It’s easy to be funny in private. Standup, however, is an entirely different thing. After watching Morgan Murphy effortlessly kill at a packed room at Laugh Factory, it became clear to me why she has been responsible (at least partially) for so much TV comedy. Murphy currently writes and produces the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls. Before that, she wrote for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (where she was part of the original writing staff), and Crank Yankers and consulted on Human Giant. After over a decade in comedy, Murphy released her first standup special, Irish Goodbye, earlier this year, and I recently chatted with her about [...]
Ryan Hansen has been cast to play the role of Candy Andy on 2 Broke Girls. Candy Andy is a candy maker who competes with the two broke gals over who can give the most hipsters cavities or something. There is also speculation that Andy could date the non-Kat Dennings broke girl (Beth Behrs) and when they kiss they'll turn in to a giant mass of blond hair and white teeth.
Speaking of people we like potentially romancing people on shows we might like less, June Diane Raphael is set to have a reoccurring role on Animal Practice. No word yet on what her character will be [...]
Not to be all like, "CBS's schedule – woof," but CBS's schedule – woof. The "big news" is they moved Two And A Half Men to Thursday nights at 8:30 so you better start figuring out if you're going to watch it or Up All Night. Oh, you're just going to DVR 2.5 Men? And then you're going to light your DVR on fire? Well played. 2 Broke Girls moves to 9, making it harder to accidently watch after How I Met Your Mother. Partners, the show about a straight guy and a gay guy who are pals,is the only new comedy. Check out the schedule below and [...]
After getting solid numbers for a couple weeks after their hiatus, Community has seemed to level off, coming in with an 1.4 18-49 rating, same as 30 Rock. The first new Office in a month came in at a 2.1, 0.3 points lower than their last original episode, which isn't what you want to see when trying to pitch a major reboot. Still, a new episode of The Office offered some lead-in bump to the season finale of Up All Night, which was up 0.3 to a 1.5 rating. For fun, or more like not fun, let’s compare those numbers (8:00-1.4, 8:30-1.4, 9:00-2.1, 9:30-1.5) to CBS's (8:00-2.8, [...]
Let’s get the eye rolling out of the way. We all know hipsters are the worst because they’ve been defined as such since the turn of the millennium when the term was reintroduced. They are all smug and unkempt and sheep-like and neighborhood-ruiners and privileged (if not over-privileged) and jerks and smelly-heads and dum-dums and HIPSTERS. They deserve to be made fun of as much as—if not more than—anybody else. But just because they’re an easy target it doesn’t mean their mocking must be effortless. Over the last four years or so, what was once a rich terrain for satire has been mired by laziness and a singular dependence [...]
Everybody fancies themselves as some sort of wizard that can conjure up laughter by a few strokes of a keyboard, but only a few tweeters are truly worthy enough to have all of their witticisms transmitted to you, the ever busy comedy fan trying to navigate through an increasingly congested internet. Every Friday we'll make your life a little bit easier by introducing you to an individual that you might not know about who consistently makes us laugh and momentarily forget that other days of the week exist.
(If you're reading this from an RSS feed, jump on over to the website where you can actually view the tweets [...]
Regardless if you think How I Met Your Mother has outstayed its welcome, you have to admit this a pretty great little promo. It has everything: bears in tuxedos, Marshall gleefully responding to being asked to be a bridesmaid, the date the show comes back. For contrast, here is the 2 Broke Girls promo:
"Held next to Girls, 2 Broke Girls is a garish, loud Kabuki performance, something so discordant and ugly and dreadfully unfunny that, in its Brooklyn youth-y context, it seems like some kind of Bushwick anti-art performance piece. 'It's supposed to be hideous,' I can almost hear some character on Girls saying while nodding his head and watching the 2 Broke Girls cast flail around some Bushwick warehouse. 'It's like Brecht or something,' says his friend." — Richard Lawson watched the hour-long (oof) season finale of 2 Broke Girls so you don't have to.
Say what you will about CBS’s sitcom 2 Broke Girls, a lot of people out there love and adore the thing. It just won the People’s Choice Award for Best New TV Comedy, which, say what you will about that too, is better than getting cancelled mid-season.
I admit that after watching the pilot I convinced myself this was yet another out of touch TV-land version of what real life as a struggling waitress is like, but I still set a series recording and have watched every episode since. The ADD-era laugh track had my thumb hovering over the delete key more than a few times, and the [...]
Emily Nussbaum's New Yorker review of Whitney and 2 Broke Girls is pretty spot-on. She goes beyond the usual Sarah Silverman-Chelsea Handler comparisons and notes that the Whitney of Whitney has a lot in common with Lucille Ball:
Cummings has none of Ball’s shining charisma or her buzz of anarchy. Yet she does share Lucy’s rictus grin, her toddler-like foot-stamping tantrums, and especially her Hobbesian view of heterosexual relationships as a combat zone of pranks, bets, and manipulation from below. “This is war,” Whitney announces, before declaring yet another crazy scheme to undercut her boyfriend, and it might as well be the series’ catchphrase.
Just a few days after NBC’s Thursday night comedy block returned to less-than-stellar ratings, CBS’s Monday night sitcom bunch came back to a cold reception too. This was the first time the Monday block hasn’t included Two and a Half Men, which scored sky-high Nielsens in the 9pm timeslot for nearly a decade before CBS moved it to Thursdays for this season, so that may have something to do with the dip.
The season premiere of How I Met Your Mother received a 3.4, down significantly from the previous season’s 4.7 rating with adults 18-49, followed by new series Partners, which got a 2.4. 2 Broke Girls, [...]
This post is brought to you by got milk? Find out what else is fake at scienceofimitationmilk.com. Workplace-centric sitcoms have been a TV fixture since the days of Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, when it was discovered that basing a show around a group of oddballs who are forced to work together can be a successful formula for scoring laughs. As with most shows and movies, entertainment is the top priority, not realism, and that’s very much the case with the workplace comedy, where accurately depicting a job environment takes a backseat to amusing audiences.
2 Broke Girls has already been renewed, since it's the biggest new comedy of the year and all, and Whitney seems very likely to get renewed but that isn't enough for Whitney Cummings. This morning, E! announced that it will be addingLove You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings to its schedule. I'm going to go out on a limb and say she doesn't in fact "mean it." It's going to be paired with The Soup on Wednesday nights and will feature Whitney and sidekick Julian McCullough making fun of pop culture. Considering that both of her other shows also feature a lot of that sort of [...]
So apparently at a recent Television Critics Association panel, critics asked 2 Broke Girls showrunner Michael Patrick King about the show's offensively one-dimensional supporting characters and he – slowly, gradually – flipped the fuck out. Keep in mind, even CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler says this show needs to "dimensionalize" its supporting characters. But it looks like King really didn't want to face that criticism, instead turning defensive.
Things took a particularly uncomfortable turn when the reporter who had initially asked about Tassler's comments again tried to get King to clarify his remarks, reading the exact quote from the transcript of Tassler's executive session.
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