Russell Brand, Lewis Black, Jimmy Fallon appear in New York Times video series

If you’re anything like us here at Laughspin, you probably love to learn about the behind-the-scenes world of comedy. Comedy nerddom means we’re always asking questions: how do comedians get started in their career path? Where do they find their inspiration? That kind of stuff.

A new online video series will shed some light on those questions and more., a collection of conference and event videos, has just released a series of videos from 2010 featuring five comedy stars — Lewis Black, Russell Brand, Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan and Ben Stiller — talking seriously about their comedy careers alongside New York Times journalists.

You can check out some previews below. But to get the full hour-long interviews, you’re going to have to lay some money down. We’re talking $5 for each episode or $20 for the complete series pass.

Tracy Morgan: What Is ‘Good’ Comedy? from The New York Times ‘TimesTalks’ on

Lewis Black’s Subversive Sense of Humor from The New York Times ‘TimesTalks’ on

Jimmy Fallon: SNL, Late Night and First Impressions from The New York Times ‘TimesTalks’ on

Russell Brand: Being Cast as ‘Aldous Snow’ from The New York Times ‘TimesTalks’ on

Stiller: Awkwardness of ‘There’s Something About Mary’ from The New York Times ‘TimesTalks’ on

Carrie Andersen

In addition to writing for Laughspin, Carrie is a graduate student in Austin, Texas, where she researches popular culture, new media, music, and social movements. When not reading or writing in any official capacity, she spends her time playing the drums, watching crappy TV, and eating copious amounts of tacos and barbecue. She also blogs sporadically at

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