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Craig Ferguson Thinks His Late Night Replacement Should "Unquestionably Be a Female"

"Back in May, Craig [Ferguson] and I switched places so I could 'audition' for the job he's vacating at the end of the year—and guess what, the world did not explode! During the commercial break, Craig used our few minutes off-air to encourage me to go after the position in earnest. He also added that he thinks it should unquestionably be a female to replace him. Go, Craig!"

- VH1 and online talk show host Carrie Keagan breaks down why major networks should start hiring more women for their late night shows in a new piece for Vanity Fair, which also reveals Craig Ferguson's opinion on who should [...]

Lorne Michaels on Jimmy Fallon: "There is no job for Jimmy after this."

"It’s not lost on Fallon that Tonight, if all goes well, will be his last job, the one that will see him through the next 20 to 30 years. There is none of the tension that surrounded the Jay-to-Conan transition, and the show’s relocation east signals NBC’s strong commitment to not messing with the program any further. Michaels, for his part, is adamant on the matter. 'There is no job for Jimmy after this,' he said. 'You can’t go back to being Uncle Bob in the movie. This is a different thing, something that only a few people in the world ever get to do.'"

- from Vanity Fair's [...]

When a Young, Obnoxious Judd Apatow First Met Steve Martin

Vanity Fair just posted a behind-the-scenes video of a photo shoot featuring Judd Apatow and Steve Martin in which the two recount the story of their first meeting, many years ago. Judd was a young comedy nerd obsessed with Martin, and he actually went to the star's house to ask for an autograph. Steve refused, and Judd sent him a pretty obnoxious-sounding letter, to which Martin replied with his latest book featuring a pretty perfect quip on the inside cover that's only become more perfect with time.

Chris Rock on Martin Lawrence and the Low Point of His Career

Judd Apatow interviewed Chris Rock as part of the Vanity Fair comedy issue that he guest edited, and while the whole thing is great, I love this bit about what he considers to be the low point in his career:

The low point happened about a year after I was off Saturday Night Live. I was a cocky bastard. Even though all evidence said I wasn’t a star, I thought I was. I drove a red Corvette and kept my shades on indoors, just a fucking asshole. Anyway, I had a gig in Chicago where I was the headliner. At every gig there would be some opening [...]

Ricky Gervais Talks About What Makes Something Funny

Here's a great video of Ricky Gervais being interviewed by Vanity Fair’s Howard Schatz in which he discusses how he approaches comedy and why offensive jokes have to be true in order to be funny. It's a pretty excellent discussion about his craft with one of the funniest people working today.

'Vanity Fair' Talks to Groundlings Alums to Celebrate the Theatre's 40th Anniversary

Vanity Fair has a new oral history out today of The Groundlings, LA's legendary improv theatre that has spawned countless comedic talents on SNL, movies, and beyond like Paul Reubens, Lisa Kudrow, Phil Hartman, Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, and Melissa McCarthy. Here's Reubens recalling the first time he tried performing as Pee-wee onstage:

I probably had eight or 10 pretty solid characters and maybe four or five of those were very popular and featured in the show. But when I [debuted Pee-wee Herman onstage], that got a completely different reaction. This was a reaction that made me think, Wow, this means something. And very quickly, I decided, "Yeah I [...]

Watch Judd Apatow and Maria Bamford Remember the '90s

As part of a series on the '90s for Vanity Fair, here's a video of Judd Apatow and Maria Bamford reminiscing about the biggest moments of Buzzfeed's favorite decade, from O.J. Simpson to Tonya Harding.

Conan O'Brien Predicts the Future of Comedy

Conan O'Brien wrote a delightful piece for Judd Apatow's comedy issue of Vanity Fair about the comedy world causing the apocalypse in the year 2035. It's just one of many, many great pieces in the issue, some of which are available online now, including Mike Nichols and Elaine May reunited for their first joint interview since the '60s, an interview Apatow did with Albert Brooks (excerpted here), former SNL writer Bruce McCall's take on Canadian humor, and James Wolcott's piece about the growing similarity between modern British and American humor. Click on over to Vanity Fair and say goodbye to the next several hours of [...]

'Vanity Fair' Releases Its First Comedy Issue and a Poll that Says 'Seinfeld' Is the Best Sitcom

Vanity Fair's January 2013 installment will be the magazine's first-ever comedy issue, and three different star-studded covers as well as the table of contents for the issue just dropped today. Judd Apatow guest-edited the issue. He's only the third guest editor Vanity Fair has had in the past 20 years, so it's quite an accomplishment on his part. The issue's comedy portfolio features Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Melissa McCarthy, Megan Fox, Jim Carrey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Conan O’Brien, Lena Dunham, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner, while Louis C.K. fills out The Proust [...]

Here Is a Photo of Zach Galifianakis in a Ladies Swimsuit

From the latest Vanity Fair comes "The Zach Galifianakis Swimsuit Calendar." There are five more poses waiting for you at their site, if one isn't enough for ya. [via]

Johnny Carson Would Probably Approve of 'The Tonight Show's Move Back to New York

February's issue of Vanity Fair includes a new profile of late night legend Johnny Carson and gives particular focus to the Tonight Show host's 1972 move from New York to Los Angeles. It's a fascinating read about a man who Nora Ephron called "New York's most reluctant celebrity" and paints a hopeful picture for the Tonight Show's move back to its original New York City home. Here's an excerpt from the piece:

"When he moved to L.A. he was very, very concerned that it was a creative mistake," recalls David Steinberg, who began his long and successful career as a comedian on The Tonight Show in 1968, when it [...]

Watch Judd Apatow Talk About Editing 'Vanity Fair' in a New 24-Minute Interview

Last year, Judd Apatow guest-edited Vanity Fair's comedy issue, and here's a brand new 24-minute interview with Apatow about putting the issue together in which he shares stories about photo shoots with Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, and Mel Brooks.

The Oral History of 'Freaks and Geeks' Is Wonderful

If you're reading this website, you probably don't need me to say much to convince you to go read Vanity Fair's amazing oral history of Freaks and Geeks. They even reunited the entire cast for a class photo! Seriously, set aside some time to read this one. It's worth it.

Judd Apatow to Guest-Edit the 'Vanity Fair' Comedy Issue

Vanity Fair is prepping its first-ever comedy issue for January, and they've snagged none other than Pope Judd the First to guest edit it. I'm not entirely sure what guest editing entails — I assume just picking some of his famous friends to write stuff for the magazine, not actually line-editing drafts — but it'll be interesting to see what Apatow brings to the magazine. And we'll see which is longer: this issue of Vanity Fair or the This Is 40 script.