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 [...]
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 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'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 [...]
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]