Comedy

Why Mike Nichols Was So Much More Than ‘The Graduate’

If you Google Mike Nichols today, the headlines for the top entries in the news wedge are unsurprisingly similar. “Mike Nichols, Acclaimed Director of ‘The Graduate,’ Dies at 83,” goes the New York Times. “‘Graduate’ Director Mike Nichols Dead at 83,” reports CBS News. The Hollywood Reporter: “Mike Nichols, Director of ‘The Graduate,’ Dies at 83.” And AP (via Huffington Post) writes, “Mike Nichols, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘The Graduate,’ Dies at 83.” It is, I suppose, a testament to the influence and importance of that 47-year-old movie that it’s pegged as his primary achievement; scroll past the lede and you’ll probably read about Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and perhaps that he was married to Diane Sawyer. But a look at the entirety of Nichols’ five-plus decades in show business reveals much more than that; he was an innovative and brilliant artist whose influence was and is still felt across popular culture. … Read More

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Alec Baldwin Returns to the Public Eye by Giving People Relationship Advice in Cabs in New Web Series ‘Love Ride’

You’ll recall that, after a series of media scandals over Alec Baldwin’s tendency to start yelling epithets at people… Read More

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Hulu Makes Straight-to-Series Order of Billy Eichner-Starring ‘Difficult People,’ Executive Produced by Amy Poehler


Just as you were worrying about Amy Poehler’s departure from your weekly routine with the imminent final season… Read More

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Seth MacFarlane, Sick of Being Called Misogynist, Says “We Saw Your Boobs” Was Satire

What do you remember about the 2013 Oscars, hosted by Seth MacFarlane? Was it the Best Picture winner? (Argo.) Jennifer Lawrence falling up the stairs when she won for Silver Linings Playbook? Or was it Seth MacFarlane, who started off the night on an ugly, hostile note with the song “We Saw Your Boobs”? … Read More

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Watch (NSFW): Veterans Are Screwed, So She’ll “F*ck Veterans”

In honor of Veteran’s Day, comedian Jessie Kahnweiler went to her local VA and began filming herself offering lewd propositions… Read More

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Amy Schumer and the ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Team Fought for and Won the Right to Say “Pussy” on Comedy Central

Ah, chivalry. Men holding doors, paying for the drinks, bleeping the word “pussy” on Comedy Central because it’s obscene, while… Read More

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Why Did Louis C.K. Leave Twitter?

A couple weeks ago, Louis C.K. went on a intense rant about ISIS on Twitter. Over the weekend, his Twitter… Read More

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See Brad Pitt Spit Gum In Zach Galifianakis’ Face on ‘Between Two Ferns’

Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis’ surprisingly long-running awkward interview series, has dropped a new episode. This time, Galifianakis is… Read More

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Portland’s First Homegrown “Men’s Rights Activist” Targets Female-Centric Comedy Fest

A man claiming to be Portland’s first homegrown Men’s Rights Activist decided to target an all-female (and transgender) comedy fest this past week in Portland. All Jane No Dick is a multi-night celebration of (very funny!) women in comedy, which makes plenty of sense as a concept, given the sexism in the stand-up field. But one fellow named Matt seems to lack this context, which is why he stands alone, adamant, against the “no dick” joke in the title. He mounted his own flyer campaign disparaging the event and advertised on Craigslist for co-protesters, operating under the nickname he himself has invented: “The Lone Woof.” … Read More

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