Day 5, we made it through the week of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s #8videos8days campaign celebrating the release of his new (and possibly final) studio album, Mandatory Fun. Today rather than going for the straight up spoof of a popular song, Yankovic decided to mock the genre of sports and its fight songs. So he got himself a marching band (something I’d reckon is easy for a guy like Al) and took to the gridiron where ht deconstructed sports. Check out the clip courtesy of the folks at Funny Or Die.
The newest, re-vamped edition of the improv game show Whose Line Is It Anyway has been renewed by the CW for a third season. According to THR, the current cast of Aisha Tyler, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady will return in 2015 for a 24 episode run.
The CW revived the show, originally helmed by Drew Carey, after its six year run on ABC and ABC Family. This will be the show’s eleventh season total. CW is reportedly attempting to use the series as a “building block” for a potential comedy line-up on the network [insert "yes, and" joke here].
It’s been a marathon for Jim Gaffigan on the road to get his sitcom on the airwaves. His sitcom, a single camera family show loosely based on his real life, has already gone through two different rounds of restructuring by CBS during the 2013 and 2014 pilot season. Now Sony TV, the production company responsible for the show, is eyeing other networks to try to get the show on the air and TV Land is one of the other networks really interested in nabbing the comedian.
Sony TV has already been successful in rescuing shows, with the biggest feather in its cap being Community. The once cancelled NBC was recently revived by Yahoo for a 6th season.
Reports are that TV Land is “well down the road” of trying to make Gaffigan’s show work on their network, currently looking to reduce the actors’ compensation to get the budget to where it needs to be for TV Land to comfortably move forward. It’s also likely that if the sitcom gets picked up by TV Land, Sony would likely have a passive role in the show and co-writer/executive producer of the CBS pilot would more than likely just consult on the show.
When it comes to stand-up comedy, Ben Kronberg is a master at being dry and absurd. He’s left of center but when he connects with a joke it’s a wonder to see. In fact, in Ben’s set from Late Night with Seth Meyers, he made a Star Wars joke that simultaneously made me laugh and angry in how obvious it was. Damn you Ben Kronberg! You deserved so much better than Roseanne Barr gave you on Last Comic Standing.
Tommy Johnagin returned to Late Show with David Letterman last night to talk about his life as a new dad, his exercise routine, and manliness. Johnagin has been on a roll of late, not only did he release a new stand-up album, he’s also coming off a Half Hour special on Comedy Central, and last night it was Letterman. Bring on the manliness Tommy.
Some more updates on details about former SiriusXM DJ Anthony Cumia’s web show. Cumia released this teaser clip today to formally announce that the show, called The Anthony Cumia Show will make its debut on www.anthonycumia.com beginning August 4th. According to the website it appears the show will be a subscription based model, though there’s no word on what types of costs will be associated with the show but a quick read of Cumia’s Twitter account revealed that information should be known any minute. As for the show’s format, as Cumia reveals in the clip it will be, “Uncensored, unrestricted, no bosses, no management. My show, finally I say what I want. I don’t have to take sh*t from anybody.” His fans would probably not expect it any other way.
Back in April we learned that Jim Norton was taping a web show for VICE and that Kurt Metzger was one of its writers. Those shows were taped just a few weeks ago. Today VICE announced when they plan on launching the show, and that is next week on July 23rd. All you have to do is head over to www.vice.com and watch up.
The structure of the show will be a mix of stand-up comedy, debates, and interviews with guests like Mike Tyson, UFC President Dana White, and notorious drug dealer Freeway Rick Ross. It will be filmed in front of a live audience. Norton stated, “VICE didn’t censor any language or ideas at all; they were amazing creatively. I got to do exactly the show I wanted to do. Which also sucks, because if it fails, it’s completely my fault.”
Mark Normand has been having one hell of a week. His album, “Still Got It,” was released on Tuesday and his Comedy Central Half Hour premieres Friday. As if that wasn’t enough, last night Normand was the guest comic on Conan, marking his second time performing on the show. Wearing his signature jacket, Normand talks about his problems with Google, and why he thinks we should be making fun of prude girls instead of the promiscuous ones.