Here's Tina Fey talking about a bad experience auditioning for a McDonald's commercial in Chicago in the '90s for an episode of The Tonight Show's web series My Worst Audition. It didn't work out, but at least Tina Fey didn't get really into being a commercial spokesperson instead of becoming a great comedy writer/performer.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan has a new hour-long standup special on the way. Called Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed, it debuts on Comedy Central on Sunday, April 27th. The special will then be released as an extended 70-minute version on DVD and CD on April 29th (available for preorder now).
This is Gaffigan's fourth hour-long special. His last was Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe, which he self-released in 2012. In addition to the special, Gaffigan is working on a second book and starring in and co-creating a sitcom pilot for CBS that's in contention for the 2014-15 TV season after having been passed over last year.
Check out a preview of the special, in which Gaffigan discussed weddings, below: READ MORE
Nominations came out today for the American Comedy Awards, and This Is the End, Parks and Recreation, Key & Peele, and more all scored nominations. The American Comedy Awards ran from 1987 to 2001 before being discontinued, but NBC announced in October that the awards are being resurrected after 13 years away and that they'll be broadcasting them. Voting is open to the public, and you can cast your vote on the show's 19 categories, including categories for standups and web videos, by visiting the awards' official website or their Facebook page.
The American Comedy Awards' TV and movie nominations are pretty spot-on and more in tune with the comedy world than most awards shows, while they really dropped the ball with their web video nominations. They only picked one actual comedy sketch (from BriTANicK, which is a good call), but most of the rest of the videos are song parodies, including a 24-second video of a goat edited into a Taylor Swift song seemingly made by a teenager.
Check out the full listing of the 2014 American Comedy Awards nominees below: READ MORE
Earlier this week, a company called HUVr posted a YouTube video announcing the first commercially-available hoverboards featuring Christopher Lloyd, Tony Hawk, and Moby, but it turns out it's all a hoax and comedy website Funny Or Die is behind it. Mashable reports that the hoax was foiled when a costume designer who worked on the video posted it to her online resume. The HUVr website claims that the technology was developed out of MIT by materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who've solved an important part of one of science's mysteries: the key to antigravity. The video quickly racked up over 4 million views in less than two days.
Check out the Christopher Lloyd/Tony Hawk/Moby HUVr video and another featuring Billy Zane below.
UPDATE: Christopher Lloyd and Funny Or Die issued an "apology" for the hoverboard video with a new video (also below): READ MORE
Fans of Canadians, kitties, rum and coke, weed, Rickyisms, and all things Trailer Park Boys can finally rejoice after the seven-year wait since the last season ended in 2007. According to a Netflix press release out today, the streaming network has acquired the Canadian comedy's new 10-episode season to air sometime later this year, with a ninth season renewal already locked in and in the writing stage. In addition to the two new seasons, Netflix has also added the latest Trailer Park Boys seasons — which originally aired on Canada's Showcase network — to its instant streaming service. Here a quick teaser at what you can expect from Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, and crew in season 8:
It's been several years since the cameras have followed Ricky, Julian and Bubbles around the Sunnyvale Trailer Park and there have been some significant changes: Ricky recently harvested an enormous weed crop which he has successfully hidden in the walls of his trailer, Julian has opened a bar and gym in his trailer and Bubbles is in the process of opening what he calls a Shed and Breakfast business.
Netflix will also debut three standalone specials (Community Service Special, Swearnet Special, Trailer Park Boys Xmas) and make available two feature-length films (Trailer Park Boys 3: Don't Legalize It and Swearnet) after their theatrical release. It doesn't take rocket appliances to conclude that the return of Trailer Park Boys sounds pretty awesome already.
"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.
Playing the father on a CBS multi-camera family sitcom is probably the last thing you'd expect to find Chris Elliott doing, but the beloved comedian gave more conventional TV stardom a shot nearly a decade ago in a failed pilot called You've Reached the Elliotts, which I'll be reviewing in this week's column.
Co-created by Elliott and Rob DesHotel (a writer for That '70s Show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, among other things), the script to You've Reached the Elliotts was written solo by DesHotel, and it was ordered to a pilot for the 2006-07 TV season by CBS. The pilot stars Chris Elliott as "Chris Elliott," a fictionalized version of himself: a husband and father of two trying to balance raising his family in Connecticut and his acting career in LA, which mostly consists of him playing supporting roles in crappy comedy sequels (the script is pretty self-deprecating about Elliott's career, name-checking Scary Movie 6 and Dodgeball 3 as his current projects). READ MORE
As the current wisdom goes: Men are stubborn; women are flexible. "It's the 'Will you hold my purse?' theory," Feig explains. "A guy's in a store with his wife or girlfriend and she asks him to hold her purse, it's, like, Kryptonite or something. They have to hold it so that no one around them thinks it's theirs. But if a guy says to his wife or girlfriend, 'Can you hold my backpack?' she's like, 'Sure.' She doesn't give a shit. I think Hollywood banks on that."
- from the Village Voice article "Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?" in which director Paul Feig explains why a male "no" carries more weight than a female "yes" to Hollywood movie executives, and why the rom-com is on the decline.
Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci of the musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates have an IFC show out soon, and according to THR, child star-turned-director Fred Savage has signed on to direct the series. Savage has had tons of experience directing both single and multi-cam comedies, including episodes of Modern Family, Party Down, Happy Endings, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and 2 Broke Girls, not to mention every episode of Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's short-lived but beloved NBC series Best Friends Forever. Jonathan Stern (Children's Hospital, Burning Love) will serve as executive producer with former head SNL writer Dennis McNicholas on as showrunner. Garfunkel and Oates is set to premiere on IFC in late summer.
Last night, Conan O'Brien announced that he's set to host the MTV Movie Awards next month. While this is surprisingly the first time O'Brien has been hired to host the MTV awards show, he's certainly no stranger to bringing a consistently funny and delightfully weird performance to all of his hosting gigs, from his time on Late Night, The Tonight Show, and Conan to a slew of host and guest speaker spots he's had since the mid-'90s. To anticipate what's sure to be an entertaining MTV Movie Awards come April 13th, here's a look at some of Conan's best non-talk show hosting moments, from the earliest to most recent. READ MORE