Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, How Did This Get Made?, more coming to Onion Comedy & Arts Festival

Big news, comedy fans: Our comedy festival returns May 30-June 3 at various venues in Chicago under a new name, The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival. Why change the name from the amusing-but-difficult-to-remember-and-Google 26th Annual Comedy Festival? Well one, see above. And two, it’s The Onion’s 30th anniversary in…

The A.V. Club’s favorite books of 2017

Something about this year made reading books feel not just crucial, but a little bit transgressive. Maybe it’s the assault on education and freedom of the press, or maybe it’s just that between reading new reports of abusive men and Trump’s latest attempt to chokehold the nation, simply reading for pleasure feels…

John Hodgman on the craggy coasts of Maine and our inevitable march toward death

John Hodgman has lived a few places in his life. First, in Massachusetts, where he spent much of his young life. Then, New York—namely Brooklyn, where he grew into adulthood. Now, by virtue of a persuasive wife and the subtle appeal that an unyieldingly rocky coastline provides, he’s somewhere in Maine. All of those…

Fozzie Bear brainstorms ideas for new Muppets projects on @Midnight

It’s only been a couple of weeks since ABC canceled The Muppets, but one cast member’s already moved on to greener, “later” pastures. Fozzie Bear competed on Comedy Central’s @Midnight last night, where he received a hero’s welcome from host Chris Hardwick and fellow contestants Kristen Schaal and John Hodgman.…

Let’s remember all of 2015’s “12th questions”

For the past year or so, The A.V. Club has used its 11 Questions feature to ask celebrities about their first jobs and worst living situations. Part of that feature—the 12th question—also asked the interviewee to come up with a question for the next interview subject without generally knowing who they were. Those 12th…

Married asks if getting your act together means shedding those who haven’t

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A continuing theme of Married’s second season has been growing up. That might seem like a late game realization for two people in their 40s, but Russ and Lina were introduced as two people who’d put off growing up for as long as humanly possible. Even the inescapable daily reminders of their adulthood—bills,…

A lot of famous people at the Emmys were starstruck by the Property Brothers

Even celebrities can get starstruck. It’s a natural state of human emotion. But the people who make your favorite people all weak in the knees can be a little surprising. Who knew, for instance, that Taylor Swift had a thing for Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan? Or that Stephen Colbert could be such a nerd about…