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Encino Man

Bryan Behar | Posted 10.26.2016 | Comedy
Bryan Behar

By no grand design, the last two books I've read--Philip Roth's American Pastoral and Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run--while disparate in tone and con...


Courtney M. Soliday | Posted 08.17.2016 | Comedy
Courtney M. Soliday

TWITTER - "#WhatHappenedToDennisProperty" users are asking on social media website, Twitter, as allegations heat up regarding the missing body of Denn...

Confessions of a Journeyman: My Twenty Years in Hollywood

Bryan Behar | Posted 12.17.2015 | Entertainment
Bryan Behar

In a digital-era where "sitcom writer" sounds almost as contemporary as "telegraph operator" or "CompuServe tech support," I was astonished to realize...

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

I Wake Up Screening: A Veteran TV Comedy Writer Discovers A New Life as a Filmmaker

David S. Simon | Posted 01.05.2015 | Comedy
David S. Simon

After a brief 25-year weekend in LA, where I either staffed, ran or co-created shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I finally escaped Hollywood, back to native New York with one clear purpose: to rediscover my soul which I had long ago sold to Satan.

Why Every Writer Should Take a Humor Writing Class

Siobhan Adcock | Posted 11.12.2014 | Comedy
Siobhan Adcock

Whatever or whoever you are, there's one very enjoyable step you can take, right now -- or at least, fairly soon -- to make yourself a better writer: Take a course in humor writing.

Secrets of the 'Playing House' Writers' Room with Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham

Karen Geier | Posted 08.13.2014 | Comedy
Karen Geier

I recently sat down with Lennon and Jessica on the eve of their two episode season finale to discuss what is different about how they write Playing House.

Cracked, But Not Broken: Columnist John Cheese Offers Life Advice and Laughs to Readers

Alex Koenig | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Koenig

"Comedy was a shield from that. I learned at a very early age that when my dad was about to go on a rampage, if I made him laugh, he kind of left me alone."

Born to Rock: An American Odyssey to the Cracker Barrel

Travis M. Andrews | Posted 03.23.2014 | Comedy
Travis M. Andrews

The screen door slammed with the intensity of our beating hearts, all three of us -- me, Jack and Mears. Name's Johnny, by the way, but people call me...

Being Funny Isn't Always That Much Fun

Danielle Sinay | Posted 10.14.2013 | Comedy
Danielle Sinay

Over the past few years I've planted myself right in the center of social media and shouted from the cyber rooftops, "I am the world's most self-absorbed girl with fake problems ever! And here are my ridiculously over-sensationalized and extremely personal stories."

Stand-Up Comedy Is Not Welcome Here

Greg Schwem | Posted 08.05.2013 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

I am issuing a challenge to our nation's stand-up comedians. Before you accept, I suggest you call, email, text and tweet the best joke writers you know because you're going to need them. Ready?

Woody and Me

Gary M. Krebs | Posted 04.22.2013 | Entertainment
Gary M. Krebs

To me, Woody Allen is an unparalleled artist who has entertained and inspired me (and many other nebbishes) from childhood to present. While attending the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), my single-minded freshman year goal was to meet Woody Allen.

I Made a Six-Hour TV Series in My Garage

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 04.15.2013 | Comedy
Jon Hotchkiss

Why do you think so much TV feels so homogenized? So watered down? So "non-threatening?" So much like just plain, ordinary chocolate ice-cream. Here, I'll tell you.

Standup to Fear: 6 Tips for Performing Comedy

Gary M. Krebs | Posted 03.30.2013 | Comedy
Gary M. Krebs

For years people have told me I was funny and I should go for it, but the timing was always off -- work obligations, family commitments, household responsibilities... Okay, that's B.S. The truth is, I was petrified of the idea of performing standup and that's why I never tried.

Interview With Rita Rudner

John DeBellis | Posted 03.18.2013 | Comedy
John DeBellis

The first heckler I ever encountered yelled, "What's your day job?" I replied, "This is the first time I've ever been onstage, could you please come back and heckle me when I'm more experienced?" He shut up.

My Friend, Alan Kirschenbaum

Philip Rosenthal | Posted 12.27.2012 | Entertainment
Philip Rosenthal

I don't really think it's appropriate to write about something so personal on the Internet, it certainly doesn't feel right, but nothing feels right today. I lost a brother.

Women Writers and Pilot Pickups: By the Numbers

G.L.O.C. | Posted 07.25.2012 | Comedy

Not every pilot written by a woman will be picked up, but women are garnering more attention for their work in television and their presence will only continue to grow in upcoming years.

Hey Man, I Read That Thing You Sent 6 Months Ago and Have Some Notes

Joe Cristalli | Posted 07.16.2012 | Comedy
Joe Cristalli

So I finally read your screenplay, and let me start by saying, great job. I didn't really love the title. I know you probably put a lot of thought and effort into Zombiepocalypse: To Hell and Back on the Wings of a Humidor, but something about it just didn't resonate with me.

Hey Man, Could You Read This Thing and Give Me Notes?

Joe Cristalli | Posted 06.24.2012 | Comedy
Joe Cristalli

Do you remember that thing I was working on? I told you about it at that house party a couple weeks ago? Anyway, I finally think it's time. Could you read this thing and give me notes?

How to Successfully Write Broad Comedy

Joe Cristalli | Posted 01.28.2012 | Comedy
Joe Cristalli

So, you want to be a comedy writer? That's a heck of a decision you've come to. In today's deprived sinkhole of an economy, many people are straying from the lucrative world of comedy and becoming useless things like doctors and parents.

'SNL' Hires College Humor's Sarah Schneider

The Huffington Post | Christine Friar | Posted 10.11.2011 | Comedy

It was announced yesterday that College Humor's Sarah Schneider has been hired as a writer at "Saturday Night Live" for this upcoming season. Schn...

I Was Hired to Write Jokes for John Wayne Bobbitt (and Lived to Tell)

Mark C. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

Photo courtesy of It was a day like any other, only this one started with an unusual classified ad in the Hollywood trade paper, D...

They'll Take Manhattan: Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore's cyber-comedy "You've Got Hate Mail" opens lengthy run at NYC's Triad Theatre

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Holly Cara Price

Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the 1979 movie, was ground breaking for many reasons. It was, for instance, the first movie created from the popular St...

Interview with Mike Sacks, Author of "And Here's the Kicker"

Teddy Wayne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Teddy Wayne

As a frequent collaborator with Sacks, I decided to turn the tables and interview him about his own craft, his theory about OCD and comedy, and, inevitably, Milton Berle's penis.

Who Is Pressing The Pressmen?

Emily Bracken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Emily Bracken

Humorists and comedians are a curious bunch. Quixotic by nature, they want so desperately to live in a world of decency, fairness and goodness, and in Stewart's case, in a world where the media grew some cajones.