Screens Ahead: Mad Men and the Music of Failure -
We have a lot of expectations for the next series of Mad Men. But as the best series on TV (see below) returns, my biggest hope is that we see the nascent roots of the music of failure bloom into full gorgeous orchids of poisoned sadness in the 1970s. With any luck, we’ll be ascot deep in Yacht…
A new place at which I’ll be posting about TV, with some friends. Starting with my thoughts about Mad Men and Yacht Rock as Season 6 begins.
Interview With Marc Maron: All About Clowns -
I talked to Marc Maron this week about his podcast and Comedy and what Comedy Is with capital letters like that. He is scary smart that guy. We did talk a little about clowns.
After the conversation he asked me, “What was your name again man?” I don’t know whether that means he enjoyed it or is sending minions to destroy me. More likely he was being polite. Actually that is the least likely possibility.
Reggie Watts Rap Session -
Me and Reggie Watts made a list of humorous nouns in this interview. I have never gotten a contact high over the phone before, but it was a grand old time.
This piece was recently published in the excellent Metafiler magazine put out by my favorite members of that site. They made my pretentious ramblings look almost professional! Download the whole thing here, it’s awesome.
Interview with Dave Foley -
The Kids in the Hall is still the best sketch comedy that has ever been on TV. Yes, I do want to fight about it.
Oh and Dave Foley is sweet and great. His comments about why empathy is important in comedy should be written on every aspiring snarky stand-ups face in blood.
“A lot of people don’t realize that what we did on Kids in the Hall was never mean-spirited. It could be really dark and maybe uncomfortable, but it was never mean. Never going out and shitting on people and just being cruel. I think there is a lot of empathy in our work, through the characters we play and subject matter we deal with. I know I don’t like dealing with comedy that’s like, “Hey look, aren’t other people stupid?” You know, I’m not a big fan of watching YouTube videos of people getting hit in the balls or falling off buildings. That just doesn’t make me laugh to see somebody to get hurt. When I see somebody get hurt, I think, “Ow, that would be horrible.” And I think that detachment from other people allows for that snideness you’re talking about. I guess is just a lack of empathy. I think that any art form should be imbued with empathy. Whatever it is. To me that’s just the core of humanity that you should not lose for any reason.”
Also, this .gif.
An Interview with Chris Hardwick -
I talk to nerd-king @Nerdist and try to defend hipsterism against his Wit-sabers. Let’s call it a draw?
Nostalgia: A Master List -
Some things are not worth building a new wing on the memory mansion.
Interview with Eric Andre -
He’s not the black Patton Oswalt or the nerdcore Eddie Murphy. He’s just a really funny awesome guy.
Charlyne Yi Interview -
She’s like a stand-up comedy Michel Gondry film. Or like Andy Kaufman reading a George Saunders short story while April March plays piano. Or like a really great quirky thing mixed with another really great quirky thing. I edited out lots of awkward pauses and us talking over each-other so you just have to imagine those parts.