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  • Nat Faxon on 'Married,' for better or worse

     Nat Faxon on 'Married,' for better or worse
    Nat Faxon is that rare breed of actor best known for his writing. Along with writing partner Jim Rash, whom Faxon met while part of the Groundlings comedy troupe, Faxon is otherwise known as the Oscar-winning writer behind the 2011 George Clooney-vehicle "The Descendants." The duo later worked as writer-directors of the indie coming-of-age film "The Way, Way Back."
  • Theater, Improv Backgrounds Help Build Emmy-Nominated Comedy Casts

    Crafting an ensemble cast that has chemistry and serves a series takes experience and skill to a degree, but it can entail a healthy dose of risk-taking and finger-crossing as well. When Jeanne McCarthy and Nicole Abellera first began assembling the cast...

    10 Comics to Watch: Fortune Feimster Graduates From Late-Night to 'Cabot College'

    After 11 years living in Los Angeles, Fortune Feimster still hasn't been able to shake her North Carolina accent. That twang, plus a brash, unafraid-to-be-silly attitude that suggests a female Chris Farley, made for some pretty agonizing auditions early...

    Five Comedy Incubations That Hatched Into Major Stars and Projects

    Last month, during a master class at the Taormina Film Festival, no less a star than Ben Stiller admitted that his career wouldn't have gotten far if he'd relied on auditions, which seldom went his way early on, for other people's projects. "A lot of...

    Melissa McCarthy: Despite outrageous antics, 'Tammy' is in everybody

    Underneath the outrageous protagonist at the center of her new movie, "Tammy," is an insecure person at a crossroads in her life, says Melissa McCarthy — something the actress believes moviegoers can easily relate to. “I think there’...