Crafting an ensemble cast that has chemistry and serves a series takes experience and skill to a degree, but it can entail a healthy dose of risk-taking and finger-crossing as well. When Jeanne…
At the age of 18, having just completed her first semester of college, Las Vegas-raised Jillian Bell took a gamble. She left her hometown to study in Los Angeles, promising her parents she would…
Since creating a bigscreen comedy isn't producing widgets, uncertainty is a constant sidekick. So it might not be a shock to mention that Melissa McCarthy was filled with doubt after she left her…
Thin gruel for more refined theatrical palates.
Nat Faxon and Jim Rash never intended to become screenwriters, but after enduring years of getting passed over for plum roles, the two actor buddies decided to take matters into their own hands and…
Alan Jay Axelrod, keyboardist for Barry Manilow and later musical director of improv comedy groups The Groundlings and TheaterSports, died Feb. 4 in Los Angeles due to complications from diabetes.
The Groundlings' latest foray of 19 scripted and improv-based sketches eschews delving too deeply into society's foibles, favoring superficial character blackouts over sociopolitical satire. However…
Instead, as in much of the comedy world today, the focus is on everyday people trying to make their way through a bewildering world, frustrated at every turn by Chinese restaurant menus, 3-D art…