Posts tagged as variety

Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen Talk About 'SNL' and Their Other Shows for 'Variety'

To celebrate both of their Emmy nominations, Variety recently sat down with Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen for a hybrid interview/conversation that covers everything from their thoughts on each other's shows Girls and Portlandia to what it's like to perform on SNL. Here's both of them talking about Lorne Michaels and his behind-the-scenes skills and power:

Armisen: Lorne gives the most valuable kind of notes. I don't know how he knows. I don't know if he has like some secret connection to my brain but he addresses questions that I haven't asked yet and then I feel better about a whole season. In a sentence, he can diffuse [...]

Leaked 'Variety' Cover Reveals the 10 Comics to Watch for 2012

Sarah Colonna tweeted this picture that reveals this year's Variety "10 Comics to Watch", probably because she was super excited to be featured. Also probably excited are: Jillian Bell, Kurt Braunohler, Rob Delaney, Lil Rel Howery, Jake & Amir, Moshe Kasher, Joe Mande, Rory Scovel, and Jessica Williams. Considering its track record, this is a big break for these young comedians. Last year's list included Rebel Wilson, Amy Schumer, Harris Wittels, Chris D'Elia, and Pete Holmes and they're doing all right. The issue doesn't officially get released until 7/25, so we won't know why each was picked until then. But it's probably because they're all funny and cool and [...]

Variety Names Its 10 Comics to Watch for 2011

Just in time for the Montreal Just for Laughs festival this weekend, Variety has unveiled its annual list of "comics to watch." It's a list that consistently features people you're about to hear a lot more from; the last couple of years' lists featured Hannibal Buress, Aubrey Plaza, Ellie Kemper, Garfunkel and Oates, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong, amongst others. Here are this year's honorees:

Jerrod CarmichaelChris D'EliaJosh FademPete HolmesThomas MiddleditchTim MinchinAmy SchumerRebel WilsonHarris WittelsAli Wong

Tough to argue with any of those choices. Lots of very funny and [...]

Shut Up, 'Variety': The Cluelessness of Claiming that Sarah Silverman Shouldn't Be "As Dirty As the Boys"

According to Brian Lowry at Variety, “being as dirty as the guys” is the worst thing that Sarah Silverman can do for her career. This Sarah Silverman? That Sarah Silverman?

But that’s the headline of Lowry’s problematic review of Silverman’s upcoming HBO special, We Are Miracles. The most blatant issue, obviously, is the proud sexism on display. In Lowry’s world, there are comics and then there are lady comics, and they ought to be playing by different rules. He’s not attacking the culture of dirty comedy overall, even graciously allowing that sometimes female comics can “work blue.” His argument is actually that Silverman’s material is off-putting [...]

What John Mulaney Would Sound Like as a Def Jam Comic in 1992

In honor of John Mulaney's bit about his review of Home Alone 2 if he were a def jam comic, here is my post about John Mulaney if I were a writer for Variety:

Funnyman John Mulaney is at it again with a boffo spesh that bows Jan. 28 on Comedy Central. This solid perf from the SNL scribe is no yawner; it's a real whammo that's sure to be a click with crix and aud alike. Only a matter of time before he's wined n' dined, suited n' recruited by NBC to ink a deal to pen a scribble to jot a pilot for a multicam laffer [...]

'Variety' Tells Us about Their 10 Comics to Watch

Two weeks ago, we showed you the cover of Variety's "10 Comics To Watch" issue. The issue hits newsstands this week, so finally we can get an insight onto why Jillian Bell, Kurt Braunohler, Rob Delaney, Lil Rel Howery, Jake & Amir, Moshe Kasher, Joe Mande, Rory Scovel, and Jessica Williams are so damn watchable. Read about all of these now watched comedians here.

Amy Poehler Continues Her Reign of Awesomeness in Power of Comedy Award Acceptance

Amy Poehler is everyone's hero. During the "Battlestar Galactica orgy" that was the Variety Power of Comedy awards ceremony for the Noreen Fraser Foundation, she promised to use her newly awarded powers to make TV shows for women, like I Really Don't Give A Shit How Your Fantasy Football Team Is Doing, Just Take The Kids Somewhere. I'd watch that so hard. Then she gets serious and talks about the power of community in hard times. You know a speech is really good when Nick Kroll and Will Ferrell start open-mouth kissing and you're like "whatever, just let her get back to the speech already! Can't you see [...]