Did you know that SNL is now as old as some of our youngest dads? Yup, that’s right, this cornerstone of modern American television turns 40 this October! But since it’s already 2015, why not start celebrating now? That’s VH1 Classic’s logic: the channel announced this week that it’ll air a 19-day (!!!) marathon of the show. Yup, that’s 433 hours in total. Focusing on the show’s 2015 run, though: we finally got a much-deserved set of promos for the year’s first SNL episode after what felt like an endless hiatus. By the way, Kevin Hart, this week’s host and star of these great promos, has a movie, The Wedding Ringer, in theaters now.
Elsewhere in the comedy world this week:
– We started the week by losing Brickleberry, which was cancelled after three seasons. The most recent one ended in November, so this feels a bit sudden.
– We then suffered a far deeper and greater loss. Comedian and actor Taylor Negron passed away over the weekend after a long battle with cancer, and he will be sorely missed within the comedy community.
– During Breaking Bad‘s tremendous run, the comic relief of Bob Odenkirk’s character Saul Goodman was precise enough that AMC managed to get a spinoff going based on this character. We’ve known this for a while, but now we finally have a trailer for Better Call Saul, which may or not be a comedy series. We’ll find out February 8 and 9 during its two-night premiere.
– More broken anticipation: we finally learned this week that Stephen Colbert’s late-night takeover will start Tuesday, September 8.
– Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, together at last? Probably not an ideal couple, but one that’ll grace Adult Swim with their Jack and Triumph Show debut on February 20.
– Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be bookending this year. They’ve already started it by hosting the Golden Globes, and they’ll be ending it with their movie Sisters, which you can catch a super-short preview of here.
– Bridget Everett’s Dork Forest appearance and Ding-Donger with Matt Braunger made their debuts at this year’s NYC Podfest, which was the big thing in tri-state comedy this past weekend.
– It’s been a big few days for Tig Notaro. Towards the end of last week, HBO revealed they’d be giving her a special; this week, competing network Showtime announced they’d air the documentary Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro on April 17.
– We got a first glance at Improvising, the meta-titled sitcom that we’ll get to know better soon enough.
– Congrats to dark comedy Transparent on its Golden Globes wins this past weekend! In light of this dominance, Amazon Prime’s announcement of a new Woody Allen comedy show set to air early next year has many people excited, and others a bit angry.
– Cancelled, but not at all forgotten, Community will air its sixth season on Yahoo! Screen. Catch it making the move to the streaming realm March 17. By the way, we have six seasons now – when’s that movie happening?
– More cool streaming news: Tom McCaffrey’s newest movie, Adventures in Comedy, will go straight to most of the major streaming networks upon its February 20 release. With Jim Gaffigan, Aisha Tyler, and Janeane Garofalo among the cast members, this one’s bound to tie up the Internet for a moment.
– Gilda’s Laughfest will take place over ten days in March this year, and like its slogan says, it’s set to be seriously funny.
– In about four months, we’ll have the pleasure of seeing Melissa McCarthy star in a Paul Feig-directed movie, but until then, check out this red band trailer of Spy.
– Everyone’s already pumped for the Netflix update of Wet Hot American Summer, so this week’s announcement that Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, and Lake Bell are on board for the revamp only got the crowd more excited.
– Just before Broad City returned for its hotly anticipated second season on Wednesday, fans learned that a third season would be guaranteed! It’s impossible to get enough of Hannibal Buress, so this was the week’s most welcome news.
– NBC stayed nice and active this week, ordering three new comedy pilots, about which details are still a bit scarce. Actually, make that four: Eva Longoria is stepping further into the comedy world, where NBC is welcoming her Telenovela with open arms.
– On the flipside, USA cancelled the very young sitcom Benched, but its stars are set to do other things this year anyway. On the flipside of this flipside: USA also ordered a new comedy, Donny!, named after its star, Donny Deutsch.
– Simon Amstell stopped by Conan to talk about, among other things, sex dungeons.
– Our pal Kyle Kinane has a Comedy Central special airing super soon! Its title, I Liked His Old Stuff Better, is hilarious as it is; you can confirm that its content is just as funny next Friday, January 23.
– With names as big as Jason Sudeikis and Broadway Video on board, Detroiters is maybe the least surprising pilot that Comedy Central could pick up, which the network did this week.
– Ari Shaffir’s Paid Regular had its much anticipated premiere. The early clips we got the afternoon before its release are a pretty solid summary of what was so exciting.
– Weed problems have made for great comedy, but they can also be troubling. Unfortunately, Ralphie May felt the negative side of this phenomenon, when police removed him from his own show since he was so under the influence.
– Kurt Braunohler’s jetski journey from Chicago to New Orleans is the subject of Comedy Central’s Roustabout, a webseries set to begin January 26. Until then, check out this hilarious trailer.