Vice released a new short film this week from writer/director Peter Livolsi called Leonard in Slow Motion, and it's a sweetly sad look at a day in the life of a man (played by Martin Starr) with a rare condition that keeps him stuck in a constant state of slow motion. The short also stars Steve Agee, Beth Dover, and John Ross Bowie as just a few of the people who encounter Leonard on a daily basis.
Before she starts busting ghosts, Kristen Wiig stars in a new film due out this year called Welcome to Me, which follows her as a woman named Alice with borderline personality disorder who decides to launch her own talk show after winning the lottery. The film has the backing of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions and also stars Tim Robbins, James Marsden, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Linda Cardellini, Alan Tudyk, Wes Bentley, and Thomas Mann. Welcome to Me premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year to positive reviews, with HitFix noting that Wiig "gives the best sustained performance of her entire career in the lead."
Hannibal Buress might have retired as a restaurant reviewer, but he's back with a brand new Comedy Camisado tour video, this time on a boat (also known as a "social lubricant"), without any lunch, while drinking some Coors Light: "I guess I'm gonna review the experience of being on a boat. Hey, spoiler alert: This shit is pretty dope!"
Ellen DeGeneres has another half-hour comedy in the works. Deadline reports that DeGeneres's production company A Very Good Production is currently developing a single-cam half-hour comedy starring Tony-winning actress/singer Idina Menzel called Happy Time, which will center on Menzel as "a woman in the public eye who’s ready to stop pretending she’s so damned happy all the time." Happy Time joins several other projects DeGeneres is producing as potential series including a late night comedy starring Lauren Graham, a hidden camera show hosted by Wendi McLendon-Covey, and a multi-cam comedy starring Monica Potter.
Lisa Hanawalt (@lisadraws) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Hanawalt is a coproducer and production designer on the Netflix animated series Bojack Horseman, whose second season comes out this summer. She also co-hosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with Emily Heller on the Maximum Fun network, wrote and illustrated the book My Dirty Dumb Eyes published by Drawn & Quarterly, and contributes to Lucky Peach magazine. On Twitter, Hanawalt gives followers an inside look at her sketchbook as well as [a slightly altered version of] her personality. This week Hanawalt talked to me about three of her favorite tweets, plus butts, Friends, and anxiety.
Back in August it was announced that Fox was developing a semi-autobiographical comedy based on the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, and now the project has landed a pilot order. The single-cam pilot, titled DeTour, is written by Psych creator Steve Franks, and Cuomo will serve as a co-executive producer. DeTour will center on "a 30-something rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success."
The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)
A few years ago, who would have expected that Michael Keaton would be a Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee? After a few years of dormancy, Keaton has emerged from the ashes in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s dark comedy Birdman, surprising many with his nuanced, emotionally charged, and funny performance. Best known as both Batman and Beetlejuice, Keaton has always been able to play dramatic characters that have that comedic energy bubbling just beneath the surface, and the reason he’s able to do that so effortlessly is because he started out as a stand-up. Longtime readers of From the Archives (they refer to themselves with the unwieldy moniker “From the Archivists”) remember that we previously saw Keaton on Mary Tyler Moore’s follow-up to her famous sitcom, Mary, along with fellow cast member and then-standup, David Letterman. That particular show was cancelled after three episodes. So, then came the follow-up, The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, which blended Mary with The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Letterman was gone, doing his tour of game shows and talk shows that would lead to his own morning show on NBC, but his co-worker Michael Keaton, stuck around. READ MORE
Aziz Ansari has a brand new standup special due out in March. In a press release today, Netflix announced that Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden will debut on Friday, March 6th. The special was taped at Ansari's sold-out Madison Square Garden shows last year and covers topics "ranging from the struggle of American immigrants to the food industry to relationships to gender inequality." Here's what Aziz had to say when we asked him about selling out Madison Square Garden back in September:
I couldn't imagine that I'd get to play the Garden or something like that when I started out doing comedy. I didn't even think I'd get to do theaters or anything, so I feel fortunate enough to even have that experience. So to do the Garden is not something I had on a to-do list or anything … So I was thinking about whether I wanted to do it and I told a couple friends; I was like "I'm not sure if I want to do a run at the Beacon, or I could do the Garden…" and they were like "What!? You could do Madison Square Garden?" So every time I got that crazy reaction I was like you know what, I should do it — it would be such a crazy thing to get to do in my life. So I set it up, and then when I saw it sold out I was like "Holy shit."
2015 is off to a great start for David Cross. Not long after launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund distribution costs for his new film Hits, the project met its $100,000 goal with eight days to spare, ensuring that the film will premiere in at least 35 markets across the US next month. Written and directed by Cross, Hits debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year and marks a big push for Cross not just into filmmaking but finding new ways to get low-budget indie films into actual theaters in small towns across the country, rather than just a VOD and limited theatrical release. While Hits has plenty of funny moments and a fantastic cast (Matt Walsh, Meredith Hagner, James Adomian, David Koechner, Amy Sedaris, Michael Cera, Derek Waters, and Wyatt Cenac, to name a few), at its heart it's a darkly caustic journey into the pathetic depths of viral videos, internet fame, and the insatiable vacuum of lowest-common-denominator post-reality culture. I recently spoke with Cross about making Hits, why he turned to Kickstarter, and when we can expect the next big Mr. Show reunion update. READ MORE
Jessica Williams filed a new Daily Show report last night about what she calls the "worst kind of mixed marriage," or when Americans cruelly betray their political party by marrying someone who does not share all of their political stances and beliefs. Thankfully most of the people Williams attempted to romantically match up weren't as open-minded as that old, happily married couple she interviews in the beginning who have been nothing but traitors to their parties for 34 years and counting.
John Oliver was a guest on last night's Late Show, where he gave a detailed account of what it was like to voluntarily tase himself twice with a one-man audience in Afghanistan: "It hurts exactly as much as you'd think shooting yourself with electricity unnecessarily hurts." Watch another clip from the interview below: READ MORE
For the latest installment of Conan's "Clueless Gamer" on the upcoming Mortal Kombat X, O'Brien decided to make it even more competitive by traveling down to Phoenix to review the game with the Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch and the New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski. Near the end, the guys teach O'Brien how to create his very own touchdown dance, which involves saying "Farewell, chumps!" and rocking the football to sleep.
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