“Beware of instant chemistry”: Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust on their Love connection

A romantic comedy is nothing if you don’t want to see the leads get together—and while there are definitely parts of Netflix’s Love where it seems like the central couple should not be together, that would be a denial of the chemistry between stars Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust. Co-created by Rust with his wife, Lesley…

Silly demolishes sexy in Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special

Despite the title, it’s not a good idea to cue up Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special with a special someone in hopes that viewing it will lead to fornication. By the time you get to Fred Armisen performing an ultrasound on a piece of chocolate your libido will be dead, but at least you’ll be laughing…

What’s missing from our list of 2016’s best shows?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

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What makes Brian Huskey laugh? Silly walks, real Floridians, Nazi Tim Conway

If you’ve laughed at a movie or a TV program in the past 10 years—particularly if that movie or TV program has any connection to the UCB Theatre—then you probably know Brian Huskey. Currently seen as a member of People Of Earth’s alien-abduction support group, Huskey has also made appearances on Veep, Bob’s Burgers, …

It’s a Comedy Bang! Bang! to be thankful for as the end approaches

How sharper than a turkey’s beak it is to have a thankless audience. But “Mike Colter Wears A Pink Button Up And Black Boots” won’t have that problem. Who could be ungrateful for one last Thanksgiving from a show that loves its holiday episodes like Comedy Bang! Bang! does? That’s doubly true when the show features…

Comedy Bang! Bang! wants you to take it slow, even when it won’t

Last week, it was a “Very Special Episode.” This week, it’s a spin-off. (Or at least a backdoor pilot.) As Comedy Bang! Bang! winds down, it appears to be finding even more material to mine out of the traditional multi-camera sitcom. I’ve acknowledged on more than one occasion“Jesse Tyler Ferguson Wears A Brown…

A slight Comedy Bang! Bang! still hits some strong notes

“We don’t have a lot of money for bleeps,” Scott scolds a foul-mouthed guest in tonight’s episode. But in these last few episodes of the series, it feels like Comedy Bang! Bang! is going all out on small production and design elements. Mimicry of talk shows and infotainment has always been CB!B!’s signature, but “Ben…

A “very special episode” of Comedy Bang! Bang! would like your consideration

Comedy Bang! Bang! is no stranger to taking classic sitcom conventions and warping them to fit within the internal “logic” of the show’s world. There’s the ultimate example in “Jesse Tyler Ferguson Wears A Brown Checked Shirt And Stripey Socks,” where Scott is torn between his stereotypical multi-camera sitcom life…