When Paul Reiser returned to standup comedy a few years ago, younger comics couldn’t figure him out. "All the younger comics would say, ‘Are you doing a special?’ I’d go no," said Reiser, 62. "‘What, are you getting ready for the Tonight Show or something?’ I said no. ‘Well, what the hell are you doing here? Why are you doing it?’ I would say, ‘I’m doing it just to do it.’ "The act of doing it, being out there in front of an audience of people, is really refreshing and exciting and fun. At this point, I feel pretty confident I can show up at the theater and know we’re going to have a good time." Reiser has a good track record of that. His resume is stacked with beloved projects, from Hall of Fame sitcom Mad About You, for which he was nominated for 10 Emmys, to iconic films like Diner, Aliens and Whiplash. Over the last couple of years he has become an unlikely omnipresence on streaming networks, creating or … [Read more...] about Paul Reiser, coming to Clearwater, talks about returning to standup and never winning an Emmy
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Why do you love murder? Tara Jacoby for Observer I have a confession: I love murder. I belong to the growing community of (mostly) women who guzzle stories of violence like they’re warm cups of Kool-Aid. Stories of violence have become part of the fabric of my daily life. I listen to the wildly influential podcast My Favorite Murder when I’m cleaning my room, I watch old episodes of Law and Order: SVU as I pump away on my basement treadmill, and sometimes I like to fall asleep to the dulcet tones of Karina Longworth waxing poetic about famous dead blondes. I devoured this spring’s buzziest book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, in a single, stressful evening.Like many American women, I’ve been fascinated by the looming specter of stranger danger since childhood. As soon as I realized I was a walking target for a certain kind of predator, I began to gather stories of dead girls. I wanted to know everything about these victims—maybe if I knew … [Read more...] about Why Do You Love Murder Shows? 10 Women (and a Guy Named Bill) Explain.
A sad basset hound staring from behind the steel bars of a fence, captioned “How it feels watching other states legalize weed.” Barney the Dinosaur destroying a city, topped by text reading “Utah be like Gosh-zilla.” Two thumbnail-size beer mugs: “How to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Utah without getting a DUI.” These are a few of the memes found on Utah Satire, an often wickedly funny, sometimes offensive Facebook page that in its two years has amassed nearly 83,000 followers. No topic is untouchable: fry sauce, Tooele, lousy drivers, multilevel marketers, Provo, crazy weather, alcohol laws and, of course, Mormons. If you’ve just moved to the state, scrolling through Utah Satire is a good way of getting to know your new home — through what many native Utahns might see as eye-rolling stereotypes. But as the saying goes, a lot of stereotypes are funny because they’re true. “It was my own personal venting … [Read more...] about Utah Satire creator talks about his humor, his wife’s cancer and what he won’t joke about with Mormons
For Adam McKay, being funny and being topical have never been mutually exclusive. Succession, a new HBO drama about an aging media mogul and his fractious family, might seem a long way from the Will Ferrell comedies for which the former Saturday Night Live head writer and Funny or Die cofounder has long been known. But to McKay, who directed Sunday’s premiere, they’re all expressions of an interest in the way the world works. The Malvern-raised writer and director, who won a screenwriting Oscar in 2016 for his adaptation of Michael Lewis’ The Big Short into a film that employed some comic techniques to explain the forces that led to the financial crisis of 2007-08, traces his comedy roots to Chicago, where working in improv taught him to find the funny in real-world issues. “So even when I did the kind of absurdist comedies with Will Ferrell, like Anchorman and Talladega Nights, believe it or not, those movies were tied … [Read more...] about ‘Succession’ producer Adam McKay talks about HBO’s new wealthy-family drama
NEW YORK >> The reboot of “Roseanne” ended the season today with a flood, a feast and a prayer. It was a hopeful climax to a show that’s been popular and yet also divisive. ABC VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS Roseanne Barr, left, and John Goodman appear in a scene from the season finale of “Roseanne,” airing tonight. NEW YORK >> The reboot of “Roseanne” ended the season today with a flood, a feast and a prayer. It was a hopeful climax to a show that’s been popular and yet also divisive. Roseanne Barr, who plays the titular character on the hit ABC show, plans to go to the hospital for knee surgery when her family surprises her with a goodbye meal that includes ham, cake and casserole. Outside a storm is raging. The flooded community has been declared part of a presidential state of emergency. So Roseanne’s husband is suddenly flush with construction work and the family can pay for her surgery. “I hope to see … [Read more...] about ‘Roseanne’ ends season with a hopeful note as storms brew