| May 15, 2014
| 12:48 PM
Thursday night is once again, and for the next many weeks, "Comedy Bang! Bang!" night on IFC, with sweater-wearing host Scott Aukerman and bushy-haired "bandleader" Reggie Watts your guides to a world in which most anything can happen. Last week, to...
| May 24, 2014
| 9:00 AM
It's raucous backstage at the Groundlings after a Tuesday evening improv show — red wine and buckets of salty snacks will do that to a roomful of comedians, as will having just killed it onstage. A fluffy border collie lumbers through the crowd,...
| 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...
| Apr 25, 2014
It used to be if you wanted to hear someone talking to an author at length on the radio, you had to wait for Terry Gross and "Fresh Air" to invite someone on. I think Gross is a great interviewer, and sometimes her author chats are so good (particularly...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 1:50 PM
"Moone Boy" (Hulu). Tall and shaggy Chris O'Dowd, whom you may have seen in "The IT Crowd," "Bridesmaids," "Girls" or Christopher Guest's dear departed "Family Tree" -- or even possibly on Broadway, where he is now playing opposite James Franco in a...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Google's YouTube will present its first-ever live interactive comedy improv event, "Off the Top," on Aug. 1 and 2 hosted by EpicLLOYD (Lloyd Ahlquist) of Epic Rap Battles of History.
The event, produced from YouTube Space LA, will comprise three...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 6:17 PM
Noel Wells and John Milhiser are leaving “Saturday Night Live,” sources said Tuesday, a day after Monday's departure of fellow former freshman player Brooks Wheelan.
Nasim Pedrad is also exiting the sketch comedy show, but her departure comes...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 4:30 PM
"Saturday Night Live" has given the boot to two more freshman cast members, and is losing one of its more recognizable players, sources confirm to Variety.
NBC has chosen not to renew the contracts of newcomers NoÃ«l Wells and John Milhiser while Nasim...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 12:30 PM
As it turns out, none of the comics that that belong to the Harvard Sailing Team went to Ivy League schools. Rather, when longtime friends Chris Smith and Billy Scafuri graduated from their respective colleges, the pair decided to recruit several of...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 9:52 AM
"Los Jets" (NUVOtv). This six-part documentary about an all-Latino North Carolina high school soccer team is also a tale of the changing face of the South and asks again that elastic and inexhaustible question, What Does It Mean To Be an American? Created...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 5:40 PM
Kate Micucci says it wasn't until she started getting dirty that her clever songs became hits.
And she probably wouldn't have gotten dirty, she says, if it wasn't for Riki Lindhome, her musical comedy partner, and one-half of her duo "Garfunkel and...