This morning, the sketch comedy troupe, The Birthday Boys announced that they are stepping down as hosts and not returning for a third season of their sketch comedy show on IFC. In a taped message to their fans, the crew stated that putting together the show was a lot of work and they’re really proud of what they did, but are not continuing. They also said they’re not sure of the status of the show’s future, offering up scenarios that maybe they’ll be replaced if IFC didn’t simply cancel the show. The pessimist in us believes maybe it’s a preemptive move to save face ahead of cancellation? But the optimist in us knows that sketch comedy is difficult and The Birthday Boys are by no means the first to end a sketch show because of the grind of creating it (see Nick Swardson or Nick Kroll). Read More
Yes, you read that right. And with the price of admission these days to sporting events across the country, you feel just a little bit better when you get to see something special. Whether it’s a record being broken, extra game play with overtime, or maybe it’s one of the best half-time shows in america. Yes, I’m talking to you Red Panda. I can’t believe you are calling it quits! Well, if you were fortunate enough to be at the New Orleans Pelicans – Los Angeles Lakers NBA game recently, you got to see Will Ferrell take to the court in an attempt to make a half-court shot only to throw a basketball directly in the face of a cheerleader. This of course was staged. But you know there was at least one person in the crowd that day doesn’t know that and will tell the tale of what he witnessed passing it on for generations to come. The incident was part of a film shoot that took place for the upcoming film, Daddy’s Home” which also stars Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini and comedian Hannibal Buress. Read More
CBS has teamed-up with John Leguizamo (Ice Age, Ride Along), who will play the lead in Taxi-22, a single-camera comedy project that had been shepherded by the late James Gandolfini. Based on the hit French Canadian comedy, Taxi-22 centers on a politically incorrect NYC cab driver, played by Lequizamo. In addition to starring, he will co-executive produce alongside his managers, Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew.Leguizamo has 11 other projects already in production or announced, including Experimenter with Jim Gaffigan, out January 25th. As of 2009, Leguizamo has produced over 10 films, starred or co-starred in over 75 films, starred on Broadway in several productions winning several awards, and has made over a dozen TV guest appearances.
Last night Conan rewarded a member of his staff by taking him to Taco Bell headquarters. The two dove into the Bell’s test kitchen and tried out some new foods and even created a few of their own. If you are a fan of Conan O’Brien and Taco Bell, chances are this is the greatest video you’ll watch today. If you don’t fall into those categories, Conan will try to sway your opinion by debuting the “O’Taco,” an Irish/Mexican hybrid of tasty goodness.
From 30 Rock executive producers, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comes this hilarious new comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (The Office, Bridesmaids) as a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for an Upper East Side socialite, Jane Krakowski from 30 Rock, in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple way-past-due library books, she takes on a world she didn’t think even existed anymore. Roll it.
CBS joins the ranks of networks with their first pilot order. A multi-camera comedy starring stand-up Tommy Johnagin and executive produced by Bill Lawrence. CBS has been consistent in looking to launch another comedy fronted by a stand-up, ordering a Jim Gaffigan pilot the last two seasons. The untitled Tommy Johnagin project was written by Johnagin and Surviving Jack and S#*! My Dad Says creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. It stars Johnagin as a stand-up comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town. Until he moved to Los Angeles four years ago, Illinois-born Johnagin lived in southern Illinois and St. Louis, launching and building his career from there. Lawrence and Jeff Ingold executive produce, with Johnagin co-executive producing for WBTV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer banner. The pickup Johnagin project is a nod to the storied TV tradition of comedians headlining comedy series inspired by their stand-up, which has produced such mega hits as Cosby, Roseanne, Home Improvement, Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond.
If you haven’t yet tuned into The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore you’re missing one of the most interesting new debuts into late night as Wilmore has come out the gate swinging at some pretty heavy topics. Last night on (literally) the show’s second episode, Wilmore hosted a roundtable to discuss the recent Bill Cosby rape allegations. Jamilah Lemieux, Kathleen Madigan, Baratunde Thurston, and Keith Robinson all discussed the topic with opinions that ranged from contempt, disillusion, to protection. Perhaps Wilmore best summed up what the majority of the public is thinking by stating, “People are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. However, this is the court of public opinion, and this is my show, and that f*cker did it.”
NBC set to air Apocalypse Slough, a comedic drama featuring talents from Parks and Recreation, The Office, Will & Grace, Broadchurch and more. Some of the best from the US and UK team up with the British network Sky, who are developing a new comedy series featuring Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally, Jenna Fischer and Mathew Baynton. Apocalypse Slough is created by Iain Hollands, who will also serve as lead writer. The first season is comprised of 10 hour-long episodes, which will explore the end of the world as seen from the perspective of various characters around the world. As explained in an official press release, “the story follows an eclectic group of seemingly unconnected characters around the world as their lives start to intersect in the most unexpected ways… all triggered by the news that a comet is on an unavoidable collision course towards earth.” Read More
Al Madrigal, known for his role as the senior Latino correspondent on The Daily Show, is set to debut his own one-hour special on biracial identity. The special, called Half Like Me, is being billed as a docu-comedy. “Being half has always been confusing,” Madrigal says in the preview for the special. “White people think you’re Mexican and Latinos give me shit about not being Latino enough.” Madrigal, who joined The Daily Show back in 2011, has been performing comedy full-time since 1998. No stranger to television, Madrigal has appeared in About a Boy, Free Agents, Gary Unmarried as well as all the Late Night staples. Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming film Still Punching The Clown. A project that includes Madrigal due in 2015 and boasts an impressive cast of headlining comedians such as Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Doug Stanhope, and Jim Jeffries. Al Madrigal’s Half Like Me airs on Fusion this Thursday, January 22 at 10:00 p.m., ET.
This weekend Blake Shelton has the torch as host of Saturday Night Live. In the promos we find Shelton expanding on the Blake Shelton vs. Adam Levine rivalry from NBC’s The Voice by taunting Levine. In addition to his hosting duties, he’ll be double dipping as the musical guest. As Cecily Strong would say, “Roll the tape… you know I forgot there’s no tape.”