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Monday, December 3, 2018

For Rachel Bloom, All Roads Lead Back to Space Jam by Jesse David Fox

Rachel Bloom seems so natural in her role on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, both on camera and behind it, that it’s hard to imagine that there was a time when she wasn’t combining her musical-thea…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

The 7 Words That Changed Mike Birbiglia’s Comedy Forever by Jesse David Fox

“I know … I’m in the future also” are seven words that represented both a creative breakthrough and directive for Mike Birbiglia, when he riffed it, working on a story about a charit…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Chris Gethard’s Slow Transition From UCB Improviser to Comedy Cellar Stand-up by Jesse David Fox

For about a decade, Chris Gethard, whose new self-help book/memoir, Lose Well, is in stores now, was not only one of the best improvisers at the UCB Theatre in New York, but he was one of th…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

How Nick Kroll Wrote His and John Mulaney’s Big Mouth Dirty Talk by Jesse David Fox

When you’ve been doing comedy together for as long as Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have — nearly 20 years now — there comes a time when you write scenes where you talk dirty to each oth…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mike Birbiglia Announces Off-Broadway Return by Jesse David Fox

In 2008, Nathan Lane introduced a young comedian with a funny name (well, a funny last name; his first name is Mike) and his one-person show to the New York theater world. Today, ten years a…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Is Eliza the Most Thankless Part in Hamilton? by Jesse David Fox

Earlier today, it was announced that Hamilton received 13 Olivier nominations, becoming the most-nominated show in the history of London’s biggest theater award. Which, we would be lying i…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Maybe Fergie’s National Anthem Performance Was Actually Good by Jesse David Fox

I didn’t watch Fergie’s rendition of the national anthem when it aired live, for the same reason I didn’t watch it when the clip of it first started circulating — I have heard the na…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Guess What the Last Broadway Show Bruce Springsteen Saw Was by Jesse David Fox

Bruce Springsteen is a Jersey Boy at heart, but is he also a Broadway Baby? Apparently! Starting October 3 through February, Bruce Springsteen will be the titular Springsteen in Springsteen …

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

So You Want to Use the Dirty Dancing Lift in Your TV Show or Movie by Jesse David Fox

Thirty years ago, as of this week, Dirty Dancing premiered in theaters; ever since, no one has legally been allowed to put Baby in a corner. However, what they were allowed to put was Dirty …

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

An Oral History of The Simpsons’ Classic Planet of the Apes Musical by Jesse David Fox

In a show as jam-packed with memorable moments as The Simpsons, it’s hard to say with any certainty where any one bit ranks. What I do know is when you mention anything about Planet of the…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Conversations About Death and Comedy With Chris Gethard by Jesse David Fox

For over a year and half, Chris Gethard has been performing Career Suicide, a comedic one-man show about mental illness, and he's not stopping anytime soon. After wrapping a three-month…

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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Best Frozen Moments From the 2017 Golden Globes by Jesse David Fox

As the globe made of water and dirt turns, another Golden Globes moves into our collective rearview. And it was, well, all over the place. Still, high were highs and lows low, winners won, s…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Watch Nick Kroll Recite a Very Powerful Spoken-Word Poem for the End of Comedy Bang! Bang! by Jesse David Fox

While Comedy Bang! Bang!'s Scott Aukerman had previously told Vulture there was much debate over who would be the guests for the show's series finale (Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, and Tatiana Masl…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Oh, Hello’s Inspiration, Alan Alda, Was Served Too Much Tuna on Opening Night by Jesse David Fox

The stars were out Monday at the opening night of Oh, Hello on Broadway, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney's latest version of their stage show about two Upper West Side schmucks — Gil Faizon an…

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Watching Lin-Manuel Miranda Watch the Hamilton Parody, Spamilton by Jesse David Fox

The first thing I noticed when I took my seat in the Upper West Side's Triad cabaret theater was Rachael Ray. She, her husband, and a group of friends were sitting at a table right up a…

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Nick Kroll, John Mulaney Make Each Other Break in These Oh, Hello Promo Outtakes by Jesse David Fox

Oooooooh, promo. Half, or at least a third, of the fun of the Oh, Hello show is watching John Mulaney and Nick Kroll crack each other up as these two miserable jerks, Gil Faizon and Geo…

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney Reveal Oh, Hello’s First Broadway Promo by Jesse David Fox

How do two bastard, old friends, son of a Jew and a Dutchman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot on the UPPER WEST SIDE OF MANHATTAN by providence, impoverished, in squalor, grow up t…

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Laura Benanti on Doing a Perfect Melania Trump Impression by Jesse David Fox

Laura Benanti, with her uncanny resemblance and musical-theater-trained ear, was definitely the right person to do a Melania Trump impression, and the night after the potential future First …

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mike Birbiglia’s Quest to Create Comedy of Communion by Jesse David Fox

On an afternoon in late May, Mike Birbiglia sits in his dressing room at Manhattan’s Lynn Redgrave Theater, where he’s about to perform his one-man show Thank God for Jokes for the 109th…

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Monday, January 11, 2016

A Long Conversation With the Scene-Stealers of Hamilton by Jesse David Fox

Two. Two-two two thousand. Two-two two thousand — 2016. A cast of wildly talented singers/rappers/actors, seemingly born to play the Founding Fathers and Mothers, in an unlikely Broad…

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

High School Musical’s Corbin Bleu to Guest on The Fosters; Yes, He’ll Sing; No, He Won’t Shoot Any 3-Pointers by Jesse David Fox

High School Musical's Corbin Bleu will guest on The Fosters this coming March, so I guess I owe everyone an apology for trying to shut down that high school. It was a high school devoted sol…

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Hamilton Cast Was Blown Away the First Time They Heard ‘Wait for It,’ Just Like You by Jesse David Fox

Remember when you first listened to the Hamilton cast recording? I'm sure you do. You were hooked by the opening, pumped up by "My Shot," smiling widely at "You'll Be Back," …

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

You Said That Bryan Cranston Couldn’t Play Blacklisted Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, But He Totally Could, That Was Very Stupid of You: Here’s the T by Jesse David Fox

"I'm the one who types and maybe thinks socialism sounds pretty good in theory." Also, prepare yourself to see Louis C.K. as an old-timey dude. ... More »

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Larry David and Jason Alexander Appeared on Fallon Together: Imagine Seinfeld With Two Georges by Jesse David Fox

It's actually surprising Seinfeld never had an episode in which Jerry finds a second George (played by Larry David, or Jason Alexander in a mustache), and the Georges first love each other b…

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Elisabeth Moss Played ‘Staying Alive’ for Peggy’s Badass McCann Erickson Entrance by Jesse David Fox

Mad Men ended weeks ago, but there are still images from the final season that linger in the brain. Arguably, none has stuck with us more than the one of Peggy strutting into McCann Erickson…

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Future Broadway Star Larry David Hates the Theater, Likes Hotel Sex by Jesse David Fox

Starting next month, Larry David is set to star on Broadway in a play he wrote, Fish in the Dark. His promotional campaign could be described best by this phrase: Curb your enthusiasm. …

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Kroll Show Is Ending; Nick Kroll Explains Why by Jesse David Fox

Last spring we learned that Kroll Show would be getting another season. What we didn't know was this third season would also be its last. Comedy Central and Nick Kroll tell Vulture that they…

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The First Trailer for Pan, That New Peter Pan Movie Where Hugh Jackman Looks Silly by Jesse David Fox

Here is the first trailer for Pan. No, it's not a Pixar short about an anthropomorphized pan who grows up an outsider in his pan community but eventually leaves the kitchen to save the house…

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Film, Theater, and Comedy Legend Mike Nichols Dead at 83 by Jesse David Fox

In 1931, Mike Nichols was born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky in Berlin, Germany. Seven years later, his family fled to the United States to avoid the Nazis. There he would grow up to have a legen…

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shia LaBeouf’s Story of Getting Arrested at a Broadway Show Is Fully Ridiculous by Jesse David Fox

Back in June, Shia LaBeouf was arrested. This fact isn't that unusual itself. What is strange is that the arrest was at a performance of Cabaret. Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he told the…

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Lego Movie’s Batman Is Getting His Own Movie by Jesse David Fox

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Warner Bros. is now working on a Lego movie starring The Lego Movie's Batman character, as voiced by BoJack Horseman Will Arnett. Arnett will star, and…

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