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Dave Foley Gets Into the Holiday Special Spirit

Holiday specials, for the most part, are a family affair. In general, they are (at best) sweet adventures or (at worst) cloying cash-grabs. There is a sweet spot for holiday specials, however, that make them entertaining for every member of the [...]

By Ramsey Ess

Maura Tierney Shares the Sweetest Phil Hartman Story Ever

"I do remember one thing he said to me. Joe Rogan was being so fucking mean to me one day—and mostly we were all friends, but Joe could be a weirdo—and I was sort of upset about it, so I was just sitting over in the corner. And Phil came over [...]

By Megh Wright

‘Grantland’ Profiles ‘SNL’ Legend Phil ‘The Glue’ Hartman

"Here's why it’s difficult to properly appreciate Phil Hartman. Because his characters were 20 percent droid. Because he reminded you more of your dad than your best pal. Because Hartman’s biggest gift was a kind of comedic graciousness, which [...]

By Megh Wright

The Simpsons vs. NewsRadio and Party Down vs. The Bob Newhart Show

The Best Sitcom Episode Ever Tournament is pitting 32 of the greatest episodes of funny TV shows ever produced against each other in a single-elimination winner-takes-all (well, takes-nothing) competition. Every day, we're putting up episodes [...]

By Adam Frucci

TV Comedy’s Ten Most Tragic Characters

There is a very fine line between comedy and tragedy. Like sleep and death, laughter and crying are cousins. However, deep sadness isn’t always easy to show in television comedy; there’s only so much a non-sociopathic audience can see one [...]

By Liam Mathews and Kristina Monllos