Comedy http://www.kunc.org en How Funny Or Die Makes Room For What Works http://www.kunc.org/post/how-funny-or-die-makes-room-what-works When I showed up at Funny or Die's West Hollywood headquarters earlier this year, staffers weren't hanging out with Will Ferrell or taping a cool new video with the president.<p>They were kicking around a ball.<p>"The Internet went out for 10 minutes, so we were playing soccer," said one young staffer, nudging around a ball in a set of offices that looked more like the home base of a Silicon Valley startup than a comedy incubator.<p>It was just growing pains; at the time, the company was completing its third move in four years.<p>Funny or Die recently celebrated its seventh birthday. Wed, 14 May 2014 11:27:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 56506 at http://www.kunc.org How Funny Or Die Makes Room For What Works Cake Or Death? Gâteau, S'il Vous Plaît! http://www.kunc.org/post/cake-or-death-g-teau-sil-vous-pla-t British comedian Eddie Izzard has been thinking a lot about language (no surprise to anyone who's heard him riff on monkeys on branches, mice under tables, and cats on chairs).<p>And he's had a crazy idea: training himself in new languages — German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic — so when he's on the road, he can perform in his audience's native tongue. Though that won't be a challenge when he hits the road in America this week.<p>Izzard tells NPR's David Greene that he was 7 years old when he first knew he wanted to go onstage. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:37:00 +0000 NPR Staff 55903 at http://www.kunc.org Cake Or Death? Gâteau, S'il Vous Plaît! Where Jokes Go To Die, And Other Observations From Comic John Oliver http://www.kunc.org/post/where-jokes-go-die-and-other-observations-comic-john-oliver British comedian John Oliver made a name for himself as a correspondent for Comedy Central's <em>The Daily Show with Jon Stewart</em>, where he spent his time lampooning the media and the politicians on it.<p>Now, as sometimes happens with an actual star reporter, Oliver has his own show. It's called <em>Last Week Tonight</em> and it premieres Sunday on HBO.<p>He joins NPR Steve Inskeep to discuss mocking the U.S. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:09:00 +0000 NPR Staff 55810 at http://www.kunc.org Where Jokes Go To Die, And Other Observations From Comic John Oliver ‘Humor Code’ Explores The ‘Y’ In Funny http://www.kunc.org/post/humor-code-explores-y-funny <p>All of us know instinctively when something’s funny. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you laugh at the jokes you do?</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Grace Hood 55056 at http://www.kunc.org ‘Humor Code’ Explores The ‘Y’ In Funny Bill Cosby, Still Himself After All These Years http://www.kunc.org/post/bill-cosby-still-himself-after-all-these-years Comedian Bill Cosby has been in show business for 50 years, and he celebrated on Comedy Central over the weekend with a stand-up special — his first in 30 years — called <em>Far From Finished.</em><p>That earlier special, called <em>Bill Cosby Himself,</em> inspired one of the most popular sitcoms in TV history: <em>The Cosby Show, </em>starring Cosby as paterfamilias Cliff Huxtable. It was a show that was really the first of its kind, capturing life in a highly educated upper-middle-class African-American family.<p>Cosby is 76 now, and he has a room full of awards. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:03:00 +0000 David Greene 52278 at http://www.kunc.org Bill Cosby, Still Himself After All These Years