Real talk time. On more than one occasion we’ve found ourselves singing the theme song to Louie quite often so when we saw this video we thought of ourselves, hard. The next season of the Louis C.K.’s award winning TV show debuts on FX April 9th. To celebrate, someone in marketing reached into our brains and tapped our innermost desires to walk up from the subway stop on West 4th, get a slice of pizza from Ben’s Pizza, and have an adventure at the Comedy Cellar. Read More
Comedy Central will air a special with comedian and magician Justin Willman currently slated for April 6, which will have his return to @midnight as a lead in. The special will be executive produced by Chris Hardwick. The special titled Sleight of Mouth With Justin Willman features sketch comedy, magic, field pieces and cannabis-fueled social experiments with guest comedians Doug Benson and Paul Scheer. “Only on Comedy Central can a guy do magic for stoners in a pot dispensary, then go head-to-head with child geniuses in the same half-hour,” said Willman. Hardwick, who is producing with his Nerdist Industries umbrella commented as well saying, “Justin is hilarious, but quite honestly scares the crap out of me. His tricks are so good that I am convinced he is some kind of evil wizard who has been sent here to bring about the End of Times with his dark magic.” Willman is a regular guest on The Tonight Show, The Ellen Show and Hardwick’s @Midnight. His live show, Fake Believe, is also currently touring in the U.S.
In October of last year, ABC announced plans that it was developing another sitcom based on the iconic John Candy film, Uncle Buck. If you didn’t burn it from memory, this isn’t the first time network brass have tried to adapt the movie for the small screen, attempting to do it in 1990 and put Kevin Meaney in the title role. Now it appears that a multi-cam show will feature Mike Epps in the title role. Epps will play Buck Russell, “a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother Will’s kids in a very childish way.” Nia Long will play Will’s wife. There’s been some protest from both John Candy and John Hughes families who released a statement last year voicing their displeasure, particularly after the first sitcom wasn’t something the famous director desired.
Beth Stelling on Jimmy Kimmel Live, “It’s so great to be here instead of getting married and having kids”
Beth was on Kimmel last night promoting her dates at the upcoming SXSW festival. She discusses her Ikea family, Ohio, and her virgin mother. Enjoy. We did.
FXX has renewed the Jay Baruchel comedy for a second season. The show is about a sad-sack guy, played by Baruchel, in search of love and his sweet and surreal adventures will return for an additional 10 episodes in 2016. Created by Simon Rich and based on his book of short stories, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, he is also the executive producer. “Working on Man Seeking Woman has been the creative highlight of my life,” said Rich. “FXX gave us the freedom to make the show we love, and they let us build some truly disgusting monsters. I’m so grateful to John Landgraf and his team for believing in us, and I can’t wait to get back to work.” Man Seeking Woman joins a roster of originals that also includes the upcoming second season of FX transplant You’re the Worst and Tracy Morgan’s untitled comedy. FXX also serves as the cable home for The Simpsons.
Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth his hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. What does that mean for us? Well, first off, probably a lot of superhero jokes. It also means we might get ourselves a cameo or two from the rest of the Marvel Universe. Zach Brown is also the musical guest on the show, and we definitely know that means some beards and beanie winter hats.
Get Hard hits theaters on March 27th. The movie stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Ferrell portrays a white collar criminal who recruits Hart to teach him how to prep for prison. Additionally, the movie stars Alison Brie (Community), Matt Walsh (Veep), Jay Pharoah (SNL), and Dan Bakkedahl (The Heat). Watch this new red band trailer that just hit the web, but beware the cursing.
TruTV has gone further down the comedy path by greenlighting its first-ever full-length scripted comedy, Those Who Can’t, with a 10-episode order. The series, originally developed for Amazon, revolves around three frustrated and dysfunctional high school teachers in Denver who are as screwed-up as the students they teach.
The half-hour comedy will star show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy. The trio make up the Denver-based comedy troupe the Grawlix. Maria Thayer (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Eagleheart) rounds out the cast as Abbey Logan, a new librarian who questions, denies and then ultimately joins in on the antics of her co-workers. “Those Who Can’t has exactly the kind of fresh, slightly off-kilter humor we’re looking for as we venture into the world of scripted comedy,” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for TruTV. “Adam, Andrew and Ben have created a terrifically funny show that’s a perfect fit for the new TruTV and our target audience of young adult viewers.” Those Who Can’t is set to premiere by early 2016.
Unfortunately it’s one and done for IFC’s Garfunkel and Oates. The team of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci have been playing funny music together as for years releasing EPs and albums out under the said name. Their scripted show debuted on IFC last August, and focused on the duo’s attempts to find success in the world of musical comedy. Sadly it’ll come to an end after a single season. Before their show got picked up by IFC, they made a pilot for HBO in 2011. That show wasn’t picked up, but did result in the airing of a few webisodes from the two. Lindhome’s voice can currently be heard in the The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, now in theaters. She also co-created and will star alongside comedian Natasha Leggero in Another Period for Comedy Central. Micucci can be seen in the current and final season of Kroll Show.
It looks like NBC is taking its turn in the game as they plan to launch a comedy subscription-video service later in 2015. But as of now the service is still in development. NBC’s comedy subscription VOD offering could be stocked with content including full episodes of such shows as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the plans. However, no decisions about what programming will be part of the package have been made. NBCU is working with the price range of $2.50 to $3.50 per month for the service. In addition to episodes of full-length TV shows, the service also could include original series. The digital comedy originals could potentially feature stars from NBCU’s television shows, but again, that’s just an idea at the moment. The NBC comedy service would join other OTT ventures from traditional TV nets. The goal is to reach consumers cutting the cord on cable and satellite services, or who are never signing up for pay TV in the first place.