Jason Jones leaves Daily Show for TBS
The Daily Show departures continue to roll in. Jason Jones will leave the Comedy Central fake news show to star in a TBS sitcom. TBS has ordered 10 episodes of a family comedy series from Daily Show correspondents and awesomely-married couple Jason Jones and Samantha Bee. The untitled show stars Jas... [Read More]
Listen to the Final 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' with Harris Wittels
by Megh Wright Scott Aukerman originally hadn't planned to release the latest episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! featuring Adam Scott, Chelsea Peretti, and Harris Wittels, but with the encouragement of his friends and those who knew Wittels before his tragic death last week, Aukerman ultimately decided t... [Read More]
Remembering Harris Wittels
by Megh Wright The comedy community was dealt a huge blow yesterday when comedian and Parks and Recreation writer/producer Harris Wittels was found dead in his Los Angeles home of an apparent overdose. He was just 30 years old. Since then, countless friends, fans, and collaborators have been express... [Read More]
Appreciating Harris Wittels, Without Getting Too Much Into A #Humblebrag #RIP
The first time I met Harris Wittels, he was all of 21, and baring it all onstage at a naked comedy show. The next time I saw Wittels, he was a New Face at Montreal's prestigious Just For Laughs festival. The third time? It could have been any number of places, and it doesn't really matter which, bec... [Read More]
Harris Wittels, Parks And Recreation producer, writer and comedian dead at 30
Harris Wittels, co-executive producer of Parks and Recreation, was found dead in his LA home this afternoon. While no official cause is clear as of yet, The Hollywood Reporter stated that police had responded to a 911 call at 12 PM for a possible drug overdose. Wittels himself had previously been ca... [Read More]
RIP Harris Wittels
by Megh Wright Heartbreaking news: Earlier this afternoon, comedian and Parks and Recreation co-executive producer Harris Wittels was found dead in his home in Los Angeles. The exact cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but it's believed to be a drug overdose. Wittels has spoken about his stru... [Read More]
R.I.P. Taylor Negron (1957-2015)
Taylor Negron -- stand-up comedian, actor, painter, poet and muse -- died Saturday from cancer. Negron was 57. Born Brad Stephen Negron on Aug. 1, 1957, in Glendale, Calif., young Taylor already was performing stand-up comedy and appearing in episodes of The Dating Game by the time he matriculated a... [Read More]
R.I.P. Jason R. Chin, iO Chicago instructor and former artistic director
Longtime Chicago improv actor and teacher Jason R. Chin died suddenly Thursday night. Chin would have turned 50 this year. Improv Olympic founder Charna Halpern passed along the devastating news overnight. "I am heart broken. Our Jason Chin passed away," Halpern wrote to friends. "He was a wonderful... [Read More]
The Comedy Legends We Lost in 2014
by Erica Lies We lost several funny people of note in 2014, but the year was a real doozy for comedy legends in particular, including writer/directors, TV announcers, critical mentors, and legendary performers we grew up watching. Many of the people below had careers so vast and influential that the... [Read More]
Maybe See TV? The month in pilots, script commitments and development deals (Dec. 27, 2014)
You'll hear a lot in the trades and the trade winds from now through pilot season, which starts in earnest in January, all the way up to the cable Upfronts in the spring and the broadcast network Upfronts in May -- when TV programmers present their new and returning lineups to impress and attract ad... [Read More]