Thomas Lennon on Reno 911, The State, and playing doctors in Christopher Nolan movies

It’s been a while since we’ve talked with Thomas Lennon, best known for his work in front of the camera on Reno 911! and The State, and his work as a screenwriter with long-time writing partner Robert Ben Garant. In honor of his newest film, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, The A.V. Club sat down with the actor for…

Night After Night to @midnight: An oral history of Comedy Central (Part 2)

Previously in our oral history of Comedy Central: Comedy kingdoms united, South Park rose, and The Daily Show spoke truth to power. In this installment: Dave Chappelle conquers the world (then abdicates his throne), a visit from the Reno Sheriff’s Department, Stephen Colbert introduces the world to “truthiness,” the …

Read this: The brief, thwarted history of Comedy Central’s weird Stella

Of all the projects involving graduates of MTV’s rowdy sketch show The State, ranging from Wet Hot American Summer to Reno 911!, perhaps none is odder than Stella, a Dadaist sitcom/sketch hybrid that ran for two wild and crazy months on Comedy Central back in the summer of 2005. Created by and starring the formidable…

The Airborne Toxic Advent, or The A.V. Club’s holiday gift guide, part 2

2014 has been a tumultuous year full of Ebola scares, random shootings, and rampant racism, sexism, and classism. And seeing as how, Santa be damned, all that might keep on happening right through this holiday season, The A.V. Club has decided to embrace our fear instead of cower behind it. Thus, our two-part 2014…

Chris Hardwick getting his own late-night show on Comedy Central 

At one point during NBC’s much-publicized nadir in February, nothing on the network beat The Talking Dead—Chris Hardwick’s chat-show recap of The Walking Dead (which itself trounced shows on every network)—another humiliation for a network that’s grown accustomed to them. Lost among the eulogies for the Peacock (as TV…

Comedy Bang Bang’s Scott Aukerman talks about turning his podcast into a strange, funny TV show 

2012 has been a good year for comedy podcasts. It seemed like there were more of them than ever, and IFC optioned two of the most popular ones for television: WTF With Marc Maron and Comedy Bang Bang. Whereas WTF will be a sitcom based on Maron’s life (as a guy who records podcasts in his garage), Comedy Bang Bang is…

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