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. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.
I don't think anyone is as big a fan of SNL as SNL itself. At every opportunity, Lorne Michaels reminds us of his show's elite status and cultural impact, whether in a tongue-in-cheek backstage bit with Paul Simon and a scotch, or in a more sincere soundbite from one of those now-dime-a-dozen behind-the-scenes specials NBC rolls out on Sunday nights. I can't really blame Lorne for perpetuating this "SNL dynasty" mystique; admittedly I find the show's history fascinating, and I believe the man has earned enough ego to occasionally place his show on a pedestal, especially by coyly likening it to a vain gentleman's club. SNL can get away with its [...]
What do you do when you have a back-to-back Oscar winner on your late night talk show? Ask him to perform a slam poem about Full House, of course. That's why I'm assuming this isn't Tom Hanks's slam poetry debut. It's just the first thing you'd think to have him do, and the guy's appeared on a lot of talk shows. Tom Hanks probably recited slam poems about Perfect Strangers or Mr. Belvedere on Arsenio in the early 90s. The footage just isn't online yet.
Lost Roles is a weekly column that takes a particular comedic performer, movie, or show, and dives deep into all of the casting possibilities that almost happened but didn't. This week, we turn our attention to the classic 80s high school comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Not just one of the best high school movies ever but one of the best movie comedies of all time ever, Fast Times at Ridgemont High turns 30 this year, but it’s aged better than a lot of other 80s movies. The film, the screenwriting debut of Cameron Crowe and directorial debut of Amy Heckerling, launched the movie careers [...]
Say what you will about the quality of Chevy Chase's movies, but you have to admit his influence on modern American comedy is vast. As Saturday Night Live's first breakout star, he was largely responsible for the show becoming a surprise hit, paving the way for every comedic actor and actress that followed in his footsteps by transitioning from castmember to movie star. On SNL, Chevy Chase co-created (with writer Herb Sargent) and hosted the segment Weekend Update, which has gone on to become the longest-running sketch on what has become arguably the most influential comedy show in this country’s history. Although fake TV news had existed prior to [...]
NBC is developing the 1986 Tom Hanks/Shelley Long big screen comedy The Money Pit into a sitcom, Deadline reports. The original starred Hanks and Long as a married couple who buy a mansion, only to find it needs a ton of expensive repairs. The movie was a modest box office success that received mixed reviews from critics. Justin Spitzer, who was a writer/producer on The Office from its third season on, will write the adaptation, which will be produced by Steven Spielberg's company Amblin because they made the original movie.
This week we cover the holiday TV specials: How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, A Charlie Brown Christmas, I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown, and The Star Wars Holiday Special.
Also, we discuss leftover antibiotics, Tom has a furniture mover steal $0.25 from him, Tim describes his perfect piece of furniture, whether Alfred Hitchcock and The 3 Stooges are alive still, why Derek Jeter doesn't beat himself up over errors, misunderstanding Bea Arthur as a drag queen as a child, 50 Shades of Tim update and we solve a problem involving a grandson not wanting his grandpa to send him to space camp.
It’s a special LIVE episode of “It’s That Episode” with guests Henry Zebrowski (Murderfist), David Young (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon) and Connor Ratliff (The Stepfathers) recorded at the UCBEast Theatre. Learn about Connor getting fired by Tom Hanks from Band of Brothers, meet the love of Henry's life from The Bad Girls Club, listen as David and Craig give director's commentary from their time as extras on Stella, and experience the weirdest TV crossover, when Kramer was on Mad About You.
Before he became America's top movie star with a pair of back-to-back Oscar wins in the mid-90's, Tom Hanks spent over a decade as a primarily-comedic actor, starring in an array of sitcoms and movies that were met with varying degrees of success. It seems absurd to imagine now, but Hanks spent the better part of the 1980's fighting to distinguish himself in audience's eyes from Steve Guttenberg, Judge Reinhold, and Michael Keaton. Tom Hanks proved to be better cut out for drama than humor, as proven by his two most recent comedies, Larry Crowne and The Terminal. Still, throughout the 80's and into the 90's, Hanks was a [...]
On this week's episode of Low Standards, Matt and John tackle a classic: The Burbs. Head with them into the heady days of the 1980s, where people hung out with each other just because they were neighbors, where the creepy old house really did hide terrifying secrets, and where Corey Feldman was always there with a sassy remark.
Here's Martin Short on The Tonight Show last night, telling Jay Leno about how he and friends Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, and Walter Parks have colonoscopy parties together. Every four years, Short says, the guys have a sleepover at Steve Martin's house the night before their colonoscopies where they cleanse to prepare for their colonoscopies the next morning while hanging out and playing poker. Sounds like gross fun.
Living legend Tom Hanks made an appearance on The Colbert Report last night to share some Halloween tips and not to plug his latest movie, Cloud Atlas. Here he is with some fun costume suggestions for trick-or-treaters, which just happen to all be characters from his movies. It's a complete coincidence, as is the appearance of Matt Damon in his Saving Private Ryan costume because A-list movie stars always go door-to-door for candy on Halloween, dressed up as their past roles. It has nothing with Hanks trying to get to get people to see Cloud Atlas by showing off how many good movies he's been in, that's for sure.
So many new shows being bought and sold today! What is this, folks, the television show stock market? Wait, please don't leave. Can we start over?
Tom Hanks is working on a half-hour comedy for HBO about college athletes called Players. With Entourage over and Curb probably winding down, it makes sense that HBO is trying to find strong new comedies.
More ladies are selling comedies too! Jennifer Crittenden and Gaby Allan sold ABC Don't Panic, about "a group of female friends navigate the ups and downs of post-college life in New York City, all while suffering through an endless cycle of weddings and bridal showers." It's [...]
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