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Diving Deep into the Business of Comedy with Barry Katz

Ask the average person on the street, “Who has had the widest reach in comedy over the last 30 years?” and you will surely get many different answers. Dave Chappelle? Bill Burr? Louis C.K.? Dane Cook? Whitney Cummings? They’ve all had career [...]

By Kenneth Arthur

Inside Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘The Standups’

Next Tuesday, Netflix bolsters its reputation as the go-to source for comedy with the release of season 2 of The Standups. The six-episode series features all-new half hours from Joe List, Aparna Nancherla, Kyle Kinane, Gina Yashere, Brent [...]

By Isaac Kozell

The Sound of One Muppet Guy Talking: A Conversation with Dave Goelz

The mind, voice, and hands behind The Great Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, saxophonist Zoot and three-dimes-shy-of-a-quarter Beauregard the janitor, Dave Goelz is the second-longest serving member of Jim Henson's original Muppet collaborators [...]

By Kevin Smokler

Susie Essman Always Knew There Would Be More ‘Curb’

When Curb Your Enthusiasm wrapped up its eighth season in 2011, the mystery of if there would be a season 9 lingered for years. Finally, to the surprise of many -- including the cast and crew -- Curb did return in 2017 after a six-year hiatus. [...]

By Kenneth Arthur

Inside ‘Psusy,’ New Zealand’s Answer to ‘Broad City’

The web series Psusy unabashedly proclaims itself to be the Broad City of New Zealand. The series stars Jaya Beach-Robertson and Aria Dehar as Karen and Sharee, two friends who in each episode get into escapades that go from the seemingly [...]

By Alex Dueben

1 Movie, 3 Friends, ‘5 Doctors’

Many kids grow up with dreams of having careers in entertainment, but few will ever realize those ambitions, and the number who get to do so alongside the same friends they romanticized “Hollywood” with as adolescents is difficult to imagine. [...]

By Kenneth Arthur

Ali Siddiq Comes Full Circle

After being incarcerated for drug trafficking at 19 and spending six years behind bars, Ali Siddiq emerged from prison with a new skill set: […]

By Isaac Kozell

Inside the Evolution of ‘2 Dope Queens’ with Phoebe Robinson

Comedian, television writer, actress, and New York Times best-selling author are enviable titles to have associated with your name by the young age of 33. Phoebe Robinson, ever the consummate multi-hyphenate, has not only achieved all of those [...]

By Erik Abriss

Natasha Rothwell Can Do It All

It’s perhaps not correct to say that Natasha Rothwell is “transitioning” from being a writer to an actress, because she still seems to be […]

By Kenneth Arthur

Taking a ‘Soft Focus’ with Jena Friedman

Sometimes hard issues need a light touch, which is where comedian Jena Friedman comes in. In her new Adult Swim mini-special Soft Focus with […]

By Isaac Kozell

Bo Burnham and the Art of the Standup Special

When Chris Rock abruptly announced yesterday that Tamborine — his first of two intensely anticipated Netflix specials — would be premiering in […]

By Erik Abriss