comedy

  • April 12, 2013  

    Pioneering comic Jonathan Winters brought his own brand of wild, improvisational stand-up to television in the 1950s, and continued to perform for nearly five decades. Winters died Thursday at the age of 87. Jeffrey Brown remembers the comedian with a look back at his career and an interview excerpt with Jim Lehrer from 1999. Continue reading

  • July 27, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    The short third installment of Yoram Bauman’s vlog from China is well worth the watching, highlighting the tension between the “official” China and what’s really going on there. Communist Party founder Mao AND $300,000 Porsches? Yoram asks. “Do hen hao!” … Continue reading

  • July 18, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here are a few queries: We received a flurry of worried responses to our Lincoln Electric story from … Continue reading

  • July 15, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Stand-up economist Yoram Bauman has now made it to China and filed the second of his vlogs for us from Beijing. We found his comparison of China to Ecuador fascinating. For those who crave a heavier dose of Yoram’s wit, … Continue reading

  • February 28, 2011  

    Jeffrey Brown talks with the creators of “Parazit,” a web-based Farsi-language program that combines Iranian politics with comedy in the style of “The Daily Show,” an American political satire television show. Continue reading

  • January 19, 2011   BY Tom LeGro 

    “The Onion News Network,” a 30-minute, weekly television program, will debut on IFC on Friday. The show comes on the heels of “SportsDome,” which premiered on Comedy Central and satirizes the round-the-clock coverage of sports channels like ESPN.
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  • November 17, 2010   BY Paul Solman  

    The [Fed's announcement](http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/11/fed-slow-growth-disappointing-will-engage-in-second-round-of-quantitiative-easing.html) of another round of so-called “quantitative easing” (QE2) is much in the news. Basically, it’s an announced commitment to create $600 billion dollars or more of new “Federal reserves” – i.e., U.S. dollars – and [pump them … Continue reading

  • November 11, 2010   BY Lauren Knapp  

    Mike Birbiglia, a regular on PRI’s “This American LIfe”, has turned his one-man off-Broadway comedy show into a new book called “Sleepwalk With Me.”
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  • October 25, 2010  

    Jeffrey Brown talks to producer and director Judd Apatow about what’s behind his string of successful movies and his new book, “I Found This Funny.” Apatow has been the force behind hit films such as “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.” Continue reading

  • October 25, 2010   BY Tom LeGro 

    An extended interview with Judd Apatow, whose latest pursuit is a book called “I Found This Funny.”
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