Yo La Tengo and David Cross (barely) remember “Sugarcube” 20 years later

As a teenager in the 1990s, I had two overarching career aspirations: to be a comedian and to play in a rock band. The fact that I suffered from crippling social anxiety and didn’t know a single guitar scale didn’t seem like a hindrance to either. The rising “alt” comics at the time—Janeane Garofalo, David Cross,…

Let us imagine the horrors of Steve Bannon’s rap musical

Steve Bannon—the racist, Darth Vader-worshipping, ferociously anti-Muslim opportunist whom President Trump has accidentally made one of the most powerful people on the planet—is being scrutinized as the cause behind Trump’s disastrous first two weeks in office. Yesterday, The New York Times reported that Trump was not…

Maine’s governor stole a Mr. Show bit, and David Cross is furious

Lots of people like to chuckle at the thought that at least comedians will have plenty of good material over the next four years. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly correct. Political parody works by comedians being more ridiculous than the politicians they’re mocking. But what do you do when the person you’re mocking…

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, …

Paul F. Tompkins and The Late Show expose New York City’s foamy ’70s underbelly

There are 8 million stories in the naked city. But when they’re about the naked city in the ’70s, those stories tend to gravitate toward a few choice New York settings: Studio 54, Max’s Kansas City, Mercer Arts Center, 1520 Sedgwick Ave., CBGB. You know, anywhere a character from Vinyl might’ve hung out for an…

Read This: On SNL’s Bruce Chandling and other intentionally lousy comics

On the most recent edition of Saturday Night Live, Kyle Mooney brought back one of the strangest, most off-putting characters in his repertoire: Bruce Chandling, a hack stand-up comic whose utter lack of talent is rivaled only by his desperate need for the audience’s approval. Sad sack Chandling has no real “material”…

From Loretta Lynn to Iggy Pop: Here’s what’s coming to record stores this March

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Read This: How A Special Thing played a crucial role in alt-comedy history

It may be difficult to believe in 2016, but back in the primitive days of 2001, there really wasn’t a good place to discuss comedy, particularly alternative comedy, on the internet. That year, Matt Belknap, currently best known as the producer and co-host of the Never Not Funny podcast, helped change that by creating…

Los Angeles, win tickets to a live taping of Netflix’s With Bob And David

It’s been almost 20 years since Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’ cult comedy sketch masterpiece, Mr. Show, made its debut on HBO. The show left its mark and the cast and crew (featuring the likes of Paul F. Tompkins, Scott Aukerman, and Brian Posehn, among others) parted ways after four hilarious seasons. Following many…

UPDATED: As expected, a bunch of Mr. Show veterans will be on With Bob And David

Although Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’ names were in the title, Mr. Show With Bob And David never shied away from showcasing the strengths of its talented ensemble. So it’s not much of a surprise now that Deadline reports several members of that group will be returning for With Bob And David, the pair’s spiritual…

It’s not TV—and it’s not available on HBO Go: 27-plus HBO originals unavailable from the streaming service

1. 1st & Ten (1984-1991)
When HBO launched the streaming video platform HBO Go in 2010, it was a boon to discerning viewers and TV nerds alike: nearly four decades of original programming (plus a sampling of the movies rotating through the site’s cable companion) available anywhere, anytime. But the service is not…