Kristen Schaal

‘The Last Man on Earth’ and the Rewards of Sticking with a Unlikable Character

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Fox’s The Last Man on Earth was fascinating in the beginning, an immediately impressive sitcom that managed to achieve the impossible: It was original. The pilot episode was an imaginative and exhilarating half-hour, one that was desolate and desperate, but also incredibly funny. It was anchored entirely by Phil Miller (played by the affable and scruffy Will Forte) who was, at least for a little while, the last man on earth. The series found humor in a post-apocalyptic scenario, then slowly added more characters (most notably Kristen Schaal as Carol) as it segued into a reversed romantic-comedy sitcom. At first, this change showcased a frustrating throwback to tired gender tropes, but the show soon became something entirely different and smarter — if you managed to stick around that long. 
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Fox’s ‘The Last Man On Earth’ Finds Humor in a Decidedly Unfunny Situation

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What would you do if you were the last person on Earth and had no rules to abide by? You’d lose your mind pretty damn quickly, if The Last Man on Earth, which premieres Sunday on Fox, is to be believed. But you’d also have a little fun while you’re at it. The latest installment in the post-apocalyptic end-of-the-world genre, the show takes place in 2022, after a disease wipes out everyone except Phil Miller (Will Forte), who has no idea how he survived or why. He is completely alone, he prays to God about how much he misses other humans, and he even, at one point, tries to commit suicide. But Last Man on Earth is a comedy — in fact, it’s one of the best new comedies of the season. 
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Kristen Schaal and Casey Wilson’s ‘Hotwives of Orlando’: Is the ‘Real Housewives’ Franchise Too Ridiculous to Parody?

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It seems pointless to mention that the main draw of Housewives-brand reality shows – and the very reason why a great number of people still watch them – is that they’re hyperbolically unreal. And yet I mentioned it, because Hulu’s The Hotwives of Orlando, created by Danielle Schneider and Dannah Phirman, is the kind of parody that booby-traps one into stating the obvious.
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25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know

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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