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    A Wainy Summer

    Everything David Wain touches is comedy gold from start to finish. Cult favorite Wet Hot American Summer has just had its prequel confirmed in this interview from Esquire, but it's important to remember that David Wain's romp of a rom-com They Came Together - a satirical masterpiece! - is out today in select theaters and on-demand. Watching Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler giggle and stumble through the story of their "crazy" relationship is exactly how I want to kick off my summer, because who isn't ready for a real, honest, accurate look at modern love?


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    Are We Here Trailer

    All right, here we go: a new movie written and directed by the creator of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner.  So immediately, for a huge longtime Mad Men fan like myself, this movie is automatically a must-see.  Then, you throw in the all-star cast of Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler, and any doubts I had about seeing this movie are quickly erased.  Hope this flick is good!

    But one thing that's going against it is that there isn't a question mark in the title, and Are We Here is a question, right?  Reminds me of the James L. Brooks, Owen Wilson starring BOMB, How Do You Know.  Maybe the worst movie I have ever seen, and that title was a question stylized without a question mark.  Hope this flick is good!


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    They Came Together

    Paul Rudd.  Amy Poehler.  David Wain.  Michael Showalter.  Bill Hader.  Ken Marino.  Keenan Thompson.  Ed Helms.  Michael Ian Black.  Ellie Kemper.  Darth Maul.  What more do you need to know?  They Came Together is a guaranteed success.  A guaranteed laugh a minute.  A guaranteed uber-tastic splendorific orgasmic thrill ride of joy and light.  June 27th.  I know where I will be.  Watch the trailer HERE.


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    Guardians and Rec

    The new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer had its world premiere on Jimmy Kimmel Live! recently, and since it stars Chris Pratt someone decided to make this mashup of the trailer and the Parks and Rec theme song/opening.  Not bad!  And by the way, this Guardians of the Galaxy movie looks pretty bonkers.  Can't wait to see if Marvel hit a home run or struck out.  I hope they done good.  I love raccoons with machine guns.


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    Poking A Dead Frog is Here

    Five years ago I published a compilation of interviews with comedy writers called And Here’s the Kicker. Today, my sequel to that 2009 book is being released by Penguin Press. The book is called Poking a Dead Frog: Interviews with Today’s Top Comedy Writers, and it contains more than 45 all-new conversations with (and advice from) humor writers, including Mel Brooks, Amy Poehler, Roz Chast, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, George Saunders and many more.

    One of the themes in this book is how closely comedy is connected with anxiety, as well as depression, obsessiveness and angst. In many ways, comedy is only a few degrees off from horror: both genres hinge on surprise and genres can go very, very bad, very, very quickly. Just ask any comedian who's bombed onstage. Horrifying.

    While writing this book, the image of Jack Torrance, the main character in Stephen King's The Shining, kept coming to mind. A writer, working alone, struggling to produce. Day in and day out. It's a lonely existence, especially if your goal is to make people laugh. In the end, Jack Torrance went mad. Luckily, none of the writers in this new book have gone completely crazy (as of yet), but I liked the idea of creating a book trailer that could have easily been made for a horror movie.

    The clip was created by the British illustrator and director Richard Littler. It's short, but it packs a punch. I hope that it scares the crap out of you. And that you buy my book. Keep on grinnin'.


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    Broad City - Episode 1 Review

    TL;DR Broad City premieres tonight on Comedy Central at 10:30PM ET. It is fantastic, and you should be watching it.

    I stumbled onto Broad City when it was a web series as they were still releasing new episodes for its second season, and I immediately went on to watch the whole series up to that point. NYC-based comedians Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer were a thrill to watch onscreen. They had no fear when it came to making fools of themselves or being vulnerable (Is there a difference?). They danced to "Fight the Power" in Rosie-Perez-inspired outfits and made sure everyone knew girls pooped. They got range #TigerWoods.

    Amy Poehler must have seen something too because she came along and said, "Yo, I want a piece of that," (not a real quote) and after a few back-and-forths with FX and Comedy Central, the show found a home on Comedy Central. Read about how it happened here.

    The translation from web series to television, I'm sure, is a difficult one, but Broad City does it well. The strongest part of the episode is how it's able to showcase Ilana and Abbi's strong chemistry. Ilana's loud, sexual, and impulsive nature versus Abbi's awkward, self-deprecating tendencies work well together. The comedy duo is nothing unusual but these characters are not archetypes. Ilana and Abbi live and breathe these characters. And to have Amy Poehler, who passes on every question about the status of women and comedy, as a mentor must be so influential in building real characters regardless of gender. Do some of the story lines stem from being women? Yes. Does the humor come from the characters just being women? Absolutely not. This isn't lowest common denominator stuff.

    What is odd is seeing Fred Armisen in this episode. He took me out of the episode a bit since he's such a familiar face, and I'm not used to seeing him around Abbi and Ilana (unlike when Armisen appeared on Brooklyn Nine Nine with Andy Samberg). I was also surprised at how the show was willing to put Abbi and Ilana in their underwear so early in the series. It definitely makes a statement on how they're willing to go all the way for comedy despite feeling uncomfortable (poor Abbi).

    The premiere episode establishes the "Broad" portion of the title. The main characters are bold women who are going to run this town. I'm waiting for the "City" portion. I loved how the web series made NYC a character of its own. Once the show establishes the universe, I hope NYC will become more of a factor. I would also like to see them experiment with genres like they did in their web series with the Spike Lee- and Woody Allen-influenced episodes. I'm glad to see the show's hip-hop influence is staying put.

    Abbi and Ilana have also paid a visit to the My Damn Channel LIVE studio. They were really good sports.

    Broad City premieres on Comedy Central tonight at 10:30 PM ET. It's written and created by NYC-based comedians Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. You can watch first episode now.


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    Happy Birthday, Amy Poehler!

    Amy Poehler is the best. It's just a fact: the sky is blue, the Pope is Catholic, and Amy Poehler is just the greatest human being. She's also turning 42 today! So in honor of this great lady's birthday, here are 10 of her greatest moments, illustrating exactly why we love Amy. 

    1. Andy's Little Sister - Conan O'Brien (1999) 

    One of the great joys of watching old Conan bits is spotting now-famous UCB performers in the infancy of their careers, paying rent by doing short bits on the show. There are some early shades of her SNL character Kaitlin in this bit, but really, it stands on its own. 

    2. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

    Best. Movie. Ever. Bradley Cooper's expressions steal this scene, but really, Poehler is one of the best parts of the whole film. "I feel like I'm watching regional theatre, you guys! God, am I in the Cleveland Playhouse or something?"

    3. Mean Girls (2004) 

    In retrospect, she probably just modeled this performance on Dina Lohan, but whatever. Where would we be, as a society, without the quote "I'm not a regular mom, I'm a cool mom?"

    4. Palin/Clinton Cold Open, Saturday Night Live (2008)

    Okay, so I actually wanted to put her seminal Palin Rap in this place instead, but it appears to have been scrubbed from the internet. (Fox News conspiracy or music licensing issue? You decide.) That said, her Hillary impression always ruled, and this sketch was called one of the game-changing moments of the '08 election. 

    5. Amy and Tina Host the Golden Globes (2013) 

    Remember when Taylor Swift took their jokes about her love life way, way too seriously? Remember how that was a thing? Just goes to show that no matter how likable you are, if you start drama with Amy and Tina, everyone will laugh at you.

    6. Leslie Knope Impressions Supercut, Parks and Recreation (2009-2012)

    "There is exactly one thing in the entire range of acting Amy Poehler does not do well: impressions. So we make her do them constantly." - Mike Schur 

    7. Amy Poehler on Daily Grace (2012)

    How much blonde lady awesomeness can you handle at once? (Yeah, not jealous of Grace at all. Nope. Not me.)

    8. Smart Girls at the Party - Broad City (2012)

    If you haven't been watching Smart Girls, Amy's web show created to spotlight awesome chicks doing cool stuff, you should be. Here she is chatting with Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobsen, stars of the webseries and upcoming Comedy Central pilot Broad City.

    9. Ask Amy - Bodies (2013)

    If more celebrities made super intimate YouTube videos of themselves answering questions from insecure fans and giving solid life advice, the world might be a better place. This series is basically brownie batter for the soul.

    10. Losing to Seth Meyers at Poker (2004)

    One more deep cut for the road. Remember when celebrity poker shows were, like, a thing? Here's a clip from the episode featuring Amy Poehler and her SNL cohort Seth Meyers. I know, whatever. I kind of ran out of readily-available YouTube clips. I find this cool. I hope you do too.

    Happy birthday, Poehler! Here's to at least 42 more hilarious years!


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    Working For The Weekend

    Did you guys see those National Conventions and politics and stuff? ME NEITHER!

    1. Ken Marino did an interview with splitsider about his lost roles over the years.

    2. There's these new amazing rappers that rap about my favorite thing, FOOD! Oh yeah, and they're kids.

    3. Uh, I might try to build a loft bed in my tiny, tiny room. Except I have absolutely no construction skills at all. Oh well, it'll probably be fine.

    4. I'm not a super romantic type but now that Amy Poehler and Will Arnett anounced their divorce, I don't believe in love at all.

    5. Comedian Rob Delaney (pictured, left) had some wonderful things to say on Conan, wonderfully funny.

    Yesterday, I woke up at 5:30... in the evening. Gotta love the weekend! @MrChrisDonahue


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