On Wednesday, after years of hard work, George Carlin finally got his way. On the 400 block of 121st street, Morningside Heights, in New York City in front of a crowd of about a few hundred people, the sign reading “George Carlin Way” was unveiled. It was the work of many years by comedian Kevin Bartini, who moved into the neighborhood, discovered it was Carlin’s stomping ground and was shocked to find there was no statue or any marker noting that a bonafide comic legend and NYC native had grown up there. Read More
DirecTV snags an original TV series with The Britishes. According to Deadline, the show is a Downton Abbey parody starring Peter Serafinowitz and Will Sasso. Made of a collection of sketches, the series follows a similar absurdist sensibility as the iconic Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
“The Britishes revolves around the absurd, class-obsessed, extremely British residents of an Edwardian-era English estate off the fictional “coast of Knob.” With roots so deep in aristocracy that their surname is actually “British,” the family has fought through the decades—against progress, against technology and, essentially, against all common sense—in an effort to preserve a regal way of life. The Britishes are a dying breed, hysterically desperate to uphold tradition as the world around them becomes more modern.”
The series is the first TV project under production house Big Breakfast, the production team of CollegeHumor Originals. President Sam Reich will write and direct the series which will air on DirecTV’s Audience Network on October 28th. Read More
TBS is more than just Friends reruns (although there’s nothing wrong with those). According to Deadline, the network recently has ordered a new comedy to join its original series library (Ground Floor, Cougar Town) with a pilot order for Wrecked. The deserted island comedy has been described as Lost meets It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
The single-camera show follows two best friends, along with an extremely diverse group of survivors of a terrible plane crash, who must adjust to life in a dangerous new world that poses unique threats which they mostly bring upon themselves. The series was written by up-and-comers Justin and Jordan Shipley, and produces by Jess Hara. Wrecked joins other TBS comedy projects in development, including the family vacation anthology series Quality Time from The Daily Show‘s Samantha Bee and Jason Jones.
New York comedian Sam Grittner is recording his debut album this fall. Grittner will be recording his album, Poor Decisions, Expensive Mistakes, at NY’s Treehouse Theater (formerly This Theater) on November 21st. Joining him will be comedians Emmy Blotnick, Luke Thayer, Todd Mole, and Abbi Crutchfield, who will open the show. Grittner first announced the recording on his website.
“Last November my friend Mo Fathelbab (founder of the comedy label THE EXPERIMENT and a jovial, fantastic human being) approached me and asked me if I wanted to do a stand-up residency at a room in a bar in Brooklyn for one year. The proposal was I would perform 8-10 minutes every Tuesday for a year and when the year was up, record my first album.”
In addition to stand-up, Grittner is a regular contributor to Witstream.com. His writing has been featured on MSNBC, Mashable, The Huffington Post, and CNN.com He also created @TonightonGIRLS, an absurdist homage to the HBO show ‘GIRLS.”
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Every Thursday, TLB participates in #TBT by scrounging around the internet for precious web gems of yore. Here’s one of our favorite videos that deserve some extra attention.
It’s October, a lovely time for a beautiful Autumn wedding. This romantic season (I guess they all can be), reminded of a couple named Ted and Gracie. Played by Ben Kronberg and Jena Friedman, the original Ted & Gracie sketch was a parody of the The New York Times “Vows” series. Gracie is just your typical New Yorker who fell in love with Ted, a former school teacher (before some things happened) and current locksmith and probable serial killer. Uploaded to Youtube in 2010, Ted & Gracie later spawned into a six episode web series. Check it out.
The changing of the guards will soon be taking place. With Craig Ferguson stepping down as host of CBS’s The Late Late Show, much buzz was generated about who would take his place. British actor and writer James Corden was named Ferguson’s successor in August. According to THR, Corden’s reign will debut Monday, March 9th.
The Late Late Show with James Corden will be taped at the CBS Television City lot in Los Angeles, and has named Ben Winston as showrunner.
“We’re excited to begin CBS’s next chapter after midnight and introduce James’ wide range of performance talents and fearless creative instincts to American television viewers,” said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler. “He and Ben have been friends for a long time and partnered together on a variety of successful projects. They are a creatively dynamic and very energetic host/producer combination.”
Winston had previously served as the executive producer of Britain’s X Factor, and has worked with Corden during his four year stint as emcee of the Brit Awards.
Tina Fey is once again teaming up with comedian Fortune Feimster for another comedy pilot. Earlier the pair had worked together on Fey’s pilot Cabot College, which was ultimately turned down. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the two are working together on a new semi-autobiographical comedy.
ABC has ordered a script to be produced by Fey and 30 Rock’s Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock. Feimster will star in the multi-cam sitcom that will be set in North Carolina, where Feimster grew up, and will be loosely based on her family life and stand-up. Hubbard will write the script.
Feimster is most likely best known for being a regular on Chelsea Lately. She recently had her own Comedy Central Half Hour, and had guest roles on Two Broke Girls, Workaholics, and Mulaney.
Mike Epps was a guest on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. The subject turned to Epps latest project, playing Richard Pryor in an upcoming film. Epps has been wanting to play his comedy idol for a long time, and will finally do so at the hands of Lee Daniels and Oprah. Epps talks about his year he spent with Pryor before he died and his big, supportive family. Read More
Zach Galifianakis returns with his beloved web series Between Two Ferns. He might not be the president, but Bradley Pits (aka Brad Pitt) had the honor of being Galifianakis’ latest guest. While promoting his new movie Fury and his charity can be a real bummer, Louis CK was there to liven up the episode with a little stand-up comedy. This might be the most awkward BTF yet.