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  • 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 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 with a potential movie in the near future.

    Eddie Murphy to return to “Saturday Night Live” for SNL 40

    Eddie Murphy SNL

    This is big news Saturday Night Live fans! After nearly a 30 year absence from the show that made him a star, Eddie Murphy is returning to Studio 8H on February 15th. Murphy revealed the news during a phone interview with News One that he’d be taking part in the show’s 40th Anniversary special airing on the 15th (and right after the 19 day marathon). Read More

    BBC3 series “Cuckoo” that starred Andy Samberg to cross pond and join NBC

    Andy Samberg CuckooNBC has ordered the comedy pilot Cuckoo, based on the BBC3 series that starred Andy Samberg as an offbeat American who marries into a British family. The U.S. rendition comes from Lionsgate TV and will be spearheaded by showrunner-exec producer Tim Long (The Simpsons). Cuckoo creators Robin French (Roommates) and Kieron Quirke (Trinity) are on board as writers and exec producers, along with Ash Atalla (The IT Crowd, The Office UK). Cuckoo has aired two seasons to date on BBC3, although Samberg exited after the end of the first season in 2013 because of his commitment to Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Samberg is not expected to be involved in the U.S. rendition. The British version featured Greg Davies as the stern father of a woman who returns home married to a spiritual ninja after spending a year in America. In the second season, the Cuckoo character goes missing, and Samberg’s void was filled by actor Taylor Lautner in a different role. More to come.

    Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons is your new God

    jimparsonsFour-time Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe winner Jim Parsons will play God in the new Broadway comedy 
An Act of God, scheduled to begin performances May 5 at Studio 54. Published in 2011, The Last Testament: A Memoir By God was penned by Emmy Award-winning writer from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart David Javerbaum, a 2008 Tony Award nominee for the musical Cry-Baby. Javerbaum also runs the popular satirical Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod. Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked) will direct the play, a stage adaptation of the satirical publication. The limited engagement will open on Broadway May 28.  A statement, released by “God,” reads, “I chose Jim to play Me because I relish the irony of telling the real story of the Six Days of Creation through the star of The Big Bang Theory. Plus, he’s funny. The theatre was also chosen for ironic reasons, as Studio 54,up to this point, has been the single most God-less place in the universe. And as for our director, Joe Mantello, that was not ironic. I’ve been a fan of his since Wicked!” The play is billed as a 90 minute conversation in which God will reveal the mysteries of the Bible and answer some of the greatest existential questions that plague mankind. The new Book of Mormon? We’ll soon find out.

    The trailer for “Ted 2″ has hit the web and he wants you to legalize it

    #legalizeTed. The trailer for Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2 has hit the web and this time around everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed stuffed animal is trying to become legit. As in legal in the eyes of the law so he can have a child with his wife. If you are wondering how a stuffed bear can conceive a child with a human woman, you aren’t the only one. And its a topic addressed right at the top of the trailer. So just watch, we won’t spoil it for you.

    Maya Rudolph joins the Lorne Michaels produced HBO comedy pilot “Brothers in Atlanta”

    Maya RudolphHBO has greenlit a new comedy pilot, Brothers in Atlanta, which will feature SNL alum Maya Rudolph. She’s said to be a recurring guest star, should the comedy get picked up. Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, best known for writing-performing on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They will write, executive produce and star on the show. Saturday Night Live mainstay Lorne Michaels is also executive producing under his Broadway Video banner. The story centers on best friends Langston, played by Riddle, and Moose, played by Salahuddin. They are two struggling entertainers living in Atlanta, where the pilot is set to shoot this spring. Rudolph is set to play Moose’s boss Shirle, a past-her-prime musician. Rudolph previously starred in and produced a pilot for NBC, The Maya Rudolph Show, which Riddle and Salahuddin worked on as writers. The actress-comedian got her start on Saturday Night Live and starred in the raunchy blockbuster Bridesmaids. But more recently she appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice and voiced Cass in Disney’s Big Hero 6, which is up for best animated feature at the Oscar’s. She is currently in production on the Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect, Shrek The Musical) directed Sisters, the new Amy Poehler and Tina Fey film.

    The Laugh Button Podcast: This is cool, right? with Brooks Wheelan

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    On this episode of The Laugh Button Podcast, comedian Brooks Wheelan stops by the studios to talk to Mark and Matt about what’s going on in the world of comedy news. Wheelan just released his new stand-up comedy album, This is Cool, Right?. And funny enough, two other great comedians this week dropped albums at the same time as him. Discussions about favorite comedy movies, bio-medical degrees, growing up in Iowa, and even a few of Wheelan’s Saturday Night Live stories are shared. Read More

    From executive producer Seth MacFarlane comes “Blunt Talk” starring Patrick Stewart

    patrick_stewart_seth_macfarlaneBlunt Talk, the new scripted comedy from executive producer Seth MacFarlane for Starz began production this week in Los Angeles on the first 10-episode season. Starz has released the first photos today from set. Blunt Talk starring Patrick Stewart, began production this week in Los Angeles on the first 10-episode season. The half-hour comedy was created by Jonathan Ames (Bored) who is exec producing with MacFarlane, Tristram Shapeero (Children’s Hospital, Ubreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Stephanie Davis (The Starter Wife, Bored to Death) was given a 20-episode, two season commitment. “It was a great first day on the set of Blunt Talk,” said Ames. “Patrick Stewart was noble, loony, and heroic. Read More

    Brett Siddell to tape his new hour long DVD/Album March 10th at Gotham Comedy Club NYC

    brettBrett Siddell is an award-winning stand-up comedian and an on-air personality at SiriusXM Satellite Radio. As a headlining comedian known for his high-energy performances and crowd interaction, he has done tours of both Europe and the U.S., where he drove from venue to venue in a 1976 Dodge Coachmen RV he purchased after graduating from University of Southern California in 2004. This tour was filmed and made into a feature-length documentary. Soon after moving to New York, he was discovered backstage at a rock concert humorously interviewing one of the musicians by a producer at Sirius Radio and since been an on-air personality at SiriusXM for that last seven years. He’s been featured in the book Humor 101 of the Psych 101 series, of which he is also quoted on the book jacket. Siddell is perhaps most widely known for his starring role in the Super Bowl commercial entitled Happy Grad, which is still in many Top 10 Super Bowl ads of all-time lists. This will be his first hour-long special in over 10 years. You can grab tickets here

    Here’s a teaser trailer for the Netflix “Wet Hot American Summer” mini-series

    The internet collectively lost its mind when Netflix announced that it would be reviving the cult movie Wet Hot American Summer and turn it into a min-series. Ever since, questions arrose about who would be returning to the “OMG everyone was in this before they were famous”-cast. With this teaser from Netflix, they’ve confirmed that pretty much everyone from the iconic cast is going to come back for some more fun. Watch the clip and show me the fever! WHAS hits Netflix this summer.