected his faith. While it took him a while to come to terms with everything, he eventually became what she calls "a warrior on my behalf." Here's an excerpt:

CE: When I was 25, I moved back to Chicago from Boston. Not long after I moved back, you apologized to me for the years you’d struggled with my coming out. What had [...]

Maura Tierney Shares the Sweetest Phil Hartman Story Ever

"I do remember one thing he said to me. Joe Rogan was being so fucking mean to me one day—and mostly we were all friends, but Joe could be a weirdo—and I was sort of upset about it, so I was just sitting over in the corner. And Phil came over and put his arm around me, and he said, 'You know, I just want to tell you you're loved.' Isn't that really nice? I know you expected me to tell some wacky story about Phil, but he was like that, too. He just put his arm around me and said that. He was so sweet. He was a really [...]

Check Out Cameron Esposito's New 'A.V. Club' Column

"Now, I understand that for many of you this wouldn’t be a big deal. For me, this was heart-stopping, and her arrival brought up the question: At what point when meeting a new friend do you let that person know in casual conversation that you own them as an action figure? I’m talking mint on card."

- standup Cameron Esposito tells the tale of meeting the Terminatrix in the first installment of her new A.V. Club column Who In The World Is Cameron Esposito?

Read a New Oral History of Weird Al Yankovic's 'UHF'

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Weird Al Yankovic's 1989 film UHF, The A.V. Club has a new oral history out today on the film that includes interview excerpts with Yankovic, director/co-writer Jay Levey, Michael Richards, Emo Phillips, and more that's a detailed behind-the-scenes look at how the movie went from a box office bomb to smash cult hit. Here's an excerpt from Yankovic:

It’s been extremely gratifying for me. I’m not sure exactly why I was lucky enough to have this become a cult classic, because for years it was just… you know, a failed movie, a big box-office bomb. But somehow, it’s really found its audience. [...]

Cameron Esposito on Taboo Joke Topics: "The Best Defense Against Criticism Is a Better Joke"

"IN THE END: Tell the jokes you want to tell. But know that feedback isn’t censorship or persecution, especially when it comes from a group more affected by the topic of your joke. The best defense against criticism is a better joke."

- Cameron Esposito explains how to joke about Bill Cosby and other taboo standup topics in her latest column for The A.V. Club.

'The A.V. Club' Celebrates 'All That' as "the 'SNL' for Kids"

"All That's attempt at giving children of the '90s their own SNL began with the masterstroke Lorne Michaels hit upon nearly two decades earlier: If your comedy show is supposed to reach a certain generation, let that generation tell the jokes themselves. … If Roundhouse was a community-theater production parents dragged their kids to, All That was like those kids keeping themselves entertained in the darkened playhouse: Passing private jokes, engaging in light slapstick with siblings, generally ridiculing the stuffiness of grown-up life."

- The A.V. Club examines the impact of Nickelodeon's All That as the SNL for kids of the '90s.

The A.V. Clubs Ranks the "10 Most Representative Episodes" of 'The Simpsons'

As part of The A.V. Club's ongoing series "TV Club 10," they tried to rank the 10 most "representative" episodes of The Simpsons today, choosing a string of episodes that best summarize the show. These aren't what they find to be the best episodes; they're the ones that best sum up everything the show can do (and can't do). With 500+ episodes to choose from, it's a rather daunting task (The A.V. Club calls it a "fool's errand"), but here's their list:

  • "The Way We Was" (Season 2)
  • "Lisa's Substitute" (Season 2)
  • "Marge Vs. the Monorail" (Season 4)
  • "Last Exit to Springfield" (Season 4)
  • "Bart Vs. Australia" [...]

'The A.V. Club' Announces the Second Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival

For the second year in a row, The Onion and The A.V. Club are teaming up for the "26th Annual Comedy Festival" in Chicago, and today they announced 2015's expanded lineup. This year's festival will take place in various Chicago venues from Tuesday, May 26th through Saturday, May 30th and is set to include standup, film screenings, and live Q&As featuring Weird Al Yankovic, John Mulaney, Eric Andre, Adam Resnick, writers from The Onion and The Simpsons, and plenty more. Check out the full schedule below, then head over to 26comedy.com to buy tickets Friday at noon.

'The Onion,' 'The A.V. Club,' and 'Clickhole' Are Prepping for a Sale

Funny or Die isn't the only comedy site considering a big sale this week. Bloomberg reports today that Onion Inc. — owner of pop culture and satirical sites The Onion, The A.V. Club, and Clickhole — has also hired a financial advisor for a possible sale of the company. Onion's CEO Steve Hannah declined to comment on the news, but the company is reportedly working with an investment bank to look into their options. Like Funny or Die, it's unclear how a sale would affect Onion Inc's sites. Hopefully The Onion's news item about God's plans to kick off humanity's mass extinction next [...]

Daniel Radcliffe Explains His Love for the American 'Office'

"When something is successful in Britain, we go, 'Okay, let's stop it before we screw it up.' And when something is successful over here, they go, 'Okay, let's keep making this a success until it's not a success.' And I think that it is a kind of very different attitude, but I'm actually really glad for that, because as I said, when the idea of an American version of that program came out, it sounded like sacrilege. And now, frankly, I look at those final episodes and they are so emotionally satisfying and grounded in a way that I don't think the British Office ever got the chance to be."

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Larry the Cable Guy Denies His Jar Jar Binks-ness

Feel free to read the Larry The Cable Guy A.V. Club Interview in it's entirety to get an in-depth look at Dan Whitney's influences, new History Channel show Only In America and thoughts on dropping character. Or you can read this pull quote about his Cars 2 character: "The dumbest statement I read this year was, 'Congratulations, Pixar, [Cars 2 character] Mater is your Jar Jar Binks.' I just want to confront the guy and go, 'Yeah, did Jar Jar Binks make $10 million of merchandise sales?'” Either way, we can all agree on one thing: both Cars 2 and The Phantom Menace made more money than [...]