April 17th, 2014

A 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequel Is in the Works with Robin Williams Attached

THR reports that a sequel to the 1993 Robin Williams-in-drag comedy Mrs. Doubtfire is currently in the works at Fox 2000, with Williams attached to the project as well as original director Chris Columbus. While the studio has been trying to get a sequel made since Bonnie Hunt was brought on to write a script in 2001, this new update involves Elf and The Haunted Mansion writer David Berenbaum attached to the current script, and "Williams and Columbus are attached and hopeful about the outcome." No word yet on whether any of the original cast will be returning with Williams for the sequel. READ MORE


Watch Billy Eichner Lead Joel McHale Through the Mo'Lympics

Here's a clip from last night's Billy on the Street, where Eichner leads guest Joel McHale through a series of physical challenges related to the illustrious career of Oscar-winning actress and talk show host Mo'Nique. Things take a sour turn when McHale says he's a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal, which prompts Eichner to scream at him for the last two minutes of the clip.

Adam Scott Outs Pete Holmes as a Supernatural Racist

On last night's Pete Holmes Show, Adam Scott made Pete Holmes look like a fool for not knowing who Stephen Dorff is or knowing what the movie Blade is, other than "black vampire." In return, Holmes does little to help Scott after his Jim Jarmusch joke bombs with the audience.

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Watch Chris Gethard on Jared Logan's Talk Show

Standup Jared Logan recently launched a web talk show called Don't You Think?, and here's the latest episode, featuring guest Chris Gethard and a discussion about bullying that teaches Logan a valuable, heartwarming lesson.

Watch Amy Schumer's Aaron Sorkin Parody 'The Foodroom'

Here's a funny sketch from last night's Inside Amy Schumer, in which Schumer and company parody The Newsroom by moving it to a fast food setting in "The Foodroom." Apple slices have never held so much dramatic weight before.

Adam Pally to Star in the Indie Comedy 'Bad Boys Crazy Girls'

Happy Endings and Mindy Project star Adam Pally is set to play the lead role in a movie. He's set to star in an indie comedy called Bad Boys Crazy Girls, about a pair of friends who are unlucky in love, THR reports. Directed by Don Argott and Sheena Joyce (The Art of the Steal) and written by Heither Maidat (Mad), the film follows friends Jeff (Pally) and Anne, who experiment in modifying their personalities to improve their romantic lives in order to have people think of them as "bad" and "crazy."

Pally has been racking up a ton of roles in movies lately. He'll be playing one of the leads in this fall's Search Party, alongside TJ Miller and Thomas Middleditch. He's also starring, with Parenthood's Rosa Salazar, in the indie rom-com Night Owls, which is currently filming. Pally is a cast member on The Mindy Project, which is wrapping its second season and has received an early renewal for a third season.

This Week In Web Videos: 'The Actress', Season 3

I told myself I’d never cover the same series twice, but when I made that promise, I hadn’t conceived of a couple like Ann Carr and Warren Holstein — the hearts and brains behind one of the web’s longest running and consistently excellent series, The Actress. In a digital environment saturated with folks making shameless grabs at quasi-fame and fleeting HuffPo notoriety and then trying something new if they don’t get instantly huge, this series stands out not only because it’s quality, but also because its creators are so apparently committed to putting the time in, nurturing The Actress in its native state to make it the absolute best it can be for them, not for a development executive who may be scrolling through this site.

Tell me about how you each got into comedy and what the beginnings of this series were? 

Ann Carr: Everything really started with this one-person show I did at UCB probably about 4 years ago. It was called “Use It”; it was just a bunch of different vignettes of different experiences from my day job and auditions. Then after that stage show was done, it ran about a year, I was kind of at a loss. I was really missing it and wanted to do more. I felt like one of my vignettes from my show would make a good episode so I put it online and we sort of started from there.

Warren Holstein: Me and Anne have been together for twelve years. I don’t really do a lot of acting, but I do do standup and writing so even when she was doing the stage show I would help her with punching it up. Just putting jokes in it. About four of the episodes come from the one woman show that Ann did and it’s kind of strange because in the show the characters were all played by Ann but for the web series we had to cast people to play these characters Ann had played in the show. We would get into arguments about what should happen in episodes because we both were so invested in it and the compromises we ended up making ended up making the episodes even better. By the second season the arguing became less, it didn’t become as heated, and we both got into this process where either Ann or I would write the first draft and then we would go back and forth between the two of us. Eight times. This is probably the most regimented that we’ve done it, this season. Like this season, “The Dermatologist,” is based on my real dermatologist that I recommended to Ann. We did exaggerate but that scene where he’s squeezing her face, that guy really did that to her, he really squeezed Ann’s face. READ MORE

Here's Bonnaroo's 2014 Comedy Lineup

The Bonnaroo Music Festival announced its 2014 comedy lineup today. Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Taran Killam, Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, TJ Miller, Rory Scovel, Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments, Sasheer Zamata, Seth Herzog, Emily Heller, and Brad Williams will all be performing at Bonnaroo's comedy theater.

The festival runs from June 12 to the 15th this year. Started in 2002, the Bonnaroo Music Festival has featured a comedy stage annually since 2005, with acts like Chris Rock, Louis C.K., Jimmy Fallon, Janeane Garofalo, Zach Galifianakis, Tig Notaro, and more having performed there in past years.

The Multi-Talented Maya Rudolph's Finest Musical Moments

Yesterday, NBC announced that The Maya Rudolph Show, a new variety show special from the comedic actress of the same name, will premiere on May 19th. The Lorne Michaels-produced one-off special, which features guests like Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg, and Janelle Monáe, will serve as a pilot for a Rudolph-fronted variety show for the network.

Rudolph hosting a variety show is no surprise as she's had dual passions for music and comedy for decades now. The daughter of soul singer Minnie Ripperton, Rudolph worked as a keyboardist and backup singer for the band The Rentals before landing at SNL. On SNL and Up All Night, Rudolph sang frequently, goofing on talented pop stars and horrendously untalented singers with equal precision. In 2012, she launched a female Prince cover band called Princess with friend Gretchen Lieberum, a college friend who's an LA-based jazz singer-songwriter, and the group has found acclaim online.

To give you an idea of what to expect from The Maya Rudolph Show's musical segments, here's a collection of her best musical moments, both comedic and sincere: READ MORE

"Obviously, look, my preference would have been that I have him forever. But I also know that's not how it works here. We get these really talented people for a certain time until other people recognize that and go, 'Hey, why don't I pay him more and let him do it over here?'"

- Jon Stewart on his protégé John Oliver in a cover story for The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the April 27 premiere of his new HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Pete Holmes Shares Some Delirious 4am Observations

Pete Holmes gets some crazy ideas — or delirious observational humor, really — in the middle of the night, and he shared a few of them on last night's Pete Holmes Show. Apparently Holmes likes to crack himself up a lot at four in the morning.

Looking at the Planned 2008 Version of 'Beverly Hills Cop IV'

"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.

Eddie Murphy has been trying to get a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie made since the late '90s, and it's something he and director Brett Ratner are still currently working on. Beverly Hills Cop IV was briefly called off last year as plans to shift the franchise towards a CBS series called Beverly Hills Cop starring Axel Foley's son, Aaron Foley (played by Brandon T. Jackson, Tropic Thunder) with Murphy producing and playing a recurring role, but when the network passed on the pilot, plans to get another Beverly Hills Cop movie going again were put into motion, with Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy returning to the project.

The script I'm reviewing today is not the current draft of Beverly Hills Cop IV that's in development, but rather a 2008 draft for a sequel that could have been, called Beverly Hills Cop 2009. Both Murphy and director Brett Ratner were attached to the script, which was written by action movie duo Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma, creators of Chicago Fire). READ MORE

Here's a New Promo for Season 4 of 'Louie'

Here's a promo for the newest season of FX's Louie, which premieres on May 5th after a two-year hiatus. Click through to watch the past two promos for the series. READ MORE