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  • Review: 'Poking a Dead Frog' by Mike Sacks

    Review: 'Poking a Dead Frog' by Mike Sacks
    A more ponderous proposition there is not than a scholarly analysis of what comedy is and why we laugh at something. Take Arthur Schopenhauer — please. Humor, Schopenhauer writes, can be "traced to a syllogism in the first figure with an undisputed major and an unexpected minor, which to a certain extent is only sophistically valid."
  • Ricky Gervais on 'Derek,' Netflix and Whether He'd Host the Emmys

    Ricky Gervais has made a career out of the uncomfortable. Both through his sitcoms "The Office" and "Extras" (co-created with and Stephen Merchant) and in his standup routines and public persona, he's created situations and subjects that poke fun at the...

    Ricky Gervais to star in 'Office' spinoff movie 'Life on the Road'

    Ricky Gervais to star in 'Office' spinoff movie 'Life on the Road'
    Ricky Gervais is taking his "Office" act on the road. The star and co-creator of the hit British sitcom is developing "Life on the Road," a movie based on his character David Brent, BBC Films announced Tuesday. The movie, which is set to start...

    How Hit Guest Stars Ended Up on TV's Top Shows

    Playing a guest role on a TV show can be one of the most difficult acting jobs: While series regulars have the luxury of building a role over time, a guest star has to drop in and create a fully fledged character, sometimes with only a few lines. Dawn...

    HBO Cancels Comedies 'Family Tree' and 'Hello Ladies'

    HBO has given the ax to first-year comedies "Family Tree" and "Hello Ladies." "Getting On," another comedy that bowed in late November, is expected to return for a sophomore season. "Family Tree," starring Chris O'Dowd, hailed from writer-director...