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The Funn(k)y Drummer

Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a
What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 14, 2009

Interview: Louis CK

"Boston is a great town to grow up in, but I really wanted to get out of there," says comedian Louis CK.
Boston's contribution to Conan, Letterman, and Chris Rock returns with a comedy special and a role in This Side of the Truth
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 12, 2009

The play's the thing

Like Tropic Thunder , Hamlet 2 makes its satirical intent known straight away with a flurry of phony, funny commercials.
Steve Coogan masters tragic irony in Hamlet 2
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2008

Eight is enough

Sometimes we’d rather root for the unknowns, the underdogs, and the uniques than the professional jerks who are only competing to sweeten their endorsement deals.
Olympians to watch
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 06, 2008

The Grand

Having followed this band of winners and losers as they sort out their cards and their problems, you may just find yourself caring who wins in the final showdown.
Painfully funny poker fanatics
By ELIZABETH FLOCK  |  April 02, 2008

Primary colors

Now that the holiday hubbub is behind us, we have no dreams of white Christmases or visions of Sugar Plum Fairies to warm a theatergoer’s heart.
It’s the political season on area stages
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 26, 2007


Tap into Berklee

“This,” said Christopher Guest from the Berklee Performance Center stage, “is really difficult to believe. Until an hour ago, I thought it was a practical joke.”
Christopher Guest at Berklee Performance Center, November 30, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 04, 2007

Boston music news, November 23, 2007

Sting has an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music. David Bowie has one.
Notes on Berklee's Spinal Tap event with Christopher Guest
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 19, 2007

For Your Consideration

The mock documentary has been around so long that it should have evolved by now into its own parody, the mock mock documentary. Watch the trailer for For Your Consideration  (QuickTime)
It's been considered
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2006

Guest appearance

Those who expect ingratiating clowning and motormouth shtick from Christopher Guest, funny-ha-ha filmmaker of Waiting for Guffman , Best of Show , and A Mighty Wind , guess again. In public, he’s deadpan and somber.
Comedy is hard in For Your Consideration
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 14, 2006


British theater veteran Debbie Isitt’s mock-documentary follows three couples in the title bridal magazine’s contest for the “Most Original Wedding of the Year,” the prize being a million-dollar dream home . Watch the trailer for Confetti  (QuickTime)
An improv success
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 20, 2006


Fall back

If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006

Righteous brother

We like to imagine that somewhere there exists an Elks-Club-like organization of the slightly-less-famous brothers of celebrities.
The career of Brian Doyle-Murray
By RYAN STEWART  |  August 18, 2006

Power failure

There must be something about Bob Balaban, straight man extraordinaire, that reminds Hollywood and indie filmmakers of the people who sign their paychecks.
Bob Balaban’s network connections
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 22, 2006

Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story

The presence of The Daily Show ’s Rob Corddry might explain why this 2004 trifle has gotten some theatrical release, but it doesn’t justify belaboring into 90 minutes a premise that at best could sustain a 10-minute TV sketch.
Only makes you long for some Christopher Guest
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 25, 2006


As much as I lament the continuing decline of attendance at the cineplex, it’s also easy to understand.
The 25 Greatest DVD Special Features of All Time
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 25, 2006


Not ready for prime time

With the release of yet another film starring former Saturday Night Live stars trying in vain to recapture the glories of their Lorne Michaels days - that would be The Benchwarmers starring David Spade and Rob Schneider
The 20 best and 20 worst performances from SNL alumni
By RYAN STEWART  |  April 13, 2006

Great exasperations

Winterbottom's take on Laurence Sterne’s monumental ode to digression itself begins with a digression about actor Rob Brydon’s teeth.
Michael Winterbottom adapts Tristram Shandy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 14, 2006