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  • Jermaine Fowler developing sitcom with ABC

    Jermaine Fowler has teamed up with ABC for a new offbeat family sitcom. Fowler received a script commitment for a comedy that will be semi-autobiographically based on Fowler’s life. While the show is currently untitled, we’ve learned that Fowler will star as a college dropout who ends up living with his estranged grandmother. The thing is that his grandma isn’t soft and warm, rather a former DC cop who dispatches some tough love to get Fowler back into the world.

    Fowler and 3 Arts will executive produce the show. Fowler is becoming a hot commodity of late as his new sketch show, Friends of the People. But that seems to suit him just fine, in 2012, we spoke with Fowler at Just For Laughs and he talked about his many hats, which at the time included the re-boot of In Living Color.

    Flight of the Conchords are returning to HBO with new show

    Flight Of The Conchords hasn’t aired in over five years but the duo of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie are plotting a return to HBO.

    During a round of interviews for his new vampire spoof movie, What We Do In The Shadows, Clement stated that the duo were asked to do a new four episode comedy show on HBO and that it will debut in 2015. Leading many to believe we’d see more Flight of the Conchords. However, Clement later clarified that the show will not be Flight of the Conchords 2.0 rather something completely different. Regardless, we’ll get new Flight of the Conchords material on the air and that will be awesome.

    Why I quit Twitter – and will again

    “I really enjoyed these three months away. Slowly weaning myself off of social media has, ironically, made me feel younger. At least, I have the habits of a much younger person now. I used social media—at least for these past 90 days—at the frequency of a 20 year old. Occasionally, like it wasn’t some exotic novelty, and didn’t need to be consumed like a wine whose supply was finite.”
    - Patton Oswalt reveals via Time.com what he learned from his 90 day self-imposed social media hiatus for the summer.

    The trailer for Jon Stewart’s movie “Rosewater” has arrived

    Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater is set to release on November 7th. Last summer, Stewart took a summer hiatus from The Daily Show to go direct the film. John Oliver took over TDS hosting duties in Stewart’s absence.

    The movie is based on the journalist Maziar Bahiri’s book, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity And Survival. In 2009, Bahiri was covering an intense Iranian Presidential election. Because of his reporting on the protests of the election, he was captured, tortured and interrogated by an Iranian group led by a man calling himself “Rosewater,” the name which the movie got its title. Bahiri spent 118 days in captivity away from his pregnant wife. Read More

    Too offensive on stage? Houston Baptist University calls cops on comedian Samuel J Comroe during stand-up performance

    Samuel J ComroeLast night, comedian Samuel J. Comroe was performing stand-up at a college, something he’d done “hundreds and hundreds” of times before. But this time was a bit different for the comedian, he was a Houston Baptist University. The night appeared routine enough, Comroe arrived early and struck up a conversation with the folks in charge to talk about any restrictions they had on stand-up material. Something many comedians choose to do as a courtesy at college and corporate gigs to make sure the evening goes smooth and limit the chances of offending at such gigs.

    Comroe was asked by the woman in charge (whose name he does not remember) to not curse during his act. Makes sense they’d have this request as a Baptist College. According to his statement, Comroe followed up some more topics that might be taboo including sex and he was given the green light on that topic as long as he was not extremely vulgar about it.

    Comroe, has Tourettes Syndrome and it manifests itself as visual tics, it’s also something he addresses in his act. Comroe did his show and after about a half hour of performing stand-up he held a Q&A with the college audience. It was there things started to go wrong for the comedian. Read More

    Joan Rivers hospitalized in after she stops breathing during surgery

    The iconic Joan Rivers was rushed to a Manhattan hospital Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during an operation.

    Reports state Rivers was undergoing throat surgery at a clinic on the Upper West Side when a problem occurred, she stopped breathing, and was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center.

    The 81-year-old comedian is currently in critical condition. We will share more news as it becomes available. Read More

    FX orders new Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K. clown comedy called “Baskets”

    At the top of the year, FX ordered a pilot for a new Zach Galifianakis TV show that was to be produced by Louis C.K. Now, that pilot has a 10-episode series order.

    FX ordered Baskets which was co-created by Galifianakis, C.K. and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia). It’s set to make its debut sometime in 2016 and stars Galifianakis as the title character, Chip Baskets, who has dreams of being a clown. Read More