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  • Sarah Silverman is adapting her memoir “The Bedwetter” into a Broadway musical

    Sarah Silverman is setting her sights on Broadway. According to Broadway World, the comedian is adapting her 2010 memoir The Bedwetter into a Broadway play. She reveled this project during her interview on today’s Howard Stern Show.

    The memoir details Silverman’s family and upbringing, and of course, how she wet the bed until age 16. The Bedwetter also talks about Silverman’s step into comedy, her influences, and the support she received from her family. The book also features an afterword from God himself, writing about Silverman in the year 2063, on the occasion of her death, with the epitaph “She loved dogs, New York, television, children, friendship, sex, laughing, heartbreaking songs, marijuana, farts, and cuddling.”

    The project will feature music from Cry Baby‘s Adam Schlesinger. Silverman, however, said she will not act in the musical.

    Charlie Sheen is open to the idea of returning to “Two And A Half Men”

    Charlie SheenThis season will mark the end of the long-running sitcom Two And A Half Men. Marking the end of the show’s reign of terror on the American landscape. To help usher in the new era of peace, former star and famous flameout, Charlie Sheen stated that he’s potentially returning to the show for a cameo on the final episode.

    Sheen revealed to TV Guide that he’s interested in the show as the finale nears. “On the record, I would love to [return],” Sheen stated. Adding, “I’ve reached out to them and they’ve reached back.” He then followed up with “We’re trying to figure out what makes the most sense. If they figure it out like I’ve presented it to them and they want to include me in some final send-off, I’m available and I’m showing up early. If not, it’s on them.” Read More

    NBC buys two comedy projects from John Krasinski

    Jim Halpert is coming back to NBC… sort of. Former Office star, John Krasinski has reportedly sold two comedy projects to NBC. According to Deadline, Krasinski will produce two comedies under his Sunday Night production company.

    The first project is a single-camera sitcom written by Shawn Wines and produced by Aaron Kaplan. The show, “centers on a disgraced law student who, out of options, is forced to turn to the exotic and lucrative world of NYC garbage collection.”

    The second project is a single-camera family/workplace show from the minds of 30 Rock‘s Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan. The show, “centers on a middle-aged ad executive who unexpectedly who loses his job and cobbles together a ragtag team to launch his own grassroots agency from his garage.”

    While Krasinski will not be acting in either, the man-power behind these make these projects something to watch out for.

    Season 40 will be Kenan Thompson’s last at “Saturday Night Live”

    Update: 3:07pm A spokesperson for Saturday Night Live is refuting the claim, stating they’re inaccurate “as the season hasn’t even started and cast decisions aren’t made until the end of the season.”

    SNL has been going through a period of high turnover, and the news just keeps rolling in on more. Reported by TMZ, long-time cast member Kenan Thompson will be leaving the show after season 40. It was reported that Thompson was planning on leaving after the last season, but was asked to stay on by Lorne Michaels due to the recent turnover in the cast. Thompson is currently the show’s most seasoned performer, having been with the show since 2003. Thompson is best known for his characters like DeAndre Cole, Jean K. Jean, Lorenzo McIntosh, and his impressions of Al Sharpton, Jimmy McMillan, and Bill Cosby (to name a few). Read More

    This week in comedy: SNL makes a lot of news

    As though there weren’t enough Saturday Night Live developments announced last week, this week held even more in store for the legendary show. We also announced an event of our own happening in a couple of months.

    – The SNL announcements kept rolling in, first with the news that comedian Pete Davidson will be the show’s newest featured player. Soon after, we learned that SNL alum Bill Hader will return to host the October 11th broadcast, with Hozier as musical guest. Even more satisfying news arrived shortly after, when it was revealed that Darrell Hammond will replace the late Don Pardo as the show’s announcer; Pardo had been a part of SNL since its beginning. Aside from casting and hosting news, an unaired sketch from the show appeared on Conan, in which Nasim Pedrad fulfilled her dream of portraying Aziz Ansari. Read More

    Aubrey Plaza will voice Grumpy Cat in new Lifetime movie

    The internet’s favorite cat is getting her own movie and voice.  In one of the greatest casting decisions ever made, Aubrey Plaza, aka the spirit of April Ludgate (Parks and Recreation‘s favorite grumpy assistant), will lend her voice to famous feline.

    According to Variety, Plaza and Grumpy Cat, who’s real name is Tardar Sauce (hence the attitude), will star in a new holiday movie for Lifetime. Entitled Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, Read More

    W. Kamau Bell announces “Oh, Everything” comedy tour

    W.Kamau Bell is hitting the road this fall. The comedian recently announces his “Oh, Everything” tour that will run from November up through January 2015.

    The name, “Oh, Everything” comes from Bell’s time spent on his short-lived (and unjustly canceled) talk show, Totally Biased. In the writer’s room, whenever Bell or a writer got a big laugh out of a dark and difficult subject, someone would sit back and say, “Oh, George Zimmerman!” of “Oh, Donald Trump.” Hence, the name.

    According the the socio-political comedian’s website, the tour promises to be an attack on everything. Read More

    Chris Rock’s movie “Top Five” will hit theaters this December

    Chris RockChris Rock’s new movie Top Five just got a theater premiere date not too long after it made a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival where it earned rave reviews. The film was picked up by Paramount who just set a limited release on the film for December 5th with it going nationwide a week later on the 12th.

    Rock stars in the film and is about a a comedian attempting to reinvent himself as a serious actor at the same time his reality-TV star fiancee talks him into broadcasting their wedding on television. Rock has a bit of experience with this situation as he and some of his comedian friends had their own ordeals with the transition into dramatic roles. Read More

    “Saturday Night Live” taps Darrell Hammond to succeed Don Pardo as announcer

    Darrell HammondSNL alum, and man of many voices has been tapped to succeed the late, legendary Don Pardo as the show’s official announcer. Pardo had been with the show since it began on the air, he passed away this summer at the age of 96.

    Hammond has acted as a substitute for Pardo when he was ill in the years past “He was a lovely person. When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him. It’s been a very improbable life; I didn’t expect something like this, but it feels real good.” stated Hammond.

    The show’s executive producer Lorne Michaels does not wish to have Hammond mimick Pardo’s voice stating, “I just knew it wouldn’t be anybody who sounded like Don or replicated him,” adding “It can’t be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition. Read More

    Comedy festival and suicide prevention, Maui Comedy Festival partners with The American Federation for Suicide Prevention

    Maui Comedy Festival - AFSPSuicide is a serious condition that many struggle with. Things once again hit the comedy community all too close the recent death of Robin Williams. It’s in his honor that the Maui Comedy Festival has announced a partnership with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In addition to donating a portion of all event proceeds to the AFSP, the Festival hopes to provide a new platform for continuing the dialog surrounding suicide and depression.

    The producers of the Maui Comedy Festival recognize that mental illness and suicide disproportionately affect the comedy community and has been responsible for taking some of the greatest comedic souls far too early. Read More