If you've always dreamed of being a contestant on @midnight, today is your lucky day. The show recently announced an internet casting call called #PointsMe, in which @midnight fans can try out to appear on the show via Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr posts using the #PointsMe hashtag. I spoke with @midnight co-creator, executive producer, and head writer Alex Blagg to get more details on the casting call, what kinds of aspiring @midnight contestants they're looking for, and where to keep track of the writers and performers the @midnight team is hunting down to potentially appear on the show.
How does #PointsMe work, and why did you [...]
At TCA this month, The Hollywood Reporter surveyed 23 network chiefs about the industry, and when asked for solutions to television's current "comedy problem" they offered an interesting variety of responses. Here's what execs from NBC, FX, Netflix, HBO, Comedy Central, and more had to say:
The industry's comedy problem could be solved by:
CINDY HOLLAND (Netflix): Patience and trust that the audience will build over time.
SUSANNE DANIELS (MTV): Unleashing the traditional guidelines for developing and producing comedies. We over-note comedy people, and their ideas get watered down in the stew that's created by networks, agents and production companies.
MICHAEL LOMBARDO (HBO): Stop looking at focus [...]
Standup Matt Braunger has a new standup special out next month. Comedy Central announced today that Braunger's second hourlong special Big, Dumb Animal will air on Friday, February 6th at midnight. Big, Dumb Animal was filmed at The Bell House in Brooklyn and covers "why being 39 is lamer than being 40, the absurdity of a quiet Jägerbomb, why his hometown of Portland is too nice of a place, and what it is to be a big dumb animal with an anger problem. Also, how he got the nickname 'Peaches.'"
Here's a clip from last night's episode of Kroll Show featuring Kroll and John Mulaney as aging New Yorkers Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, who decide to leave New York City and take their prank show on the road after getting evicted from their shared apartment. "The power went out a few years ago, and people didn't even steal VCRs and kill each other … so screw off, New York!"
Key and Peele are hosting a Super Bowl special on Comedy Central at the end of the month, and this week they're back as NFL commentators Bertram Skilling and Dante Pibb with another round of playoff picks. Check out their predictions for Sunday's Packers vs. Seahawks NFC championship game above, then check out their picks for the Colts vs. Patriots AFC championship game below: