Have you ever watched a trailer for a new movie and say to yourself, “wow, everyone is in that thing.” Well add the new Zach Galifianakis film Masterminds to that list. The trailer for the film was just released and in addition to Zachy G, it also co-stars Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, and Jason Sudeikis. It’s based on the true story of people that pull off one of the largest bank robberies in American history. To get there, a lot of shooting of butts and plywood car doors were uses apparently. Sign us up! The film is in theaters this summer.
IU junior Rob Sherrell wants to earn his living performing stand-up comedy. And he will accomplish it through IU’s individualized major program. “My parents did not go to college. I am the first person in my family to go. So, when they found out I was switching my major from legal and law to stand up comedy, they were not all too happy at first,” said Sherrell. He takes classes offered in several different disciplines, including communications, anthropology and English. His “Humor in Use” professor says comedy is actually a serious subject that needs to be studied. “Comedy is so complex and humor is so complex and laughter is so complex that I think it warrants it from every angle. I would love to see more students shift from seeing this as a just an extracurricular to recognizing that this can be a field of study,” said professor Susan Seizer. Sherrell met with comedian Kevin Hart when Hart visited IU. “He said, ‘Rob, struggle in your craft. It’s the struggle that makes the comedian who he is on stage.’ He told me I was a trailblazer comedian, and he’ll see me successful in a couple of years and I believe that,” said Sherrell. Read More
According to Bill Simmons, Louis C.K., Amy Poehler, and Amy Schumer passed on being Jon Stewart’s replacement
By now, the news of Trevor Noah being named the successor to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show has spread throughout the land. In these situations we always wonder who else was on the list of potential replacements.
Well, according to sports writer/podcaster/pop culture fan Bill Simmons, Comedy Central set its sights on and ultimately were passed over by three comedy giants before ultimately making selecting Noah as the new anchor of their late night franchise. Read More
A drunken man yelled at Hannibal’s show at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. Buress takes care of the rest.
Last Comic Standing has recently announced it’s new judge Norm MacDonald and host Anthony Jeselnik. And now comes the announcement of the official start date of Season 9. That said date is Wednesday, July 22nd at 9p on NBC. Things are a little different this go-around. The new season begins with the invitational round. The comedian must be personally asked to audition, unlike past seasons which were more of an open call. Here’s the breakdown of the show, 100 of the best comics compete for the 20 Last Comic Standing spots available. The comics compete via comedy challenges, surprise guest mentors and “Head-to-Head” competition rounds. When all is said and done, the winning comedian receives $250,000 and a talent and development deal for a series on NBC. Not bad.
Rain Pryor is an American actress, comedienne, and author. She also happens to be the daughter of the late comedy legend Richard Pryor. Her comedy album Black & White is set to be released April 7 via Uproar Entertainment. Pre-order here. Pryor starred in the ABC series Head of the Class in the role of Theola June ‘T.J.’ Jones. Pryor’s role was created from a series of characters she performed at her audition for the producers. Pryor starred for several years as Jackie, the lipstick lesbian drug addict on the Showtime series Rude Awakening and has guest starred on network television series such as The Division and Chicago Hope. She has appeared numerous times on both The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Rain’s stage credits include playing the title role of Billie Holiday in the UK tour of the Billie Holiday Story and the title role of Ella Fitzgerald in the UK premiere of Ella, Meet Marilyn. She performed in the Los Angeles productions of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues with Nora Dunn of Saturday Night Live fame. Read More
With the masses finally being able to witness the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber tonight, those who worked the event, were in the audience, or were on the dais of said show, experienced everything including that which will hit the cutting room floor. And that includes jokes that may have gone too far. But what is too far? That’s the age old question with comedy. Comedians Jeff Ross and Pete Davidson both delivered jokes about Paul Walker and Ludacris didn’t take kindly to them as Paul was a dear friend and co-star. Our society edges ever closer to a political correctness, yet at the same time, it allows and accepts more extremes through language, subject matter, and open ended and unfiltered access via the internet, tv, film, and art. These Roasts are a part of the latter for sure, almost used as a marker to determined where the line is by crossing it. But what happens when something becomes “personal”. It seems we all want the ability to have access to everything as well as the ability to exercise our rights, but at the same time control what is offensive, acceptable, and what should and shouldn’t be allowed based on our own personal experiences and opinions towards any said subject matter. Read More
There is an action packed week of television in store for you. First things first. The long awaited Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber finally hits the airwaves tonight at 10p. We’v heard sneak peaks from Natasha Leggero and Snoop Dogg. Now it’s time for the rest of dais to lay it on him. And if these sneak peeks have been any indication of what’s to come, this may go down as one of the most aggressive and intense roasts of all time. Expectations are high, Beliebers best cover your ears. There are also a handful of premieres happening this week as well as guest hosting duties alongside one finale. Weird Loners gets it’s launch Tuesday night on FOX. MTV2’s new comedian driven game show, Joking Off, airs it’s first episode on April Fools Day. YouTube sensation Grace Helbig premieres her new show on E! Friday while Cougar Town wraps up with their Series Finale on TBS Tuesday. Other premieres include Ben Gleib as host of Idiotest on GSN, Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battle on Spike, and Ricky Gervais as Derek premieres it’s one-hour special on Netflix. And now for the rest of what’s happening on TV this week… Read More
The cat is finally out of the bag as first reported by The New York Times. Congratulations are in order for Trevor Noah. For those who may not know Noah and are playing catch-up, he is a South African comedian who has also been a radio DJ, actor and TV host. So experience won’t be a factor. Rumors started swirling this past Friday as we discussed on our site that he may be the one to supersede Jon Stewart. In December 2014, Noah became the latest contributor for The Daily Show, debuting on the 4th of the month. Before becoming a coorispondant, Noah had a major role on the South African soap opera Isidingo in 2002, when he was 18. He then began hosting his own radio show Noah’s Ark on Gauteng’s leading youth radio station, YFM. Noah then went on to host an educational program Run The Adventure from 2004–06. In 2007 he hosted The Real Goboza, a gossip show, and Siyadlala a SABC’s sports show. In 2008 Noah co-hosted alongside Pabi Moloi on The Amazing Date. In 2009 he hosted the 3rd Annual South Africa Film and Television Awards (SAFTA Awards). In 2010 he hosted Tonight with Trevor Noah on MNet. Read More
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returned for the forth time as the host of Saturday Night Live. While we wouldn’t call him a great comedic force, the man does posses a tremendous amount of charisma that can be traced all the way back to his camera promos in the WWE all the way to his current and highly enjoyable Instagram account. Last night on SNL, he might’ve added another notch on his belt, that that’s best host of the Saturday Night Live season 40. It’s pretty obvious Johnson enjoys hosting and he’s so damn good at it. Hell, with a man with the amount of charisma he deployed on us last night, we need to seriously start mentioning him when we talk about SNL all time great hosts. Let’s go to the tape. Read More