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
Jon Favreau is in Austin to promote his new film Chef, which marks the actor/writer/director’s return to his independent film roots. As all people of a certain age remember, Favreau wrote the indie comedy Swingers which is one of the most influential films of the 90s before he went on to help mold/direct the blockbuster films Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Chef is about a former high profile chef who, through a social media flub put him on a different career path than initially intended. Read More
It appears that [adult swim] is kicking off a media blitz to announce the long-awaited return of it’s animated series based on the comic strip, The Boondocks. That’s right, The Boondocks is coming back and after a four year hiatus. At the top of the year, AS announced that the show would return this April and this is after years of speculation (4 to be exact) as to whether Huey, Riley, and Granddad would ever return. McGruder Read More
We loved it when John Oliver took over hosting duties of The Daily Show so the fact that he’s now going to host his own show is just pretty damn exciting. So now that we know that Last Week with John Oliver is set to premiere on April 27th, we’ve been dying to get a look at it. Now, lo and behold we have ourselves a teaser clip for the new show. Watch up.
‘Parks And Recreation,’ ‘This Is The End,’ SNL, Bill Burr, amongst nominees for American Comedy Awards
Just a few months ago we learned that the American Comedy Awards would be be returning to network TV and air on NBC. A return to its roots of sorts as they once aired on the peacock network. Now, after a round of open nominations from a panel of comedy industry people, (which we must admit, included us) the final nominations have been determined and are open for the public to vote until March 18th.
The nominations for the 2014 American Comedy Awards have been announced and we have ourselves a terrific selection of nominations to select from. Fronting the pack is the Seth Rogen/James Franco flick This Is The End with 7 nominations followed by the Bruce Dern/Will Forte flick Nebraska with 6. In the TV categories, NBC’s Parks And Recreation pulled 6 nominations while sketch comedy show Key & Peele and the always nominated Modern Family pulled in 5 nominations each.
Other picks of note, Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer, and Kate McKinnon all pulled in nominations for their work on Saturday Night Live. Read More
truTV orders new sketch series, ‘Friends of The People’ featuring most of the cast/writers from the ill-fated ‘In Living Color’ reboot
truTV is moving beyond its scripted reality TV and ordered a sketch comedy TV show called Friends of the People. The show will feature comedians Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel Howery, The Lucas Brothers, and Josh Rabinowitz. The network ordered 10 episodes including the pilot and plans on launching the new series in the summer of 2014.
The group of comedians had been working as the sketch comedy troupe Legion of Goons. More interestingly, the troupe formed after many of them were on as writers and cast for the ill-fated In Living Color reboot from 2012 and even shot a pilot for Comedy Central.
“Friends of the People is the perfect show to mark truTV’s entrance into the world of sketch comedy,” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. “This series features a multi-talented and hilarious cast of performers, writers and producers who share a remarkable chemistry with one another. We are extremely excited that this unique group of comedians will be making its home on truTV.” Read More
Nick Thune appeared on The Pete Holmes Show last night. Nick and Petey are longtime comedy friends and the two told one of the best drug stories possible. It was when Nick and Pete took to a cabin up in the woods and took mushrooms. What resulted wasn’t just your typical stoner story rather it involved a bay, swimming, a blues concert, and the attempt to purchase martinis. Read More
Jim Jefferies is doing the promo rounds for the new season of his terrific show Legit. A show that I’m currently not able to watch because I don’t get FXX (thanks Obama!). But that doesn’t make Jefferies’ show any less hilarious. Jim stopped by Conan last night to talk about the time he went to a Dodger baseball game, saw his old pal Conan hanging with Jack White and totally flubbed the chance to meet White. Read More