Funny Or Die launched its digital humor magazine, The Occasional, in the spring of 2012, but they made some major changes to it today. The Occasional is now a free, regularly-updated website instead of being a sporadic iOS magazine that charges a fee. Here's an excerpt from today's announcement about the future of The Occasional:
Our goal is to try to raise bar for internet comedy with high-brow humor. This site will be a curated, lean-back experience that’s not afraid to experiment. Not every written piece of comedy on the internet needs to be in list form. Not everything needs to be a quiz. No pandering. No cheap laughs.
The site has yet to add any new content beyond that letter, but it's filled to the brim with stuff from two years of back issues of The Occasional, including articles, videos, and other content from some of the biggest names in comedy.
The Simpsons has really been getting into having guest artists animate the show's couch gags lately. Here's the latest, set to air in this Sunday's episode, from French animator and director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Bellevile, The Illusionist). The Simpsons started using guest artists to do the credits on occasion in 2010 and has featured couch gags from the street artist Banksy, cartoonists John Kricfalusi and Bill Plympton, and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.
Fox's Bob's Burgers has frequently featured top-notch original music since its early days, and it's finally all being collected for an album. Creator Loren Bouchard says that a deal to release a Bob's Burgers album has been finalized, and that it'll be coming out this fall on iTunes. There aren't any more details on the album beyond that, but hopefully, it'll include such instant classics as "Electric Love" and "Will You Be Mine (Coal Mine)." Bob's Burgers makes its midseason premiere this Sunday at a new time, 7pm.
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Comedy Bang Bang – Oh, Golly!
JOSH: Fans of Comedy Bang! Bang! are conditioned to expect the unexpected when Scott Aukerman, Jason Mantzoukas and Andy Daly team up, and this week's episode is certainly no exception. The episode begins on a relatively normal note. Aukerman and Mantzoukas engage in some playful banter, Mantzoukas recalls a romantic encounter where a date took a break from a make-out session to breastfeed her son; you know, standard Comedy Bang Bang fare. Eventually, Andy Daly joins the fray — ostensibly as an entertainer named Gil accompanied by his trusty puppet, Golly. From there, the episode evolves into a magnificent array of Andy Daly character callbacks. We find out about Cactus Tony's latest exploits, learn that Chip Gardner is now running a "Murder Contest" on the open seas and that Don Dimelo is essentially the linchpin of evil. This eventually culminates in Scott Aukerman and Jason Mantzoukas, who are possibly already dead, teaming up with Dalton Wilcox and Bill Carter to compete against the aforementioned characters in an epic battle of good vs.evil. The episode ends with a "to be continued"; a rare occurrence for Comedy Bang! Bang!. The good news is we may find out what happens to the fate of all mankind next Monday. The bad news is we may already be dead. If we're not, tune in next week! READ MORE
Former Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker is getting ready to return to TV. She's signed on to play the lead role in the NBC comedy pilot Feed Me, Deadline reports. The single-camera comedy follows a dysfunctional family running a restaurant, with them fiercely protecting their daughter after her husband has an affair. The pilot was written by Sally Robinson, who recently scripted the TV remake of Steel Magnolias. Mary-Louise Parker will also serve as a producer on the pilot, which, if it's picked up, will be her first regular TV role since Weeds ended its seven-year run in 2012.
How I Met Your Mother doesn’t know to let things go. But that’s what we love most about the show.
The long-running CBS sitcom is quickly approaching its series finale on March 31st. In its victory lap, HIMYM is pulling out every throwback in its nine-year history, with even jokes from the first season being fair game. The show doesn’t do so from a lack of fresh storylines; HIMYM is blatantly reminding us why we fell in love with these five people over the past decade. With each reference used, it's like the writers are gently nudging the viewers in the side, reminding us how much we'll miss them when they're gone. So far, the show has been delivering on creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas’s promise to tie together every loose end. Well the show isn’t over yet. Here is what I hope to see in the remainder of this season.
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From last night's episode of The Soup, here's a sharp-looking True Detective parody starring Community duo Joel McHale and Jim Rash as an incomprehensible Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, respectively, spewing out a solid two minutes of Louisiana gibberish.
Comedian Bo Burnham was a guest on The Pete Holmes Show last night, and the guys spent much of the interview talking about what it's like to be tall and some of the good and not so good height joke material they've come up with in the past. Click through to watch the conversation evolve from height to puberty, where Holmes and Burnham spend a solid three minutes talking about the days their bodies changed, which always starts with "the itch." READ MORE
Comedy Central’s Review, a new show for which TV reviewers must already have their puns locked and loaded, premieres tonight. Based on the Australian cult hit Review with Myles Barlow, it stars Andy Daly (who also created the show) as Forrest MacNeil, a straight-laced, intellectual “life critic” who wholeheartedly commits to reviewing firsthand experiences — including drug addiction, racism and sex with a celebrity — and weathers through the resulting chaos. Review also stars Jessica St. Clair, Fred Willard and James Urbaniak, and features such five-star guests as Jason Mantzoukas, Maria Thayer, Lance Bass and Andy Richter.
I recently had a chance to ask Daly about his absurd new podcast The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project, his favorite character to play, and Forrest MacNeil’s entirely arbitrary system for doling out stars.
Here's a quick tease at tonight's @midnight episode on Comedy Central, which Chris Hardwick is boasting as the show's first spin-off helmed by the even nicer and more positive host (Is that even possible?) than himself named Chad Softwick played by the great Will Ferrell, whose company Funny Or Die produces the show.
It looks like NBC brass have figured out a way to take full advantage of Jimmy Fallon's stellar ratings over on the new Tonight Show, if the following rumor is true. TMZ reports that NBC is allegedly pressuring celebrities who want to be on The Tonight Show against appearing on other networks' late night talk shows and even morning shows as well, the only exception being NBC shows like Dateline, Today, and Late Night: "They put the word out to celebs, agents and publicists … if they want to be on Fallon they can't appear on ANY other network … and not just shows that go head-to-head with Jimmy, but morning shows as well." A source from Good Morning America claimed that they've already gotten fallout from recent Tonight Show guests they attempted to book, so the rumored plan is already in motion. Fallon's ratings have blown Leno's entire era out of the water, and The Tonight Show currently brings in two times the amount of viewers as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but if NBC is really threatening celebrities and their publicists against going on any other show, those numbers might end up inflating even more over the next few months.
Apparently next week at SXSW, former Community star Donald Glover — who attempted to reduce his role as Troy on Community last year — will be participating in a "hackathon" as Childish Gambino. According to Uproxx, Glover tweeted a link to his "The Deep Web Tour" website with more information, and if fans sign up for updates they'll receive an email from Glover with an interesting update at the end: "p.s. I am returning to Community, because the internet." We've reached out to NBC reps to confirm the news and will update when we hear back, but Glover's message makes things sound pretty certain, unless he's joking. Click through to see a screenshot of the email. READ MORE