Back in September, Joe Mande dropped by Conan to talk about life and Prime Rib. This time around he decided to keep it topical with a few political jokes and even managed to explain the holidays for us all. Thanks Joe! We knew we’d laugh when we’d watch your set but didn’t know we’d learn something in the process. Except for the human centipede menorah, coulda not learned about that.
HBO is doing some end of year housekeeping and dropped the axe on three of its comedy shows. Bored To Death, Hung, and How To Make It In America were all given the heave-ho by the network, choosing to renew only their freshman show Enlightened. Read More
As I recapped this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, I could almost hear in my head the complaints some people would lodge against the final skit of the show that depicted Jason Sudekis coming to Earth to tell Tim Tebow to “tone it down a notch” with his open proclamations of faith. And like clockwork… here comes Pat Robertson. Read More
The Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live is always one of my most anticipated episodes of the season. Mainly because New York during the holidays is fantastic and this episode is often one of the most festive. As if the writers and cast are looking to go out with a bang before a long break and pick things up again in the new year.
Jimmy Fallon’s first hosting duty on the show came this weekend adding the extra layer of “former cast member” returning element to the episode. It’s always exciting when a former cast member returns to host the show, the ones that return are often the beloved ones from casts past and doing well with their career. Bringing with them intangibles, like familiarity with the show’s structure and inner workings, less of an improv learning curve, and live television experience. All of which allow everyone to focus on putting on a good show rather than just the “getting through it” experience some hosts can give off. A returning former cast member also offers up the chance to write for some old characters and revive old sketches peddling on nostalgia. And, if we’re lucky other cast members from the same era might just stop by as well.
Pretty much all of the this happened last night, Fallon was incredibly comfortable as the ringleader, has the likeability, and Rolodex. Seemingly able to recruit a lot of his old friends to play in the sandbox once more. How many old bits would we see? Would he sing a song or two? Would he bust up at some point and laugh at all the funny sketches with us like he used to? Let’s find out. Read More
- Louis C.K. is now nearing netting a cool million dollars from his stand-up special [NY Times]
- 7 things you probably don’t know about How The Grinch Stole Christmas [Warming Glow]
- A supercut of the best fails of 2011 [Youtube]
- MTV is renewing the hidden camera show Punk’d but with a different hose [EW]
- The funniest internet reactions to Kim Jong Il’s death [Ranker]
- Breaking Bart, a mashup between The Simpsons and Breaking Bad [Huffington Post]
- Why not Breaking Beavis as well? [Epic Ponyz]
It looks like Russell Brand will finally rid himself of the “Mr. Katy Perry” title thanks to FX. The British comedian has landed a show with the FX Network, where he will headline a series of six half-hour late-night comedy specials that will be filmed in front of a live audience. The unscripted and as of now untitled series will be produced by FX Productions along with Brand’s production company, Branded Films, and Dakota Films. While the details are still being finalized, the show will include Brand’s commentary about pop culture, politics and other current events. The Get Him To The Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall star will grace the FX stage in Spring 2012. Leaving out Arthur from his film repertoire was not unintentional; Brand should just forget that movie ever happened. I did.
“I am so excited I’m on the point of climax, in fact I will put the ‘O’ into FX, which spells Fox, which is actually the channel’s real name,” Brand said in a statement. “That’s the only thing that worries me about all this to be honest. At least I’ll be able to have a Christmas drink with Bill O’Reilly.” Brand will also be joining the FOX network as the voice of a character in an animated comedy that he co-created, which follows up on his voiceover work in the animated films, Hop and Despicable Me.
2012 looks like a promising year for Brand, but will his success be able to top that of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”? Unlikely, but maybe, Mr. Katy Perry, will earn the rights to a hyphenated name, Russell Brand-Perry. Congrats Russell.
Well, the rumors are true. After what seems like months of speculation that the morning show icon would be a replacement judge for Piers Morgan on the TV show America’s Got Talent things were finally confirmed this morning. The comedy host made the announcement on his SiriusXM radio show.
Stern is pretty friendly with the other judges from the show including comedian Howie Mandel and Sharon Osborne and has always expressed interest in being a judge on a show such as Talent.
“I’m going to be Piers [Morgan] on steroids,” Stern promised, in reference to the former lead judge. “It’s going to be a no-nonsense judge…I’m going to go there as a serious judge…It’s gonna be something else…I am very excited.”
ShawdowMachine the production company responsible for the stop-motion animation of the popular [adult swim] TV shows Robot Chicken and Morel Orel is taking a step into movies. But they aren’t straying far from the stop-motion animation just yet.
Nick Swardson and T.J. Miller were just cast as the vocal leads in the flick, Hell & Back which will be a comedy about two best friends to try to rescue a friend of theirs who’s accidentally been dragged to hell. The movie is set to start filming this January with Tommy Gianas (Tenacious D, Sarah Silverman Jesus Is Magic) to direct the film.