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  • Adult Swim announces more live performances of ‘The Eric Andre Show’

    Eric AndreAdult Swim announced that comedian Eric Andre will be bringing the live version of his surreal late night TV series to Los Angeles on July 16th and the San Diego Comic-Con on July 20th. The live show sold out performances last summer, and the destruction and fake celebrity guests continue this year when he is joined by co-host Hannibal Buress and musical group YACHT for the two live dates.

    The Eric André Show takes the form of a low budget 80’s public access show if the show took place in a bizarre alternate reality where nothing makes sense and the unexpected becomes the ordinary. The show is so strange that ABC network executives told Andre to keep his involvement with the show quiet while he acted in their sitcom Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23.

    The dates for the live show:

    July 16th – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre (Tickets)
    July 20th – San Diego, CA – The House of Blues (Adult Swim Comic-Con After Party) (Tickets)

    In this clip from the show, Eric interviews a man who is definitely British comedian Russell Brand: Read More

    ‘Aint that America with Lil Duval’ coming to MTV2

    An all-new comedy show Aint that America with Lil Duval will be premiering on MTV2 July 9th at 11:30pm. Lil Duval has been all over MTV2 with Guy Code, When I was 17, and Hip Hop Squares. Given how often he’s on the channel, it only made sense for MTV2 to finally just give him his own show. As a reminder, July 9th is also the night that Guy Code returns to the channel. Check out a quick behind the scenes look at the show above.

    Has the E-Trade baby made his last trade?

    E-Trade BabyRemember those adorable, yet funny commercials featuring the E-Trade baby? Well, they may be coming to an end. The advertising firm that created the E-Trade ads, Grey New York, no longer deals with the company after a fallout with the company’s chief marketing officer, the New York Post reports.  A lesser known fact about the E-Trade baby is that he is (was?) voiced by comedian Pete Holmes. Holmes has voiced the baby since he was ‘birthed’ into the world six years ago. If you’re a fan of Holmes, or would like to familiarize yourself with his other work, he will have a new talk show launching later this year.

    The good news about the situation is that the advertising firm does not own the rights to the baby: E-Trade does. This means that if E-Trade does move to another firm, they still have the option to keep the baby crawling into their ads. The baby’s fate still hasn’t been commented on by E-Trade, but fans are still hoping for the company to continue the series of successful advertisements.

    NBC seeking comedians for new sketch comedy series

    NBC LogoNBC is on a search for stand-up and improv comedians for an as-yet-untitled sketch comedy franchise. THR reports that the network has tapped the former senior VP of Comedy Central’s Original Programming Tom Wallach to be the executive producer. Wallach will also preside over the search for new talent, which will draw from comedy clubs such as the Upright Citizens Brigade, Second City, and the Improv. The goal in mind is to create a vehicle that can help launch emerging talent to roles on other network original series, similar to what Saturday Night Live did by launching talent such as Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler.

    The show is still in the development stage, and is being created unconventionally by first finding the talent and forming the show around them, rather than writing a show or coming up with a premise and then casting actors. This comes as a result of NBC’s move to experiment with forms of comedy outside of the sitcom, as they have recently been struggling to keep new sitcoms on the air; sitcoms such as The New Normal, 1600 Penn, Go On, and Guys With Kids have all been cut this year after only one season.

    It’s official, Fred Armisen is done with ‘SNL’

    The writing seemed to be less on the wall and more on the stage about whether Fred Armisen would be returning to Saturday Night Live for a 12th season. The final sketch of Season 38 found Armisen onstage with many of his musical idols (J. Mascis, Kim Gordon, Aimee Mann and Steve Jones) as well as his Portlandia co-star Carrie Brownstein, playing a song with the refrain “It’s been alright, I’ve had a lovely night with you.” Well, now it’s official – Fred Armisen will not be returning to the long-running sketch comedy.

    In an interview with Splitsider, Armisen stated, “I think it’s clear. I didn’t do any kind of official announcement, but I really felt like it was obvious. An ending that was a love letter to all the music I grew up with, and also to my friends and to SNL and to Lorne and to the case. There was a lot of emotion attached to it, but it was very positive emotion.”

    It’s not really that much of a surprise, given that IFC has renewed Portlandia for another two seasons, and it’ll give Armisen more time to devote to that. With Armisen out, and Seth Meyers leaving midway through next season to host Late Night, that leaves Jason Sudeikis as the only long-rumored cast member whose return is questionable.

    Nate Bargatze shares his worst bomb ever

    Nate Bargatze, who has a tremendous amount of talent, seems to be headed towards stardom. With all the awesome things happening for him, its easy to think nothing ever went wrong for him. That’s where you’re wrong.

    Just like every other comic ever, Nate has bombed before and in this video he shares with us the worst of it. It’s a nice reminder to every young comic, that we’re all humans. Read More

    ‘New Girl’ on Netflix starting… now

    New GirlNetflix has pacted with Fox to get the exclusive rights to stream New Girl episodes.The deal is effective immediately, with the first season now available to stream online. “We know our members love comedies and that they’ll enjoy watching all the current and future episodes of New Girl,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos commented. The show, one of FOX’s few new breakout hits, recently wrapped up its sophomore season, which will be available on Netflix after the third season begins airing this September.

    Also, Netflix has already ordered a second season of Orange is the New Black, a prison comedy that premieres on the service on July 11th. Look for more original shows coming to Netflix – Bloomberg reports that 5 percent of their $2 billion annual content budget is being spent on original material, with as much as 15% going towards original programming in several years.

    Moviegoers felt ‘The Heat’ this weekend

    The HeatIn general, comedy movies have not fared well in the box office so far this year. One of the few exceptions has been Melissa McCarthy whose buddy copy movie The Heat starring alongside Sandra Bullock pulled in a cool $40M in its opening weekend. McCarthy’s other film, Identity Thief is one of the only comedy films breaking the top 20 in 2013 so far.

    This weekend, The Heat pulled in second place behind Pixar’s Monsters University and continues to prove that McCarthy has the “it” that draws people out to theaters. Something that The Hangover crew, Steve Carrell and even Tina Fey haven’t been able to pull off this year.

    The Heat is a reunion of the Bridesmaids crew in director Paul Feig and McCarthy and it pulls of some serious laughs. Most notably in the first two acts of the film, leaving the last act more to wrap the story up. And while it follows a fairly general story arc most buddy copy formats do, McCarthy and Bullock bring chemistry that allows for serious hilarious moments (mostly from McCarthy) and allowing her to just go wild with her physical comedy. If you are worried that all the good parts were in the trailer, don’t because they aren’t. There’s also equally as much fun in seeing cameos and a strong comedic supporting cast that bring big fun with minimal screen time. People like Taran Killam, Dan Bakkedahl, Kaitlin Olson, Michael McDonald, Bill Burr, Jane Curtain, Marlon Wayans, Nathan Corddry, Tony Hale, Joey McEntire (yes Joey McEntire) and Chris Gethard all make for a lot of fun side moments in the film. The film earned generally positive reactions from audiences yet critics seemed to have problems with the film’s formulaic nature.

    The Heat was both Bullock and McCarthy’s best movie opening ever. Beating Bullock’s massive films The Blindside ($34.1 million) and The Proposal ($33.6 million). For McCarthy, it bested the previously mentioned, Identity Thief ($34.6 million) and clobbered her previous pairing with Feig on Bridesmaids ($26.2 million).

    Personally, I think if there were a moment where McCarthy just went nuts with some ranch dressing or threw a toaster ala Saturday Night Live, we might’ve seen at least another half-mil.

    Is physical comedy as good as gone?

    Chris FarleyRecently The New Yorker wrote an article on the demise of physical comedy and the rise of verbal comedy. It’s an interesting notion, given that once comedy was nothing but slapstick with nearly no words. These days,it seems an audience is far more interested than a witty remark or snarky comeback. These old slapstick films took months and months to get every stunt just right, yet, these days Hollywood’s top writers seem to just rip out scripts like a production line. So I ask you, is physical comedy dead or can it be revived?

    Chris Farley began to restore the physical side before sadly leaving us much sooner than he ever should have. Perhaps Adam Sandler or Chevy Chase had a touch of physical comedy earlier in their careers but they certainly have fallen into the more popular route of quick jokes at that is today’s comedy. Who else is there? I’m sure there are more “physical comedy stars” but lets be honest, no one quickly comes to mind. Read More

    Owen Benjamin talks his first hour special, ‘High Five Til It Hurts’

    Owen Benjamin

    Comedian Owen Benjamin has a career anyone would be envious of. He’s appeared in multiple films, co-stars on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son, made multiple late night appearances, and created web videos that have amassed over 10 million hits. Benjamin can soon add an hour stand-up special to that large list when his first hour, High Five Til It Hurts, premiered Friday Comedy Central and will be in stores on Tuesday, July 2nd. We caught up with Benjamin inbetween road gigs with his Sullivan & Son co-stars to discuss his new special, his piano skills, and his philosophy towards comedy. Read More