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Oral Histories

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    The True Origins of Monty Python’s Spamalot MusicalThe best stories from the updated Monty Python oral history, including how Mel Brooks helped give birth to Spamalot.
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    An Oral History of The Dark Knight’s Pencil TrickNo CGI, but a few bouts of unconsciousness.
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    ‘The Sketch That Always Plays Hot’An oral history of Saturday Night Live’s “Black Jeopardy.”
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    ‘Splat!’: The Oral History of Sex and the City’s Most Shocking EpisodeThe episode where Lexi Featherston committed the ultimate party foul.
  5. An Oral History of The Americans Series FinaleBehind “START,” one of the finest series-enders of the modern TV era.
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    Jersey Shore: An Oral History“It was like zebras in the Serengeti. We wanted to see this in action. Where does that happen? The Jersey Shore.”
  7. The Inside Story of How Timeless Was Canceled and Uncanceled in Just Three Days“I’d seen shows get canceled and then picked up by other networks, but I’d never seen a network do this.”
  8. The Disaster Artist: An Oral HistoryHow James Franco and friends brought the story behind the 21st century’s biggest cult film to life.
  9. ‘It Has Provided Me with So Much Joy": Read This Oral History of ‘Comedy […]To celebrate today’s release of the 500th episode of Comedy Bang! Bang!, The Daily Beast posted a great new oral history of the show and its […]
  10. An Oral History of ‘The State’ Is Out in MayIf you always wanted a book-length oral history of The State, your prayers have been answered, because today David Wain announced that a State […]
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    The State to Release a Complete Oral HistorySo much more than Reno 911!, though oh man, also Reno 911!
  12. Check Out ‘Vanity Fair’s Oral History of the Comedy CellarVanity Fair has a great new oral history out today of the Comedy Cellar, and it’s full of fun looks back on the legendary New York comedy club […]
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    The Oral History of Six Feet Under’s Final SceneAlan Ball, Lauren Ambrose, Michael C. Hall, and others reminisce about one of TV’s best finishes.
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    Can You Imagine Chris Meloni in Six Feet Under?Rolling Stone has a comprehensive new oral history.
  15. Check Out a New Oral History of ‘Wet Hot American Summer’Ahead of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’s Netflix premiere this Friday, Variety put together a comprehensive oral history of the […]
  16. Oral History of a Sandwich, by Jon Wolper Before Sandwich, McElroy’s Deli was in trouble. Cold cuts became slimy. Sauces congealed. Produce spoiled after going unused for days. The […]
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    Heath Ledger Hated That ‘I Wish I Knew How to Quit You’ Became a Meme“He was extraordinarily serious about the political issues.”
  18. Celebrate ‘The Office’s 10th Anniversary with an Oral History of […]Today marks ten years since the American Office debuted on NBC, and to celebrate Uproxx put together a thorough oral history of the show’s […]
  19. Read a New Oral History of Weird Al Yankovic’s ‘UHF’To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Weird Al Yankovic’s 1989 film UHF, The A.V. Club has a new oral history out today on the film that […]
  20. Read a New Oral History About the Birth of ‘South Park’Entertainment Weekly has a new South Park oral history out today, and it’s a great look into how Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “The Spirit of […]
  21. Read a New Oral History of ‘Parks and Recreation’Not long after posting a comprehensive oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Uproxx has a brand new oral history out today on the […]
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    Lindsay Lohan Went ‘Method’ on Mean GirlsAnd “Method” = pink Uggs.
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    Party of Five Season 1 Oral HistoryAs part of our look back at the 1994–95 season, the creators and cast members of the intense Fox drama discuss its debut.
  24. ‘Vanity Fair’ Talks to Groundlings Alums to Celebrate the Theatre’s 40th […]Vanity Fair has a new oral history out today of The Groundlings, LA’s legendary improv theatre that has spawned countless comedic talents on […]
  25. Updated Edition of ‘Live from New York’ Book Will Be Available This […]Since its publication in 2003, Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller’s oral history book Live from New York has served as the quintessential SNL […]
  26. Parks and Recreation’s the Cones of Dunshire Board Game, an Oral HistoryAdam Scott and others tell the story behind Ben Wyatt’s obsessive homage to the board game The Settlers of Catan.
  27. micro oral histories
    Kim vs. the Cougar: The Oral History of 24’s Most Infamous SceneVulture communes with Jack Bauer’s daughter as she has a mountain-lion moment and concludes our Micro Oral History Week, fittingly, with Happy Endings
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    ‘And I Cannot Lie’: The Oral History of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s ‘Baby Got Back’ VideoThe 1992 video for the pro-posterior paean spawned controversy and many, many buttocks-centric visual puns. Here’s the true story of how it was made.
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    Oral History: 90210’s Donna Loses Her VirginityTori Spelling, Jason Priestley, and writer Larry Mollin explain why it took her seven seasons to give it up.
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    Suck and Blow: The Oral History of the Clueless Party SceneAlicia Silverstone, Amy Heckerling, Breckin Meyer, and others remember the “pretty random fiesta” with a Coolio track on the playlist.
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    ‘Uh-oh, Here Comes Trouble’: The Oral History of Anchorman’s Battle SceneWill Ferrell, Adam McKay, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and others reflect on the iconic scene that “escalated quickly” and “really got out of hand, fast.”
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    The Trio: The Oral History Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Nerd VillainsThis is the origin story of Jonathan, Warren, and Andrew, as told by Buffy actors and writers.
  33. Read an Oral History of The Kids in the Hall“When the five of us are together, we become the Kids in the Hall. It becomes something that is apart from any one of us. That’s why we keep […]
  34. Read an Oral History of LA’s Wildly Influential Groundlings TheaterTHR has a new oral history of The Groundlings Theater, the LA-based comedy institution where Phil Hartman, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, and also […]
  35. The Oral History of ‘Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn’Revisiting one of the purest forms of comedy on television, and a show that captured the brutal beauty of comics off-stage.
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    The SNL Audition Process Sure Is HarrowingLorne Michaels: He’s mysterious.
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    The Hoboken Sound: An Oral History of Maxwell’sIn the pantheon of important New York City rock clubs — Max’s Kansas City, CBGB, the Bottom Line — Maxwell’s ranks as high as any, even though its legal address is New Jersey.
  38. There’s a New Oral History of the UCB Out Today in E-Book FormWriter Brian Raftery has a new, exhaustive oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade that was just released today, exclusively through […]
  39. Read an Exhaustive Oral History of ‘Weird Twitter’“I met a guy named @fart on the Internet and I let him into my apartment and it was actually really great.” -Comedian Jake Fogelnest to […]
  40. The Oral History of ‘Freaks and Geeks’ Is WonderfulIf you’re reading this website, you probably don’t need me to say much to convince you to go read Vanity Fair’s amazing oral history of Freaks […]
  41. Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: ‘We Killed: The Rise Of Women In American […]You know that thing when people are all like, “Blah blah blah women aren’t funny,” and you’re all like, “What!? Is that a thing people actually […]
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    How to Kick Back Like the Cast of The WireIdris Elba knows how to party.
  43. ‘Friends’: the Oral HistoryVanity Fair has an extensive oral history of Friends, in which they talk to the folks responsible for the show about its entire life. They […]
  44. Heaven, or the Wet Hot American Summer Set?Forget Party Down and Arrested Development. After reading this oral history of the making of Wet Hot American Summer, I am throwing all my […]