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  • TV Land picks up Jim Gaffigan sitcom with 10 episode order, Comedy Central to re-air show

    Jim GaffiganJust days ago we reported that there was a very real chance that Jim Gaffigan’s CBS pilot was going to be resurrected on TV Land. Fast forward 10 days or so and that chance is now a reality.

    After some rounds of negotiations, TV Land has landed a deal for a 10-episode order for Gaffigan’s show, which is now titled The Gaffigan Show. TV Land was able to bring the overall budget on the show down and work out a deal to have Viacom sibling channel Comedy Central, a longtime supporter of Gaffigan, to come on board to re-air the show within a week of its premiere on TV Land; exposing the show to a larger TV audience.

    Not much has changed with the show’s structure – it will remain a single camera show, based loosely on the comedian’s life as a stand-up, food fanatic, and raising small children in NYC. Gaffigan, his wife Jeannine, and Peter Tolan are all set as executive producers of the show. “I am thrilled that TV Land is giving us this opportunity to do this show that Peter, Jeannie and I have been fine-tuning for three years,” said Gaffigan

    In addition to Gaffigan, original cast members Ashley Williams who plays Jim’s wife, Adam Goldberg, and Michael Ian Black are all set to star in the show. The 2014 CBS pilot will air as the first episode and the show is expected to begin its run in 2015.

    Citi Comedy Series to launch with Larry David on September 28th

    Larry DavidCreated in partnership with Caroline’s on Broadway, Citi will launch a series of comedy events exclusively for cardmembers. To kick off the series, David Steinberg will sit down for a rare interview with Curb You Enthusiasm star Larry David, as reported by Billboard.

    David recently wrapped up his eighth season of Curb, with the blurry possibility of coming back for a ninth season. Since then he has appeared on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and wrote and starred in HBO’s Clear History.

    “Larry David and David Steinberg have helped shape a generation of comedy through their timeless work,” Jennifer Breithaupt, senior VP of entertainment marketing for Citi, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to kick off this unique comedy series with two of the greats and look forward to bringing Citi cardmembers more laughs in the future.”

    The event will take place on September 28th at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now.

    Gary Gulman has officially performed on every late night show; announces tour and new special

    Gary GulmanIn an exclusive interview with The Village Voice, comedian Gary Gulman reveals a late night milestone: having performed on every current late-night talk show. With Gulman’s appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers in the spring, he has hit all seven late night shows: The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Conan, Last Call with Carson Daly, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. What a way to celebrate your 20th anniversary in comedy.

    In addition to this comedy milestone, Gulman announced an 11 city fall tour that will end in his new special, It’s About Time. This will be Gulman’s third hour special and fans can expect it sometime in the near future. Read More

    Comedy Central renews “Nathan For You” and “Drunk History”

    Two of Comedy Central’s newest gems have been renewed for third seasons. Drunk History and Nathan For You were runaway hits last year, and after only being a month into their respective second seasons, CC is locking them down for more.

    It’s really not a surprise to see CC make either of these moves. Nathan For You’s second season was widely anticipated, thanks in part to the “Dumb Starbucks” prank (which will be addressed in tonight’s episode). Star Nathan Fielder was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” this year and was named “Breakout Comedy Star of the Year” at Just For Laughs.

    Nathan For You’s Tuesday night partner, Drunk History, keeps making waves with it’s line-up of a-list guest stars. According to THR, Derek Waters and crew will return with Fielder in 2015.

    Matt Ingebretson wants you to know how to spell his name

    Matt Ingebretson has a semi-long and uncommon last name. Like anybody with an uncommon last name, people are usually pretty helpless when trying to figure out how to spell it. Even if it sounds exactly how it looks, even if you spell it for them, people will add in invisible letters and mess it up time and time again until their head explodes. In this sketch by Ingebretson and Jake Weisman, Ingebretson illustrates the struggle of giving someone your last name over the phone. (And yes, I had to name-check “Ingebretson” a few time during this piece. My name was misspelled on my diploma, so I get a pass.)

    Vinnie’s Vices: Sometimes you’re the statue

    Vinnie VitaleI’m comedian Vinnie Vitale, I’m 30 years old now. I have a steady job, a steady girlfriend, and recently moved into my own apartment.

    Life is going great.

    And I feel more uncomfortable than ever.

    Stability. It scares me. It’s like an unfamiliar guest that shows up at my door when I least expect. I’m never sure how to welcome him. I’m more inclined to bid him farewell in advance so I can get on with my unstable life.

    I’m accustomed to “instability”, the lingering pest that overstays his welcome and prevents you from ever getting you life together.

    He makes you stay out late at night, pushing you have another drink. When you get home, he raids all your cabinets. You wake in the morning on your couch – because instability “made you sleep there” — only to realize the motherf*cker cleared out your fridge too.

    Your apartment’s a mess; it’s a Tuesday; you don’t have time to brush your teeth because you’re already 30 minutes late to work – and f*ck, where are my pants?! Did instability take those too? I swear, I’m never inviting him over again. That guy’s a d*ck.

    If society has it’s way, instability and I won’t be hanging out much longer.

    And I think I’m okay with that.

    In fact, I’m even willing to give up a thing or two to prevent him from sticking around.
    At least for a month at a time…
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    Chris Gethard and more will headline The Fest 13

    Independent underground music festival, The Fest, hits Gainesville, FL this fall for its thirteenth year. For the past four years, The Fest has included a comedy element and announced its 2014 line-up last week. This year, NY comedian and host of The Chris Gethard Show, Chris Gethard will headline.

    Gethard has had quite the year. He had a Comedy Central Half Hour special, played a recurring role on Broad City, and released an album, My Comedy Album, via Don Giovanni Records. LA comedy group Power Violence, and Denver’s The Grawlix are just a few of the over twenty comics from LA, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Omaha, and all over the US set to converge in Florida this year. The Fest 13 will take place October 31st – November 2nd. Check out the full line-up below. Read More

    Just For Laughs 2014: Andy Kindler’s State Of The Industry address (audio)

    Every year Andy Kindler performs a “State of the Industry” address at Just For Laughs. What is the address you ask? Well, it’s pretty much an hour for the chance for Kindler to talk smack about what’s going on out there. Plenty of ripping of things he doesn’t like. Plenty of ripping on things he does. Basically, it’s the living incarnation of your grouchy uncle complaining about the business they work in.

    T.J. Miller intro’s Kindler is best summed up in one line from his intro. Andy is “a comic’s comic but beyond that he’s a failure on a massive level.” It’s gems like this that you’re in the mood for. Read More