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Issa Rae Explains Her Comedy Mission in 'NYT' Web Series 'Off Color'

Here's another installment of NYT's new web series Off Color highlighting Issa Rae, the creator and star of The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl who channeled her frustrations with the lack of black characters on television into creating and producing more of the content she wants to see in the mainstream: "We're doing great things, but there's still a desire for acknowledgement. And until that happens in some major way that's outside of slave movies and slave shows and reality shows, then I won't be satisfied."

Larry David Talks with 'The New York Times' About His Upcoming Broadway Debut

"I haven't been in a play since the eighth grade, when I did Charley’s Aunt. I seem to remember wearing a dress. That's it. And I'm not even really an actor. But I'm still sleeping at night, and I hope that continues."

- Larry David looks forward to his Broadway debut in Fish in the Dark in a new interview with The New York Times.

Frank Rich Dives Deep Into the Current State of Conservative Comedy

"Anyone who believes in free markets, as American conservatives profess to, should understand that few markets are as ruthless as show business. It is the customers, not some shadowy conspiratorial gatekeepers, who give comedians the hook—or catapult them into the capitalist nirvana of the one percent."

-Frank Rich, in an excellent piece for The New York Times called "Can Conservatives Be Funny?," which dives deep into the current state of conservative comedians and asks why there aren't more of them and why they aren't more successful.

Andre Braugher on Transitioning from Drama to Comedy on 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

“I’m never going to be an improv comedian; I just don’t have that thing that Joe Lo Truglio and Chelsea Peretti and Andy have. There’s a muscle that I really want to exercise, and it’s always been tricky and it’s always been a challenge. And I’m really up for a challenge."

- Andre Braugher in a new interview with The New York Times about venturing from TV drama to comedy as Captain Holt on NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Bill Murray Shares His Philosophy; Is Still Cool

"The early days, you could change every single word [in a screenplay], and no one cared. It was like: 'That’s fine. That was terrible anyway.' But now, if the script's really good, you don't need to change very much. I realized the more fun I had, the more relaxed I was working, the better I worked… The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself."

- Bill Murray in a whimsical, eccentric, Murray-esque interview with The New York Times.

Watch Hari Kondabolu in 'NYT's New Web Series 'Off Color'

The New York Times debuted a new web series today called Off Color featuring "several artists of color who use humor to make social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today." Check out the first episode starring standup Hari Kondabolu above, which includes an appearance by W. Kamau Bell and a look at how, in Kondalu's words, he's learned to "recycle pain."

Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer Talk 'Trainwreck' with 'New York Times'

"There’s a moment early in someone's career where they will kill and die for what they're writing about. That's why sometimes these first movies are the best ones. Because people never have this level of commitment again."

- Judd Apatow in a New York Times article on his upcoming film collaboration with Amy Schumer, Trainwreck.

Louis C.K. Says He Doesn't Intend to Be a Wholesale Comedy Mogul

“I’m not going to become some mogul, putting out wholesale chunks of comedy. If I find something I haven’t seen, that’s unique, and I could get it out the right way, then I’ll do it.”

- Louis C.K. in a New York Times piece about the release of Todd Barry's new standup special Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour, which is now available via C.K.'s website.

A Bunch of 'SNL' Cast Members Share Their Audition Stories with 'The New York Times'

David Itzkoff of The New York Times has an excellent new piece out today called "The God of SNL Will See You Now," in which 22 past and present SNL cast members, including Will Ferrell, Chevy Chase, and Kristen Wiig all tell their nerve-wracking audition stories. From waiting for hours in Lorne Michaels's office (Fallon: "I was sitting there with Lorne’s assistant for three hours, and I’m like, 'Whenever he’s ready, I’m here.' And she’s like, 'You know, Chris Farley waited for eight hours.'") to auditioning in 30 Rock to zero laughs (Ferrell: "There’s a point where I’m rolling around on the ground, in complete silence, playing with cat [...]

Jonathan Ames Lost His Fork and Wrote About It in the Times

"I live like the Unabomber, but without his sense of purpose." That's Jonathan Ames, creator of the recently-cancelled Bored to Death, in a funny essay about losing his fork at home.

'The New York Times' Profiles 'High Maintenance,' 'Sound Advice,' and More

"Using this anthology structure, the show captures a wide swath of personalities, and while they include a cross-dressing father, a self-described asexual who does magic tricks and a homeless woman who dates for shelter, High Maintenance is not predictably quirky. It’s humane, superbly acted (by many unfamiliar faces) and as blasé about eccentricity as, well, a born New Yorker. Sometimes this style can turn into a gushing love letter to the city, depicted as a benign playground for grown-ups with no serious consequences. But the visual ambition here complements this sunny mood and makes you forgive it."

- Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld's web series High Maintenance gets some [...]

'The Onion' Debuts a Vulgar New Web Series Parodying 'The NY Times' Wedding Announcements

Today, The Onion launched a new web series called Who's Fucking?, a parody of The New York Times's wedding announcement column, "Vows," in which couples eagerly and sincerely announce that they're having sex with one another. All episodes of the three-part series were released today (the other two are embedded below). Despite being titled Who's Fucking? and being full of obscene sex talk, I deem these video SFW (safe for work) and encourage you to crank your speakers up and make sure your boss is in the room before clicking on one.

Teddy Wayne Explains How to Write a Short Humor Piece

Humor writer Teddy Wayne, who's written tons of short pieces in addition to novels The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil, wrote a piece for The New York Times about how to write a humor piece. It's definitely worth reading for aspiring McSweeney's and New Yorker writers and fans of the short humor pieces alike.

'The NY Times' Has an Excellent Jack Handey Profile Today

Longtime SNL writer Jack Handey, who's responsible for recurring sketches like "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer" and "Deep Thoughts," is the subject of an excellent, in-depth profile in The New York Times Magazine today. Titled "Jack Handey Is the Envy of Every Comedy Writer in America," it covers Handey's entire life and features quotes from Al Franken, George Meyer, Jim Downey, Ian Maxtone-Graham, and tons of other big-time comedy writers.