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  • Minneapolis comedy community mourns the loss of comedian Gus Lynch

    Gus Lynch

    The Minneapolis comedy community lost a giant in its scene with the death of comedian Gus Lynch. At the beginning of December Lynch fell 30 feet while climbing through Mayan ruins on the Yucatán Peninsula in Coba, south of Cancun. The comedian fell from one of the structures, breaking his pelvis, ribs, and causing a collapsed lung. Lynch he survived surgery but would later die from cardiac arrest due to his injuries. Read More

    Donate gifts to Robert Kelly’s holiday gift drive benefiting children’s charities

    It’s holiday season which hopefully brings us all good tidings and joy. Unfortunately there are those out there that don’t have as much to look forward to. Comedian Robert Kelly knows how this feels. As someone who spent time in the Foster system, Kelly is acutely aware about the feeling kids get when it’s Christmas morning and there’s not much for them to celebrate. It’s because of this the comedian and his friends at the You Know What Dude podcast and its network Riotcast, are putting their efforts into a Holiday Gift Drive to help brighten some spirits during the holiday season. Read More

    This week on TV: we’re sorry you feel that way

    Bill BurrThis week Peter Pan will be live and all over your television, but we’re psyched for a different type of event. And that’s from the one and only Bill Burr, whose new stand-up special, I’m Sorry You Feel That Way debuts on Netflix this Friday.

    As if we weren’t thankful enough for the year of great comedy one of the best around drops a new on on us. That’s right, Bill Burr returns with a new special, and his first since 2012’s You People Are All The Same (that’s if we’re not counting a vinyl release from earlier this summer) and it’s a fine kickoff to our holiday season. Read More

    This week on TV: holiday medleys

    This week is a fun week for comedy on television. Since its the holiday time, there’s special programming and reruns of some of the best performances. Case in point, Colbert and Jon Stewart. But not every show is dark this week some continue traditions, for example Rashida Jones is appearing on Fallon on Thanksgiving. A reprisal of the annual signing of a holiday medley with The Roots? Read More

    James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams to host “Saturday Night Live” December episodes

    Saturday Night Live LogoThis weekend Cameron Diaz hosts Saturday Night Live. Then its all about finishing the year strong with guest hosts. Today SNL announced to wrap out 2014 they’ve recruited an Alien, Bilbo Baggins and Lois Lane to finish strong.

    That’s right, on December 6th James Franco will host with Nicki Minaj, then Martin Freeman and Charli XCX, followed by Amy Adams and One Direction on the 20th. If you asked for a bunch of British boys to syncronize dance for you for Christmas, well SNL has you covered. Read More

    Netflix postpones the release of Bill Cosby’s new stand-up special for the foreseeable future

    Bill Cosby 77Yikes!

    With Bill Cosby currently not winning in the court of public opinion stemming from the resurgence of sexual assault allegations, Netflix has decided to postpone the planned release of Cosby’s new stand-up special, Bill Cosby 77 for the foreseeable future. In a statement released today the company revealed, “At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special ‘Bill Cosby 77′.” The special was scheduled to premiere next week, on Black Friday. No further details are currently known when/if the special will premiere at a later date, or if it will be shelved completely.

    This announcement comes on the same day as two more women have broken their silence – including former model Janice Dickinson – and publicly told their stories about the comedian allegedly sexually assaulting them. This undoubtedly puts pressure on companies currently associated with Cosby. Netflix making this decision places added pressure on NBC in particular, who the comedian is working on a new family sitcom that’s set to launch summer/fall of 2015.

    Update: NBC has scraped the pilot development with Cosby.

    This week on TV: great comedian, bad sitcom

    Millers MulaneySome moves were made this week. Another sitcom bit the dust this week as CBS announced that the Will Arnett / JB Smoove comedy The Millers would cease production. Ending the show in its second season. Arnett and Smoove are comedy titans that work well when given the right roles. But even at its best, The Millers was passable as a sitcom. Other sitcoms in trouble include John Mulaney’s FOX sitcom Mulaney, which swapped time slots with Bob’s Burgers this past week so it would air in the before prime time slot. The show is consistently in the bottom of the ratings pile and seems to be on its way to cancellation.

    These two scenarios are troublesome because they are perfect examples of “great comedians, terrible shows,” a troublesome phenomenon that feels like talent is is being squandered. John Mulaney is arguably one of the best young comedic talents working today, he’s also surrounded by a cast that should work, so why isn’t it? Arnett and Smoove are responsible for breathing life into some of the most quotable and funny TV characters of the last decade. So why are they struggling when other, bland sitcoms are soaring? It’s a question that deserves a deeper dive than this column allows for, but unless we start to see networks and audiences nurture these shows, the short answer could just be Gotham gets the hero it deserves, but not the one it needs. Read More