Author Archives: Alex Russell

Inside Amy Schumer: Gross name, great show

amyschumerBY ALEX RUSSELL

The very first scene in Amy Schumer’s new Comedy Central show begins with Amy trying out for a role in a “project” which turns out to be a remake of the famously graphic 2 Girls 1 Cup. Where can it possibly go from there?

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In Case You Missed It: Amy Schumer

amyschumerBY ALEX RUSSELL

Anyone can read a Wikipedia page. Every Wednesday in “In Case You Missed It” I hope to put in context something in the world of comedy for non comedy-nerds. This week we look at Amy Schumer, whose upcoming Comedy Central show debuts this month.

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Why can’t we stop watching (and recording!) TV we hate?

leagueBY ALEX RUSSELL

My DVR’s generally pretty full. I imagine yours is, too. So why do we all keep recording The Office?

It’s simple enough to say “eh, there’s only a few left” and just ride out a show that’s lost a step but is almost over. A classic example is Scrubs, except instead of “losing a step” it took a step off a cliff that was above a building that was on fire. But what about a show you used to love that is just starting to suck? What about letting all that Veep or Archer build up because you have to stay caught up on shows you’re already bored with?

That’s a ridiculous example, of course, because you watch Archer instantly every Thursday because you’re not a goddamned monster. Other than that, though, let’s figure it out.

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This Is The End: Apocalyptic summer blockbuster?

This-Is-The-End-Rogen-Franco-HillBY ALEX RUSSELL

At some point I stopped seeing movies in the theater. I’m at a point where I need to be convinced that something isn’t spectacularly horrible or I just assume it’s a waste of time. This movie, though, I will see in a theater.

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In Case You Missed It: Brian Posehn

brianposehnBY ALEX RUSSELL

Anyone can read a Wikipedia page. Every Wednesday in “In Case You Missed It” I hope to put in context something in the world of comedy for non comedy-nerds. This week we look at Brian Posehn, whose face you definitely know but whose best work you may have missed. Hey, it’s perfect! That’s the name of the thing!

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More than a silly name: What you need to know about Wichita State

fvvBY ALEX RUSSELL

There are a lot of standard names making deep runs in this year’s tournament: Duke, Louisville, Syracuse. One you’ll never see in a list like that is still around, though, and they are the Wichita State Shockers. Who the hell are they? Let’s sort it out.

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I’ve seen everything on Netflix: Examining Amazon’s upcoming comedy shows

billmurrayBY ALEX RUSSELL

Since Netflix is still printing money, Amazon has decided to crush them into oblivion with some of their own streaming shows. Their plan is to make the pilots and see which ones people like. Then they’re going to make those shows and buy sixteen thousand yachts.

So what are we going to like? I don’t know! Probably the one with Bill Murray, though, because duh.

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In Case You Missed It: Marc Maron

ChuckletownBY ALEX RUSSELL

Anyone can read a Wikipedia page. Every Wednesday in “In Case You Missed It” I hope to put in context something in the world of comedy for non comedy-nerds. This week we look at Marc Maron, one of the biggest names in podcasting and stand up who may be reaching an even bigger audience in the coming months.

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Vegas on the Cheap: An Incomplete Guide to March Madness in Sin City

vegas-mgmBY ALEX RUSSELL

I’m hardly a “bro” in even the loosest sense of the word. I got a haircut today and my response of “none” to “what product do you use” was met with stunned silence. I say “And-1 Mix Tape” sometimes, but I’m pretty sure that might be the name of a guy in A Tribe Called Quest. I never say “epic.”

But I love Las Vegas, despite my lack of traditional bro qualities. (Brolities? Brahtributes? Broclivities?) It’s a fun town for a lot of the reasons some people hate it: the food ranges from amazing to disgusting, you can either drink at a fancy place or at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, and you can do anything you want to do within reason.

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Yelling isn’t coverage: The best sports month of the year is the one with no ESPN

espnBY ALEX RUSSELL

I love March.

March is a beautiful month for sports for many reasons, but it’s obviously primarily about March Madness. I watch the “Second Round” (I refuse to not put that in quotes, we’ll call it the “Second Round” if you add more games, dammit) every year in Vegas. I have multiple screens going. I’m in too many pools to remember. I pretend I know anything about Vermont or Albany. I watch the tournament the same way a lot of people do: completely. THE ONLY WAY.

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