This week in comedy: Leslie got called to the big leagues and we honored a legend
- This week we spent a lot of time out of the office running around the city for a variety of fun times, including a Comedy Central Corporate Retreat on Tuesday. Then Wednesday we spent the day celebrating the memory of George Carlin. – Second biggest piece of news, we’re hiring! –... [Read More]
This Week in Comedy: Leslie Jones Gets Promoted at 'SNL'
by Stephanie Simon -SNL writer Leslie Jones was made a featured player. -We spoke with Wyatt Cenac about standup, writing, and being a puppet aficionado. -Fox cut Mulaney's season from 16 to 13 episodes. -We got personal with Jonathan Katz. -ABC has loads of comedies in development. Maggie Carey, El... [Read More]
Nick Kroll Offers Some Advice on Halloween Costumes and Unfriending People in Real Life
by Megh Wright The Tonight Show just released a new installment of "Unqualified Advice" featuring Nick Kroll, and it's full of solid advice especially if you're concerned about unfriending someone, choosing a college major, writing a 3,000-word essay in two hours, or becoming a victim of the Freshma... [Read More]
NBA Star Chris Paul Is Developing an Autobiographical Comedy for ABC
by Megh Wright ABC just added another project to the long list of autobiographical sitcoms currently in development across the major networks. Variety reports that NBA star Chris Paul has teamed up with former Office writer/executive producer Warren Lieberstein to develop a family comedy for ABC bas... [Read More]
James Franco's Film 'Zeroville' to Feature Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, and More
by Megh Wright Hollywood's ultimate multi-hyphenate James Franco is directing and starring in an upcoming dramedy called Zeroville, and according to Slash Film it just added a ton of great guest stars. Based on the 2007 novel by Steve Erickson, Zeroville centers on Franco's character Ike Jerome (nic... [Read More]
George Carlin finally got his way: Dispatches from a day of tributes to a comedy icon
On Wednesday, after years of hard work, George Carlin finally got his way. On the 400 block of 121st street, Morningside Heights, in New York City in front of a crowd of about a 200 people, the sign reading “George Carlin Way” was unveiled. It took three years of work by comedian Kevin B... [Read More]
TBS Orders Deserted Island Comedy Pilot 'Wrecked'
by Megh Wright TBS just gave a pilot order to a new comedy series described as "Lost meets It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Titled Wrecked, the single-cam comedy comes from up-and-coming sibling writing team Justin Shipley and Jordan Shipley. Here's the full synopsis for the show: Wrecked chronic... [Read More]
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Happyish role recast with Steve Coogan
Showtime will in fact keep its dark comedy series Happyish alive after re-casting the lead role with British actor Steve Coogan. Happyish was a hot pilot picked up for series in January but was put on hold when its star Phillip Seymour Hoffman passed away from a heroin overdose on Feb. 2. Showtime s... [Read More]
Best Muppets – Top 10 List Podcast – Episode 110
In each episode of The Top 10 List Podcast, a panel of comedians compete to get as many of their individual picks, from a list they prepared before the show, on a final top 10 list. Episode topics range from People who Changed the World to Most Doable Hollywood Actors. The Top 10 List... [Read More]
@ZachBroussard on Teasing Tweets, Releasing Them as Singles, and More
by Jenny Nelson Zach Broussard is an actor and stand-up comedian living in Los Angeles. In the past, Broussard's performed both stand-up and sketch regularly at the UCB Theater in New York and has created and appeared in several web series. This week I talked to Broussard about topical jokes, collab... [Read More]