"To some extent, with the exception of one or two seasons, we never really know if we're coming back. I think I know how the show ends. I know how this season ends — it could be an ending for the show, or it could be an ending for the season."
- Amy Poehler talking to Papermag about the future of Parks and Recreation and how this year could be the end (again).
Key & Peele wraps up its third season next week, and the dynamic sketch show continues to work like a well-oiled machine, delivering an impressive and idiosyncratic mix of sketches with strong performances from creator-stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele and pitch-perfect cinematic aesthetics from director Peter Atencio. Comedy Central has renewed the show for a fourth season, and credit must also go to executive producers Jay Martel and Ian Roberts. As showrunners, Martel — a television, film, and theater writer known for Strangers with Candy — and Roberts — writer, producer, UCB founder who executive produced Players on Spike TV with Martel — unite the disparate players around a common vision, oversee the writing staff, [...]
23-year-old Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss appeared on American TV for the first time last night on Conan. It's a strong late night debut and one that'll probably make you wish you'd accomplished more at 23, like Sloss who's already a successful standup and has had a great performance on big TV show in another country.
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.)
In his new biography called simply Johnny Carson, the titular talk show hosts' long-time lawyer, Henry Bushkin, describes the ins and outs of Johnny's [...]
“When the five of us are together, we become the Kids in the Hall. It becomes something that is apart from any one of us. That’s why we keep doing it. It’s fun and exciting when we’re together. It can also become pretty horrible and mean, but we end up laughing more together than we do at any other time in our lives."
-Dave Foley in Toronto newspaper Now's in-depth oral history of The Kids in the Hall. It's definitely worth reading, going into the group's early days playing for 15 people a week to their cult sketch show to their breakup while making the movie Brain Candy.