| May 28, 2014
| 12:30 PM
When Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and Seth Meyers show up on "Saturday Night Live," viewers might see it as just another instance of the comedy institution tapping its famous alumni. But it's also part of the latest business foray by producer Lorne...
| May 30, 2014
| 6:30 AM
They say art imitates life, or is it life imitates art? All we here at The Envelope know is that life can be pretty funny sometimes, and that can be comedy gold on television.
In anticipation of the Emmys, The Envelope gathered some of comedy's elite...
| May 31, 2014
| 7:00 AM
The days of the mean-spirited celebrity roast have mostly come and gone, with the possible exception of Charlie Sheen's screen time. From sketch comedies to sitcoms, today's funnybone seems to have a gentler spirit.
That's a topic the Envelope Emmy...
| May 21, 2014
| 1:45 PM
Kyle MacLachlan is a man of many TV titles. He's the mayor on "Portlandia." He's "The Captain" on "How I Met Your Mother." (Nobody beats his readings from "H.M.S. Pinafore." Nobody.) And on "Believe," he played Dr. Roman Skouras, a renowned geneticist...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 9:09 AM
Every football fan knows how much fun tailgating outside a game can be. But NPR fans get into tailgating, too.
In the latest teaser to upcoming fourth season of "Portlandia," Portland residents Malcolm (Fred Armisen) and Kris (Carrie Brownstein) party...
| May 29, 2014
| 7:46 AM
"Modern Family" has won the Emmy for comedy series four years running. The only show to take it five straight years? "Frasier." Should "Family" win again, we might need therapy. An early look at this year's comedy races.
| May 8, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Thursday brings the third-season return, on IFC, of Scott Aukerman's "Comedy Bang! Bang!" An often surreal and free-associating sketch show in the guise of a talk show, it is also a talk show within a sketch show — the one shading into the other...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 11:50 AM
Fred Armisen may be debating whether to exit "Saturday Night Live," but he's not leaving Portland any time soon. IFC has renewed "Portlandia" for a fourth and fifth season.
The network made the announcement Wednesday, saying the comedy series from...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 5:16 PM
"Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes appeared at a recent event at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and to hear him tell it, there won't be much mourning following one of the series' most shocking character deaths.
Here's the part where...
| Jun 18, 2013
The TBS Just for Laughs comedy festival has wrapped for another summer in Chicago, having played out in venues changing from the Chicago Theatre to Stage 773. Here are reviews from select shows over the weekend; check back Tuesday for a report on Bill...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Emmy voters like a good epic and find biopics irresistible. How will these clashing sensibilities play out in this year's movie/miniseries race? And now that Jon Stewart has vacated his chair for a few weeks, might it be possible for someone to steal...