This week, “Weird Al” Yankovic had the honor of scoring his first ever #1 album on the Billboard 200. His 14th album, Mandatory Fun, became the first comedy album to hit the top spot since Allan Sherman’s My Son, the Nut back in 1963. With an eight day binge of music video releases, the satirical genius sold over 104,000 copies between July 15th and July 20th. “Weird Al” beat out artists like Jason Mraz, Rise Against and Sam Smith to get his first #1. In the competitive arena of viral videos, Yankovic was able to gain double the exposure of artists such as Beyonce and Justin Timberlake in the last week putting him at the top of social media networks and shooting his online presence to new heights. Read More
About a year ago it was announced that The Simpsons was going to be syndicated to networks outside of FOX affiliates. A few days ago FXX announced that it has acquired all 24 seasons of the show and will run a massive 12-day marathon of every episode ever beginning August 12th to launch the show on its network along with an interactive app. Massive. Today, FXX revved up the promo machine and released this teaser for the marathon, the world as we know it might never recover.
Comedian Patton Oswalt has released a new book, a memoir of sorts as well as an ode to classic cinema. In “Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film,” Oswalt recounts the time he spent watching film after film at the New Beverly Cinema.
Between 1995 and 1999, Oswalt had a heavy addiction to movies, often going to the cinema up to three nights a week, playing a major influence on his life.
“Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt’s memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.”
Oswalt’s “Silver Screen Fiend” is set to be released on January 6, 2015. The book is available for pre-order now, here.
There’s so much to learn from this clip. First off, the awesomely talented Reggie Watts was a guest on Conan last night. Watts was there to promote a new album we know nothing about called Scarves & Cabbages. Third his backup players on this video clip are none other than ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Coheed And Cambria’s Travis Stever. Forth, the song is about a horse.
I am all over the place with this information overload.
Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival just revealed who it’s New Faces of Comedy will be for the 2014 season. Each year the festival selects a handful of up-and-coming comics that the world should keep an eye on. The selections are broken down into a few different categories – Repped, Unrepped, and Characters. While the first two are fairly explainable, the third is for those in the improv world.
For the comedy industry, New Faces is one of the biggest draws of the festival and the 2014 selections include Alingon Mitra, Brad Wenzel, Drew Michael, Eliza Skinner, Grant Lyon, Hampton Yount, Hasan Minhaj, Jack Robichaud, Jake Weisman, Jen D’Angelo, Jesse Elias, John McKeever, Justine Marino, Kate Berlant, Matteo Lane, Michelle Wolf, Monroe Martin, Nore Davis, Randy Liedtke, Ryan O’Flanagan and Whitmer Thomas.
In the Characters category the following comedians have been picked including Beth Hoyt, Chelsea Davison, Greg Tuculescu, Holly Laurent, John Reynolds, LaKendra Tookes, Mary Holland, Michael Antonucci and Michael Lehrer.
As of right now, there’s no word on the Unrepped names but we’ll update that info once we learn the names.
In the Unrepped category the comics selected are Alex Stone, Brendan Eyre, Brian Frange, Cody Hustak, Jason Saenz, Liza Treyger, Noah Gardenswatrz, Richard Bain, Sam Evans, Troy Walker, and Zainab Johnson.
New Faces showcases run multiple times a night beginning Wednesday you can check the showcase dates/times here.
Announced at their summer TCA, FX has renewed Louis CK’s Louie for its fifth season. This really comes as no surprise as Louie has been a huge fan favorite and critically acclaimed series since its debut, and has racked up plenty of award nominations including two Emmy wins. It’s fourth season alone racked up five Emmy noms this year.
“Louie’s fourth season was once again groundbreaking. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking — always thought provoking,” said John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks & FX Productions. “The show went to narrative and cinematic places no comedy has gone before and we look forward to seeing what Louis comes up with next.”
According to Variety, Louie will return with a seven-episode season in spring 2015.
New Wave Entertainment has produced stand-up specials for nearly a decade, and now its launching a brand new comedy channel on Hulu called Comedy Dynamics. Comedy Dynamics is a streaming video on demand service that and will bring its impressive library of stand-up comedy to the masses on July 29th.
Debuting at the end of the month, Comedy Dynamics will launch on Hulu, offering “behind-the-scenes access to the largest independent stand-up comedy database in existence.” The launch begins with specials it’s released since formation which include Doug Stanhope, Dennis Miller, Bob Saget, Kevin Nealon, Nick Thune, Tom Papa, and D.L. Hughley and adding more titles as the weeks go on.
Hulu users will also have access to classic stand-up specials from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s via Comedy Dynamics Classics which will act as a marquee edition of curated stand-up.
Founded in 2008, Comedy Dynamics has produced 90 specials and over 125 comedy albums – its credit list is a “who’s who” of top comedy vets and up-and-comers. Names like Jim Gaffigan, Moshe Kasher, Tom Segura, Aziz Ansari, Marc Maron, Bill Burr, Bo Burnham, Kathleen Madigan, Morgan Murphy, Christian Finnegan, Dave Foley, and Mike Birbiglia are just a small sampling of specials they’ve produced.
You can find all the information you need about the Comedy Dynamics channel on their Facebook page.
John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight has been a brilliant addition to late night television. On Sunday, Oliver discussed something that is not often talked about: America’s broken prison system. So many Americans are incarcerated every year that Sesame Street feels the need to teach children about it. Speaking of which, Oliver himself needed some help from his puppet friends to explain prisons (and zoos) himself.