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Ali Wong’s next Netflix project is a romcom and it has a trailer

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 16:42

Ali Wong and Randall Park are co-starring in a new Netflix rom-com. The streaming provider released a teaser for their new original film, Always Be My Maybe via their Instagram account. The teaser also announced that the film will be available for streaming on May 31, the last day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Always Be My Maybe examines the ‘friend zone’

The title of the film is a play on the Mariah Carey ’90s slow jam You’ll Always Be My Baby which is featured prominently in the teaser. The story of Always Be My Maybe follows Wong’s Sasha and Park’s Marcus. The two were once childhood friends, but after not talking for 15 years, they try to rekindle the friendship when Sasha moves back to their native San Francisco to open a new restaurant. Marcus then finds himself wanting more than friendship.

The movie promises to examine “the friend zone” and whether or not Marcus is really in it. In the trailer, Sasha tells Marcus she is seeing someone new—to hilarious ends. The teaser promises that Always Be My Maybe will be a rom-com that you won’t be able to “shut up about.”

Wong and Park wrote the film with Michael Golamco and Nahnatchka Khan directed. Unfortunately, very little of the cast shows up in the teaser, but the film also features performances from Keanu Reeves, Daniel Dae Kim, Michelle Buteau, Vivian Bang, Karan Soni, Charlyne Yi, James Saito, Lyrics Born, and Susan Park.

Wong, Park, and Khan all worked on ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat: Wong as a writer, Park as an actor, and Khan as the showrunner. While Khan directed episodes of the show and other half-hour comedies, Always Be My Maybe will be her feature film directorial debut. The film is one of Wong’s upcoming projects with Netflix. She also stars in the upcoming animated series Tuca & Bertie alongside Tiffany Haddish.

You can watch the full trailer below.

 

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You’ll be singing this song all day long now…you’re welcome. @aliwong and @randallpark star in #AlwaysBeMyMaybe.

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Ali Wong’s next Netflix project is a romcom and it has a trailer

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 16:42

Ali Wong and Randall Park are co-starring in a new Netflix rom-com. The streaming provider released a teaser for their new original film, Always Be My Maybe via their Instagram account. The teaser also announced that the film will be available for streaming on May 31, the last day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Always Be My Maybe examines the ‘friend zone’

The title of the film is a play on the Mariah Carey ’90s slow jam You’ll Always Be My Baby which is featured prominently in the teaser. The story of Always Be My Maybe follows Wong’s Sasha and Park’s Marcus. The two were once childhood friends, but after not talking for 15 years, they try to rekindle the friendship when Sasha moves back to their native San Francisco to open a new restaurant. Marcus then finds himself wanting more than friendship.

The movie promises to examine “the friend zone” and whether or not Marcus is really in it. In the trailer, Sasha tells Marcus she is seeing someone new—to hilarious ends. The teaser promises that Always Be My Maybe will be a rom-com that you won’t be able to “shut up about.”

Wong and Park wrote the film with Michael Golamco and Nahnatchka Khan directed. Unfortunately, very little of the cast shows up in the teaser, but the film also features performances from Keanu Reeves, Daniel Dae Kim, Michelle Buteau, Vivian Bang, Karan Soni, Charlyne Yi, James Saito, Lyrics Born, and Susan Park.

Wong, Park, and Khan all worked on ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat: Wong as a writer, Park as an actor, and Khan as the showrunner. While Khan directed episodes of the show and other half-hour comedies, Always Be My Maybe will be her feature film directorial debut. The film is one of Wong’s upcoming projects with Netflix. She also stars in the upcoming animated series Tuca & Bertie alongside Tiffany Haddish.

You can watch the full trailer below.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

You’ll be singing this song all day long now…you’re welcome. @aliwong and @randallpark star in #AlwaysBeMyMaybe.

A post shared by Netflix US (@netflix) on Apr 23, 2019 at 8:11am PDT

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Josh Gondelman is Dancing on a Weeknight and in our hearts (Review)

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 15:00

Comedian Josh Gondelman is an eternal optimist.

In fact, he sees the world through rose-colored glasses and only expects to die, as his friend puts it, after falling “off a Ferris wheel trying to catch a falling star.”

That kind of jubilant, self-elevating humor prevails throughout the Massachusetts-born comic’s third comedy album, Dancing on a Weeknight. Gondelman is charming and intelligent, engaging with the focus of his material, and overall, just a joy to experience.

Before Dancing on a Weeknight, Gondelman spent five years writing and producing content for HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, where he won two Peabodies, two WGA Awards, and three Emmys. In 2016, Gondelman made his late night stand-up debut on Conan, and performed on network television for the first time on Late Night With Seth Meyers.

When he is not doing stand-up, his musings find a home in prestigious publications such as the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and The New Yorker. His resume is impressive and without challenge; his talent is apparent; it was only a matter of time before he began his campaign to calmly conquer the world of stand-up comedy.

Gondelman’s uncanny ability to easily command a room is remarkable. He speaks softly but carries an immense comedic stick, putting a live audience at ease with delightful stories about his pug Bizzy, his 94-year-old great aunt and her “unbeatable swagger,” and the “second greatest moment” of his wedding.

While that may come off as unusual in an age where stand-ups act overly exuberant whenever they can, Gondelman’s out of the ordinary style is a perfectly executed and well received contrast to the norm.

In fact, listening to Gondelman talk about, as he puts it, his “great life” feels very much like the audio equivalent of a spa day trip. You are treated to a very soothing atmosphere created by a calm and collected professional who seeks to leave his client at a better place mentally, physically and spiritually by the end of the visit. He never raises his volume unnecessarily, never introduces stressful topics of conversation, and never deviates from his aim of being the most enthusiastically demure entertainer working today.

Josh Gondelman’s Dancing on a Weeknight serves as a great third outing for the writer-comedian, cementing his place as one of comedy’s newest and brightest stars, or as he puts it, as the industry’s “hipster Mr. Rogers.”

Josh Gondelman’s Dancing on a Weeknight is in stores now via Blonde Medicine Records.

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Josh Gondelman is Dancing on a Weeknight and in our hearts (Review)

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 15:00

Comedian Josh Gondelman is an eternal optimist.

In fact, he sees the world through rose-colored glasses and only expects to die, as his friend puts it, after falling “off a Ferris wheel trying to catch a falling star.”

That kind of jubilant, self-elevating humor prevails throughout the Massachusetts-born comic’s third comedy album, Dancing on a Weeknight. Gondelman is charming and intelligent, engaging with the focus of his material, and overall, just a joy to experience.

Before Dancing on a Weeknight, Gondelman spent five years writing and producing content for HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, where he won two Peabodies, two WGA Awards, and three Emmys. In 2016, Gondelman made his late night stand-up debut on Conan, and performed on network television for the first time on Late Night With Seth Meyers.

When he is not doing stand-up, his musings find a home in prestigious publications such as the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and The New Yorker. His resume is impressive and without challenge; his talent is apparent; it was only a matter of time before he began his campaign to calmly conquer the world of stand-up comedy.

Gondelman’s uncanny ability to easily command a room is remarkable. He speaks softly but carries an immense comedic stick, putting a live audience at ease with delightful stories about his pug Bizzy, his 94-year-old great aunt and her “unbeatable swagger,” and the “second greatest moment” of his wedding.

While that may come off as unusual in an age where stand-ups act overly exuberant whenever they can, Gondelman’s out of the ordinary style is a perfectly executed and well received contrast to the norm.

In fact, listening to Gondelman talk about, as he puts it, his “great life” feels very much like the audio equivalent of a spa day trip. You are treated to a very soothing atmosphere created by a calm and collected professional who seeks to leave his client at a better place mentally, physically and spiritually by the end of the visit. He never raises his volume unnecessarily, never introduces stressful topics of conversation, and never deviates from his aim of being the most enthusiastically demure entertainer working today.

Josh Gondelman’s Dancing on a Weeknight serves as a great third outing for the writer-comedian, cementing his place as one of comedy’s newest and brightest stars, or as he puts it, as the industry’s “hipster Mr. Rogers.”

Josh Gondelman’s Dancing on a Weeknight is in stores now via Blonde Medicine Records.

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8 great rape jokes to highlight Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:30

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Stand-up comedy has always had a complicated relationship with sexual assault. Rape jokes happen often in comedy. Many notable comedians make them including Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K., Daniel Tosh, George Carlin, and Sarah Silverman. If you Google “rape jokes,” you’ll find a lot of think pieces debating whether or not you ‘can’ joke about the touchy topic. While these jokes are common, some people think they are never funny.

But that’s not true.

There are many amazing rape jokes out there: jokes that don’t make fun of victims and jokes that can teach valuable lessons about listening to women (or anyone who speaks up about assault). That may be because when one thinks of ‘rape jokes,’ one probably thinks of a cringe-worthy bit about how ‘confusing’ consent is in the #MeToo era (hint: it’s not that confusing). For April, Laughspin wants to highlight s0me rape jokes we can confidently get behind.

Wanda Sykes – Detachable Puss

Wanda Sykes never says the word rape in her bit about having a detachable vagina, but it is a rape joke. The joke is in the special Sick and Tired which came out in 2006. This joke has stood the test of time. It takes a strong stance on rape culture and assault without using a single one of those words. She even references Kobe Bryant without ever mentioning his name. At first, this joke washes over an audience with ease, but then there is an aftershock of commentary which creates a heavy joke that you won’t feel guilty laughing at. This special came out 11 years before the #MeToo movement and while many have made rape jokes before 2006, this one feels like one of the first to be fully feminist.

John Mulaney – Subway Station Chase

Men can write rape jokes. Like anything in comedy, it just depends on the joke. This joke from a young John Mulaney is perfect because it examines empathy and does so delicately. Being able to relate his feelings while simultaneously relating to the woman who is afraid of him, is powerful. The joke doesn’t have a TED Talk-y serious feel to it, but it isolates a thing that is difficult to describe. The joke is about perception and how that perception, while wrong in this case, was crafted by society—but the joke doesn’t bash you over the head with its messaging. Instead, you will find yourself laughing at a hilarious story.

Cameron Esposito – Rape Jokes

Cameron Esposito made her special Rape Jokes free to stream through her website and passed all donations to RAINN, America’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. Not all of Rape Jokes is about rape. Esposito talks about being gay, her bad knee, and an epic joke about going down on women on their periods. But the rape jokes in this special are arresting. Moments of the special feel a bit serious, but the laughs in between make this special work. She tells a story about her own sexual assault at the end of the special. Her description is haunting and even though the crowd knows what the story is about, they can’t help but laugh at the jokes that Esposito sneaks in about Law and Order: SVU and darts and anything else to break the tension she builds up.

Heather Jordan Ross – Rape is Real and Everywhere

Emma Cooper and Heather Jordan Ross started a stand-up show that features only rape survivors. The show, and subsequent tour, has made waves in Canada since 2017. In the show, Ross joked, “I was too busy and too poor to be a survivor… But then I got a better job and got better at comedy, and one day I sat down and ate guacamole and sweet potato fries in the same meal and my body was like, ‘It was rape!'” The entire crowd erupts in laughter and starts applauding. At that moment, Ross smiles. It is pure catharsis. The entire audience laughs with her. Her jokes are far more a celebration of survivorship and the power of women.

Inside Amy Schumer – Football Town Nights

As a comedian, some of Amy Schumer’s jokes have have been extremely controversial, but she did have some classic sketches on her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer. The sketch, Football Town Nights, was written by Christine Nangle and parodies Friday Night Lights. Having a sketch that even uses the word rape this much, in 2015, was fairly groundbreaking. The sketch is more than it’s commentary. It is laugh out loud funny, from start to finish.

Hannah Gadsby- Nanette

The funny parts of Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette are not the parts where she talks about her rape, but it feels wrong not having her on this list. Laughspin ranked this special as one of the top 5 specials of 2018 and Gadsby won a Peabody Award for the Netflix special. It wasn’t only funny, it started a major conversation in the comedy community. While there are jokes (despite what some guys will tell you), it is hard to break down any one part of Nanette because the sum is so much larger than its parts. Nanette feels like an anti-joke at moments or even performance art.

CollegeHumor- Wacky Hijinks from ’80s Comedies Were Mostly Rape

The title of this College Humor sketch, Wacky Hijinks from ’80s Comedies Were Mostly Rape really explains the whole sketch and the only joke in it. That being said, this sketch works because it is so simple. Comedy fans have probably seen all of these movies and the sketch centers around describing their plots. The social commentary in this sketch is rather innocuous. Writer Mike Trapp made something truly amazing: a YouTube sketch about rape where the top comments are positive.

Ever Mainard – Here’s Your Rape

Ever Mainard’s joke Here’s Your Rape is hilarious. Her fluctuations between calm and screaming make it almost impossible not to laugh. About halfway through the joke she yells, “You need a man to survive unless he’s following you at night. Then you are going to die.” To which the crowd erupts with laughter. The structure of the joke is perfect, but it is Mainard’s performance that really sells the story.

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8 great rape jokes to highlight Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:30

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Stand-up comedy has always had a complicated relationship with sexual assault. Rape jokes happen often in comedy. Many notable comedians make them including Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K., Daniel Tosh, George Carlin, and Sarah Silverman. If you Google “rape jokes,” you’ll find a lot of think pieces debating whether or not you ‘can’ joke about the touchy topic. While these jokes are common, some people think they are never funny.

But that’s not true.

There are many amazing rape jokes out there: jokes that don’t make fun of victims and jokes that can teach valuable lessons about listening to women (or anyone who speaks up about assault). That may be because when one thinks of ‘rape jokes,’ one probably thinks of a cringe-worthy bit about how ‘confusing’ consent is in the #MeToo era (hint: it’s not that confusing). For April, Laughspin wants to highlight s0me rape jokes we can confidently get behind.

Wanda Sykes – Detachable Puss

Wanda Sykes never says the word rape in her bit about having a detachable vagina, but it is a rape joke. The joke is in the special Sick and Tired which came out in 2006. This joke has stood the test of time. It takes a strong stance on rape culture and assault without using a single one of those words. She even references Kobe Bryant without ever mentioning his name. At first, this joke washes over an audience with ease, but then there is an aftershock of commentary which creates a heavy joke that you won’t feel guilty laughing at. This special came out 11 years before the #MeToo movement and while many have made rape jokes before 2006, this one feels like one of the first to be fully feminist.

John Mulaney – Subway Station Chase

Men can write rape jokes. Like anything in comedy, it just depends on the joke. This joke from a young John Mulaney is perfect because it examines empathy and does so delicately. Being able to relate his feelings while simultaneously relating to the woman who is afraid of him, is powerful. The joke doesn’t have a TED Talk-y serious feel to it, but it isolates a thing that is difficult to describe. The joke is about perception and how that perception, while wrong in this case, was crafted by society—but the joke doesn’t bash you over the head with its messaging. Instead, you will find yourself laughing at a hilarious story.

Cameron Esposito – Rape Jokes

Cameron Esposito made her special Rape Jokes free to stream through her website and passed all donations to RAINN, America’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. Not all of Rape Jokes is about rape. Esposito talks about being gay, her bad knee, and an epic joke about going down on women on their periods. But the rape jokes in this special are arresting. Moments of the special feel a bit serious, but the laughs in between make this special work. She tells a story about her own sexual assault at the end of the special. Her description is haunting and even though the crowd knows what the story is about, they can’t help but laugh at the jokes that Esposito sneaks in about Law and Order: SVU and darts and anything else to break the tension she builds up.

Heather Jordan Ross – Rape is Real and Everywhere

Emma Cooper and Heather Jordan Ross started a stand-up show that features only rape survivors. The show, and subsequent tour, has made waves in Canada since 2017. In the show, Ross joked, “I was too busy and too poor to be a survivor… But then I got a better job and got better at comedy, and one day I sat down and ate guacamole and sweet potato fries in the same meal and my body was like, ‘It was rape!'” The entire crowd erupts in laughter and starts applauding. At that moment, Ross smiles. It is pure catharsis. The entire audience laughs with her. Her jokes are far more a celebration of survivorship and the power of women.

Inside Amy Schumer – Football Town Nights

As a comedian, some of Amy Schumer’s jokes have have been extremely controversial, but she did have some classic sketches on her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer. The sketch, Football Town Nights, was written by Christine Nangle and parodies Friday Night Lights. Having a sketch that even uses the word rape this much, in 2015, was fairly groundbreaking. The sketch is more than it’s commentary. It is laugh out loud funny, from start to finish.

Hannah Gadsby- Nanette

The funny parts of Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette are not the parts where she talks about her rape, but it feels wrong not having her on this list. Laughspin ranked this special as one of the top 5 specials of 2018 and Gadsby won a Peabody Award for the Netflix special. It wasn’t only funny, it started a major conversation in the comedy community. While there are jokes (despite what some guys will tell you), it is hard to break down any one part of Nanette because the sum is so much larger than its parts. Nanette feels like an anti-joke at moments or even performance art.

CollegeHumor- Wacky Hijinks from ’80s Comedies Were Mostly Rape

The title of this College Humor sketch, Wacky Hijinks from ’80s Comedies Were Mostly Rape really explains the whole sketch and the only joke in it. That being said, this sketch works because it is so simple. Comedy fans have probably seen all of these movies and the sketch centers around describing their plots. The social commentary in this sketch is rather innocuous. Writer Mike Trapp made something truly amazing: a YouTube sketch about rape where the top comments are positive.

Ever Mainard – Here’s Your Rape

Ever Mainard’s joke Here’s Your Rape is hilarious. Her fluctuations between calm and screaming make it almost impossible not to laugh. About halfway through the joke she yells, “You need a man to survive unless he’s following you at night. Then you are going to die.” To which the crowd erupts with laughter. The structure of the joke is perfect, but it is Mainard’s performance that really sells the story.

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HBO orders space tourism comedy from Veep creator

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:13

Veep ends its award-winning run this year, but HBO will keep creator Armando Iannucci around when it’s over. HBO greenlighted a space comedy pilot from the Veep mastermind called Avenue 5. Avenue 5 stars Book of Mormon’s Josh Gad, House’s Hugh Laurie, Silicon Valley’s Zach Woods, and Lovesick’s Nikki Amuka-Bird.

Iannucci created, wrote, and executive produces the pilot about space tourism 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. Notably steering the project is Will Smith who serves as executive producer.

Veep ends historic HBO run

Selina Meyer ends her seven-season reign on HBO in May. The political satire, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, followed a fictional vice president and her team as they tried to make an impact on the country while playing the daily games of American politics. Louis-Dreyfus won six consecutive Emmys for her role as Meyer. She holds the record for most Emmy wins as an actor for the same role. Though he left as showrunner in 2015 to maintain his family life in London, Iannucci won two Emmys for his work on the series.

The Scottish showrunner didn’t lay low after leaving Veep. Since his departure, he wrote and directed The Death of Stalin, another political satire that came out in 2017. Last year, he shot his own adaptation of David Copperfield starring Dev Patel as the titular character. Iannucci utilized both Laurie and Amuka-Bird for the film.

Avenue 5 boasts cast of space tourists

Iannucci’s new show boasts an impressive cast and HBO released a sizable amount of details about the series. Laurie leads the way as Captain Ryan Clark of the space cruise ship Avenue 5. Gad plays Herman Judd, a billionaire hotelier putting the money behind Avenue 5. Woods is Matt Spencer, Head of Customer Relations and Amuka-Bird stars as Rav Mulcair, Head of Judd Mission Control back home on Earth.

Other characters include an engineer, an elderly space enthusiast and retired astronaut, and an imposter described as “a born leader.” Mutiny on Avenue 5?

Though just a pilot order, HBO has little else in development. The only other HBO pilot with the green light is the Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts.

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HBO orders space tourism comedy from Veep creator

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:13

Veep ends its award-winning run this year, but HBO will keep creator Armando Iannucci around when it’s over. HBO greenlighted a space comedy pilot from the Veep mastermind called Avenue 5. Avenue 5 stars Book of Mormon’s Josh Gad, House’s Hugh Laurie, Silicon Valley’s Zach Woods, and Lovesick’s Nikki Amuka-Bird.

Iannucci created, wrote, and executive produces the pilot about space tourism 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. Notably steering the project is Will Smith who serves as executive producer.

Veep ends historic HBO run

Selina Meyer ends her seven-season reign on HBO in May. The political satire, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, followed a fictional vice president and her team as they tried to make an impact on the country while playing the daily games of American politics. Louis-Dreyfus won six consecutive Emmys for her role as Meyer. She holds the record for most Emmy wins as an actor for the same role. Though he left as showrunner in 2015 to maintain his family life in London, Iannucci won two Emmys for his work on the series.

The Scottish showrunner didn’t lay low after leaving Veep. Since his departure, he wrote and directed The Death of Stalin, another political satire that came out in 2017. Last year, he shot his own adaptation of David Copperfield starring Dev Patel as the titular character. Iannucci utilized both Laurie and Amuka-Bird for the film.

Avenue 5 boasts cast of space tourists

Iannucci’s new show boasts an impressive cast and HBO released a sizable amount of details about the series. Laurie leads the way as Captain Ryan Clark of the space cruise ship Avenue 5. Gad plays Herman Judd, a billionaire hotelier putting the money behind Avenue 5. Woods is Matt Spencer, Head of Customer Relations and Amuka-Bird stars as Rav Mulcair, Head of Judd Mission Control back home on Earth.

Other characters include an engineer, an elderly space enthusiast and retired astronaut, and an imposter described as “a born leader.” Mutiny on Avenue 5?

Though just a pilot order, HBO has little else in development. The only other HBO pilot with the green light is the Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts.

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Childish Gambino gives away Adidas at Coachella in the most Childish Gambino way

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:52

Donald Glover is hawking shoes in the most Gambino possible way. The comedian-rapper-actor-writer-multi-hyphenate released a nearly seven-minute short film starring Mo’Nique to promote his new shoe line with Adidas.

The shoes are a re-imagination of classic Adidas styles including the Nizza, the Continental 80, and the Lacombe, but the shoes themselves get lost in the bizarre and absurdist filmmaking style of Glover. In the video, Mo’Nique chides and gives Glover advice against the backdrop of Hollywood glamour. The video has a classic Hollywood feel reminiscent of All About Eve or Sunset Boulevard, but the conversations the two comedians engage in are something completely unique.

Donald Glover partners with Adidas, Mo’Nique on digital shorts

The short film is made to sell shoes, but the shoes themselves get lost in it. That may be partially by design. Glover released in a statement, “Rich is a concept. With this project, I wanted to encourage people to think about how their stories can be told on their feet. Value isn’t quantified by what you wear, rather the experiences from them. And you make the decision on what works for you, you live through your own lens. The partnership for me is about being able to exemplify what doing your own thing truly looks and feels like.”

Many rappers have their own shoe deals including Kayne, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, and more, but Glover is one of the few—if not the only—comedian to have one.

Glover announced the shoes as his rapper persona Childish Gambino during his set at Coachella. During the set, he also debuted his new film Guava Island, which released over the weekend on Amazon.

Childish Gambino gives away Adidas at Coachella

During Coachella, Childish Gambino airdropped photos of the then-unannounced shoes to attendees. Those who accepted the photo received a pair of shoes, which was a happy surprise for attendees who dropped hundreds of dollars to attend the festival.

childish gambino airdropped a picture at coachella of his adidas collab and everyone who accepted got a pair of his unreleased shoes… pic.twitter.com/JLKsmNb4LM

— jay ➐ (@THEGOODSlDE) April 12, 2019

Now that Coachella is over, the shoes will become available for purchase on April 26 through Adidas’s website. The shoes cost between $80-$100.

You can watch all of the shorts below.

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Childish Gambino gives away Adidas at Coachella in the most Childish Gambino way

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:52

Donald Glover is hawking shoes in the most Gambino possible way. The comedian-rapper-actor-writer-multi-hyphenate released a nearly seven-minute short film starring Mo’Nique to promote his new shoe line with Adidas.

The shoes are a re-imagination of classic Adidas styles including the Nizza, the Continental 80, and the Lacombe, but the shoes themselves get lost in the bizarre and absurdist filmmaking style of Glover. In the video, Mo’Nique chides and gives Glover advice against the backdrop of Hollywood glamour. The video has a classic Hollywood feel reminiscent of All About Eve or Sunset Boulevard, but the conversations the two comedians engage in are something completely unique.

Donald Glover partners with Adidas, Mo’Nique on digital shorts

The short film is made to sell shoes, but the shoes themselves get lost in it. That may be partially by design. Glover released in a statement, “Rich is a concept. With this project, I wanted to encourage people to think about how their stories can be told on their feet. Value isn’t quantified by what you wear, rather the experiences from them. And you make the decision on what works for you, you live through your own lens. The partnership for me is about being able to exemplify what doing your own thing truly looks and feels like.”

Many rappers have their own shoe deals including Kayne, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, and more, but Glover is one of the few—if not the only—comedian to have one.

Glover announced the shoes as his rapper persona Childish Gambino during his set at Coachella. During the set, he also debuted his new film Guava Island, which released over the weekend on Amazon.

Childish Gambino gives away Adidas at Coachella

During Coachella, Childish Gambino airdropped photos of the then-unannounced shoes to attendees. Those who accepted the photo received a pair of shoes, which was a happy surprise for attendees who dropped hundreds of dollars to attend the festival.

childish gambino airdropped a picture at coachella of his adidas collab and everyone who accepted got a pair of his unreleased shoes… pic.twitter.com/JLKsmNb4LM

— jay ➐ (@THEGOODSlDE) April 12, 2019

Now that Coachella is over, the shoes will become available for purchase on April 26 through Adidas’s website. The shoes cost between $80-$100.

You can watch all of the shorts below.

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Late night round-up: Ronny Chieng crushes on The Tonight Show; other late night shows blackball stand-ups

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:19

Seth Meyers continues to show no love for stand-up comedy on Late Night with Seth Meyers. He extended his Thursday night show so he wouldn’t have to cut Leslie Jones and her Game of Thrones segment, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, or the instantly infamous Mueller report. He couldn’t extend the show six minutes one time to squeeze in a talented up-and-coming stand-up? What’s the deal, Seth?!

Late night TV had just one stand-up set since we last checked in. The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon had on Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng for a tight five last Friday. Aside from that, no other comedians came by to tell jokes in front of a very expensive curtain.

Late Show with Stephen Colbert, despite the host’s alleged feelings towards having on stand-ups (according to the late night comics I’ve spoken with), is usually pretty good about mass batching its stand-up tapings to spread out over a period of time. Conan, at a time maybe the friendliest late night show towards stand-ups, hasn’t had one on in a few weeks.

There’s certainly no shortage of stand-ups ready to break out on national television and an endless supply of veteran comics who’re usually thrilled to do a tight five. Sadly, it seems your favorite comedy stars are spending more time on the couch than in front of the curtain doing what they do best: tell jokes.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Ronny Chieng is one of The Daily Show’s more enthusiastic correspondents. Chieng came by to advocate for having more Asians around to referee the ongoing race war. The Malaysian-born stand-up’s days doing late night sets may be numbered. He leads one of CBS’s potential comedy projects for next season, Super Simple Love Story. If that gets picked up, the next time we see the Crazy Rich Asians star on late night, he may be relegated to the couch.

The way late night comedy bookings have been lately, all funny people may be glued to the couch doing sit-down stand-up.

Also, what’s on Jimmy Fallon’s face?

Late Night with Seth Meyers Late Show with Stephen Colbert Late Late Show with James Corden Jimmy Kimmel Live! Conan

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Late night round-up: Ronny Chieng crushes on The Tonight Show; other late night shows blackball stand-ups

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:19

Seth Meyers continues to show no love for stand-up comedy on Late Night with Seth Meyers. He extended his Thursday night show so he wouldn’t have to cut Leslie Jones and her Game of Thrones segment, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, or the instantly infamous Mueller report. He couldn’t extend the show six minutes one time to squeeze in a talented up-and-coming stand-up? What’s the deal, Seth?!

Late night TV had just one stand-up set since we last checked in. The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon had on Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng for a tight five last Friday. Aside from that, no other comedians came by to tell jokes in front of a very expensive curtain.

Late Show with Stephen Colbert, despite the host’s alleged feelings towards having on stand-ups (according to the late night comics I’ve spoken with), is usually pretty good about mass batching its stand-up tapings to spread out over a period of time. Conan, at a time maybe the friendliest late night show towards stand-ups, hasn’t had one on in a few weeks.

There’s certainly no shortage of stand-ups ready to break out on national television and an endless supply of veteran comics who’re usually thrilled to do a tight five. Sadly, it seems your favorite comedy stars are spending more time on the couch than in front of the curtain doing what they do best: tell jokes.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Ronny Chieng is one of The Daily Show’s more enthusiastic correspondents. Chieng came by to advocate for having more Asians around to referee the ongoing race war. The Malaysian-born stand-up’s days doing late night sets may be numbered. He leads one of CBS’s potential comedy projects for next season, Super Simple Love Story. If that gets picked up, the next time we see the Crazy Rich Asians star on late night, he may be relegated to the couch.

The way late night comedy bookings have been lately, all funny people may be glued to the couch doing sit-down stand-up.

Also, what’s on Jimmy Fallon’s face?

Late Night with Seth Meyers Late Show with Stephen Colbert Late Late Show with James Corden Jimmy Kimmel Live! Conan

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10 comedians who died on stage doing what they loved

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:00

The recent death of British comic Ian Cognito made international headlines because of his comedic timing—he died onstage in the middle of his act. Officials say Cognito died as the result of a heart attack. Though there was shock over the circumstances, Cognito (born Paul Barbieri) wasn’t the first comedian to die in front of an audience, nor will he be the last. A couple of pop culture obsessives, Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns, have come up with a new book, The Show Won’t Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage, all about the epic phenomenon of mid-performance fatalities.

The book, out September 3, is a celebration of lives both famous and obscure, that ended “doing what they loved.” Abraham and Kearns give a sneak peek of their upcoming book with a top 10 list of most epic on stage deaths.

Emil Hasda

Comedian Emil Hasda in a Berlin touring company came out for five curtain calls at the Municipal Theatre in Nimph, Poland on March 24, 1904.  On the sixth time, he pulled a revolver out of his pocket, raised the gun to his head, pulled the trigger, and blew out his brains. The reason? An actress in the troupe had turned down his marriage proposal.

Bert Marks

Every night in his act, burlesque comedian Bert Marks threatened to “take his life for love.” On February 4, 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he made the vow, then slumped to the stage as the curtain rang down. Marks had a heart attack and did not get up. He was 41.

Harry Einstein aka ‘Parkyakarkus’

The father of Albert Brooks and the late Bob Einstein performed on November 23, 1958 at a Friars Club tribute to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton hotel. Harry Einstein finished his routine, returned to his seat on the dais and, amid the applause, collapsed onto Milton Berle’s lap.  He was 54.

Al Kelly

The vaudeville and Borscht Belt comic—and “the king of double-talk”—died at the Friars Club in New York City on September 7, 1966, immediately following his performance at a roast of Joe E. Lewis.  Lewis wound up toasting Kelly as the body was carried out. “If you have to go, that’s the way to do it,” he said. “Leave with the cheers ringing in your ears.” Al Kelly was 69.

Jodie ‘Butterbeans’ Edwards

The surviving member of the long-running vaudeville duo Butterbeans and Susie (known for saucy and raunchy numbers like I Want A Hot Dog for My Roll) died of a heart attack on October 28, 1967 as he walked offstage to thunderous applause at the Dorchester Inn outside Chicago. Jodie Edwards was 70.

Frank Fontaine

The singer and comedian who appeared as the cheerful drunk  “Crazy Guggenheim” on The Jackie Gleason Show performed for the international convention of the Fraternal Order of Eagles at the Spokane Opera House on August 4, 1978. During his final encore, he accepted a $25,000 check he promised to donate to heart research. Then he had a heart attack and dropped dead on the stage.  Frank Fontaine was 58.

Joe E. Ross

The burlesque comic-turned-sitcom star (known for blurting “Ooh! Ooh!”), suffered a heart attack on August 13, 1982, while performing in the clubhouse of his apartment building in Burbank, California.  He was 68. Joe E. Ross had been offered $100 for the show. His wife reportedly only got $50 because he didn’t finish it.

Tommy Cooper

British comedy magician Tommy Cooper collapsed from a heart attack on April 15, 1984 while performing on Live from Her Majesty’s, a Sunday night variety show that aired live from Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End. Millions witnessed his death on the broadcast, which also featured Donny Osmond. He was 63.

Dick Shawn

Comedian and actor Dick Shawn was performing his one-man show at the University of California San Diego’s Mandeville Hall on April 17, 1987 when he collapsed face-first on stage.  He lay there for five minutes until the audience realized it wasn’t part of his act. He was 63.

Lasse Eriksson

One of Sweden’s first and most popular stand-up comedians Lasse Eriksson died onstage at the Regina Theatre in Uppsala, Sweden on March 3, 2011.  Eriksson was coming to the end of the comedy show Fyra Lycklinga Män 2 (which translates to Four Happy Men 2) when he suddenly clutched his chest and fell to the floor in front of the audience.  He was 61.

The Show Won’t Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage is currently available for pre-order and hits bookstores and e-book platforms on September 3.

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10 comedians who died on stage doing what they loved

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:00

The recent death of British comic Ian Cognito made international headlines because of his comedic timing—he died onstage in the middle of his act. Officials say Cognito died as the result of a heart attack. Though there was shock over the circumstances, Cognito (born Paul Barbieri) wasn’t the first comedian to die in front of an audience, nor will he be the last. A couple of pop culture obsessives, Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns, have come up with a new book, The Show Won’t Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage, all about the epic phenomenon of mid-performance fatalities.

The book, out September 3, is a celebration of lives both famous and obscure, that ended “doing what they loved.” Abraham and Kearns give a sneak peek of their upcoming book with a top 10 list of most epic on stage deaths.

Emil Hasda

Comedian Emil Hasda in a Berlin touring company came out for five curtain calls at the Municipal Theatre in Nimph, Poland on March 24, 1904.  On the sixth time, he pulled a revolver out of his pocket, raised the gun to his head, pulled the trigger, and blew out his brains. The reason? An actress in the troupe had turned down his marriage proposal.

Bert Marks

Every night in his act, burlesque comedian Bert Marks threatened to “take his life for love.” On February 4, 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he made the vow, then slumped to the stage as the curtain rang down. Marks had a heart attack and did not get up. He was 41.

Harry Einstein aka ‘Parkyakarkus’

The father of Albert Brooks and the late Bob Einstein performed on November 23, 1958 at a Friars Club tribute to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton hotel. Harry Einstein finished his routine, returned to his seat on the dais and, amid the applause, collapsed onto Milton Berle’s lap.  He was 54.

Al Kelly

The vaudeville and Borscht Belt comic—and “the king of double-talk”—died at the Friars Club in New York City on September 7, 1966, immediately following his performance at a roast of Joe E. Lewis.  Lewis wound up toasting Kelly as the body was carried out. “If you have to go, that’s the way to do it,” he said. “Leave with the cheers ringing in your ears.” Al Kelly was 69.

Jodie ‘Butterbeans’ Edwards

The surviving member of the long-running vaudeville duo Butterbeans and Susie (known for saucy and raunchy numbers like I Want A Hot Dog for My Roll) died of a heart attack on October 28, 1967 as he walked offstage to thunderous applause at the Dorchester Inn outside Chicago. Jodie Edwards was 70.

Frank Fontaine

The singer and comedian who appeared as the cheerful drunk  “Crazy Guggenheim” on The Jackie Gleason Show performed for the international convention of the Fraternal Order of Eagles at the Spokane Opera House on August 4, 1978. During his final encore, he accepted a $25,000 check he promised to donate to heart research. Then he had a heart attack and dropped dead on the stage.  Frank Fontaine was 58.

Joe E. Ross

The burlesque comic-turned-sitcom star (known for blurting “Ooh! Ooh!”), suffered a heart attack on August 13, 1982, while performing in the clubhouse of his apartment building in Burbank, California.  He was 68. Joe E. Ross had been offered $100 for the show. His wife reportedly only got $50 because he didn’t finish it.

Tommy Cooper

British comedy magician Tommy Cooper collapsed from a heart attack on April 15, 1984 while performing on Live from Her Majesty’s, a Sunday night variety show that aired live from Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End. Millions witnessed his death on the broadcast, which also featured Donny Osmond. He was 63.

Dick Shawn

Comedian and actor Dick Shawn was performing his one-man show at the University of California San Diego’s Mandeville Hall on April 17, 1987 when he collapsed face-first on stage.  He lay there for five minutes until the audience realized it wasn’t part of his act. He was 63.

Lasse Eriksson

One of Sweden’s first and most popular stand-up comedians Lasse Eriksson died onstage at the Regina Theatre in Uppsala, Sweden on March 3, 2011.  Eriksson was coming to the end of the comedy show Fyra Lycklinga Män 2 (which translates to Four Happy Men 2) when he suddenly clutched his chest and fell to the floor in front of the audience.  He was 61.

The Show Won’t Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage is currently available for pre-order and hits bookstores and e-book platforms on September 3.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jim Gaffigan channels inner Craigslist creep in Drunk Parents clip

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:15

At this point, I think we’re all in agreement that Jim Gaffigan is a real actor person in addition to being a beloved stand-up comedian. Gaffigan next stars in Drunk Parents, a comedy led by Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek. Laughspin has an exclusive clip of the Jim Gaffigan Show star being a movie star.

Drunk Parents follows two upper-class parents who go broke shortly after their daughter goes off to college. Baldwin and Hayek, the titular parents, are forced to scramble to keep up appearances while figuring out how to pay for their daughter’s tuition. One money-making scheme leads Gaffigan to become their neighbor…requiring him to make a particularly shocking door knock.

Honestly, it’s surprising that the squeaky clean comic took such a racy role.

Daily Show alum Aasif Mandvi also stars as the couple’s wealthy friend, Nigel. Comedy fans will also enjoy seeing Billions star and Bonfire host Dan Soder pop up. Joe Manganiello, Ben Platt, and Michelle Veintimilla also star.

Jim Gaffigan’s acting career blooming

Gaffigan’s acting resume has quietly exploded from an unforgettable scene in Super Troopers in 2001 to a steady stream of indie films in the past several years. He notably starred in the ensemble drama Chappaquiddick as US Attorney of Massachusetts Paul Markham in 2017 and many loved him as the voice of Henry Haber on Bob’s Burgers. Drunk Parents is just one of six movies out this year with the comic.

Amazon tapped the family-friendly funny man to be their first in-house stand-up special. Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time taped in March and is expected out later this year.

The below clip shows Gaffigan playing an odd, creepy sublettor who makes overstepping boundaries an Olympic sport. In order to get extra cash, Hayek and Baldwin rent their friend Nigel’s home on Craigslist. Hayek forgets her keys and has to sneak into the house which kicks off an uncomfortable string of events.

Drunk Parents is now available in select theaters and On Demand including DIRECTV.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jim Gaffigan channels inner Craigslist creep in Drunk Parents clip

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:15

At this point, I think we’re all in agreement that Jim Gaffigan is a real actor person in addition to being a beloved stand-up comedian. Gaffigan next stars in Drunk Parents, a comedy led by Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek. Laughspin has an exclusive clip of the Jim Gaffigan Show star being a movie star.

Drunk Parents follows two upper-class parents who go broke shortly after their daughter goes off to college. Baldwin and Hayek, the titular parents, are forced to scramble to keep up appearances while figuring out how to pay for their daughter’s tuition. One money-making scheme leads Gaffigan to become their neighbor…requiring him to make a particularly shocking door knock.

Honestly, it’s surprising that the squeaky clean comic took such a racy role.

Daily Show alum Aasif Mandvi also stars as the couple’s wealthy friend, Nigel. Comedy fans will also enjoy seeing Billions star and Bonfire host Dan Soder pop up. Joe Manganiello, Ben Platt, and Michelle Veintimilla also star.

Jim Gaffigan’s acting career blooming

Gaffigan’s acting resume has quietly exploded from an unforgettable scene in Super Troopers in 2001 to a steady stream of indie films in the past several years. He notably starred in the ensemble drama Chappaquiddick as US Attorney of Massachusetts Paul Markham in 2017 and many loved him as the voice of Henry Haber on Bob’s Burgers. Drunk Parents is just one of six movies out this year with the comic.

Amazon tapped the family-friendly funny man to be their first in-house stand-up special. Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time taped in March and is expected out later this year.

The below clip shows Gaffigan playing an odd, creepy sublettor who makes overstepping boundaries an Olympic sport. In order to get extra cash, Hayek and Baldwin rent their friend Nigel’s home on Craigslist. Hayek forgets her keys and has to sneak into the house which kicks off an uncomfortable string of events.

Drunk Parents is now available in select theaters and On Demand including DIRECTV.

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Will Arturo Castro be Comedy Central’s next sketch comedy star?

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:39

Comedy Central released a trailer for its next (hopefully) hit sketch series, Alternatino with Arturo Castro. Alternatino will showcase star and creator Arturo Castro’s perspective on relationships, life’s awkward moments, and what it means to be a Latin millennial. The sketch series premieres this summer.

Viewers may recognize Castro from his role as Jaime on the recently departed hit Broad City. “Comedy Central has been my home for the past six years, my literal home,” the Narcos star said. “They have big offices and central heating.” He continued, “I’m honored to be a part of this family and to have the opportunity to amplify the voice of a community that seems to be under siege at the moment.”

The Guatemalan actor is likely referencing President Donald Trump’s neverending onslaught against Latino immigrants.

Aside from Broad City and Narcos, Castro only has a handful of roles in some smaller films and an Australian digital comedy series No Activity.

Comedy Central searches for next comedy star

Comedy Central appears to be positioning Alternatino with Arturo Castro as its next sketch show to launch their next comedy star. According to a press release, the network hopes the show will use “modern Latino identity (misconceptions and all) as a fresh filter to cultural commentary about our daily lives and the zeitgeist.”

The release mentions Comedy Central’s past sketch stars who broke out on the network: Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Nick Kroll, Key & Peele (but noticeably excluded admitted joke thief Carlos Mencia). With staple shows leaving ending like Broad City and Nathan For You, network execs are looking for the next big hit in their programming. Many critics think The Other Two will be that hit, but right now the schedule is wide-open for a new, young comedy darling at the Viacom network.

Alternatino with Arturo Castro premieres June 18 at 10:30 p.m. New episodes will stream the next day on the Comedy Central App and at cc.com.

Get excited now and watch the trailer below.

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Will Arturo Castro be Comedy Central’s next sketch comedy star?

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:39

Comedy Central released a trailer for its next (hopefully) hit sketch series, Alternatino with Arturo Castro. Alternatino will showcase star and creator Arturo Castro’s perspective on relationships, life’s awkward moments, and what it means to be a Latin millennial. The sketch series premieres this summer.

Viewers may recognize Castro from his role as Jaime on the recently departed hit Broad City. “Comedy Central has been my home for the past six years, my literal home,” the Narcos star said. “They have big offices and central heating.” He continued, “I’m honored to be a part of this family and to have the opportunity to amplify the voice of a community that seems to be under siege at the moment.”

The Guatemalan actor is likely referencing President Donald Trump’s neverending onslaught against Latino immigrants.

Aside from Broad City and Narcos, Castro only has a handful of roles in some smaller films and an Australian digital comedy series No Activity.

Comedy Central searches for next comedy star

Comedy Central appears to be positioning Alternatino with Arturo Castro as its next sketch show to launch their next comedy star. According to a press release, the network hopes the show will use “modern Latino identity (misconceptions and all) as a fresh filter to cultural commentary about our daily lives and the zeitgeist.”

The release mentions Comedy Central’s past sketch stars who broke out on the network: Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Nick Kroll, Key & Peele (but noticeably excluded admitted joke thief Carlos Mencia). With staple shows leaving ending like Broad City and Nathan For You, network execs are looking for the next big hit in their programming. Many critics think The Other Two will be that hit, but right now the schedule is wide-open for a new, young comedy darling at the Viacom network.

Alternatino with Arturo Castro premieres June 18 at 10:30 p.m. New episodes will stream the next day on the Comedy Central App and at cc.com.

Get excited now and watch the trailer below.

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