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  • Listen to Steve Rannazzisi’s first public comments after false 9/11 story, “I know what I did was terrible, I know that I hurt a lot of people.”

    Here we can listen to Steve Rannazzisi’s first public comments since the news broke about his false 9/11 story. He chose to go on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM this morning to discuss his situation. “I don’t know what to do now to fix it.” Read More

    Marc Maron to interview Lorne Michaels for his WTF Podcast

    Lorne MichaelsAn interview with Saturday Night Live head honcho, Lorne Michaels isn’t an easy get. Michaels does them, but not frequently. In fact, Marc Maron is following up his historic interview with President Barack Obama with an interview with Michaels. This weekend at the New Yorker Festival Maron revealed that he has an interview with Michaels scheduled for today.

    Maron was asked by the magazine’s Kelefa Sanneh who would be tougher to book on the podcast, the President or Lorne Michaels. Maron responded, “Turns out the president is easier to book than Lorne Michaels.” But Maron later added that he was in fact going to talk to Michaels and that it was set to happen today on Monday.

    Maron has famously told his story about being considered a replacement for Norm Macdonald on SNL’s Weekend Update in the 90s and we’re sure this will be something the two discuss on the interview. Maron added about the situation. “I’m set up for something to be horrible. I don’t have the right attitude for this interview.” Adding, “I have like some daddy sh*t to work out… The best and worst thing Lorne Michaels can do is when the topic comes up is say, “I have no recollection.” Maron added, “That would be so amazing. I would cry.”

    ABC and Marvel are heading into the comedy space with “Damage Control”

    MarvelABC is continuing their ties with Marvel, this time for a comedy series, Damage Control. According to Variety, the script for a half-hour sitcom has been bought and will focus on the overworked, underpaid clean-up crew of the Marvel Universe. Genius. We’ve always wondered who puts “the city” back together after our favorite superheros turn it into nothing but a huge pile of rubble. Buildings need rebuilt, weapons get lost and need returned, and the common folk and their daily lives are obviously affected when their hotel they’ve booked a room at on their vacation no longer exists. The people that handle these types of problems will be a part of and are known as Damage Control. As far as comedies and the superhero space, we reported back in August about another concept that will be extending the DC Comic scope entitled Powerless. It’s soon to be all superheros all the time, and why not. Both the DC and Marvel universes have been beyond successful breaking box office records and climbing up the television ratings.

    “Mike Tyson Mysteries” season two is a go on Adult Swim this November

    TysonMike Tyson Mysteries is back. The show stars Mike Tyson, Norm Macdonald (Saturday Night Live), Rachel Ramras (MAD) and Oscar winner Jim Rash (The Way Way Back, Community). In season two of Mike Tyson Mysteries, Tyson remains hell-bent on becoming the “goodest man on the planet” one mystery at a time. The season two mysteries are even more hilariously banal than season one, as the team tackles tough cases like, What really goes on inside a house when it’s being tented for termites? Who gave the team a bad review online? And Can Mike find a sleeveless/shorts version of tracksuit for the summer? Mike Tyson Mysteries season 2 premieres November 1st at 12:15am on Adult Swim.

    Paul F. Tompkins’ special “Crying and Driving” will debut October 10 on Comedy Central

    Paul FKnown most notably for his work on Mr. Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Best Week Ever, alternative comedian Paul F. Tompkins takes to the stage once again with an all new special. Paul F. Tompkins: Crying and Driving will premiere on Comedy Central on Saturday October 10 at 11p. The vaudevillian dressed Tompkins taped this special at The Palace Theatre in Los Angeles. Filtered through his typical sharp, absurdist perspective, Crying and Driving will cover everything from the time Tompkins experienced scream weeping to a few stand-out moments from his marriage, such as his memorable trip to The Magic Castle. He will also touch on how the mindless process of washing dishes can be frightening, and the difficulty involved in shooting a driving scene when he’s never obtained a driver’s license. If you’re a fan of Tompkins, look out for preview clips from Comedy Central, which will be released on the days leading up to the premiere. Fans can also join the social media buzz by tweeting about the special with the hashtag #CryDrivePFT. Paul F. Tompkins: Crying and Driving will be available on October 11 on the Comedy Central App to fans that sign in via their cable or satellite provider.

    Netflix will be the home for Rob Schneider and his new show “Real Rob”

    Real RobRob Schneider has a brand new home. Netflix is set to release an eight-episode scripted series entitled Real Rob. Schneider will be involved in all facets including starring, producing, and directing. The series will include Schneider’s stand-up performances alongside scripted comedy and according to the Hollywood Reporter, is “an exaggerated yet brutally honest depiction of Schneider’s real life.” Mark your calendars for December 1 for the series launch. According to a release from Netflix, the show follows Schneider as he manages “the ups and downs of a Hollywood career,” his family life, “ever-present stalker” Max Amini and his “completely incompetent assistant” Jamie Lissow. Some notable guest spots include George Lopez and Norm Macdonald. Schneider also has three other projects currently in production including The Ridiculous 6, also for Netlfix, Norm of the North, and Life Outside.

    Bridesmaids’ writer Annie Mumolo is headed to ABC with new show “Wheeler Dealer”

    Annie MumoloIn Hollywood there are thousands of pilots floating around. Many never even come close to getting made, so recognition from a studio is a great feat. Annie Mumolo and Damon Jones are no strangers this acknowledgement, but they must be excited for their half-hour comedy pitch Wheeler Dealer, which was recently bought by ABC. For those unfamiliar with the names, Mumolo is known most notably as the co-writer of Bridesmaids and Jones is the noted co-creator of the short lived sit-com Benched. According to Deadline, the show is inspired by Jones’ sister, a suburban housewife and mother who inherits her deceased husband’s struggling car dealership in rural West Texas. She then moves her family out of their gated community to run the business, something she knows nothing about.

    Horatio Sanz and Fred Armisen set to groom Latino online comedy destination Más Mejor

    Sanz ArmisenLorne Michael’s Broadway Video, which brings us Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon will be launching a new destination for the Latino market. Más Mejor, which will be curated by SNL alums Horatio Sanz and Fred Armisen, will feature talent from Broadway Video’s already existing comedy platform Above Average. Some already tagged to participate are sketch comedy troupe Room 28 and stand-up comedian Gina Brillon (Late Night with Seth Meyers). As digital content becomes ever more valuable and YouTube channels lead the way for the younger audience, traditional channels are taking a back seat while outlets such as Above Average steer the movement. Programming will include weekly short-form comedy series, topic videos and editorial content presented in a mix of Spanish and English. Peter Blacker, executive vp digital media and emerging business at NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has said, “We constantly look for new ways to connect with Hispanic audiences. Partnering with Broadway Video on this launch represents our first move into multi-platform comedy and should be very well received by audiences and advertisers alike.”

    The Grammy Museum presents “George Carlin: A Place For My Stuff”

    George CarlinThe Grammy Museum will commemorate Grammy-winning comedian George Carlin with a new display on the Museum’s third floor. The exhibit will mark the third display in the Museum’s comedy series, following previous tributes to Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers. “Ever since I became the keeper of my dad’s stuff in 2008, I have enjoyed sharing little bits of it with friends and comedians,” said Kelly Carlin, the comedian’s daughter. “But to know that his fans will now get to see some of it, makes my heart swell with joy. I am thrilled that the Grammy Museum is creating a place for his stuff.” “George Carlin helped redefine the art form of stand-up comedy. He used his talent to not only entertain, but to question conventional wisdom and social injustices,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the Grammy Museum. “With this latest display in our comedy series, we continue to spotlight some of the greatest comedy acts, many of whom have been recognized by the GRAMMY Awards.” Artifacts on display in George Carlin: A Place For My Stuff will include: Read More

    “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” premiere episode will be simulcast across all Viacom channels

    Trevor NoahThis morning a press junket was held at the newly re-designed Daily Show studios. There new host Trevor Noah would field questions from the press about the new show’s look and feel. But Noah wasn’t the only person who had exciting news to share.

    Before introducing the new host, Comedy Central president Michelle Ganeless revealed that Monday’s premiere episode of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will be simulcast across all Viacom channels. So not only will Noah been seen on Comedy Central, networks like Spike, MTV, and TV Land will also run the host’s premiere. Giving literally no excuse for anyone to miss the premiere. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah premieres on Monday, September 28th at 11pm ET.