“It Was a Miserable Experience!” Monty Python on Making ‘Holy Grail’ and Whether They Really Do Hate Each Other

We heard them in the hallway, chattering and joking before the Friday afternoon press conference that launched Monty Python’s takeover of the Tribeca Film Festival’s second weekend. The festival folks were keeping the surviving members of the iconic British comedy troupe busy that weekend: after the press conference, they had a 40th anniversary screening of their classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail Friday night, a Saturday afternoon premiere of the new documentary Monty Python: The Meaning of Live (chronicling their smash reunion shows at the O2 arena last year), and revival screenings of The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. So in light of all that activity, the question that drifted into the room got a laugh: “What are we selling?” As did Eric Idle’s guess: “Ice cream? Cocoanut ice cream?” Or, as John Cleese would eloquently put it early in the press conference, “It’s very simple, it’s economic: Now that we’re no good any more, we’re trying to squeeze every last penny out of the days when we were able to do it.” … Read More

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‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Eats a Hot Dog in Batman Sketch on ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’

With the recent end of the first season of the uniquely slow and slowly excellent Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan seems… Read More

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Three Women Walk Into a Half-Naked Comedy Show About Rape…

Adrienne Truscott’s one-woman show Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else! is part burlesque performance-art, part stand-up comedy act, part feminist conversation-piece. But if there’s one thing the self-described evening of rape jokes is not, it’s shy. … Read More

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Amy Schumer Announces Fourth Season Renewal on ‘Letterman,’ Reveals Her “Vagina”

Inside Amy Schumer fans are gearing up for tonight’s premiere of the show’s third season, and they can rest assured knowing this… Read More

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Brooklyn Stoner Comedy ‘High Maintenance’ to Deliver Six New Episodes to HBO

On today, 4/20, some huge and oh-so-topical news has been announced: The online comedy-series High Maintenance is coming to television: HBO has… Read More

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Tig Notaro’s New Comedy Special Takes Her on a Dark and Funny Road Trip

If you’re looking for a straightforward stand-up comedy special, you’re not going to find it in Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro (though you can wait a few months to see her star in one for HBO). What you will find, however, is part stand-up, part buddy comedy, and part road trip documentary — and an oddly cathartic one, at that. If anyone needs catharsis, it’s Notaro herself, who, over the course of about four months, suffered from a major intestinal infection, found out her mother had suddenly died, endured a break-up, and then got diagnosed with stage two breast cancer (her now-famous set revealing her diagnosis is available for purchase here). Premiering tonight on Showtime, Knock Knock documents the next part of her life: a short tour that forgoes the normal comedy venues and instead finds Notaro performing in odd, intimate settings — a private lake house, an abandoned church/warehouse, and more. … Read More

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Prepare for Ice Cream “Brr-itos” and a Lot More Sarah Jessica Parker: Links You Need To See

Breaking news! An Italian explorer will be living in a giant ball atop an iceberg for a year! Studio Ghibli has released a U.S. trailer for When Marnie Was There! The Time 100 was released and has already become a work of found poetry! Sarah Jessica Parker is coming back to HBO with a new comedy called Divorce, which the network just gave a series order!  Hyperbole aside, the real breaking news is that the North River Lobster Boat is coming back to New York this summer—May 1st, specifically—with 45-minute long Hudson River cruises, replete with booze and Maine lobster rolls, AND secondly that Ben & Jerry’s is releasing the Brrr-ito, a giant ice-cream stuffed wafer of goodness, notably on 4/20. … Read More

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The Mixed Message of Louis CK’s Apology to Sarah Palin

Louis CK slammed Sarah Palin with some particularly vulgar, obscene, anatomy-focused tweets back in 2010. They helped explode his Twitter popularity and resulted in Greta Van Susteren threatening to protest if he was named host of the Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner. … Read More

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