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'THR' Explains Why Jokes Aren't Always Covered by the Copyright Act

THR ran an interesting guest column over the weekend called "Why It's So Hard to Get the Law to Protect a Good Joke" that explores intellectual rights and the Copyright Act in the context of joke theft accusations between comedians, pointing out the craft of comedy as some of the most difficult material to protect due to its always-evolving nature. From the article:

Although comedians may start with a written work — a script — the performance of the work rarely occurs without deviation. As a result, copyright may not issue because the work of authorship is not "fixed" in the manner necessary to establish a basis for [...]

Read an Oral History of LA's Wildly Influential Groundlings Theater

THR has a new oral history of The Groundlings Theater, the LA-based comedy institution where Phil Hartman, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, and also people not on SNL, like Paul Reubens, Lisa Kudrow, and Jim Rash, honed their chops before breaking into movies and TV. The piece contains the story of Reubens creating his character Pee-Wee Herman for a Groundlings workshop, a big fight between the creative heads of the theater, and a story about Lorne Michaels responding to a Groundling asking him how it feels to have Phil Hartman on SNL with, "I don't even have to go into work."

Seth Meyers and Fred Armisen Talk All Things 'Late Night'

Late Night successor Seth Meyers is on the cover of this month's issue of The Hollywood Reporter, which includes a lengthy interview with the former longtime Weekend Update anchor and SNL head writer about his journey to the late night throne. It's full of SNL anecdotes from Meyers and his collaborators and also has a nice glimpse into his first few years as a cast member back before he found his footing:

He joined the cast in 2001, the same year Amy Poehler did, but it would take him a few seasons to get comfortable. "I had so much self-doubt about my role on the show," he says, [...]

Jerry Seinfeld Talks About What the 'Seinfeld' Gang Is Up to Now

The Hollywood Reporter just put out their Emmys portfolio featuring interviews with a bunch of people like Tina Fey, Mitch Hurwitz, and Hank Azaria. Here's one with Jerry Seinfeld, who's nominated for his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in which he talks (at the end) about what the Seinfeld characters would be up to now. "It's never going to happen," he says about a reunion special (although the gang did a faux-Seinfeld reunion as a Curb Your Enthusiasm story arc in 2009). On the characters' lives in 2013, Seinfeld says, "They're gonna be somewhat dysfunctional, as we remember them. I imagine there'll be some kids, some [...]

Mike Mariano on Why Taking Over 'Raising Hope' Makes Him Feel Like a Creepy Uncle

"As we begin season four here at Raising Hope, the despair is palpable. The children are acting up, Mom has started drinking and when recurring guests show up, they stare blankly at me with a confused smile."

- New Raising Hope showrunner Mike Mariano wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter about taking why taking over the show from Greg Garcia has him feeling like the creepy uncle who's moved in to the house.