11/23/2011 10:50 am ET | Updated Jan 23, 2012

Talking To Jason Zinoman, The New Comedy Critic For The New York Times

A couple weeks ago, the New York Times debuted its newest column, one focusing on comedy. Previously, the paper's coverage of comedy generally stuck to major TV and film releases, with the occasional profile or trend piece throwing a bone to other performers. Outside the world of TV and movies, comedy has gotten a short shrift.

But now theater critic Jason Zinoman is covering comedy full-time for the Times, filing a column about everything from standup to improv every other week. I talked to him about why it took so damned long to get a comedy critic at the Times, what he's looking forward to covering, and how covering comedy differs from covering other art forms.