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Interview: Louis CK

Boston's contribution to Conan, Letterman, and Chris Rock returns with a comedy special and a role in This Side of the Truth
"Boston is a great town to grow up in, but I really wanted to get out of there," says comedian Louis CK.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 12, 2009

Is he being served?

Tony Millionaire's still best on the page
In the first animated adaptation of Tony Millionaire's sumptuously debauched comic strip Maakies , the soused Drinky Crow was voiced by erstwhile Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 18, 2008

Catch a rising star

Local standup talents to watch
Boston is lousy with talented stand-ups — the following performers just happen to be a few jokes closer than the rest to the top of Comedy Mountain.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 17, 2008

Not by George

Robot Chicken: Star Wars
A long time ago, on a bricks-and-mortar soundstage far, far away, the last great Star Wars movie was made.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 11, 2008

Parody flunks out

Political humor is no longer welcome in Academia as administrators choke the life out of parody
Artist Barry Blitt’s brilliant illustration — which sought to satirize the naysayers who portray Obama as a flag-burning, unpatriotic Muslim and his wife as a black-power radical — cut to the core of today’s political paradox.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 30, 2008

Holy multiplicity, Batman!

A Caped-Crusader scorecard
A Caped-Crusader scorecard
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 16, 2008

Funny business

As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 08, 2008

A cop with an assitude

Watertown’s Clambake Animation pushes TV’s boundaries with a homicidal heinie
Mr. McGee comes by his name honestly. He is, quite simply, an ass.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 09, 2008

The amazing race

We break down the Presidential campaign to its six essential parts, and predict your next Commander-in-Chief.
For the past year, presidential politics has been building to the crescendo that is the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 26, 2007

Fake-news vacuum

Why the Writers Guild strike could affect the presidential race
It’s easy to be flip about the deep implications of the Writers Guild of America strike, which is now stretching into its fourth week.
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 28, 2007

Paler than thou

Jim Gaffigan’s off-white superheroes
Comic-book-style superheroes have been a staple of TV since George Reeves put on Superman’s red cape and blue tights in 1951.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 19, 2007

Five-finger discount

It may not be Bart, but bootlegging is back
When I was in the eighth grade, in the spring of 1990, I wore a Simpsons T-shirt.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 01, 2007

Potty mouth

Louis C.K. has a filthy good time
Shamelessness has finally paid off for Louis C.K.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 25, 2007

Self help

JazzBoston boosts the scene with Jazz Week
In jazz, it’s always the iron age.
By JON GARELICK  |  April 18, 2007

Matter of characters

In the age of the sound bite, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are reviving the lost art of long-form radio comedy
Two men are on the phone.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 04, 2007

The Mauss that roared

Meet the man who could put Boston’s comedy scene back on the map
A month ago, Boston comedian Shane Mauss could barely get local comedy clubs to return his calls.
By SEAN L. MCCARTHY  |  March 30, 2007

Hot beast

Penguins are so 2006. What animal will capture the public’s imagination in 2007?
Here are six possibilities, with the odds of their ascension.
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 21, 2006

Motley crews

A short history of Boston rock
The history of Boston rock and roll begins with these immortal words: “Ding! Dong! Ding ding dong! Ka-ding dong, ding dong ding!”
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 15, 2006

The Cambridge Castle of Comedy

Inside The Harvard Lampoon , where getting in could be your ticket to Hollywood — or not
“I have a summer castle out on the Cape,” says Harvard senior Kyle Berkman. “But for most of us, this is our only castle.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 02, 2006

Get it while you can

Will sites like YouTube and The Hype Machine go the route of Napster?
A couple of months ago, a man with the screen name x-amount logged on to , the blog he maintains with a few of his friends, and made a pronouncement.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 12, 2006

Flashbacks: March 24

The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.  
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 22, 2006

Quotes + numbers, February 17, 2006

Just the facts on Wal-Mart, the Olympics, Barack at the Grammys, and more
Twelve: Number of US Olympians vying for spots in the sixth season of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice .
By EDITORIAL  |  February 16, 2006

Daydream believer

Jen Trynin’s Everything I'm Cracked Up To Be
Mother knew best. “First they don’t love you, now they do love you. What if tomorrow they don’t love you again?”
By AMY FINCH  |  February 09, 2006

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