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Talking Funny or Die and ‘Not Quite a Genius’ with Nate Dern

From humble beginnings as a participant in season 3 of The CW's Beauty and the Geek to becoming the artistic director of UCB’s New York theater to his current position as senior writer at Funny or Die, Nate Dern has had quite the media journey. [...]

By Clint Corey

Catching Up with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy

My first exposure to what would become branded as Blue Collar Comedy was when I was a little kid attending a church talent show in Moundsville, West Virginia. There was a guy who donned a tucked-in flannel and just went up and read a bunch of [...]

By Isaac Kozell

Inside ‘Raised by TV’ with Lauren Lapkus and Jon Gabrus

If you're a Splitsider reader, I probably don't have to sell you on the idea of Lauren Lapkus and Jon Gabrus starting their own podcast. The Comedy Bang! Bang! regulars and individual hosts of With Special Guest, High and Mighty, Action Boyz, [...]

By Pablo Goldstein

Talking ‘The Problem with Apu’ with Hari Kondabolu

Hari Kondabolu first aired his beef with Simpsons character/stereotypical caricature Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Kondabolu called Apu’s voice “a white guy doing an impression of a white guy making fun of my [...]

By Bethy Squires

Inside Season 2 of ‘Lady Dynamite’ with Ana Gasteyer

Maria Bamford’s Lady Dynamite returned to Netflix with its second season last Friday, and it’s turned up the absurdity on Maria’s world even higher. Now with flashes back to 1987 Duluth and flash forwards to Maria creating a meta version of [...]

By Erica Lies

Netflix Is a Joke: When the Platform Becomes the Bit

In September, billboards proclaiming “Netflix Is a Joke” popped up overnight in Los Angeles and New York. While some thought it was a shot by its competitors Hulu or Seeso (RIP), it turned out to be a lame attempt at guerrilla marketing by the [...]

By Pablo Goldstein

For Martin Starr, the Best Roles Are as Exciting as They Are Terrifying

Whether it’s as a freak and/or geek, a caterer, or a senior security architect, Martin Starr is best known for one of his roles in three of the most well-received comedies of this century. But between those shows, which somewhat surprisingly [...]

By Kenneth Arthur

Getting Personal with Gilbert Gottfried

Judd Apatow calls it “hilarious, oddly moving.” Entertainment Weekly says it's “remarkable, fascinating, totally unexpected.” Even Anthony Jeselnik skipped the jokes for a rare minute to say, “This film is a hilarious, humanizing, and [...]

By Isaac Kozell

Inside ‘Hot Date’ with Emily Axford and Brian Murphy

“Sense of humor” is often cited as one of the top three personality traits that people look for in a partner, and it’s probably just as important that they laugh at your jokes as it is that you laugh at theirs. Finding that quality probably [...]

By Kenneth Arthur

Talking Standup, Boxed Wine, and Bigfoot with Kathleen Madigan

It's been a year since I last caught up with comedian Kathleen Madigan and to be honest, it was long overdue. Madigan, a 30-year comedy veteran, is currently in the process of preparing her Netflix special Bothering Jesus for album release and [...]

By Isaac Kozell