In 2007, director-screenwriter Abi Varghese spent his weekends brainstorming with friends for a possible sitcom that would chronicle some of their shared experiences growing up as an Indian in America. “We were doing this from our parents’ living room and we were really starting out and trying to figure out how to tell a story …

In the popular imagination, Native Americans are rarely associated with humor; they are represented either as solemn guardians of ancient wisdom or as long-term victims of genocide and oppression. When presented in comedic situations, they have always been the butt of jokes in movies and on television – where they are often portrayed by non-Indigenous …

There is a concept in history called the “great man theory” which postulates that the past is just a series of events occurring under the influence of … great men. Aside from the inherent chauvinism, it’s an interesting way to look at history and an even more interesting way to look at popular culture. Here, …

The Comedy Festival, which takes place Thursday through Sunday in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo neighborhood, is an Asian-American comedy festival, with a lineup of over 100 Asian-origin comics. But you wouldn’t know it from the name of the event: the Comedy Comedy Festival. Putting an element of racial identity in the title of the event …

In the world of comedy, two countries stand out from all the others. Or at least, that’s how writer-performer Ricky Gervais sees it. “The two big ones,” he says. “Great Britain and America. Sorry, rest of the world. Over-simplification or not, it’s easy to see how Gervais came to this conclusion. These two nations have …

Bob Hope at a 1967 USO show to entertain American troops overseas during the Vietnam conflict. (Photo: Newsmakers) By tracking the evolution of American humor, Kliph Nesteroff proves that comedians can do more than make us laugh. They can show us who we really are. by Ross Ufberg Pacific Standard The book review is currently …

July 27, 2013: In this file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leans on a balcony and waves to cheering Korean War veterans below at the end of a mass military parade in the square Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. (AP/File) NEWYou can now …

Today, most people probably know “National Lampoon” only as a brand name affixed to a series of mediocre comedy films, a bad taste and sophomor humor. It may be surprising that the Pamphlet was once a clever, subversive, and highly regarded magazine that ignited a generation of comedy, weaved its way through multiple media formats, …

Today, most people probably know “National Lampoon” only as a brand name affixed to a series of mediocre comedy films, an imprimatur of bad taste and sophomoric humor. It may be surprising that the Pamphlet was once a smart, subversive, and much-loved magazine that ignited a generation of comedy, wormed its way through multiple media …

Cell phone footage has emerged from disagreements over the set of Adam Sandler’s controversial Western parody Ridiculous Six, which prompted a dozen Native American actors to leave the set over offensive racist stereotypes. Actors, including Navajo natives, left the set last week, complaining about characters called Beaver’s Breath and Wears No Bra and a scene …

Sid Caesar, the versatile writer, actor and showman who profoundly influenced American comedy from the early days of television and beyond, has died. He was 91 years old. A rep for Carl Reiner, one of Caesar’s longtime aides, confirmed his death to TheWrap. Talk show host Larry King broke the news of Caesar’s death on …

French director Michel Hazanavicius has decided to return to the genre that won him an Oscar for The Artist for the new comedy Will. Hazanavicius told The Hollywood Reporter that the new project will be an English-language film based on a script written ten years ago but never made. “I liked the script,” he said. …

Scott Budnick (second from left) with (from left) Jimmy Wu, who spent 16 years in prison and is now a mentor; Jesse Aguiar, former gang member and now counselor; and Franky Carrillo, who was released by Project Innocence after 21 years in prison. Reed Saxon / AP hide caption toggle legend Reed Saxon / AP …

Act II Playhouse announced that Michel donovan was officially named the theater’s in-house comedy producer. Donovan’s first public appearance in his role will be during Act II’s upcoming Stand-Up Comedy Night on August 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Donovan will host the event and actor Dennis Horan will headline it. Donovan has independently hosted and …

In “Tammy”, Melissa McCarthy plays a real train wreck. In the first few minutes, she crashes into a deer, gets fired from her fast food job, and finds out that her husband is cheating on her. Eventually, she embarks on a tumultuous road trip through the Midwest with her alcoholic freewheeling grandmother (Susan Sarandon) which …

By Solmarie Santiago First published: June 11, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Beverly Bonner remains a genius in one of her last productions “Casey 30 Years Later”. Writer, actor and producer, Beverly Bonner has been in show business for many years and has appeared in over 45 pieces in New York. Also famous for his comedy …

The American Comedy Awards drew a wide array of comedic talent during the taping of the 2014 awards ceremony on Saturday night — and on the red carpet outside the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The results will not be announced publicly until 9 p.m. on May 8, when the “American Comedy Award” airs …

ROME – Pietro valsecchi, the producer of popular comedies from Checco Zalone, says his next project will be an English-language TV movie based on the life of Pope Francis. Valsecchi’s Taodue Film production house is best known for supporting what are now the two all-time Italian films based on domestic box office revenue, two lowbrow …

Joan Adlen/Getty Because we can never have too many awards shows, an evening honoring comedy only returns to television next year. According to The Hollywood ReporterNBC chose to reboot the American Comedy Awardswhich will be released in May 2014. the Comedy Award, which originally aired from 1987 to 2001, will be produced by Don Mischer, …

NBC acquired the American Comedy Awards and will broadcast the ceremony in May 2014. The network tapped the Emmy winner Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel and Julienne Hare to serve as executive producers at the awards show honoring those who have reached new heights in film and television. The ceremony will also honor some of comedy’s …

The producers best known for their work with David Letterman and Jimmy kimmel are set to announce on Monday that they are creating a few YouTube channels with partners that include Sarah Silverman, Adam Carolla and others. The two channels, one called Jash and the other called Video Podcast Network, will come from HaChaCha, a …

One of the leading figures in British television and radio comedy was killed in a traffic accident yesterday. Geoffrey Perkins, a former BBC comedy chef, had written and produced shows for comedians including Harry Enfield, Catherine Tate and Angus Deayton. The 55-year-old was struck by a flatbed truck on Marylebone High Street in central London. …

John Howard Davies, who as a child actor with a soft face and quivering lips played the title role in the 1948 David Lean film “Oliver Twist” and who went on to become a producer and director of some of British television’s most popular comedies, including “Fawlty Towers”, died Monday at his home in Blewbury, …

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AW)—Premiere screenings at film festivals have already created a buzz around the independent film “My Uncle Rafael,” featuring an eccentric ancient Armenian character, Uncle Rafael, played by Vahik “Vic.” Pirhamzei. Pirhamzei as Uncle Rafael and Avanesian as Linda (photo courtesy of www.Myunclerafael.com) “My Uncle Rafael” promises to be a hilarious meeting point between …

Geoffrey Perkins worked on Spitting Image and Father Ted The former BBC TV comedy chef has died in a road accident in London. Geoffrey Perkins, 55, worked for many years for BBC Radio, where he created the game Mornington Crescent in I’m Sorry Haven’t a Clue. He also produced The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, …