Why So Serious?

Why So Serious, George Lopez?

When TBS canceled “Lopez Tonight” in 2011, it was an unmistakable blow to its host. Comedian George Lopez had not only made history by becoming the first Latino to helm a major late-night talk show, he also was gaining creative ground by developing his interview chops and diversifying the appeal of his program.

Why So Serious, Beth Stelling?

Judge not Beth Stelling for her professional credits -- although that would be both fair and flattering, since the L.A.-based stand-up sports a number of comedy merit badges, including a recent "Conan" set and a spot on the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, in addition to releasing her first album (last year's "Sweet Beth") on Rooftop Comedy.

Why So Serious, Lily Tomlin?

In the nearly five decades since she debuted on "The Merv Griffin Show," Lily Tomlin has carved a career that would seem positively statuesque if it wasn't built so fundamentally on irreverence and subversion.

Why So Serious, Christopher Titus?

Comedian Christopher Titus is best known for his Fox sitcom "Titus," which premiered to rave reviews but only ran for two seasons from 2000-2002 after a series of clashes between its creator and network executives.

Why So Serious, Dr. Drew and Adam Carolla?

Sharp-tongued comedian Adam Carolla and on-air personality Dr. Drew Pinsky have lately been known as a wildly successful podcaster and celebrity rehab adviser (respectively) but the two found fame as co-hosts of "Loveline," the radio-show-turned '90s MTV staple.

Why So Serious, Martin Short?

Martin Short has developed a reputation as one of the nicest, hardest-working guys in Hollywood -- even if the 62-year-old actor-comedian rarely stays in Los Angeles for long, opting to travel most of the time for various stage and screen gigs.

Why So Serious, Rory Scovel?

All seasoned comics have dealt with hecklers or the stray bachelorette party. But when a party bus full of wildly drunken, noisy strippers and their boyfriends comprises the majority of your audience, you've reached a professional milestone — however dubious.

Why So Serious, Chris Miller?

Bringing a great stand-up show together isn't just about intelligent booking and sequencing, although those things help immensely. Nor is just about each performer having a solid set with a good audience.

Why So Serious, Lewis Black?

Lest you think Grammy-winning comedian Lewis Black is all about frothing anger and spittle-flecked tirades, the 64-year-old veteran of "The Daily Show" has a message for you: His blood pressure is actually quite healthy.

Why So Serious, Fortune Feimster?

Like most of the regular comics on Chelsea Handler's late-night "Chelsea Lately" roundtable, Fortune Feimster is quick on her feet and ruthlessly funny. Unlike most of them, she’s got a down-to-Earth charm and relatable act that translates far and wide when she headlines across the country -- as she’ll do this weekend at Comedy Works South.

Why So Serious, Aisha Tyler?

Countless comedians have found success lately with podcasts, while others have concentrated on traditional late-night TV spots, sitcom roles, books, Comedy Central specials and even talk-show hosting gigs.

Why So Serious, Doug Stanhope?

Calling Doug Stanhope an underground comedy icon isn't quite fair. It discounts his devoted international fanbase and increasing exposure on shows like FX’s “Louie.” It downplays his years of road-dogging all over the country, and it ignores the accolades he's earned from comedy diehards in every English-speaking country in the world, as well as the fact that he regularly sells out theaters.

Why So Serious, Jon Lovitz?

As one of dozens of "Saturday Night Live" alumni who made lasting impressions on that late-night sketch show, Jon Lovitz could coast on his raft of memorable characters for the rest of his life.

Why So Serious, B.J. Novak?

Thanks to the killer first few seasons and recent syndication of "The Office," B.J. Novak's endearingly pretentious character Ryan the Temp has wormed his way into our pop-culture hearts.

Why So Serious, Ali Wong?

L.A. comedian Ali Wong is among a rising crop of stand-ups -- including Natasha Leggero, Heather McDonald, Jen Kirkman and others -- who have benefited greatly from their association with Chelsea Handler and related appearances on her talk show and short-lived "Are You There, Chelsea?" sitcom (on which Wong played the character of Olivia).