It’s pretty widely agreed that 2014 was a banner year for comedy champion Hannibal Buress, but this week suggests that 2015 may really be his big moment. After much anticipation, his TV show, Why?, premiered this week, shortly after this fake celebrity outrage bit focused on Hannibal’s dress code qualms surfaced. It also debuted after this obviously real footage of his Daily Show audition. During the episode, Hannibal revealed the identity of his biggest internet nemesis. He’s had a great week.
Elsewhere in the comedy world:
– Roku streamers, get pumped: Comedy Central’s entire lineup is now among your viewing options.
– How is Chris Tucker only now releasing his first stand-up special? Chris Tucker Live is something we’ve waited far too long for. Netflix users rejoice!
– Chris Pratt is the star of Jurassic World, but before that, he was on Parks and Recreation making predictions about none other than Jurassic Park.
– Speculate no more: Bill Cosby is guilty.
– Next month, you can check out the High Plains Comedy Festival, featuring Nikki Glaser and the Lucas Brothers, among others.
– Amy Schumer and Bill Hader’s Trainwreck is just around the corner, so what better time to watch a featurette on this upcoming laughfest? And speaking of Amy Schumer, she and Aziz Ansari will headline this year’s Oddball Comedy Festival.
– @midnight has made us laugh for a couple of years now, and this week, Comedy Central decided to let Chris Hardwick continue with more seasons of the show.
– He tried to run, but now he’s back: Harry Shearer is sticking with The Simpsons crew after all.
– The next entry in the Pee-wee Herman franchise, the Netflix-exclusive Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, now has a release date.
– Speaking of Netflix movies, here’s a trailer for Staten Island Summer, which will also play in a small handful of theaters.
– So that Adam Sandler disaster-in-the-making will indeed be happening: by the end of the year, it’ll be on Netflix.
– It’s pretty well documented that we here are huge Big Jay Oakerson fans, so we’re enthralled that he’s soon to record his first hour long stand-up special for Comedy Central. Maybe even cooler is that he and Dan Soder will launch a SiriusXM comedy radio show at the end of the month.
– More in the world of first-time stand-up specials: Jay Pharoah’s hits Showtime August 1.
– Tom Cotter trying to get laughs after this happened is well worth your read.
– Next week, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll begins on FX. This week, a music video from the show appeared.
– South Park is officially the longest-running primetime scripted TV show in history: Comedy Central renewed it for three new seasons of thirty episodes total through 2019.
– Workaholics is here to stay: Comedy Central has renewed it for two more seasons.
– Conan O’Brian has his own war machine for times like this: he and his usual companion Andy Richter are off in San Diego for Comic-Con.
– A critic of life rather than its novelties, Andy Daly’s Forrest MacNeil character returns to TV at the end of the month. Watch this trailer for Review and get pumped.
– Seaton Smith, a stand-up comedian who’s appeared on Mulaney, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, will record a debut comedy album soon. Look for this guy to be a household name real soon.
– We love it when our friends do great things, and we love it even more when two of our friends work together to make us laugh super hard. Robert Kelly and Yannis Pappas have done just that.
– Jeff Dunham is set to have another special on NBC this year to follow last year’s All Over the Map.