Armando Iannucci on how to make smart comedy in today’s political climate

Nowadays, there’s an abundance of comedy addressing politics, with basically every late-night show—or even the Will & Grace revival—taking shots at the president with varying degrees of success. Armando Iannucci, who created political comedies The Thick Of It and Veep, knows how to do it smartly. At the premiere of…

The Not Ready For The Not Ready For Primetime Players: 24 lesser-known comedy incubators

1. The Compass Players
In comedy lore, there are a handful of accepted institutions renowned for sowing the seeds of louder laughs to come: The Second City mainstages of Chicago and Toronto cultivated many of Saturday Night Live’s Not Ready For Primetime Players and the whole of SCTV; clubs like Catch A Rising Star and…

Beyond the top 30: Our favorite episodes of shows that didn’t make the cut, part two

There’s so much good TV on right now that it’s impossible to confine to one list of 30 shows. As always, we’ve come up with a supplemental list of our favorite episodes of many other series that contended for our main list, but just fell short. After catching up on the top 30, follow up with these to figure out the…

“Weird Al” Yankovic, Sharon Van Etten, Scott Aukerman, and more pick their 2012 pop-culture highlights

While The A.V. Club staff gets to weigh in about what movies, TV, music, and more we liked this year, we’d be fools to think that anyone really cares what we think. After all, we’re not famous. That’s why we asked a bunch of our favorite actors, musicians, podcasters, comedians, actors, and showrunners what they…