FROM Brian Raftery
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.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.