This summer, comedian Tracy Morgan survived a horrendously dangerous car crash that took the life of his close friend and mentor James McNair. This week brought some rage-inducing developments in his lawsuit against the Walmart driver who caused this accident, and updated us about a potentially bleak future for Morgan. Thankfully, this week’s other comedy news was more on the bright side.
– Behind the wheel of the giant Walmart truck responsible for the accident that put Tracy Morgan into critical condition was the intensely sleep-deprived Kevin Roper, but apparently this guy isn’t the one to blame. In a classic corporate move of sociopathic proportions, Walmart insisted in court that Morgan’s failure to wear a seatbelt caused the accident. This, coupled with the news that Morgan’s injuries might prevent him from ever performing again, simply felt like a rude, undeserved slap in the face to Morgan, his family, his friends, and his fans.
– Elsewhere, Jim Gaffigan joined the NFL for all of one second before getting the boot. For maybe the first time in human history, eating a doughnut backfired.
– In a couple of weeks, Nate Bargatze will film his newest stand-up special at NYC’s Gramercy Theater. If you don’t want to wait until it becomes available to hear his always incredible humor, grab some tickets for the filming!
– Although there are only more than three months left in the year, it’s more than enough time for Portland’s hilarious all-female comedy festival All Jane No Dick to host headliners as incredible as Kate Berlant and Beth Stelling.
– Giulia Rozzi’s show Bad Bride has doubled in size, now being an hour long show rather than just a half-hour.
– Jerrod Carmichael has sent out another promo video for his almost-here special Love at the Store, and we’re not complaining. Even funnier: his appearance on Conan later in the week. But that wasn’t all: a full-on preview of Love at the Store popped up by the week’s end.
– As we wait for Chelsea Lately to transform into Chelsea Handler’s 2016 Netflix talk show, we can very soon go there to watch her new stand-up special Uganda Be Kidding Me.
– The Family Guy/Simpsons crossover paled in comparison to animator Don Hertzfeldt’s wild, unpredictable Season 26 premiere couch gag.
– Mulaney‘s premiere is just around the corner, so the titular John Mulaney self-promoted with a visit to Paul F. Tompkins’ Speakeasy. He later stopped by The Tonight Show to tell the story of Ice-T narrating his show’s intro.
– Although FXX is still struggling, it’s taking in some new shows; the second season of You’re the Worst will move there from FX, where the second season of Married will remain.
– We wish Yvette Nicole Brown the best in leaving Community to spend time with her sick father. The show won’t be the same without her, but it’s worth it for Brown to be with her loved ones in a time of need.
– It was funny enough the first time, but now Big is shrinking down from the big screen to the small screen, courtesy of FOX.
– Big not enough for you? Rush Hour is getting the same treatment.
– Even if you have the world’s simplest name, it’s tough not to receive a coffee with it spelled incorrectly. Jimmy Kimmel explored this hilarious trend on his show with an equally hilarious skit.
– Sarah Silverman isn’t quieting down after last week: her SNL promo has her jokingly taking credit for a super famous Tina Fey bit. And in more SNL-verman news, she swung by Late Night With Seth Meyers, where she wasn’t nearly the first to reminisce on the show.
– Jon Oliver continued his perpetual hot streak of TV hilarity, but this time on a show with a much longer history than his.
– Bill Burr’s recurring Breaking Bad character may have been slightly more serious than his usual stuff, but he’s back and as funny as ever, although the comedy pilot in his future is much farther away than his newly released album.
– Ben Affleck might not be that well-known for comedic roles, but he definitely riled up the laughs when he visited The Daily Show this week.
– We published a handy guide to the funniest shows of the upcoming TV season.
– Artie Lange announced his triumphant return with a stand-up special that’ll be here before you can say “failure.”
– More in news-comedy shows: Stephen Colbert blasted his “true idol” Bill O’Reilly in a moment that may have, in a way, broken the fourth wall.
– Debatable good or bad choice here: Netflix hired Adam Sandler to star in four films that will, historically, go straight to Netflix without hitting the big screen.
– Zach Braff will direct the pilot episode of a new MTV show that comes with one of the oddest yet most typical descriptions in a while.
– More Conan appearances: Pete Correale wasn’t so excited to be there…well, kind of.
– The new album from outspoken comedienne Cameron Esposito is finally here, and it’s all sorts of great.
– Everyone knows that Super Troopers is hilarious, but it’s only so often that someone successfully executes one of their classic pranks by calling into a radio show.
– Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is pretty well-regarded for his scathingly hilarious words, but lest we forget he’s a dog, he did lots of humping in Times Square recently.
– The Daily Show‘s Jessica Williams continued her sophisticated, witty, hysterical treatment of widespread sexism with a hilarious lesson in dealing with street harassment.
– A well-deserved moment in Steve Martin’s long-running career: The Jerk himself is set to receive an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, although it won’t happen until next summer.
– Amazon decided the future of some comedy pilots it’s been working with: Red Oaks is a go, Really is sadly no more, and The Cosmopolitans is still undecided.