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July 30th, 2014

Here's the First Trailer for 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb'

It's been five years since Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian premiered, and the first trailer for the third installment Secret of the Tomb was just released. The film stars Ben Stiller, plenty of returning characters (Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan), some new ones (Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley), and a caveman who looks a lot like Ben Stiller in a quest that takes the gang outside of the museum and into the streets of London.

The Social Media Graveyard of Canceled Comedies

social-mediaDozens and dozens of new shows premiere each new TV season (and mid-season, and off-season) but only a handful live to see season two. These days, a new show has to use every tool in its arsenal to attract viewers as quickly as possible: splashy advertising, big name guest stars, over-the-top promos, and of course, a blockbuster web presence, one that gathers fans on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr who will then faithfully promote the show with homemade image macros and clever hashtags born from love. But while a show might leave our airwaves, a Facebook fan page is forever. What becomes of the social media accounts of canceled shows? 

Sad things, it turns out. READ MORE

"We all know Adam is, in my mind, a comedic genius, and I've known Adam since the Upright Citizens Brigade days that I did in the late '90s. But Adam is also an insane comics fan and a Marvel fan, so I was surprised but really pleased to see that he had such a knowledge of the Marvel Comics universe. So he's bringing all of that to the movie."

- In a new interview with Collider, Ant-Man's new director Peyton Reed talks about taking over for Edgar Wright, Adam McKay currently working on script rewrites, and how much humor we can expect to see from the film when it premieres next year.

Jon Stewart Celebrates 15 Years of Mocking CNN on 'The Daily Show'

Last week, Jon Stewart announced his fake Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN, but guest and CNN's own Fareed Zakaria insisted that The Daily Show doesn't have what it takes to run the 24-hour news network. Thankfully Stewart took some time to prove Zakaria wrong last night by playing tons of old Daily Show clips showing all the great suggestions he's offered CNN over the years, and he even made a website LetsBuyCNN.com so all his Kickstarter backers can have a say in the network's future.

Scott Aukerman and Seth Meyers Talk 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' and 'Between Two Ferns'

On last night's Late Night, Meyers and fellow talk show host Scott Aukerman chatted about everything from Comedy Bang! Bang's rise from podcast to IFC show to what it was like directing President Obama in the hit Between Two Ferns episode earlier this year. Click through for the second clip from the interview. READ MORE

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TV Land Orders 'The Gaffigan Show' to Series

Despite not getting picked up by CBS in May, Jim Gaffigan's new show has finally found a home. Deadline reports that TV Land has ordered 10 episodes of The Gaffigan Show, which centers on Gaffigan's life as a standup and father "who struggles with an insatiable appetite" and is co-created by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and also stars Ashley Williams, Adam Goldberg, and Michael Ian Black. While no premiere date has been announced yet, The Gaffigan Show will debut sometime next year, and Comedy Central will be airing episodes a week after they originally air on TV Land.

"Throughout the show, these jokes created pauses for laughter, welcome little breaks in the onslaught of science, that allowed our brains to track, like undersea robots, the terrain that was laid before us. When Nye asked Gallo a high-minded question about the ages of ice and of water and their relation to the origin of life on Earth, Mirman said, 'Yeah—where did life begin? Just curious.' He added, 'And don’t say a really cool garden.'"

- from The New Yorker's new piece all about Eugene Mirman and Bill Nye doing a live version of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Nerdist web series StarTalk, which combines comedian guests with science experts.

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Season 6 of 'The League' Premieres on FXX September 3rd

The League is coming back on FX's sister network FXX, and it now has a confirmed premiere date. Paul Scheer tweeted out the news today that the show's 13-episode sixth season will kick off on Wednesday, September 3rd at 10:00pm followed by new episodes of Ali G Rezurection at 10:30. Here's what Paul Scheer had to say on the show in his interview with us earlier this month:

Yeah, I actually started this week. We are back for season six. I just got a bunch of the scripts and am in the middle reading them now. We'll be back, I think, in September, and maybe I'm giving the exclusive, but I think we’re going to be at 10 o'clock this year so it's the first time we're leading off the hour, so that's exciting. We won't be at 10:30 this year.

For more from the stars from The League, check out our other recent interviews with Nick Kroll and Jason Mantzoukas.

"Back in May, Craig [Ferguson] and I switched places so I could 'audition' for the job he's vacating at the end of the year—and guess what, the world did not explode! During the commercial break, Craig used our few minutes off-air to encourage me to go after the position in earnest. He also added that he thinks it should unquestionably be a female to replace him. Go, Craig!"

- VH1 and online talk show host Carrie Keagan breaks down why major networks should start hiring more women for their late night shows in a new piece for Vanity Fair, which also reveals Craig Ferguson's opinion on who should take over his time slot next year.

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Saturday Night's Children: Morwenna Banks (1995)

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.

While there are plenty of SNL cast members whose stints didn't last many episodes — see Laurie Metcalf, Dan Vitale, and Ben Stiller — British sketch and voice actress Morwenna Banks holds the record of the shortest repertory player tenure with a mere four episodes under her belt at the end of the show's twentieth season in 1995. Four episodes weren't enough to make it in the American sketch comedy sphere, but for fans across the pond Banks remains a consistently talented performer and familiar voice who has remained a steady presence on British TV and radio shows for the past 25 years. READ MORE

Ron Livingston to Star in AMC's 'We Hate Paul Revere' Comedy Pilot

It's been over a year and a half since AMC announced that they were working on a Colonial Boston-themed comedy pilot by Whitney writer/producers Adrian Wenner and Ethan Sandler called We Hate Paul Revere, but today The Wrap reports that the network has finally signed on a star to play the titular role. Office Space's Ron Livingston has officially been cast to play Paul Revere in the show, while SNL, Funny or Die, and The Spoils of Babylon's Matt Piedmont will direct. Director/producer Troy Miller — who has worked on Arrested Development, Flight of the Conchords, Parks and Rec, and The Office — will also work as a non-writing executive producer.

We Hate Paul Revere is just another example of AMC's recent venture into comedy. The Bob Odenkirk-starring Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul (which already has a second season order) is slated to premiere in early 2015, while the network is still considering pilots from Wyatt Cenac, Seth Rogen, and Kevin Smith.

Inside 'Nathan For You' with Co-Creator Michael Koman

_IGP3265Michael Koman is the co-creator of two of the best comedies on TV — Nathan For You and Eagleheart – and he's about to add a third to his roster. Koman is gearing up for production on an yet-to-be-titled Adult Swim sitcom that pairs Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Jack McBrayer, which Koman co-created with Robert Smigel and David Feldman. After spending seven years on the writing staff of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Koman left the late night world, and he's since become some sort of anti-Chuck Lorre, responsible for multiple TV shows that are some of the most original and funny things currently happening on TV. Nathan For You, the critically-acclaimed Comedy Central series that Koman co-created with its star Nathan Fielder, is currently in the midst of its second season. The show's "Dumb Starbucks" episode — in which they turned a coffee shop into a Starbucks ripoff called "Dumb Starbucks" to test the limits of parody law and attracted a ton of unexpected media attention in the process – is set to air tonight.

I recently interviewed Koman about struggling to hide his laughter during a surprising moment with a gas station owner on Nathan For You, a mysterious international episode that Comedy Central deemed too expensive, and whether or not there will be a follow-up to Eagleheart's excellent third season.

Is it difficult not laughing on set while shooting Nathan For You?

Oh yeah. It’s really important that the crew is not laughing while we’re making the show. When something like that happens, I’m not on camera, so I can go outside. But you do get good at it. Weirdly, it’s like method acting where I’ll just think about something sad while we’re shooting.

That’s the main way you deal with it? Thinking of sad stuff?

I tell myself “This isn’t funny.” I’m just watching a serious conversation, and I try not to imagine that there’s anything comical about what’s happening. Usually, if you really can’t stop yourself from laughing, it ends up being good on the show. In the gas station episode, when the owner talked about drinking his grandson’s pee, I had lost all control. I was behind racks of candy in this gas station. I was shuddering. It was really, really powerful.

But that was something where it seemed funny in the moment and as soon as it was over, it felt like that would never be part of the show. It was just too insane. It was so out of nowhere. Once we were editing, we realized how incredible it was. Because the people the night before were all talking about how comfortable they would be drinking urine. We thought to mention it to the gas station owner because maybe he would just have a small funny reaction that would be good near the ending. It was just the most amazing thing, that you meet what seem like the only three people on earth who will openly talk about drinking urine and you mention it to a fourth person and he would react that way. I still can’t believe it happened. READ MORE