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Ten TV Comedy Myths Put to Rest (Hopefully)

Who doesn’t like to collect neat little bits of trivia about their favorite TV shows? People with more important things to do, probably, but this isn’t about them. Hell, if you’ve got the time, why not obsess over the stuff that interests you? [...]

By Tony Alpsen

Bob Hope Plays the Supervillain to 1966’s Biggest Comedic Stars

Whatever you think of him, it’s next to impossible to refute the fact that Bob Hope was the king of comedy during his tenure. Whether it was his “Road” films with Bing, catapulting to success on the radio, or entertaining the troops throughout [...]

By Ramsey Ess

The Don Rickles Performances You May Have Missed

Dick Cavett said it rather well when he introduced his next guest onto his show in 1972: “When great comedians gather late at night over coffee and cheesecake to pay tribute to those among them who have scaled the heights and brought the art of [...]

By Ramsey Ess

Remembering Garry Shandling’s Early Version of Larry Sanders

I would much prefer that the article I’m writing today was about an old episode of Letterman or Conan, but today we look back at one of the late Garry Shandling’s classic specials. Garry hasn’t appeared much in From the Archives, and that’s not [...]

By Ramsey Ess

What I Learned from Another Year in the Archives

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

When Johnny Carson Just Didn’t Know What to Make of Weird Al

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

Learn How to Do a Perfect Johnny Carson Impersonation with Dana Carvey

SNL alum Dana Carvey was recently a guest on Tom Green Live, and he took a few minutes to walk Green through how he does his flawless Johnny Carson impersonation. Click through to watch Carvey run through some of his other best known celebrity [...]

By Megh Wright

David Spade Relives His First ‘Tonight Show’ Standup Performance

Probably the only thing worse than not getting invited over to Johnny Carson's desk after a standup set is getting invited but being too nervous and confused to go over. That's exactly what happened to David Spade many years ago on his very [...]

By Megh Wright

David Brenner Tells His Life Story

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