November 22, 2016

Search Party Series Review: Not Perfect, But a Strong Piece of Serialized Comic Storytelling

This week, TBS released a full season of the new series Search Party all at once. Lesley Coffin reviewed the entire 10 episode series, which stars […]
November 2, 2016

Comics Showing Their Love for Cubs

Grandfather to the Comedy world, Bob Newhart has been a lifelong Cubs fan, born and raised. Self-deprecating about the team as he can be in his […]
October 16, 2016

Carson Super Guest Tom Dreesen Looks at the Tonight Show, Old and New

Over the past few years, Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show has reemerged within the collective consciousness, thanks to the return of his shows to syndicated TV and […]
October 12, 2016

Review: Drunk History Goes Way Beyond Drinking Games

For over four seasons (already picked up for a fifth) Comedy Central has aired Drunk History, the brain child of Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner. And while the premise suggests the show exists alongside fratboy-comedy, Drunk History stands out as something different from anything else on TV. The simple premise, comics getting drunk and telling stories, has resulted in educational TV for adults. Entertaining, clever, and legitimately informative, the show goes a step beyond…reminding audiences that while history can seem boring in the classroom, history should be fun
September 27, 2016

Amy Landecker’s Huge Breakthrough Career: Transparent and Beyond

Amy Landecker is experiencing the kind of breakthrough that not only is rare in Hollywood, but goes against the logic we’ve come to believe. After working […]
September 27, 2016

Episode Review: The Last Man on Earth Season 3 Premiere [Spoilers]

It’s amazing how The Last Man on Earth has evolved from season one to three without losing a sense of the fundamental voice driving the show. Will […]
September 22, 2016

David Koechner is Doing Everything

The name (and especially the voice) of comedian/actor David Koechner has been a familiar one to audiences for more than 20 years on TV and films. […]
September 17, 2016

South Park Review: Everything Old is New Again

Everything Old is New Again on South Park 20 years on, South Park remains one of the sharpest shows on TV for one very important reason; […]
September 16, 2016

Better Things Episode Review: What Periods Are Really About

Better Things: What Periods Are Really About It seems that Better Things is taking on more a thematic than narrative structure than one might expect from […]
August 29, 2016

The Massive Impact of Gene Wilder’s Comedy

The loss of Gene Wilder today at the age of 83 is another sad loss suffered in the entertainment world in 2016. He hadn’t appeared in […]
August 23, 2016

Jim Gaffigan Show Series Finale Review: Jim the Friend vs Jim the Dad Comes Full Circle

  It says a lot about The Jim Gaffigan Show this season that the final two episodes can essentially get to the heart of the two […]
August 15, 2016

Jim Gaffigan Show Episode Review: Is Jim Gaffigan a Bad Dad?

For the past two seasons of The Jim Gaffigan Show, the Gaffigans have been asking the question “Is Jim a good father?” The dumb, lazy, and […]
August 10, 2016

Jim Gaffigan Show Episode Review: Will The Sexy Gaffigan Please Stand Up?

  Apologies for the lateness of this piece…I spent a long weekend back in Chicago with family. So returning to my New York apartment and DVR […]
August 2, 2016

The Jim Gaffigan Show Episode Review: Jim and Jeannie Get Extreme in “He Said She Said”

The Jim Gaffigan Show: “He Said, She Said” July 31, 2016 Rashomon isn’t just a movie, it’s become synonyms with a certain type of storytelling…telling the […]
July 26, 2016

Gaffigan Show Episode Review: An Arc de Triumph

How incredibly fitting that we wrap up the Jim and Dave story arc this week with the most revealing look at the hilariously dark and disturbing […]
July 20, 2016

Jim Gaffigan Show Episode Review: No Good Deed Part 2

Anytime there’s a multi-part episode of a TV show, reviewing it can be tough. You just don’t know how things turn out until they’ve all aired; […]
July 15, 2016

The Legacy of Ghostbuster-Gate: A Look at the Three Year Media and Social Media Frenzy Following Paul Feig’s Ghostbuster Reboot

  For a movie with the primary intention to make people happy, the online reaction for or against the new Ghostbusters movie has been one of […]
July 14, 2016

Emmy Nominations for Comedy 2016: Who and What

Ones thing for sure…considering he’s a talented actor, Anthony Anderson doesn’t seem to have much of a poker face. Despite being nominated the year before, a […]
July 12, 2016

The Jim Gaffigan Show Episode Review: Gaffigan Has a Frenemy…And It’s Not Who You’d Think

Gaffigan Has a Frenemy…and it’s not Who You’d Think
July 3, 2016

Jim Gaffigan is Still Out of Time and The Result is Terrific Television

Film biographer and journalist Lesley Coffin took a look at Season Two of the Jim Gaffigan Show so far.  She’ll be adding weekly reviews of the […]
June 28, 2016

Did Evil Dead Lead to Blood Simple? Coens Release Blood Simple Fake Trailer

How did cult classic camp horror film The Evil Dead help get the Coen Brothers’ first movie, Blood Simple made? Vanity Fair just released a story […]
June 3, 2016

The 5: With the Release of Popstar, Here Are 5 Underappreciated Mockumentaries

We’re bringing it back! It’s The 5! Not just any list, the top 5 list of anything and everything.  Bringing it back is former 5 superstar, […]
May 16, 2016

Cast Reflects on Last Man on Earth Season Finale’s High Note, Sad Tone

Despite everyone’s insistence that cable is the place to find the best programming on TV, 31 episodes into its two year run, Last Man on Earth has proven network TV can still compete. Segmented into essentially three volumes (part 1 of season 1, part 1 of season 2, and part 2 of season 2), the show has continued to transverse sitcom conventions not only in its high concept structure but the social commentary and emotional truths it tackles.
May 5, 2016

Flowers: Whimsical Comedy about Unbearable Sadness

You have to give a channel like Seeso credit for finding and nurturing a miniseries like Flowers. Not even 6 months into their launch as a new comedy subscription channel, they are premiering one of TV’s darkest comedies…and one which won’t be for everyone.
April 20, 2016

Time to Embrace Comedy at Tribeca: A Look at the Comedies of the Tribeca Film Festival 2016

Tribeca has had a history of including a variety of comedy films since their inception, when the first Best Narrative award went to the comedy Roger Dodger. The slate has always found a surprisingly strong number of comedies to play alongside the more serious indie dramas. Their midnight movie selections (normally host to shock drama) have also been open to comedies, such as the sports parody Balls Out and especially comedy-horror films such as Fresh Meat and Zombeavers. Along with their usual slate of low-key indie comedies, the festival has played host to special events honoring classic comedies. Just last year the festival hosted the Monty Python reunion with screenings of their classic films (and premiere of their documentary). And even offered public screenings of silent films, such as last year’s screening of Harold Lloyd’s Speedy with live music.
March 25, 2016

So Long Garry Shandling, a Genius Who Pioneered TV Comedy…Twice

Yesterday the comedy world, and entertainment world at large, suffered another divesting blow with the far too early loss of Garry Shandling. It would be hard […]
March 22, 2016

Comedy Power Couple Scott Aukerman and Kulap Vilaysack’s Big New Project

Meet the comedy power couple of Scott Aukerman and Kulap Vilaysack, a couple for almost 17 years, married for 8, and two people responsible for some very funny TV.