FROM Phoebe Robinson
The 'New Comedy Economy' For today's hardcore comedy fans, there is no shortage of ways to watch comics, from comedy clubs to TV. The internet and social media have ushered in even more new platforms and ways to find comedy content, like podcasts, online content providers like Netflix or Hulu, and websites like Funny or Die and College Humor, not to mention Twitter, Vine, and Instagram. In this month’s issue of Wired Magazine, writer Brian Rafferty asserts that we are in the midst of a comedy revolution , and that there is a new comedy economy. How are comics adapting to it? Comedians Phoebe Robinson and Brandon Johnson talk about what it's like to be funny in today's media landscape.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."