Here's John Hodgman on SiriusXM's "Unmasked," in which he talks about how he heard Stephen Colbert rid himself of ever feeling embarrassed: by a strange version of immersion therapy, in which he basically did very embarrassing things in public until it didn't bother him anymore. Comedic commitment: Stephen Colbert basically defines it.
The first season of Girlscomes out on DVD next week, and included will be a handful of deleted scenes. Including this one, in which Hannah attempts to find a job near and dear to her heart: at a cupcake shop. Does she get the job? Obviously not, or this scene would have been too important to relegate to the internet/DVD extras. Alas!
The low point happened about a year after I was off Saturday Night Live. I was a cocky bastard. Even though all evidence said I wasn’t a star, I thought I was. I drove a red Corvette and kept my shades on indoors, just a fucking asshole. Anyway, I had a gig in Chicago where I was the headliner. At every gig there would be some opening act that would try to make noise, but by the time I was offstage people had forgotten. One night in Chicago, as usual I was the headliner, and on this night my opening act was an up-and-coming comic named Martin Lawrence. Now, normally I never used to watch the opening acts, but I was in my dressing room and I heard a roar. I got up to see what was going on. I thought it was a fight or something. So I got up and went to the side of the stage. When I got there I realized it wasn’t a fight, it was people laughing so hard that the building was shaking. People were crying, standing, stomping their feet — screaming laughter. I was terrified. It was like watching somebody fucking your wife with a bigger dick.
Let's be honest: if seeing Martin Lawrence kill while opening for you is the lowest point in your career, you've had a pretty great career.
BJ Novak and Mindy Kaling are reuniting on The Mindy Project, Vulture reports. Novak is set to do a two-episode arc in which he plays "a charming Latin professor who bonds with Mindy over their love of a dead language," as people are wont to do.
This whole self-created fiscal cliff crisis is both complicated and simple at the same time: complicated in that it involves a whole slew of specific tax hikes and spending cuts that, if enacted, would have a huge effect on the economy, and simple in that it's just a bad thing that congress created in order to force themselves to actually do their jobs and they really hate that the time is now upon them to deal with it. Why stress about something you have no control over that'll almost definitely be taken care of in a satisfactory-enough manner when you can just have reliable old heartless billionaire Monty Burns explain the ins and outs to you while making jokes at the expense of the very rich?
Splitsider pal Mike Drucker has put together his list of the funniest video games of the year, and it's great. Games are generally not a genre known for their subtle senses of humor — unless you count the unintentional comedy of the plots of most Call of Duty games — but Drucker has pinpointed a selection of games across multiple platforms that manage to actually be, you know, funny.
Splitsider and Tumblr's Dog and Pony Show, our new monthly show with our buddies over at Tumblr, is back for its second installment this week. On Thursday night at 7:30pm, swing on by the UCB East in NYC for an excellent lineup: Emily Heller, Ilana Glazer, Erik Bergstrom, Nick Turner and host Halle Kiefer. All that for only $5! You can't go wrong.
We're taking off a bit early today because it's the day before Thanksgiving and that seems like a pretty airtight excuse for a half-day. Enjoy your starches and awkward familial interactions tomorrow! We'll be back in full force on Monday once we've slept off our red wine hangovers.
Last night, while South Park aired at its normal time, Hurricane Sandy forced NBC to move 30 Rock to Wednesday instead of Thursday so it could make room for a delayed episode of The Voice. All other NBC comedies were cancelled this week. But I'm sure they don't feel too bad — they know who pays the bills in the peacock's house. But let's see how those two shows went last night, shall we? READ MORE
Bill Lumbergh himself, Gary Cole, has just signed on for a "major recurring role" on the upcoming season of HBO's Veep. He'll play "a Karl Rove-type of character named Kent" and will be in as many of 8 of the season's 10 episodes. Cole is obviously quite adept at playing suit-wearing dickbags, so this sounds like a pretty great fit to me.
There's a new cottage industry popping up in the comedy world: making web videos in which Nick Offerman talks directly to the camera, generally about being very manly, and often for a good cause. He recently offered to strip for Autism research, made a PSA about the bacon shortage, and did some bacon-related beat poetry for Malaria prevention. And now? He's got some advice for fellows interested in growing a moustache for Movember, which is the version of November in which you grow some lip fuzz in order to help promote men's health. We may be approaching the Offerman saturation point, at least with this type of video, but I suppose one can't complain about a guy using his moustache and overabundance of testosterone to make the world a better place.
Vanity Fair is prepping its first-ever comedy issue for January, and they've snagged none other than Pope Judd the First to guest edit it. I'm not entirely sure what guest editing entails — I assume just picking some of his famous friends to write stuff for the magazine, not actually line-editing drafts — but it'll be interesting to see what Apatow brings to the magazine. And we'll see which is longer: this issue of Vanity Fair or the This Is 40 script.
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