Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’: A Comedy Particular and an Impressed Experiment

Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’: A Comedy Special and an Inspired Experiment

The incentives of the internet that reward outrage, excess, and sentimentality are the villains of this show. In a dizzying homage to “Cabaret,” Burnham plays the MC of the internet in sunglasses, greeting everyone with a decadent selection of options as the disco lights swirl. It is a lyrically dense song with camera work that … Read more

How ‘Dangerous Journey’ Introduced Again the Gross-Out Comedy

How 'Bad Trip' Brought Back the Gross-Out Comedy

If the comedy “Bad Trip” had premiered in theaters as intended until it switched to Netflix because of the pandemic, an already infamous scene would surely have made the crowd moan and laugh. It’s an encounter between Eric Andre and a gorilla that is best not described in a family newspaper. Clever, absurd and tasteless, … Read more

4 Specials Take Outside Comedy in Sudden Instructions

Four Specials Take Outdoor Comedy in Unexpected Directions

Laughter doesn’t echo from the clouds. That’s the first challenge in outdoor comedy. It is generally believed that the ideal conditions for getting up – small dark room, low ceiling – are pretty much the opposite of an outdoor comedy. There was actually a pre-pandemic history of such performances with their own street comedy legends. … Read more

4 Specials Take Outside Comedy in Surprising Instructions

Four Specials Take Outdoor Comedy in Unexpected Directions

Laughter doesn’t echo from the clouds. That’s the first challenge in outdoor comedy. It is generally believed that the ideal conditions for getting up – small dark room, low ceiling – are pretty much the opposite of an outdoor comedy. There was actually a pre-pandemic history of such performances with their own street comedy legends. … Read more

George Segal, Veteran of Drama and TV Comedy, Is Lifeless at 87

George Segal, Veteran of Drama and TV Comedy, Is Dead at 87

George Segal, whose long career began in serious drama but became one of America’s most trusted and well-known comic book actors, first in film and later on television, died Tuesday in Santa Rosa, California. He was 87 years old. According to his wife Sonia Segal, the cause was complications from bypass surgery. Mr. Segal was … Read more