Musings: Monday, February 4, 2013

After collaborating with Ridley Pearson and then Alan Zweibel on several fiction books, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dave Barry is back with Insane City, his first solo written book in more than a decade. Set in present day Miami, Insane City is the story of a wedding gone wrong South Florida style as the underachieving yet […]

Musings: Monday, June 4, 2012

Before he was an award-winning screenwriter and movie director and before he performed as a standup comedian, Woody Allen was a successful author, penning numerous humorous short stories and books including Without Feathers. Written in May of 1975, Without Feathers consists of 2 one-act plays and 16 short stories including “Examining Psychic Phenomena” in which […]

Musings: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Months after This America Life retracted an episode featuring monologist and writer Mike Daisey, who, in his latest work The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, fabricated some of the working conditions at a Chinese factory, the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi is reporting that the National Public Radio program is reviewing how it introduces […]

Musings: Monday, November 21, 2011

Few celebs have mastered the art of Twitter – and yes there’s an art to 140 characters of worthwhile commentary – like Steve Martin. On the eve of People Magazine’s annual “Sexiest Man Alive” issue (on newsstands now), Martin (right) tweeted “Waiting by phone for Sexiest Man Alive announcement”. Some of Martin’s best Tweets came […]

Musings: Thursday, October 6, 2011

There are just some things the Eighth Muse looks forward to each year, one of which is the Best American Nonrequired Reading series. In fact we still chuckle at the 2009’s list of Best Titles of Poems Published in 2008 which includes: “Dad Jokes Around Defining AIDS” by Chip Livingston “I Need More Cowbell” by […]

Musings: Friday, June 24, 2011

Comedy writers Tyler Perry, Aaron McGruder, and Ali LeRoi are among 21 television writers cited by writer/filmmaker Olufunmilayo Gittens in “African-American Television Writers: Breaking Barriers & Creating History” a feature story that recently appeared in the Atlanta Post. Both Perry (Meet the Browns, House of Payne), and LeRoi (Are We There Yet?) currently have shows […]

Musings: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Like you, we enjoy TV commercials that make us laugh out loud. An Eighth Muse favorite right now is Geico’s “Do Dogs Chase Cats?” and All State’s “Mayhem Man”, which The Chicago Tribune recently wrote about.  Hey, who knew insurance could be funny? Or creative – actually, the ad agency behind the spots are the […]

Musings: Friday, March 25, 2011

After weeks of previews, the new musical comedy The Book of Mormon: The Musical officially opened on Broadway this week. Written and composed by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Tony Award winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young missionaries sent to Uganda […]

Musings: Monday, March 14, 2011

Print is dead. – Dr. Egon Spengler. More than 25 years after a ghostbuster falsely declared it’s passing, print is alive and well, particularly in comedy form. Another beat of the art form’s heart registered last week, this time thumping strong enough to be seen on more than just the industry’s EKG. As first reported […]

Musings: Monday, November 29, 2010

“We felt like we’d died and gone to Heaven” is how Keith Richards describes The Rolling Stones’ first visit to the United States in his recently released autobiography Life (published by Little, Brown and Company). And why not? The legendary rockers were in the house of music they so worshiped. “Being there in a time […]

Musings: Monday, October 25, 2010

If scenes from “Insheeption”, South Park’s recent parody of the movie Inception, sounded a bit familiar, it’s because they were. On Friday, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone admitted to lifting parts of CollegeHumor.com’s parody of the summer blockbuster movie. “It’s just because we do the show in six days, and we’re stupid […]

Musings: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

Resolved to being more than just bawdy jokes and celebrity roasts, New York’s legendary Friars Club will begin its second annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival this week with the screening of the Bollywood comedy Tere Bin Laden. More than 30 films will be screened during the seven-day festival, which leads up to the Friars […]

Musings: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In just its first season, the ABC-TV mockumentary Modern Family scored comedy gold at this year’s 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, winning six categories including three biggies: Outstanding Comedy Series; Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series; and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The show had received 14 nominations overall. In winning the Emmy for […]

Musings: Friday, August 20, 2010

Would the movie Step Brothers have been as memorable without the Shark Week reference? Would Sixteen Candles have been as huge a hit without Long Duk Dong? And if there were only a handful of funny lines from Airplane to recite, would a family gathering be as lively? At the Eight Muse, we were left […]

Musings: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

First NBC, now Comcast. The cable giant is getting into the comedy competition business this November with the taping of Trial By Laughter. The three-round competition featuring 36 stand-up comedians will be filmed at Morty’s Comedy Joint in Indianapolis beginning Tuesday, November 2 followed by subsequent rounds and the finale on Saturday, November 6. The […]

Musings: Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bill Murray began his interview with Dan Fierman, a GQ magazine senior editor, by examining Fierman’s digital voice recorder. “How long do these things last? How much time is on these things,” asks Murray, and for a moment you wonder if he is rethinking the interview or about to curtail his answers. And why not? […]

Musings: Friday, July 16th, 2010

What, No Bringing Up Baby? Turner Classic Movies recently released their 10 Best Comedy Lines From Classic Movies. In case you missed it, here they are: “It must have been hard on your mother, not having any children.” – Ginger Rogers, 42nd Street (1933) “You can’t fool me! There ain’t no sanity clause!” – Chico […]

Musings: Tuesday, July 13, 2010

We’re a wee-bit late on this post so you’ll have to track down a copy of last week’s New Yorker magazine (July 5th), but writer Tad Friend’s profile of Steve Carell is certainly worth the hunt. Carell, who stars in the current hit movie Despicable Me and the upcoming Dinner for Schmucks, says that when […]