It’s election season. And as you might expect there is a lot of chatter about it here in the WGBH newsroom. Inevitably, following a crucial moment on the stump or in one of the debates someone says something along the lines of, “Oh man I can’t wait to see what SNL is going to do with this” or "Did you see how Colbert handled that last night?"
Comedy has truly, fully become an integral part of the American political landscape. And if there is one show that is the heart and soul of that nexus of politics and comedy it's The Daily Show— a show that Lizz Winstead helped create.
Dean Obeidallah is a lawyer. He writes a weekly opinion column for CNN.com. He’s appeared on MSNBC, PBS and NBC's Rock Center. He’s co-directed his first documentary, which is set to premiere later this month at the Austin Film Festival. All in all, he sounds like a pretty serious guy.
Except one thing: He’s a comedian. One that the Washington Post calls “an angsty Arab Chris Rock.”
For 30 years now, Improv Boston has been on a mission. And it’s not to make people laugh — though they do that. And it’s not to be a launching pad for local comedians who go on star in films or write for the Daily Show — though it’s been that, too. No, their mission is to honor the craft. To be a place that, for audiences and performers alike, remains dedicated to the art of comedy.
There was everything to love about Phyllis Diller — the jokes, the clothes, the stage presence. Then there was the intellect and the fortitude. How stunningly remarkable that at age 37 and with five children at home, she could begin carving out one of the most distinguished careers in American comedy. And it was the 1950s!