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  • Just For Laughs 2014 New Faces of Comedy lineup announced

    New Faces 2013Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival just revealed who it’s New Faces of Comedy will be for the 2014 season. Each year the festival selects a handful of up-and-coming comics that the world should keep an eye on. The selections are broken down into a few different categories – Repped, Unrepped, and Characters. While the first two are fairly explainable, the third is for those in the improv world.

    For the comedy industry, New Faces is one of the biggest draws of the festival and the 2014 selections include Alingon Mitra, Brad Wenzel, Drew Michael, Eliza Skinner, Grant Lyon, Hampton Yount, Hasan Minhaj, Jack Robichaud, Jake Weisman, Jen D’Angelo, Jesse Elias, John McKeever, Justine Marino, Kate Berlant, Matteo Lane, Michelle Wolf, Monroe Martin, Nore Davis, Randy Liedtke, Ryan O’Flanagan and Whitmer Thomas.

    In the Characters category the following comedians have been picked including Beth Hoyt, Chelsea Davison, Greg Tuculescu, Holly Laurent, John Reynolds, LaKendra Tookes, Mary Holland, Michael Antonucci and Michael Lehrer.

    As of right now, there’s no word on the Unrepped names but we’ll update that info once we learn the names.

    New Faces showcases run multiple times a night beginning Wednesday you can check the showcase dates/times here.

    FX renews “Louie” for a seven episode fifth season

    Announced at their summer TCA, FX has renewed Louis CK’s Louie for its fifth season. This really comes as no surprise as Louie has been a huge fan favorite and critically acclaimed series since its debut, and has racked up plenty of award nominations including two Emmy wins. It’s fourth season alone racked up five Emmy noms this year.

    Louie’s fourth season was once again groundbreaking. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking — always thought provoking,” said John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks & FX Productions. “The show went to narrative and cinematic places no comedy has gone before and we look forward to seeing what Louis comes up with next.”

    According to Variety, Louie will return with a seven-episode season in spring 2015.

    New Wave Entertainment is launching a comedy channel, Comedy Dynamics, on Hulu

    huluNew Wave Entertainment has produced stand-up specials for nearly a decade, and now its launching a brand new comedy channel on Hulu called Comedy Dynamics. Comedy Dynamics is a streaming video on demand service that and will bring its impressive library of stand-up comedy to the masses.

    Founded in 2008, Comedy Dynamics has produced 90 specials and over 125 comedy albums – its credit list is a “who’s who” of top comedy vets and up-and-comers like Jim Gaffigan, Moshe Kasher, Tom Segura, Aziz Ansari, Marc Maron, Bill Burr, Bo Burnham, Kathleen Madigan, Morgan Murphy, Christian Finnegan, Dave Foley, and Mike Birbiglia are just a few names in of comedians they’ve produced specials for.

    Debuting at the end of the month, Comedy Dynamics will launch its channel on Hulu, offering “behind-the-scenes access to the largest independent stand-up comedy database in existence.” It will be one of the largest comedy channels out there, beginning with specials its been involved with since formation and adding new titles steadily.

    Hulu users will also have access to classic stand-up specials from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s via Comedy Dynamics Classics which will act as a marquee edition of curated stand-up.

    Comedy Dynamics will launch on July 29th and you can find all the information you need about the service on their Facebook page.

    John Oliver and his puppet pals explain America’s broken prison system

    John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight has been a brilliant addition to late night television. On Sunday, Oliver discussed something that is not often talked about: America’s broken prison system. So many Americans are incarcerated every year that Sesame Street feels the need to teach children about it. Speaking of which, Oliver himself needed some help from his puppet friends to explain prisons (and zoos) himself.

    John Mulaney and Nasim Pedrad talk their departure from “Saturday Night Live” for “Mulaney” sitcom

    MulaneyThis weekend was the Television Critics Association there was a panel about John Mulaney’s upcoming sitcom (set to premiere Oct 5th). While there were many questions asked and talked about, two of the best takeaways from the Mulaney panel were critics are already comparing the show to another stand-up sitcom, Seinfeld.

    Mulaney exec producer/director Andy Ackerman, has directed nearly 90 episodes of Seinfeld and was asked to discuss the similarities. After turning to Mulaney and murmuring, “You’re no Jerry Seinfeld,” he then turned to the critics and said, “This is a cast I’m really excited about… I had the privilege to work with that great cast, and I see so many similarities in terms of the chemistry. And we have an opportunity to take John’s voice, and what he’s doing I’m really excited about… and if I have any small percent of that success I’d be thrilled.” Mulaney also stated “The biggest revelation to me was seeing the strength of the ensemble,” he later stated that things really start to come together by episode 6. “This is a very potent weapon.”

    Also discussed was the official confirmation that Nasim Pedrad was no longer on SNL. While she heavily alluded to this news a while back, it was confirmed this weekend. “Obviously there’s nothing like that show and I was lucky to be there for five years,” Pedrad stated, adding, “At some point you have to leave, and I can’t think of a better reason to leave than for this particular show and this particular cast.” When asked is she would’ve stayed at SNL if Mulaney hadn’t come along, “Yeah, had it not been for this show. Look, at the end of the day, these are two shows filming at the same time on opposite coasts. It wouldn’t have been practical to stay there,” she said. “I don’t think it’s that common to get this kind of group together, and having experienced working with John at SNL, I couldn’t be more confident in his ability to write and star in a sitcom like this, truly.”

    This week on TV: with comic book store comedy

    This week, The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail will make its premiere on Comedy Central. The stand-up show, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani takes place in the back of LA’s Meltdown Comics. It’s been a staple of the LA comedy scene for some time now, so the folks at Comedy Central decided to bring it to the air and let the rest of the nation see what’s going on. Some of the best comedians have performed at The Meltdown over the years, and the show looks like it’s keeping with that theme. The Meltdown premieres on Wednesday at 12:30am, set the TiVo. Read More

    This Week in Comedy: We had a lot of forced fun

    Weird AlThe news story this week was definitely the fun we all were having with “Weird Al” Yankovic at the driver’s seat. With a new and fun parody video being released each day it was a quick reminder for us to check in with him. We documented his entire #8videos8days campaign. Including, “Tacky,” “Word Crimes,” “FOIL,” “Handy,” and “Sports Song.” Al might’ve declared it to be Mandatory Fun but it didn’t seem too required at all.

    - Adult Swim is still very much in the Aaron McGruder business as they released the trailer for his new series, Black Jesus and inked a deal with him for another one.

    - For all you improv fans, you’re going to get another season of Whose Line is it Anyway. For all you stand-up comedy fans, we didn’t forget about you ether as there’s going to be another season of Last Comic Standing as well.

    - Speaking of TV, Ben Kronberg, Tommy Johnagin, and Mark Normand all had killer spots on late night this week. Read More

    Watch the trailer for Adult Swim’s “Black Jesus”

    From the mind of Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, comes Adult Swim’s new live-action show Black Jesus. Today, Adult Swim released the trailer for the series that will air on Thursday, August 7th at 11pm. Black Jesus stars newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson as Jesus Christ, living in present day Compton. The series also stars Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, John Witherspoon, and Fred Willard. McGruder’s been on a roll lately with the new show, the return of The Boondocks, and his recent development deal to create another pilot for Adult Swim.