Things keep getting worse for Bill Cosby. In the wake of even more sexual assault charges levied against him, groups planning to work with him in the future cut ties, making headlines both within and outside of the comedy world this week. The fallout began Wednesday, when Netflix essentially cancelled his stand-up special they had previously planned to release; NBC followed suit within the same day, nixing a Cosby family sitcom slated for next year.
– And speaking of Bill Cosby, the famously anti-Cosby, modern comedy sage Hannibal Burress brought his impeccable sense of humor to a video review of Mason, Georgia’s Cracker Barrel. This isn’t nearly the first time Burress has reviewed a restaurant like this, but it’s one of his funniest moments yet.
– Dave Ross (not to be confused with David Cross) recorded a 7″ in Denver this week, marking another comedian playing into the fascinating resurgence of vinyl-pressed comedy albums.
– We got a sneak peek at some future material for The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe (the four longtime friends behind Impractical Jokers) at a live podcast taping. We don’t want to spoil what’s ahead, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give clues!
– Ever wonder why John Mulaney opted for a new, self-titled sitcom when he could’ve taken over Seth Meyers’ old SNL spot on Weekend Update? Find out the answer on this week’s edition of Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast.
– If the concept of The Peanuts going 3D from its super-2D original form doesn’t weird you out too much, check out this trailer for Paul Feig’s CGI-made Peanuts Movie that’s still over a year away.
– Leave it to Michelle Wolf to approach important social issues with a sense of humor while also really driving the point home. Watch her do exactly this about catcalling and other issues on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
– At this point, it’s safe to assume that anything Billy Eichner gets his hands on is comedic gold, but it seems that Hulu knows this better than USA (the network, not the country) does. The former network green-lighted a new Eichner series that the latter passed on.
– Jessica Williams continued to prove this week that she’s on par with Jon Stewart and revered Daily Show alumni Stephen Colbert and John Oliver with her hilarious, but angering, investigation into Detroit’s water shutoff program.
– Cameron Diaz will host SNL this weekend, and the promos for this episode reveal some information about a past romance she’s not so proud of (because it never happened).
– From Weekend Update to White House wonder: Cecily Strong will headline next year’s White House Correspondents’ dinner. She follows in the tradition of SNL alumni Darrell Hammond and her former Weekend Update co-host Seth Meyers.
– American Dad‘s eleventh season was its first on TBS, and this week we learned it won’t be the show’s last either.
– BEARS! Everyone loves ’em except Stephen Colbert. As his Report approaches its final episodes, what better time to reconcile with the lovable but truly savage beasts? Okay, maybe not that many people love them…
– A remarkable squad of Nick Thune, Kate Berlant, and Ben Kronberg will tour the east coast next February for about two weeks.
– Big Jay Oakerson dropped one of the year’s funniest comedy albums this week. It’s so good that we can probably convince you to buy it.
– The late, great Patrice O’Neal continues to live on in our hearts and memories. This week, his close friend Bill Burr confirmed that next year will hold in store a third annual edition of the Patrice O’Neal benefit show.
– We learned about even more SNL hosts: James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams will close out the year’s round of hosts.
– More Portlandia future fodder arrived this week in the form of a slightly longer trailer, one that’s as worth your time as that goth one from a few weeks back.
– Larry Wilmore will get his own show to replace the soon-ending Colbert Report, and now its name has been changed to The Nightly Show, following the naming model of the preceding Daily Show, where Wilmore got his start.
– Is Pitch Perfect a sequel-worthy movie? Let this trailer help you decide.
– That crazy Shia-LeBeouf-as-cannibal song has existed for a while now, but this week, we learned that musician Rob Cantor, with the help of The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, has perfected the already incredible tune. Seriously, just watch it (but maybe not at work).
– No week is complete without a good throwback every Thursday. This week’s #TBT reminds us that Matt Ingebretson and Dave Ross did the most ridiculous of the ridiculous: yes, they fenced, Laughter (read: disaster) ensued, and it’s on tape.
– Three seasons in, Sullivan and Son is ending. TBS pulled the plug on the show this week.
– If Jim Gaffigan is speaking and no one is laughing, something is wrong. On that note, brace yourself for his stand-up set on The Tonight Show from this week.
– Joan Rivers’ remains an immortal icon in the comedy community, and Amy Schumer took a moment to acknowledge this at this year’s Glamour Women of the Year event.
– Fahin Anwar is a stand-up comedian, so he’s qualified to claim that no flight attendant can ever hold this role. Of course, he’s joking – that’s what comedians do on the late night circuit.
– The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has this one pretty well-regarded bit wherhttp://thelaughbutton.com/site2/wp-admin/post.php?post=61886&action=edit#e celebrities choose songs to lip sync. Turns out this segment is so well-liked, it’s getting its own TV show, with Spike ordering the John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant co-produced effort.