MOST RECENT ARTICLES BY:

Ramsey Ess

  1. Looking Back at the Albums of the National Lampoon Between Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead and Netflix’s upcoming film about the early days of the National Lampoon, anyone who has, like, four […]
  2. Mel Brooks Destroyed at Radio City Music Hall Last NightMel Brooks won’t sit down. The good people at Radio City Music Hall have set up two chairs on stage, one for the moderator Kevin Salter and one […]
  3. Bob Odenkirk, Fred Armisen, and Zach Galifianakis’ 2002 Sketch Show of […] Not long ago, media writers were talking about a “sketch boom” with shows like Inside Amy Schumer, Portlandia, Kroll Show, Key & Peele, […]
  4. Looking Back at Bruce McCulloch’s ‘Carpoolers’ Bruce McCulloch has always done things differently, whether it was with The Kids in the Hall, or his comedy albums, or his book or his TV […]
  5. Rediscovering Danny DeVito’s Long-Lost Directorial Debut If I had a dollar for every article I’ve tried to write about a piece of comedy that is lost forever due to time, or the constraints of live […]
  6. Inside Graham Chapman and Douglas Adams’ Lost Sketch Show ‘Out of the […] In 1974, when Monty Python’s Flying Circus came to a close, without John Cleese, the members of the troupe knew they weren’t quite finished. […]
  7. Digging Up the Roots of News Satire with ‘On the Hour’ There have been many articles I’ve written for this series where I assumed that I was probably introducing a significant portion of my […]
  8. 25 Years Later: Was ‘Herman’s Head’ Any Good? Before 1989 there were three big television networks and none of them were Fox. Then came The Simpsons and by gum, that put them on the map. […]
  9. ‘Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel’: The Lost Radio Show of Groucho and Chico We live in an era in which the idea of a “lost” TV show has completely vanished. I mean, I guess you could have a hard drive crash or […]
  10. Rediscovering Eric Idle’s Post-Python Sketch Show, ‘Rutland Weekend […] The TV show you just worked on has ended. It did reasonably well, running a few seasons, but it was definitely a fringe success. You and your […]
  11. Looking Back at Martin Short’s First Prime-Time Show Martin Short has had two different programs on TV known as The Martin Short Show: a sitcom in 1994, and a talk show in 1999 (I wrote about […]
  12. Remembering Garry Shandling’s Early Version of Larry SandersI would much prefer that the article I’m writing today was about an old episode of Letterman or Conan, but today we look back at one of the […]
  13. Fred Allen, King of Radio, Takes on TelevisionIf you’ve never heard of Fred Allen, “cranky” might be a good introductory word. From 1933-1949 he was one of the comedian kings of radio, but […]
  14. Looking Back at Chris Rock the Talk Show Host The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio […]
  15. ny la comedy
    150+ Classic Jokes About New York and Los AngelesFrom Woody Allen to Louis C.K. to Joan Rivers to Kumail Nanjiani.
  16. When Bob and Ray Stormed Carnegie Hall Sadly, this week we lost a legend of comedy with the passing of Bob Elliott at the age of 92. Bob had a long career in comedy, beginning in […]
  17. Mel Brooks’ Forgotten Pilot ‘Inside Danny Baker’ Mel Brooks may not be best known for his television career, but without it we probably wouldn’t have a Mel Brooks. He began as a writer on […]
  18. Looking Back at When Andy Richter Controlled the Universe Andy Richter’s career has had many stages. Today he sits alongside Conan O’Brien as he hosts his talk show on TBS which works as a parallel […]
  19. Ben Stiller, Bob Odenkirk, Janeane Garofalo, and William Shatner Invite […]In the more than 150 From the Archives articles I’ve written, I’ve looked at a wide variety of genres of comedy: variety shows, late night […]
  20. Randy and Jason Sklar Crack Jokes From the Cheap Seats Riffing, heckling, interrupting: whatever you want to call it, making fun of bad movies and TV shows is a time honored tradition shared by […]
  21. Discovering ‘Evening Primrose,’ Sondheim’s Horror/Comedy/Musical HybridIt’s the day before Halloween, so it’s time for an extra spooky trip to the archives! Specifically a musical/comedic/horrifying spooky trip! […]
  22. ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Creator Phil Rosenthal on Food, Family, and FunnyPhil Rosenthal is the co-creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, and in addition to that, he’s a delightful man. His new show I’ll Have What Phil’s […]
  23. Zach Galifianakis’s Short-Lived Talk Show: ‘Late World with Zach’At this point in television history, there is a very long tail of late night programing. You have your massive monoliths of success that have […]
  24. When Johnny Carson Opened Up, BrieflyTo be a star in the world today is to make yourself available to outside eyes, constantly. One must maintain a social media presence, be open […]
  25. David Frost, John Cleese, and the Two Ronnies Report on ClassIf you are living in America, when I say “David Frost,” you’d probably say, “The 2008 film Frost/Nixon.” And if I were to say “British class […]
  26. ‘Welcome to New York’: Jim Gaffigan’s First Attempt at a Jim Gaffigan ShowThe Jim Gaffigan Show has been airing this summer and has been going strong. Just as Louie and Maron have, it takes a comedian’s voice and his […]
  27. Jon Stewart Looks Back at 1,000 Years of HistoryLast Thursday, America said goodbye to Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. In his final episode he welcomed back a number of correspondents […]
  28. Looking Back at ‘NewsRadio’s Perfect PilotThe show lives on, whether it’s in syndication, on DVD, or in its very special place in the Perfect Pilot Hall of Fame.
  29. Looking Back at Milton Berle’s Early YearsThe Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  30. Remembering Phil Austin and the Firesign TheatreTo get your own comedy seen in today’s media landscape, all you have to do is put it online and make sure it’s really good. It wasn’t so easy […]
  31. Examining the Cable Collaborations of Jablin, Mulholland, and BarrieA few months back we looked at the unproduced script for Johnny Carson’s comeback special, written by “Johnny’s favorite writers,” Michael […]
  32. from the archives
    Looking Back at Anne Meara (and Jerry Stiller) Throughout the DecadesRemembering Anne Meara’s long comedy career both with her husband and solo.
  33. When Letterman Took ‘Late Night’ to Tokyo, Sort ofThe Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  34. When Network TV Got ‘Politically Incorrect’The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  35. How George Carlin Changed Comedy In His First HBO SpecialThe Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  36. Steve Martin Tries Prime-Time Variety with ‘3 Girls 3’The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  37. Watching as Bob Hope Entertains VietnamThe Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  38. Comedy Legend Stan Freberg Has Died at Age 88 Stan Freberg, comedian, musician, radio host, record star, advertising pioneer, voice actor, and occasional puppeteer has passed away today at […]
  39. A Guide to the Hard-to-Find Comedy Albums of Albert BrooksA few years ago in From the Archives, we did a deep dive and examined Albert Brooks’s early short films, and reminded ourselves at how creative […]
  40. The Johnny Carson Comeback Special That Never WasOn Mark Malkoff’s wonderful Carson Podcast, several guests have been asked about why they believe that when Johnny said goodbye on May 22, 1992 […]
  41. Watching Mel Brooks’ Short-Lived Robin Hood Sitcom The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  42. David Letterman Says Goodbye to MorningsThe Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  43. ‘The Stan Freberg Show’: Radio’s Last Comedy Series The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  44. Michael Keaton Reunites Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  45. David Steinberg Introduces the World to the Cast of ‘SCTV’The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  46. The Many Beginnings of ‘All in the Family’ The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio […]
  47. What I Learned from Another Year in the ArchivesThe Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  48. ‘The Honeymooners’ Return for ChristmasThe Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  49. Watching the Unaired Sgt. Bilko Pilot Today, Phil Silvers’ legacy might be that his voice and TV persona were ripped off by Hanna-Barbera for the character of Top Cat. As a […]
  50. Remembering Mike Nichols the Performer As you no doubt already heard, yesterday marked the passing of a man the media has aptly named an “entertainment icon” by the name of Mike […]
More Articles