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  • Jon Stewart’s last day as host of The Daily Show will be August 6th

    We’ve known for a while now that Jon Stewart was ending his run as host of The Daily Show. But until this moment, the comedian’s timeline of departure wasn’t completely known, until tonight. As he signed off of Monday’s ep of The Daily Show, Stewart made the announcement as part of his promise to keep us up to date, and with said promise revealed that his last night as host will be on Thursday, August 6th.

    August is usually a hiatus time for the show, so more than likely the show will go on hiatus for a week or two then Trevor Noah will assume the role as host of The Daily Show. Mark the calendars.

    Andy Samberg joins the voice cast of Storks

    Andy-SambergWarner Bros. has announced that Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer have joined the cast of Storks, an animated film that attempts to explain why storks and baby deliveries have so frequently been connected in popular culture. Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) wrote the film and will co-direct with Doug Sweetland (Toy Story, Cars, The Incredibles). Storks is an original script of Stoller’s who will also produce alongside Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, Antz). Other executive producers set for the film are Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid Love), Phil Lord and Chrisopher Miller (The LEGO Movie) and Jared Stern. The news comes along with information on when to expect a few of Warner Bros.’ other animated films, namely, The LEGO Movie sequel which hits theaters on May 18 2018. It’s never too early to mark your calendar! As for Storks, it’s set for release on Sept. 23, 2016.

    Marvel trying to land comedy director Adam McKay for phase three

    Adam McKayIn a recent interview with Collider, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige revealed that the studio is going after writer/director Adam McKay to take on one of their phase three films. “Adam McKay is in the running for everything. Adam McKay is a great, great writer and director. He did an amazing pass on the Ant-Man draft with Paul Rudd for us, and I didn’t know him before then. And we got to know him through that and liked him very much, and have met with him a number of times trying to find something else, so we’ve talked about a lot of characters with him.” said Feige. McKay’s directing credits include Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers. He is also a co-founder of Funny Or Die, alongside Will Ferrell, his friend from back in their Saturday Night Live days. McKay got involved with Marvel when he and Ant-Man star Paul Rudd worked on a draft of the Ant-Man script after original director Edgar Wright left the project. There are four phase three films up for grabs. Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Inhumans. McKay is currently filming the comedic drama The Big Short, about men who made millions from a global economic meltdown. No release date on The Big Short as of yet, however it stars a heavy hitting line-up including Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Steve Carell.

    Bill Hicks’ brother Steve to host Reddit AMA on April 24 in celebration of the catalog re-issues

    The Hicks BrothersWe’re about a week away from the re-release the entire Bill Hicks catalog after being out of print for a long time. Needless to say, we as comedy fans are furiously counting down the minutes until the day happens.

    Additionally, one week from today Fathom Events is going to hold a special showing of Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks, a one-night only screening of Hicks’ special Relentless + a bonus documentary of never before seen footage and an interview with Bill’s brother Steve.

    While the interview with Steve Hicks is already taped and in the can, fans will have the chance to ask Steve any question they want about his brother when he takes part in a Reddit AMA on Friday April 24th. at 5pm ET. We all know Reddit is the place to be to get the real details from everyone. So mark your calendars for this Friday, squeegee your third eye, and fire off some killer questions.

    Tickets for the Fathom event local to you can be picked up here. All showings are on Monday, the 27th at 8pm local time.

    HBO picks up the hit Vimeo comedy series High Maintenance from husband and wife team

    High MaintenanceHigh Maintenance, which has been a break-out hit on the Vimeo service, is heading to HBO. The network has picked up the show for six new episodes and will make available the past 19 episodes via HBO, HBO Now, and HBO Go. The episodes are still currently available on Vimeo but its future on the platform isn’t clear; a Vimeo representative has told us, “We’re all in collaborative and active discussions on that right now.” Created and written by Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock) and Ben Sinclair (The Big C), High Maintenance is a comedy about “The Guy” (Sinclair), a pot dealer / delivery man in New York City. The show originally debuted November 2012 and has so far ran for five cycles, with the latest three episodes debuting this past February. Blichfeld and Sinclair won a WGA award for the episode entitled “Rachel”. Almost all of the episodes in this character-driven web series are named after an unseen peripheral character that someone in the episode mentions. Read More

    Long running comedy variety show Sábado Gigante gets cancelled after 53 year run

    SophiaNo puede ser! Univision has cancelled Sábado Gigante a.k.a. Gigantic Saturday, a Spanish-language weekly variety show after 53 years on the air. Sábado Gigante mixes talent shows, sketch comedy, beauty pageants, and dance contests in a three-hour block every weekend. The show has been hosted for its entire run by Chilean actor Mario Kreutzberger, using the name Don Francisco. It is Univision’s longest-running program and the longest-running variety show in television history. Its impressive run will come to an end on September 19, according to an announcement by Univision. They declined to comment as to why the show is ending. Sábado Gigante garners 2.9 million viewers each week and has about 100 million viewers overall in 40 countries. The show has run for 2,600 consecutive weeks without a single rerun. Guest appearances on the show include a young Sophia Vergara, Pele, Shakira, Bill Gates, and President Barack Obama.

    This Week on TV: Inside Amy Schumer returns, Jim Norton’s new special premieres, and Monty Python joins Fallon

    PythonThis week sees the return of Comedy Central’s smash hit Inside Amy Schumer which is heading into its third season. Fresh off her hosting duties at the MTV Movie Awards just a little over a week ago, Schumer has teased us about her new season and we can expect a lot of butts. Also on this weeks TV docket is the premiere of comedian Jim Norton’s new special on Epix entitled Jim Norton: Contextually Inadequate. Norton takes on the twisted state of the 21st century. With his customarily caustic point-of-view, he tackles everything from Bill Cosby to nude photos to the firing of his radio co-host Anthony Cumia. This is Norton’s third straight Epix Special. Finally, Monty Python has a big footprint on this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Not only will the fest be showing all the classic Python films, they will also be premiering the new documentary Monty Python: The Meaning of Live. The legendary and influential comedy troupe will be joining Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show this Thursday. By the way, Monty Python and The Holy Grail turned 40. Yes, 40. Now on to your TV comedy guest list for the week… Read More

    About Andres du Bouchet’s tirade about the state of late night comedy

    Andres du BouchetThis weekend comedian, and longtime Conan writer Andres du Bouchet went on a Twitter tirade about the current state of late night television.

    Du Bouchet was seemingly fed up with the scene and its very broad approach to what it puts on the air. Du Bouchet didn’t name names, but declared that current shows are chock full of pranks, nostalgia plays, celebrity sketches, karaoke, mash-ups, and hashtags… summing everything up by calling it “Prom King Comedy,” and stating “shove your lip-syncing up your ass.”

    Du Bouchet has since deleted his tweets which is chock full of NSFW language, but does he have a point? Read More

    This week in comedy: Amy Schumer killed the game

    Amy SchumerAmy Schumer had quite a week. We found this neat preview of her MTV Movie Awards appearance; very quickly after this, a few videos teasing the third season of her TV show surfaced. Just the next day, some of her footage from the awards ceremony popped up online. Later in the week, she won a Peabody Award for Inside Amy Schumer, as did Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

    Elsewhere in the comedy world:

    – Great news for Paul Feig this week, whom CinemaCom awarded its Comedy Filmmaker of the Year award.

    – We don’t even have Pitch Perfect 2 yet, but we’re already being promised a trilogy rather than just two films.

    – LIVE FROM NEW YORK!, the SNL documentary, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival this week, but it won’t hit (select) theaters until June 12, so this trailer will have to do for anyone not going to the festival.

    – Speaking of SNL, remember that time when Dwayne Johnson did a great job hosting it recently? If you do, you might find this trailer for his upcoming HBO sitcom pretty enticing. Read More

    Sarah Jessica Parker set to return to HBO in new comedy, Divorce

    Sarah-Jessica-ParkerSarah Jessica Parker’s HBO follow-up to Sex and the City is a comedy about marital woes. Parker will star in a half-hour series titled Divorce. She plays a woman who finds that making a break from her marriage is harder than anticipated. Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3, Sideways) plays her husband. Also in the cast are Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam as close friends of Parker’s character, Frances. Parker starred as relationship columnist Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City from 1998 to 2004 on HBO, and she reprised the role in two big-screen movies. Divorce will shoot in New York this year. A premiere date however was not announced.