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Exploring the Lunacy of ‘The Goon Show’

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, [...]

By Ramsey Ess

The Lost Roles of Peter Sellers

Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring "what might have been" in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn’t get, and the projects that fell apart [...]

By Bradford Evans

A Look at Peter Sellers’ Local Television Show Called Fred

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, [...]

By Ramsey Ess

Which Comedian Had the Greatest Five-Year Span of Films?

In the days leading up to the release of Tower Heist, one of the many, many stories I read about Eddie Murphy stated that from roughly 1982-1986, the actor had the greatest five-year stretch of any comedian, ever. The writer was including not [...]

By Joshua Kurp

Come Back, Mike Myers. We Love You

I grew up a giant Mike Myers fan. I saved up to buy the Wayne's World book (there was one!), I camped out outside The Spy Who Shagged Me for a night before its release, and the "Head! Move! Now!" line from So I Married An Axe Murderer is still [...]

By Ned Hepburn

Music and Lyrics

Music and Lyrics
The case of Paul Cortez, the personal trainer–musician accused of murdering a dancer who snubbed him, took an odd turn yesterday when the prosecution offered the defendant's song lyrics as evidence of his violent tendencies. The Times quotes Cortez's attorney, Dawn Florio, who claimed that songs like “The Killin Machine” were perfectly normal for her client to have written: “Rock stars don’t write about tulips and butterflies,” she explained. Objection, hearsay. — Lori Fradkin Lyrics and Diaries Offered as a Portrait of a Killer [NYT]