Ricky Gervais podcasts get animated for HBO | Chortle
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are to make an animated series for America's HBO network, based on their record-breaking podcasts. The 13 half-hour episodes, due to air next year, could make an unlikely star of sidekick Karl Pilkington, whose strange opinions they mercilessly mock. ‘Karl is a man who believes that a sea lion is a cross between a fish and a dog,' the pair told Hollywood trade paper Variety. ‘Hopefully, Karl will enter the pantheon of animated greats.' [Read More]
Jim Jeffries becomes Jim Jefferies?! | the comic's comic
Jim Jeffries has his first HBO hour stand-up special debuting on Saturday, May 16, and the network has graciously fed the Internets with a few glimpses from the set, taped earlier this year in NYC. Jeffries, an Australian who made his comedy name in the U.K., is unabashedly not safe for work. Also, typo alert? Nope. My sources tell me that Jim Jeffries has added the extra "E" to become Jim Jefferies because of the existence of another "Jim Jeffries" in the show business here in America. [Read More]
Will the Conchords offend Australia? | Stuff.co.nz
Australians like to name their women after men, revel in their convict past, and do not mind a cup of tea brewed in hot tap water. Well, in the world according to New Zealand's blockbuster comedy duo, Flight of the Conchords, anyway. The quirky pair have gone to town on Australians in their second series, so far watched by millions in the US and hundreds of thousands in New Zealand. Now Australians will get their chance, with SBS confirming it has bought season two and plans to screen it later t... [Read More]
Tribune stations take 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' 'Entourage' rerun rights
Tribune stations have picked up the rights to syndicate the HBO comedy series "Entourage" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" starting next year. The agreement means Tribune's stations in 17 markets (including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago) will have the rights to air the Emmy-winning comedy series, including all seven seasons of "Curb" and all six seasons of "Entourage." [Read More]
HBO signing up for Women's Studies | Entertainment | Television | Reuters
HBO is exploring gender politics with "Women's Studies," a comedy project from former "Daily Show" and "Colbert Report" executive producer Ben Karlin and "NYPD Blue" alumna Theresa Rebeck. "Studies" is being developed as a potential starring vehicle for Tony winner Julie White and centers on a onetime famous author who, after a tumultuous period as a feminist It Girl, is now a professor at a small liberal arts college in the Northeast. [Read More]
TBS Turning Up the Comedy Heat with New Animated Series NEIGHBORS FROM HELL | TheFutonCritic.com
NEIGHBORS FROM HELL centers on the Hellmans, a typical, all-American suburban family, with Balthazor; his wife, Tina; their two children, Mandy and Josh; and their dog, Pazuzu. The only thing that distinguishes them from the rest of the folks in the neighborhood is that the Hellmans happen to be from Hell. They have been sent to Earth to pose as normal suburbanites with a mission to keep humans from finding their way to Hell. Their task is made all the more complicated by Balthazor's growing aff... [Read More]
HBO renews `Eastbound & Down' for second season - MSN
HBO has renewed the raunchy, dark comedy series "Eastbound & Down" for a second season. The series stars Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, who becomes a substitute teacher in his North Carolina hometown after his big mouth and declining fastball knock him out of Major League Baseball. [Read More]
HBO Stand-Up Comedy DVD Sale - Up to 60% Off
Amazon has a sale on 50 HBO comedy titles, with prices discounted up to 60% on titles starring Dane Cook, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Miller, and Jim Norton. Free shipping on orders over $25 or with Amazon Prime. [Read More]
Third season for Flight of the Conchords still possible
Despite what the musical duo members were saying in September of last year about possibly wrapping up HBO's Flight of the Conchords after two seasons, it seems there's still hope for a third. [Read More]
Slovin & Allen reunite for Funny or Die / HBO
Chalk up another of the 10 original half-hours coming soon to HBO via Funny or Die, because Slovin and Allen filmed about a half hour's worth of material last week in Los Angeles, directed by Jason Woliner. Leo Allen told me that the FoD folks asked them to deliver two separate 15-minute collections of sketches and comedy bits, ostensibly so they can be matched up with segments from other comedians. Sure looks like it's shaping up to be a celebration of UCB comedians. [Read More]