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An Oral History of MADtv, the Sketch Show That Never Quite Changed Comedy
"When we did impressions, they were pretty mean. Britney Spears at one point saw me, and her bodyguard very not-so-subtly pushed me about seven feet away from her."
By Tim Greiving
The State Before They Were the State: An Oral History of How the Beloved Sketch Group First Met in College
"When I first met Tom Lennon, I thought he was the snootiest prick in the world.” —Joe Lo Truglio
By Corey Stulce
Rent: The Oral History
By Rebecca Milzoff
An Oral History of the Nerdier Half of Freaks and Geeks
What it was really like behind the scenes for the geek squad.
By Jennifer Vineyard
Chris Columbus Directed Home Alone Instead of Christmas Vacation Because He Met Chevy Chase
Columbus says Chase treated him "like dirt."
By Ira Madison III
The Oral History of Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd’s Adorable Clueless Kiss
An excerpt from the new As If!: The Oral History of Clueless.
By Jen Chaney
How James Cameron and His Team Made Terminator 2: Judgment Day’s Liquid-Metal Effect
How the T-1000's coolest trick came to be.
By Kenny Herzog
‘I Put in White Tenants’: The Grim, Racist (and Likely Illegal) Methods of One Brooklyn Landlord
He explains the tricks he uses to get black renters — and even owners — out of their homes in gentrifying neighborhoods.
By DW Gibson
Freddy Lives: An Oral History of A Nightmare on Elm Street
Don't sleep on this.
By Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum
A Heathers Sequel Was Originally Written to Star Meryl Streep
"It’s Veronica, years later, she’s in Washington. She’s somehow erased her past. And she’s being blackmailed."
By Lindsey Weber
Read an Extensive Oral History of Swingers
“I remember them shooting and I actually thought, at the time, This is so embarrassing for them.”
By Anna Silman
Masturbation, Nudists, and Street Interviews: An Oral History of HBO's Real Sex
For two decades, the "60 minutes of sex" provided a master class in human sexuality to anyone with a premium cable package.
By Molly Langmuir
How The Room Became the Biggest Cult Film of the Past Decade
Ten years ago, a small independent film with a terrible script, a no-name director, and a cast of unknowns premiered.
By Nate Jones
An Oral History of UCB Theater Partying and ‘Awkward Sexuality’
Featuring Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, Casey Wilson, Rob Corddry, a special appearance by Creed, and many more.
By Brian Raftery
Siskel and Ebert Played Patty-Cake Before Every At the Movies Taping
"They performed it with complicated hand/knee slaps and everything."
By Zach Dionne
September 11? There’s an App for That
Broadcastr makes 9/11's oral history mobile.
By Julie Gerstein