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  • Watch the trailer for Chelsea Peretti’s Netflix special ‘One of the Greats’


    Stand-up comedian and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star, Chelsea Peretti has a new comedy special premiering this fall. Part of a great line-up of comedy specials hitting Netflix, Peretti’s One of the Greats was filmed live at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Today, Netflix released the first trailer for the special which ensures Peretti will be “telling it like it is.” After catching Peretti this summer at JFL, I am more than excited for this.

    Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats premieres on Netflix on November 14th.

    ABC cancels freshman sitcom “Manhattan Love Story”

    Fall television has its first casualty. According to Deadline, ABC has canceled one of it’s new fall programs, freshman sitcom Manhattan Love Story. The Tuesday night rom-com hit a terrible low with a rating of 0.7 in adults 18-49.

    The series centered around the journey of a new couple and the questions they are actually thinking about from the moment they begin a relationship. The female lead played by Top Model-turned actor, Analeigh Tipton, was unfortunately the show’s biggest name on the cast and the show’s lack of advertising could have lead to the show’s downfall. Honestly, this is a recurring theme. It’s a wonder why networks do not take the time to promote all their shows pretty evenly. If you’re going to spend the money on a script and cast and crew, you need to market it accordingly. I mean, what did you expect to happen?

    In the show’s absence, lead-in sitcom Selfie will run back-to-back episodes. Fellow ABC comedies A To Z and Bad Judge could be next as they are slipping mightily in the rankings. We’ll have to wait and see.

    John Oliver asks food manafacturers to “Show us your peanuts”


    Last Week Tonight returned yesterday just in time for a special Halloween-related segment. After exposing today’s hottest “sexy” costumes (including Sexy John Oliver and Sexy Louis CK), John Oliver explores the dangers in America’s obsession with candy and sugar. According to Oliver, American’s spend over $2.2 billion on candy every year and consumes 75lbs of sugar. Sugar even has a negative effect on the brain, similar to cocaine’s effect. With the FDA attempting to label how much sugar is added to food and beverage products in teaspoons, Oliver suggests a better unit of measurement: circus peanuts. Oliver asks viewers to demand this new change by tweeting food manufacturers #ShowUsYourPeanuts.

    Jim Carrey hosted “Saturday Night Live” and fancy danced with Iggy Azalea

    It was his third go ’round as host of Saturday Night Live last night. Make no mistake about it, Carry is a comedy genius who helped define sketch comedy for a generation of people. But a large boombastic episode was not what we got last night. It’s been nearly 20 years since Carrey was one of the biggest comedians on the planet and his physical comedy is rivaled by very few, but even he was unable to do much with the material he was given.

    There were some bright moments, just less than we expected. Lets take it to the tape. Read More

    This week in comedy: Leslie got called to the big leagues and we honored a legend

    George Carlin Way- This week we spent a lot of time out of the office running around the city for a variety of fun times, including a Comedy Central Corporate Retreat on Tuesday. Then Wednesday we spent the day celebrating the memory of George Carlin.

    – Second biggest piece of news, we’re hiring!

    – A lot of TV show developments came through the wire, including a Downton Abbey parody, a Lost parody, this Tina Fey and Fortune Feimster pilot, Bill Burr’s animated sitcom, and Amy Poehler’s new comedy.

    – Craig Ferguson will relinquish the throne on March 9th.

    – Megan Amram went on a book tour.

    – Aziz Ansari and Grover taught us about the word ridiculous. Read More

    George Carlin finally got his way: Dispatches from a day of tributes to a comedy icon

    On Wednesday, after years of hard work, George Carlin finally got his way. On the 400 block of 121st street, Morningside Heights, in New York City in front of a crowd of about a 200 people, the sign reading “George Carlin Way” was unveiled. It took three years of work by comedian Kevin Bartini, who moved into the neighborhood, discovered it was Carlin’s stomping ground and was shocked to find there was no statue or any marker noting that a bonafide comic legend and NYC native grew up there. Read More

    DirecTV orders ‘Downton Abbey’ parody series ‘The Britishes’

    DirecTV snags an original TV series with The Britishes. According to Deadline, the show is a Downton Abbey parody starring Peter Serafinowitz and Will Sasso. Made of a collection of sketches, the series follows a similar absurdist sensibility as the iconic Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

    “The Britishes revolves around the absurd, class-obsessed, extremely British residents of an Edwardian-era English estate off the fictional “coast of Knob.” With roots so deep in aristocracy that their surname is actually “British,” the family has fought through the decades—against progress, against technology and, essentially, against all common sense—in an effort to preserve a regal way of life. The Britishes are a dying breed, hysterically desperate to uphold tradition as the world around them becomes more modern.”

    The series is the first TV project under production house Big Breakfast, the production team of CollegeHumor Originals. President Sam Reich will write and direct the series which will air on DirecTV’s Audience Network on October 28th. Read More

    TBS orders ‘Lost’-esque deserted island comedy ‘Wrecked’

    TBS is more than just Friends reruns (although there’s nothing wrong with those). According to Deadline, the network recently has ordered a new comedy to join its original series library (Ground Floor, Cougar Town) with a pilot order for Wrecked. The deserted island comedy has been described as Lost meets It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

    The single-camera show follows two best friends, along with an extremely diverse group of survivors of a terrible plane crash, who must adjust to life in a dangerous new world that poses unique threats which they mostly bring upon themselves. The series was written by up-and-comers Justin and Jordan Shipley, and produces by Jess Hara. Wrecked joins other TBS comedy projects in development, including the family vacation anthology series Quality Time from The Daily Show‘s Samantha Bee and Jason Jones.

    Sam Grittner is recording his first album November 21st in NYC

    New York comedian Sam Grittner is recording his debut album this fall. Grittner will be recording his album, Poor Decisions, Expensive Mistakes, at NY’s  Treehouse Theater (formerly This Theater) on November 21st. Joining him will be comedians Emmy Blotnick, Luke Thayer, Todd Mole, and Abbi Crutchfield, who will open the show. Grittner first announced the recording on his website.

    “Last November my friend Mo Fathelbab (founder of the comedy label THE EXPERIMENT and a jovial, fantastic human being) approached me and asked me if I wanted to do a stand-up residency at a room in a bar in Brooklyn for one year. The proposal was I would perform 8-10 minutes every Tuesday for a year  and when the year was up, record my first album.”

    In addition to stand-up, Grittner is a regular contributor to Witstream.com. His writing has been featured on MSNBC, Mashable, The Huffington Post, and CNN.com He also created @TonightonGIRLS, an absurdist homage to the HBO show ‘GIRLS.”