When the invitation went out from the Writers Guild of America, It seemed too good to be true. Norman Lear, Carl Reiner, James L. Books, Steven Bochco, and more, all on the same panel? And yet last night at the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills, to celebrate the organization's 101 Best Written TV Series ... More >>
It is said that one shouldn't speak ill of the dead. No proverb, however, seems to proscribe writing about the dead with a dark, cutting sense of humor and a jaundiced appraisal of their worldly accomplishments. Mourning Remembrance: A Collection of Mocking Obituaries Ripped From the Headlines is t ... More >>
Someone's trying to punk ex-Variety editor Peter Bart and Fox News bloodhound Bill O'Reilly with a fake email invitation to their pre-gay-wedding coming out parties. LOL? Bart was certainly no force for diversity at L.A.-based showbiz publication Variety, but we never understood him to be a gay bas ... More >>
Flickr/89AKurtNot so funny anymore: former SNLer Victoria Jackson joined the Tea Party because she enjoys Snapple. Careers after Saturday Night Live aren't as easy as you think. For those alums who haven't reached Adam Sandler-level box office heights or thrived in sitcom character roles -- ... More >>
Chris Dodd is Hollywood's new man in D.C.â€‹It was big news when former U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd accepted a job as the chief lobbyist and top dog at the Motion Picture Association of America. Most news stories rightfully highlighted the fact that, due to lobbying laws, Dodd can't w ... More >>
Al Fraken's Stuart Smalley character.Minnesota U.S. Senator and onetime area resident Al Franken will be in town Friday for a fundraiser that will include "dinner, discussion and laughs" with the former comedian as well as fellow Saturday Night Live alums Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon, LAObser ... More >>
Today, in fact about an hour ago, The Huffington Post launched their new food page. You knew this one was coming, right? The Atlantic has a food page, as does Tina Brown's The Daily Beast. And I bet Arianna Huffington makes a mean skordalia. HuffPost Food editor Colin Sterling says that the new se ... More >>
Liberal talk radio network Air America announced Thursday that it will cease programming. The network was launched in 2004 but saw its share of troubles, including bouncing a check to a radio station that aired the network in Los Angeles only two weeks after Air America launched. In 2006 it filed it ... More >>
Including this week's picks, Jackass Number Two and The Science of Sleep
Music-biz biggie pilots a new radio hit
The people’s party have met the enemy — themselves
Stewart vs. Crossfire and other comic battles
Jay Leno talks about the tragedy and comedy of politics
Thomas Frank, pontificating tightwads and the great white-male blogosphere
For MoveOn’s Wes Boyd and Joan Blades, politics begins and ends at home
After Vegas, Linda Ronstadt finds refuge in L.A.
The Growing Pains of Liberal Talk Radio
Viacom sucks up to FCC over Howard Stern’s indecent exposure
Why Michael Moore won’t shut up
Can a pro-Bush comedian get laughs?
The anti-anti-American French philosopher survives the New York press
Out of the forest of convention(al) punditry came the British and the snide: Hitchens, Cockburn, Vidal and Hitchens again, and again.
De Niro, Crystal and Two Smoking Barrels
Keeping the faith with Julia Sweeney