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January 27th, 2015

Check Out the First Teaser Trailer for 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp'


The limited series prequel to Wet Hot American Summer that's shooting now and coming to Netflix this summer has its first teaser trailer, which also confirms that yes, pretty much every single person from the original is returning to Camp Firewood.

Here's Your New 'Ghostbusters' Cast: Wiig, McCarthy, Jones, and McKinnon

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The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters reboot has its cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Negotiations are still ongoing, but it appears that this is pretty close to a done deal, with shooting scheduled to take place this summer in New York.

While McCarthy and Wiig were heavily rumored to be in the cast, other names such as Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence were being thrown around as well. As for the vibe of the movie, which is being written by The Heat writer Katie Dippold, Feig has said that he wants it to be "really scary." We'll see! If it actually shoots this summer, it should be out sometime next year.

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Craig Ferguson Signs a Development Deal with Lionsgate Television

Craig Ferguson just signed a TV development deal. Variety reports that the former Late Late Show host will develop scripted and unscripted series for Lionsgate Television via his production company Green Mountain West. No specific projects have been announced yet, but Ferguson could potentially serve as a writer, director, or actor on new shows under the deal. Said Ferguson on the news: "I'm delighted that Lionsgate is now so successful that they can even add me to their otherwise prestigious cavalcade of stars without significantly damaging their brand."

Watch Stephen Colbert Sing a Medley of His Second City Hits

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

If you're struggling with Stephen Colbert withdrawal, this week's Second City clip might help ease your pain. From his final Second City show in 1994, this clip features Colbert and friends performing a medley of songs they wrote over the years including an excerpt of "The Obvious Song" from Take Me Out to the Balkans. Before the medley starts, Colbert gets a warm introduction from his friend Steve Carell: "He's an exceptional improviser, he has an exceptional reference level, and he's a great actor, so we're really going to miss him." You can hear Amy Sedaris chime in from the audience: "And he has funny ears!" Colbert, Sedaris, and Paul Dinello would go on to star in their Comedy Central sketch show Exit 57 the following year.

NBC Orders Two Comedy Pilots from Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres

NBC just handed out two pilot orders. Variety reports that the network has ordered a single-cam workplace comedy executive produced by Jimmy Fallon called Sharing and an untitled multi-cam series executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres starring Parenthood's Monica Potter. Sharing will be an office-set workplace comedy from writers Damian Lanigan and Jeremy Bronson (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Mindy Project), while the DeGeneres-produced pilot will star Potter as a woman "juggling a busy family life and three ex-husbands, who begins to date again." Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) will write and co-executive produce.

Buy Louis C.K.'s New Standup Special 'Live at the Comedy Store'

Louis C.K. just dropped his latest standup special Live at the Comedy Store. As always, it's available to purchase via his website for just $5.00. Here's what C.K. says on what you can expect from the special:

I developed and prepared this material over the last year or so, mostly in comedy clubs. This special kind of goes back to when I used to just make noises and be funny for no particular reason. It felt right to shoot this special in a club to give it that live immediate intimate feeling. The show is about an hour long. The opening act, who is seen at the beginning (good place for an opening act) is Jay London. One of my favorite club comics going way back to the late 80s when I first started in working in New York.

I hope you like it.

UPDATE: C.K. just sent out a lengthy email announcing the special that's a detailed look at his standup career and why he chose to film his new material at The Comedy Store. Check out the full email below: READ MORE

CBS Orders 'Rush Hour' Pilot and Two Other Comedies

CBS announced three new pilot orders yesterday. According to Variety, the network has ordered a pilot based on the Rush Hour film franchise that Bill Lawrence and Brett Ratner began developing last year as well as two comedy pilots called Super Clyde and Joe Time. This makes the second pilot order for writer/executive producer Greg Garcia's Super Clyde, which landed a pilot order in 2013 starring Stephen Fry, Rubert Grint, and Tyler Labine but did not go to series. Modern Family writer/executive producer Bill Wrubel's Joe Time is described as a multi-cam comedy that "revolves around a family man who is frustrated that everyone around him enjoys life more than he does."

Jen Kirkman on Accepting Career Opportunities and Life's Changes

jenkirkmanYou may know Jen Kirkman as a standup comedian, as a writer and panelist on Chelsea Lately or from drinking wine and retelling historical events on Drunk History.

Her acts are personal, and don't contain pop culture references that could date the material. Her book, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself was about her decision to not have children and the repercussions of those who oppose it. As she prepares to film her newest standup special while touring and writing a new book, she's juggling the various facets of her job, but not always by choice. Her work ethic mantra is, "I have to or I won't be able to", and she doesn't take for granted any opportunity that comes her way. This is a woman with a career mission.

I spoke with Kirkman about her problem with being called a role model and the career aspirations she still has. We discussed accepting your past self and acknowledging change while writing her next book and a mutual love of fashion. READ MORE

ABC Orders a Pilot Starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo

After a year of development, Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's ABC show finally has a name and pilot order. Deadline reports that ABC has ordered a half-hour single-cam comedy pilot called Chev & Bev, which will star Chase and D'Angelo "as two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren." Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, My Name Is Earl) wrote the pilot, and both Chase and D'Angelo will serve as executive producers.

Louis C.K. and Letterman Talk Disappointed Fans, The Comedy Store, and His New Standup Special

Here's a clip from Louis C.K.'s visit to last night's Late Show, where he and Letterman talked about how it feels to disappoint fans in the audience while performing standup ("The more people you reach and the more people that see you, the more people are gonna think that you suck") and how C.K. recorded his new standup special at The Comedy Store despite never getting a full audition with owner Mitzi Shore. Watch C.K. offer his two cents on the New England Patriots' deflated balls controversy, as well as a five-minute preview of Live at the Comedy Store, below: READ MORE

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What's on TV This Week: Key and Peele's Super Bowl Special

keyandpeelesuperbowlIt's Super Bowl week, and fans of football are in for a real treat. Andrew Luck and Drew Brees stop in for some late night fun on Letterman and Conan, and to prep for the big game, Comedy Central presents Key and Peele's Super Bowl Special. During the one-hour episode, the duo will provide commentary and sketches about America's gridiron game.  Also this week, HBO premieres Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen and J.K. Simmons hosts SNL.

In late night, Regis Philbin and Whitney Cummings split the week hosting The Late Late Show with guests Martin Short and David Letterman. Conan has Brian Scolaro, Rainn Wilson, Simon Helberg, and Craig Ferguson while Letterman has guests John Oliver and Ben Schwartz.

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Watch a Lengthy and Candid Conversation with Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman

Comedians Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman both have projects at the Sundance Film Festival this year — Notaro is the subject of a new documentary called Tig and Silverman stars in a drama called I Smile Back — and The New York Times sat down with both of them for a lengthy discussion on their careers, taking on dramatic roles, and Notaro's recent shirtless standup performance in New York: "Make no mistake: This is a stunt. I want people to talk about my comedy, about cancer, about body issues. If I had a scar on my face, nobody would make me put a bag over my head — hopefully." Check out the full video above.

Brooks Wheelan's Standup Album 'This Is Cool, Right?' Is Out Tomorrow

SNL alum Brooks Wheelan has a new album out tomorrow. Titled This Is Cool, Right?, the album will be available tomorrow on iTunes, Amazon, and more via Comedy Dynamics and follows Wheelan "from his early years through his tenure on SNL, with hysterical and heartbreaking anecdotes. He’s always upbeat though as he discusses the ups and downs of his life from witnessing his father murder an opossum to his rejected SNL sketches." Get your copy over at Wheelan's website.

11 Fun and Easy Cleanses That You Need to Try Today, by Alyssa Wolff and Alison Leiby

New year, nude you, right? What is it again? Regardless, you’ve got to lose weight. Even if you haven’t stuck to your new year’s resolution so far this year, these surefire cleanses will get you back on track to becoming the next Ariana Grande. Give ‘em a try, and remember: Failure is not an option.

Text Message Cleanse: This year is your year to put communication with actual words behind you. Embrace emoji in a real way, and finally gain the ability to send clear messages that actually mean something. When it comes to reaching out to the ones closest to you, a simple knife emoji typically says it all.

Gluten-Free Cleanse: Note: this does not mean you should adopt a gluten-free lifestyle. This year, in order to keep both your taste buds and the alien god Xenu happy, you must immediately clear everyone from your life who claims they can no longer “tolerate” gluten. Set up an elaborate but romantic ceremony to renew your vows with a loaf of bread. Invite butter to the reception only.

Condiment Cleanse: Mustard, like your fertility, doesn’t last forever. Take those jars out of your fridge, dress them up in hats, and now you have a party.

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