Bored to Death a new HBO comedy starring Galifianakis, Danson, Schwartzman
Bored to Death is a promising new HBO comedy series set to debut on September 20, 2009 at 9:30 PM ET. The story follows the misadventures of a fictional Jonathan Ames as pursues his quixotic dream of emulating heroes from classic private detective novels. Bored to Death stars Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. [Read More]
Paul Mecurio - When comedy and sports collide | Punchline Magazine
Comedian Paul Mecurio isn't much of an athlete, but he knows where to find the humor in pro ballers, fighters and beyond. Turns out, you don't have to look too far. The proof is in his new HBO web series Got No Game with Paul Mecurio. As a founding writer for The Daily Show, Paul Mecurio has skewered presidential candidates, mainstream media and greedy members of the medical profession, winning Emmys and a Peabody award in the process. As a stand-up comic, he's a stage veteran who's covered pret... [Read More]
Paul Mecurio's "Got No Game," an HBO online sports comedy series | the comic's comic
Every Friday from now through Sept. 4, Paul Mecurio will be wading into the murky waters of sport and satirizing it weekly online for HBO in his new series, Got No Game. Today's premiere sends Mecurio to Las Vegas for a behind-the-scenes look at boxing, talking to cutmen, famed ring announcer Michael Buffer, and ringside commentator Jim Lampley. Future episodes will include a look at football referees, and a spoof about an "Interracial Summit on Athletics" in which the races divvy up the sports.... [Read More]
Robins Williams lined up for HBO comedy special | The Associated Press
Robin Williams is bringing his standup act back to HBO. The cable network says a special of Williams performing in Washington will air in December. The show is part of the 57-year-old actor-comedian's "Weapons of Self-Destruction" tour. Williams has done four solo specials on HBO. The most recent, which aired in 2002, received five Emmy nominations. His relationship with HBO dates back to his appearance on a "Young Comedians" show in 1977. [Read More]
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? |
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 |
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]