Louis C.K. is the biggest name in comedy right now, hands down. Sold Out shows at Madison Square Garden, a new hour long special, and a ground breaking television show all happening at the same time. Let’s turn on the way back machine and watch his rare HBO One Night Stand set shall we.
There’s been rumbling Louis C.K.’s latest comedy special the last few weeks. It was confirmed that he’d taped the special at The Comedy Store. In fact, he did so just days after Ari Shaffir taped his special at the same location.
For those counting, that’s three specials taped at The Comedy Store in the last year. And continues in the trend of comedians taking it back to the clubs, where they work most often, to tape specials. Oh, and we are just waiting for the think piece from someone about how C.K.’s changin’ the game by shooting a special in an intimate club.
This week on TV, gear up for Key & Peele Super Bowl Special on Comedy Central. If this trailer is any indication of what’s to come, we’re in for a treat. These two are unstoppable when it comes to sketch comedy. And their football sketches have been some of the best over the course of the show’s four seasons. Who can forget McCringleberry’s excessive celebration. Or the East/West College Bowl. And lastly, Quarterback Concussion. They’ve struck the comedy vein of football and there will be plenty more where that came from when The Key & Peele Super Bowl Special premieres Friday, January 30 at 10/9c. Here’s the rest of the week’s line up Read More
In more pilot news, FX has placed an order for Better Things, a show created by and starring Pamela Adlon (Louie) and directed by Louis C.K. Adlon and C.K. will write the pilot and serve as Executive Producers, along with Blair Breard, Dave Becky and 3 Arts Entertainment. The pilot is produced by Louis C.K.’s production company, Pig Newton, and FX Productions. In Better Things, Adlon plays Sam, a working actor trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two, and also, just maybe, squeeze in some sex once in a while. Adlon has been nominated for two Emmy awards for Louie, and she won an Emmy for her voice-over performance as Bobby Hill on King of the Hill. Her work on Louie has also resulted in a WGA Award and two PGA Award nominations. Some of Adlon’s other credits include Californication, Bob’s Burgers, Adventure Time, and Phineas and Ferb. And if you remember Lucky Louie on HBO, Adlon played the role of Kim. She sure has come a long way since starring on The Facts of Life back in 1984. And it’s been good things ever since.
Louis C.K. breaks MSG record while FX scores the rights to his next special “Louis C.K. Live From The Comedy Store”
Louis C.K. just recently broke a record for being the first stand-up comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden three times in the same month for the same tour. And now he’s just added a fourth show on January 27th in addition to his upcoming gig there on the 24th. Two shows of this record breaking run have already occurred. And now it has just been announced that FX, the cable channel that houses C.K.’s Golden Globe nominated comedy series, has acquired the rights to the Emmy and Grammy Award winner’s next special entitled “Louis C.K. Live From The Comedy Store”. C.K. will make the special available to fans first on his website, LouisCK.net, in coming weeks after his record-breaking run of shows at Madison Square Garden. The hour-long comedy special will subsequently air on FX this spring. C.K. will write and direct the special. C.K. and M. Blair Breard will serve as Executive Producers of the special. The special is being produced by C.K.’s production company, Pig Newton. In addition to this, it’s also been announced that the eight episode fifth season of Louie will debut on FX April 9th at 10:30pm. Louis C.K. Live at the Comedy Store is C.K.’s sixth hour-long standup comedy special and the second to air on FX following Louis C.K. Live At the Beacon Theater in May of 2012.
Patton Oswalt just won our vote for the 2015 comedy Grammy by taking out the competition on social media
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 5, 2014
If you didn’t realize, earlier today the Grammy Nominations were announced. In the comedy category some pretty heavy hitters are being pitted against each other. Patton Oswalt was one of them and now he’s taking to social media to strike the first blow and lobby for the win by taking some fun shots at the competition. All in a day’s work for Patton Oswalt. Is this the death blow or will someone else strike next? Read More
Howard Stern discussed the eulogy he delivered at Joan Rivers’ funeral, opens up with wildy raunchy joke
Howard Stern delivered the eulogy at Joan Rivers’ funeral on Sunday, right afterward, many started talking about Rivers’ close friend Howard Stern’s eulogy for Rivers, leading off with a risky opener. Turns out that opener worked and yesterday on his show Stern recalled his eulogy and how he prepared to send off his friend.
Stern got a call from Rivers’ daughter Melissa who personally asked him to speak, “I had gotten a call from Melissa like a day and half before the service asking me if I would speak. I said to her, ‘Melissa, you are asking the wrong guy.’ I said, ‘I’ll do it, I would do anything for Joan, I will do anything for you.” Read More
At the top of the year, FX ordered a pilot for a new Zach Galifianakis TV show that was to be produced by Louis C.K. Now, that pilot has a 10-episode series order.
FX ordered Baskets which was co-created by Galifianakis, C.K. and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia). It’s set to make its debut sometime in 2016 and stars Galifianakis as the title character, Chip Baskets, who has dreams of being a clown. Read More
On Monday, SiriusXM will premiere the complete Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash for streaming online. On January 31st, many celebs showed up to pay tribute to Howard Stern and celebrate his 60th birthday with a 4 hour live event that simulcast on SiriusXM. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the night at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC that attracted musicians like Rob Zombie, The Black Keys, and Dave Grohl, as well as comedians like Joan Rivers, Jeffrey Ross, Kathy Griffin, Louis C.K., David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, and Sarah Silverman. Some performed, others gave speeches, and Howard himself interviewed a few others, including a rare interview with his longtime pal, David Letterman.
Looks like producer, writer, director Judd Apatow is adding a new title to his resume; author. Apatow has been signed by publishing giant Random House to produce Sick In The Head, a collection of interviews he’s conducted over the past thirty years with many of his comedy heroes. Interviewees include Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Roseanne Barr, Steve Allen, Jay Leno and Spike Jonze. The earliest dates back to 1983 when Apatow ran a radio show at his high school.
Known for blockbuster films and television series like 40 Year Old Virgin, Freaks and Geeks, and Girls, it’s obvious Apatow knows comedy. We’re looking forward to reading what questions he has for those he respects in the biz.
All proceeds from the book will benefit 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Sick in the Head is due in stores sometime in 2015.