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Erik Abriss

  1. underrated
    Why Kenan Thompson Is the Most Underrated SNL Cast Member EverComedian Ron Funches breaks down the unique genius of the longtime SNL star.
  2. recommendations
    The Shivering Truth Will Fill the Wonder Showzen–Shaped Hole in Your HeartVernon Chatman’s new stop-motion series is disturbing, terrifying, and amazing.
  3. best of 2018
    The 10 Best TV Comedies of 2018The year’s most refreshing, experimental, and hilariously indelible shows.
  4. best of 2018
    The 10 Best Stand-up Specials of 2018Rounding up our favorite hour-long stand-up specials of the year.
  5. underrated
    The ’90s Kids’ Shows That Informed Adam Conover’s Comedy the MostThe TruTV host breaks down why Square One TV and Beakman’s World were so influential.
  6. underrated
    Emily Heller Explains Why Detroiters Is the Best Comedy You’re Not WatchingTim Robinson and Sam Richardson’s Comedy Central series deserves way more love.
  7. vulture festival la
    Bo Burnham Gave the Eighth Grade Teenagers the ‘Permission to Be Inarticulate’With all the the um’s, uh’s, and nervous stutters.
  8. jokes
    The Best Bits From Adam Sandler’s Netflix Special 100% FreshSandler is back with his first comedy special in 22 years.
  9. underrated
    Tracing the Influence of Hollywood Shuffle With Open Mike EagleRapper and comedian Open Mike Eagle breaks down the trailblazing 1987 comedy.
  10. underrated
    Jessi Klein on the Offbeat, Anarchic Humor of The Young Ones“Mainly this unbridled expression of emotion on something that was technically a silly sitcom really tickled me.”
  11. stand-up
    Comedians Share the Jokes They Most Regret“We all make mistakes, and sometimes I did things I shouldn’t have done. And sometimes you have to call yourself out on it.”
  12. q&a
    How George Wallace Became the Funniest Person on Twitter“I’m a rebel. I don’t play by the rules and I don’t give a shit.”
  13. underrated
    Macaulay Culkin Breaks Down the Brilliant Satire of Starship Troopers“You can’t really ask actors to act bad. You hire bad actors and just don’t say anything.”
  14. best of 2018
    The Best Stand-up Specials of 2018 (So Far)John Mulaney, Cameron Esposito, Chris Rock, Ali Wong, and more.
  15. underrated
    Lauren Lapkus Is the World’s Biggest Episodes Fan“I love it so much but I have no one to talk to about it.”
  16. underrated
    John Cleese on The Goon Show, His Earliest Comedy InfluenceTalking with the Monty Python member about Peter Sellers, failure, and why he prefers disrespectful interviewers.
  17. underrated
    Kay Cannon Wants More Shows Like Fleabag on TVThe 30 Rock alum breaks down why Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s comedy deserves more fans.
  18. underrated
    ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Explains Why Top Secret! Is the Funniest Film Ever Made“I didn’t mind a lack of cohesive plot. It just really appealed to me.”
  19. underrated
    Neal Brennan on the Genius of Katt Williams’s Great America Opener“It’s like comedic malpractice. It shouldn’t work. But yet at the end of that 12-minute opener, I feel good. I’m in the palm of his hand.”
  20. The 5 Best Bits from Tig Notaro’s Special Happy to Be Here“Oh, there she is. C’mon, let’s go Mitzy!”
  21. Inside the Evolution of ‘2 Dope Queens’ with Phoebe RobinsonComedian, television writer, actress, and New York Times best-selling author are enviable titles to have associated with your name by the young […]
  22. Bo Burnham and the Art of the Standup SpecialWhen Chris Rock abruptly announced yesterday that Tamborine — his first of two intensely anticipated Netflix specials — would be premiering in […]
  23. David Wain Brings the History of ‘National Lampoon’ to Life with ‘A Futile […]David Wain is no stranger to disrupting an unsuspecting comedy mainstream. Before solidifying himself as a household name as the […]
  24. Talking Faith, Standup, and Season 2 of ‘Crashing’ with Pete Holmes As a verb, Crashing — the title of comedian Pete Holmes’s semi-autobiographical HBO series — took on multiple conceptual connotations […]
  25. The Ten Best Comedy Series of 2017“Peak TV” and “Prestige Television” are lazy and lame labels for a number of reasons. For one, they’re cavernous, catch-all constructs that […]
  26. The 15 Funniest Twitter Accounts of 2017 Remember laughter? Hot Take: 2017 was Extremely Bad. There, glad we got that out the way. Sure, the president might be a racist […]
  27. All Are Welcome in the Church of Maria Bamford2017 has been a bumper crop year for Maria Bamford. First she released Old Baby, her hilariously heartfelt hourlong Netflix special that not […]
  28. The Philosophy of JB Smoove“Jolly” and “optimistic” aren’t descriptors you’d readily associate with your average hardened veteran comics, but then again, JB Smoove has […]
  29. Richard Lewis on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ Standup, and the Prism of PainRichard Lewis has no problem with oversharing. It’s one of the many defining characteristics that made him such a trailblazing voice in standup […]
  30. On the Verge: Jaboukie Young-WhiteWelcome to our series On the Verge, where our contributors highlight comedians they feel are ready for their next big break. Whether they’re […]
  31. ‘Ingrid Goes West’: A Dark Comedy That Shines an Empathetic Light on […]“What’s your biggest emotional wound?” That question, posed to our anti-heroine Ingrid Thorburn roughly 30 minutes into Ingrid Goes West, […]
  32. Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler: The Ultimate Comedy TeamOther than a mere year of overlap on Saturday Night Live (which produced one of the greatest sketches of all time, “Short Shorts for the USA”) […]
  33. Talking ‘Baby Driver’ and the Art of Visual Comedy with Edgar WrightFew mainstream filmmakers treat the full range of cinema as their playground quite like Edgar Wright does. With each film he releases, the […]
  34. Andrew Jay Cohen on How He Pitched His Directorial Debut to Will FerrellWith writing credits that include the Neighbors movies and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Andrew Jay Cohen is no novice when it comes to […]
  35. Talking ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘Wet Hot,’ and ‘Search Party’ with Michael […]If occupying multiple pockets of comedic styles as writer and performer were a Herculean task, then mastering the mechanics and successfully […]
  36. Inside ‘The Big Sick’ with Kumail NanjianiAfter years of outstanding ensemble work in acclaimed television series like Silicon Valley, Portlandia, and Burning Love —as well as […]
  37. Emily V. Gordon Wants to Make You Laugh and Cry at the Same TimeAuthor, producer, screenwriter, and GWAR fan Emily V. Gordon is no stranger to the philosophical principle that comedy equals tragedy plus […]
  38. Inside Season 2 of ‘Hidden America’ with Jonah Ray To say 2017 has been a bumper-crop year for Jonah Ray would be an understatement. Aside from pulling double duty as co-host of Chris […]
  39. Chris Gethard on ‘Career Suicide’s Journey from the Stage to HBOWe are all familiar with the old adage that “we laugh to keep from crying.” But what’s wrong with a healthy dosage of both? You’ll experience […]
  40. Inside Sasheer Zamata’s ‘Pizza Mind’ Comedy fans the world over might know Sasheer Zamata for her improvisational prowess and sketch comedy work, but with the premiere of her […]