Here's another installment of NYT's new web series Off Color highlighting Issa Rae, the creator and star of The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl who channeled her frustrations with the lack of black characters on television into creating and producing more of the content she wants to see in the mainstream: "We're doing great things, but there's still a desire for acknowledgement. And until that happens in some major way that's outside of slave movies and slave shows and reality shows, then I won't be satisfied."
Here's the latest installment of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy with guest Rob Riggle, who chats with Tompkins all about his favorite comedies as a kid, his time as a pilot in the Marine Corps, falling in love with UCB, his trainwreck audition for the NBC sitcom Joey, and the sobering advice Will Ferrell gave him when he joined the cast of SNL.
I made my first comedy video just over three years ago. Watching it again just now, a few things are apparent. Thing one: The script holds up. I wrote it in a UCB sketch 101 class and it still makes me laugh. Thing two (shitty sound) and three (my bad acting) make me cringe but I'm still really glad I did it and I'm really glad it's forever online. It started me down a path that's led to doing something I love: making more, gradually better videos, and watching it every once in a while reminds me of the transformative power of filming something you created.
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THR reports that Above Average has teamed up with entertainment/lifestyle news site PopSugar to produce a brand new web series with Amy Sedaris set to star. Titled Seriously Distracted, the series follows Sedaris as JD LeGrand, "the head of New York publicity firm LeGrand PR. Although the firm is one celebrity client away from making it big, LeGrand's employees are constantly distracted by their pop culture obsessions, which range from Tinder and Scandal to James Franco and SoulCycle." The project makes PopSugar's first attempt at scripted comedy — a move inspired by the company's discussions with Above Average about potentially collaborating on a "female-driven comedy" together. Seriously [...]
Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy with guest Ed Helms, who chats with Tompkins at length about his love for SNL, transitioning from standup to improv, auditioning for voiceover work full-time, and his experience on The Daily Show, The Office, and the Hangover movies.