The Playboy Interview: Stephen Colbert on Politics, Grief and Bill…


Well, the #CancelColbert people got their wish. Sort of. Stephen Colbert will leave the Colbert Report to replace David Letterman on the Late Show. Since we'll be getting a lot more of the real Stephen next year when he moves from Comedy Central to CBS, we thought you'd want to familiarize yourself with the man behind… » 4/10/14 6:21pm 4/10/14 6:21pm

David Letterman's 1984 Playboy Interview. A Candid Conversation with…

One of the greatest comic voices and broadcasters of the last 50 years has decided to call it a day. David Letterman announced his retirement today. We had our first Playboy Interview with Dave in 1984, back before Leno and the late night wars, back before CBS, back before the scandals, back when he was the crown… » 4/03/14 5:42pm 4/03/14 5:42pm

The Man Who Had to Choose Between His Judicial Career and Comedy Dream


So here's Vince Sicari, just north of Times Square, telling jokes at four in the afternoon. It's one of those hospital-gray days when New York City spits in your face. At the famous comedy club Carolines on Broadway, down a flight of stairs, behind thick black curtains, Vince is hosting the happy-hour set. The room… » 3/26/14 12:48pm 3/26/14 12:48pm

The Comedic Duo of Bob and Naomi Odenkirk


Bob Odenkirk examines the smörgåsbord of desserts that line a long wooden dining room table—espresso cupcakes, chocolate peanut-butter balls, pumpkin bread, triple chocolate caramel cookies and doughnuts among them. Like everyone else around him, he ignores the chocolate chunk cookies with a white card in front of them… » 3/13/14 3:10pm 3/13/14 3:10pm

Cracking Up With Charlie Barnett, The Legendary Street Comic

Originally published in the Village Voice (date unknown). Anthologized in the author's collection of reportage, No Success Like Failure. For a sort of companion to this, check out Solotaroff's dispatch from an Andrew Dice Clay show in 1989. The author's afterword is here. » 11/22/13 11:27am 11/22/13 11:27am

An Open Letter to White Male Comedians

Hey guys*: Listen, I know you're mad at me. I mean, maybe not me specifically, but a figurative "me"—the type of woman who thinks she's funny, who thinks she understands comedy, who has opinions (and shares them) about what kinds of jokes comics "should" or "should not" tell. » 5/11/13 12:36pm 5/11/13 12:36pm

Here's How Rick Reilly's Twitter "Jokes" Played At Open Mic Night

Boston radio guys Toucher & Rich had the best bit this morning. There's fury around the Deadspin office that we didn't think of it first. They sent phone screener/factotum Adolfo Gonzalez to a comedy club, armed with a series of actual jokes from Rick Reilly's Twitter feed. » 11/16/12 3:30pm 11/16/12 3:30pm

This Man Is A Standup Comedian And An Evolutionary Anthropologist…

What do your jokes say about you? That's what Robert Lynch wants to know. He's pursuing his Ph.D. in evolutionary anthropology at Rutgers, and his studies focus on why humans laugh. (He's also a standup comedian.) Lynch is in the discussion below, ready to answer all your questions about the science of jokes. » 8/16/12 12:55pm 8/16/12 12:55pm

Dead Comedian Of The Week: Mitch Hedberg, The Comic's Comic

For Comedy Week, we're running a handful of tributes in the vein of our Dead Wrestler of the Week series. Here, the Masked Man looks at the legacy of Mitch Hedberg, the surrealist who developed a cult following before his death in 2005—and an even bigger one after his death. » 8/12/11 2:20pm 8/12/11 2:20pm