Stephen Merchant Makes His U.S. Standup Debut, Without Ricky Gervais
In other duos-branching-into-singlos news, Stephen Merchant is making his American standup debut next week as part of his Hello Ladies tour. And comparisons to Ricky Gervais are inevitable: "'Where Merchant excelled over his accomplice was by avoiding the sneering narcissism that has crept into Gerv... [Read More]
Peter Farrelly Is Writing a Comedy Pilot for CBS, Without Bobby Farrelly
Peter Farrelly is making the leap from movies to TV, and from being half of a dynamic duo to being a dynamic single person. He's writing a comedy pilot for CBS, and he'll also direct it if the script gets picked up. It's about "a group of six parents and step-parents who are tasked with raising two ... [Read More]
Louis CK opens up about the process in wide range of interviews, revelations
So rarely do you find out as much about a comedian's process as we are this week with the release of Louis CK's new stand-up special. Certainly, Louis CK is doing a lot of press to help promote it to the widest possible audience. But he's also openin... [Read More]
Can a Show Based on a Twitter Feed Actually Be Funny?
This article is an interesting look at what we can expect from Rob Delaney's new show in development at Comedy Central, a Tosh.0-esque "half-hour mix of comedy show and talk show" called @robdelaney. Its writers include Frank Sebastiano, Brendon Walsh and Megan Amram, but the ultimate voice of the s... [Read More]
Eric Idle and John Cleese Are in a Fight and It's Ruining Everything
[blackbirdpie id="147009604746874882"] You know things are bad in the world when even Monty Python members are fighting. After Eric Idle kicked John Cleese out of Spamalot and noted that "It wasn’t mean — he’s had millions of dollars from it," Cleese tweeted references to "Yoko Idle." He argued (see... [Read More]
FX orders late-night unscripted series for Russell Brand
Well, blimey mate! Check out this cheeky monkey who earned himself a six-episode order for a late-night series of specials. On cable. It's Russell Brand, who received the series order from FX on Thursday. Details: Brand will star in six half-hour epi... [Read More]
Golden Globe nominations reveal absurd choices in comedy
Normally, when it comes to comedy during awards season, a big issue of contention is the categories that comedy is thrown into. Within the Golden Globes nominations announced earlier this morning, many comedy noms come from the musical and/or comedy ... [Read More]
Russell Brand will host his own unscripted, late night talk show
UPDATE: Russell Brand has also signed a deal to develop an animated series for Fox, based loosely on his life in his 20s, according to Deadline. As you may know, Brand was a sex and drug addict in his early days. That would make for a pretty raunchy... [Read More]