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The Amorphous Hilarity Of 'Sherman’s Showcase'

The IFC series
The IFC series "Sherman's Showcase" was created by writers and comedians Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin.

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On today's show:

Going Off The 'Soul Train' Rails

(Starts at 7:44) 

Is it music or comedy? A variety show or documentary? Writers and comedians Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin hope it’s clear that their new sketch comedy series, “Sherman’s Showcase,” is all these things. Riddle and Salahuddin talk about their desire to break out of comedy stereotypes, their years in the “graduate school of comedy” in late night TV, and how “Sherman’s Showcase” allowed them to merge their loves of music and laughs.

Harold Prince, RIP

(Starts at 00:45) 

John talks with New York Times co-theater critic Jesse Green about the death of Broadway legend Harold Prince at the age of 91. Prince was the producer or director (or both) of many of the theater’s most enduring musicals, including “Damn Yankees,” “West Side Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cabaret,” “Sweeney Todd” and “The Phantom of the Opera” — the longest-running show in Broadway history,