“I faced death and all that shit. It’s my responsibility to come back and come back strong. It’s going to take more than a Walmart truck to take that gift away. I can’t wait to make you all laugh. Especially you, Mike. And I already did that today. So all is good.”
A year after her death, a tribute to the Saturday Night Live star who didn’t want to be on TV.
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Fuzzy memories of a house overlooking the Sunset Strip that played host to a generation of comics—including Sam Kinison, Andrew Dice Clay, and Robin Williams—launching dozens of careers and about as many drug problems.
“I love stand-ups, and I feel it’s the one thing I know about that I could actually judge, besides people’s morals.”
“It’s the American view that everything has to keep climbing: productivity, profits, even comedy. No time for reflection. No time to contract before another expansion. No time to grow up. No time to fuck up. No time to learn from your mistakes. But that notion goes against nature, which is cyclical.”
A roundtable on sexism in Hollywood and comedy.
“Russian humor is slapstick, only you actually die.”
On Brent White, the joke whisperer who edits the largely improvisational comedies of Paul Feig, Judd Apatow and Adam McKay.
A portrait of a comedian in the moment just before he becomes huge.