Sarah Jessica Parker’s HBO follow-up to Sex and the City is a comedy about marital woes. Parker will star in a half-hour series titled Divorce. She plays a woman who finds that making a break from her marriage is harder than anticipated. Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3, Sideways) plays her husband. Also in the cast are Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam as close friends of Parker’s character, Frances. Parker starred as relationship columnist Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City from 1998 to 2004 on HBO, and she reprised the role in two big-screen movies. Divorce will shoot in New York this year. A premiere date however was not announced.
Russell Brand is returning to the big screen, joining Nicolas Cage in the comedy Army of One. The film, to be directed by Borat’s Larry Charles, is based on the story of Gary Faulkner, a handyman from Colorado who had a vision about capturing Osama bin Laden, then went to Pakistan to pursue it. The script is written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, who wrote the Kevin Costner sports comedy Draft Day, and loosely based on a GQ article in 2010 by Chris Heath. Other cast members include Rainn Wilson, Denis O’Hare and Ken Marino. It will mark Brand’s first film since Paradise in 2013, the directorial debut from Diablo Cody which opened to dismal reviews and has not been released in the UK. Brand’s documentary The Emperor’s New Clothes, about the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis will be released on 24 April. Army of One will also be the first comedy for Nicolas Cage since 2005’s The Weather Man. Brand’s role is yet to be announced.
Comedy Central and HBO have two new awards to put on their very large and numerous shelves of awards as both Inside Amy Schumer and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver are amongst the recipients of the 74th annual Peabody Award.
To get you up to speed, The Peabodys are considered the “Pulitzer Prize of Radio” and were created by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in 1940. In the years since, they’ve expanded to include TV, cable TV, and now online productions. Recipients are determined by a board based out of the University of Georgia. Here’s what they said about Schumer and Oliver’s shows. Read More
Terry Crews sings to Betty White at the 2015 TV Land Awards! You can watch the show this Saturday April 18. Put another great performance from Crews on the mantle alongside his rendition of “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton in White Chicks.
There’s a lot of amateur raps on this episode as Mark and Matt discuss the comedy news including Amy Schumer hosting the VMAs, HBO’s new season of comedy shows, and Letterman. They then welcome comedian Myq Kaplan onto the show to discuss his comedy career. Read More
Teen comedy Smosh: The Movie, starring the two “dudes” behind the popular YouTube channel Smosh, is slated to premiere July 23 and subsequently will be available widely across multiple distributors. The movie stars Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox from the Smosh Channels, which collectively have some 30 million subscribers, in what’s billed as a modern-day version of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Indeed, Smosh: The Movie is directed by Alex Winter, who co-starred with Keanu Reeves in the 1989 time-travel romp. Smosh: The Movie revolves around an embarrassing video of Anthony that has surfaced online right before his fifth high school reunion. The Smosh guys scramble to pull down the clip before it blows Anthony’s chances of reconnecting with his teen crush, Anna, encountering several well-known YouTubers in the process. YouTube stars who appear in the movie include Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein, Mark Fischback (“Markplier”) and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval, as well as Jillian Nelson, Brittan Ross, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Michael Ian Black. Lionsgate last fall acquired global distribution rights to Smosh: The Movie. The production was jointly financed by DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV and Defy Media, in which Lionsgate has an equity interest. The picture was written by Eric Falconer (Blue Mountain State, How I Met Your Mother).
The National Geographic Channel, not usually a place you’d look for laughs, is making its first comedy. It has been reported that it’s making a miniseries entitled History of the World … For Now that takes on the broadest of possible topics with the help of cartoons, puppets and the like. It is expected to air next winter. “I know it may sound like oil and water, but I refuse to believe our sophisticated National Geographic audience is not ready” to experiment with a new genre, said Tim Pastore, the network’s president of original programming and production. The network is making it with producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, whose previous credits include HBO’s Silicon Valley and Fox’s King of the Hill.
Ari Shaffir tells us a story about his early days coming up at The Comedy Store. He was working the door at the club and getting some stage time. With the experience under his belt, Shaffir was beginning to gain confidence. Confidence that was quickly put into check. Read More
Earlier, Comedy Dynamics announced it was launching a new original stand-up comedy series on its platform next month. The show, dubbed, Coming To The Stage highlights up and coming comedians that you should keep your eye on, giving a first TV look to much of the next wave of comedian. Dan Levy will host the six episode season which features comedians Ian Edwards, Sarah Schaefer, Joe Sib, Ian Abramson, and others. Well, today, they released a trailer for the show so we now have ourselves a first look at the series as well. Coming To the Stage hits VOD platforms May 6th.
The time is here! One of our hotly anticipated stand-up specials is coming next month. Nate Bargatze’s new special will debut on Comedy Central May 2 at midnight. He filmed the special at NY’s Gramercy Theatre last year. Full Time Magic is Bargatze’s first one-hour stand-up special but follow up to his incredibly awesome comedy album, Yelled At By A Clown. Read More