Last month, NBC ordered 12 episodes of a new comedy starring Andrea Martin called Working the Engels for the 2014-15 TV season, and now, a couple of her SCTV costars will be turning up in guest spots. TV Line reports that Martin Short and Eugene Levy will both be guest starring on Andrea Martin's show during the first batch of 12 episodes. The show stars Martin as Ceil Engel, a self-involved but loving mother who has to work with her kids to keep her recently-deceased husband's law firm afloat to keep the family out of debt. Short, who's set to star in the Fox sitcom Mulaney, will guest star as the head of a big pastry corporation who's involved in a lawsuit, and Levy will play the Engel family's neighbor who's in love with Ceil. The Kids in the Hall's Scott Thompson will be a regular cast member.
Since The Pete Holmes Show debuted in October, they haven't had anyone do standup yet — until last night when Gabe Liedman became the show's first person to do standup. This was also the TV standup debut for Liedman, who co-stars in the web series Bestie X Bestie with Jenny Slate and writes for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and it was a super funny set.
Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is preparing to direct his first movie. He's attached to direct a comedy called Guinea Pigging that The State/Reno 911! duo Tom Lennon and Ben Garant are going to script, THR reports. The film is based on a 2008 New Yorker article by Carl Elliott about the community of people who work as medical test subjects, and the film, described as "a sophisticated comedy," will follow a guy who starts guinea pigging for a drug company and experiences strange side effects. This is the first movie project for Mitch Hurwitz, as well as the first movie he's directing. He started directing TV recently, having co-directed the entire fourth season of Arrested Development with Troy Miller.
Hurwitz directing Guinea Pigging may slow down progress on future Arrested Development projects. Earlier this year, he said he plans to do an Arrested Development movie for Netflix that leads into another season of the show.
Joyeux Noel! What better way to commemorate the birth of an immortal god's child into the human realm than with some festive fart jokes?!?! Whether you believe that a supernatural deity impregnated a lady thousands of years ago in order to save humans from sin which he himself decided was even a thing or not, come by UCBeast this Friday for the comedy stylings of Nick Vatterott (Conan), Naomi Ekperigin (Totally Biased), Charla Lauriston (UCB's School Night) and Brendan McLaughlin (Nikki And Sara Live). RSVP for tickets here, guys!
NBC is working with standup Jerrod Carmichael to develop a new show. Deadline reports that the network has ordered a presentation (a short pilot) to be created by and star Carmichael. A semi-autobiographical comedy, the potential show would star Carmichael as an optimistic guy "who is eager to take on the world, but is too busy taking on everyone and everything in his small corner of it." Scott Ellis (2 Broke Girls, Weeds) is attached to direct. Carmichael played a recurring role on the Fox sitcom Goodwin Games last season and has a supporting part in the upcoming Seth Rogen/Zac Efron movie Neighbors. Carmichael placed first for LA comedians in a survey amongst comedy club bookers we conducted in January, and for more on him, check out an interview we did with him last year.
I just released an e-book called Conversations with Carlin: An In-Depth Discussion with George Carlin about Life, Sex, Death, Drugs, Comedy, Words, and so much more, a novella-length transcript of a five-hour interview I conducted with comedy legend George Carlin in 2001. As the title indicates, I spoke to Carlin about not just expected topics such as comedy and words – two topics covered at length in the book – but also about more personal and philosophical subjects including religion, war, morality, and the importance of romantic love. Here’s an exclusive excerpt. READ MORE
Comedy Central announced a bunch of info about their new series, Broad City, this afternoon. Starring and co-created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Broad City is based on their web show of the same name, and it'll make its debut on Comedy Central Wednesday, January 22nd at 10:30 in a cushy post-Workaholics timeslot. In addition to that, the network announced that Hannibal Buress, Chris Gethard, John Gemberling, Arturo Castro, Paul Downs, and Stephen Schneider will all be playing recurring roles on Broad City's 10-episode first season alongside Jacobson and Glazer. Season one guest stars include Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Janeane Garofalo, Michelle Hurst, Matt Jones, Pat Kiernan, Jason Mantzoukas, Seth Morris, Amy Poehler and Amy Sedaris.
Check out a clip from the show below: READ MORE
Community is set to return for its fifth season on January 2nd, with back-to-back episodes airing that night. Here's the brand new trailer for the first episode, giving us our first glimpses of the Chevy Chase-less version of the show with creator Dan Harmon back in the driver's seat after a season off.
The Anchorman 2 soundtrack is due out December 17th, and here's the first track from it, a cover of Christopher Cross's "Ride Like the Wind" performed by Robin Thicke and Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy. There's also a music video for Burgundy and Thicke's cover of the song in the works, but you'll just have to imagine what they look like singing this together for now.
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
Though he’s best known as the voice behind the raunchy puppet and former Conan regular Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Robert Smigel is responsible for many of SNL’s best sketches and pretaped shorts during his impressive run as writer from 1985-2008. Between the Chicagoan Bill Swerski’s Superfans, TV Funhouse segments like The Ambiguously Gay Duo, and commercial parodies like “Schmitt’s Gay,” Smigel brought a fresh batch of non-topical sketch concepts that helped dig SNL out of its mid-eighties rut. He may be best remembered as a writer, but Smigel also made a handful of guest appearances and spent two seasons as a featured player. READ MORE
Following last week’s announcement of Sundance’s 2014 lineup, yesterday the festival announced its crop of new films set to premiere this year, adding another David Cross project as well as films featuring Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd, and more. The comedy selection ranges from dark to romantic to touring one-man show; take a look at some selections from the lineup below:
Hits – Directed and written by David Cross. In a small town in upstate New York, recklessness disturbs the lives of the people who dwell there as they wallow in unrealistic expectations. Cast: Julia Stiles, Michael Cera, Matt Walsh, Wyatt Cenac. READ MORE