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BoJack Horseman season 6 is happening!

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 13:39

Everyone’s favorite drunken horse BoJack Horseman is coming back to Netflix for a sixth season, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.

BoJack Horseman’s first five seasons have been met with much critical acclaim—the fifth season currently holds a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and an audience score of 94%. The show follows the titular character, played by Will Arnett, as he navigates the entertainment industry, stardom, and addiction. The show has dark themes, but the fantastical world of cartoon animals and pun-based humor keeps the show toeing the fine line between comedy and tragedy.

Arnett is joined by an all-star cast that includes Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, and Paul F. Tompkins.

Four months ago, Comedy Central obtained the rerun rights to BoJack Horseman in a rare deal for streaming service content. Netflix has invested in adult animated shows since the early success of BoJack. The rapidly growing list of ‘mature’ cartoons include Paradise PD, Disenchantment, F is for Family, and Big Mouth. The company has also been quietly releasing original anime series. Netflix will add two more animated adult comedies—Hoops and Tuca & Bertie—later this year. While neither show has a release date, Hoops will feature Jake Johnson of New Girl fame. Tuca and Bertie comes from the same creative team as BoJack and will star the voices of Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong.

There is no release date for BoJack Horseman season 6, but their Twitter account has confirmed that they will be returning with a joke about an edible arrangement:

woooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww lets all forget about the fact that theres going to b a season 6 and focus on this inedible arrangement @netflix sent me just woww pic.twitter.com/7XJyE6Egsu

— BoJack Horseman (@BoJackHorseman) October 30, 2018

10 comedy stars’ winning Halloween costumes

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 10:00

Halloween is upon us and who doesn’t love a good costume? From funny to spooky, having the best costume can be an all-out war for the most over-the-top individual, especially in Hollywood. We rounded up what your favorite comedy stars are wearing this year. Which funny person do you think rocked the best costume? Tell us in the comments!

Jerry Seinfeld and wife, Jessica Seinfeld as Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.

 

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A Big Bad Wolf sighting at @goodplusfdn ‘s Halloween Bash @sonypictures

Perez Hilton claims Amy Schumer career was a ‘moment’

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 07:11

Amy Schumer and Perez Hilton are beefing out in the open and people are paying attention to the latest celebrity feud. Hilton, a celebrity gossip blogger, made a video post on Instagram this Monday promoting a new episode of his podcast. In a video preview clip, he and his co-host Chris Booker discuss the comedian’s recent call for Maroon 5 to drop out of the Super Bowl halftime show and her statement that she will not be appearing in any Super Bowl commercials this year. In the post, he states the Trainwreck star’s “career has stalled.”

Hilton clarifies in the video, “I love Amy Schumer, but I doubt anybody was knocking on her door to do a Super Bowl commercial this year. This is not her year. She’s not Tiffany Haddish.”

Booker, who appears very indignant towards the I Feel Pretty star, claims the Emmy Award-winning comedian and Tony-nominated actress (who also boasts a Peabody Award and was nominated for two Grammys) had “a moment.” The hit sketch comedy show Inside Amy Schumer thrust her into stardom in 2013. This year Spotify paid her a boatload of money just to do a podcast. $1 million is a lot of money for a podcast from someone who had a ‘moment’ in the past tense.

These facts didn’t stop the internet’s most popularly hated celebrity blogger from agreeing with his co-host. “She had a moment. I don’t think she’s going to be starring in too many movies as a lead moving forward.”

 

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#AmySchumer’s career has stalled – but we still really like her! U? This and much more on our latest podcast! Click the link in the @PerezPodcast bio to listen to @ThePerezHilton Podcast with @ChrisBooker or hear it on iTunes or directly at PerezPodcast.com

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Schumer, who recently announced she is pregnant with her first child, wasn’t having it. “Who said my career is on hold. I’m touring all of November and January…Please some assume we disappear when we are pregnant. Quite the opposite. Much love!”

In her own Instagram post, the New York Times best-selling author elaborated on her support for Colin Kaepernick and other players silent protest of police brutality and racial injustice. “People going on and on about how much you don’t care about my stance on the nfl sure are talking about it a lot.” She called on ‘people’ to ‘do something’ instead of throwing shade at her for trying to make a difference. Schumer’s post was paired with a screengrab of Hilton’s comments regarding her allegedly ‘stalled’ career, possibly suggesting the writer is one of those ‘people’ who should step up.

 

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People going on and on about how much you don’t care about my stance on the nfl sure are talking about it a lot. Instead of being critical of me, i have a crazy idea, how about you trying doing something, anything to help the gross inequality in our country. My contribution is so useless to you guys? Then Why don’t you make one. Do something. Did you know slaves are mentioned in our anthem? Well look it up you snarky trolls. I did an old navy campaign one year then a bud lite campaign the next. This year I said I wasnt up for doing any because I am horrified by the violence and treatment of people of color in our country. It’s a small way of putting my money where my tiny mouth is. The fuck are you gonna do? Step up. Goes for you too yahoo sports hosts who I’ve met. For someone you care so little about you sure do like to talk about me a lot. I think you like me

Almost Asian leads IFC’s comedy development slate

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 16:30

IFC is developing five new comedies for their 2019 schedule. The line-up includes a show based on the popular web series Almost Asian produced by Margret Cho.

Almost Asian stars Katie Malia as a dancer who is trying to find her way as a mixed-race millennial trying to make it as a dancer in Hollywood. The dark comedy web series launched on YouTube in 2014 and ran for 12 episodes.

Art Thieves is another show in development at IFC. Produced by Mitch Magee of Funny or Die Presents and Daniel Powell from Inside Amy Schumer, the show follows three criminals breaking into homes of the super-rich to get at their collections of masterpieces. Funny or Die itself has teamed up with Nate Dern on Annika Erotica which features Claire Radkowski as a Colorado pastor who becomes a celebrity after self-publishing erotica under a pen name.

IFC is also working on The Middle Passage, an original series tackling race and social politics through long-form satirical sketches. The show comes from a large roster of producers: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Jonathan Braylock, James Carr of TripTank, Jerah Milligan from Broad City, and James III of Adam Ruins Everything. While the show will be centering around social issues, the sketches will feature a range of genres including mystery, thriller, and fantasy.

Finally, Beth, a series from the guys behind Blunk Talk (Timm Sharp and Jonathan Ames), is about an agoraphobic man and his ex-girlfriend.

IFC also announced that Stan Against Evil, Baroness von Sketch Show, and Documentary Now! will also be returning with new seasons.

All the comedies coming to Netflix in November

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 15:00

Everyone’s favorite streaming service, Netflix, gave us great comedies last month from a new season of their hit show, Big Mouth to the return of Adam Sandler with his firsrt special in 20 years 100% Fresh. But what will they bring comedy fans next month? It’s about to be November and Laughspin is breaking down the comedy coming to Netflix this month:

Must-see Netflix Originals

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Dropping November 16, this anthology of 6 short films is the newest dramedy from the Coen Brothers. Set in the old west, the film stars Liam Neesen and James Franco as cowboys. Watch the trailer here:

The Kominsky Method
The new comedy starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin premieres November 16. From producer Chuck Lorre of Big Bang Theory fame, the show explores friendship, growing old, and life in Los Angeles. Watch the trailer here:

Returning Comedy Favorites

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet
The reboot of the cult hit MST3K returns November 22. For the second season, Jonah Ray will return as well as fan favorites Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day to riff on terrible movies in the show’s classic format.

F is for Family: Season 3
The animated series F is for Family from Bill Burr is back for a third season. New episodes won’t arrive until the end of the month (November 30), but there is already a sneak peek.

Comedy specials to keep @NeflixiIsAJoke going

Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia
The Daily Show host returns to stand-up for his second Netflix special focusing on his signature topics of racism and immigration. It streams November 20. There is no trailer yet for the special, but here’s his Instagram announcement.

 

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My new standup special “Son Of Patricia” premieres Nov 20th on @NetflixIsAJoke! #TrevorNoah #SonOfPatricia #Netflix

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Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles: Pt. 1
Netflix is bringing back the classic 2006 special from before Katt Williams started ending up in handcuffs over and over. The special was originally made for HBO and captures the comedian’s thoughts on drugs, politics and pop culture.

John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons
Premiering November 5, the one-man show from the Carlito’s Way star was nominated for a Best Play Tony. In the show, John Leguizamo traces 3,000 years of Latin history in an effort to help his bullied son. The production is full of historical characters and impressions as the actor pretends to teach a college course on his own history.

Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave Attel
This special doesn’t come out until November 27 and not much has been released about it yet. The two veteran comedians will allegedly roast each other, their guests, and the audience.

For the Family

Prince of Peoria
Coming November 16, this sitcom follows a young prankster prince as he lives with a commoner family. The show is geared towards kids.

The Princess Switch
This family-friendly original movie comes to the site on November 16 as well. The rom-com stars Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical fame.

Spy Kids: Mission Critical— Season 2
The animated series based on the Robert Rodriguez blockbusters comes back for a second season on November 30.

Films you probably haven’t seen yet

Sick Note
Both season one and two of the dark British comedy will be coming to Netflix on November 23. The series follows Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame after he is misdiagnosed with a fatal disease.

The World Is Yours
This French crime comedy premiered at Cannes earlier this year. The film, streaming November 30, has been called “the best movie that Guy Ritchie never made” by IndieWire.

Some movies you probably have seen, but admit it, you will watch again

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo – November 1
Bring It On: In It to Win It – November 1
National Lampoon’s Animal House – November 1
Scary Movie 2 – November 1
Scary Movie 3 – November 1
Sex and the City: The Movie – November 1
Sixteen Candles – November 1
The Break-Up – November 16

And lastly,

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
Yes, the movie that broke the internet last year has a sequel. The romcom is coming November 30, just in time to gear up for the Christmas season. Thankfully, you can already watch a teaser here:

Bill Burr nearly got into a fight at World Series (Video)

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 13:08

To say it’s expected for comedians to be funny during their late-night show appearances would be a practice in undeniable logic. And yes, although the general veneer of your favorite nighttime television indulgence is, indeed, comedy— as opposed to, say, action or suspense, you’d have to admit there are levels of funny based on who sits in that guest chair and, to some extent, who’s hosting. We’ve all seen the awkward comedian interview wherein the host cannot seem to organically introduce a question without making it obvious his producer just shoved a bunch of pre-interview bullet points in front of him. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I suppose you can search for some Jimmy Fallon interviews.

Regardless, there are plenty of comics who deliver under the challenging circumstances of a late-night chat show. But then there are comics who might as well release all of their late-night appearances and sell it. I’m lying. There is only one comedian who should do that. Bill Burr. Bill Burr should do that.

On his latest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Burr tells of a rather hostile encounter with a Los Angeles Dodgers fan during the World Series and how that sort of applies to the rest of his life– especially now that he’s a family man. Which reminds me. Good thing Netflix re-upped Burr’s animated series F Is For Family.

If I were you, I’d check out the full clip below.

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Halloween specials: A Complete Ranking

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 12:00

The Simpsons‘ annual Treehouse of Horror special is our favorite sign that Halloween is almost here. The 30th season’s Treehouse of Horror was the 643rd episode of the legendary animated series on Fox. They’re still making these! Can one truly make a definitive ranking of 29 episodes that span three decades of TV? Probably not. But we got darn close. Each hilarious Halloween horror story was judged on its originality, spookiness, and humor. Disagree with our ranking? Tell us your top five episodes in the comments. Yes, the comments: the most terrifying place on the internet.

29) Season 27
Later seasons of The Simpsons suffer from similar problems. Some of it feels tired. They try to use an old standard gag for Treehouse of Horror episodes by changing the opening animation, but there isn’t a real reason to do so. It just looks like an old Nickelodeon show. This episode gets our pick for the worst of the annual specials for two of its vignettes. One’s plot centers around Sideshow Bob finally killing Bart and being obsessed with his corpse. It is extremely dark and comes off more disturbing than funny or spooky. The final short story is a Godzilla parody and, while it ends strong with some meta-commentary about the entertainment industry, they have all their white actors (who play white characters) doing Japanese accents. It was 2015 y’all. Just a little too late for that.

28) Season 29
This episode opens with a CGI Butterfinger joke that really makes you feel like it’s 2002, but not in a great way. There are two by-the-book parodies of The Exorcist and Coraline. Neither are great, but they aren’t bad. The third story is about Homer eating himself. It is very disturbing. The episode also features Mario Batali only months before accusations of his sexual harassment and misconduct arose, which makes the rewatch of this episode even more cringy.

27) Season 25
This episode starts with a tribute to the films of Guillermo Del Toro, but quickly loses steam on a too long Cat in the Hat homage. The special also features a story where Bart’s head has to be sewn on to Lisa’s body, which delivers some of the weakest jokes of any short the series has done. It’s too bad because the last story is a parody of the 1932 horror classic Freaks, which is well done and one of the better parodies of the later years.

26) Season 23
Season 23’s Treehouse of Horror just doesn’t have enough horror. Parodies of Avatar and 127 Hours make the Halloween special not feel scary enough. The episode also has a very funny (albeit very inappropriate) spoof of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. While it is pitch perfect, it isn’t really horror. The only even remotely scary segment is a shot-for-shot parody of the Dexter opening credits, but with Ned Flanders. It’s very good, but is also light on the horror.

25) Season 28
The show’s 600th episode starts on a high note with a couch gag that parodies the original Planet of the Apes if the apes were all sofas. The episode seems to have an apocalyptic theme as it starts with parodies of the Hunger Games, Mad Max, and Waterworld, but then goes into a story where Lisa’s imaginary friend murders people. The last sketch is not good (and also not scary). It follows Bart as he joins the Kingsman. The only saving grace of this episode is it ends with a Shirley Bassey type song at the end which commemorates 600 episodes of The Simpsons and fits in line with a loose James Bond-esque vibe from the Kingsman parody.

24) Season 22
A shot-for-shot parody of the opening of The Office, but with Frankenstein, is the best part of this episode. This Treehouse of Horror features three parodies without one original vignette. The first mini-story is a fun parody of Jumanji. The third is an extremely hacky Twilight rip-off, which felt tired when this came out in 2010. The middle story is a parody of the 1980s Australian thriller, Dead Calm. While most American audiences probably don’t remember the source material, the sketch is true to the thriller’s form and is funny even if you haven’t seen Dead Calm.

23) Season 21
The opening of this episode features monster wives nagging their husbands, which takes you back to the ’90s in a bad way. The episode is saved with a fun Strangers on a Train re-telling and an impressively meta Sweeney Todd parody. The middle, however, drags with a story about people turning into zombies from hamburgers. Yuck.

22) Season 14
This episode brings back a dead Maude Flanders during a seance that will delight longtime fans of the show. The episode is otherwise just okay from start to finish. There is a story about Homer getting cloned and a good—but not inventive—parody which casts Dr. Hibert as Dr. Mirrow. The middle story is a misstep in The Simpsons’ usually politically progressive message. It features Lisa trying to ban guns in Springfield. But when Billy the Kid returns from the grave, the town cannot use their guns to defend themselves. The episode thus comes off as very pro-gun, which certainly didn’t age well.


21) Season 18
This Halloween special starts with a Blob parody in which Homer starts consuming everything in sight after eating an alien. It feels similar to a lot of the “Homer eats everything” plot lines that writers seem to fall back on in the series. There is also a plot where Bart comes into possession of the Golem of Prague. The episode ends with even more old school references like when Orson Welles pranks a 1930s Springfield with his infamous War of the Worlds broadcast. The Golem and War of the Worlds bits are fun because they don’t capitalize on recent horror stories or cliches like many of the other later Treehouses.

20) Season 13
This episode would be higher on our list if it wasn’t for a really disappointing Harry Potter parody. One iconic short features Pierce Brosnan playing the voice of the family’s new ‘super house’ who falls in love with Marge. There is also a now fairly politically incorrect short about a ‘gypsy’ fortune teller cursing Homer. The short starts very funny in a neighborhood of Springfield called ‘Ethnic Town,’ but loses stream fast after we meet the Romanian stereotype.

19) Season 24
The intro to season 24’s Treehouse takes place back when the Mayans were making their version of the calendar. The Simpsons have never been excellent about race—just ask Hari Kondabolu—and their treatment of the Mayans is really not great. They only squeak by with the gag because it is an ancient civilization and no one is left to blog about it. The middle of this episode falters with a Paranormal Activity sketch which leaves a lot to be desired. There is a really cool black hole story that is funny and innovative from start to finish. The special ends on a fairly one-note Back to the Future parody saved only by a joke involving Artie Ziff as Bart’s new dad who renames him Bartie Ziff. We support such a name change.

18) Season 16
Twilight Zone parodies have been a staple for the Treehouse of Horror shows over the years. In season 16, Ned can see how people will die and sees he is fated to kill Homer. It is a horror classic and features some great jokes. The second sketch has Lisa solving a Jack Ripper type string of murders. It is a very funny short which sadly doesn’t age as well as it could because they have Mo play a “Chinaman.” The last part of the episode depicts Maggie being shrunk into a pill, which feels a little played out now but was certainly more original when it first aired in 2005.

17) Season 15
Bart always seems to be running from death (or Death) in the Simpsons’ Halloween specials. This time it results in a Benny Hill-inspired montage before Homer kills the Grim Reaper, creating a world without death. Homer thus has to become death and is tasked with killing Marge. It is a great vignette. The two other stories include Professor Frink bringing back his dead father and a story where Bart gets a clock that stops time. Both are funny but fairly forgettable.

16) Season 20
The Simpsons often use political jokes in their Halloween specials with the subtext that nothing is scarier than a politician. Aired just before the 2008 presidential election, Treehouse takes this to the next level as the opening shows Homer voting for John McCain because of a rigged ballot. The episode takes a downturn with a rather blah Transformers parody. The second sketch starts as a Mad Men homage and turns into a story about Homer being paid by ad-execs to murder celebrities so they don’t have to pay them to star in commercials (dead people can star in commercials but don’t need money, I guess). The tale is bloody, funny, original, and has elements of satire that transcend straight parody. The episode ends with a cute nod to the Peanuts with “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Milhouse.”

15) Season 30
This year’s episode was remarkably well done compared to other modern-day Simpsons seasons. While they rely a little too much on parody rather than original stories, an opening in a haunted New England harbor town suggests a return to creativity. The first sketch features a good amount of meta-humor as the show is self-aware that their plant-themed Body Snatchers parody is played out. A pod people/iPod Apple commentary feels a little 2008, but they make up for it with two great parodies after: a well-done Split sketch and a Jurassic Park parody where old people and dinosaurs are spliced together delivering consistent laughs.

14) Season 19
This one begins with a middle-of-the-road ET depiction and a better-than-average Mr. and Ms. Smith parody, but the last vignette is what makes this episode place as high as it does. The sketch takes place in the local church’s Hell House and shows the consequences of sinning. It is spooky and original and contains great visual goofs.

13) Season 8
While many consider this episode a classic, the first vignette of Bart’s evil twin really is more scary than funny. The episode also features Lisa creating a tiny society that thinks she is their god (yas queen!). The last short, however, drags on far too long. The premise that aliens take over Bob Dole and Bill Clinton ages better than expected, but it’s just long. Nonetheless, this special has elements that have stood the test of time amongst Simpsons fans.

12) Season 12
13 years before Blackfish, this episode calls out Seaworld for being cruel to dolphins (continuing the trend that the Simpsons staff writers are clairvoyant). Lisa liberates their leader and dolphins take over the world. This special has a fairytale homage but does not have a single parody. It is much more creative than other episodes and features a classic short that has Homer trying to do one good deed to get into Heaven.

11) Season 3
The second-ever Treehouse of Horror gets a little too bogged down in the narrative device structure suggesting we are watching each member of the family’s bad dream. Later specials would forego this structure entirely. All three of the vignettes are fan favorites, but because of the structure, they have to unfold in specific ways. The best of the three is a Twilight Zone parody where Bart is a monster that forces the town to think happy thoughts. The episode ends with Homer loving and accepting his son, which is when Bart screamingly wakes from his nightmare. Comedy.

10) Season 17
This special opens with Kang and Kodos trying to ruin existence because a baseball game goes too long and threatens the Simpsons time slot. It’s this type of meta-humor that was sadly lost in some later seasons but puts this one in our top 10. This episode does have a Most Dangerous Game parody, but the other two shorts are original concepts. One shows Bart replaced by a robot. The final sketch has everyone turning into their costumes, possibly the best take on this television trope.

9) Season 11
Kang and Kodos host a 1970s-style live show in this season’s Treehouse. The first vignette follows a classic Simpsons structure that doesn’t often play well in the Halloween shorts. Starting in one place and moving quickly to two or three separate plots is a common Simpsons formula. This story condenses Weekend at Bernie’s-like antics when Marge hits Ned with her car. But the story quickly morphs into an I Know What You Did Last Summer parody and ends with werewolves—all in just minutes. Another short capitalizes on nerd humor when Bart and Lisa turn into superheroes and team up with Lucy Lawless who delivers the now iconic line, “I told you: I am not Xena. I am Lucy Lawless.” The episode ends with Homer causing Y2K, which looks pretty damn good looking back.

8) Season 9
Season 9’s Treehouse starts with a classic Simpsons’ trope: complaining about their own network Fox. In the opening, a Fox censor gets stabbed to death by the show’s audience rating. The first two shorts are good, but the last is truly great. The sketch features Marge as a real witch at the time of the Salem Witch Trials and gives a fake history of how trick-or-treating got started.

7) Season 6
This classic Treehouse begins with a pirate TV take-over, which fits perfectly into the tradition of meta jokes during the show’s first decade. The episode features two classic shorts: a Shining parody and a story about Homer turning the toaster into a time machine, causing him to constantly go back to stop himself from changing the future (which has become a popular meme) The Simpsons have done a lot of parodies, but the Shining is one of the best-constructed ones in the history of the show. The only less-than-amazing part is a story about the school cafeteria serving human meat, but the short ends in an iconic dance scene after the family has been physically turned inside out.

6) Season 26
The season 26 Treehouse is an impressive return to form. While many of the later seasons’ specials fail to capture the magic of the early seasons, this one truly rises to the occasion. The opening is like an old variety show, harkening back to early Treehouses. The first vignette is an original about Bart going to a school in Hell. The second is a parody of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. The film is referenced in countless episodes, but this is the first full parody. In it, Mo plays Alex and much of the feel of the 1971 film totally transfers. The episode ends with the Simpsons being visited by ghosts of their season 1 selves—old animation and all. It’s a super fun illusion for people who grew up with the original animation style.

5) Season 5
In this special episode, Homer sells his soul for a donut. The sketch is one of the best examples of what makes Treehouse of Horror great. The story fits with all the characters’ motivations but tells an outlandish and creepy story. This Treehouse also features a Twilight Zone parody where Bart sees a gremlin on the side of a bus. The last scene features a Vampire story. It is good, but not the most original, even all those years ago. The first segment is so good at interweaving characters that it shoved its way up to number five in our rankings (and in our hearts).

4) Season 10
The first short in this episode is a classic in which Snake gets executed and Homer has the criminal’s hair grafted onto his body. Not only does it have a powerful anti-death penalty message, but it is a great spoof of a classic horror trope. This episode also has one of the rare moments of live action in the series when a radioactive remote sucks Bart and Lisa into the TV. This one also has a fan favorite sketch that reveals Maggie is an alien. For the first time ever, fans got to hear her talk! Every vignette is smart and super memorable. One of the greatest. And I will fight you if you say otherwise.

3) Season 4
This is the last episode that really leans on a consistent framing device to make sense of why the sketches are happening. This one works, even if not needed. The three stories feature a haunted Krusty doll, a pseudo-homage to Pet Sematary that turns into a zombie tale, and an impressive King Kong parody. The black-and-white Kong featurette is packed with jokes every 15 seconds in true early Simpsons form. A high laughs-per-minute stat line is why this Treehouse of Horror is number three on our list!

2) Season 2
Season 2 featured the first-ever Treehouse of Horror. The episode centers around the kids telling each other scary stories in the Simpsons’ actual treehouse. A haunted house story ends with the house killing itself to get away from the dysfunctional yellow-skinned family. The episode features the first appearance of Kang and Kodos, who show up in almost every Halloween special to follow. They lead their own story about the family being abducted. But the reason this is truly one of the best episodes is the final story. Lisa reads Bart The Raven by and, without changing the words of the original poem, the animators made the story feel like a Simpsons story. It works perfectly within the framing device and shows the creativity of the early writers to use existing material without the need for cheap parody.

1) Season 7
This Treehouse of Horror has a perfectly executed parody, two original sketches, and just a touch of experimental meta-humor. The first sketch features logos and brand mascots coming to life. The sketch ends with the ads only going away if you don’t pay attention to them. It is a great commentary that has worked from 1995 until today. The second scene is a Nightmare on Elm Street parody, which contains one of the most quoted lines from any Treehouse of Horror: “lousy Smarch weather.” The strongest episode, like in many of the specials, is saved for last. Homer gets sucked into the third dimension, which manifests in CGI and then later, the real world. The only thing that has aged about this episode is the CGI. Otherwise, it is just as great of a watch today as when it first came out.

Tyler Perry is done with Madea after 2019

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 08:01

Tyler Perry presents a Madea Retirement! Perry announced Monday during a SiriusXM interview that he will retire the gender-bending character in 2019’s A Madea Family Funeral. The loud and brass Madea character debuted nearly 20 years ago in the stage play I Can Do Bad All By Myself, which was adapted into a feature film of the same name in 2009.

“We gonna say goodbye in ’19,” said Perry during the Radio Andy appearance. “I just don’t want to be her age playing her.” The character, ‘born’ in 1931, is 85-years-old.

Perry revealed that A Madea Family Funeral was actually shot two years ago, but has stayed in the can until the time was right. “I didn’t want to go from Boo to Boo 2 to Madea, so I put Acrimony in front of it.” Madea has led 11 feature films thus far—Funeral will be the 12th—and owned the stage in 10 plays, not to mention a slew of television appearances. The film franchise on its own has grossed over $500 million worldwide.

Although his career has taken off for the moon, Perry will always be best known for putting on that iconic dress (or prison uniform when she got locked up in 2009). Since debuting Madea to the masses, the prolific producer has starred in hits like Gone Girl, Star Trek, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. He also produced the Academy Award-winning film Precious, for which he was nominated for Best Picture. If he wasn’t busy enough, he’s produced eight television shows, all of which boast ‘Tyler Perry’s’ in front of the name so everyone knows exactly who it came from.

The final film’s plot involves a family reunion in backwoods Georgia and an unexpected funeral. Although Perry does not say if the titular funeral is for Madea herself, it’s a fair guess to make. The movie’s poster shows the character in all-black mourning attire with her head bowed as if we’re staring down into the coffin.

Perry did admit he will take Madea on a farewell tour with one final stage play. “Me, Brown, Cora—all of the originals—we’re going to go out there and do it again.” Get your finest funeral garb ready to say goodbye to the rowdy matriarch next year.

Cartoon Network Hotel opening in Lancaster, PA next year

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 15:15

Cartoon Network has announced it is opening a hotel, because why not. The family destination will be branded with the network’s most popular animated series like Adventure Time and The Powerpuff Girls. The hotel is being built on 9 acres of land in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is set to open in 2019. Cartoon Network has already released a list of attractions that should get kids excited.

The Cartoon Network Hotel was born from a partnership between Cartoon Network and Palace Entertainment, which owns the Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park in Lancaster. The companies have confirmed that the hotel will feature “165 rooms, an interactive lobby, an outdoor amphitheater, a water play zone and more. The Cartoon Network Hotel will have unique and immersive experiences around every corner.”

A statement from the network boasts, “You’ve never stayed at a hotel where cartoon characters are the employees!” From the front lobby to the kitchen, guests will see their favorite (or their kids’ favorite) characters “from Adventure Time, We Bare Bears, The Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 working to make your stay that much more special…and hilarious.” A design for the facade of the hotel has been released, but no word on what the employees playing these characters will look like.

Guests will also be able to view cartoons before their release date at the hotel’s outdoor amphitheater and movie screen.

There will be plenty of fun for kids including an indoor pool, arcade, and kid zone, but if parents are worried, the Network has also confirmed that there will be a wine bar to ease the stress of family vacations.

South Park will ‘Purge’ on Halloween (Video)

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 14:30

Halloween is coming back to South Park as the series will premiere The Scoots—its eighth Halloween episode in 22 seasons. The new episode will deal, it seems, with the economics of trick-or-treating in a Purge-esque South Park.

“This year, a revolution in mobility is changing Halloween for everyone,” said the Comedy Central website. “Chaos erupts, as every kid is out to get more candy than they have ever gotten before. Mr. Mackey and the rest of the adults are hoarding emergency supplies and hoping to survive until morning.”

Halloween episodes have been few and far between over the course of the previous 21 seasons, but this will be the second season in a row that contains one. In last year’s episode, Sons A Witches, a witch terrorizes South Park and Cartman has relationship troubles after Heidi, who ultimately gets kidnapped by the witch, keeps him from finding the perfect pumpkin.

Other past Halloween episodes include Pinkeye, Spookyfish, Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery, Hell on Earth 2006, A Nightmare on Face Time, and Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers.

The Scoots will premiere Wednesday, October 31 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Comedy Central. It can also be streamed on Hulu watched later on the Comedy Central App.

Simpsons showrunner disputes Apu write-off reports

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 13:15

The Simpsons are playing clean-up after an Indiewire interview with producer Adi Shankar claimed that the beloved Kwik-E-Mart shopkeep will be written off the animated series. Showrunner Al Jean tweeted, “Adi Shankar is not a producer on the Simpsons. I wish him the very best but he does not speak for our show.”

Shankar responded, “Let’s work towards common ground.” The producer has been running a scriptwriting competition for diverse writers to shift the controversial character away from an outdated stereotype. “Ignoring only fans the flames. The world is polarized & getting more so, and the onus is on us to bring people together. Engage in a constructive way and this matter will go to bed. I see you, now I’m asking you to see me.”

I wish you well too. Let’s work towards common ground. Ignoring only fans the flames. The world is polarized & getting more so, and the onus is on us to bring people together. Engage in a constructive way and this matter will go to bed. I see you, now I’m asking you to see me.

— Adi Shankar (@adishankarbrand) October 29, 2018

Apu, who is voiced by white actor Hank Azaria, has long been the subject of discussion amongst those who find him to be a harmful Indian stereotype. The topic was brought to the mainstream when truTV aired a documentary The Problem With Apu from stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu. Although many wish The Simpsons would cancel the character, others like Shankar wish for him to transform into a positive representation of Indian-Americans.

Jean seems highly invested in disputing the write-off reports. He spent some time on Twitter replying to outlets that inaccurately referenced Shankar as a producer on The Simpsons and that the reports are ‘untrue.’

@NRO the story is untrue.

— Al Jean (@AlJean) October 30, 2018

Nicholas Stoller sells four comedies to CBS, ABC, Fox

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:31

Nicholas Stoller has sold four comedy projects in the first pitch season under his Sony Pictures TV overall deal. The new comedies coming out from Stoller span multiple networks. A multi-cam sitcom, Our House, written by Brendan O’Brien and The Story of Us written by Mike Royce are coming to CBS. Common Areas, written by Hilary Winston and Mat Harawitz will head to ABC while single-cam Next Door, with writers Steven Cragg and Brian Brandley, will go to Fox.

Stoller is known primarily for his movies Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, and Neighbors. He also created the Netflix original series Friends from College, whose second season premieres January 11, 2019.

The British-American filmmaker has notably worked with Our House’s O’Brien before. He was a co-writer on both blockbuster Neighbors movies, which Stoller directed. The Story of Us writer Royce is also a name sitcom fans should be excited about. He created both TNT’s Men of a Certain Age and the cult Netflix hit One Day at a Time, and he was an executive producer on the classic Everybody Loves Raymond.

Our House follows a devoted mother trying to raise her children right even though her family is difficult. The Story of Us follows an unlikely couple but shows their story through vignettes and interviews spanning 10 years. Common Areas is about skyrocketing rents forcing adults to live in dorm-like housing. Next Door will follow a diverse neighborhood brought together by trying to solve a local murder.

All of the projects are in competitive situations with penalties. Stoller will executive produce all the projects with his producing partner Conor Welch under the Stoller Global Solutions company.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch cast watch Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Netflix reboot (Video)

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 07:30

Fans of Sabrina the Teenage Witch will be delighted to hear that the cast has been reunited in a Netflix promo for the newly released Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

The reaction video features Melissa Joan Hart, Nate Richert, Caroline Rhea, and Beth Broderick watching the new show and commenting on their former characters’ new adventures. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina features Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, and Miranda Otto in the original roles, respectively.

“So this is not going to be very funny,” Richert, who played Harvey in the original series, asserts. Comedian Rhea, who played Aunt Hilda, echoes the sentiment by exclaiming, “It’s terrifying, this show!”

While watching a sex scene, Hart comments, “I was never allowed to take my clothes—oh well, I did run through a scene naked.”

The new series premiered on Netflix on October 26. It is based on a series of comic books of the same name that have been distributed by Archie Comics since 2014. The original show, which ran from 1996 to 2003 on ABC, was a comedy based on the earlier version of the character introduced to the Archie universe in 1962. While the original show is a sitcom, the new series pulls heavily from the comic books as source material, which is far darker and scarier than other representations of the characters.

Watch the full video here:

 

Lena Dunham announces 6 months sober, also directing Steven Spielberg’s next movie

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 20:06

Lena Dunham has had a busy day. Monday morning, Variety announced that the Girls creator has been tapped by Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams to write the screenplay for their upcoming film about Doaa Al Zamel. The script will be adapted from her biography, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival.

The biography was written by Melissa Fleming who is also the chief spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner. The book chronicles the events that took place while Al Zamel fled Egypt for Sweeden by boat. When the vessel was shipwrecked, Al Zamel survived for days while holding her two young children with only a single inflatable tube. Spielberg and Abrams are co-producing the Paramount Pictures film.

Dunham was back in the news again Monday afternoon after she announced that she is six months sober on Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert.

The Camping creator told Shepard that she had been misusing Klonopin, a benzodiazepine commonly used to treat panic disorders. Dunham called the drug “normalized” in entertainment and, while the drugs first helped her to “show up to things I didn’t feel equipped to show up for,” she became addicted.

Dunham was diagnosed with PTSD and has frequent panic attacks. “I don’t blame myself for my illness; I don’t blame myself for the sexual abuse I experienced; I don’t blame myself for the physical abuse I experienced; I don’t blame myself for the challenges of being a woman in this world, and an anxious woman in this world, and living in this body,” Dunham explained on the podcast,  “But I do see the way that I medicated myself, negatively impacted people around me, and decimated my decision making and hurt my creativity. So, I just feel, literally like, on my knees grateful every single day.”

Gabriel Iglesias Beyond The Fluffy tour dates announced

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 19:44

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias announced the dates for his Beyond The Fluffy World Tour on Monday. The plus-size comic will hit 46 cities in North America next year bringing his accessible brand of light-hearted (and heavy-weighted) humor to the masses. Las Vegas, Dallas, Phoenix, and Portland are amongst the cities the Fluffy Train will make stops in 2019.

“There is no greater thrill for me than to perform stand-up live,” Iglesias said in a press release. “I’m so excited to launch this new tour and reconnect with all my fans. It’s going to be Fluffy-licious.”

Iglesias has proven to be a heavy-hitting talent who continues to draw massive crowds having sold out Los Angeles’s Staples Center, New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and Australia’s illustrious Sydney Opera House. The Hollywood Reporter named him one of the Top 40(ish) Comedy Players of 2018. That’s not a surprise since he has one of those much sought-after Netflix deals for a couple of stand-up specials, with the first one airing in early 2019 titled One Show Fits All.

Not limited to the stage, the comedian—known way too well for jokes about his ‘fluffy’ body type—has also appeared in a number of feature films over the years, lending his voice to roles in Coco, The Book of Life, Ferdinand, and Disney’s Planes. If you paid attention, you caught him rocking a goatee as the strip club DJ in Magic Mike (and the fluffier-sized Magic Mike XXL). He is currently in production for his own Netflix sitcom Mr. Iglesias due out next year.

Presale tickets for the Beyond The Fluffy World Tour are available from 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday, October 31 on his website Fluffyguy.com when fans use the password ‘cake.’ Public sales begin November 1 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Beyond The Fluffy World Tour 2019
Feb 8, 2019 – Wagner Noël PAC in Midland, TX
Feb 9, 2019 – American Airlines in Dallas, TX
Feb 14, 2019 – Lincoln Center in Napa, CA
Feb 15, 2019 – Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, CA
Feb 16, 2019 – Redding Civic Auditorium in Redding, CA
Feb 17, 2019 – SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Feb 21, 2019 – MPEC in Wichita Falls, TX
Feb 22, 2019 – UTEP in El Paso, TX
Feb 23, 2019 – Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Feb 24, 2019 – Tucson Music Hall in Tucson, AZ
Feb 28, 2019 – William B Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA
Mar 1, 2019 – Maxwell C King Center in Melbourne, FL
Mar 2, 2019 – Peabody Auditorium in Daytona, FL
Mar 3, 2019 – Moran Theater in Jacksonville, FL
Mar 6, 2019 – Johnny Mercer Theater in Savannah, GA
Mar 7, 2019 – Knoxville Civic Auditorium in Knoxville, TN
Mar 8, 2019 – Andrew Jackson Hall in Nashville, TN
Mar 9, 2019 – Tivoli Theater in Chattanooga, TN
Mar 13, 2019 – Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Mar 14, 2019 – Altria Theatre in Richmond, VA
Mar 15, 2019 – Constant Center in Norfolk, VA
Mar 16, 2019 – EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA
Mar 22, 2019 – Silva Concert Hall in Eugene, OR
Mar 23, 2019 – Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR
Mar 24, 2019 – Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA
Mar 28, 2019 – EMU Convocation Center at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI
Mar 29, 2019 – Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL
Mar 30, 2019 – Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL
Mar 31, 2019 – Clowes Memorial in Indianapolis, IN
Apr 12, 2019 – Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 13, 2019 – Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 14, 2019 – Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO
Apr 19, 2019 – Terry Fator Theatre at Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Apr 20, 2019 – Terry Fator Theatre at Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Apr 25, 2019 – Robinson Performance Hall in Little Rock, AK
Apr 26, 2019 – Alabama Theater in Birmingham, AL
Apr 27, 2019 – Jenkins Arena in Lakeland, FL
Apr 28, 2019 – Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Ft Meyers, FL
May 3, 2019 – Pala Casino Events Center in Pala, CA
May 9, 2019 – Carlson Center in Fairbanks, AK
May 10, 2019 – Dena’ina Civic Center in Anchorage, AK
May 16, 2019 – Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, CA
May 28, 2019 – Pearl River Resort in Choctaw, MS
May 24, 2019 – Terry Fator Theatre at Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV
May 25, 2019 – Terry Fator Theatre at Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV
May 26, 2019 – Terry Fator Theatre at Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV
May 31, 2019 – Grey Eagle Event Centre in Calgary, AB
Jun 1, 2019 – River Cree Resort & Casino in Enoch, AB
Aug 30, 2019 – Borgata Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 31, 2019 – Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA

Michael Keaton, Seth Rogen star in John McAfee dark comedy King of the Jungle

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 10:00

Michael Keaton will go rogue in King of the Jungle, according to a Deadline report. Keaton and Seth Rogen will star in the dark comedy based on the absurdly true story of McAfee Antivirus software creator John McAfee. Keaton will star as McAfee while Rogen will play Wired investigator Ari Furman.

McAfee was a tech genius who created the popular antivirus software, cashed-in his fortune, and left modern civilization to live in the jungles of Belize. Even though the story is about a computer programmer, the story involves a ton of guns, sex, and murder. Furman traveled to Central America to interview the reclusive tech giant for Wired only to get wrapped up in McAfee’s craziness. The script is based off the Wired magazine article John McAfee’s Last Stand and written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

Johnny Depp was originally attached to star as McAfee, but McAfee apparently lobbied against the casting. According to a tweet, he wanted Morgan Freeman to play him (who he claims refused). The Keaton casting ensures a heightened level of comedy that the Birdman star has proven he can deliver. Both Keaton and Rogen will go dark directly after starring in films for Disney films. Rogen voiced the role of Pumba for the upcoming Lion King reboot. Keaton will be seen in Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo.

My lobbying against Johnny Depp, Who was picked https://t.co/hKoS5JAhy9 me in “King of the Jungle”, worked. I refused to work with Depp. Replaced by Michael Keaton. My hope was for Morgan Freeman (seriously). He refused. Seth Rogan also has a part.https://t.co/0VjRvRgMsN

— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) October 27, 2018

Amy Poehler animated series Duncanville picked up by Fox

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 08:00

Amy Poehler loses one show and gains another. Duncanville has been picked up for 13 episodes by Fox. The series is an animated TV comedy about a 15-year-old boy, Duncan, and his friends and family.

The show is the second big announcement for the actress this week as Broad City, which was executive produced by Poehler, will end after its fifth and final season. The Saturday Night Live alum will lend her voice to the titular Duncan as well as his high strung mother, Annie. The series is written by Mike and Julie Scully of Simpsons fame. Fellow Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones and rapper Wiz Kalifa have also been cast for roles on the show.

Poehler will also serve as executive producer on the show with her company Paper Kite Productions along with the Scullys and Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment.

President of Entertainment at Fox, Micheal Thorn, has called the show, “One of the freshest animated concepts we’ve seen, and has an insane pedigree of comedic talent across the board.” The show will join Fox’s growing roster of animated shows for adults which includes The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, and Bob’s Burgers.

The show is set to premiere during the 2019-2020 season but does not have a release date at this time.

Chris Rock to direct Kevin Hart in Co-Parenting divorce comedy

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 08:00

Looks like Chris Rock is getting back behind the camera—with Kevin Hart in front of it. Deadline reports Rock is in negotiations to direct the Ride Along star in Co-Parenting, a comedy from producer Will Packer and Universal Pictures.

Co-Parenting is about a stay-at-home dad—presumably played by Hart—who raises the kids while his CEO wife serves as the family’s moneymaker. As described by Deadline, the main character “finds himself in emotional and public turmoil when his wife kicks him to the curb” and begin a harrowing divorce and custody battle. Rock and Hart came up with the idea for the film, although due to Rock’s recent divorce, we wonder how much of the idea came from him. Black-ish writer Yamara Taylor writes the script.

We’re used to seeing Rock on screen, most recently in the Netflix original movies Week Of and Sandy Wexler. He’s even been cast in the next season of Fargo. But the Saturday Night Live alum is no stranger to the director’s chair. He made his directorial debut with his 2003 “What if a black man ran for president?” comedy Head of State. More recently, Rock received critical acclaim for his 2014 film Top Five where he starred, directed, and wrote the screenplay.

Hart continues to be one of the busiest stand-up comedians working today. He stars opposite Tiffany Haddish in the recently released Night School. In 2017, he starred in three films. He’ll see him take a shot at comedy-infused drama in the Les Intouchables remake The Upside opposite Bryan Cranston in January, not to mention the Jumanji and Secret Life of Pets sequels also come out next year. He’s even got a few announced films in the works. None of this includes his arena stand-up tours and various executive-produced projects through his HartBeat Productions company.

We’re not sure where the two comedy giants will find the time to shoot Co-Parenting, but we can’t wait to see it.

Jessica Williams attending Four Weddings and a Funeral on Hulu

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 01:00

Mindy Kaling wrote a dope role for a dope queen. Jessica Williams will star in Four Weddings and a Funeral, an upcoming Hulu limited series based on the 1994 film starring Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant. This will be the former Daily Show correspondent’s return to streaming since her Netflix original movie The Incredible Jessica James came out last year. She joins the Harry Potter universe in November starring as Eulalie Hicks in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The 2 Dope Queens star will play Jess, a young communications director for a New York senatorial campaign who gets invited to a London wedding. While reconnecting with old friends and serving maid of honor duties, she somehow ends up in the middle of everyone’s drama. Opposite Williams is Rebecca Rittenhouse who plays Jess’s estranged college friend Ainsley, an engaged Dallas socialite who moved to London after school.

Also attending the titular weddings (and funeral) are struggling British actor Kash, played by Nikesh Patel, and Jess’s former classmate Duffy, played by John Reynolds, who has had a crush on Jess since their school days.

Four Weddings and a Funeral brings writer Mindy Kaling back to Hulu. Back in 2016, the streaming giant saved The Mindy Project after it was axed by Fox. The Emmy-nominated series ran for three more seasons on the platform. Fellow Mindy Project writer Matt Warburton wrote the script with Kaling.

Jessica Williams starts attending weddings on Hulu in 2019.

The Simpsons Apu getting axed instead of fixed according to Adi Shankar

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 13:08

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon may be being quietly written off The Simpsons, according to Indiewire. The controversial character was introduced on the eighth episode of the animated behemoth back in 1990. Voice actor Hank Azaria has voiced Apu—as well as a slew of other characters—for almost three decades, for which he has won four Emmys. However, the character has drawn public criticism, especially in recent years, for being a Southeast Asian stereotype.

Producer Adi Shankar, who is not involved with The Simpsons, started a script writing contest for an episode that would create a less stereotypical role for Apu. He announced he picked a script only to have insiders at The Simpsons confirm that Apu was being written off the show. “I got some disheartening news back, that I’ve verified from multiple sources now,” Shankar told Indiewire. “They’re going to drop the Apu character altogether. They aren’t going to make a big deal out of it, or anything like that, but they’ll drop him altogether just to avoid the controversy.”

Last year, comedian Hari Kondabolu released an hour-long documentary on TruTV titled The Problem with Apu. The documentary explored the character’s impact on minority communities and being brown in American entertainment. The much-referenced doc featured big name comedians like Aziz Ansari, Whoopi Goldberg, Hasan Minhaj, Aasif Mandvi as well as fan favorites like Aparna Nancherla and W. Kamau Bell.

The Problem with Apu thrust the Quik-E Stop owner into the spotlight. The Simpsons tried to address the controversy in an episode called No Good Read Goes Unpunished, but it ultimately made light of the controversy without actually getting to the heart of the issue: that Apu is a stereotype voiced by a white person.

Apu is not the only instance of a white actor voicing a person of color in 2018. Bojack Horseman’s Diane Nguyen is Vietnamese but voiced by Alison Brie. Similarly, Jenny Slate voices Missy, a mixed-race child, on Netflix’s Big Mouth. Apu has drawn the most controversy, most likely because his character not only enforced stereotypes but helped build some. In his film, Kondabolu remembers people using Apu’s catchphrase, “Thank you, come again!” as a way of bullying or taunting him.

A rep for the show has only said that “Apu appeared in the 10/14/18 episode My Way or the Highway to Heaven,” which shows dozens of characters, including Apu surrounding God in Heaven. It is unclear if there will be any mention of where Apu went or if this will act as a very subtle write-off.

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