Maybe it was timing or maybe it was just time. For as long as we can remember, let’s call it 1989, there have been talks, discussions, scripts, rewrites, new scripts, more discussions and even more rumors about a third installment of the Ghostbusters franchise. And in all of those talks and discussions there was one constant, no Bill Murray. In fact, every time he was asked about it, he seemed to get less and less interested and more frustrated than anything. So why the cameo in Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot? What changed? Here’s what Murray had to say himself in an interview with Vulture. “You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there. They have such a jolly group, and they are going to have great success with this project. I didn’t want to overshadow [them] or anything, and I feel really good about it.. I like those girls a lot. I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.” Maybe it’s the ties to Saturday Night Live? Maybe Melissa McCarthy was able to convince him. They did star together in the off-beat dramedy St. Vincent last year. Or maybe it was simply just time. Read More
Well, it’s finally happening. Back in 2014 we reported that comedian Mike Epps would be playing Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic about the comedic legend. A couple months later in October of 2014, Epps went on Jimmy Kimmel Live and discussed the project. Now, it’s been confirmed that comedian and actor Eddie Murphy has joined the cast. Originally, he was set to play Pryor in an earlier biopic that was in development. Now he’s attached as the role of Pryor’s father. As for other family members, Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmmother and Kate Hudson will play Jennifer Lee Pryor. Empire‘s infamous character “Cookie”, Taraji P. Henson, (Empire) is also set to star but her role is still unannounced. Production starts in March of 2016 and will be directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler, Empire, The Paperboy). The greelight is on and things are moving forward.
The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Saturday Night Live will be having a new featured player for it’s upcoming 41st season. Stand-up comedian and impressionist Jon Rudnitsky will be joining the cast. The 25 year old New Jersey born comic was recently a participant in the latest batch up New Faces at this past year’s Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Rudnitsky’s credits and work thus far have certainly primed him for his upcoming life changing role on the sketch comedy series. From The Jewish Hunger Games: Kvetching Fire parody to his incredible Matthew McConaughey impression that’s garnered well over a million hits on YouTube. Let’s take a look at some of his work he both wrote and starred in. To set things up, Matthew McConaughey is interrogated by The Academy about the 2014 Oscars and his past of less-notable films. Welcome to the SNL family Jon, we’re looking forward to your work. Read More
Historical reenactments by A-list talent are presented by inebriated storytellers. That’s the description of Comedy Central’s Drunk History. The show returns for season three this week and will feature locations like Miami, Las Vegas, and New Orleans. In addition to creator Derek Waters, celebrity guest stars including Michael Cera, Jake Johnson, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, and Jim Carrey are among the laundry list who’ve appeared on the show. Additional characters are played by regulars Bennie Arthur, Tim Baltz, Mort Burke, and Sarah Burns. Let’s take a look a Drunk History‘s Comic-Con panel out in San Diego this past year to put us in the mood. It was hosted by comedian Paul F. Tompkins and be sure to check out the season premiere this Tuesday. We also have all of your favorite comedic appearances on all of your favorite talking head shows so you can plan your week accordingly. Read More
A focus group talks about what they liked and hated about Natasha Leggero’s special Live at Bimbo’s as she watches in another room, then confronts them. Read More
From his earliest days taking improv classes at The Second City in Chicago to his correspondence work on The Daily Show to now taking over for Letterman on The Late Show, it’s been quite the ride for D.C. born Charleston, SC raised Stephen Colbert. He is the youngest of 11 kids so you could see why he might have the perfect pedigree for attention. Colbert attended Northwestern University as a theater major to study performance. He began performing improvisation while in college, both in the campus improv team No Fun Mud Piranhas and at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago as a part of Del Close’s ImprovOlympic at a time when the project was focused on competitive, long-form improvisation, rather than improvisational comedy. He was employed at Second City’s box office answering phones and selling souvenirs which allowed him to take free classes at the theater. Shortly thereafter, he was hired to perform with Second City’s touring company, initially as an understudy for Steve Carell. It was there he met Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello and Strangers with Candy was born, a show that aired on Comedy Central for 3 seasons. By this time he had already become a corespondent on The Daily Show, at that time hosted by Craig Kilborn. In 2005 he started to host The Colbert Report, a spin-off of The Daily Show, ultimately making him a household name. On April 10 2014, CBS announced that Colbert will succeed David Letterman as the host of The Late Show, ending The Colbert Report which wrapped up on December 18 of 2014. And now we find ourselves here alongside Colbert about to embark on his biggest career adventure yet, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His first week‘s guest list has been announced and now it’s just a matter of time. A new era for Colbert, a new era for late night, and a new era for The Late Show. And we couldn’t be happier to continue our ride as we see him eventually become legend in the comedy landscape. Here’s to Colbert. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert kicks off on Tuesday September 8 on CBS with guest George Clooney.
Check out the official trailer for Bloodsucking Bastards, the comedy horror film directed by Brian James O’Connell (Underground Comedy), written by Ryan Mitts and Dr. God, O’Connell’s comedy group. The film stars Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods), Pedro Pascal, Emma Fitzpatrick, and Joey Kern. The film is scheduled to be released on September 4 in a limited release and will hit VOD. Evan (Fran Kranz), his girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his best friend Tim (Joey Kern) all work for the same company. Things go from depressing to deadly when it becomes apparent that the company’s management are more than figuratively “soulless;” they are vampires. Here’s the trailer: Read More
Despite any controversy over any jokes that have occurred in season one of Hulu’s original series Difficult People, it’s been renewed for a second season. And rightfully so as it’s fantastic with sharp jokes and great acting. “We have been big fans of Difficult People from day one and are so happy to have Julie and Billy be part of the Hulu family.” said Craig Erwich, SVP, Head of Content at Hulu. “I cannot wait to see what a whole new season will bring and am pleased to bring more of their hilarious brand of comedy to fans.” Season two is set for 10 episodes.
E! is continuing its Friday night original programming streak by introducing a new show starring comedians Julian McCullough and Annie Lederman. Beginning September 18th at 10:30pm, the duo’s new show, We Have Issues will premiere. The same timeslot that’s been home to Grace Helbig and Michael Kosta for the network.
What is the show you ask? Well according to E! McCullough and Lederman will “battle it out” and have a, “competitive comedy debate about the week’s biggest pop culture news.” E! has put both of them on the air before with Lederman filming a pilot for the network in 2014 and McCullough being the sidekick for the short lived Whitney Cummings talk show, Love You, Mean It.
American Dad, the once hit show on Fox, had moved over to TBS late last year. And it looks like they want to keep it around. TBS has renewed the show for at least two more season which will keep in on the through 2018. Adult Swim will present an encore of each new episode after its premiere on TBS. There will be 22 episodes in each of the added season to go along with the 22 for the upcoming season. This puts American Dad in the books for a total of 13 seasons so far. Hard to believe as it feels like just yesterday Family Guy had hit the scene, gone away, been reborn on DVD, brought back to television and become one of the biggest animated hits of all time. Now American Dad will join that group. A 13 season run for any show is big time. American Dad has two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Animated Program, two Annie Award nominations and seven Teen Choice Award nominations. Not bad. Here’s to two more.