Del Close biopic needs new financing, new Del in lead after Mike Myers drops out
A roast of George Wendt at The Second City over the weekend brought with it some unexpected news about an upcoming movie on the late improv icon Del Close. Various sources reported that the financing for Del needs to be reconfigured, and executive producer and Second City owner Andrew Alexander told... [Read More]
Jenny Zigrino on Conan
Jenny Zigrino‘s butt sets off alarms, and not just at the airport TSA. “Don’t look too deep, you’ll see your future,” Zigrino jokes. And on Monday’s Conan, Zigrino also let us know her confidence is real, despite society trying to break her down, and how she passe... [Read More]
Comedy Central is doing a Roast Battle UK, with Jimmy Carr hosting
Jimmy Carr won the inaugural “Roast Masters Invitational” tournament at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival in 2015 that helped Jeff Ross land a Comedy Central series deal for Roast Battle. So it’s fitting that Carr will host the UK adaptation of Roast Battle UK for Comedy Ce... [Read More]
Amazon orders series reuniting Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph
Fred Armisen just wrapped production on the eighth and final season of IFC’s Portlandia (which will air in January), and the Saturday Night Live alum already has his next sitcom lined up — an Amazon Prime series reuniting him with SNL’s Maya Rudolph! Amazon announced the strai... [Read More]
W. Kamau Bell, Samantha Bee and James Corden take home Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Saturday Night Live was the biggest show winner last weekend during the “creative arts” portion of the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Guest Actor and Actress nods for both Dave Chappelle and Melissa McCarthy for their guest appearances last season, but W. Kamau Bell, S... [Read More]
Episode #171: Dave Smith
Dave Smith is a native New Yorker and key member of the emerging new platform, GaS Digital Network. You’ve likely heard Dave as one-third of the Legion of Skanks alongside Big Jay Oakerson and Luis J Gomez, or as host of the podcast Part of the Problem, which combined receive hundreds of thous... [Read More]
Showtime renews I’m Dying Up Here for Season 2
Fans of 1970s nostalgia about the stand-up comedy scene in Hollywood rejoice! Showtime has picked up I’m Dying Up Here for a second season. From the press release: SHOWTIME is picking up its drama series about the art of comedy, I’M DYING UP HERE, for a second season, it was announc... [Read More]
Trevor Noah attracting more millennials and their younger siblings (ages 18-34) to The Daily Show
Fans of Jon Stewart may still be lamenting his departure from The Daily Show some two years ago, but Comedy Central has gotten exactly what they sought when they replaced Stewart with Trevor Noah, appealing to the next generation of 18-34 year-olds. Since The Daily Show with Trevor Noah began on Sep... [Read More]
Adult Swim ad seeks “Sexy Female” for comedy special
Who says there aren’t opportunities for women in comedy on Adult Swim? A Craigslist ad appeared today offering $443 per day for a “SEXY FEMALE” with SAG-AFTRA union card between the ages of 25-55, “any ethnicity,” who’s willing to wear “bondage attire”... [Read More]
Facebook Watch begins rolling out original programming and viral videos
Anything Google’s YouTube can do, Facebook can do, too, and keep it and you confined within Facebook. That seems to be the strategy, if there has been one, to Facebook’s video strategy over the past few years, starting with its own proprietary video platform, to the launch of Facebook Li... [Read More]