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Andy Kaufman Gets Illustrated in ‘Is This Guy for Real?’

Around 2010, I worked at a coffee shop for a man who believed Andy Kaufman was still alive. It had been a generation since Kaufman’s apparent death, in 1984, from lung cancer. My old manager isn’t alone, either; Kaufman’s career onstage [...]

By Harry Waksberg

NBC’s ‘A.P. Bio’ Falls Short of Its Potential

Mike O'Brien's new show A.P. Bio, whose pilot previewed on NBC last night in advance of the official series premiere on March 1st, is Glenn Howerton’s first starring role since his sort-of leaving It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. [...]

By Harry Waksberg

Will Ferrell, the Consummate ‘SNL’ Pro

Was it ever in question that a Will Ferrell episode of Saturday Night Live was going to be good? Ferrell was good on SNL for seven years, then was a good host. Three times. This was good TV done by competent people who are good at their jobs. [...]

By Bethy Squires

Paranoia in ‘High Maintenance’s Second Season

The new season of High Maintenance starts in the same spot HBO’s first season started: with the semi-protagonist weed dealer, The Guy, getting a haircut. In the HBO pilot (the series is a continuation of a web series that ran on Vimeo for 19 [...]

By Harry Waksberg

‘Portlandia’ Says Goodbye at Just the Right Time

Season 1 of Portlandia opened with a song that promised a Pacific Northwest heaven: it was like the 1990s forever, “when people were content to be unambitious, sleep to eleven, just hang out with their friends... You'd have no occupations [...]

By Harry Waksberg

Sam Rockwell Is a Cussin’, Dancin’ Fool on ‘SNL’

Since Sam Rockwell was announced as the first SNL host of 2018, I’ve been stoked. I’ve been a rabid Sam Rockwell fan since he danced to Pharoahe Monch in Charlie’s Angels. Then danced again in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. I can’t remember [...]

By Bethy Squires