Standup and two-time Last Comic Standing finalist Gary Gulman is going on tour. Titled It's About Time, the tour marks Gulman's 20th year in comedy and will make stops in Philadelphia, LA, Chicago, D.C., and more and conclude on December 13th at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. Here's the full list of It's About Time tour dates: READ MORE
Here's the trailer for Netflix's new animated series BoJack Horseman, which will make its debut on the streaming network next month and stars Will Arnett as the washed up former horse star BoJack with Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, and Alison Brie as his group of animal-people friends. BoJack Horseman will follow Arnett's character who "has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships" and attempts to break back into the entertainment world, and it premieres on Netflix on August 22nd.
The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.
WTF with Marc Maron – Mike Myers
ROB: This week’s WTF with Marc Maron features a rare long-form interview with the relatively unheard-from comic legend Mike Myers, who is promoting his first documentary and directorial debut Supermensch. Despite being a very friendly, generous interview on Maron’s part, Myers does delve into some personal stuff. True to WTF’s style, Myers tells Maron about his big breaks, his self doubts, occasional bouts of depression that Myers referred to as his “existential funks,” and most prominent source of pain in his life – the slow illness and decline of his father, due to Alzheimer’s disease. While Maron completely avoids bringing up the more embarrassing topics (like The Love Guru), Myers does address rumors that he can be “difficult” to work with. And his explanation makes total sense. Since nearly everything Myers acts in is his own material, whenever he’s being a pain to producers or studio execs, it’s because he’s fighting to keep something he originally intended. For example, the now-iconic “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene in Wayne’s World: At the time, the studio wanted to replace the song with something newer and more popular. Myers fought that alteration tooth and nail, and we’re all glad he did. The episode is worth a listen, even for those who dropped off Myers’s movies years ago, because, for just one example, after a decade of everyone excessively over-quoting Dr. Evil, Myers’s Lorne Michaels impression (Dr. Evil’s inspiration) will almost certainly still make you laugh. READ MORE
In an uncommon but awesome move, Bob Odenkirk is including his opening act Brandon Wardell on his new album Amateur Hour, which was recorded back in May at LA's NerdMelt Theater. Wardell posted the news on his Facebook page yesterday and also revealed that he'll be joining Odenkirk on his Amateur Hour tour starting this October, with the album set for a release in November or December. As for finding out that Odenkirk included him on the album, Wardell said: "I thought I was just opening for his album recording and then found out after the show I'm actually on it and he just didn't want me to be nervous."
Popularized by The Office in the early 2000s, the “mockumentary” format has become the common TV style choice to tell loose, location-based, low-concept, character-driven comedies. However, aside from the interview cutaways and the cheeky Jim Halpert camera looks, shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation never truly embrace the idea that their presentation format is documentary or that their characters are anything but fictional.
Nathan For You, created, written, and directed by Nathan Fielder and now in its second season, is much more dedicated to being a true parody of the documentary/reality form both visually and thematically. Set up like a workplace improvement show in the vein of Bar Rescue or Kitchen Nightmares, the basic premise of Nathan For You follows a semi-qualified, semi-fictionalized Nathan Fielder as he pitches and sets forth massively elaborate and mostly unhelpful marketing ploys to help struggling businesses. Nobody in the show other than Fielder is in on the joke, so he has to carefully tow the line between his comedy and keeping these real businesses on the line so he can actually set his plans in motion. Fielder is so good at mimicking these business advice shows both in style and in content, which helps both the viewer and the subjects believe that he is in fact trying to be one.
Of course, if Nathan For You was only about reeling in and pranking suckers, the show wouldn’t resonate beyond the way shows like Punk’d or Jackass do. Instead, the perfectly executed prank and set up allow Fielder to dive into the deeper themes he is actually trying to explore with the show. He is hiding a much more complicated piece of comedy in a very-well executed but much more basic genre parody. READ MORE
Mike Tyson Mysteries is undoubtedly the most bizarre-sounding and anticipated upcoming show on Adult Swim, but don't watch the cast's Rob Corddry-hosted Comic-Con panel if you're looking for more details about it. Instead watch it to see Mike Tyson talk about his 2,000 pigeons, confuse the meaning and spelling of many words, mix up Norm Macdonald and Jim Rash's roles, frequently interrupt his fellow panelists, and be generally ridiculous. At one point an audience member asks Tyson what his favorite Adult Swim show is, to which he replies:
"I don't know if it's Adult Swim, but it's those badass black kids that's always cursing, which one? I think Eddie Murphy's involved. Which one is that? Boondocks, yeah. I did watch it, yes I did. I've viewed Adult Swim on a few occasions."
So there you have it: Mike Tyson is a Boondocks fan, he's very excited about Mike Tyson Mysteries, and he has an "If you don't fly, you die" policy with his pigeons.
Two decades into his comedy career, Leo Allen is both the host of one of New York's most popular standup shows (Whiplash) and a busy writer who's worked for shows like Saturday Night Live, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (which he co-created), Comedy Bang! Bang!, and most recently, Andy Daly's Comedy Central series Review. Allen recently directed A Night at Whiplash, a concert movie version of his long-running standup showcase Whiplash, which was produced by Splitsider and features appearances from Janeane Garofalo, Eugene Mirman, Michael Che, and more. I recently interviewed Leo Allen about the right way to run a standup show, his stint on SNL, and the John McEnroe '80s comedy he's writing with longtime partner Eric Slovin. READ MORE
Musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates have a new show premiering on IFC August 7th, and the network released a full episode sneak peek today so you can watch Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci "go full mermaid" on a double date a week before they make their TV debut.
Despite NBC explicitly telling him not to make public jokes about it, last night Chris Pratt told Seth Meyers a great story about the time he flashed Amy Poehler while filming a scene during the second season of Parks and Recreation instead of putting on the skin-colored briefs he was supposed to wear. Meyers even plays the clip of Poehler's reaction for good measure.
On last night's Tonight Show, standup Mike Birbiglia told a story about the time a pretty girl boarded the Brooklyn bus he was on and changed everything, despite how much he tried not to be creepy. Click through for Birbiglia's "My Summer Job" segment, in which he looks back on his days as a busboy in Cape Cod. READ MORE