The creators of HBO's Animals discuss how the beautiful Echo Park Lake influences their writing

With the third season of HBO’s animated series Animals underway, The A.V. Club jumped into a swan boat on Echo Park Lake with creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano to talk about the new slate of episodes. The lake, which lies on the edge of Los Angeles’ historic Echo Park neighborhood, is a favorite spot for…

A Coney dog for breakfast? It’s all part of Tim Robinson’s 24-hour guide to Detroit

Created by and starring Detroit natives Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson, Comedy Central’s Detroiters follows a pair of small-time ad men trying to make it in the Motor City. Ahead of the show’s second-season finale tonight, we had Robinson give us a 24-hour guide to visiting the city of Detroit, which wouldn’t be…

T.J. Miller claims he's not a bully, just a "benevolent benign maniac"

T.J. Miller—the comedian and Silicon Valley actor whose fall from grace began with accusations of sexual assault that were quickly joined by documentation of unprofessional on-set behavior, transphobia, harassment, and, well, actual criminal charges—would like you all to know that, actually, this is all the media’s…

Eric Andre and Josh Weinstein on Disenchantment, Poochie, and why many comedians consider law school

When we last spoke to Eric Andre, the actor-comedian told us The Simpsons remains one of the funniest things on TV, which is why he wanted to voice a character on the long-running animated sitcom. The good news is that Andre has landed a gig on a Matt Groening show—he’s joined Simpsons vets Josh Weinstein and Bill…

Guy Branum thinks the new Oscars changes are dumb, too

On August 9, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced a series of changes to the annual Oscars ceremony, namely limiting the telecast to three hours and introducing a new category for “Outstanding Achievement In Popular Film.” The changes, particularly the “Best Popular Film” category, immediately…

Isiah Thomas on Detroiters? Tim Robinson is trying to land all the Detroit Piston “Bad Boys”

In just two seasons, Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson have managed to recruit a respectable roster of Detroit celebrities on their Comedy Central show, Detroiters, including comedians Keegan Michael-Key, Tim Meadows, and Mary Lynn Rajskub; former professional wrestler Kevin Nash; and former Detroit Piston “Bad Boy”…

Tony Shalhoub on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the fabled Psych/Monk crossover

Tony Shalhoub plays buttoned-up exceptionally well—his repressed, depressed Adrian Monk is the most memorable character to emerge from a network devoted to them. But the Emmy-winning actor also spent much of Monk’s eight seasons hinting at the vibrancy buried beneath all the mannerisms and immaculate (if a bit drab)…

We asked the stars of Dog Days: If your co-star were a dog, what breed would they be?

Ken Marino’s newest movie Dog Days tells an interconnected story of the people of Los Angeles and their dogs, as they uncover life lessons and form new relationships—it’s basically Love, Actually with dogs. Ahead of the film’s premiere, we sat down with the cast—Marino, Eva Longoria, Adam Pally, Vanessa Hudgens, Nina…

The cast of Dog Days plays “Would You Rather,” dog edition

Ken Marino’s newest movie Dog Days tells an interconnected story of the people of Los Angeles and their dogs, as they uncover life lessons and form new relationships—it’s basically Love, Actually with dogs. Ahead of the film’s premiere, we sat down with the cast—Marino, Eva Longoria, Adam Pally, Vanessa Hudgens, Nina…

We asked a couple Nickelodeon stars why now is the perfect time for a Double Dare comeback

If you haven’t heard yet, Double Dare returned to Nickelodeon earlier this summer, the cable network’s second attempt at reviving the family game show. While the basic formula remains the same—two teams compete to win prizes by answering trivia questions and completing the notoriously smelly obstacle course—they’ve…

All That’s Kel Mitchell and Lori Beth Denberg love being a part of ’90s nostalgia

Being a part of a show as beloved as Nickelodeon’s All That can have its perks, at least that’s how former cast members Kel Mitchell and Lori Beth Denberg tell it (for one, Mitchell gets free burgers pretty much everywhere he goes, provided he performs the Good Burger greeting for everyone in the restaurant). But it…

Marcia Clark returns to the courtroom, and other things we learned about Animals season 3

With the third season of HBO’s animated series Animals just around the corner, The A.V. Club jumped into a swan boat on Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles with creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano to talk about the upcoming slate of episodes. While on the water, we learned Bob Balaban loves to rap, Jameela Jamil is a…

Sacha Baron Cohen's freestyle game is on point, say Atlanta battle rappers

We got a double dose of Sacha Baron Cohen’s far-left blowhard Dr. Nira Cain-N’Degeocello on Who Is America’s latest, with both segments serving not to humiliate his marks so much as present a satirical vision of condescending, misguided neoliberal. The character’s second segment was especially amusing, with Nira…

Blindspotting’s Rafael Casal talks Oakland, Hamilton, and his pal Daveed Diggs

Written by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, Blindspotting follows longtime friends Collin and Miles (Diggs and Casal, respectively) through the final three days of Collin’s probation as he tries to put his criminal past behind him, but Miles’ recklessness threatens to land him back in trouble. At the premiere, we…

Robert Kirkman and Chris Black talk season two of Outcast and hating spoilers

After a two-year hiatus, supernatural horror series Outcast finally brings its second season to the U.S. (it already aired in the U.K.) this Friday. Created by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman, Outcast centers around Kyle Barnes, a young father who’s been plagued by demonic possession for his entire life, and the…