Networks Buy New Comedies from Jake Johnson, Steve Dildarian, and Everyone Else in LA
We're still in the midst of the Big Four networks' development season, in which they're all buying up new pilots to turn into potential shows for fall of 2013, and a flurry of pilots were ordered in the past 24 hours. Yesterday, Fox bought a sitcom called The B Team created by New Girl star Jake J... [Read More]
Image of Comedy Central’s ‘Key & Peele’: a comedy duo finds humor in the quandaries of race | The Washington Post
Comedy Central’s ‘Key & Peele’: a comedy duo finds humor in the quandaries of race | The Washington Post
As a comedy team, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are very funny. As guys who both lay claim to biracial status (black fathers, white mothers), they share a state of informed in-betweenness that gives their comedy extra punch and extraordinary insight. [Read More]
 
Image of After infestation, Portland's "The Comedy Connection"  to stay closed
After infestation, Portland's "The Comedy Connection" to stay closed
PORTLAND – The Comedy Connection will not reopen on Custom House Wharf, where it has operated for the last 19 years, while the future of the adjacent Porthole restaurant remains uncertain. The Comedy Connection, the Porthole and the Harbour's Edge banquet hall were shut down by the city last month after a health inspection revealed a rat infestation, among other code violations. All three businesses were affected because they share a kitchen and a liquor license. [Read More]
 
Image of Ellen DeGeneres honored with Mark Twain Prize For American Humor
Ellen DeGeneres honored with Mark Twain Prize For American Humor
Some of the nation's top comedians hailed Ellen DeGeneres as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the highest U.S. humor prize. The Kennedy Center is awarding DeGeneres the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on Public Broadcasting Service stations. "Thanks to everyone at PBS. I am so happy to be part of your farewell season," DeGeneres joked in accepting the prize and taking a jab at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's plans to stop fu... [Read More]
 
Comediennes: Laugh Be A Lady
“Are women funny?” is a stupid question, and yet this cultural football keeps getting batted around. Enough that it was a central plot point in a recent episode of 30 Rock, in which Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) is challenged to name a single funny woman. Though she refuses to justify the question, Comedienn... [Read More]
 
“George Carlin Way” Is One Step Closer to Becoming a Real Street
A year-long battle to name part of a Manhattan street after legendary comedian George Carlin is finally coming to a close after a process that lasted more than a year, according to The Columbia Spectator. A community board voted to name the 400 block of 121st Street, between Amsterdam and Morningsid... [Read More]
Watch the 'Happy Endings' Live Show Right Here Right Now
Happy Endings is finally coming back to TV tomorrow, and to ring in the new season, the cast and writers held a live show at the UCB Theatre in LA on Saturday (embedded in its entirety above). Hosted by cast members Casey Wilson and Adam Pally, the live show is full of funny stuff, whether you're f... [Read More]
The Screenplay to Judd Apatow's 'This is 40' Is Online and It's Really Long
Universal has posted the entire screenplay to Judd Apatow's upcoming movie This is 40  on its "For Your Consideration" awards site (via Bleeding Cool). You can click open a full PDF of the massive, 146-page script here. Some clips from Jon Brion's score for the film are also available on the site. A... [Read More]
'The Wall Street Journal's Profile of 'SNL's Cue Card Guy Is Eye-Opening
"In the history of the show we've only had to shoot the cue-card guy twice." -Lorne Michaels in a Wall Street Journal profile of Saturday Night Live's cue card guy Wally Feresten, who's been with the show since 1990. The profile gives a behind-the-scenes look at SNL from an unusual perspective, and... [Read More]
Stephen Colbert Has a 'Hobbit' Cameo
Tolkien superfan Stephen Colbert will have a cameo in Peter Jackson's upcoming The Hobbit movie trilogy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Colbert spoke about flying to New Zealand to visit the set last year in an awesome, in-depth Playboy interview last week, in which he also hinted at having a ... [Read More]