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How the Late-Night Monologue Got Topical

A short history featuring Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert.

By Christopher Bonanos

John Oliver Explains Exactly How You’re Ruining the News

In one of Last Week Tonight’s most enlightening monologues, John Oliver explains the rapid decline of both print media and journalistic integrity -- and why it matters so much -- as simply and succinctly as we’ve heard. He points out that [...]

By Samantha Pitchel

How Spalding Gray Moved Standup Comedy Beyond Jokes

This past August, a number of Spalding Gray monologues and more became available on Howl Premium. They are joined with a number of familiar podcasts on that network, including the Earwolf and Wolfpop archives, made up mostly of standup comics’ [...]

By Harry Waksberg