Elizabeth Blair

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It's 'Alchemy': Alan Zweibel Explains How He Helps 'Funny People Be Funnier'

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Zweibel began writing for Borscht Belt comics in 1972, earning $7 per joke. His memoir Laugh Lines chronicles four decades of comedic collaborations with some of the biggest names in the business.


Emergency Relief Package Provides For Tens Of Millions In Funds To Help The Arts

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The package marks $75 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, $7.5 million for the Smithsonian, and $25 million for the Kennedy Center.


Virtual 'Love Sweet Love' From Quarantined Berklee College of Music Students

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Student Shelbie Rassler, eager to bring her community together amid quarantine and isolation, organized a massive performance of the classic "What the World Needs Now Is Love" and put it on YouTube.


Yes, You Can Take Your Kids For A Walk

Thursday, March 19, 2020

With schools around the country closing for two weeks or more, parents and caregivers face a stiff challenge: Keep kids active, engaged — and as safe as possible. We've got a few suggestions.


This Young Chess Champion Is 'Not Scared Of Anything On That Board'

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Tani Adewumi's family fled Nigeria after being threatened by Boko Haram. They were living in a homeless shelter when Tani won the primary division at the New York State Scholastic Chess Championship.


'Inside The Actors Studio' Host James Lipton Has Died

Monday, March 02, 2020

James Lipton was best known as the host of Inside the Actors Studio, an in-depth interview show with top performers on Bravo. Lipton died Monday of bladder cancer. He was 93.


Joseph Shabalala, Founder Of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dies At 78

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Joseph Shabalala, founder of the acclaimed South African musical group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, died in Pretoria on Tuesday. He was 78.


Academy of American Poets Receives $4.5 Million Grant

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The grant, thought to be the largest-ever from a philanthropic institution for poetry, will enable the academy to fund its Poets Laureate Fellowship program for the next three years.


Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS Anchor, Dies At 85

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lehrer chronicled such weighty events as John F. Kennedy's assassination and the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings. For years, he and lifelong friend Robert MacNeil co-anchored The MacNeil/Lehrer Report.


A History Of 'Pettifogging' For The Pettifoggers Among You

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Chief Justice John Roberts trotted out an obscure term during impeachment proceedings yesterday; here's what it means.


A Profile Of Donna Rotunno, Harvey Weinstein's Attorney

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Chicago attorney Donna Rotunno is defending movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in what is expected to be a knock-down-drag-out trial. Rotunno has publicly disparaged the #MeToo movement.


One Director's Secrets To Success: Chaos, Confidence And 'Collective Genius'

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher is known for adding surprising twists to classic American musicals and dramas. He says when reviving productions you have to ask: "Why are you doing it right now?"


Screenwriter And Actor Buck Henry Dies At 89

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Screenwriter and actor Buck Henry has died at age 89 after suffering a heart attack. Among his many credits, he co-wrote the screenplay for The Graduate and hosted Saturday Night Live 10 times.


Encore: There Was 'No Chance Of Me Going Into The Arts,' Says Comedian Gina Yashere

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

When a teacher suggested Gina Yashere become an actor, her mom said: "Actor? No, no, no. You can act like a doctor when you become a doctor." Yashere is now a co-creator of Bob Hearts Abishola.


Highly Specific Superlatives: The Best Bits Of Stand-Up Comedy In 2019

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

All Things Considered's Best of 2019 lists are going highly specific. Up next: the best bits from stand-up comedy specials, from Best Joke about the Immigrant Experience to Best Bit about Pregnancy.


Year-End Book Picks: 'I Like To Watch' By TV Critic Emily Nussbaum

Monday, December 23, 2019

As we look back at books published in 2019, Elizabeth Blair is still thinking about one essay in particular from Nussbaum's collection I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution.


Kennedy Center Celebrates 2019 Honorees

Monday, December 09, 2019

Among the artists receiving Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night in Washington, D.C., were Linda Ronstadt, Earth, Wind & Fire and actress Sally Field.


Clive James, Writer, TV Host And Cultural Critic, Dies At 80

Thursday, November 28, 2019

"Fiction is life with the dull bits left out." That is just one of the many clever observations of the writer, TV host and cultural critic Clive James. He died Sunday in Cambridge, England.


Disney Animation Chief Jennifer Lee Is The Queen Behind Elsa And Anna

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Her credits include Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Zootopia. Now, Jennifer Lee is the first female chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios — oh, and she co-directed the Frozen sequel.


50 Years Of 'Sesame Street'

Sunday, November 10, 2019

When Sesame Street debuted 50 years ago, it was a game-changer for children's TV, with a multicultural cast and some wildly funny Muppets.