Although the Maui Comedy Festival ended this past week, we’re just recovering from it now. Even though a slew of comedians were out in tropical paradise, there were still things happening all throughout the comedy world this week. Case in point, we’re already back in New York running around for the New York Comedy Festival. Ain’t no rest for the wicked.
– We flew to Hawaii with more than half of the festival’s performers, and spent Friday watching them in action. The next morning, we had the pleasure of joining them on a comedian snorkeling adventure, and then a prison trip (no, seriously) brought the most laughter probably anyone has had behind bars. We’re already super pumped for next year’s edition!
– All the way on the other side of the country, Chris Rock graced Saturday Night Live‘s stage with his long-awaited return there, but not without some controversy. Prince’s performance saved the day, though.
– Comic twins Kenny and Keith Lucas, better known as comedy duo The Lucas Brothers, lit up The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with their love for Space Jam. What kind of person can’t relate to this?
– More non-cable sitcom cancellations came around, with NBC closing the door on the young sitcoms A to Z and Bad Judge.
– We finally got to see a small piece of the star-crossed pair of Grumpy Cat and Aubrey Plaza in a short trailer for Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, set to premiere on Lifetime in three weeks.
– Naturally, Nick Offerman would appear in a Home Depot commercial. Even less surprisingly, his appearance comes in the form of a John Oliver directed-video. To ensure this one’s full of all the big names in modern comedy television, H. Jon Benjamin has a role too. How are you not watching this already?
– We’re hoping Jerrod Carmichael’s newest effort with big supporters NBC will finally go through, after two past efforts seemingly stalled.
– Martin Short, hot off the relatively recent premiere of Mulaney, wrote a song about plastic surgery. Where better than Late Show With David Letterman to make it public?
– Joe Pera is a comedian, not a food critic, but he’s beginning his ventures into the latter exploit with pancakes. In his new role as The Pancake Breakfast Critic, though, he’s also able to indulge in rhubarb and burgers.
– In just five minutes on Conan, Matt Donahue joked about a dangerously large number of topics, but he proved to be a master of brevity rather than an unskilled raconteur.
– Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg really hit it off on The Other Guys, so the announcement of their new co-starring film Daddy’s Home feels like an early holiday gift.
– Judd Apatow will continue his streak of female-focused work with a new ensemble-cast film that explores female football lovers.
– Archer is back, babies and all. FX is going to have everyoned tuned in come January with a trailer this strong.
– It’s been a good while since Jimmy Dore’s last special, but don’t fret: he’s just now recording a new one in LA. No word yet on a release date, but this is exciting news nonetheless!
– Fear and laughing on Adult Swim: The Heart, She Holler is back soon, and we have this trailer to prove it.
– Former SNL Weekend Update co-anchors Cecily Strong and Seth Meyers reunited on the latter’s Late Night. Strong, it turns out, has a very ghostly following.
– From his various roles in scattered comedies, Rob Riggle comes off as a bit of a tough guy. It might just be that Marines spirit he’s gotten from two separate Afghanistan tours, as he explained on Late Show With David Letterman.
– With holiday season not terribly far around the corner, we looked back at Samm Severin’s destressing advice on the comedy webseries Crafts ‘R Qute.
– Gregg Mettler was raised alongside puppets. No, really. There’ll soon be a whole ABC autobiographical family comedy devoted to this truth.
– When Parks and Rec reaches its unfortunate finish, Amy Poehler can reasonably enter the rap world (okay, kind of), as demonstrated in this supercut of all her comedy raps. Brace yourself: as with everything Poehler does, this one is next-level bonkers.
– That’s Doctor Stephen Colbert to you, or so we’re led to believe (if you dare) in his Colbert Report segment on chemically tainted water.