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  • Citi Comedy Series to launch with Larry David on September 28th


    Larry DavidCreated in partnership with Caroline’s on Broadway, Citi will launch a series of comedy events exclusively for cardmembers. To kick off the series, David Steinberg will sit down for a rare interview with Curb You Enthusiasm star Larry David, as reported by Billboard.

    David recently wrapped up his eighth season of Curb, with the blurry possibility of coming back for a ninth season. Since then he has appeared on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and wrote and starred in HBO’s Clear History.

    “Larry David and David Steinberg have helped shape a generation of comedy through their timeless work,” Jennifer Breithaupt, senior VP of entertainment marketing for Citi, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to kick off this unique comedy series with two of the greats and look forward to bringing Citi cardmembers more laughs in the future.”

    The event will take place on September 28th at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now.

    Gary Gulman has officially performed on every late night show; announces tour and new special


    Gary GulmanIn an exclusive interview with The Village Voice, comedian Gary Gulman reveals a late night milestone: having performed on every current late-night talk show. With Gulman’s appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers in the spring, he has hit all seven late night shows: The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Conan, Last Call with Carson Daly, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. What a way to celebrate your 20th anniversary in comedy.

    In addition to this comedy milestone, Gulman announced an 11 city fall tour that will end in his new special, It’s About Time. This will be Gulman’s third hour special and fans can expect it sometime in the near future. Read More

    Comedy Central renews “Nathan For You” and “Drunk History”


    Two of Comedy Central’s newest gems have been renewed for third seasons. Drunk History and Nathan For You were runaway hits last year, and after only being a month into their respective second seasons, CC is locking them down for more.

    It’s really not a surprise to see CC make either of these moves. Nathan For You’s second season was widely anticipated, thanks in part to the “Dumb Starbucks” prank (which will be addressed in tonight’s episode). Star Nathan Fielder was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” this year and was named “Breakout Comedy Star of the Year” at Just For Laughs.

    Nathan For You’s Tuesday night partner, Drunk History, keeps making waves with it’s line-up of a-list guest stars. According to THR, Derek Waters and crew will return with Fielder in 2015.

    Chris Gethard and more will headline The Fest 13


    Independent underground music festival, The Fest, hits Gainesville, FL this fall for its thirteenth year. For the past four years, The Fest has included a comedy element and announced its 2014 line-up last week. This year, NY comedian and host of The Chris Gethard Show, Chris Gethard will headline.

    Gethard has had quite the year. He had a Comedy Central Half Hour special, played a recurring role on Broad City, and released an album, My Comedy Album, via Don Giovanni Records. LA comedy group Power Violence, and Denver’s The Grawlix are just a few of the over twenty comics from LA, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Omaha, and all over the US set to converge in Florida this year. The Fest 13 will take place October 31st – November 2nd. Check out the full line-up below. Read More

    See 5 minutes of “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” crossover episode (video)


    Comic-Con is always a great time for “the biz” because so much new stuff is always being announced. This week, in addition to the Holographic Homer Simpson we were also treated to 5 minutes of the crossover Family Guy and The Simpsons episode that was screened at the Family Guy panel at Comic-Con. This episode, “The Simpsons Guy” will air on FOX on September 28th and serve as the season premiere of Family Guy. Basically the Griffin family ends up in Springfield and a fast friendship between the families happens. There’s even cameos from Bob from Bob’s Burgers, Cleveland from The Cleveland Show, and an epic Peter Griffin fight where Homer takes on the role of the giant chicken. Why aren’t you watching it already?

    Adult Swim debuted the “Mike Tyson Mysteries” trailer at Comic-Con (video)


    This weekend at Comic-Con, [adult swim] revealed the trailer for its upcoming late night cartoon, Mike Tyson Mysteries, and it’s a nostalgia blast galore! The show takes on a Scooby-Doo vibe in animation style, the presence of a mystery machine-like van, and gang getting into antics. The big difference is, of course, the presence of Mike Tyson and pigeons solving crime. Wait what? Also, you’ll recognize the voices of Jim Rash and Norm MacDonald in this clip.

    Patton Oswalt releases a book about his love of classic films


    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.

    FX renews “Louie” for a seven episode fifth season


    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.