The following is excerpted from Norm Macdonald’s new book Based On A True Story: A Memoir. It is out now from Spiegel & Grau, and it is very, very funny.
When I showed up on the morning of my college graduation, I told whomever was in charge of herding hundreds of hungover almost-grads into a semblance of organization that I had majored in Ancient History.
For close to a decade, Kliph Nesteroff, a former stand-up comic from Vancouver, has been exploring the underbelly of showbiz, and especially comedy, history, mainly for WFMU’s Beware of the Blog, the New Jersey freeform radio station’s online home for longform ephemera. Though the writing was clearly unedited (and…
Kenny and Keith Lucas, better known as the comedic duo the Lucas Bros., have a reputation as laid-back stoners. Which is only half-true: In truth, they’re the smartest and hardest-working stoners you’ll ever meet. They’ve shown up on Arrested Development and in 22 Jump Street, and anchored TruTv’s sketch show Friends…
On Sunday night, Eddie Murphy accepted the Mark Twain Prize For American Humor at the Kennedy Center, and it was the first time he’d made a joke on stage in nearly three decades. What was that joke about? Accused rapist Bill Cosby.
For nearly four years, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have been among the best at dishing out incisive racial comedy to a generation that sorely needed it. Whether making lighthearted jabs at pop-culture trends or tackling serious political issues, their sketches were at their best when they were at their…
Bobcat Goldthwait’s career as a director (Shakes the Clown, God Bless America, World’s Greatest Dad) continues to reduce our memory of him as a comedian and actor (Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, Police Academy 3: Back in Training, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol). His latest film, Call Me Lucky, is a…
TV gives comedians endless amount of stupid shit to poke fun at. Remember TRL, née Total Request Live? It had its moments of greatness, but it also had a lot of plain stupid segments, and also Carson Daly was/is a giant sentient potato. Which is why it’s great that comedian Paul Scheer is now ripping on the…
In December 1981, a month before Late Night With David Letterman debuted on NBC, Peter W. Kaplan profiled the young comedian, and heir-apparent to Johnny Carson, for Esquire. The story is reprinted here with permission.
...And for a long time now, too.
Chris Rock said white people would never let it happen. A plan would be devised.
There's a good excerpt from Mike Sacks' new book, Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers, over at the New Yorker.
Great job by Longform reprinting Ned Stuckey-French's 1999 story on the relationship between Alexander Woollcott and Harpo Marx:
Adam Silver, Donald Sterling, Dennis Rodman, and others made appearances in tonight's Saturday Night Live cold open, which didn't skewer the scandal involving the L.A. Clippers owner as much as it did make mildly amusing references to it.
Originally published in New Times, January 1978. Reprinted here with the author's permission.