Too Soon? Documentary recalls “The Onion” issue following 9/11

Satirical publication The Onion began printing on actual newsprint back in August 1988. The staff picked up and left their original home in Madison, Wisc., where they had begun while attending The University of Wisconsin, and moved to New York City in 2001. So they were still new New Yorkers when the 9/11 terrorist attacks […]

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Indiegogo campaign to complete final, posthumous documentary special on Ralphie May

When I sat down with Ralphie May and Lahna Turner to podcast in the green room of Gotham Comedy Club back in March 2015, a woman with a camera filmed the whole thing. They planned to make a documentary about themselves as a comedy couple and a family. Instead, they separated. Ralphie later died. And […]

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New biography, documentary explore the life and death of Robin Williams

Is there ever an appropriate time to look back at the life and legacy of Robin Williams without feeling sad at how it all ended? Whether you’re a “too soon” sort of person or not, this summer you’re getting two chances to remember Robin, with a new HBO documentary and a biography of the late […]

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New biography, documentary explore the life and death of Robin Williams

Is there ever an appropriate time to look back at the life and legacy of Robin Williams without feeling sad at how it all ended? Whether you’re a “too soon” sort of person or not, this summer you’re getting two chances to remember Robin, with a new HBO documentary and a biography of the late […]

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The Sound of One Muppet Guy Talking: A Conversation with Dave Goelz

The mind, voice, and hands behind The Great Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, saxophonist Zoot and three-dimes-shy-of-a-quarter Beauregard the janitor, Dave Goelz is the second-longest serving member of Jim Henson’s original Muppet collaborators behind Caroll Spinney, the man inside Big Bird. A former industrial designer, Goelz, 71, came aboard as a part-time puppet builder after meeting […]

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Can you make a comeback to stand-up after 20 years offstage? Ask Lou DiMaggio

Some people quit stand-up comedy. Some people don’t quit until they die. And others just fade away, for a variety of reasons. What was Lou DiMaggio’s excuse? That’s one of the questions answered in Where Have You Gone Lou DiMaggio?, a documentary film by Brad Kulhman which opens today in Los Angeles and will become available for […]

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What YouTube Pranksters Could Learn From ‘Windy City Heat’

Are there any four words that cause cringe in 2018 like “It’s a prank, bro”? Hordes of well-scrubbed YouTube boys have built careers around hollering that disclaimer after performing ridiculous acts in front of unsuspecting victims. Their videos are unanimously pretty dull, capable of eliciting shocked yawps at best before being forgotten by all but […]

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Doo-doo or do not, that is the question of this “Poop Talk” documentary

Everyone Poops is a very popular children’s book. And yet. Everyone poops, and nobody wants to talk about it. Despite the long history of fart jokes, we don’t generally discuss our excretory habits, or usually even acknowledge them. A brisk, bright 68-minute documentary fronted by the Sklar Brothers gets comedians and funny people to do just […]

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Doo-doo or do not, that is the question of this “Poop Talk” documentary

Everyone Poops is a very popular children’s book. And yet. Everyone poops, and nobody wants to talk about it. Despite the long history of fart jokes, we don’t generally discuss our excretory habits, or usually even acknowledge them. A brisk, bright 68-minute documentary fronted by the Sklar Brothers gets comedians and funny people to do just […]

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Here’s the Trailer for Judd Apatow’s HBO Documentary ‘The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling’

Today, HBO released the first trailer for Judd Apatow’s two-part, four-hour Garry Shandling documentary, titled The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. Set to air next month, the documentary features over 40 of Shandling’s family members and friends, including James L. Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Jim Carrey, Conan O’Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, and more, plus “four decades’ worth […]

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