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Adam Sandler movie marathon kicks off Comedy Central special programming

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:20

December is one of those months where you’re always playing something pleasant in the background. Comedy Central hopes to get us over the hump to 2019 with a full month of special programming you can always leave on while you wrap presents, pack for that vacation, or hide away from the family with that basement tube TV that may or may not still work. The 31 Days of Holiday Survival will include all-day marathons, holiday movies, and hilarious stand-up specials.

Comedy Central will offer a slew of marathons, including a full day of Futurama, Chappelle’s Show, Reno 911, The Office, Adam Sandler movies, and a Season 22 rewind marathon of South Park that will lead up to the documentary South Park: 6 Days to Air. The network is also taking advantage of their newly bought syndication rights to BoJack Horseman after their innovative deal with Netflix. The BoJack Christmas special and season 1 finale will air on regular television for the first time ever (even though they’ve been available to stream since they came out 4 years ago).

One stand-up highlight to look forward to is the premiere of Jon Dore’s one-hour special Big Questions Huge Answers debuting on December 3 at 11:30 p.m. This will be Dore’s first hourlong special with the network. He’s previously been on T.J. Miller’s The Mash-Up and did a half-hour on Comedy Central Presents.

No December programming would be complete without a slew of Christmas episodes, and this line-up is no different. BoJack Horseman: Sabrina’s Christmas Wish, Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special, and Christmas episodes from South Park, The Office, and Drunk History will populate your TV screens around Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

Of course, troublingly so, the special programming includes no mention of non-Christian holidays. Hannukah this year runs from December 2-10. Does anyone remember Jewish comedian Gary Gulman recorded an entire stand-up album about Christmas?

Check out the full line-up below:

Marathons:

Dec. 1 – Adam Sandler movies (Little Nicky, The Waterboy, That’s My Boy, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan) – 5:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Dec. 9 – Futurama (including Bender’s Big Score parts 1-4) – 2:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.

Dec. 16 – South Park Season 22 Rewind Marathon (followed by South Park: 6 Days to Air) – 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.

Dec. 26-29 – South Park – 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. daily

Dec. 30 – The Office: Best of Michael Scott – 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 a.m.

Dec. 31 – Reno 911 – 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 a.m.

Jan. 1 – Chappelle’s Show – 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 a.m.

Holiday Episodes/Movies/Specials:

Dec. 8 – Bad Santa – 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.

Dec. 18 – Drunk History Christmas episodes – 10:00 p.m.

Dec. 19 – BoJack Horseman: Sabrina’s Christmas Wish – 10:30 p.m.

Dec. 22 – Here Comes the Boom (Comedy Central premiere) – 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 24 – The Office Christmas episodes – 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m.

Dec. 25 – Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special – 2:00 p.m., encoring until 9:00 p.m.

Dec. 25 – South Park Christmas episodes – 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., late-night 12:30 a.m. until 4:30 a.m.

Specials/Season Finales:

Dec. 3 – Big Questions Huge Answers with Jon Dore – 11:30 p.m.

Dec. 12 – South Park Season 22 finale – 10:00 p.m.

Dec. 12 – BoJack Horseman Season 1 finale – 10:30 p.m.

Dec. 14 – This Week at the Comedy Cellar Season 1 finale – 11:00 p.m.

Jeff Ross, Dave Attell are Bumping Mics in Netflix trailer

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:48

Roast lovers rejoice! Netflix has released a trailer for Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave Attell. The three-part comedy special comes to the streaming giant on November 27. Part roast show, part variety hour, the comedy event will feature insult-based comedy from Jeff Ross and Dave Attell along with a myriad of comedians and celebrity drop-ins.

Ross and Attell are billed in the trailer as best friends. The two have worked together many times in the past on live shows and tours, but now they are making it Netflix official. Ross is a roast legend—frequently referred to as the Roastmaster General. He has burned everyone from Bruce Willis to Donald Trump, and even recorded a roast special in a prison. Attell has been in acting more in recent years with roles in The Jim Gaffigan Show and Crashing, as well as a role in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck. The raunchy comic maintains a loyal cult following from his Comedy Central TV show, Insomniac with Dave Attell, which ran from 2001 to 2004.

Taped in the historic Comedy Cellar at the Village Underground, Bumping Mics seems to have a very authentic core. It captures the feeling of seeing live stand-up comedy in New York City. The trailer shows the stars as they perform on stage and walk through the surrounding neighborhoods. It also teases appearances from big names like Hasan Minhaj, Bob Saget, Bruce Willis, Michelle Wolf, Gilbert Gottfried, and Michael Che.

The trailer delivers zinger after zinger, such as, “You look like you own rivaling porn shops,” and, “I used to work out, but I hurt my back carrying this show.” The special was directed by Emmy Award winner Andrew Jarecki, who is best known for his work on the HBO miniseries The Jinx.

Watch the full trailer here:

Bill Maher insults Stan Lee fans; Pow! Entertainment fights back

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:59

Stan Lee’s company Pow! Entertainment posted an open letter to Bill Maher Monday after the Real Time with Bill Maher host previously published a blog spot disparaging the memory of Lee and his fans.

On November 17, less than a week after the comic book icon passed away November 12, Maher made a post titled Adulting. He wrote, “The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess.” After blaming the popularity of comic books for what Maher sees as society’s inability to deal with adulthood, he concludes his post by saying “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.”

Pow! Entertainment posted an open letter on their website expressing disgust with Maher’s comments. “To say that Stan merely inspired people to ‘watch a movie’ is in our opinion frankly disgusting.” The letter goes on to say that many readers learned valuable lessons from comic books, and that those lessons “are but a few of the things we the fans of Stan Lee also consider ‘adulting,’ because life both as a child and grown-up can indeed be a struggle. Stan is the author of millions of happy childhood memories and the provider of so many of the positive tools of adulthood.” The letter closes with a message for Maher, one of Lee’s most well-known phrases. “With great power, there must also come— great responsibility!”

So far, Maher has not responded to the letter.

Read the full letter below.

Mr. Maher: Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings. One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare.

But to say that Stan merely inspired people to “watch a movie” is in our opinion frankly disgusting. Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls. He gave us the X-Men, Black Panther, Spider-Man and many other heroes and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and bullied while inspiring countless to be creative and dream of great things to come.

These are but a few of the things we the fans of Stan Lee also consider “adulting,” because life both as a child and grown-up can indeed be a struggle. Stan is the author of millions of happy childhood memories and the provider of so many of the positive tools of adulthood.

Our shock at your comments makes us want to say “‘Nuff said, Bill,” but instead we will rely on another of Stan’s lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so please remember: “With great power there must also come — great responsibility!”

-Team Stan

Michelle Wolf calls White House Correspondents’ Association ‘cowards’ for booking Ron Chernow

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 14:48

UPDATE: President Donald Trump fired off one of his angry tweets at comedian Michelle Wolf on Tuesday—and Wolf was not having it. Referring to Wolf as a ‘so-called comedian,’ [Ed. note: Michelle Wolf did an HBO one-hour stand-up special, a frequent dream and goal of many actual comedians.] Trump suggested he may go to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner now that they’ve booked an author to talk about the First Amendment.

Wolf fired back shortly after, “I bet you’d be on my side if I had killed a journalist. #BeBest.” She’s, of course, referencing his administration’s decision not to punish Saudi Arabia for murdering and dismembering Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Her #BeBest hashtag throws shade at the First Lady Melania Trump, who chose online bullying as her issue to keep her busy during her husband’s term in office. The First Lady has publicly stated she wishes her husband would tweet less, but has come far short of using him as an example of online bullying.

I bet you’d be on my side if I had killed a journalist. #BeBest https://t.co/bZ91Cg0QCr

— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) November 21, 2018

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The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is going in a new direction and Michelle Wolf has something to say about it. For the first time in years, the dinner will not feature a speech from a comedian. Instead, the dinner with feature a talk from author Ron Chernow.

Olivier Knox, the President of the White House Correspondents’ Association, announced earlier this morning that Chernow would be the guest on WHCA’s website. Knox said, “I’m delighted that Ron will share his lively, deeply researched perspectives on American politics and history at the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.” She continued, “As we celebrate the importance of a free and independent news media to the health of the republic, I look forward to hearing Ron place this unusual moment in the context of American history.”

Last year’s correspondent’s dinner led to much controversy with conservatives—many of whom call the left ‘snowflakes’ as they denounce PC culture—complaining that Wolf’s jokes were too crude. The White House Correspondent’s Dinner gets coverage solely for the comedian booked to mock the administration, the press, and the nation. After the announcement this morning, Wolf took to Twitter to slam the WHCA on their choice. The former Netflix talk show host stated that she “could not be prouder.”

The @whca are cowards. The media is complicit. And I couldn’t be prouder. https://t.co/OOIFGuZ731

— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) November 19, 2018

President Donald Trump has not attended the event for the last two years and has given no indication that he will be in attendance for next year’s dinner on April 27, 2019.

Chernow has written six books and is mostly known for his in-depth tomb about the life of Alexander Hamilton, which became the basis for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical, Hamilton.

The very first correspondent’s dinner featured comedy from Bob Hope in 1944. Since then, notable comedians such as Peter Sellers, Yakov Smirnoff, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, and Conan O’Brien have headlined the annual event. Wolf was one of several women who has hosted the event, the first being Paula Poundstone in 1992.

The dinner truly broke into the public’s consciousness when Stephen Colbert, then-host of the satirical late night show Colbert Report on Comedy Central where he pretended to be an over-the-top conservative political pundit. The fake punditry followed The Daily Show’s fake news program. Someone didn’t get the memo, because he was booked for the 2006 dinner with President George W. Bush. His performance hit much harder than the Bush administration was expecting, as attendees previously unfamiliar with the comedian started to get the schtick. Since then, the opportunity to lampoon both news and politicians has been viewed as a high honor in comedy circles.

What was truly astonishing about Wolf’s routine was that conservatives were mad, but so were members of the WHCA and select liberals who viewed her jokes about Sarah Huckabee Sanders as over-the-line. Many people were mad…but the complaint was not that she wasn’t funny. The decision to switch to a renowned offer is both a safe and unoffensive option.

Back in May, publications like The Hill refused to attend the 2019 dinner unless changes were made. Then-president, Margaret Talev, issued a statement at the time which read, “Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people… Unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission.” We would say that Michelle Wolf brought the nation together towards a common enemy, but we’ve all been reading the news since then.

Did Wolf bomb like Trump suggests? Watch her performance below then let us know in the comments!

13 Gift Ideas for the Comedian in Your Life

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:15

Attention, friends, family, and lovers of comedians! Did you know that comedians need gear?! It’s true! Being a comedian isn’t all mouth sounds and ripped jeans and someone else’s microphone. And since being an up-and-coming stand-up comic isn’t a big moneymaker, there’s a good chance your funny friend will appreciate a practical present. Here are some great holiday gift ideas for the wonderful comedian in your life.

A phone tripod, $10 – $75

Every comedian needs one of these to film their sets on their phone. Even if your comic has a nice camera, they’re probably not dragging it to every show. Phone tripods are perfect for when a great show sneaks up on a comedian, and they realize five minutes before their set they might be able to get a good tape from it. (We are always chasing the perfect tape—it is our purpose, our life’s mission, and our Hell.) The key is to get a tripod that’s small enough to toss in a comedian’s backpack, but strong enough to survive in a comedian’s backpack. If I were buying a new one, I might grab this selfie stick-tripod in one, which has a perfect Amazon user review and is just $20.

Phone clip $6 – $30

Most tripods don’t come with a clip for a phone camera, and you must buy it separately. I don’t see any reason to spend more than $7 on something like this. Pro tip: the simpler, the better.

Wide Lens for Phone Cameras, $120

For even better quality phone videos, consider gifting this lens attachment that comedians recommend. It does require you to buy a special phone case, which costs an additional $35.

Headshots with a Good Comedy Photographer $100 – $500

Photography isn’t cheap, but you can gift great headshots (which every comedian absolutely needs) for $500 or less. If you’re unfamiliar with local photographers, ask your comedian’s friends who their favorites are—there’s usually a well-known comedy photographer or two in every comedy scene.

New Yorker Subscription, $12

For the highbrow comedian, consider bestowing 12 weeks of Shouts & Murmurs (plus, ya know, the other stuff). I think there’s nothing more inspiring than snuggling up on the couch with comedic essays by incredible writers. Plus, the 12 weeks for $12 deal is a steal.

Voice Lessons, $150 – $1000

The more experimental comedian may enjoy adult beginner singing lessons. It sounds silly, but I bought my boyfriend a four-pack of private lessons for his birthday a few years ago, and he loved them. Learning to sing has made it possible for him to incorporate songs into his sketches, characters, and variety show.

Mountable Waterproof Notepad, $25

If your comedian gets their best ideas in the shower, this is THE gift.

Sticker Mule gift card, $100

I love Sticker Mule for custom merch. With a gift card, your comedian can design buttons, stickers, or magnets to sell or give out at shows and on tour. Sticker Mule works fast and requires the buyer to approve the final design before printing, so there are no bad surprises. I promise, this post isn’t sponsored by Sticker Mule; I just really love them. (But I don’t know why only $100 gift cards are available! It’s wild!)

Quality Notebooks, $3 – $30

Moleskine, Field Notes and Muji are three popular brands among comedians. Men say they like soft-covered, non-spiral notebooks that can fit in their pockets, and many women say they like small/medium notebooks that fit in their purse. But also, gender is a construct!

The Seven Year Pen, $9

Okay, so reviews say that the Seven Year Pen will not actually last 7 years, but this is a gooooood, special pen. If only every joke were as smooth, effortless, and balanced as this utensil. I truly love mine.

Upgraded wardrobe ($20 to a million dollars)

Even the schlubbiest among us don’t actually want to look like trash on stage. Most comedians hope to look like themselves, but a little better. So if your comedian wears a stained, holed-up, oversized red sweatshirt every day, consider gifting them a “stage upgrade” of a casual red sweater that actually fits (or at least a sweatshirt without holes).

Zoom Recorder for Podcasting, $370 – $430

If you’re buying for a soon-to-be-podcaster with no equipment, a Zoom will do the trick. It’s high quality and portable, so your comedian can even use it to collect sound when shooting sketches or making standup tapes. I just recorded an episode of my podcast on my boyfriend’s Zoom, and the sound quality was excellent. The H4N is more than sufficient for a new podcaster, but the H6N is the souped-up version that will make the other kids go, “Oooh!”

Born Standing Up, $13.60

There are so many books about comedy and by comedians, but Steve Martin’s memoir of his rise as a stand-up is extra special: touching, inspiring, funny, and informative. And it’s a breeze to read, so even though it’s a book, you can be confident you’re not gifting comedy homework. (And here’s our list of great modern day comedian memoirs if they already own this one!)

Happy gifting!

Nick Kroll, John Mulaney’s Big Mouth gets Season 3

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:30

Big Mouth has already gotten a tap from Netflix for a third season. The hit animated series from John Mulaney and Nick Kroll got the renewal after Season 2 debuted last month. Netflix made the announcement on the show’s Twitter.

The announcement came shortly after Kroll sat down for a table read at the Vulture Festival Los Angeles. At the event, he shared one joke with the audience that was deemed ‘too raunchy’ even for Big Mouth. In a scene where one (of his many) characters receives oral sex, Kroll describes, “Rick is like ‘suck my sick little dick,’ and we see him pull a thermometer out of his little dick and there’s a spurt of blood that comes out after. Netflix was like, ‘How would you feel about not having that?’”

Big Mouth is the hit animated comedy series that is showing its adult audience just how much they were never taught about their bodies. When it feels ‘too real’, it’s probably because it is. Writer Mark Levin said, “Whenever we interviewed a writer for the show we’d always say, ‘Tell us about what it was like when you had your first period, or what it was like when you were caught masturbating.’” This new season introduced a new character, Shame Wizard, which has been widely accepted by critics. We’re hoping that Netflix gets as impatient releasing Season 3 as it was announcing it.

Puberty gets even messier.#BigMouth Season 3 is coming to @netflix in 2019. pic.twitter.com/vd1CpHg9L6

— Big Mouth (@bigmouth) November 17, 2018

Frankie Shaw, Stormy Daniels, Rosie O’Donnell flash in SMILF season 2 trailer (Video)

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:00

The acronymal Showtime comedy SMILF will be back with new episodes very soon according to a trailer for the critical favorite’s second season. In the pop music-fueled trailer, we see flashes of Bridgette still trying to find her place in the world. As we flash between a fancy gala, a polo match, and a Wild West tourist stop, we hear star and creator Frankie Shaw say, “It’s like I’m living someone else’s life.”

Season 2 will show Bridgette still sweating it at her day job while her mother, played by the illustrious Rosie O’Donnell, continues to recover from a manic episode we witnessed towards the end of the first season. We’ll also see more of Bridgette’s ex Rafi, his girlfriend Nelson, and Tutu’s younger sister Jackie, as well as the “highly unconventional birth” of little Larry.

SMILF, based on Shaw’s award-winning 2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film by the same name, has been a fan favorite at Showtime at a time when uncertainty surrounds the network’s other working-class hit series Shameless. Earlier this year, stars Emmy Rossum and Cameron Monaghan announced they will no longer be on the show. Showtime announced back in 2016 that the Emmy winner would be back for a ninth season.

Season 2 of SMILF will host some major guest stars, including controversial porn star Stormy Daniels. Other guest stars include Ari Graynor, Claudia O’Doherty, Melanie Griffith. Kerry Washington, of Scandal fame, and Cate Shortland will both go behind the camera to direct episodes of the new season.

See if you can spot Stormy Daniels in the Season 2 SMILF trailer! Season 2 will debut January 20, 2019 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Showtime.

Pete Holmes shares Crashing trailer at Vulture Festival

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:00

Pete Holmes and Crashing are coming back to HBO. The third season got a trailer and a confirmation that Season 3 will premiere this January. While there is no specific date for the release, the trailer will get fans excited for a new season.

Last February, HBO announced that Crashing and High Maintenance would be coming back for third seasons. HBO also announced last month a new stand-up special from Holmes called Dirty Clean, which will air December 15.

Crashing follows a fictionalized version of Holmes as he tries to break into the New York stand-up comedy scene after his wife cheats on him. The trailer shows that Season 3 will focus on the comedian dealing with newfound fame and a new relationship. The series, from executive producer Judd Apatow, features guest cameos from stand-up comedy all-stars and this new season will be no different. The trailer shows appearances by John Mulaney, Amy Schumer, Colin Quinn, Ray Romano, and Chris Gethard. The show also features recurring characters played by Artie Lange and Jamie Lee.

The first two seasons of the show have been well-reviewed by critics. The consensus by Rotten Tomatoes says of the show, “The refreshingly goofy Crashing embraces a measured positivity and an overall sweetness that sets it apart from its more sardonic contemporaries.” The trailer focuses on silly situations like debating whether a jacket looks good and Holmes’s mom hearing him having sex. Gasp.

The trailer premiered at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles. Watch the full trailer here:

No Scrubs reboot; movie a maybe says creator Bill Lawrence at Vulture Festival

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 20:28

The Scrubs cast joined for their first official reunion with creator Bill Lawrence and star Zach Braff since the show ended its beloved run in 2010. Obviously, everyone wanted to know if they would ever reboot the show. The answer? Maybe a movie.

“I would do anything to not only get to work with not only this group, but the writers, and do it again,” Lawrence said. “It was the best time in my life…but that said, sometimes reboots, not all the time, but sometimes, they feel like a money grab.”

He’s right. Many on the cast were newer stars supported by television vets. Where would any of them find the time? Sarah Chalkie has worked on a variety of programs since then, including a run on How I Met Your Mother, and returned to Roseanne this year before its very public cancellation. She’s been doing a lot of voice work on Paradise PD, American Dad, and Rick and Morty. Neil Flynn, who played everyone’s beloved janitor, led The Middle to nine seasons on ABC. Judy Reyes became a lead on Devious Maids and Christa Miller found love (and then some) on Cougar Town.

It would be difficult to wrangle so many talented schedules for a new season. “If we ever do it,” Lawrence suggested, “it’ll be a short little movie or something like that.” So what you’re saying is…there’s a chance?

Braff didn’t help qualm the excitement for more Scrubs on Saturday when he tweeted a photo of the gang with the caption, “Season 10?” It’s nothing new for Braff’s Twitter. His entire feed feels like a Scrubs strip tease where the safe word is EAGLE!

Season 10? pic.twitter.com/QihNsgmbAC

— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) November 18, 2018

Saturday Night Live recap: Steve Carell teases Office reunion on SNL (Videos)

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 11:46

Steve Carell returned to host Saturday Night Live for the third time last night. The Office star hosted back in 2005 and again in 2008, but that was over 10 years ago. Was he ready to jump back in? He has grey hair and does serious movies now, leading some to wonder: Can Steve Carell still be funny? Of course he can! But how did the show go overall? We let you know using our patented* SNL star scale!

*we do not hold the patent for this

The Cold Open



This is not the first cold open that features Laura Ingraham played by Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong as Judge Jeanine Pirro, and both of the actresses really have the impressions nailed at this point. The Laura Ingraham parody opens always suffer from being a little bit too long. The middle guest tends to drag, and even a fun Mark Zuckerberg impression couldn’t save it from feeling long. This opening ended with Ingraham interviewing Vape God. Pete Davidson’s impression of the real life troll was not particularly accurate, and McKinnon had to assure the audience one too many times that this character was based on a real interview which was a shame. The actual interview with Vape God might be funnier than the sketch, which is always a danger when parodying something that is already funny.

The Monologue

The big SNL headline this week will be “Steve Carell teases Office reunion in monologue,” but we should all know that this is a joke. It is not coming back, no matter how much you beg. Carell shows real acting chops in this monologue—or he is actually surprised by what is happening. Office alumni Ed Helms, Ellie Kemper, and Jenna Fischer join Carell along with Carell’s wife and children to ask him to bring back The Office. It is cute, but the real headline is that Kenan Thompson is on board for a Kenan and Kell reboot (please).

Disney

I really want to like this sketch, but something is just a tiny bit off. Carell plays a dumb dad, but at some moments it feels like he is less dumb and more someone who has had some sort of head trauma. The premise is funny, but in moments it goes too far and in other moments it doesn’t go far enough. I think the issue is the children don’t feel like characters. They just feel like the actors playing themselves while sitting on bunk beds. A funny visual, but not enough.

Bezos

This got four Andy Sambergs because Carell does a great Jeff Bezos. The premise is a little weak, and it really glorifies a Lex Luther type, but the impression is so spot-on that it’s certainly worth a watch.

Friends-giving

This sketch is great. The only reason that it doesn’t get the Gildas is that the twist at the end feels stale. But everything before that is genius and the song should be the new Thanksgiving anthem.

Ginsberg Rap

This is a fine rap. Nothing feels particularly fresh about it, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg has had enough “gangster” and “rap” jokes about her to last a lifetime, which for her is hopefully 116 years.

Space Broadcast

There is nothing particularly good or bad to say about this sketch. However, I have a lot of questions for whomever in props made all those dead monkeys.

Weekend Update

Michael Che and Colin Jost’s jokes this week were better than recent weeks, even if Che’s Amazon jokes feel more like a rant. Thompson did his always fun impression of Lavar Ball, but Mikey Day stole the show with his impression of Denver Riggleman. For those unfamiliar with the Virginia Congressman, Riggleman caused a small scandal for posting Big Foot erotica on social media. This impression may have worked better back in July when the scandal broke, but honestly, it’s still funny.

1950s Sleep Over

This is a great Grease parody that works despite anyone actually saying the word grease. It’s a little out there, very silly, and gives way more laughs than the very similar Disney dad sketch earlier in the episode. The sketch features twist after twist, causing uproarious laughter each time. Carell and Aidy Bryant have wonderful chemistry together as father and daughter. When they start talking about Carell leaving the family, the 1950s-style voices fall away, which somehow makes it all funnier.

RV Life

This sketch has an amazing premise and features an amazing performance by Heidi Gardner, but it otherwise feels a little sloppy. It feels like it is missing a little more structure and doesn’t live up to the premise’s potential.

Space Thanksgiving

In a show that already features a sketch in outer space and a killer sketch about Thanksgiving, it is surprising that Lorne let this space Thanksgiving sketch into the show. It isn’t that funny and just kind of ends without any resolution. I wonder what was so bad that it got cut over this.

GPYasss

Yass, hunty, we are giving this sketch three Mama Rus. Does it feel out of place? Yass! Just like this sketch, kitty-girl. The final sketch of the show suffers from straight people trying to make a gay sketch. It is fun, and it will make you laugh, but there is a hesitation to it. Much like when Thompson has to do a drag voice over and stumbles over the word squirrel.  RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Jiggly Caliente and Peppermint appear in the sketch, and they really should have done the voice over for the fictional app. The lines they deliver are much funnier than Thomspon’s and they were already on set.

Disagree with our ratings? Let us know in the comments!

Dom Irrera turns 70!

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 05:00

Dom Irrera turns 70 today. With over 30 years in comedy, Irrera has done a little bit of everything. Audiences might recognize him from TV shows like Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist or roles in movies like The Big Lebowski, but Irrera’s true home is on the stand-up stage. In 2005, Los Angeles Magazine wrote of Irrera, “In an era that equates comedic success with film and TV, Irrera is an oddity: an enormously successful comedian who spends most of his time doing stand-up.” In honor of 70 years, here are 7 things you might not have known about the comedian:

1. He was named the 79th Greatest Stand-up of All-Time by Comedy Central.

2. While his IMBD says his first TV appearance was in 1985, he was an extra on Saturday Night Live in 1980 when he briefly worked for the show.

3. He isn’t shy to voice his opinion on other stand-ups. He doesn’t like Andrew Dice Clay but thinks Zach Galifianakis is funny and a great actor.

4. He provided multiple voices for the first season of the Rugrats uncredited. He also did multiple voices on Hey Arnold! another popular Nickelodeon show.

5. He made 11 appearances as himself on Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, making him the only comedian to appear in all six seasons

6. He was once on an improv team with Sex & The City producer Michael Patrick King. The team was called the Broadway Local.

7. The Coen Brothers asked Irrera to be in the Big Lebowski after seeing him perform stand-up at Carolines. In 2011, he spoke candidly with The Interrobang about the film, “The first time I saw Lebowski, I didn’t even like it. Then I saw it again, and I really liked it. It was like Scarface in the sense that when I first saw Scarface it was like, well, that’s disgusting. Then I looked at it like it was a comedy.”

Happy Birthday, Dom!

The List mocks comedians’ obsession with top comedy lists (Video)

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:00

If you’ve ever been to a comedy open mic, you must watch this video. The sketch, called The List, centers on a group of comedians learning that there is a serial killer on the loose picking off up-and-coming comedians. At first, the tone is somber until they learn that the killer is picking off comedians in their local scene in order from funniest to least funny, leading to the comedians arguing about who will be the next victim.

The sketch comes from Pittsburgh native and IFC Comedy Crib alum, Joe Kwaczala. He released the sketch on his personal YouTube channel on the same day he dropped 30 other videos for his 31st birthday. The sketch stars Ellie McElvain, a writer for popular internet comedians Rhett & Link’s Mythical Entertainment.

I will be releasing 31 videos today- something I decided to do when I turned 31 in May. Most are comedy, but some are not! Lots of different types of stuff, all made without a budget but with the help of many wonderful people. Gonna post them in this thread throughout the day. pic.twitter.com/roA7dgXwP2

— Joe Kwaczala (@joekjoek) November 14, 2018

The List perfectly captures the feeling of doing comedy in a small scene, where everyone has opinions on who is the funniest and who isn’t. The sketch directed by Daniel J. Clark, also cleverly turns comedian’s obsession with lists on its head. Just this week Vulture published their annual list of comedians to watch this year. Many comedians make fun of funniest comedians lists, including notable stand-up, Zach Broussard, who has been releasing a nonsensical list of the “top 1000” comedians annually since 2015. [Ed. Note: Laughspin releases an annual list of the best stand-up specials of the year. We know we’re part of the problem.]

Watch the full sketch here and be ashamed at how much you relate.

Nore Davis: I won’t let Donald Trump date my material (Exclusive Track)

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 13:15

In an era where everyone is telling you to ‘stay woke,’ can you be too woke? Comedian Nore Davis’ new album asks just that question. His newest album, Too Woke, comes out November 23 a.k.a Black Friday.

The album is something new from the Inside Amy Schumer alum. In the album, Davis plays a range of characters that represent different ways to be a black man in America. He uses the characters to talk about everything from toxic masculinity to being a vegan. The album features two sides with seven tracks each. The comedian recently went on Conan to do a set about manhood to give a taste of the album.

Too Woke comes from the Blonde Medicine production company which was founded by veteran Bay Area producer, Dominic Del Bene. Davis had a release party eariler this month in Brooklyn’s Urban Gallery where he unveiled original art done for the album. Joined by Phoebe Robinson and Damien Lemon, the event made headlines for its unique use of art to market an album release.

Laughspin’s Rosa Escandon talked to Davis about the album, writing ‘woke’ material, and what’s next.

You’ve put out several comedy albums before Too Woke. How is this one different?

The process was different working on this one. With this album, I was able to put out my own art, but also go further with it. The majority of albums—they’re released and then comics go, “Hey, you know, my album’s on iTunes. Check it out.” Then, “Hey look, it’s top 10 on iTunes!” and then after a couple of days, it’s gone. So I just really wanted to give my efforts and hard work of writing those jokes its due process. So it’s like, let’s give it more time. Let’s push it more, just like how rappers or even musicians do. This one was different cause I started to think about the whole marketing behind it and not just the show and the performance because that’s easy. Our jokes don’t last that long, but let me build a great big house around it so when people come to see it, they’ll appreciate it more. So people will say, “Look at all this nice stuff that’s all around him, man. He got coasters. He got an exclusive limited edition. He got an art show.” It’s just something that just gives it more and not just a simple release like every other comedian does. I really think as much effort as it takes us to write this material, we should give that same amount of effort in marketing and in the end product too. Like Coca-Cola, you don’t drink it just because it’s good. You drank it because you saw that fucking polar bear. Then you drank it because you saw that commercial, you saw Michael Jackson, you know. We should do the same thing with stand-up comedy albums. And that’s how this one is different from the other albums I’ve done or any other album, maybe.

How many artists did you ask to make album covers for this show? You had an impressive art exhibition as a release party!

I asked around like 22 artists because it’s something different. I was blessed to have 13 artists who submitted to the art gallery.

How was it approaching people to try to get this work? Did you have to explain to them what the album was going to be about? Or did you let them take a lot of creative liberties on the album covers?

I let them know what the title of the album was and what I was doing. I told them where I wanted to display their art in the art exhibit, in the art gallery where I’m going to have my album release party. And just off the initial idea of that, they said that was dope. People were just like really psyched to do it. A lot of the artists that did do it, they know my work; they believe in me. And then some were ecstatic just because of the idea. It wasn’t that much of a hard sell. I gave them the characters I do on this album, a theme, and the title, and then I said you have total creative control. I graduated from Pratt Institute, so I remember when I first started as a freelance artist, I always hated when the client would give me notes and it wouldn’t go with my design, like they don’t know nothing about color, but they have notes about it. I didn’t want them to have those restrictions. I wanted them to have total creative control. And what they came up with, they blew me away.

The characters on this album talk about some tricky and politically charged subjects. How was it developing these characters and was it hard to make comedy about subjects like toxic masculinity or trans rights in America?

The characters came a little bit later after I’d worked on the material. When I recorded this album at the beginning of this year, we were at the height of all these social issues: toxic masculinity, Harvey Weinstein, even our diet. There were all these documentaries coming out on Netflix. Basically, the truth was leaking hard, and it was really affecting a lot of people and just being woke and being aware. Even the word woke was just being thrown everywhere. It’s like our eyes were shut and now they’re starting to be open. So I was getting engulfed in all of these topics and being so conscious I was starting to forget what happiness is, started to forget what fun is, to forget how to turn up. So I was like, how can I take all of these topics that are causing everybody pain and misery and doubt and making everybody sad and depressed, and make it funny. And that’s the unique perspective of the stand-up. We can take somebody’s pain and let them see the funny in it, and then give them a relief, give them a break from their reality. That was my goal to do that and try to make toxic masculinity funny or even white supremacy and never mentioning the president. I also did transgender and LGBTIA material because my brother is transgender and a lot of comedians try to take on the LGBTIA material, which they don’t have to. No one asked you to write a joke about that. I just write about what I experienced with my brother and what would make him laugh. What he’s going through in his struggle as a trans man, it was just so heartbreaking. It’s hard. He’s a trans man and he’s black and it’s so much. I was like, how can I make a joke that’s about him that makes him laugh and not feel ashamed, because there are a lot of jokes out there that make a person feel bad because they are the butt of the joke. I just wanted to make something that would make my trans brother laugh and, hopefully, the rest of the community can see that and laugh and relate too.

You mentioned very briefly, and I wanted to make sure I heard it right, you don’t mention the president in this album?

No, I don’t. I don’t mention him at all.

That must have been a very conscious decision. Was it hard to not talk about him when talking about hate in America?

I know exactly. He’s the one that stirred it up, but I don’t think he’s the one that needs to be present in our joy or in my art making. He has no respect for anybody, and he’s a white man that’s saying whatever the hell he wants. What’s funny about that? Black people knew that shit a long time ago. There’s nothing new about that. We know about rich white men doing whatever the hell they want. And now the world is seeing that this is a rich white man that don’t care about poor white people. Of course. We’ve been trying to tell you all that! So why is that funny? There’s no need for it. We have to focus on your own happiness, your own love. What are you doing every day that makes you happy? That’s what you’re worried about because it’s just a storm. It’s going to pass. It’s a trend, just a trending topic. Trends go away and then my material won’t be timeless. I want my material to be evergreen so you can listen to it now or you can listen to it 10 years from now. It’ll still hold up.

What does being woke mean to you?

It’s having your third eye open all the time. Wokeness is not being a sheep and you’re no longer a wolf. You’re somebody who sees the world through their own lens and you just walk alone and sometimes you do find people that do share the same views as you, but the majority of the time it is lonely. Being woke is just being a free spirit.

This album is coming out in two volumes.

Yeah, and each volume is only seven tracks. Seven jokes. It’s not like one list of, like, 26 jokes or it says number 30 because I feel like we’re in a time of saturated content. And I just want people to listen to my jokes and control what I give them. And then they’re done. Each volume is only about 14 minutes to 15 minutes. The whole album is only like 40-42 minutes. You can listen to a podcast because you’re involved in the conversation, but when you’re in a stand-up show, it’s very one-sided. It’s just one person talking to people laughing. So I just wanted to shorten that time, give people a little bit of that experience so when it’s over and done, you can go back to your podcast. I love stand-up albums. I grew up on them. Back in the day, Chris Rock and Martin [Lawrence] and Robin Harris, you can sit there and listen to their whole hour because there was no such thing as other content.

So other than the album, is there anything else that you’re working on right now? What’s next for you?

I’m being featured on 2 Dope Queens on HBO. Working on that set, and then I’m working on another set for Comedy Central half-hour in January. And that’s all new material that will be on an album called Emotionally Attached. I feel like how artists have podcasts or actors have TV shows, stand-ups have comedy albums. I have a label that is dope. I have access to Sirius and streaming services. And then my own platform where I can always keep putting out an album and give my fans new material whenever I’m ready.

Laughspin has an exclusive sneak peek from Too Woke. Listen to a full track here:

Amy Schumer hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 10:11

Amy Schumer was hospitalized Thursday due to pregnancy complications. “I am in the hospital. I’m fine. Baby’s fine,” the I Feel Pretty star shared on Instagram. “But everyone who says the 2nd trimester is better is not telling the full story.”

Schumer is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum which causes intense nausea. “I have hyperemesis and it blows,” she continued. “Very lucky to be pregnant but this is some bullshit! Sending so much love to the doctors and nurses taking great care of me and Tati!” Tati is Schumer’s dog laying at the foot of the hospital bed. Other common symptoms are vomiting, weight loss, and dehydration.

The stand-up has been touring nationwide, performing recently in Albany, NY and Atlanta. She was forced to cancel shows in Dallas and Austin due to the illness. She regretfully announced, “And Texas I am really really sorry and I’ll be out there as soon as I’m better.” Performances in New Jersey and Pennsylvania this weekend are still listed on her website.

The 37-year-old comedian announced last month that she and her husband Chris Fischer are expecting their first child. The announcement came as a surprise, just like she surprised people with wedding news. The Peabody Award winner married the chef in a secret ceremony back in February after dating just a few months. This is the first time being pregnant has severely impaired her from performing. While pregnant, Schumer has protested the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, added tour dates to her schedule, and announced the second season of her Spotify podcast. We hope she’ll be back on her feet soon.

 

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Texas I am so deeply sorry. I have been really looking forward to these shows. I have to reschedule. I am in the hospital. I’m fine. Baby’s fine but everyone who says the 2nd trimester is better is not telling the full story. I’ve been even more ill this trimester. I have hyperemesis and it blows. Very lucky to be pregnant but this is some bullshit! Sending so much love to the doctors and nurses taking great care of me and Tati! They are cool as hell! And Texas I am really really sorry and I’ll be out there as soon as I’m better.

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Awkwafina gets an Oh Hello tour from John Mulaney, Nick Kroll in Cadillac ad (Video)

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 10:00

Awkwafina gets a tour of New York City from the best guides you could ask for: John Mulaney and Nick Kroll. Well, not Mulaney and Kroll specifically. In a video from Cadillac, titled Now That’s a Cardiac, the comedians reprise their characters George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon from the hit Broadway show Oh, Hello. The video is so funny that you will almost forget you are watching a Cadillac ad. As their now-iconic old men characters, the Big Mouth stars take Awkwafina around their favorite spots in the new Cadillac XT4 making jokes along the way. Awkwafina plays the character of Val who is only trying to make a video for her vlog.

Mulaney and Kroll have been playing George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon since the 2000s at comedy clubs and scattered TV appearances, but the characters exploded in popularity with their 2016 Broadway show, Oh, Hello. A taped version of the show was also made for Netflix. The fan-favorite characters are known for their curmudgeonly behavior, turtlenecks, and tendency to say, “Oh, Hello,” in unison.

The two are perfectly paired with Awkwafina. The actress and rapper exploded onto the scene with roles in comedies like Oceans 8 and Crazy Rich Asians and even made her Saturday Night Live debut when she hosted earlier this year.

Watch the full video here!

Emily Heller: Comedians should talk about money more (Interview)

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 02:00

If you haven’t heard of Emily Heller before, it’s high time that you do. Whether she’s playfully grilling experts on her podcast Baby Geniuses (alongside cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt), sharing bits of her comedic brain on Late Night with Seth Meyers, or spilling words in the writer’s room for HBO’s Barry, Heller is 100% committed to keeping her comedy honest about just how bonkers it is to be a person. Fittingly, Heller’s new comedy album Pasta, which debuts November 19, dives headfirst into everything from the existential terror of Trumpism to the practicality of children on leashes, and why hot therapists are so good at their jobs.

To celebrate her new album release, Heller spoke with Laughspin’s Bronwyn Isaac about how to express legitimate political fear in a funny way, how she found her way into the comedy world in the first place, and of course, which of her jokes are the most fuckable.

If you had to fuck, marry, and kill three of your bits, which would they be and why?

I guess if I had to fuck one of my jokes, it would be the one where I mention the existence of a penis. Most of them I don’t. If I had to marry one, I guess it would be the one about going to therapy, because I will need therapy of some kind after marrying a joke. If I had to kill one of my bits, I guess it would be anything about Trump being president, because I don’t understand how this magic you’re talking about works but I want to be optimistic about it!

If you showed your 8-year-old self a picture of your life now, what do you think she would say?

I think she’d be happy about everything. I’d have to ease her into the fact that I have, indeed, “done it” with a boy though. She would think that was gross. I don’t know what I wanted out of life at that age, but I think it was something a bit more serious than what I do now. Journalism, something like that. I don’t think she’d be disappointed, but I also think she’d want to know why I’m wearing glasses. That didn’t start until I was 17.

What first catapulted you into stand-up comedy?

I’ve always loved it, but I hadn’t thought about doing it myself until I took a class offered at UC Santa Cruz my senior year. That’s what made me think it could at the very least be a hobby. A friend of mine from that class invited me to start doing it at open mics with her, and it was just one step after another toward it until there were no other options left for me.

I love how rather than scattering small Trump jokes into your whole album, you have one condensed Trump joke— like a Super Trump Bit. “Express Train” is very visual and writerly and builds into a longer and more absurd climax than many of your other jokes. Did the writing process feel different?

Thank you! Well, this album is a combination of jokes I worked on from both before and after the [2016] election. I found it hard immediately to keep up with the news cycle around Trump, and while I think it’s super cathartic and valuable to make jokes about politics, I’ve only ever tried to make jokes about what’s personal to me. Sometimes that is politics, but when it is, I still try to look at my material like, “What’s the personal feeling underneath this, and what do I really want to say about this?” I wrote that bit when I was performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia, just getting back into stand-up for the first time after the election. It was around March of 2017. I was on the “Americans” show and you could tell the audiences wanted us to address it, and I wrote that joke to try and explain why I didn’t know how to. Hannah Gadsby was working out Nanette in the time slot before our show, and being a big Please Like Me fan, I was excited to check it out. I loved it, and it made me think a lot about what it means to write a joke about something. What would it mean to write a joke that made people laugh about Trump being President? I’m fucking scared, and I don’t think we should calm down about it. It’s really a joke about how I can’t do it.

What’s the weirdest response you’ve received from a live audience member who saw Pasta?

The weirdest reaction I got was when I was telling the express train joke and a woman had a visceral negative reaction to the part of the joke where I take about a metaphorical killer whale being impaled. She was sitting in the front row, and she covered up her ears. She actually avoided listening to the rest of the joke. I confronted her about it, because she had been talking during another part of my set, and now she was doing this big performative show of covering up her ears, and it was super distracting. She claimed that she worked with whales and she was disturbed. Nevermind the fact that it’s a metaphor, I asked her if she wanted to move to one of the seats in the back. She took me up on it eventually, and the friend she came with stayed in front because she was tired of the woman talking during the show. It was a real Mariah Carey style, “I don’t know her,” moment.

What inspired the album name Pasta?

Pasta is a reference to a joke I tell toward the end of the album about dating. It’s a joke that I think sums up a lot of how I feel about romantic relationships in general, and it’s a vague reference to the guy I’m with now, too. Plus, I just thought the idea of having the cover be a portrait of me made out of pasta would be cool, and I was so right!

In one of your jokes, you talk about the idea of “ice thickeners,” such as asking someone why they got married instead of when. Have you been successfully using ice thickeners in your daily life? If so, do you have an example?

One thing I have been talking about more in public that I think makes people uncomfortable is money. Maria Bamford has been kind of a pioneer in financial transparency and I think it’s really healthy to talk about. A lot of the taboos we have around money are there to protect the wealthy. Wealthy people don’t want other people to know how much money they have because they don’t want to share it. But when I started making the big showbiz bucks, which happened really all of a sudden, it drove me crazy that some of my broke comedian friends would still insist on splitting the check. I don’t think money makes you better than anyone and I don’t think being broke is something to be ashamed of (easier said than done, I know). But I’ve been in situations where splitting the check would mean I had no money left. I think it’s good for comedians, especially, to compare quotes, cause we’re not unionized, and bookers rip people off all the time. My feeling is: if you know what I’m making, we can all figure out if what we’re making is fair. Knowing what certain jobs in show business pay also helps people evaluate the paths they want to take. When close friends are in trouble, they’ve asked me for help. That wouldn’t happen if I hadn’t been like, “Hey, I made X on this deal.”

What’s the worst place you’ve performed while on tour?

I played a dinky little club in a city I will not name. They not only paid me in cash, which was terrifying, but the guy who ran the club decided he was going to be my feature. He did half an hour of crowd work at every show, exhausting every question you could possibly ask the audience. He had a bunch of shitty pre-written crowd work jokes that were racist, sexist, and of course, killed. When I got onstage, I couldn’t do any crowd work, and the audience was not be prepped for my comedy at all. I’m tempted to name the club just because I have zero intention of ever performing there ever again. Maybe I should be answering these questions a little drunker than I am now.

What’s one place you love performing you didn’t expect to like?

One of the best venues is the Underground Collaborative in Milwaukee. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was great.

Your comedy does a great job of tapping into the existential dread a lot of us feel in the Trump era in a way that somehow doesn’t feel heavy-handed. Are you hoping to give audiences respite from the news cycle?

I don’t know if I’m aiming to give people a respite, but I think the best comedy makes people who need it feel less alone. That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m giving you a break from what’s going on in the world. I’m just trying to communicate honestly how I’m approaching the world, and hopefully someone else who feels that way hears it and feels some kind of connection in the midst of dread. I will say, when I was opening for Nick Thune on tour last year, we performed in a lot of blue dot towns in red states, and those audiences were having such a cathartic experience when I started talking about politics, that I started moving that material to the beginning of my set. In those places, unlike folks in San Francisco or LA or any of the other cities I perform in a lot, the audiences seemed to feel really surrounded by Trumpism, and coming together there felt like a haven, a reminder that they weren’t alone.

When someone finishes listening to your album, how do you hope they’ll view you?

I try not to think about that when I’m working on jokes. Writing in order to be seen a certain way, that’s a recipe for stunted, inauthentic stuff. Especially because I move through the world pretty unaware of or unconcerned with how most people see me, which is, I think, why a lot of people find me funny. What I hope comes across is that even when I might be making fun of myself, that I like myself, and that I’m not apologizing for who I am, even if I think apologizing, in general, is good.

Are there any new hot projects on the horizon/optimal ways for people to stalk you?

I’ve been writing for Season 2 of Barry, which is shooting right now and will be out next year. I make a little cameo in the upcoming season of Grace and Frankie on Netflix. And I’ve got a couple other TV projects in the “pipeline” as they say. But you can always listen to my podcast Baby Geniuses, which I’ve been doing forever and will do forever.

Emily Heller’s full Pasta album will debut from Kill Rock Stars on November 19.

Siblings try to stay relevant in The Other Two trailer (Video)

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 19:04

Comedy Central debuted the first trailer for former Saturday Night Live co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider’s upcoming show The Other Two. The series, executive produced by Lorne Michaels, stars relative newcomer Drew Tarver as “a 28-year-old actor struggling to get better auditions than ‘Man at Party Who Smells Fart'” and Heléne Yorke as “his 30-year-old sister, who is struggling in general. As the two work toward finding themselves, their lives are completely upended when their 13-year-old brother, Chase Dreams (Case Walker), becomes incredibly famous overnight.”

Molly Shannon and Ken Marino round out the cast as Chase Dream’s overbearing parents. And because this is a Kelly Schneider vehicle, prepare to see a bunch of cameos from very funny people, including: Andy Cohen, Wanda Sykes, Richard Kind, Daniel K. Isaac, Greta Lee, Kate Berlant, Jackie Hoffman, J.J. Totah, Patrick Wilson, and former SNL writer Julio Torres, and SNL cast members Michael Che, Heidi Gardner, and Beck Bennet.

The Other Two premieres after the season premiere of Broad City, which will end after its fifth season, on Thursday, January 24, at 10:30 p.m. The premiere comes in the midst of a huge shake-up at Comedy Central with the network shuttering its millennial favorites like Broad City, Nathan For You, and Workaholics. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson plan to stay on at Comedy Central to held produce future shows and stated, “We are very excited to bring new voices and points of view to Comedy Central and continue our collaboration together in new ways.” The shows currently in development are Mall Town USA, Platinum Status, and Young Professionals.

Episodes of The Other Two will be available the day after they premiere on the Comedy Central App and CC.com.

John Oliver, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong shine in Wonder Park trailer (Video)

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 15:00

“It’s time to open the park.”

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies dropped the first full-length trailer for Wonder Park on Wednesday and it’s chockfull of voice talent from your favorite comedy stars.

The movie centers around a young girl named June (voiced by Brianna Denski) who discovered an amusement park that is full of magical rides and talking animals nestled inside ostensibly abandoned woods. June learns that she has created the park with her imagination and, as such, is the only person that can save Wonder Park.

The animated film is directed by David Brown and features the voice talents of Jennifer Garner (June’s mom), Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, Brianna Denski, and Ken Hudson Campbell.

And if that hasn’t piqued your interest, there are chimpanzombies. Check out the trailer for that one. They’re really beyond description.

“My mom and I invented this place and somehow you came alive,” says June to her colorful friends that include a big bear, a warthog, and a porcupine, the last of whom insists, “I’m nobody’s pin cushion.”

The film is the directorial debut of veteran Pixar animator Brown, who was fired from the project in January after multiple women made “allegations of inappropriate and unwanted conduct,” according to a Paramount rep at the time. The studio replaced him with David Feiss and Wonder Park is still scheduled for its original March 15 release.

Check out the trailer!

Steve Carell shows off acting chops in SNL promo (Video)

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:58

Steve Carell recently poked fun at his plunge into dramatic acting in the new Saturday Night Live promo video and addressed concerns that some of his comedy fans might worry they’ve forever lost the Office star to the dramatic arts.

In the promo, SNL’s Aidy Bryant and Chris Redd ask Carell if he’s still capable of comedy. “You’re kind of, like, a serious actor now,” Bryant tells Carell. “Are you ready to do comedy again? Because this is a comedy show.”

Carell responds that a serious actor can prepare for any role. Cue to a montage of Carell engaging in serious actor activities: reading books, talking to a mirror, practicing and pacing, and expressing his frustration by tearing pages from a notebook. Finally, at the end of his training, he is ready to hear about the character he will be playing on SNL. The name of the role? Dr. Farts (of course).

All that training definitely paid off.

Of course, there’s no reason to fret. Carell is no stranger to hosting SNL and has previously hosted the show twice: once in October 2005 and again in May 2008. However, in the last decade since he’s hosted, the 40-Year-Old Virgin star has been nominated for a slew of awards for dramatic turns in Battle of the Sexes, The Big Short, and Foxcatcher, the last of which earned him an Oscar nod.

The 56-year-old Carell is hot off a press tour for his new film Beautiful Boy, co-starring fellow Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet. The film is based on the best-selling memoirs from father and son authors David and Nic Sheff and deals with Nic’s struggles with drug addiction.

Carell hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Ella Mai on Nov. 17.

2 Dope Queens podcast ends with Michelle Obama

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 17:11

2 Dope Queens released their final podcast Wednesday. The final episode of the hit podcast features an interview with former First Lady Michelle Obama. The podcast is hosted by comedians Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson. Since 2016, they have brought their own brand of comedy, interviews, and discussion on topics important in the black community to the show’s huge fan base.

While the two real-life-friends stayed extremely busy with their careers, they always made time for their podcast. Robinson just released her second book, Everything’s Trash, but It’s Okay, hosts a second podcast called Sooo Many White Guys, and is a frequent guest on late night shows.

Williams is most well-known as a senior correspondent on The Daily Show—which she left in 2016—but she also starred in her own Netflix original movie, The Incredible Jessica James. This weekend she will appear in the upcoming Harry Potter film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The comedy duo announced that the episode would be their last episode on their show’s WNYC Studios page. The farewell begins, “We’ve got some big news, so you might want to sit back like Wendy Williams about to serve the tea. The final episode of our beloved podcast 2 Dope Queens is hitting your feeds today! In the words of Boyz II Men, it’s the “end of the road.” We want to thank you, listeners, for being with us from the very beginning.”

The farewell also introed the episode saying, “As for this last episode, we are going out with a bang, y’all. A conversation with her majesty Michelle Obama. When the queen calls, the Queens answer! We couldn’t have dreamed up a better, more meaningful, finale.”

Though the show hadn’t released a regular episode since December 2017, the podcast’s feed has put out a couple of off-show episodes. The Queens will still release their second round of HBO specials in 2019. The set of specials was beloved by fans and HBO ordered taped versions of 4 more live shows.

In the surprise finale, Queens cover having black hair in the oval office, Obama’s efforts to make education more accessible for girls all over the world, the importance of talking about periods, and even got the former FLOTUS to get a little silly, making her chose between U2 and Billy Joel (for the record Obama loves Bono).

Listen to the emotional final episode here:

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