"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.
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.
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.
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, Seinfeld, Community, or any other sitcom you can think of. Since Matt Groening’s show debuted in [...]
"On Fallon, we would have these pitch meetings. And every single time I would pitch, it would be the biggest disaster of all time. Some of the writers would laugh, but Jimmy would always stare at me as if I was trying to make fun of him, which I wasn’t at all. The producer said to me a couple times, 'Listen, we all know you’re funny, but these bits you’re pitching, they’d be great for The Anthony Jeselnik Show, but they’re not right for The Jimmy Fallon Show.' And after a couple times hearing that, I was like, 'God, that Anthony Jeselnik Show sounds really funny.'"
- Anthony Jeselnik, star of Comedy Central's new series The Jeselnik [...]