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Hannah Einbinder, Joel Kim Booster, Megan Stalter Among Life Is Beautiful Festival Comedy Lineup

The 2022 comedy lineup for the Life Is Beautiful Festival has been revealed. Among the stars joining the comedy lineup at the three-day Las Vegas music, art, culinary and comedy festival are Hacks stars Hanna Einbinder and Megan Stalter, Fire Island star and writer Joel Kim Booster, and comedy trio Butterboy with Jo Firestone, Aparna […]

Joel Kim Booster on Finding His ‘Nanette’ Moment in ‘Psychosexual’ Special and That Alison Bechdel ‘Fire Island’ Tweet

Joel Kim Booster is having a month.  The comedian, writer and actor is fresh off his well-received screenwriting debut Fire Island, a queer spin on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, and rolling right into the release of his first Netflix comedy special, Psychosexual. Topically, the two projects are so complimentary they could be watched as […]

Maya Rudolph, ‘Loot’ Team on Building a Strong Cast: “Everyone in the Show Could Be the Lead of Their Own Show”

Money can’t buy happiness — but stacks of cash with Maya Rudolph’s face printed on them can get you pretty close. Happiness was certainly in the air on Wednesday evening at the West Hollywood premiere for Apple TV+’s upcoming comedy Loot, especially for star and executive producer Rudolph. “It was a joy,” Rudolph told The […]

‘Fire Island’ Director Andrew Ahn Breaks Down the Film’s Spin on That Famous ‘Pride & Prejudice’ Rain Scene

In the Andrew Ahn-directed Fire Island, odes abound to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Not just in the dialogue or characters, who are modern queer spins on the Regency-era ensemble, but in entire scenes that serve as direct callbacks or references to the original book or its various screen adaptations. In one notable sequence, the film […]

Joel Kim Booster and ‘Fire Island’ Team on Crafting the Hulu Movie’s Queer Romances, Comedy and Villains

About five minutes into Fire Island, the Joel Kim Booster-written and Andrew Ahn-directed film delivers one of its best needle drops: Kathleen’s cover of Willy Wonka classic “Pure Imagination.” The moment is a clever play, serving as the background soundtrack to the arrival of the film’s core ensemble. Noah (Booster), Howie (Bowen Yang), Luke (Matt […]

Maya Rudolph Is a Divorced Billionaire Finding Herself (and Saving the World) in Apple’s ‘Loot’ Trailer

Maya Rudolph is rich, divorced and saving the world in the first trailer for her Apple TV+ series, Loot. The workplace comedy, from Emmy Award-winning creators Alan Yang (Little America, Master of None) and Matt Hubbard, also stars Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Ron Funches, Nat Faxon and Joel Kim Booster. When the series begins, billionaire Molly […]

Bowen Yang in ‘Fire Island’: Film Review

The 'SNL' regular stars alongside screenwriter Joel Kim Booster in Andrew Ahn’s Jane Austen-inspired romantic comedy set in the cruisy gay getaway spot, also featuring Margaret Cho.