• Judd Apatow’s stand-up comedy resurrection

    Immaturity is funny, so says all-American comedy maven Judd Apatow, who’s best known for creating the genius, short-lived, cult TV show, Freaks and Geeks and his ensuing plethora of raunchy blockbusters. What Judd’s not so known for is his abridged stand-up career, which ran shorter than Webster’s legs. After an early 90’s writing and producing gig on The Ben Stiller Show, Apatow saw the light, dropped his microphone, and left

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    Louis C.K., Wanda Sykes, Jerry Seinfeld and more! 11 Comedians as comedians on television

    Stand-up comedians are taking over television! Comics, not all of them trained actors, are getting the opportunity to play the roles they were meant to play: comedians. The old stand-up-to-sitcom model was that maybe you’d get discovered at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal or a producer might see you headlining on the road and believe he could create an entire show around a few minutes of a

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    Steve Carell’s comedian interview show will premiere Jan. 26 on Showtime

    It’s finally happening, folks. We first heard Steve Carell and David Steinberg were working on a documentary about comedians way back in December of last year. Three months ago we found out that Showtime had picked up the project, called Laughing Stock, and that it would become a weekly series. And today we finally got a premiere date: Jan. 26 at 11 pm ET. The show is now called Inside

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    Watch Mel Gibson, Jamie Foxx and Garry Shandling backstage, honoring Robert Downey Jr.

    Where are we at on Mel Gibson these days? Is it ok to not hate is very existence anymore? It seems Hollywood – the moral compass of the world – has forgiven him for his past bouts of sexism, anti-semitism and psychological abuse layed upon his former wife. The dude can act, after all. Right? Last month, Gibson as well as Jamie Foxx and Garry Shandling showed up on a

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    The embarrassing beginning: nine comedians’ roles they’d probably like to forget

    As anyone in show business can attest to, the entertainment industry can be horribly cutthroat and demoralizing. Everyone has to pay their dues, do their time, and otherwise work their way from relatively uninspiring, embarrassing, or generically shitty roles and jobs. Of course, any occupation requires working up from the bottom, but the entertainment industry makes that journey a public one. And, sometimes, well-established actors have a dry spell and

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    Garry Shandling will receive lifetime achievement award at Just For Laughs

    My first encounter with Garry Shandling was when I was five or six years old. I was completely obsessed with an oddly star-packed movie called Mother Goose Rock ‘n Rhyme, where Garry Shandling plays “Jack” of Jack and Jill fame. He wears a blue wig. It’s killer. Fortunately, though, that wasn’t his only role. The dude broke comedy ground for six years during the run of the before-its-time Larry Sanders

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    Alan Zweibel talks Saturday Night Live, Larry Sanders and Garry Shandling

    In four decades of comedy writing, Alan Zweibel’s work has provided an enormous range of good answers to the constantly shifting cultural question of “What’s funny?” From the mainstream to the bizarrely experimental, Zweibel has written a number of plays, novels, films, sitcoms, one-liners, and sketches. He sold jokes to Catskills comics for $7 a piece in the early ‘70s before he was hired by Lorne Michaels to be one

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