Jamie Foxx reunites with In Living Color writers & MADtv creators for new MTV sketch comedy series | the comic's comic
"Jamie Foxx executive produces the next generation of In Living Color." And he'll be doing it alongside Fax Bahr & Adam Small, who wrote for In Living Color and are also responsible for The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Blue Collar TV, Chocolate News, as well as co-creating, executive producing and writing MADtv. [Read More]
Inside With: New Young Comedians (Aalap Patel, Matteson Perry and Chelsea White) | The Apiary
The long-term success of a standup-variety showcase usually depends more on its producers than its performers. Although the members of New Young Comedians (Aalap Patel, Matteson Perry and Chelsea White) haven't known each other very long, they've landed squarely in the New York comedy scene with their monthly showcase at Karma Lounge. After meeting separately at various open mics around town, the trio created their own show and split the responsibilities evenly, if not appropriately, to match ea... [Read More]
Katey Sagal and Billy West on the return of Futurama | TV Squad
Futurama has gone through more frustrating cancellations than a United Airlines flight leaving Chicago's O'Hare Airport. No one knows that better than voice actor Billy West and actress Katey Sagal who respectively provide the voice, heart and soul of the show's two main characters, Fry and Leela. They both took a short time out of their busy schedules to chat about Comedy Central's two season order. [Read More]
Martin Lawrence producing family sitcoms | Reuters
Martin Lawrence is having a busy TV development season, with his production company fielding a couple of comedy projects. At Fox, Lawrence is behind an animated comedy based on his experiences growing up in the Washington, D.C.-Maryland area. At Starz, he has an interracial family show based on the comedy of stand-up comic Gary Owen, the only white man to host BET's "ComicView," Additionally, Lawrence is developing with Starz a family comedy set at a funeral home that is expected to be taken out... [Read More]
MTV Expands Comedy Footprint | Broadcasting & Cable
MTV pulled back the curtain on its current development slate, a lineup with a heavy focus on comedy programming. Among the shows in development are The Awesomes, from Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, head writer Seth Meyers and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon executive producer and SNL veteran Michael Shoemaker. [Read More]
Ze Frank Falls on Hard Times
Hard Times consists of tight, punchy and irregularly released sketches reminiscent of the original The Show, but with a focus on these trying economic times. Frank is specifically targeting the plight of the Web 2.0 hobo, who "has a $300 iPhone but can't afford a 99-cent application," and his comedy has taken on a Charlie Chaplin edge. [Read More]
Second City in second Canadian city? Legendary comedy group eyes Montreal.
This isn't a joke - talks are ``ongoing'' to bring Second City to Montreal. The 50-year-old Chicago improvisational comedy giant, a training ground for such greats as Mike Myers, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Bonnie Hunt and Steve Carell, hopes to set up shop at Montreal's Just For Laughs building. "(Bringing Second City to Montreal) is an idea both organizations really like,'' Just for Laughs president Bruce Hills said. "But it's not a done deal. Negotiations are ongoing.'' [Read More]
David Alan Grier Interview for 'Comedy You Can Believe In' | Inside TV Blog
With the stand-up special 'Comedy You Can Believe In,' David Alan Grier is planning to bring the laughs to TBS on Sunday, June 28. David will host an array of raucous comedians like Mark Curry, Bruce Bruce and Marina Franklin during the network's Very Funny Festival in Chicago. The funnyman talked one-on-one with AOL TV about the special, how he helped Chelsea Handler land her own show and why he'd never want to be on 'Dancing With the Stars' again (unless they follow his rules, of course). [Read More]
"The Joe Rogan Comedy Special" on Spike TV scores solid ratings, replays in the works
Spike TV's first-ever stand-up comedy event, "The Joe Rogan Comedy Special," aired this past Saturday with solid ratings, especially in key demographics with younger male viewers, the cable station recently announced. Overall, the special, which aired June 20 at midnight ET/PT (following The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale), scored 1.1 million viewers. It was the No. 1 rated program on cable among men ages 18 to 34 and men 18-49 in its late-night timeslot. [Read More]
Lisa Kudrow & Courtney Cox Team Up For First Time Since ‘Friends' | Access Hollywood
Lisa Kudrow and Courtney Cox are reuniting on-screen for the first time since they starred together in NBC comedy "Friends." Courtney will guest star on the second season of Lisa's Web series from automaker Lexus, "Web Therapy," which airs on LStudio.com. [Read More]