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Ranking Every ‘Last Comic Standing’ Winner

Originally published with Paste Magazine on April 1, 2016. In a sea of talent competition shows, Last Comic Standing has had difficulty finding its footing. The idea seems simple enough: Assemble a group of…

12 Great Stand-Up Comedians from the Midwest

Originally published with Paste Magazine on March 21, 2016. New York City and its west coast counterpart Los Angeles might be considered the capitals of comedy, at least in the US, but there’s no…

The 10 Best SCTV Characters

Originally published with Paste Magazine on February 3, 2016.] It’s been 40 years since SCTV made the leap from the stage to the small screen. Since then, the Canadian sketch show has grown from…

The 10 Best ‘Rick and Morty’ Guest Stars

Originally published with Paste Magazine on January 15, 2016. Each episode of Rick and Morty is a treasure unto itself. Drawing upon co-creator Dan Harmon’s penchant for cultural references, coupled with co-creator Justin Roiland’s skill…

10 ‘Key & Peele’ Sketches We Wish Were Real Movies

Originally published with Paste Magazine on December 29, 2015. Sketch comedy has proved to be rich stomping ground when it comes to feature length projects. Between Saturday Night Live’s many contributions to the big…

13 More Comedians Who Excelled at Dramatic Roles

Originally published with Paste Magazine on October 8, 2015. On the surface, comedians may seem light and funny because of their work. Anyone given to making people laugh surely must be happy all the…