Everything is turning up Tig. And that’s not an understatement. Netflix recently released the documentary, Tig, which tells the incredible story of her search and discovery of humor and love amid devastating news. Showtime released its own doc with her entitled Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro. It follows the deadpan comedian across the country as she puts on a series of stand-up performances in the homes, backyards, barns and basements of her most loyal fans, with each intimate show offering the potential for epiphany or disaster. HBO is about to release her new stand-up special, Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted, premiering August 22. And now Amazon is getting in on the Tig game. The stand-up comedian will star in and co-write a semi-autobiographical comedy, which has scored a pilot order at the streaming service, alongside Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno). Notaro and Cody will executive produce the series alongside Louis C.K. The comedy initially was set up as a script deal at FX but recently moved to Amazon.
The Secret Life of Pets is a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in the film, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. It’s directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio. The Secret Life of Pets hits theaters July 8 2016.
The dog days of summer seem to have finally caught up with us. While that means there’s not much new happening in the TV world, we could still be watching season 5 of Louie but its intrepid leader got a bit too stoned to get us a full season 5. On the upside, The Chris Gethard Show finally came to realization that it’s happening with a great debut last week on its new home on Fusion, so if you haven’t set the DVR to start taping that, consider this a friendly reminder to get with it. Read More
Happy short week to you! Fresh off a holiday break (which we all needed right?) and just in time to kick off the summer, the stand-up comedy gods have blessed us with two stand-up specials airing on TV this week. First up on Thursday, right after the season finale of Louis C.K’s TV show, Louie on FX, the comedian’s latest comedy special, Live at the Comedy Store will make its television premiere. Then on Saturday, Nick Swardson will make his triumphant return to stand-up with a never-before-seen, brand spanking new stand-up special, Taste It. Swardson’s last special was in 2009, six long years for us Terry fans. Welcome back Nick! Here’s what else is going on this week. Read More
For some reason Kyle Mooney’s Bruce Chandling sketch always seems to be cut from Saturday Night Live. But that’s okay, because we have the internet where we can see the failed comedian character at work. Case in point, last night’s sketch where Louis C.K. accidentally ends up stealing Chandling’s material. Resulting in another great re-imagining of Louie’s opening sequence. Oh, and Bobby Moynihan drinks ketchup.
Season 40 of Saturday Night Live must’ve been a particularly grueling one for the cast and writers of the show. Not only managing to actually churn out the show every week, but the super grand SNL 40 episode that by the time this season came to an end, it’s very easy to see them gas out in the final episode. Rather than do that, they knocked it out of the park with easily one of the strongest episodes of the season. The relied on Louis C.K. who has been a super strong host in the three times he’s helmed the wheel. Last night was no different, delivering a monologue most thin skinned will be groaning about the next day and some of the edgiest moments we saw all year. Read More
Although there were lots of developments in the comedy world this week, Louis C.K. in particular had a pretty stellar seven days. He started by talking about his time as one of Conan O’Brian’s writers; check out this video of his trip to Late Night With Seth Meyers for the full scoop. C.K. will also host SNL this weekend, and you can watch promos here. But neither of these is the biggest news in his week: he won an award! He received the surprisingly obscure Moth Award for his excellent storytelling skills. Congratulations are in order!
Elsewhere in the comedy world this week:
– Who better than stand-up vet Brian Regan to be the focus of Comedy Central’s first ever live stand-up special? Not your typical pre-recorded jaunt, this one’s got everyone taking note. Regan also swung by Letterman for his last set ever there.
– For Mother’s Day, Reese Witherspoon hosted Saturday Night Live, and it was mostly good.
– The NBC fall comedy lineup is notably short on Friday primetime slots.
For those who might not know, The Moth Award is an award given to amazing storytellers as part of the The Moth Radio Hour. Louis C.K. stated during his acceptance speech of The Moth Award, “Stories are the only things you have that are really yours.” He then went on to tell a story about writing for Conan O’Brien and also when he traveled to Russia for the first time. A fantastic story teller and the proof is in the pudding with this speech.
Louis C.K. is the host of the final episode of Saturday Night Live’s 40th season. That’s right, the year long celebration that is SNL40 is coming to an end and we have a comedy giant hosting the show. It feels like Louis has hosted every season since he first debuted and that is a-okay because in a few short years Louie makes us feel all warm and fuzzy about our beloved SNL.
Louis C.K. took to Seth Meyers’ couch last night to reminisce about his days as a writer for Conan O’Brien. Particularly a dirty joke he was able to sneak onto the show. C.K. was amongst the writing crew for Conan when he first took over for Letterman on NBC’s Late Night. Coming full circle by telling said story on Late Night 20+ years later.