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  1. The Head Writer at the End of an EraIt was the summer of Watergate. The Senate panel held forth from every television. Sam Ervin: “That’s not executive privilege, that’s executive […]
  2. ‘The Edge’: The Talent-Stacked ’90s Sketch Show That Time ForgotThe Edge, a weekly sketch show, premiered on Fox over twenty years ago, back in 1992. It only lasted for a single 18 episode season and no one […]
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    Game of Thrones Is Snoop Dogg’s Favorite History ClassWesteros FTW!
  4. so many beheadings
    The Gruesome Ways Every Character in Wolf Hall Died in Real LifeSpoiler warning!
  5. party chat
    Author Hilary Mantel on Henry VIII’s Love Life“He didn’t know that he was going to have six wives.”
  6. What the Hell Is the Deal with Clowns?“All the world loves a clown,” Cole Porter once wrote. Turns out, not so much. Today, people’s perceptions of clowns are largely negative: […]
  7. tv in cuba
    ‘Conan in Cuba’ Looks Like an Absurd Reverse-Borat Episode“Is this a rice?” No.
  8. This Russian Filmmaker Invented Response Memes 100 Years AgoAh, internet memes. Depending who you are, they’re what you make online and talk about with your buddies at school, what your goddamn kid won’t […]
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    Oprah Winfrey and Selma Cast Mates Marched in Alabama for MLK DayShe opened by shouting “Selma!”
  10. movies
    Oscar Films and the Prison of Historical AccuracyYou know it’s Oscar season when the historical-accuracy hit squads show up.
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    The Complicated Tale of Chaplin’s Great DictatorUnlike The Interview, Chaplin was trying to make a social and political statement.
  12. Hope-Less: How Different Would Standup Be Without Bob Hope?The truth is, Bob Hope actually dug Lenny Bruce, he really did – even considered him “brilliant,” according to Richard Zoglin in his new […]
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    The 6 Wildest Stories From Leonardo DiCaprio’s Long, Party-Filled HistoryIncluding the adventures of the Pussy Posse, naturally.
  14. The History of Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham’s Internet-Born Best FriendshipTaylor Swift gave Lena Dunham a moth as a housewarming gift.
  15. Exploring the Hidden Racist Past of the Looney ToonsI have an uncomfortable confession to make: I have never liked the Looney Tunes. Despite the cultural pervasiveness of these characters, and a […]
  16. How Bill Cosby Helped Launch Joan Rivers’ Comedy CareerBy the time she died, Joan Rivers had such an engraved image as an outrageous, foul-mouthed comedian that it’s hard to believe that she started […]
  17. Puck Magazine and the Birth of Modern Political CartooningIn the late 19th Century, long before Mad Magazine and the Daily Show, there was Puck. The magazine helped to change the very nature of […]
  18. What’s So Special About ‘The Richard Pryor Special’?There’s a famous story about The Richard Pryor Show – as Richard Pryor’s star was rising in Hollywood in the 1970s, NBC commissioned the man […]
  19. Watch Woody Allen’s Incredibly Rare Short Film ‘Men of Crisis’ One of the rarest pieces of comedy of the modern era, Woody Allen’s short film Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story, has appeared on […]
  20. history of rap
    The 21-Year History of the Song ‘99 Problems’It was Ice-T’s first.
  21. vulture lists
    Where Has Missy Elliott Been in the 9 Years Since Her Last Album Release?Alright, Missy, break time is over now.
  22. power-ballad chronicles
    The Bizarre History of Transformers’ Great SongAn ‘80s artifact in the best way.
  23. history
    The Complete History of Ryan GoslingHey, girl. Feel like a stroll down memory lane?
  24. answered prayers
    History Developing Jesus ‘Lost Years’ DramaNow with even more exorcisms.
  25. Watch Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, and Conan Give the Gettysburg Address Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address 150 years ago this month, and documentarian Ken Burns has been asking people to film themselves […]
  26. history
    ABC Developing A Slave in the White HouseAs a twelve-hour miniseries.
  27. Finding Long Lost Jack Benny EpisodesThe last time on From the Archives that we checked in on Jack Benny, it was towards the end of his career, in 1973. While he was getting on in […]
  28. The Best of ‘Army Man,’ the Humor Magazine That Was the Foundation of the […]If there is such a thing as a cult comedy magazine, it’s Army Man, America’s Only Magazine. With a writing staff that included George Meyer, […]
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    Jay-Z Convinced a British Cathedral to Debut His Album CoverRight next to the Magna Carta.
  30. Unearthing John Swartzwelder’s 1996 Unsold Western PilotAntenna Free TV has a piece today on a near-mythical pilot from 1996 called Pistol Pete, written by the also near-mythical Simpsons scribe John […]
  31. Big and Glossy and Wonderful: The Birth of the ‘National Lampoon’ MagazineThe first issue of the National Lampoon appeared in April 1970 and sold fewer than half of the five hundred thousand copies printed. Some […]
  32. The Unsung Brilliance of Tom LehrerOne of the sharpest wits of the 1950s and ‘60s was Tom Lehrer, the mathematician-turned-satirist who sang and performed blackly comic songs […]
  33. That’s Not Funny, That’s Sexist: The Controversial Legacy of Benny HillThe Benny Hill Show towered over even Monty Python in terms of worldwide appeal and popularity in its hey day, which is just astounding. […]
  34. comedy week
    How Jon Hamm Became America’s Sexiest Comedy NerdA timeline tracing his passage from young SNL addict to suavest podcast goofball ever.
  35. New Sketches in an Old Package: 22 Examples of New ‘SNL’ Content that […]Reruns of Saturday Night Live are usually edited somewhat from the original live broadcasts.  These edits are often just minor fixes of […]
  36. There Will Never Be Another Jonathan WintersThere, in his eyes. Controlled madness. Laser-keen in bursts. Pointed and precise. Vulnerability, too. A certain tenderness. His eyes set the […]
  37. It Worked Better: Dress Rehearsal Replacements in ‘SNL’ RerunsThe first Debbie Downer sketch on Saturday Night Live in May 2004 was a surprise hit, largely because of the cast’s inability to finish the […]
  38. Timing is Everything: The Comedy of Bob HopeFor over half a century, Bob Hope was arguably the most famous and beloved comedian in America. Like most comics from his era, he started as a […]
  39. history
    Cleopatra Miniseries Coming to LifetimeHa-ha, okay.
  40. grammys 2013
    Here Are Four More Pictures of Dr. John Wearing Crazy HeadwearBecause we wanted more.
  41. ‘It’s Garry Shandling’s Show’: Just as Influential as You Probably Don’t […]Garry Shandling is one of the most innovative and influential comedians of all time. However, when Shout Factory released the entire Larry […]
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    Tom Hanks, Ken Burns Joining ForcesFor a miniseries about Jack Johnson.
  43. The Short Films of Albert BrooksWe look at seven early short films from Albert Brooks, which he produced for television in the early seventies.
  44. Inside the Greatest Writers Room You’ve Never Heard OfTwenty-five years ago, millions of Americans gathered around their sets to watch the launch of a show that would transform late-night TV. This […]
  45. Mixing Animation and Live Action with Disastrous Results in ‘The Danger […]Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny, uninteresting, yet highly rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we […]
  46. Watching Steve Allen Say Goodnight to Late Night, for the Second TimeThe Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  47. Television’s First Comedy Hit Says Goodbye: The Final ‘Your Show of Shows’The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. […]
  48. Watch the History of the World in 60 Seconds, Give or Take a CoupleScience is fun!
  49. The Rope-Throwin’ Political Comedy of Will RogersThere has never been a comedian with as much political influence and esteem as Will Rogers. If Jon Stewart was one of the most popular movie […]
  50. Seba Smith and the Birth of American Political SatireEver since George Washington laughed at himself while attending a farce by the “father” of American theatre William Dunlap, comedians have been […]
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