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  • J.K. Simmons hosted “Saturday Night Live”: whiplash and teacher snow days

    J.K. Simmons SNL

    J.K. Simmons is one hell of an actor. The guy is funny, he’s dramatic, he’s the dad, he’s the everyman. He’s an Oscar nominated actor who also does a TV commercials. While we can’t compare J.K. to Matthew McConaughey (Matt never was J. Jonah Jameson) we can say that he’s capable of everything. So taping him to host SNL is a terrific idea. Simmons was terrific, he didn’t get frazzled nor appear to be reading cue cards all night. He even took off his pants in the name of a joke. Simmons was truly a great host who hit some sketch speed bumps that were either because of 3rd show writing fatigue or a lot of blizzard jokes needing to be scrapped last minute. Let’s break it all down. Read More

    This week in comedy: we launched a podcast

    TLB PodcastWe’re on the map! This week marked the premiere of our Laugh Button Podcast. Our weekly podcast (we’ve already aired one) is a partnership with Riotcast that recounts everything happening lately in the comedy world. Later in the week, we hosted Brooks Wheelan. You’ll never need to read one of these again!

    – We started our weekend off with a nice gift from Tom McCaffrey. The man behind Adventures in Comedy delivered us a trailer for his mockumentary, out February 20 via Comedy Dynamics.

    – Blake Shelton continued the weekend with his SNL hosting slot, and it was tough not to at least feel content with his presence.

    – IFC is already making gains after losing The Birthday gay videos Boys last week. It turns out Jack Black will do some movie stuff for them pretty soon.

    – Does misery love company or does it love comedy? Or maybe comedy loves misery. We’ll know soon now that Tribeca Film has the right to the Kevin Pollack documentary Misery Loves Comedy. Read More

    For a good time, give Hannibal Buress some Coors Light and put him on a boat

    Hannibal Buress on a boat

    Hannibal Buress is hard at work out on the road for his Comedy Comisada Tour. But sometimes when you work hard you have to play hard. Case in point at a stop in Florida, Buress and his entourage took to the water. The libations (Coors Light) flowed and Buress gave us an update of what life is like on a boat. Hint: that life is good. Read More

    In preparation for the Super Bowl, comedians who are fans of both teams face off

    Enemy TerritoryThis weekend is the Super Bowl! So before the teams square off, the fans do what the fans do best, and that’s take digs at the opposing team’s fans. So, in an ESPN Enemy Territory spot, New England Patriots fans Gary Gulman, Nick DiPaolo, and Max Weisz square off on Seattle Seahawks fans Sarah Colonna, Nick Thune, and Jeff Dye. Who wins the game doesn’t matter. However, who wins the roast amongst fans is way more important. Read More

    “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ Super Bowl spot takes a shot at deflate-gate

    Even Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is taking it’s turn at the Patriots and this whole deflate-gate. Remember when you are getting ready to enjoy the big game this weekend, that you make sure your balls are fully inflated. Here’s the HTTM2 Super Bowl Spot.

    Fox to move forward with fantasy football comedy “Fantasy Life” with Kevin Connolly

    Kevin ConnollyIt’s almost time Super Bowl Sunday and Fox is joining the party. They are moving forward with their fantasy football comedy starring Kevin Connolly. The network handed out a pilot order to Fantasy Life, the adaption of ESPN analyst Matthew Berry’s best-selling book of the same name.Fantasy Life, which landed at Fox in September with a sizable put-pilot commitment with a significant penalty attached, centers on a regular guy who lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show and is forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never thought he could be. It will be written by Tim McAuliffe (Bad Teacher, Satisfaction, The Office, Up All gay porn Night), who will executive produce alongside Connolly, Berry, 3 Arts’ Jonathan Berry, Greg Walter, Michael Rotenberg and Troy Zien. Read More

    Fox teams up with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo for comedy pilot “Detour”

    riverscuomoBack in August, Detour landed at the Fox network in with a hefty put-pilot commitment. The single-camera comedy is inspired by Rivers Cuomo, a rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college. Weezer frontman and songwriter Cuomo opted to go to college and live in the dorms. He tried out for the school choir and didn’t get in. He made friends and met his wife. Detour would embellish his journey with a fictional character and the small band of misfit friends that made it possible for him to get through his formative years. Cuomo took the sabbatical eight years ago to return to college at Harvard. The comedy will be written by the Psych creator and executive produced by Cuomo, Tagline Pictures’ Willie Mercer and Chris Henze. Dan Field will also be credited as an EP.

    Comedy Central is hard at work with five more shows in development and more

    comedy central logoComedy Central’s inhouse multiplatform division CC:Studios announced its upcoming slate of digital programs including the premiere of one new series, renewals for two and five more in development. “I am sincerely proud of how our team has established CC:Studios as an appealing destination for established and emerging comedy content creators,” said Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s president, content development and original programming.  Series in development include an untitled project from Matt Braunger about the last white man in Los Angeles in the year 2042. How to Be Friends With Everyone on Earth, from Sean O’Connor, about a Vine star attempting to adapt his six-second videos into a book. An untitled project from Rich Fulcher discussing absurd hypotheticals with under-the-influence guests. An untitled David Angelo project described as Seinfeld with a sedative. And Broken People, from Taylor Orci and Jared Nigro, about a seemingly successful yet unhappy couple. Read More

    “The Chris Gethard Show” is headed to the Fusion network

    The Chris Gethard ShowThe trials and tribulations of Chris Gethard’s public access show, The Chris Gethard Show has been a long one, but not it appears there’s finally been some resolution. The show was given a pilot order, and eventual non-pickup by Comedy Central. Sending Gethard and crew back to the drawing board. Then at the end of last year, Gethard announced that his public access show The Chris Gethard Show found a home on cable television but nothing more than that. Then, during last night’s public access airing, Gethard revealed that the Fusion Network was the cable network that ordered ten episodes of TCGS and they’d air this April.

    Fusion has been putting a lot of comedians on its airwaves since launching last year. Including a puppet show with Paul F. Tompkins and a live news show that featured Yannis Pappas (the latter recently being canceled after Pappas’ departure a few months back).

    Flight of the Conchords to take flight again, tour in the works for late 2015

    Flight of the ConchordsThe New Zealand duo of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement are hitting the road once again. The duo have suggested that there’s a tour of the US in the works near later in 2015. According to statements made at the Sundance Film Festival, Clement stated that they are, “planning on touring later on in the year in the States.” Adding, “It isn’t very solid yet, but we’ve been talking about it.” This would be the first time the Conchords toured since 2013’s Oddball lesbian videos Festival.

    He also confirmed that they plan on performing new material at these tour dates, which also means a potential new album in the works as Clement adding that he “really don’t like the studio part of the music. I more enjoy playing live and letting other take care of the recording.”

    This news comes on the heels of the duo landing a four-episode order for a new comedy show on HBO lesbian porn with a potential movie in the near future.