Donald Glover has quickly become a jack-of-all-trades. An actor, writer, comedian, rapper, singer, and record producer are titles he’s already got under his belt. Now he has a new pilot for FX in the works entitled Atlanta. The show will follow two cousins, “Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks,” an ambitious college drop-out and his estranged cousin, who suddenly becomes a star. They have different views on art versus commerce as they navigate their way up through the Atlanta rap scene. And now the show has officially found its leads. Glover will write the show as well as star alongside Brian Tyree Henry (The Knick, Boardwalk Empire), Lakeith Lee Stanfield (Short Term 12, Dope) and Zazie Beetz. Hiro Murai is set to direct the pilot and has worked with Glover on many of his Childish Gambino music videos. Paul Simms (Girls, Bored to Death, Flight of the Conchords) is also on board as an executive producer. Production is about to start on the show.
As Jon Stewart winds down his hosting duties of The Daily Show the sendoff montages are becoming a bit more frequent. Last night as Jon Hamm guested on the show, he decided to take the stage a bit early to introduce a sizzle reel of Stewart’s best singing moments on the last 16+ years of the show. Hamm stating that Stewart’s voice was “like Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, and Luciano Pavarotti had a threesome and then gave birth to the perfect set of vocal cords — yours, Jon. So tonight, I would like to celebrate what you really wanted all along: to teach the world to sing.” Read More
Jesse Elias’ network TV debut on Kimmel, “My dad use to get on my case about making eye contact more often, I showed him”
Jesse Elias makes his network television debut with a stand-up set on Jimmy Kimmel Live. He discusses the problem with Happy Meals, making eye contact and post 9/11 flavors. Read More
Last Comic Standing gets remixed. Mark your calendars for the return July 22 on NBC. Some comics have been letting everyone know they are one of the Top 100 including Joe List, Dan Crohn, Kelly MacFarland, Mehran Khaghani and Steve Macone. More names to come. Read More
The forthcoming Andy Samberg HBO flick 7 Days In Hell simultaneously contains our excitement and one of the more unique premises we’ve heard in a while. Samberg and
Jon Snow Kit Harrington both star as two tennis players locked in a grueling 7 day tennis match. The trailer for said fictional sports documentary has hit the web and should get you nice and pumped for its July 11th premiere. You will recognize many of the faces in both the tennis and comedy world. Read More
Free. It’s a word that jumps at us quicker than most others. And when it comes to content, it couldn’t jump faster. Whether is music, food, movies or television, “Free” has become the official gateway to the future of a product or idea. In this particular case it’s television. And this time it’s coming from the mountain tops. HBO, who’s responsible for bringing us some of the most popular and greatest shows of all-time is now giving you the opportunity to watch some of their content for free (not that you haven’t been using your ex’s parents HBO GO password for the last 5 years). Via Facebook, you can watch the premiere episodes of Ballers and The Brink for a limited time. Ballers is a comedy-drama series starring Dwayne Johnson centered around a group of football players and their families, friends, and handlers.The Brink is about top U.S. government and military scrambling to prevent World War 3 from happening amidst the chaos of a geopolitical crisis and stars Jack Black and Tim Robbins. Check ’em out while you can and thanks HBO!
Comedy Central is upping their animation game by ordering 10 episodes of the animated series Jeff and Some Aliens. The series, set to premiere in 2016, follows average guy Jeff and his three alien roommates who were sent to study him to determine if humankind should be destroyed. This includes forcing Jeff to participate in grueling intergalatic decathalons and perform Azurian honor killings to restore interstellar balance. The show is based on sketches that appeared on Comedy Central’s satirical animated shorts series TripTank.
The Netflix reboot/mini-series of Wet Hot American Summer comes to us on July 31st. Today they released a teaser about said mini series that’s fully inspired by the 80s VHS world that Camp Firewood exists in. Jon Benjamin narrates as we catch glimpses of the cast doing fun summer activities like archery and street dancing. Get pumped.
CollegeHumor and IFC team up to bring you an authoritative look at Comedy Music: its history, its future, and the talent that makes it great. Hosted by Paul F. Tompkins and featuring “Weird Al” Yankovic, Tenacious D, The Gregory Brothers, Trevor Moore, CDZA, Rachel Bloom, Patrick Noth, comedian Scott Aukerman and many more. In case you missed the special, here it is in its entirety.
Life’s most pressing questions will be answered when Why? With Hannibal Buress premieres Wednesday, July 8 at 10:30 pm ET/PT on Comedy Central, after an all-new “Key & Peele.” The weekly, half-hour topical series will celebrate Buress’ hilariously brilliant off-beat voice and point-of-view. If it’s in the zeitgeist, Buress will address it, providing his unique perspective each week, answering the burning questions on his mind through stand-up, filmed segments, man-on-the-street interviews and special, in-studio guests. Through the eight-episode season, Why? With Hannibal Buress will be shot in front of a studio audience and each episode will tape the same week it airs.