Comedy

Tracy Morgan’s New Special Reminds Us of What He’s Best At: Stand-up Comedy

Every now and then, a stand-up comedian who finds fortune and glory on television or in the movies returns to the form that made him or her famous. Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, for example, don’t really need to get back on the stage, but they do it any chance they can get. While Seinfeld is, well, still Seinfeld, forever doing his clean “What’s the deal with…” routine, Rock’s stand-up tours are a chance to witness a comedian who is literally one of the best ever do what he does best. Rock is so good when he gets the microphone in his hand, you can forgive him for all the fluffy movies he makes with his less-talented former SNL cast buddies. … Read More

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The 5 Best Sketches From ‘Inside Amy Schumer’

Earlier this week, Inside Amy Schumer returned for a second season on Comedy Central. The series, which consists mostly of sketches and also incorporates some stand-up and interviews, had a solid first season, but Tuesday’s premiere was especially successful in the ratings. Inside Amy Schumer deserves all the success it gets. It’s clever, especially when it comes to subverting expectations, and it has a refreshing feminist angle that a lot of sketch comedy lacks. The show plays with this approach; in a “Focus Group” sketch, a male participant says, “I appreciated how it had a sort of feminist bent on a male-skewing network” but then quickly agrees that he’d like the show more if her body was hotter. Inside Amy Schumer‘s sneaky execution is part of what makes it both impressive and effective. Here are 5 of the show’s best sketches.

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Flavorwire Interview: Hannibal Buress on ‘Live From Chicago,’ ‘Broad City,’ and Prince

Everything is coming up Hannibal Buress. After some writing stints on both 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, Buress has been keeping busy with a memorable role on Broad City and lending his distinct voice to shows like Bob’s Burgers and Chozen. With a weekly show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory, a role alongside Zac Efron and Seth Rogen in the upcoming movie Neighbors, and a Comedy Central pilot that may or may not have gotten picked up, 2014 is primed to be Buress’ best year yet. Hannibal Buress Live From Chicago premieres on Comedy Central Saturday at midnight (but can be purchased for only $5 from Comedy Central Direct). I spoke with Hannibal Buress about his new special, his multiple TV roles, and Tumblr GIFs. … Read More

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Memorializing ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ Lindsay Lohan Smashes Another Car

After years of turmoil, tumult, turbulence, Canyons and Liz and Dicks, Lindsay Lohan has finally sealed her comeback performance. Starring… Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive Video: “SNL Band Audition,” Starring Aimee Mann, Andy Kindler, and DC Pierson

What does it take to land a spot as one of the anonymously jovial band members on Saturday Night Live? Well, if you believe the short below, you definitely have to perfect your most sincere fake-laugh. Musician Aimee Mann and comedian Andy Kindler play a casting director and a producer, respectively, for the long-running late-night sketch show. Watch as the pair explain to a hapless bassist (played by comedian DC Pierson) how feigning laughter on camera is integral to the job — perhaps more important than actual musical ability. After all, the band has to act as if the hypothetical host’s (for example, “Jim Belushi, God forbid”) jokes are actually funny. Check out the clip, directed by Daniel Ralston, after the jump. … Read More

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Obama’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ Appearance Is a Reminder of Everything That’s Great About Obama

It seems rather unprecedented, I suppose, for the President of the United States to shoot a funny Internet video with an absurdist comic. Could you imagine, perhaps, Ronald Reagan joking around with Andy Kaufman? So I expect President Barack Obama’s appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis will cause more than a few grumbles among those who make their living as talking heads for right-leading media outlets. But at this point, when the relationship between American politics and the entertainment media has become so symbiotic, is it a surprise at all?  … Read More

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25 Comedians of Color Everyone Should Know

Last week, we put together our list of female comedians everyone should have on their radar, prompted in part by Jerry Seinfeld’s implication that the reason he hasn’t had many women or people of color on his web series is because there just aren’t many funny women or non-white people out there. Between Seinfeld’s remarks and the recent dialogue about diversity on late-night shows and SNL, the time seemed right to round up 25 hilarious people who happen not to be white. Click through for our list, from Aziz Ansari to Reggie… Read More

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25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know

This month marked the latest dust-up in the long-running struggle for greater diversity in comedy, when Jerry “Too Rich and Famous to Give a Crap About How Awful He Sounds” Seinfeld dismissed concerns about the abundance of white men on his web series at “PC nonsense.” What Seinfeld didn’t seem to realize was that statements like, “If you’re funny, I’m interested. If you’re not funny, I’m not interested” imply that women and people of color are, um… fundamentally less hilarious than Caucasian dudes. Here’s a sampling of 25 ladies who blow that misconception out of the… Read More

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Sid Caesar’s Influence on Comedy Will Never Die

I didn’t grow up watching Your Show of Shows, but the sort of comedy featured on the variety show that starred Sid Caesar, alongside Imogene Coca and a host of other performers, was all around me growing up. And though many young people wouldn’t even recognize Caesar’s name, his influence continues on contemporary comedy is immeasurable. … Read More

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