Huffington Post buys comedy site 236.com
23/6, a political comedy site that boasts "the sluttiest news team on the internet," will soon have a new home — it's just been bought by progressive news site Huffington Post, which took $25 million in funding last month. [Read More]
Seth Rogen to write and star in Simpsons episode
Since Knocked Up consummated his celebrity in 2007, Seth Rogen has continued his ascent to the kind of built-in comedy stardom that accompanies names like Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler. Now he's poised to take a stab at one of the most prolific comedy powerhouses of all: The Simpsons. [Read More]
New Flight of the Conchords songs to hit iTunes
Brand new songs from Kiwi comedy duo Flight of the Conchords will appear on iTunes just a day after screening on US television, says Billboard.com. The tunes will be followed by a 15-track album on April 14, the follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed self-titled debut. [Read More]
Write this! Comedian Chris Rock has a book deal
Chris Rock is making a comeback, as an author. Grand Central Publishing says Rock's new book — not yet titled — will be full of "comedic observations." It's tentatively scheduled for release next year. His "Rock This!" was published in 1997. [Read More]
Chelsea Handler's show makes waves by zinging pop culture
As ringmaster for the organized comedy chaos of her E! Network weeknight chat show "Chelsea Lately," Handler has become the talk sensation of cable. She has one of the highest-rated shows on the cable network in an 11:30 p.m. time slot that puts her in direct competition with Jay Leno and David Letterman. E! execs already have extended the run of the show through 2009. [Read More]
Comedy Central Going HD
Sometimes the humor is in the details. That may be what Comedy Central is hoping when it launches a high definition version of the network. Comedy Central HD will be going live on Cablevision, DirecTV and Cox later this month, with additional carriers expected to be added throughout the year. [Read More]
MTV show has 'How's Your News?'
"South Park" creator Matt Stone's biggest concern in executive producing MTV's latest offering, "How's Your News?," is how his and partner Trey Parker's outlandish reputation might actually hurt the program's reception. "How's Your News?," premiering Feb. 8, features a team of reporters with disabilities who take a bus across the country, along the way interviewing people on the street (who sometimes turn out to be celebrities). [Read More]
Will Ferrell promises surprises in Bush special
Will Ferrell says his upcoming Broadway show "You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush" will show the departing president using this opportunity "to set the record straight" about his tenure. "Some people will think the show is too harsh, some will think it isn't harsh enough, but people should expect the unexpected," Ferrell says. "People will be surprised by some of the twists and turns." [Read More]
Tina Fey To Real-Life Internet Critics: 'Suck It!'
Tina Fey wasn't kidding around when she named online critics and told them to "suck it" as she picked her trophy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. The "30 Rock" star was naming real names when she rattled off the online handles of "Babsonlacrosse," "Dlanefan" and "Cougarletter," she told Access Hollywood's Billy Bush backstage at the Globes. [Read More]
Steve Martin to release bluegrass album
It ends up Steve Martin lost the arrow but hung on to the banjo. On Jan. 27, the actor/writer/comedian will release an album of bluegrass music. [Read More]