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

An Early Onslaught of Trump Jokes

June 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

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I catalogued a horde of Trump jokes for New Yorka couple of months ago, a fascinating experience. If anything, it’s just a reminder of how fast things move and how disturbing they are…

A First Draft of History, Told in 117 Days of Trump Jokes

Pete Holmes, Crashing & Bombing

February 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

Pete Holmes and Artie Lange in Crashing (Mary Cybulski/HBO)

Pete Holmes and Artie Lange in Crashing (Mary Cybulski/HBO)

Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow’s new HBO series premieres this week, and I got the chance to write about it for Rolling Stone. It’s about divorce and the open mic comedy world, but quietly a spiritual quest. Not unlike Holmes’ experiences in the pitch room, all of the longwinded references I made to Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey were (rightfully) deemed excessive.

Inside Crashing: How Pete Holmes Survived Comedy and Live to Tell About It

50 Best Stand Ups

February 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

Richard Pryor from Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

Richard Pryor from Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

The internet has to be loud and definitive, but every time I make a list like this, I can only think about the compromises we made in the process of putting it together. With this one, I feel like there are about 25 ironclad names and another 25 that might be occupied by 50, even 75 names about whom it’s worth having conversations. (And that sentiment doesn’t make a great headline to click on.)

50 Best Stand-Ups

Anyway, it’s always fun to think about stand-up past and future; I feel like I’ll have to convince my editor to find space to do another addendum for the 25 foundational comedians who opened the door for all of the voice-driven stand-ups on our list.

100 More Jokes of Modern Comedy

February 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

Illustration: David Perezcassar

Illustration: David Perezcassar

Jesse David Fox rounded up a bunch of us to think and write a second part tothe 100 Jokes of Modern Comedy we did last year around this time. We broadened it a bit this time, talking satire and art and even more film. It was fun to ponder, and the whole thing makes my brain make connections it wouldn’t otherwise.

100 More Jokes of Modern Comedy

As a part of it, I talked with Mike Myers about the Wayne’s World “NOT” joke in particular. Apparently, there’s a mathematical formula for the joke. (True.)

Mike Myers on How the “Not” Joke Went from Wayne’s World to Donald Trump