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  • Broken Lizard and Russell Simmons are teaming up to develop an HBO comedy series


    The Broken Lizard comedy troupe consisting of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske are joining forces with Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons. The Broken Lizard Show apparently is in development which will star the troupe and reportedly will take an innovative and comedic look at race when, hundreds of years in the future, a space ship exploring the galaxy discovers the last white man in the universe. The Broken Lizard just recently scored $4.4 million in crowd sourced funds for a sequel to the cult hit Super Troopers. Jay Chandrasekhar is set to direct with the whole gang writing.

    The National Comedy Center groundbreaking ceremony takes place this weekend in Jamestown, NY

    National Comedy Center

    The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY is a new $40 million national attraction that will celebrate comedy,the craft, and its greatest contributors. The groundbreaking on this monumental facility begins this weekend but the celebration has already begun. Regis Philbin hosted a panel of the longest-serving producers, writers and crew from David Letterman’s Late Show and Late Night including Barbara Gaines (Executive Producer/Associate Producer Late Show/Late Night), Jerry Foley (Director/Supervising Producer/Technical Director Late Show/Late Night), Steve O’Donnell (Head Writer/Writer Late Night/Late Show), Steve Young (Head Monologue Writer/Writer Late Show/Late Night), and Biff Henderson (Stage Manager Late Show/Late Night).  Gaines and Foley were each nominated in the 2015 Emmy Awards announcement last week. The critically-acclaimed kids comedy troupe Story Pirates, and comedians Joe Machi, Andy Hendrickson, Michelle Wolf, Michael Palascak, Jon Rineman, and Paul Morrissey will also be performing during the weekend. Read More

    Amy Schumer’s HBO special gets an October release date


    The announcement was previously made, but we didn’t have an official date yet. Now we do. Amy Schumer’s HBO special is coming to HBO on October 17. This will be her first for HBO. Chris Rock was tapped to direct the special back in May at New York City’s famed Apollo Theater. “Amy is one of the most inspired comics working today, and we hope her first HBO special marks the start of a long and beautiful relationship,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said when announcing the special earlier this year. “This event is even more special because our good friend, the incredibly talented Chris Rock, is directing.” You can currently see Schumer in her feature film debut, Trainwreck, in theaters now. As for Inside Amy Schumer, her smash hit on Comedy Central, she’ll be back for a fourth season. 2015 is officially the year of Schumer.

    Jon Stewart drops in The Comedy Cellar for a surprise stand-up set

    Stewart Cellar

    The final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart countdown began awhile ago, and yes, it’s right around the corner. And ever since that announcement we’ve all been trying to figure out Stewart’s next move. As of last night, there seems to be a new contender entering the ring of possibilities when he showed up at New York’s quintessential comedian hang, The Comedy Cellar, for a 10 minute surprise set. His first stand-up in about a decade.

    Stewart went up right after Louis C.K who also showed up unannounced. This is the type of dream lineup you imagine and discuss with your comedy friends. Well, Sean McCarthy of The Comic’s Comic was on hand and recounted the event: Read More

    Comedian Andy Ritchie has a brain tumor, comedian friends set up GoFundMe page to help with medical bills

    Andy RitchieF*ck Cancer!

    Comedian Andy Ritchie was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. Something that’s kinda terrifying for anyone. When comedians fall ill it could be even more stressful as comedians don’t always have access to good healthcare or proper treatment due to the nature of the job.

    It’s also because of this the comedy community often rallies around its own and helps raise money to assist with the costs and that’s exactly what’s happening in Ritchie’s case. His comedian friends Brendon Walsh, Colton Dunn, and Nick Swardson spun up a GofundMe Page to raise money for Ritchie’s bills during this difficult time. Walsh said about Ritchie, “He’s a really funny comic who is liked by everybody.”

    The campaign is aiming to raise $100K and at the time of this posting has raised $23,272 from 204 backers. So, if you have the ability to give money, please do. Also tell a friend. Every little bit counts. Read More

    CollegeHumor to launch in Australia with content created locally

    College Humor Australia

    Turner International has announced a partnership with United States-based Electus Digital to launch comedy website CollegeHumor in Australia. Already an iconic and popular brand among Australians, CollegeHumor Australia will offer localized editorial content developed from an Australian perspective, in addition to existing CollegeHumor content created by the US-based editorial team. The launch of CollegeHumor Australia marks the first time CollegeHumor content will be created locally for a market outside of the United States. Giles Hardie has been appointed Managing Editor of the new site, bringing with him two decades of involvement in the Australian comedy scene including experience in comedy writing, performance and video production. He will work closely with CollegeHumor’s US-based editorial staff to maintain a consistent voice across the CollegeHumor brand. With the most-visited comedy network online and the most-viewed YouTube comedy channel worldwide, the new site,, now provides a dedicated, curated portal for this large fan-base specific to Australia.

    Tig Notaro to star in new Amazon comedy from Louis C.K.

    Tig Notaro

    Everything is turning up Tig. And that’s not an understatement. Netflix recently released the documentary, Tig, which tells the incredible story of her search and discovery of humor and love amid devastating news. Showtime released its own doc with her entitled Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro. It follows the deadpan comedian across the country as she puts on a series of stand-up performances in the homes, backyards, barns and basements of her most loyal fans, with each intimate show offering the potential for epiphany or disaster. HBO is about to release her new stand-up special, Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted, premiering August 22. And now Amazon is getting in on the Tig game. The stand-up comedian will star in and co-write a semi-autobiographical comedy, which has scored a pilot order at the streaming service, alongside Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno). Notaro and Cody will executive produce the series alongside Louis C.K. The comedy initially was set up as a script deal at FX but recently moved to Amazon.

    truTV announces its fall lineup including “Billy on the Street” and “Impractical Jokers LIVE”


    truTV has unveiled its fall 2015 lineup, which will kick off August 31 with a week-long celebration of the fan favorite Impractical Jokers. A new special each night will lead up to the Impractical Jokers Live Punishment Special celebrating the 100th, including a first-ever, quadruple punishment played out LIVE in the heart of New York City on September 3. Howie Mandel is set to host the live punishment, which includes a heart-stopping dare that’s above and beyond anything the guys have ever done before and promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Read More

    BoJack Horseman has been renewed for a third season

    BoJack Horseman - Season 3

    It’s official, the Netflix animated cult favorite BoJack Horseman has been renewed for a third season. 12 episodes will premiere next year. Season 2 just launched on July 17 to much more positive reviews than the first. So this is fantastic news for those who have already binge watched the latest installment. If you haven’t been watching, now is a good time to get on board. The series stars Will Arnett as the eponymous character, BoJack Horseman. The supporting cast includes Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, and Aaron Paul. The series’ first season premiered on August 22 of 2014 with a surprise Christmas special premiering on December 19. The show is designed by the cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt, who had previously worked with Bob-Waksberg on the web comic Tip Me Over, Pour Me Out.

    Netflix sets date for Aziz Ansari’s new show “Master of None”

    Aziz Ansari

    Some light has just been shed on the new Aziz Ansari Netflix project Master of None. A play on the phrase “jack of all trades, master of none”, the show will center on Dev, played by Ansari, a directionless 30-year-old actor in New York who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat, much less the pathway for the rest of his life. Netflix describes the show as “ambitious, funny, cinematic, and both sweeping in scope and intensely personal, Dev’s story takes him through subjects as diverse as the plight of the elderly, the immigrant experience, and how to find the most delicious pasta for dinner.” The show will launch November 6. The series will also star H. Jon Benjamin (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) and Eric Wareheim (With Bob and David, Tim And Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie).