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

Pop Culture’s Best Tributes to Badass State Senator Wendy Davis

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With her 13-hour filibuster to block Texas’s beyond-archaic SB5 anti-abortion bill, state senator Wendy Davis instantly rocketed from impressive political up-and-comer to the Internet’s favorite feminist icon. And with that newfound icon status comes many, many expressions of (largely virtual) admiration and appreciation. Tributes to Davis in the days following her truly epic marathon speech have ranged from celebrity nods to Amazon review bombing, celebrating her as a bright spot in a battle that it’s depressing to be waging in the first place. We’ve collected the best of them to enjoy while Davis brings the fight to today’s Texas legislature special session, called by endlessly frustrating Governor Rick Perry. Hopefully she’ll bring the baby dragon someone helpfully photoshopped onto her shoulder.
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12 Women Who Would Make Great ‘Daily Show’ Hosts in Jon Stewart’s Absence

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As we reported yesterday, Jon Stewart is taking a three-month sabbatical from The Daily Show to write and direct a feature adaptation of journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir. During his absence, in addition to the expected summer surplus of reruns, Senior British Correspondent John Oliver will sit in as guest host — and don’t get us wrong for a second, we love us some John Oliver. But we do also wonder if the show might’ve missed an opportunity to address its controversial “woman problem” (and dramatize the staff’s response to it) by placing a funny lady in the host chair. There’s no shortage of them! We’ve got a few suggestions after the jump.
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