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  • DirecTV orders ‘Downton Abbey’ parody series ‘The Britishes’

    DirecTV snags an original TV series with The Britishes. According to Deadline, the show is a Downton Abbey parody starring Peter Serafinowitz and Will Sasso. Made of a collection of sketches, the series follows a similar absurdist sensibility as the iconic Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

    “The Britishes revolves around the absurd, class-obsessed, extremely British residents of an Edwardian-era English estate off the fictional “coast of Knob.” With roots so deep in aristocracy that their surname is actually “British,” the family has fought through the decades—against progress, against technology and, essentially, against all common sense—in an effort to preserve a regal way of life. The Britishes are a dying breed, hysterically desperate to uphold tradition as the world around them becomes more modern.”

    The series is the first TV project under production house Big Breakfast, the production team of CollegeHumor Originals. President Sam Reich will write and direct the series which will air on DirecTV’s Audience Network on October 28th. Read More

    TBS orders ‘Lost’-esque deserted island comedy ‘Wrecked’

    TBS is more than just Friends reruns (although there’s nothing wrong with those). According to Deadline, the network recently has ordered a new comedy to join its original series library (Ground Floor, Cougar Town) with a pilot order for Wrecked. The deserted island comedy has been described as Lost meets It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

    The single-camera show follows two best friends, along with an extremely diverse group of survivors of a terrible plane crash, who must adjust to life in a dangerous new world that poses unique threats which they mostly bring upon themselves. The series was written by up-and-comers Justin and Jordan Shipley, and produces by Jess Hara. Wrecked joins other TBS comedy projects in development, including the family vacation anthology series Quality Time from The Daily Show‘s Samantha Bee and Jason Jones.

    Sam Grittner is recording his first album November 21st in NYC

    New York comedian Sam Grittner is recording his debut album this fall. Grittner will be recording his album, Poor Decisions, Expensive Mistakes, at NY’s  Treehouse Theater (formerly This Theater) on November 21st. Joining him will be comedians Emmy Blotnick, Luke Thayer, Todd Mole, and Abbi Crutchfield, who will open the show. Grittner first announced the recording on his website.

    “Last November my friend Mo Fathelbab (founder of the comedy label THE EXPERIMENT and a jovial, fantastic human being) approached me and asked me if I wanted to do a stand-up residency at a room in a bar in Brooklyn for one year. The proposal was I would perform 8-10 minutes every Tuesday for a year  and when the year was up, record my first album.”

    In addition to stand-up, Grittner is a regular contributor to Witstream.com. His writing has been featured on MSNBC, Mashable, The Huffington Post, and CNN.com He also created @TonightonGIRLS, an absurdist homage to the HBO show ‘GIRLS.”

    ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ premieres on March 9th

    The changing of the guards will soon be taking place. With Craig Ferguson stepping down as host of CBS’s The Late Late Show, much buzz was generated about who would take his place. British actor and writer James Corden was named Ferguson’s successor in August. According to THR, Corden’s reign will debut Monday, March 9th.

    The Late Late Show with James Corden will be taped at the CBS Television City lot in Los Angeles, and has named Ben Winston as showrunner.

    “We’re excited to begin CBS’s next chapter after midnight and introduce James’ wide range of performance talents and fearless creative instincts to American television viewers,” said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler. “He and Ben have been friends for a long time and partnered together on a variety of successful projects. They are a creatively dynamic and very energetic host/producer combination.”

    Winston had previously served as the executive producer of Britain’s X Factor, and has worked with Corden during his four year stint as emcee of the Brit Awards.

    Tina Fey and Fortune Feimster team up for ABC comedy pilot

    Tina Fey is once again teaming up with comedian Fortune Feimster for another comedy pilot. Earlier the pair had worked together on Fey’s pilot Cabot College, which was ultimately turned down. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the two are working together on a new semi-autobiographical comedy.

    ABC has ordered a script to be produced by Fey and 30 Rock’s Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock. Feimster will star in the multi-cam sitcom that will be set in North Carolina, where Feimster grew up, and will be loosely based on her family life and stand-up. Hubbard will write the script.

    Feimster is most likely best known for being a regular on Chelsea Lately. She recently had her own Comedy Central Half Hour, and had guest roles on Two Broke Girls, Workaholics, and Mulaney.

    Jermaine Fowler taping a new stand-up special on November 1st in D.C.

    Jermaine FowlerLast night Jermaine Fowler took to social media to announce that he would be taping his first stand-up special in a few weeks. Tickets are now on sale for the taping that hits on November 1st at he DC Improv. Fowler will be at the Improv the entire weekend but the early (8pm) and late (10:30pm) shows are the ones that will be taped for the special.

    Next week is a big one for Fowler, he’s a cast member on TruTV’s new sketch comedy show, Friends Of The People which debuts on October 28th. The sketch comedy show that rose from the ashes of the failed In Living Color reboot a few years back.

    Get your tickets now so you can tell all your friends that you were hip to Fowler long before they were.

    Jim Norton to tape his new stand-up special on January 17th in Boston

    Jim NortonJim Norton is setting up to tape his next stand-up special in Boston on January 17th. That should be enough information to go on at this moment because who doesn’t want to see Jim Norton tape a new stand-up special? Nobody that’s who!

    But I digress, if you need more information, here’s what’s up. There will be two tapings at the Somerville Theatre, one at 7pm and one at 9:30pm. A 12 hour pre-sale for the tickets begins today (Oct. 23) between the window of 10am-10pm if you use the password “chip”. Get tickets here.

    Netflix orders animated series ‘F is for Family’ from Bill Burr

    Netflix loves Bill Burr. In addition releasing a new special through Netflix, Burr has now sold an animated series to Netflix. According to TV Line, the online streaming giant has purchases six-episode order for F is for Family, an animated half hour series set in the 1970’s.

    The series follows he Murphy family in the 1970’s, “a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport.” The series was written by Burr and Simpsons writer Michael Price. Burr will also lend his voice to he patriarch of the Murphy family, joined by Laura Dern and Justin Long.

    F is for Family is the show I’ve always wanted to do,” said Burr. “It captures all the characters of my childhood the way I remember it to be. Fortunately Mike Price and everyone at Wild West seem to know the same people I knew growing up. It’s going to be a lot of fun to tell these stories.”

    Burr is having one hell of a year. In addition to this and his new special, the comedian also released a vinyl, was cast in a new pilot for FX, and was named “Stand-up Comedian the Year” at this year’s Just For Laughs festival. 2014 is the year of the Burr.

    Cool thing to buy this week: Jonathan Katz “Dr. Katz Live” on CD

    There’s a lot of stuff out there in the world vying for both your attention and your hard-earned dollars. The Laugh Button is here to help you make the right decisions when it comes to purchasing funny things. Here’s what’s cool to buy this week.

    Dr. Katz LiveJonathan Katz: Dr. Katz Live
    PURCHASE: Amazon | iTunes

    Jonathan Katz may be getting every so slightly up there in age, but he’s no less funny for it. His quasi-autobiographical animated sitcom Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, has aged nicely too; what better time, then, to bring it to life on stage? Dr. Katz Live, out now, is exactly that. Taped at a live San Francisco show, this new album boasts the appearance of both of Katz’ former Professional co-stars Sarah Silverman and H. Jon Benjamin. Better yet, younger faces feature: B.J. Novak, Eugene Mirman, and Andy Kindler all contribute.

    Dr. Katz Live feels like an appropriate follow-up to the 2007 Comedy Central special An Evening with Dr. Katz: Live from the Comedy Central Stage. Both feature Silverman and Benjamin performing live-action as their sitcom characters, but somehow the new CD feels even more fresh and hysterical. The unwound and neurotic patients of both the original series and the 2007 special can be felt vividly and hilariously throughout Dr. Katz Live, which is a welcome throwback to a show that still feels like it never left. Read More

    FX releases all 552 “Simpsons” episodes available to stream today

    FX got a huge bump in ratings and broke records with their colossal “Every Simpsons Ever’ marathon. Since then, the channel has focused on providing a four to six hour block dedicated to the beloved animated series Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Just in case that wasn’t enough, FX today released all 552 episodes available to stream online.

    What?! Yes, you can have your own Simpsons marathon whenever you like. Simpsons World will offer every episode of The Simpsons ever and can be accessed through SimpsonsWorld.com or the FXNow app starting today. Read More