RIP Kroll Show, The Meta Sketch Comedy TV Needed

Last night was the series finale of Nick Kroll's Comedy Central series, Kroll Show. It was short but sweet—just three seasons of sketch comedy television parody. It took us into the alternate TV Universe of Nick Kroll's weird brand of comedy. It was a cable TV universe that is much like the one that exists in reality,… » 3/25/15 2:41pm 3/25/15 2:41pm

Watch An Unaired Ol' Dirty Bastard Interview From 1997

MTV is unearthing a bunch of old, obscure interviews with fixtures in New York hip-hop from the late '90s and posting them on Genius. First up is one from the Ol' Dirty Bastard (RIP), where he talks about his kids, his wife, and his struggles with sobriety. It's very frank and, to be honest, a little bit sad. » 1/29/15 2:18pm 1/29/15 2:18pm

The "Average Professional Baseball Player" Who Changed Sportswriting

Jim Brosnan, the pitcher whose book about his 1959 season offered an uncommonly candid look at life within baseball, died last month at the age of 84. In 2007, Brosnan was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals. Writer John Schulian gave the following speech on Brosnan's behalf. » 7/07/14 5:55pm 7/07/14 5:55pm

Legendary Shark Puncher Louis Zamperini Dies

Louis Zamperini died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 97. You may remember Zamperini from Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling biography of him, Unbroken, which everyone read and then yelled at you to go read. There are many completely insane things that happen in Unbroken. Zamperini becomes a famous collegiate track… » 7/03/14 3:25pm 7/03/14 3:25pm

Frankie Knuckles, Disco's Revenge, and Gay Black Music's Triumph

If you didn't understand how much Frankie Knuckles meant to people before last night, when news of the 59-year-old DJ and producer's death started spreading on social media, by now you probably do. If you need a lesson in what he meant to the world, watch the clip from the 2001 U.K. documentary about house music, Pump… » 4/01/14 5:27pm 4/01/14 5:27pm

L.C. Greenwood: The Smiling Badass Of The NFL's Baddest Front Four

The Steelers of the 1970s had the scowl of Mean Joe Greene and the gap where Jack Lambert's four front teeth should've been. But there was nothing quite like the menace presented by the smiling L.C. Greenwood, who died Sunday of kidney failure at the age of 67. A smile on that front line was like a fresh rose on a… » 10/01/13 4:26pm 10/01/13 4:26pm