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Broad City removes Dave Becky as EP for final season

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 20:00

Broady City is returning for its final season this week and will be doing so without Dave Becky. Comedy Central confirmed to Vulture that Becky will not be credited as an executive producer for the show’s final season. This will be the first season since the show premiered back in 2014 that Becky has not been listed as an EP.

Becky is a partner at 3 Arts Entertainment—which will remain credited as a production company affiliated with the series. A spokesperson confirmed that the removal of Becky as an EP was a mutual decision between stars Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, and Becky himself.

Since 2017, there have been reports surrounding Becky’s standing with the show. The former EP was also Louis C.K.’s manager and when the New York Times reported on the comedian’s history of sexual abuse, they also reported that Becky allegedly helped to keep C.K.’s actions under wraps and dismantle his victims’ careers.

Celebrities split on working with Dave Becky

Becky dropped C.K. as a client and apologized for his actions in 2017, saying “I now comprehend that my response was perceived as a threat to cover up sexual misconduct. This is not an excuse. What I did was wrong, and again, I am extremely sorry.” Longtime C.K. collaborator Pamela Adlon dropped Becky as her manager, but many of his other high profile clients—Amy Poehler, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari—did not publically follow her lead.

Jacobson and Glazer addressed the situation in an interview with SiriusXM in 2017. Jacobson said at the time, “[It’s an] upsetting thing to find out his involvement in the whole thing, so it’s definitely something that we are kind of constantly talking about right now.”

Glazer added, “And also, we take accountability for using this white dude power to get our show on TV—we’re accountable for that.” She continued, “We’re not accountable for Louis’s actions, for Becky’s actions, but we are accountable for using his power to get our show on TV.”

Becky is still an executive producer on Amazon’s Forever, NBC’s Making it and I Feel Bad, and Netflix’s new series Russian Doll.

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RIP Kevin Barnett: Comedians pay tribute to rising stand-up

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 19:09

We regret to report that stand-up comedian Kevin Barnett passed away. The news rocked the New York City stand-up scene Tuesday morning, though comedians nationwide have expressed their sorrow.

Details around his death are limited, but Deadline reports that he “died suddenly” vacationing in Mexico. He was 32-years-old.

Barnett is probably most known for his truTV sketch comedy series Friends of the People, though the writer-performer has also shown up on shows like Luca Bros Moving Co, Comedy Knockout, and Guy Code. He also appeared in the Oscar-nominated Chris Rock film Top Five.

Fox’s Rel was co-created by Barnett and he wrote on several shows including Broad City and The Eric Andre Show.

Comedians pay their respects to Kevin Barnett

Gone tragically too soon, many will miss his humor that tied together the funny, the nerdy, and the intelligent all while maintaining a charming sense of cool. However, what they will miss most, is a talented, caring friend lost before his comedic potential could be reached.

Comedians have taken to social media to pay their respects. We at Laughspin extend our condolences to Kevin’s family.

RIP Kevin Barnett pic.twitter.com/EnEULz6dB9

— Sam Morril (@sammorril) January 22, 2019

Rest in peace Kevin Barnett

Oscar nominees: Melissa McCarthy nominated for Best Actress, Worst Actress in the same year

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 18:28

Melissa McCarthy is nominated for an Oscar. Again. The Oscar nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning by funny people Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross.

McCarthy, who is also nominated for a Razzie Award this year for the Happytime Murders, will hope to take home the Oscar for Best Actress. The actress took a dramatic turn portraying real-life fraudster Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? She was first nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2012 for her show-stealing performance in Bridesmaids. The biopic was nominated for a total of three Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Richard E. Grant) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty).

Adam McKay does well post-College Humor departure

College Humor’s Adam McKay earned several nods from the Academy. His Dick Cheney biopic Vice is nominated for Best Picture, which he served as writer, director, and producer. McKay is also in the running for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. The dramedy racked up eight nominations altogether: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Christian Bale), Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Makeup & Hairstyling, and Best Film Editing. McKay was previously nominated in 2016 for The Big Short.

Comedy sneaks into Oscars race

Netflix shocked everyone with a surprising dominance at the Oscars. The streaming giant has become a formidable opponent in television at the Emmy and Golden Globes. This year Netflix boasts 15 nominations with their Alfonso Cuaron-directed Roma and Coen brothers comedy The Ballad of Buster Scruggs—which somehow qualified despite being episodic. The quirky comedy duo is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Song.

Fellow quirky comedy filmmaker Wes Anderson returns to the Academy Awards red carpet with a Best Animated Feature nomination for his stop-motion flick Isle of Dogs. Composer Alexandre Desplat is nominated for Best Original Score.

Comedy darling Emma Stone popped up with a Best Supporting Actress nod for her role in The Favourite, a period piece dramedy about Queen Anne.

Family-friendly comedy Marry Poppins Returns snagged four nominations in more technical categories. The Disney flick, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, could boast Oscar statuettes for Best Costume Design, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design.

The Not-Hosted-By-Kevin-Hart Academy Awards will be presented hostless on February 24 on ABC.

Read the full list of Oscar nominees below: Best Picture

Black Panther (Kevin Feige, Producer)

BlacKkKlansman (Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers)

Bohemian Rhapsody (Graham King, Producer)

The Favourite (Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers)

Green Book (Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers)

Roma (Gabriela Rodriguez and Alfonso Cuaron, Producers)

A Star Is Born (Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers)

Vice (Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers)

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)

Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)

Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)

Adam McKay (Vice)

Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)

Beat Actress

Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)

Glenn Close (The Wife)

Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)

Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Best Actor

Christian Bale (Vice)

Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)

Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)

Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams (Vice)

Marina de Tavira (Roma)

Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Emma Stone (The Favourite)

Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman)

Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)

Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Sam Rockwell (Vice)

Best Original Screenplay

The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)

First Reformed (Paul Schrader)

Green Book (Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly)

Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)

Vice (Adam McKay)

Best Adapted Screenplay

A Star Is Born (Eric Roth, Will Fetters & Bradley Cooper)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)

BlacKkKlansman (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee)

If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Border (Goran Lundstrom and Pamela Goldammer)

Mary Queen of Scots (Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks)

Vice(Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney)

Best Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Mary Zophres)

Black Panther (Ruth E. Carter)

The Favourite (Sandy Powell)

Mary Poppins Returns (Sandy Powell)

Mary Queen of Scots (Alexandra Byrne)

Best Cinematography

The Favourite (Robbie Ryan)

Never Look Away (Caleb Deschanel)

Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)

A Star Is Born (Matty Libatique)

Cold War (Lukasz Zal)

Best Original Song

“All the Stars” (Black Panther)

Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith)

Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe

“I’ll Fight” (RBG)

Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” (Mary Poppins Returns)

Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

“Shallow” (A Star Is Born)

Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt

“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)

Music and Lyric by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Best Original Score

Black Panther (Ludwig Goransson)

BlacKkKlansman (Terence Blanchard)

If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell)

Isle of Dogs (Alexandre Desplat)

Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman)

Best Documentary Feature

Free Solo (Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill)

Hale County This Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim)

Minding the Gap (Bing Liu and Diane Quon)

Of Fathers and Sons (Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert)

RBG (Betsy West and Julie Cohen)

Best Animated Feature

Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle)

Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson)

Mirai (Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito)

Ralph Breaks the Internet (Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller)

Best Foreign-Language Film

Capernaum (Lebanon)

Cold War (Poland)

Never Look Away (Germany)

Roma (Mexico)

Shoplifters (Japan)

Best Sound Mixing

Black Panther (Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin)

Bohemian Rhapsody (Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali)

First Man (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis)

Roma (Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and Jose Antonio Garcia)

A Star Is Born (Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow)

Best Sound Editing

Black Panther (Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker)

Bohemian Rhapsody (John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone)

First Man (Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan)

A Quiet Place (Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl)

Roma (Sergio Diaz and Skip Lievsay)

Best Production Design

Black Panther (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart)

The Favourite (Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton)

First Man (Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas)

Mary Poppins Returns (John Myhre and Gordon Sim)

Roma (Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez)

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War (Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick)

Christopher Robin (Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould)

First Man (Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm)

Ready Player One (Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk)

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy)

Best Film Editing

BlacKkKlansman (Barry Alexander Brown)

Bohemian Rhapsody (John Ottman)

The Favourite (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)

Green Book (Patrick J. Don Vito)

Vice (Hank Corwin)

Best Animated Short

Animal Behaviour (Alison Snowden and David Fine)

Bao (Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb)

Late Afternoon (Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco)

One Small Step (Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas)

Weekends (Trevor Jimenez)

Best Live-Action Short

Detainment  (Vincent Lambe and Darren Maho)

Fauve (Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon)

Marguerite (Marianne Farley and Marie-Helene Panisset)

Mother (Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado)

Skin (Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman)

Best Documentary Short

Black Sheep (Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn)

End Game (Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman)

Lifeboat (Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser)

A Night at the Garden (Marshall Curry)

Period. End of Sentence. (Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton)

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Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Donald Trump lead Razzie Award nominations

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 17:59

What do Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Joel McHale, and John C. Reilly have in common with Donald Trump? They are all 2019 Razzie Award nominees. On Sunday, the governing body for the Razzies announced their nominees for the worst of the worst in cinema.

The nomination video compared the nightly news disasters from 2018 with the disasters at the movies in 2018. The President of the United States earned a Worst Actor nomination for two films: Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9 (First Lady Melania Trump earned a nomination for Worst Supporting Actress in the latter).

Two comedies ranked among the most nominated films with six nominations each. McCarthy, who was nominated for an Oscar on Tuesday for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and McHale’s The Happytime Murders, a dark comedy featuring a cast of puppets and humans, was nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Screen Combo, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay.

Ferrell and Reilly earned Worst Actor and Worst Supporting Actor nods, respectively, for their box office bomb Holmes and Watson. The film, based on the classic detective pair, was also nominated for Worst Picture; Worst Screen Combo; Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel; and Worst Director.

The Happytime Murders and Holmes and Watson received six Razzie nominations each.

With six nominations each, The Happytime Murders and Holmes and Watson, are among the most highly nominated films. Other bad comedies nominated for the dubious award include The Clapper (Amanda Seyfried for Worst Actress) and Show Dogs (Ludacris for Worst Supporting Actor). Animated film Sherlock Gnomes was nominated for both Worst Supporting Actor (Johnny Depp’s voice role) and Worst Screen Combo (Johnny Depp & His Fast-Fading Film Career).

Industry insiders John J. B. Wilson and Mo Murphy have been poking fun at Hollywood with the infamous Golden Raspberry Awards for almost four decades. This year will be no different. The 39th annual Razzie Awards take place on February 23, just a day before the 91st annual Academy Awards. The awards are based on votes by members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, which includes moviegoers, journalists, and industry employees.

Click here for the full list of nominees or watch the video, featuring Razz Berry, here:

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How to tell your parents you’re a comedian

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 13:00

“Mom, Dad, I have something to tell you: I’m a comedian.”

Any comic out there looking to crossover from aspiring amateur to skilled professional will eventually need to clue in their family to their wacky world. Coming out is a brave step and could result in some unpredictable reactions from Mom and Dad (or whoever raised you to be this way). Here are some examples of what to expect when you finally drop the bomb.

The Clueless Parent

Some parents have no idea what the world of stand-up comedy actually entails because their only frame of reference for a professional comedian is Jeff Dunham. Be prepared for them to ask if you have your own puppet. You’ll be tempted to die inside, but remain strong! They may even respond with the dreaded, “Well, tell us a joke!” You’ll try and explain that’s not how it works, but their judgmental stares could burn down a village. You’ll scramble to recite an original, family-friendly joke but come up short and instead tell them an old Seinfeld bit. They’ll tell you not to quit your day job and chalk up your comedy dreams to just another phase like the time you wanted to be a professional surfer. It’s especially important to keep your cool when they eventually refer to your jokes as “those little skits.”

The Emotional Mother

Mom is sure to have a myriad of reactions. At first, she may seem horrified, even questioning if she was the one responsible for the childhood trauma that led you down this path (she’s probably right). She’ll cry out “Who hurt you?!” She’ll even ask if you’re on drugs. Calmly explain to her about all of the bar shows you have coming up, and don’t forget to mention “the process.”

The Triggered Dad

Now, Dad’s reaction is the wild card. You’ll sit him down to tell him of your passion, hoping at least for feigned interest. Instead, you’ll watch as the 1,000-yard stare washes over his face. You have just triggered some far off memory of failed dreams from the summer he dropped out of clown college in the ‘80s. He’ll gaze off into the distance and you’ll have inadvertently opened a Pandora’s box of emotions that you only saw once before when the family dog died. He’ll snap back to reality and angerly forbid you to be a comedian. You’ll roll your eyes and wonder if he’ll ever get over Carrot Top stealing his act.

The Overly Supportive Mom

If you grew up with a helicopter Mom that insisted on being present at every moment of your adolescence, you may get more than you bargained for when you break the news. All of a sudden, Mom is sitting front row at every one of your open mics. She’s cheering loudly like it’s your middle school dance recital, even telling you to “stick the landing!” The other comedians will show resentment because you’re secretly well-adjusted. After your set, Mom tells you she had been taking notes. How thoughtful! And boy are they critical! She suggests you “smile more and talk less about your vagina.” Gee, thanks, Mom. She’ll then ask when the next mic is “because we’ve got to get writing!” and you may regret ever having told her you’re a comedian in the first place.

Dad, The Realist

Telling Dad may result in an unexpected emotional breakdown, or he may just lay down some needed truth bombs. At first, he may come across as harsh because, as much as Dad wants to support you, he doesn’t want to support you. You’re already living in his basement rent-free, eating him out of house and home, and let’s not forget all of those musical theater classes he paid for. The news that you’re a comedian doesn’t shock him, but it does stress him out. For god’s sake, he wants grandkids someday! As you inch closer and closer to 40, you’ll explain that your 15-minute Netflix special will be like a grandchild. He’ll let out an exasperated sigh but writes you another check anyway.

No matter how you approach it, you probably won’t get the reaction you want. You’ll lament over your poor relationship with unsupportive parents and wish you had the type of loving parents your friend Tyler in real estate has. You’ll then feel a wave of guilt as you tell yourself, “Well, at least I have parents.” You’ll reflect on happier times for a moment only to be interrupted by a text from Mom with a list of job postings.

Don’t worry because comedians are your new family and they are sure to be just as emotionally distant as your actual family.

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Kumail Nanjiani, Tracee Ellis Ross to announce Oscar nominees Tuesday morning

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 23:07

Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross will host the 2019 Academy Awards…nominee announcements bright and early on Tuesday, January 22. The pair will announce the Oscars nominations live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles, at 8:20 a.m. ET/5:20 a.m. PT. Set your alarms and your coffee timer now!

The nominations will be available on The Academy’s digital platforms and local broadcasters.

Tiffany Haddish crushed last year’s presentation to rave reviews and many are probably confused why she’s not hosting the now-hostless Oscars.

Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon were nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for The Big Sick in 2018. Ross stars in the critically acclaimed blackish on ABC.

The Oscars has no host, but at least the nomination announcement does.

The 24 award categories are scheduled to be announced in two rounds. The first set of announcements will begin at 8:20 a.m. ET: Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.

10 minutes later, the remaining category nominees will be announced: Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Directing, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Picture, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Original Song, and Production Design.

The full list of Oscar nominees will be listed on Oscar.com after the announcement. The 91st Annual Academy Awards will be broadcast live by ABC on Sunday, February 24 from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

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Conan O’Brien Team Coco Orange is now an official color

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 17:12

Conan O’Brien is the first comedian to have a Pantone color based on him: Team Coco Orange. The world-famous color authority and TBS partnered to create the cheerful, official color in celebration of O’Brien’s expanded Team Coco brand.

O’Brien debuts his newly-revamped late night show Conan this Tuesday. Just because Conan’s been on a break doesn’t mean he’s been relaxing. The Harvard alum worked on a slew of projects, including a podcast, live shows, and digital content. The much-anticipated Conan, in a new half-hour format, premieres with guest Tom Hanks and is slated to bring some of comedy’s favorite stars on including Tig Notaro and Pete Holmes.

There’s probably never been so much excitement over a color in the history of comedy. Per Laurie Pressman, a vice president at The Pantone Color Institute, the color conveys a “feeling of spontaneity, impish sense of impulsiveness and just a playful sense of fun.” O’Brien describes the unique combination of red and yellow as “two locks of my hair, a teaspoon of baby powder, and a banana peel.”

 

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Defining a new era in multi-platform comedy, Conan O’Brien is debuting a new 30-minute late-night show on TBS. To celebrate, the Pantone Color Institute worked with Team Coco to define and create an official CONAN color: Team Coco Orange. Visit @teamcoco to learn more.

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Conan fans go loco for Team Coco Orange

Team Coco fans in New York and Los Angeles can interact with the new color in-person and online. Through Tuesday, fans in New York City’s West Village can pose for Instagram shots with art installations and 25,000 square feet of Team Coco Orange. Some NYC buses also sport the bright color. In downtown Los Angeles, a gigantic Team Coco billboard with 1,000 lightbulbs is featured at The Row DTLA, also through tomorrow. Online fans can join Team Coco to enter to win orange prizes, along with other benefits.

O’Brien joins the ranks of icons such as Prince and Jay Z who also have their own Pantone colors. Pantone touts itself as a “worldwide standard for color communication and inspiration since 1963.”

Many comments on Pantone’s Instagram announcement of the new color remarked on the similarity between Team Coco Orange and “Fyre Festival Orange.” Just last week, both Netflix and Hulu debuted documentaries about the disastrous music festival that used bright orange Instagram posts as a viral social media campaign. The orange posts were developed by Jerry Media, of the infamous Fuck Jerry Instagram account.

Catch the new Conan weeknights on TBS at 11:00 p.m. ET, starting Tuesday, January 22.

Watch below to see how Pantone created the vibrant Team Coco Orange:

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Saturday Night Live recap: Pete Davidson is back and he’s really excited about The Mule

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 12:32

Saturday Night Live is back with a very political episode. After a month hiatus, the show featured first-time host Rachel Brosnahan. The actress is famous for her portrayal of Midge Maisel on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and it was exciting to see if she would use her comedy chops on the show. As a host, they didn’t give her too much to do, which was a shame because she was great in her limited appearances. Overall, the show had some big hits and some big misses this week and, as always, Laughspin is using our not-yet-patented star scale to show you what sketches you can’t miss this week:

Cold Open

SNL seems to only do political cold opens now, but this one took the theme in a new direction. The game show element really worked and the whole premise felt fresh. There were a lot of jokes about the government shutdown on this episode, but this sketch was the only one that tackled it with pure absurdism. It totally worked.

Rachel Brosnahan Monologue

Brosnahan is famous for being a stand-up on TV, but the minute she started this monologue, it is obvious that she is not a stand-up comedian in real life. SNL’s writers didn’t let her shine by herself. She was joined by cast members for a song opener and, while it is cute, it isn’t that funny. She had great energy, but the monologue fell flat.

Kool-Aid

This sketch is a funny concept that wasn’t executed very well. Turnarounds on SNL are notoriously fast and that may have been the case for this pre-taped Gillette ad parody. The idea is funny, the Kool-Aid Man is iconic, and the parody is relevant in the news. This should have been a slam dunk, but something was missing and it might be the humor.

Earth Quake News

This sketch is very stupid. The only joke is that people have stupid names, but even though this bit is very dumb, you will find yourself laughing. Especially in an episode with a lot of political and socially conscious sketches, Earth Quake News is pure silliness and will have you laughing whether you want to or not.

Ken Instagram

Barbie social media sketches are the reoccurring bit that seemingly no one asked for. Brosnahan saved this sketch and Pete Davidson also delivered a solid performance. However, the idea for the sketch itself is tired. Last year when they did the same sketch with Childish Gambino, it was just okay, so rebooting it with another host just seems like overkill even if Brosnahan shined.

Tabitha

The joke in this is funny, but there is entirely too much premise in this sketch. Nesting the simple joke of shaming your husband like you would a dog in a fake talk show is confusing and it detracts from the funniness of a simple joke. This bit also feels too long while at the same time just kind of ending, which is too bad since the videos they cut to are funny by themselves.

Leave Me Alurn

This parody commercial is both out there and very real for women. It really works and is only helped by Brosnahan and national treasure Kate McKinnon, who both stood out in this sketch. Leave Me Alurn walks the line between social commentary and absurdism and does it well.

Weekend Update

After Davidson’s troubling month before the holiday break, it was good to see him back on the show. His review of the film The Mule with John Mulaney stole the show. Often bringing on a celebrity guest or SNL alum is so they can reprise a certain role or do a specific impression, but this wasn’t anything close to that. It is hard to explain why this is great. On paper, it doesn’t make sense. Davidson made it clear that he isn’t here to talk about his recent and very public suicide threat and that he will be only talking about the Clint Eastwood film The Mule. After touring together, Davidson and Mulaney really do seem just like two friends. They have great chemistry and seem like they are having the most amazing time.

It’s also worth noting that McKinnon does a killer Elizabeth Warren impression, further proving that she may be the Lucille Ball of our generation.

Raunchiest Miss Rita

The problem with having a nasty sketch on NBC is that you have to bleep out half of it. That is one issue with this sketch. The other issue is that the premise doesn’t really make sense. If you haven’t seen The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, this sketch might be better for you. Maisel is paired with a dirty comedian, Miss Rita, but if you have seen the show, Maisel is nasty and that is part of the reason that people love her. In this sketch, they stripped her of that and made her squeaky clean, which won’t make sense to fans of the show.

Millennial Millions

This sketch has its moments, but it has entirely too many moving parts. It is hard to tell if they are making fun of millennials or on the side of young people, and it seems to switch back and forth. The constant switching distracts from the jokes making this sketch feel preachy at times.

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Kenan Thompson NBC pilot leaves SNL future uncertain

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 17:56

Kenan Thompson might need to leave Saturday Night Live for his own sitcom, Saving Kenan. NBC picked up the comedy starring Thompson after it’d been in development since the fall. Lorne Michaels, as usual, will serve as executive producer, as he does on many projects from his SNL darlings. Also on board is Superstore executive producer Jackie Clarke.

Thompson is the longest-running cast member on SNL and when he started on the show in 2003, he was the youngest performer at the time. While Thompson hasn’t announced any plans to the leave the late night comedy mainstay, with his own series, the difficulty of juggling schedules could lead to Thompson stepping away, at least as a full-time cast member.

Saving Kenan is written by Clarke and depicts Thompson as a newly widowed family man who lets his father-in-law become involved in his children’s lives as he strives tries to be everything for them.

Is it time for Kenan Thompson to move on from SNL?

The show will be Thompson’s first role starring in a sitcom since his Nickelodeon show Kenan & Kel ended in 2000, but he has since provided his voice talents to The Awesomes, Nature Cat, and the short-lived series Sit Down Shut Up. He has also appeared on Maya & Marty and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

In 2018, the SNL star said of staying on the show in an interview with Deadline, “They’re like my big giant family. It’s spending quality time and doing quality work with quality people. If it was possible, I’d stay forever and just retire as the one guy that never left, basically. I’d be totally fine with that, but at the same time, I still have aspirations.”

Saturday Night Live can be a breeding ground for TV and movie stars, so we can’t imagine there’d be hard feelings should the All That alum move on to greener pastures (or just a different floor at 30 Rock). With networks soon to start announcing green lights, clarity should arrive very soon.

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Late night roundup: Roy Wood Jr., Janelle James, Joel Kim Booster, Sean Finnerty

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 16:35

Late night talk shows are still one of the best places to get bite-sized amounts of stand-up comedy and discover new up-and-coming comedians. Of course, not all late night comics are making their TV debuts. We love it when our favorite comedians do a little stand-up before heading over to the couch!

To help you get through the final hours of your Friday workday, each week we’ll give you a recap of all the late night stand-up you may have missed.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Irish-bred, New York-trained stand-up Sean Finnerty made his first television appearance showcasing on The Tonight Show Friday, January 18. Finnerty reminded people that Europeans are immigrants, too, in what couldn’t be a more appropriate time. This set includes a super smart IRA joke that most Americans don’t deserve to enjoy.

Also on The Tonight Show this week was Roy Wood Jr., returning to the Jimmy Fallon’s set ahead of his new Comedy Central hourlong special. The Daily Show correspondent goes deeper than you thought was possible on the topic of firefighters. He’s right: I’ve never heard of people marching to protest racist firefighters.

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Janelle James is thrilled that it’s January in her new set on Late Night. You probably recognized James from her 15-minute set on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup and, last year, she took over Eugene Mirman’s comedy festival and renamed it The Janelle James Comedy Festival.

Late Show with Stephen Colbert Late Late Show with James Corden

Unlike James, Joel Kim Booster is not thrilled he has to drive since moving to Los Angeles. Coming off a Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents half-hour special, Booster has a great set with his playful personality.

Last Call with Carson Daly Conan Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Ellen DeGeneres game show renewed for third season by NBC

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 18:14

Ellen DeGeneres’s Game of Games has been renewed for a third season at NBC. The renewal comes after its solid ratings from the new second season.

Based on segments from DeGeneres’ daytime talk show, Game of Games puts contestants through a series of challenges in pursuit of a cash prize. Pulled right from the audience, players maneuver obstacles and answer trivia questions under a crushing time frame.

Currently one of the most watched shows of the 2017-18 season, the second season premiere drew a 1.5 rating, ranking well for new alternative shows among 18-49-year-olds. DeGeneres serves as host and executive producer of the one-hour game show, serving up her accessible humor and clever trivia ‘tasks’.

“I’m so excited to get to do another season because I’m not just the producer and host, I’m also a loyal viewer,” says DeGeneres. “I hope this can continue to be a show that families can come together and enjoy watching as much as I enjoy hosting. I don’t want to say this next season is gonna be even messier, but I have invested heavily into a whipped cream company.”

The decision comes weeks after DeGeneres’s attempt to play peacemaker between the Academy and Kevin Hart. Hart, who stepped down as Oscars host last month, appeared on Ellen to promote his new film The Upside—though many saw it as an attempt to win back the public’s support.

DeGeneres went on to defend the Night School star saying, “As a gay person, I am sensitive to all of that. You’ve already expressed that it’s not being educated on the subject, not realizing how dangerous those words are, not realizing how many kids are being killed for being gay or beaten up every day. You have grown.” Her defense led to mixed reactions, including criticisms from within the LGBTQ community.

She added, “You have apologized, you are apologizing again right now. You’ve done it. Don’t let those people win—host the Oscars.” Despite the advocacy and Twitter comments, Hart made the decision to not host this year.

Episodes of Ellen’s Game of Games are aired on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Kevin Hart set to play Monopoly in live-action movie based on the iconic board game

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:32

Kevin Hart is the Monopoly man Lionsgate and Hasbro have been looking for. The film’s producers are in final negotiations with the Night School star and they have their eyes set on Tim Story to direct.

Having worked together on the Ride Along franchise, as well as on three of Hart’s stand-up concert films, the two appear to be a winning pair. Details about the film’s plot are being kept under wraps, though the project has been rumored to involve a man who lived on the game’s Baltic Avenue on a quest to make a fortune.

Throughout the past decade, the comedy mogul has proven to be consistent box office draw with his last five films averaging over $130 million in gross. Films like The Secret Life of Pets, Central Intelligence, and Captain Underpants have all proven Hart’s ability to draw laughter.

The casting comes as a warm welcome for Hart who has been the focus of controversy over the last couple of months. Having been announced as the host of the 91st Academy Awards late last year, Hart immediately sparked backlash after homophobic jokes from earlier in his career resurfaced. Hart later addressed these comments, saying that he had already apologized multiple times in his career and stepped down from his hosting duties. For a moment, it appeared we might see him accept the job again after an hourlong interview on Ellen, but he ultimately decided that his presence would be a distraction from the ceremony (as well as having limited time to prepare a show).

Monopoly has been played by over 1 billion people in 114 countries around the world, having been originally released in 1935. Hasbro has been attempting to make a movie based on the popular board game for years. Monopoly marks Hart’s latest collaboration with Lionsgate, having already worked together on his Laugh Out Loud channel, Kevin Hart: What The Fit for Youtube, and concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.

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Judd Apatow on Louis CK: He should perform, but not punch down

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:28

Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes went on SiriusXM’s Jim & Sam to promote the third season of their HBO series Crashing, which premieres on January 20, and they had something to say about Louis C.K.’s recently leaked set.

The interview started with the guests and hosts—Jim Norton and Sam Roberts—talking about Artie Lange’s drug issues and how it affected the Crashing shoot. Holmes smiles slightly as he describes the “nose continuity” issues while shooting because of Lange’s recent drug-related facial collapse. They note in the interview despite what’s happening in his life right now, he is always extremely professional on set.

Quickly, the interview shifted to talking about C.K.’s controversial set at Governors’ Comedy Club last month. At the time of the leak, Apatow had blasted several anti-C.K. tweets about the set saying, “This hacky, unfunny, shallow routine is just a symptom of how people are afraid to feel empathy,” and compared it to a speech by Emma Gonzalez at the March for Our Lives rally, writing, “Is this the speech Louis CK didn’t find interesting? Seems much stronger than his new Asian people bit.”

This hacky, unfunny, shallow routine is just a symptom of how people are afraid to feel empathy. It’s much easier to laugh at our most vulnerable than to look at their pain directly & show them love and concern. Louis CK is all fear and bitterness now. He can’t look inward. https://t.co/aQVG0rk87y

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 31, 2018

Is this the speech Louis CK didn’t find interesting? Seems much stronger than his new Asian people bit. Can you imagine watching this and writing the jokes he wrote?

Emma Gonzalez’s powerful March for Our Lives speech in full https://t.co/yfn3JmRXCT via @YouTube

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 1, 2019

He elaborated in the interview, saying, “While we all want Louis to talk about what he is going through in a way that is inward searching… when they return and they don’t say a word about it, that’s weird; that’s what we were hoping you would do…. He’s not doing that at all. He’s just punching down. At kids who got shot at or whose friends died, what’s really your angle here?”

“You have to show us change,” Holmes chimed in. “There are a lot of scumbags out there that could be redeemed. I think you lose that pass [to say whatever you want] if you do atrocious things. The bit is evidence that he isn’t taking the time to reflect. Isn’t that heartbreaking?”

Apatow went on to say, “I think he should perform. I have no doubt in the next year-and-a-half he’ll be at Madison Square Garden doing three shows in a row. So this whole Louis’s struggling thing, he will make $80 million on the next tour. Okay? This all lands with him triumphant in some way. Maybe not with everybody, but that’s where it lands.” He continued, “But in the meantime when you’re somebody that’s hurt people, it’s weird to think your subjects should be people who are hurting. Trans people commit suicide. They get murdered at a crazy rate, so it’s not really the moment to go, I’m put out by the fact that you want to be called by a certain name.”

You can watch the full interview below.

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Federal employees affected by government shutdown offered free comedy club tickets

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:33

The owners of the comedy club Stand Up New York want to make federal workers affected by the ongoing government shutdown laugh again. Stand Up New York announced that they will be offering those employees who did not receive a paycheck last week 12 months of free comedy shows.

Qualified federal workers will be given a one-year membership to LaughPass, a service much like MoviePass but for comedy shows at 30 participating comedy clubs over 15 states including Carolina Comedy Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; LA Comedy Club in Las Vegas, Nevada; The DC Comedy Loft in Washington; and Whole World Improv Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. The pass can usually be purchased for $159 and includes perks like no drink minimums, an extra admission to bring a friend each show, and a bottle of wine within a week of your birthday.

They have introduced the promo code, ‘FEDSHUTDOWN’ for use on LaughPass’s website.

The co-owner of Stand Up New York, Dani Zoldan, says of the program, “We’re not solving world peace, but if we can add a little joy to people’s lives by giving them access to a free and fun comedy experience…I’m thrilled.”

The government shutdown has now surpassed 25 days. Reports of workers needing to use soup kitchens and GoFundMe pages to keep going sans paychecks have become all too common as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to bring any of the House-approved funding bills to a vote. A free drink and some laughs might not solve their problems, but for the owners of Stand Up New York it is a gesture that hopefully makes them feel better.

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Steve Carell launching Space Force series at Netflix

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 22:09

Steve Carell is joining Space Force—kind of. Netflix dropped a teaser for a new series co-created by and starring the Office star.

Greg Daniels, who developed The Office for American television, joins Carell in creating the new show about the space organization tasked to “defend satellites” and perform “other space-related tasks.”

Space Force, which is reportedly inspired by President Donald Trump’s proposed 6th Major Division of the U.S. Armed Forces, does not yet have a release date or episode count. However, it already appears that the series will be setting a new record for talent expenses. Coincidentally, the report that Carell’s collective fees alone could top $1 million per episode, comes just a day after Netflix announced price increases for its streaming service.

Even after Trump announced Space Force in 2018, many in the U.S. still did not understand the proposed military branch. Per the Netflix teaser, “This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out.” After the president’s announcement, Daily Show correspondent Michael Kosta asked people outside of a Trump rally in South Carolina to explain Space Force.

Carell is perhaps best known for his seven-season run as Michael Scott on The Office. Recently, the actor appeared in a string of dramatic roles, such as his lauded performance in Beautiful Boy. Other recent dramatic turns include his roles in Welcome to Marwen and Vice. Fans of Carell and The Office will likely be delighted to see his comedic return to the small screen.

Check out the Netflix announcement below.

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Grace and Frankie renewed by Netflix days before Season 5 premiere

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:30

Netflix has renewed Grace and Frankie for a sixth season due out next year. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have ageless appeal as the titular pair of unwitting friends brought closer together under unusual circumstances.

We last left Grace and Frankie breaking out of a retirement home (“assisted living community”) after getting fed up with the childish rules and policies. Stealing back their own belongings—including Frankie’s beloved toaster—the two bust out only to discover their children have sold the house.

Based on the trailer, Season 5 promises a beach wedding, weed gummies, and a Parent Trap-like situation. Frankie boldly claims that she’s “getting back to what I used to be: uncompromising, dangerous” and “acting like a grown woman who is finally living by her own rules.” Grace finally realizes that she’s “earned the right to take [her] sweet, fucking time.

Grace and Frankie debuted in 2015 with a show starring actors who wouldn’t usually appeal to the popular 25-45 demographic. Octogenarian Fonda leads the show with Tomlin, who will be 80 when the show’s sixth season drops. Co-stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston are both 78-years-old. Yet the show maintains an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has garnered plenty of awards recognition with SAG, Golden Globe, and Emmy nominations every year.

It seems like as long as the stars can perform in their old age, the streaming service will keep putting them in high-speed golf cart chases.

Check out the official Season 5 trailer below including more RuPaul than you expected. New episodes drop on Netflix January 18.

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Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, and more join the #10YearChallenge

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:42

Everyone and their mother have been participating in the #10YearChallenge on social media recently. Comedians have enthusiastically joined the craze posting side-by-side comparison of themselves in 2009 vs. 2019. The challenge evolved from Facebook where users were posting their first profile picture alongside their current profile picture.

Of course, a lot of comics are having fun with the meme with less-than-sincere flashbacks. Check out some of our favorites below!

Ellen DeGeneres

 

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#10yearchallenge. I never realized how differently I hold my hand now.

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Kevin Hart

 

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#10yearchallenge 2009 vs 2019….this challenge has shown me that I simply have a old man’s face #FML #iHateThisChallenge ….I’M going to go sit my old face ass down somewhere

Drunk History, Daily Show tell the ‘Trump history’ of Ulysses S. Grant

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:40

The Daily Show teamed up with the Drunk History team to give us a little bit of ‘Trump history’ on Monday night. As the country enjoys its longest ever government shutdown, Derek Waters and his team imagine President Trump’s version of the Civil War.

The Comedy Central historians use clips from an October speech the president delivered in Ohio, a speech The Daily Show called a “sober-yet-incoherent rant.” Remember when everyone thought he praised Southern war general Robert E. Lee? Yeah, that speech.

The clip opens with Waters raising his glass to Trump, asking what he has to teach us. Trump goes on to share stories about Ohio native Ulysses S. Grant, who served as the Union general and later as President of the United States, revealing what an “unbelievable” drunk he was. As we hear audio from the Ohio rally, we watch Waters and the Daily Show correspondents act out the story in typical Drunk History fashion.

“Grant” drinks straight from a bottle of whiskey and punches Confederate soldiers. “You know the story,” we hear Trump narrate. “They said to Lincoln, ‘You can’t use him anymore. He’s an alcoholic.’ And Lincoln said, ‘I don’t care if he’s an alcoholic. Frankly, give me six or seven more just like him.’”

Waters, who depicts President Abraham Lincoln, goes on to taunt President Trump’s vocabulary and poses, mocking Trump’s use of “imigining” when he really meant “imagining”, while also poking fun at the president’s reoccurring pose after signing executive orders.

The Drunk History host was then interviewed by Trevor Noah ahead of his faux history show’s season premiere Tuesday night. Drunk History is now back with new episodes on Comedy Central on Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Check out the clip below.

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Family Guy producers promise less gay jokes: The show has to shift and evolve.

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:49

Family Guy is trying to phase out homophobic humor. This week’s unusually political episode of Family Guy centered around Peter getting a job at the White House and culminated in a five-minute “chicken fight” with the President, but in the episode, there is an exchange about the type of jokes the nearly 20-year-old show is delivering.

In the episode titled Trump Guy, the fictionalized Donald Trump says to Peter, “Many children have learned their favorite Jewish, black, and gay jokes by watching your show over the years.” To which Peter responds, “In fairness, we’ve been trying to phase out the gay stuff. But you know what? We’re a cartoon. You’re the president.”

While the line could be written off as a joke, executive producers Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin assured audiences that they are serious about trying to do less gay jokes. In an interview with TVLine, Sulkin said, “If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side-by-side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they’re going to have a few differences. Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable.”

Appel chimed in, “It’s almost unique to Family Guy, though I can think of one other show that’s been on the air longer. But if a show has literally been on the air for 20 years, the culture changes. And it’s not us reacting and thinking, ‘They won’t let us [say certain things].’ No, we’ve changed too. The climate is different, the culture is different and our views are different. They’ve been shaped by the reality around us, so I think the show has to shift and evolve in a lot of different ways.”

In the episode, the character of Ivanka Trump describes her father as “a fat idiot who once had a hit television show and who over time has worn out his welcome,” which serves as a meta-commentary on Peter. The team behind Family Guy knows that some viewers see them as “wearing out their welcome” and they have to adapt and keep up with the times.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Superstore are basically the same show and here’s why

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:33

Cheers, Friends, Seinfeld, 30 Rock, Golden Girls, The Office, Parks and Recreation; NBC has given us some of the most iconic sitcoms of all time and Brooklyn Nine-Nine is poised to be its newest tentpole sitcom.

After being unexpectedly dropped by Fox after five beloved seasons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was picked up by NBC for a sixth season and last week’s premiere garnered 3.6 million viewers—up 71% from last year’s season premiere at Fox.

Even before Brooklyn Nine-Nine came to NBC, the peacock network was already making their own similar show to the Andy Samberg-led cop comedy, Superstore. Now in its fourth season, Superstore is an amazing show that lacks the type of rabid fan base Brooklyn Nine-Nine boasts.

This doesn’t make sense to me because they’re practically the same show.

The pilots of each show feature a couple whose “will they won’t they” chemistry become essential to the arc of the show. That couple is made up by a likable, goofy white guy with a Jewish name that starts with a “J” and a by-the-book Latina woman named “Amy.” In Superstore, that couple is played by America Ferrera and Ben Feldman while in Brooklyn Nine-Nine it is Samberg and Melissa Fumero. Try and convince me that was a coincidence.

While one show is about retail workers and the other is about cops, neither show is really about the work. It’s about the workplace. The type of comedy they deliver is also similar. Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans love the cold opens that don’t relate to the rest of the episode, while Superstore has quick scenes around the store that don’t connect to the plot.

At a party, bringing up Superstore will usually leave you with empty stares leading to the question, “You watch that?” (I know from experience). But why? This writer would argue that Superstore is actually a better show, but it simply doesn’t have the same following.

It all has to do with the idea of “cult” and “cult hits.” There are two types of sitcom fans. Some fans watch sitcoms because they are comforting and deliver easy laughs. These fans gravitate to shows like Full House or Two and a Half Men—you don’t need to watch every episode, the jokes are easy to get, and you can easily play it in the background while you eat leftover pasta with your mom.

The other group of sitcom watchers loves highbrow comedy. These fans are obsessed with cult hits the mainstream doesn’t really ‘get’ like Arrested Development, You’re the Worst, or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. They’re the wine snobs of slapstick and still complain about Party Down only getting two seasons.

When Brooklyn Nine-Nine debuted in 2013, the most watched shows on Fox were American Idol and Sleepy Hollow. Fox didn’t have a single sitcom in the top 50 most watched shows for that year. Brooklyn Nine-Nine felt cultish when compared to sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family, yet it still seemed accessible enough to watch with your parents. However, it never truly broke out, never averaging more than 2.59 million viewers in a season. The feeling of knowing and loving something too cool for the mainstream is still there for Nine-Nine fans.

Superstore never got that. When it came out in 2015, even though shows like The Big Bang Theory still topped the charts, cooler and hipper shows were already coming out. 2015 brought us Schitt’s Creek, Catastrophe, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and The Last Man on Earth; all of which competed for that loyal cult audience. Superstore got lost in the competition.

On paper, Superstore looks hokey to comedy audiences. It marketed itself a little more like Two Broke Girls than The Mindy Project, which doesn’t make sense for a show that deals with issues regarding unions and illegal immigration, but it makes even less sense for a show that seems to be written for comedy fans and not sitcom watchers.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans probably won’t watch Superstore even if they would love it, mostly because it is hard to convince comedy lovers to watch things they have already passed judgment on and that is why NBC needed a show that already captured that audience.

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