-Andy Daly's new show Review premiered on Comedy Central. We reviewed the show and interviewed Daly about it.
-The Daily Show hired comedian Jordan Klepper as its first new correspondent in two years.
-FX renewed Archer for two more Seasons 6 and 7, and Comedy Central renewed Kroll Show for Season 3.
-Bob's Burgers is putting out a music album.
-We interviewed Cole Bolton about being The Onion's new editor and Joe Mande about his new standup mixtape, writing for Parks and Rec, and buying a million Twitter followers.
-We looked back at Chris Elliott's failed stab at a mainstream family sitcom and prolific SNL writer Jim Downey's short stint as a cast member on the show.
-TruTV ordered 10 episodes of a sketch show called Friends of the People, starring The Lucas Brothers, Kevin Barnett, Josh Rabinowitz, Jermaine Fowler, Jennifer Bartels, and Lil Rel Howery,
-We dissected Late Night with Seth Meyers's first week on the air. READ MORE
Wes Anderson's newest feature film The Grand Budapest Hotel hits theaters today, and it's already drawing generally warm reviews from critics. It currently scores 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and 86 on Metacritic, and a few reviewers have even credited it as the first Anderson work to convert them into true fans. As is the case with most Anderson films, comedy plays a multi-faceted role in Budapest; The Daily Beast described it matter-of-factly as a "screwball comedy," whereas The New York Times delved a little deeper by praising the film's way of conjuring the "highly refined sense of nuances that separate comedy from tragedy." Across the board, critics are unsurprisingly enchanted by the film's signature style, layered storytelling (many reviews borrow the Russian nesting doll metaphor), intricate sets and cinematography, and unique take on nostalgia, lost time, and wartime memories of the near-distant past in the made-up setting of the Republic of Zubrowka. Here's a closer look at what some critics have said about the film: READ MORE
A lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your RTs and favs. Each Friday we feature one person whose consistent short-form online humor deserves your attention and to be on your Twitter feed.
This week, we're highlighting the Twitter of comedy writer Frank Lesser. He's an Emmy award winner for his work at The Colbert Report, and when Lesser left the show, Colbert joked that "Around the office, Frank was known for his intelligence, his sensitivity, and his completely unproduceable scripts." On the show he appeared as different characters, among them a drug lord, a conquistador, and Colbert's "interview stunt beard." Lesser is also the author of the book Sad Monsters and has been published by McSweeney's, Vulture, and The New York Times. Check out a collection of his funniest tweets below that showcase his clever brand of humor:
In December, longtime correspondent John Oliver left The Daily Show to host his own political late night show for HBO. Called Last Week Tonight, it's set to premiere April 27th, and here's the first trailer for it. Oliver snagged Daily Show head writer Tim Carvell to be his head writer and Oliver had a very successful run as Jon Stewart's summer fill-in host last year, so expectations are definitely high for this one.
Here's the trailer for a porn parody of Jerry Seinfeld's web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, aptly titled Comedians in Cars Getting SEX. Directed by porn parody king Lee Roy Myers (responsible for the Simpsons porn parody, the Seinfeld porn parody, and dozens more), Comedians in Cars Getting SEX stars porn actors as Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman, driving around in a truck and having sex in the back seat.
(via Death and Taxes)
Bill Murray did an interview with Dazed Digital out today, and while the whole thing is full of good stuff, the highlight was him discussing his lack of interest in Ghostbusters III. The interview seems to have been conducted prior to Harold Ramis's passing so Murray's opinions then on Ghostbusters III may be moot now, but here's what he said nonetheless:
Interviewer: Talking about friendships, has not wanting to do another Ghostbusters film hurt your relationship with the other guys?
Murray: Oh, that I'm not in a rush to do the Ghostbusters movie? We made the first Ghostbusters – it was one of the great movies, one of the great entertainments of all time. Then we made a second one; it was okay, right? So what are we going to do? Are we going to rush to make a third one? It would be great if you could make one that was as good as the first one. It would probably be good if you could make one that was as good as the second one. But, you know, there was The Godfather. Then there was The Godfather II. And then there was The Godfather III. So if you want Godfather III … READ MORE
"Life. It’s literally all we have. But is it any good?"
Last night, this so very critical question was posed by Andy Daly’s earnest and committed life critic Forest MacNeil before taking on the life experiences of stealing, addiction, and the prom in the premiere episode of Review on Comedy Central. By MacNeil's patented five-star rating system, the experiences didn't fare well, but the pilot works as a highly successful demonstration of the show's central concept in action, and its blend of dark comedy and news magazine parody, sharp writing, and talented cast make it a very promising show with seemingly endless storytelling potential.
Based on the Australian series Review with Myles Barlow, Daly plays Forest MacNeil, a critic in the mold of an extreme George Plimpton, a consummate experiential journalist who sought out uncommon life experiences like those of extraordinary athletes for example, playing goalie for the Boston Bruins and writing about what it means and feels to do the thing so few of us experience.
Plimpton pursued that which sparked his curiosity, but MacNeil's activities are viewer-directed; it's less about him pursuing his interests to their highest possible levels of expression than being of service to (and at the mercy of) his viewership. Whatever you're curious about, MacNeil will do it. Review takes the life-by-proxy appeal of reality television to its logical conclusion by asking viewers what they want to see. Unlike critics who review movies (or TV shows) that you could see without reading a review, MacNeil often does what you or any other sane person wouldn't. READ MORE
If the history of hip hop isn't your strongest area of expertise, check out this clip from Portlandia in which Carrie is a caring and very patient hip hop history teacher for Fred, who missed out on the genre completely. Will Fred be ready for the one moment he's tested on his newfound knowledge?
Here's the trailer for the second season of Commentary On, an Above Average web series full of mental TMI from Jared Lapidus and James McCarthy of Reverse Cowboys. Click through to check out the trailers for two new series Above Average has also added to its lineup to premiere next week, including one about helping idiots understand smart-people things and another about a cross-dressing chimpanzee. READ MORE
Joe Mande always seems one step ahead.
Whether it’s his Twitter stunts, multimedia shows, or stories about attending a live taping of The Mike Huckabee Show really high, the LA-based comedian and writer has a knack for getting out in front of trends.
It makes sense then that Mande’s latest project is a comedy mixtape he’s releasing in place of a traditional album, complete with DJ drops, comedy sketches, and cameos from Amy Poehler, A$AP Yams, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Jon Daly, Roy Hibbert, and more. The mixtape, which drops today, is called Bitchface and it's being released on former Das Racist frontman Heem’s record label, Greedhead.
I recently caught up with Mande to talk about the mixtape, writing for Parks and Recreation, and his quest for one million twitter bots. READ MORE
Billy on the Street's third season premieres on Fuse March 12th at 11:00pm, and here's a sneak peek "lightning round" of Eichner doing what he does best — running around New York City with a microphone like an exasperated crazy person and offering strangers a dollar to hide behind trees and shake their fists while yelling "CAROL!" It's tough work but someone's got to do it.
The "Happy Birthday" song celebrated its own birthday this week, turning 90 years old. Stephen Colbert wanted to sing "Happy Birthday" to "Happy Birthday," but due to the tight restrictions by Warner Bros. — which makes millions every year off "Happy Birthday" song royalties — Colbert was left with no choice but to create a new royalty-free national birthday anthem, which is a lot catchier and more patriotic than the old one.
Here's the full appearance from Will Ferrell as Chad Softwick, new host of the positive and inspirational @midnight spin-off @middday, who leads a game of "Cute or Too Cute?" and reminds the contestants and audience that he thinks everyone's a hero "just for getting out of bed and taking the day on." Because it's Will Ferrell, though, you can count on Chad's super happy, easygoing vibes to turn into a trademark Ferrell yelling rage meltdown when Hardwick suggests that his show doesn't have enough edge to it.