That Veep is the funniest show on television is certainly debatable, but there’s no doubt no other show has better insults. Take Selina Meyer’s description of former White House liaison Jonah Ryan, for example.
“You let that unstable piece of human scaffolding into your house?”
Every episode is stocked with similarly exquisite putdowns. And except for Jonah, no one is at the receiving end of them more than Meyer’s Communications Director Mike McClintock, superbly played by Matt Walsh.
With Meyer assuming the role of president in Season 4, that means we’ll also be seeing more of McClintock in his heightened role as White House Press Secretary.
I recently had [...]
Sketch comedy group Whale Thief pulled off an impressive feat over the weekend that might get them in the Guinness Book of World Records. The group — which consists of former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Benjamin Apple, Two Guys Named Josh's Brandon Gulya, Take Me to Your Mother's Matt Mayer, and Funny or Die/The Onion writers Matt Klinman and Zack Poitras — managed to put together a feature-length film in just over 24 hours, beating out the previous Guinness record of the fastest made feature. Titled Consti2tion, the film is the result over 150 writers, directors, producers, actors, artists, and musicians' efforts on this past Saturday, November [...]
So you want to work in comedy when you grow up?
First of all, I'm really glad you’ve started reading Splitsider. You already know the first step of building a comedy career: learn as much as you can about the industry.
Second of all, are you reading this during class? Because you should seriously be paying attention to your professor, underpaid adjunct faculty member, and/or TA. The article will still be waiting when class is over.
If you want a career in comedy, you’re probably wondering what you can do to get from Point A: Where You Are Now, No Comedy Career, to Point B: Amazing Comedy Career, Life Dreams [...]
In a press release today, the Upright Citizens Brigade officially announced that its 16th annual weekend-long improv marathon DCM will take place from Friday, June 27th through Sunday, June 29th in New York and feature over 570 improv shows on eight different stages. UCB co-founders Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, and Matt Besser will kick off the marathon, which will continue throughout the weekend with improv teams from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Austin, Philadelphia, England, Canada, Japan, Finland, Puerto Rico, and more with shows starring the writers of Key & Peele and Late Night with Seth Meyers, a Broad City live show, reunions of [...]
When you ask people to think of reasons why someone took an improv class for the first time you get answers like “I wanted to do something fun” or “I’m a huge comedy fan” or “I wanted to be able to think on my feet more for my job.”
(Side note: people often say “wanted to get better at public speaking” but only when they’re guessing why OTHER people might be taking improv classes.)
Improv classes aren’t as silly as you expect. Yes, they’re fun but they’re more like acting classes. Many big comedy fans don’t know what long-form improv is, and they take a class because they’ve memorized [...]