"Life. It’s literally all we have. But is it any good?"
Last night, this so very critical question was posed by Andy Daly’s earnest and committed life critic Forest MacNeil before taking on the life experiences of stealing, addiction, and the prom in the premiere episode of Review on Comedy Central. By MacNeil's patented five-star rating system, the experiences didn't fare well, but the pilot works as a highly successful demonstration of the show's central concept in action, and its blend of dark comedy and news magazine parody, sharp writing, and talented cast make it a very promising show with seemingly endless storytelling potential.
Based on the Australian [...]
It's almost hard to believe that the once-underdog IFC show Portlandia is now chugging along into its fourth season on the air with a fifth already ordered by the network. The risk taken in airing what at first seemed too referentially and culturally micro-specific for the masses has paid off for IFC, Fred Armisen, and Carrie Brownstein, and that's apparent during at least the first few episodes of the new season that premieres tonight at 10:00PM. Before, Portlandia's main fight was to keep sustaining itself as funny, inventive, and accessible, but the new season feels less like a scrappy struggle and more like a victory lap.
Considering the ever-expanding role that social media in our lives, it was only a matter of time before there was a television program named after a Twitter account. So when @midnight arrived in late October, it felt like a predictable Sign of the Times. What couldn't have been predicted, however, is how funny the show would be, or quickly it would find an audience. @midnight has only been on the air for eight weeks, and yet it already feels like an integral part of Comedy Central's lineup, having secured a 40-week renewal after strong ratings in its initial four-week run.
For the uninitiated, @midnight is a half-hour game show hosted by Chris Hardwick [...]
Watching Louis C.K.'s first feature film, Tomorrow Night, which he just made available on his website for $5, I can't help but be reminded of a quote from the title character in the Coen Brothers' latest movie, Inside Llewyn Davis: "When you're in the entertainment business, you're not supposed to let your practice shit out. It ruins the mystique." Tomorrow Night didn't really "ruin the mystique" of Louis C.K. as a filmmaker for me, but it does definitely feel like practice.
An 87-minute surreal black-and-white comedy Louis C.K. wrote, directed, and produced independently in between seasons of The Chris Rock Show in 1997, Tomorrow Night played at a Sundance and a few other film [...]
Broad City premieres on Comedy Central at 10:30 tonight after Workaholics. The new show, based on the web series of the same name, stars series creators and UCB alums Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson as heightened versions of themselves going about their daily lives as young New Yorkers — daily lives that include temp jobs, bad roommates, and quests to get high. Glazer and Jacobson act as executive producers of the show alongside Amy Poehler.
Originally developed at FX, Broad City is Comedy Central's third show from the creators of popular web videos, following this summer’s Drunk History and the new show's timeslot buddy Workaholics. And although Broad City comes about during an [...]