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  1. Scarecrows on a Hot Date: Chelsea Peretti’s Stand-up Comedy...

    Molly Lambert

    Stand-up comedy specials are more than a century old. In 1898, Comedian Cal Stewart's topical riffs ("what's the deal with the Spanish-American War?"), songs, and humorous stories were recorded for posterity for Thomas Edison&#039...

    Blog | November 17, 2014
  2. I Came Out a Believer: The Magical L.A. of 'Nathan for You&#...

    Molly Lambert

    Nathan Fielder's Comedy Central show Nathan for You is a lot of things: a prank show, an absurdist art project, a filmed meditation on the limits of politeness. But it's also a travelogue through some of Los Angeles's most mundane area...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  3. Exit Through the Coffee Shop: The Absurdist Art of ‘Nathan ...

    Molly Lambert

    Last night Comedy Central aired the "Dumb Starbucks" episode of Nathan for You, the culmination of a joke that took six months to pay off. In February, Nathan Fielder first announced he was the one responsible for the sudden appearance of a...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  4. The True Best Romantic Comedy of the Last Decade? ‘Anchorma...

    Molly Lambert

    It's been 25 years since the birth of the modern romantic comedy. Beginning with When Harry Met Sally...; in 1989, the genre has become a launching pad for some actors and a refuge for others. In these movies we find predictable mo...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  5. ‘The Hotwives of Orlando’: A Female Ensemble Comedy f...

    Molly Lambert

    How do you parody a series that already verges on self-parody? Hulu's new original scripted series The Hotwives of Orlando answers that question: You do it lovingly. Hotwives' creators, Dannah Phirman and...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  6. The ‘They Came Together’ Trailer: Wet Hot American Ro...

    Molly Lambert

    They Came Together sees David Wain and Michael Showalter coming together to do for romantic comedies set in New York what Wet Hot American Summer did for summer camp comedies of the '70s and '80s. Wain, whose last...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  7. The Highs and Lows of Amy Schumer’s Comedy

    Molly Lambert

    Halfway through its second season, Inside Amy Schumer is another jewel in the Comedy Central crown; the network now counts the series, along with Kroll Show, Broad City, and Key & Peele, among its critically acclaimed buzzy cultural products. Sch...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  8. Tina, Amy, and the Female F-ckup: A Filmography

    Molly Lambert

    Throughout the history of comedy, there has been an overblown focus on men behaving badly. Try to imagine a female version of Adam Sandler's perennial idiot boy, and I don't just mean Sandler in his Jack & Jill drag. Even in m...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  9. Lorne Michaels's 'Secret' Search for a Black Female SNL Cast Memb...

    Molly Lambert

    Yesterday, late-night television historian Bill Carter tweeted that Lorne Michaels himself had told him that Saturday Night Live was indeed auditioning black female comedians to join the show's cast in January. According to Carter, the final audition...

    Blog | December 13, 2013
  10. The Fading Gigolo Trailer Brings All Your Woody AllenJohn Turtur...

    Molly Lambert

    It seems the world (me) has been asking for a buddy comedy starring John Turturro as a middle-aged prostitute and Woody Allen as his pimp nigh on forever. But our prayers have been answered at last, in the form of Turturro's fifth directorial feature...

    Blog | August 14, 2013
  11. Grading the Top 10 Comedy Songs in the U.K.!

    Molly Lambert

    1. Funny Song Factory, "#1 Banana Song Dance Remix, Despicable Me Minion Fun Song" So I'm not sure exactly why this doesn't happen here, too, but in Europe it seems like novelty ringtones go to no. 1 sometimes. For whatever reason, Americans wer...

    Blog | August 06, 2013
  12. Grading the Top 10 in & COMEDY ALBUMS!

    Molly Lambert

    1. Pete Holmes, "This Party Is McDonald's" (Nice Try, the Devil) Pete Holmes has a podcast called You Made It Weird and an upcoming TBS talk show called The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes. That might help bump his credit as "the voice of the E...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  13. Girls Maturity Level Threat Watch: Episode 6

    Molly Lambert

    Adam Oh Adam, you human bandsaw. Welcome back, hon. On their way to Staten Island during a wild dog chase, Ray tries to make contact with Adam by blathering aimlessly about sex (like he always does), prompting Adam to reveal that what turns him on i...

    Blog | February 18, 2013
  14. Counting Down the Top 10 in ... SOUNDTRACKS!

    Molly Lambert

    1. The Barden Bellas ft. The Treblemakers, "Riff Off: Mickey/Like A Virgin/Hit Me With Your Best Shot/S&M/Let's Talk About Sex/I'll Make Love To You/Feels Like The First Time/No Diggity" (Pitch Perfect) Pitch Perfect, Kay Cannon's comedy about...

    Blog | February 12, 2013
  15. Girls Maturity Level Threat Watch: Episode 4

    Molly Lambert

    Jessa Jessa finally created a problem that she couldn't blag her way out of with charm and good looks. Her narcissistic posh charm was on trial at dinner with husband Thomas-John's parents, resulting in a split verdict. While she was able to flirt h...

    Blog | February 04, 2013
  16. Veep and the Glories of Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Molly Lambert

    While Girls has dominated the blog cycle with forcefully divided opinions about its particular take on the modern youth experience, HBO's other freshman comedy series Veep has quietly become a mandatory part of jam-packed Sunday-night television view...

    Blog | June 08, 2012