Jim & Andy

December 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman (Photo: Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman (Photo: Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

I’ve been terrible about updating lately, but while compiling a bunch of comedy docs for Vulture, I’m reminded of how much I got out of the Netflix “Jim & Andy” doc. The director really makes an interesting argument that Carrey fell in with Kaufman and never reallyreturned to the Carrey persona he created in the early days of his career…

10 Revelations from the Jim Carrey-Andy Kaufman doc “Jim & Andy…”

Sketches for the Emmy-Nominated

August 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Alec Baldwin (Photo: NBC)

Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Alec Baldwin (Photo: NBC)

The good folks at Vulture asked me to pick a few sketches to illustrate why each of the four Emmy-nominatedSNL players have a shot at winning. My thoughts:

Which of These SNL Cast Members Will Win an Emmy?

The Romance of City Hall Weddings

August 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Geoffrey Aung and Lanna Walsh at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau (Photo: Krista Schlueter)

Geoffrey Aung and Lanna Walsh at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau (Photo: Krista Schlueter)

This summer my pal Krista Schlueter and I went to the City Clerk’s offices for a day to get the feeling of Manhattan’s Marriage Bureau. A really fun and memorable day… and yeah, a rare building in which New Yorkers are all smiles.

What Its Really Like to Get Married at the New York City Clerk’s Office

Moshe, Natasha, and How Not to Kill Your Spouse

August 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Natasha Leggero & Moshe Kasher (Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

Natasha Leggero & Moshe Kasher (Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

Married comics Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher provided Vulturewith some useful advice for anyone traveling with another persona spouse, in particular.

How to Travel with Your Partner from Two Married Comedians

Fun fact: Ourconversation was recorded very early in the morning while I folded upin a rental car parked outside of a motelmy lady was still sleeping in our room. Clearly, I could have been giving my own tips.

Weapons & Klepper

June 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Jordan Klepper (Photo: Gavin Bond/Comedy Central)

Jordan Klepper (Photo: Gavin Bond/Comedy Central)

Had a chat with (now-former) The Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper for Rolling Stone.We talked abouthis new special Jordan Klepper Solves Guns and Trump’s America, naturally, but there are also bits about solving climate change via Snapchat and a grandpa’s bourbon preferences.

Jordan Klepper on Guns…

Johnny Carson, Comic Advocate

June 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

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For Rolling Stone, I talked aboutthe golden era of first-timeTonight Show comics findinga national audience. Ah, when there was but one kingmaker… when there was a kingmaker at all.

Best Comedic Debuts on The Tonight Show

10 Comic Up-and-Comers

June 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Julio Torres (Photo: Mindy Tucker)

Julio Torres (Photo: Mindy Tucker)

Rolling Stone asked me to pick 10 young comics to keep an eye on. I really like this crop but, as always, I wish I had more spots to give out…

10 Comedians You Need to Know

Vulture’s SNL Week

June 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Amy Poehler

Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Amy Poehler

Had a great time mullingSNL’s big season (and history) with Jesse and several other Vulture writers. Here’s a smattering of those stories I wrote or contributed to…

The 7 Paths to Post-SNL Success
The Rapid Rise of Mikey Day
What Was SNL’s Best Era?
Every SNL Impression from Season 42, Catalogued

SNL Season 42 Wrap

June 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Duane Johnson on Beck Bennett (Rosalind O'Connor/NBC)

Duane Johnson on Beck Bennett (Rosalind O’Connor/NBC)

As theSNL season wrapped, I finished my year of recaps for Vulture. Here are the last of the year:

May 20: Duane Johnson for President
May 13: Sean Spicer’s Big Trip to NYC
May 6: Chris Pine Gets Goofy

Charlie Murphy, Remembered

June 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Cedric the Entertainer & Charlie Murphy (David Buchan/Variety/Rex, HectorMata/AFP/Getty)

Cedric the Entertainer & Charlie Murphy (David Buchan/Variety/Rex, HectorMata/AFP/Getty)

Back in April, I got to ask Cedric the Entertainer questions about his friend and tour mate Charlie Murphy, just after Murphy passed. A hard moment, to be sure, but I can’t imagine abetter way to celebrate Murphy, his outlook and his comedy.

Cedric the Entertainer on Charlie Murphy