It’s been a sad couple of weeks for Parks and Recreation recently. Last week, we said an unexpected and heartbreaking goodbye to one of the show’s producers, comedian Harris Wittels. This week, the farewells continued; the show that he spent so much time around ended, and the comedy community continued to mourn his passing. In fact, the show’s final episode ended with a montage to remember Wittels by. Also particularly powerful was Aziz Ansari’s tribute to Wittels, who was a very close friend. Outside Wittels memorials, the Parks cast stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers, a guy who once spent a lot of time with star Amy Poehler, to sing “Bye, Bye Li’l Sebastian” one last time. There was lots of making out involved.
Elsewhere in the comedy world…
– Tom McCaffetry’s Adventures in Comedy finally arrived over the weekend, ensuring that the entire week would go on to be quite the adventure.
– The slaughter is on. Will Kevin Hart actually kill Justin Bieber during the latter’s Comedy Central roast? Probably only poetically, but close enough. To prepare for the battle, Bieber got a new tattoo (as though he didn’t already have enough of them), and Comedy Central filmed the occasion. Bieber really doesn’t seem afraid of the potential death match at all, baiting Seth Rogen into his toughest comedy routine.
– As usual, T.J. miller made a scene somewhere. What’s not so usual is that he did so at an event as heralded as The Oscars. Speaking of unusual things happening at the Oscars, check out this crazy video of The Lonely Island and Tegan and Sara performing Oscar-nominated LEGO Movie theme song “Everything is Awesome” at the ceremony.
– SXSW is under a month away, so this week’s announcement of its comedy schedule got everyone even more excited than their already hyped mind state. But the anticipation was only amplified when we announced that Bill Burr and Al Madrigal will headline our showcase at the festival.
– Although Mike Epps has been chosen to play Richard Pyror in a biopic about the stand-up king’s life, unearthed footage of Marlon Wayans’ audition suggests that he would’ve been on point if casted too. Later in the week, Pyror’s wife – not an actress – called out Bill Cosby pretty harshly on a podcast.
– More news about some friends: Comedy Dynamics boldly acquired all the rights to Bill Hicks’ catalog, and will be reissuing it starting next month.
– Rob Riggle might be slightly better known for side roles than for main characters, but that’s set to change when he and Jane Curtin co-star in upcoming FOX sitcom 48 Hours ‘Til Monday.
– Bill Clinton’s been known to be a funny guy; maybe he took some cues from Pete Davidson.
– Parks and Recreation may have just ended, but Nick Offerman is already making moves, announcing that he and wife Megan Mullally will film a special together in May.
– Will Ferrell announced yet another venture this week: he’ll produce and star in comedy film The House.
– We now have a trailer for the upcoming comedy film Unfinished Business, which will star Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost, and James Marsden.
– We talked to a lot of people this week. First, we had a nice chat with our pal Dan Cummins this week, in advance of his April 25 comedy special taping in Salt Lake City. For this week’s Laugh Button podcast, we then sat down with comedian Mark Normand, a fellow podcast host. Our conversations continued outside the podcast when we talked to Eddie Pepitone. And for our feature “Nightmare Gig”, we asked Nick DiPaolo what his most horrific stand-up experience was. To top it all off, we had an interview with Joanne Roehm, the curator of Gilda’s LaughFest 2015.
– Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were obviously excellent sportsmen, but unearthed recordings show that they weren’t so sharp as comedians.
– It’s always exciting when Kristen Wiig is doing something now, so this trailer for Welcome to Me, in which she’ll star, is a bundle of joy.
– Simon Pegg will star in Kill Me Three Times, which you can get hyped for with this new trailer.