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Looking Back at Chris Elliott's Family Sitcom/Gritty Crime Drama 'Action Family'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

What happens when you take a 1970s cop drama and combine it with the Brady Bunch? First you probably get a bunch of people [...]

Chris Elliott to Co-Star in a Hugh Grant Rom-Com

Comedy hero Chris Elliott's next movie is a pretty surprising one: a Hugh Grant rom-com. THR reports that Elliott has joined the cast of an untitled independent romantic comedy starring Grant and Marisa Tomei. J.K. Simmons, Bella Heathcote, and Allison Janney also play supporting roles in the movie, which follows an Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Grant) who hits hard times and has to teach screenwriting at a university, where he falls for a single mom student (Tomei). Elliott will play a Shakespeare professor and Hugh Grant's nextdoor neighbor who's looking for love. The movie is being written and directed by Marc Lawrence, who made previous Hugh Grant rom-coms [...]

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Chris Elliott, Richard Lewis, and 'Super Mario Bros.'

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy.  Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

ELISE: Never Not Funny #1117 - Richard Lewis It's an unusual episode of Never Not Funny [...]

'Chrissy: Plain and Simple': The Unaired Chris Elliott Sketch Show

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Unless you've been living under some sort of comedy-news-blocking-rock for the last few months, you already know that last Tuesday was a great day [...]

The Complete 'Get a Life' Is Coming on 9/18

Good news! Chris Elliot's cult classic Get a Life is finally coming to DVD, and it now has a release date and you can pre-order it. It's coming on September 18 as a five-disc set that includes both seasons. Go ahead and pre-order it right here.

The Writers and Cast Take Us Behind the Scenes of 'Get a Life'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

In the 1990s there were only a handful of weirder, non-mainstream shows. Nickelodeon had Ren and Stimpy, Comedy Central had Mystery Science Theater 3000, [...]

Chris, Abby, and Bridey Elliott Are Doing a Live Show Together

Living comedy legend Chris Elliott and his talented daughters Abby (from SNL) and Bridey Elliott (from Twitter) will be appearing together onstage next month for the first time ever. The live late night show "Running Late with Scott Rogowsky" will host "An Evening with the Elliotts" at the PIT in NYC on December 6th. Hopefully, this will become an annual thing, and by next year, this comedy family will have grown even larger and there will be five funny Elliotts onstage together.

Adult Swim Picks Up 'Eagleheart' for a Third Season (And More Exciting Chris Elliott News)

Chris Elliott was on Letterman last night, and he announced that his Adult Swim series Eagleheart was just picked up for a third season, which is great news for the hilarious, offbeat show (and TV, in general). In other Chris Elliott news, his new book The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography, a fake tell-all memoir, comes out tomorrow and is available for pre-order on Amazon now. As if that weren't already enough Chris Elliott stuff for you today, here's his Letterman appearance from last night where he debuts a clip from his (fake) new History Channel show, Gay Pawn:

Saturday Night's Children: Chris Elliott (1994-1995)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 36 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

Abby Elliott, who recently announced her departure from SNL, shares something unique with her father Chris Elliott — they are the first example of two generations from the same family to be cast members on the show. In Abby's case, she served a solid four years making her name known through her spirited impressions and beamy onscreen charm, but for her father Chris, [...]

Inside 'Eagleheart's' Second Season with Creators Michael Koman, Andrew Weinberg, and Jason Woliner

Currently in the midst of its second season, Adult Swim’s 11-minute crime-comedy Eagleheart has quickly emerged as one of the fastest and funniest shows on TV. For the uninitiated, Eagleheart stars Chris Elliott, Maria Thayer (Strangers with Candy), and Brett Gelman (Comedy Bang Bang) as a trio of sociopathic U.S. Marshals who wind up in all kinds of exceedingly strange and hyper-violent scenarios week to week. Eagleheart is put out by Conan O’Brien’s production company and written by longtime Conan writers Michael Koman and Andrew Weinberg and Human Giant's Jason Woliner, who manage to cram a full 30 minutes worth of story into each 11-minute installment.

Eagleheart's second season [...]

Tenacious D, Chris Elliott, Maria Bamford, and Tons More Are Doing 'Everything Is Festival' Next Week

Everything Is Terrible is having their fourth annual "Everything Is Festival" starting next week, and they have one heck of a lineup for it. This year's highlights include Tenacious D closing out the event with a preview of their Festival Supreme, Chris Elliott screening rare and unseen clips from his entire career, Mike Judge showing found footage from his personal archives, Patton Oswalt hosting a screening of the comedy The Phynx,  Maria Bamford hosting a video show, Dan Harmon's HarmonQuest, Doug Benson's Movie Interruption, a screening of Comedy Bang Bang's upcoming musical episode with a Q&A, and tons more. The event is taking place at Los Angeles's Cinefamily [...]

This Week in Podcasts: Chris Elliott on 'The Best Show', Tim Heidecker on 'Comedy Bang Bang', and More!

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy.  Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

BRADFORD: Comedy Bang Bang #182 – Tim Heidecker, Joe Wengert, Lauren Lapkus

Tim [...]

Fox Didn’t Want Chris Elliott and ‘Get a Life’ Co-Creator David Mirkin to Meet Each Other

“The network [Fox] … didn’t want us to meet because they knew I was doing a crazy show, they knew that Chris was a crazy guy, and it was like, ‘This crazy guy meeting this other crazy guy is going to be too intense. Let’s keep them apart,’” says Get a Life co-creator and Simpsons seasons 5 and 6 showrunner David Mirkin in the first in a five-part interview with The AV Club. The interview is jam-packed with stuff that’ll make your comedy nerd head explode, including Mirkin talking about developing an adaptation of the UK comedy The Young Ones for Fox, working with Graham Chapman just prior [...]

Chris Elliott and Abby Elliott Gallivant Adorably Around Brooklyn

“I think the thing with my dad and me, which is a little different than Abby, is that if you didn’t like Bob and Ray you really didn’t like them. And if you don’t like me, you really don’t like me. I think Abby has a more universal appeal—it’s people across the board. How can you watch the Zooey Deschanel thing and not enjoy it?” - Chris Elliott discussing the difference between his comedian daughter, comedian father, and himself. It's part of an endearing profile of Chris and Abby in Delta airlines' Sky magazine. (Seriously, it's in Sky. Weird, right?). Worth looking at just for the lovely pictures of the two of [...]