Robert De Niro telling Jeffrey Ross’s jokes in upcoming film
Is it the return of Rupert Pupkin? Not quite! Robert De Niro may not be putting on the spiffy suit but he will return as a stand-up comic on the big screen. In Art Linson’s The Comedian, De Niro will play an insult comic reminiscent of Don Rickles. Consulting on the script was Roastmaster Gene... [Read More]
 
SAG-AFTRA issues “Do Not Work” order against duo of “reality” series filming comedians and their families
SAG-AFTRA has issued a "no-contract, no-work" order against L. Plummer Media, which is currently filming both Comedians of LA for Esquire and Living With Funny for the Oxygen Network simultaneously. The actors' union notes that the production is for "a single series, produced by a single compan... [Read More]
 
Netflix, Funny or Die, CollegeHumor, Fallon among 2015 Webby Awards winners
Netflix helped take home multiple honors in the annual pay-to-play Webby Awards, with Funny or Die, CollegeHumor and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon also bringing in wins for their 2015 online efforts. Netflix's special achievement victories came courtesy of Chelsea Peretti, named outstanding... [Read More]
 
Comedy Dynamics to premiere Coming to the Stage, series hosted by Dan Levy (Video)
For those of you out there who just can’t get enough of stand-up packaged into TV series form, there’s good news sliding down the story shoot for you. On May 6, production company Comedy Dynamics will debut Coming To The Stage, a new six-part series that will spotlight several up-and-com... [Read More]
 
At 2015 Crackle Upfronts, Jerry Seinfeld snaps at YouTube, pops TV’s bubble
Jerry Seinfeld doesn't need Crackle nearly as much as Crackle needs him. But the upstart webseries-turned-streaming provider is backed by Sony Pictures Entertainment, which just so happened to back Seinfeld's hit sitcom and made billions of dollars to go around. So when Seinfeld needed a vehicle to ... [Read More]
 
Inside the Job of a Showrunner with 'The Comedians' Ben Wexler
by Ian Goldstein For the past decade television audiences have become increasingly aware of the showrunner, the individual responsible for the day-to-day operations of a television show. Ben Wexler has built his career working on shows like Community and Arrested Development, where the showrunners c... [Read More]
 
This Week on TV: Amy Schumer hosts the 2015 MTV Movie Awards alongside 7 comedy show premieres
It’s a big week for comedy on TV with seven shows premiering and one comedian hosting an awards show. Let’s start with Amy Schumer and the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. The comedian, writer, and actress will be hosting and is having a huge year with one of the most talked about and anticipated ... [Read More]
 
Sean Combs Is Developing an Animated Comedy for FX
by Megh Wright Sean Combs aka P. Diddy has a new comedy in the works at FX. Deadline reports that Combs is executive producing an animated comedy called Brightmore Elementary for the network written by King of the Hill's Chip Hall and Detroit comedian Chris Powell, also known as Comedian CP. The ser... [Read More]
 
Addicted to Comedy: A New Level of Confidence
My stagnate position needed to change, so I examined my comedy roots. I was raised on underground comedy. My favorite radio show as an adolescent was The Dr. Demento Show. He played a list of obscure artists (and up-and-coming people including Weird Al Yanokic) each week that would leave me in stitc... [Read More]
 
Madonna eyes comedy career, should music ever fail her
Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone – pop icon, mediocre actress, BSDM queen, and… stand-up comedian? Well, after you’ve intentionally published a book that shows you and Vanilla Ice doing the nasty, where else is there to go but onstage in front of a microphone to tell jokes about it... [Read More]