With comedian Nick Thune‘s album Folk Hero hitting the digital shelves today (our pick for “cool thing to buy this week“), the absurd comedian revealed “stage two” of his marketing plan. “Stage one” of Thune’s brilliant, absurd marketing strategy consisted of one lonely billboard in Central Oregon to promote the special’s Netflix premiere. The comedian tweeted and instagramed this photo today with the caption, “Two Semi Trucks traveling from LA to Montana. Used my whole Comedy Central marketing budget to get these. Hope a lot of people see them at gas stations and rest areas and stuff.” Golf clap, Mr.Thune. Golf clap.
Last night, SNL alum and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg stopped by Late Night to reunite with his old friend Seth Meyers. The two got the interview started by discussing their friendship, saying they are “for-real” friends, not just “show-biz” friends. They proved how big of buddies they are by discussing each others weddings, where Andy revealed that he married Seth! Ok, so the two aren’t married. We all know Seth is married to Stefon, but they did discuss Samberg’s Las Vegas bachelor party. Read More
There’s a new folk hero in town, not the hero we deserve but the one we desperately need. Comedian, marketing genius, musician Nick Thune‘s first hour special is now available in digital audio form.
Nick Thune: Folk Hero was taped live at The Bell House in Brooklyn last summer and premiered exclusively on Netflix on February 18th. Today comedy fans can download and carry this gem around with them in their pockets, or have it serve as the soundtrack to a relaxing evening drive. And I recommend that you do.
Thune’s soft guitar riffs serenade a series of clever and absurd short jokes at the top half of the album. The comedian has a penchant for flipping coming sayings on their head with hilarious results. Read More
This May, get set to see IFC’s new season of Maron. The hit show follows Mark Maron, host of the WTF Podcast, through life as he attempts to grow as a man and all his stumbles along the way. Mark is the creator, executive producer, and writer of the show, and he’s playing no games with this season’s guests.
Season two features almost every big name in comedy you can think of. Mark will be joined by Bill Burr, David Cross, Chris Hardwick, Moshe Kasher, Rachael Harris, Michael Ian Black, Johnny Knoxville, Dave Koechner, Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Rob Riggle, Sarah Silverman, and Tom Kenny, yeah that’s right, the voice of Spongebob Squarepants. The scary thing is, that’s not even the whole list. Maron is truly doing its best to pack the world of comedy into this show.
With one of the best writers in the game and a line up like this, it seems all the ingredients are in place to make season two a slam dunk. However, like any show, there is no such thing as a guaranteed hit… but this looks like pretty darn close to one to me. Look out for the season two premiere on May 8th at 10pm on IFC. And if you haven’t seen season one, get yourself educated on Netflix.
For one month out of the year, Comedy Central dedicates it’s most prized time slots to new stand-up specials. If one month doesn’t seem like enough, it’s because it isn’t. This year, “Stand-Up Month” will actually be six weeks long starting on March 29th at midnight with CC’s newest sitcom star Hannibal Buress‘ second special Live from Chicago. From then on, Comedy Central weekends will host new specials from Patton Oswalt, Tracy Morgan, Jim Gaffigan, Dave Attell, and David Spade.
Patton Oswalt’s latest special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time will air Sunday, April 6. The special originally aired on Epix, with a few unfortunate setbacks. Hopefully, CC’s premiere will be much smoother.
Dave Attell’s new special Road Work will follow on April 12th at midnight, as part of a deal with the network that also includes CC’s first uncensored stand-up series. The series, Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, debuts after Attell’s special and will feature new and old faces including Nikki Glaser, Judah Friedlander, Ali Wong, Ari Shaffir, Ralphie May, Amy Schumer, Lil Rel Howery, Jeff Ross, Jim Norton, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Read More
Zach Galifianakis’ hysterical Funny Or Die series Between Two Ferns lands it’s biggest name yet… President Barack Obama. Obama, reluctantly, stops by in an effort to plug the fixed healthcare website and also to give Galifianakis a piece of his mind about The Hangover series. This might the show’s sassiest episode yet, with the pair squaring off on topics such as Dennis Rodman, the Olympics, gay marriage, and turkeys before revealing Obama isn’t the only president to have had a hand in making the web series.
Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang! Bang! is an exercise in the sublimely weird. Aukerman has always had a way to offer a twisted skew on all things comedy with his guests. At a (completely full for an early 4pm recording), Aukerman brought the fun and charm of the podcast to the live stage at SXSW. To help him navigate the waters of Austin, Aukerman brought out to other comics to help him out. Jonah Ray (1/3 of the Nerdist podcast) and Adam Cayton-Holland (1/3 of the Grawlix) the three men on stage quickly realized that they should start their own trio of something. With Aukerman deliberately asking the most feigned-of-interest questions to Ray and Cayton-Holland who were more than willing to bat similar answers right back at the show’s host. Read More
Indie-comedy’s favorite son, Wes Anderson, debuted his newest dramedy The Grand Budapest Hotel to record numbers this weekend. Anderson’s eighth film earned a weekend gross of $800,000 after premiering at just four theaters in New York and Los Angeles.
With an average of over $200,00 per theater, W.A. has stolen the specialty-box office opening gross record from another Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson. P.T.’s film The Master had previously one-uped Wes’ Moonrise Kingdom to lead the box-office all-time charts.
The film that brought the indie crown back to its once-and-future king stars Anderson stalwarts Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, along with Jeff Goldblum and Ralph Fiennes as a concierge who teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. The Grand Budapest Hotel will travel to over 1,000 screens over the next few weeks with the potential to break open a new set of records. Hopefully with all this success, Wes can find the time to finally churn out that horror film we’ve all been pining for. Read More