Interview: SNL's Terry Sweeney was the First Openly Gay Regular on Network Television (and Lived to Tell About It!)
In the 1985-86 season of Saturday Night Live, comedian Terry Sweeney made history by becoming the first (and still the only) openly gay cast member of the landmark late-night comedy show. But the achievement was more notable even than that: Sweeney was also the first out actor with a regular role on broadcast television ever. He also co-wrote the 1989 cult classic Shag and worked on MADTV and the outrageous animated comedy show Tripping the Rift. Sweeney also found occasional acting work, most n... [Read More]
Johnny Knoxville, Andy Samberg, Shane Jacobson on 'Three Stooges' Shortlist | TheWrap
"Jackass" prankster Johnny Knoxville, "Saturday Night Live" star Andy Samberg and Australian comic Shane Jacobson are on the shortlist to play Moe, Larry and Curly, respectively, in 20th Century Fox's "Three Stooges," TheWrap has learned from an agency insider. [Read More]
Larry The Cable Guy History Channel Show, “Only In America…”
The History Channel is teaming up with Blue Collar Comedy star Larry the Cable Guy for a new series. The comedian, known for his redneck alter ego, will host Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy, a new 13-episode series premiering later this year, the network said Wednesday. In Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy, Larry (real name Daniel Whitney) explores the country, “immersing himself in different lifestyles, jobs and hobbies that celebrate the American experience.” He’ll also reveal ... [Read More]
Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann to Reprise "Knocked Up" Roles in Judd Apatow's Next Movie
"Knocked Up" stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann will reprise their married characters from that film in Judd Apatow's next comedy for Universal Pictures, the studio has confirmed to TheWrap. Apatow will write and direct the untitled project, which is currently scheduled to start production later this year in time for a June 1, 2012 release. [Read More]
NBC’s ‘Parks And Recreation’ 4-minute video preview
Here is a four-minute preview of the upcoming third season of NBC's underrated comedy Parks and Recreation. After some great momentum in the second half of last season, the show was left on the bench for fall and is finally rejoining the schedule on Jan. 20 when NBC launches its 3-hour Thursday block. Parks & Rec is getting the best slot, following The Office at 9:30 PM. [Read More]
Visual Artists Celebrate Comedians in "Is This Thing On?" at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles
Over 100 artists take aim at funny people" is the promise of a 23-day art exhibit beginning Friday, January 7 at Gallery1988 at 7020 Melrose in Los Angeles. Admission is free and the works will be available for purchase. A preview of the event, which is being presented in conjunction with Funny or Die, reveals a screenprint of Louis CK by Jeff Proctor as well as an acrylic-painted wood sculpture of Ron Burgundy by Alex Leighton among the collection. The opening reception takes place Friday, Janu... [Read More]
Todd Barry gifts comedy world with list of his own tweets; you’re welcome
Todd Barry is one of the funniest comics around. And he’s on Twitter. So, as you can imagine, his feed consists of some of the funniest tweets around. If you’re not someone who scans Twitter all day, rifling through someone’s thousands of tweets, then looking for extra-special jewels can be a little daunting. So, what better way to get a quick snapshot of some special moments than a list of amazing tweets, curated by the man himself? [Read More]
Looking Back at Saturday Night Live, 1980-1985
The sixth season for Saturday Night Live was a very uncertain time. After five very popular years, the entire cast and writing staff of the show left along with Lorne Michaels. NBC was tasked with basically recreating the show from scratch. Accomplishing this would have been toug... [Read More]
Marc Maron: The Comic Who Explores Comedy’s Darkest Side | NY Times interview
Congrats to comedian Marc Maron for getting profiled in this coming Sunday's New York Times for his wonderful podcast, WTF with Marc Maron. Yes. Today is Thursday. But that's not going to stop you from watching this short video the NYT shot... [Read More]