Geoffrey Baym, Amber Day, Nicholas Marx, Chuck Tryon and Dannagal Young discuss Stephen Colbert’s first week in the new job.
Bradley Schauer argues that David Letterman’s brilliant late night talk show career would have been a nonstarter in today’s television landscape.
The influence and overlap between the worlds of podcasting and television (and live comedy) is expanding as visual and audio media continue to fragment, making issues of narrative construction and narrative influence ripe for questioning,
Some reflections on The Best Show on WFMU as it ends its thirteen-year run.
Despite a rough start to the season, Saturday Night Live continues to be a fascinating case study for understanding American television.
A farewell to Phyllis Diller from a reverent scholar-fan.
Eastbound and Down’s primary character Kenny Powers is the ultimate in camp masculinity. Kenny’s character reeks of white masculine power, and as cultural critics, we need to ask how this type of supremacist rhetoric functions in America’s “postracial” political climate.
Is Key and Peele tentatively picking up the mantel of satiric sketch comedy that Chappelle abandoned? Why now?
Broadcast over Jersey City’s listener-supported radio station WFMU, The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling is what happens when many of commercial radio’s most noxious elements—bizarre callers, comedy routines, running gags, and irascible hosts—transform and coalesce into a singularly entertaining program perfectly calibrated for cult attraction.
The laugh track has persisted through decades of popular suspicion and disdain, but lately it has come to seem newly disreputable.