We’re on the map! This week marked the premiere of our Laugh Button Podcast. Our weekly podcast (we’ve already aired one) is a partnership with Riotcast that recounts everything happening lately in the comedy world. Later in the week, we hosted Brooks Wheelan. You’ll never need to read one of these again!
– We started our weekend off with a nice gift from Tom McCaffrey. The man behind Adventures in Comedy delivered us a trailer for his mockumentary, out February 20 via Comedy Dynamics.
– Blake Shelton continued the weekend with his SNL hosting slot, and it was tough not to at least feel content with his presence.
– IFC is already making gains after losing The Birthday Boys last week. It turns out Jack Black will do some movie stuff for them pretty soon.
– Does misery love company or does it love comedy? Or maybe comedy loves misery. We’ll know soon now that Tribeca Film has the right to the Kevin Pollack documentary Misery Loves Comedy.
– Ann Perkins may have left Pawnee, but she could never leave Adam Scott. Yep, Scott and Rashida Jones will be back together once again in Angie Tribeca, TBS’ newest sitcom acquisition.
– We’ve been talking about Kyle Kinane’s new special for a bit now, but until it aired last week, all our conversations were speculative. We weren’t wrong, though: it rules.
– Will 2015 be the year of NBC pilot orders? The madness never stops, with the network ordering another two pilots, including a Jimmy Fallon production.
– ABC also announced some interesting pilot news: they’ve got one on the way called Chev and Bev, which is notable for reuniting National Lampoon’s Vacation co-stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo after over thirty years of not working together. It won’t necessarily be related to their classic roles, but the chemistry they’ve previously established will probably spring right back to life here.
– And then TBS got in on the fun. Wrecked, the latest pilot they’ve announced, casts The Whitest Kids U Know’s Zach Cregger as its main character. The series is described as Lost meets It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, so it’s already got our attention.
– TBS? CBS? Easy to get confused, especially when CBS is ordering pilots at the same time. This one’s going to stick with us more, though; it’s a sitcom version of Rush Hour. No, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker won’t be involved, but you can bet it’ll still be worth watching.
– We very warmly welcomed Brooks Wheelan’s debut album This Is Cool, Right? this week.
– Snapchat’s newest update crept into the comedy world. Specifically, its new “Discover” feature hosts content from Comedy Central, among other editorial teams.
– Ghostbusters is back, this time with an entirely female cast, the details of which instantly grabbed many fans’ attention. Among the names involved are Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, making this revamp seem pretty formidable.
– Believe it or not, until this week, living legend Mel Brooks had never done a live taping. All that changed on Saturday with Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen, suggesting that it’s never too late to cross that last goal off your bucket list.
– Surprise! Louis C.K. made his new special, Live at the Comedy Store, available for purchase on his website with a measly $5 fee.
– Should we be excited or worried that Netflix has signed Adam Sandler on for a film? Ridiculous 6 will be Sandler’s first time working with the network, a relationship which will hopefully prove to be beneficial to both.
– HBO and Togetherness will be staying together. The network renewed this Duplass Brothers comedy, one of its newest shows, for a second season this week.
– Eva Longoria’s Telenovela is coming together pretty steadily, announcing three main cast members this week.
– She’s Funny That Way might turn out to be pretty funny, according to its trailer. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston will play the main roles, marking their first appearance together in a while; Will Forte is among the supporting cast.
– This Wet Hot American Summer Netflix miniseries is really happening! We now have a trailer to prove it.
– In just over a month, Gotham Comedy Club NYC will open its doors for a Brett Sidell taping. This recording will eventually turn into a DVD and album, something we’ll look forward to enjoying later in the year.
– Seth MacFarlane and Patrick Stewart, famous for two utterly different reasons, are collaborating on a new sitcom titled Blunt Talk, for which ten episodes have already been ordered.
– Lorne Michaels’ newest involvement is in the HBO comedy pilot Brothers in Atlanta, which now features Maya Rudolph, albeit only as a recurring guest star.
– Ted the teddy bear – yes, that Ted – is now hopping on the “legalize it” bandwagon…kind of. This version’s a bit different, since Ted wants to legally marry a human woman and father her children. Will Ted 2 be sci-fi?
– Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory has been cast as God in a Broadway comedy. I’m already uncomfortable.
– Andy Samberg was once in a British show called Cuckoo, but its American revamp, announced this week, won’t involve him. Maybe its lead will be a British comic?
– Eddie Murphy is finally returning to SNL! It’s been almost three decades since he left the show that jumpstarted his career, but he’ll return for the show’s 40th anniversary special on February 15.
– After a couple of years staying grounded, Flight of the Conchords are back and soaring. In addition to the recent news that they’re working with HBO again, the duo will tour this year.
– After all the previous ups and downs, The Chris Gethard Show has truly, finally found a home: check the Fusion Network in April for its premiere.
– CC:Studios, the constantly active multiplatform sector of Comedy Central, detailed its upcoming digital projects, among them two series renewals, this week.
– Where music meets comedy: no, not, School of Rock or Spinal Tap, but, er, Weezer. Detour, based on Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo’s return to Harvard after dropping out to pursue music, will eventually air on FOX.
– But FOX isn’t done. Entourage star Kevin Connolly will be the focus of a fantasy football sitcom that the network just ordered. Appropriate timing, eh?
– Appropriate timing indeed. The big game is pretty much here, so what better time for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 to get in on the deflate gate controversy? The best part is that this comes courtesy of a TV spot.