It looks like NBC is taking its turn in the game as they plan to launch a comedy subscription-video service later in 2015. But as of now the service is still in development. NBC’s comedy subscription VOD offering could be stocked with content including full episodes of such shows as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the plans. However, no decisions about what programming will be part of the package have been made. NBCU is working with the price range of $2.50 to $3.50 per month for the service. In addition to episodes of full-length TV shows, the service also could include original series. The digital comedy originals could potentially feature stars from NBCU’s television shows, but again, that’s just an idea at the moment. The NBC comedy service would join other OTT ventures from traditional TV nets. The goal is to reach consumers cutting the cord on cable and satellite services, or who are never signing up for pay TV in the first place.
March 17th is officially the day we’ve all been waiting for as it marks the return of Community into our lives. While the 6 season has fulfilled many fan dreams for #sixseasonandamovie to be realized, they didn’t come out on the other side unscathed. They are down a Troy and Shirley, and a network as well. For the show is streaming this season on Yahoo! for the first time. But we’re going off track here, the most important fact here is that Community is back! And the trailer is in the style of the Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Now that Parks and Recreation is a thing of the past, comedian Aziz Ansari is shifting his focus onto his new and upcoming projects. His second Netflix stand-up comedy special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden premieres this Friday. And his upcoming book, Modern Romance due out June 16th, is an academic study of modern romance peppered with his brand of humor.
While most every other comedian including Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is writing a memoir, Ansari decided he’d team up with a sociologist to conduct studies on love in the age of technology for his first title. Ansari did a lot of research for Modern Romance last summer, going as far as inviting certain ages/demos out to shows specifically to see how they responded to certain jokes about relationships. Anzari recently revealed his book cover which you can pre-order now. Read More
Tonight is Round 2 of Caroline’s Comedy Madness stand-up tournament in NYC. As always, a panel of industry judges will determine who advances and is eventually crowned champion and the winner will receive a cash prize and a chance to perform in the 2015 New York Comedy Festival this November. Past winners include Nate Bargatze, Dan Soder, Michael Che, Adam Newman, Mark Normand and Gary Vider.
Let’s double dip into the world of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as they recently spent some time on The Tonight Show playing a game of “truth or truth” with the show’s host. You can check out new episodes of their show, Broad City, on Comedy Central Wednesdays at 10:30. Read More
Kendra Cunningham is juggling more projects than you can fit into a tweet: two award winning web series’, a television pilot, and a killer blog. Plus, she’s producing and co-starring in a feature film and working on a screenplay. I haven’t even mentioned her ever-growing list of stand-up credits that helped land her a prestigious invite to the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. We met up with this Boston transplant to talk about her ongoing to-do list and to find out if we’re ever going to meet her fabled mom. Read More
Cristela Alonzo on Conan, “This chicken is 12 dollars a pound because it played the cello and liked to surf”
Cristela Alonzo has a sure-fire way to lose weight; some might call it Euro-Style.
Weeks before Glee’s series finale, Jane Lynch has locked down her next television role. Lynch will star in CBS’s pilot “Angel From Hell. The half-hour comedy centers around an unlikely friendship formed when a woman, Amy (Lynch), claims to be another woman’s, Allison (yet to be cast), guardian angel. Lynch’s character is described as larger-than-life, brassy and flamboyant, and when she claims to be a guardian angel, Allison can’t decide if she’s actually an angel or if she’s just plain nuts. Tad Quill (Scrubs, Samantha Who?) penned the pilot and will exec produce. Don Scardino (30 Rock, 2 Broke Girls) will serve as director. CBS Television Studios will produce. Lynch wraps up Glee on March 20 with its two-hour finale event.
The Seth Rollins vs. Jon Stewart pseudo beef just escalated.
If you weren’t paying attention, lets catch you up. A few weeks ago, pro wrestler Seth Rollins threw shade at The Daily Show host. Read More
Netflix sets premiere date for “Wet Hot American Summer,” new stand-up specials from Chris D’Elia and Jen Kirkman
Today Netflix announced a bunch of new premiere dates, perhaps one of the most exciting being the return of We Hot American Summer. That’s right, mark the calendars for July 17th as the date the eight-episode run begins on the streaming video channel. Feel the fire!
Additionally, the ‘Flix announced the premiere dates for two new stand-up specials – Chris D’Elia’s Incorrigible on April 17th and Jen Kirkman’ I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) on May 22nd. And while we’re on the topic, Orange Is The New Black makes a season 3 return on June 12th.