Posts tagged as vulture

Watch Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Cover a Bunch of Sitcom Theme Songs

Vulture had music duo The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo) into the studio to record a medley of really depressing sitcom theme songs, including "At Least It Was Here" from Community, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" from Cheers, and more. The medley will just make you want to hear them cover full versions of the songs.

Paul Feig Explains Comedy's "Angry Villagers Syndrome"

"It’s what the editor from Bridesmaids called the 'angry villagers' syndrome. People who go to see a comedy are spending their money and want to have fun, so here comes the first joke, and it’s like, 'Eh, that wasn’t very funny. I guess that was supposed to be funny. Well, maybe that missed.' And here comes the next joke … and then the next joke doesn’t work. So all the villagers who were sitting there excited to see your movie, they start to get angry as the jokes don’t work and then they want to burn down the village."

-Writer/director Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids), talking to Vulture [...]

Watch Aziz Ansari and Reggie Watts Make Beautiful Music Together

Here's the first episode of the new season of Reggie Makes Music, Reggie Watts's web series that's a tie-in with IFC's Comedy Bang Bang. Last season, we saw Watts collaborating with Jon Hamm, Michael Cera, and Amy Poehler, and here he is doing a duet about dating and veganism with Parks and Recreation's Aziz Ansari. (via Vulture)

John Mulaney, Broad City, The Birthday Boys and More Make 'Vulture's Comedy List

Vulture made a list of "50 Comedians You Should and Will Know" (full disclosure: we at Splitsider contributed names to said list), featuring talented people like John Mulaney, Broad City, The Birthday Boys, Jerrod Carmichael, James Adomian, June Diane Raphael, Hannibal Buress, and Tig Notaro. Some of the blurbs about the "comedians you should know" were written by comedians you do know, like Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, Casey Wilson, Scott Aukerman, and Jenny Slate, so get over to that list if you enjoy comedians you do and/or do not know.

Jeffrey Tambor Shares a Bunch of Great 'Larry Sanders Show' Stories

"[It was] one of the great auditions of my life … That evening, around 5 p.m., I called and I said, 'May I speak to Garry?' … He came on the line. I said, 'I've never done this in my entire career, but I really want to play Hank. I would normally never call … ' And Garry said, 'No, but Hank would.' And that was great. That sealed it. I was in the mindset of my character. Hank would have done that."

- Jeffrey Tambor telling the story of how he landed the role of Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show in an interview with Vulture in which [...]

H. Jon Benjamin Narrates an Animated McSweeney's Story in "Ballad of a WiFi Hero"

Recently New York magazine decided to combine three great things — a funny McSweeney's story by Mike Lacher, retro video game-inspired animation, and the masterful narration talents of H. Jon Benjamin. The result is the above web video "Ballad of a WiFi Hero," which valiantly exposes the secret to unlocking uninterrupted wifi when all seems lost.

Watch Julie Klausner Quiz Paul Rudd About Prince

Julie Klausner interviewed Paul Rudd about his new movie Prince Avalanche for Vulture, and as any serious journalist would do, used the whole thing as an opportunity to quiz him about Prince trivia.

Paul Feig Discusses How Steve Martin Influenced Him

"Steve Martin was the No. 1 comic I tried to emulate. To this day, I wear three-piece suits all the time because of him. I got the Let’s Get Small album right when it first came out and did the routines for my classmates, but not telling them that it was Steve Martin. They thought I was the funniest man in the world. And then Steve Martin broke big, and everybody knew that I had stolen all the material."

-Bridesmaids director Paul Feig talking about his influences to Vulture. It's a list that, in addition to Steve Martin, includes Groucho Marx, David Letterman, and his parents.

Watch Chris Hardwick and Julie Klausner Play a Pretty Exciting Game of Pictionary

Here's a new Vulture video in which rival podcasters Chris Hardwick and Julie Klausner become rival Pictionary players. And don't worry, it's pop culture pictionary, so you won't be forced to hear/watch things that aren't pop culture-related for even a second.

Jon Glaser on Being One of the Last Comedians Left in New York

"It’s weird. I mean, I bumped into Michael Showalter on the subway and we were having that discussion and came up with the funny idea of some type of show or web series about the last remaining few people in New York like me, him, you, H. Jon Benjamin. Even some people we have talked about have already moved to L.A. in the last few months … We had a funny idea for a show called Stayin Put!"

- Jon Glaser talking to Eugene Mirman for Vulture about being two of the last 15 comedians who still live in New York.

Kevin Hart: "I'm Never Gonna Step Away from Standup"

"I'm never gonna step away from standup. I can't. That's what got me where I am and that's also my muse. That's how I stay level-headed. That's what keeps me going."

-Comedian Kevin Hart to Vulture about how he has no plans to stop doing standup despite having recently become a movie star.

Watch Bob Odenkirk Review a Bunch of Bad Local Lawyer Ads

Here's living comedy legend and Breaking Bad's sleazy lawyer Bob Odenkirk reviewing sleazy local lawyers ads with Julie Klausner for Vulture. Odenkirk and Klausner's commentary on the commercials is funny but can't top the ridiculousness of this awesome ad.

Vulture's Comedy Week Has a Lot of Fun Stuff for You

Pop culture blog Vulture is holding its "Comedy Week" right now, and they've loaded up their page with plenty of fun stuff to read like an obsessive history of Jon Hamm's personal obsession with comedy and Pete Holmes's piece recounting the agonizing six months he spent waiting to hear if his TBS talk show would make it to air. Check out Vulture's Comedy Week or just stay here, where we live every week like it's Comedy Week.

'The Simpsons' Deemed the Best Sitcom Ever by Vulture, 'Cheers' #2

Over the past few weeks, Vulture has been holding its "Sitcom Smackdown" tournament, pitting a bunch of amazing shows against each other in a bracket to determine the best sitcom of the past 30 years. The Simpsons won yesterday, narrowly beating Cheers. Seinfeld, Community, Roseanne, Arrested Development, and Sex and the City also made it pretty far in bracket. Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz wrote the argument for why Simpsons is the better of the two excellent, very different shows:

A decade-plus past its prime, The Simpsons has a stronger presence in American life than Cheers,  SeinfeldCommunity, or any other sitcom you can think of. Since Matt Groening’s show debuted in [...]