NBC is looking to develop brand new talent through a new initiative they're calling the "Comedy Playground." Starting on May 1st, the initiative will begin accepting video submissions from aspiring comedy writers for new show concepts, and they've enlisted a star-studded "Advisory Board" that includes Adam McKay, Amy Poehler, Mike Schur, Robert Carlock, Seth Meyers, Maya Rudolph, and Aziz Ansari to help select the winners. Two on-air winners will have up to five episodes of their show produced by the network and aired sometime next summer, while a third digital winner will have their concept produced and shown via NBC's website based on online voting.
Last month, the folks behind Arrested Development's upcoming Netflix season announced a contest, in which fans were encouraged to submit Arrested Development-inspired art, videos, and photos for a chance to win a walk-on role on the show. Now, the contest is over, and here's what the six winners turned in, so that those of you who didn't make the cut can have someone to focus your jealousy and rage on:
Oh, thank god, Louie is coming back in a couple of weeks for its third season. In anticipation of that, we've got two sets of season 2 Blu-rays on hand to give away. Want one of em? It's easy! Just come up with a potential plotline that you would love to see happen on season 3. We know folks such as Jerry Seinfeld and Marc Maron will be appearing, but don't let that limit your imagination. Here are a couple of examples to get you started:
-Louie takes LSD with Reggie Watts and goes for a hot air balloon ride -Louie gets trapped in a cave and hallucinates [...]
Halle and I saw The Trip, the new Michael Winterbottom movie starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, at the Tribeca Film Fest, and loved it. It's so great, you guys! Just read Halle's review, if you don't believe me. And now, if you're in NYC, we're gonna give you a chance to see if for free. We're giving three pair of tickets away for showings of The Trip at IFC later today via the Splitsider Twitter account. It opens in NY and LA this Friday, and you'll be able to pick which showing you go to. So follow @splitsider and you'll have a chance to experience [...]
Comic Dan Nainan was arrested last night after punching Daily Beast journalist Josh Rogin over some unkind tweets. Nainan was headlining the annual "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest, a charity event at the Washington DC Improv that sees politicians and other DC bigshots try their hand at standup; Nainan was the professional headliner intended to ensure the night was actually funny.
As if Arrested Development fans weren’t already excited enough for the show to come back, Netflix just announced a new contest where six AD enthusiasts will win walk-on roles in the upcoming season. Named after the line from the show “You’re gonna get some hop-ons,” the “You’re Gonna Get Some Walk-Ons” Fan Contest is now open to entries. Rules and details are available on the official website, but, basically, they’re looking for fans to create an original work (a video, photo, art, etc.) to win. To be fair, anybody that wins should probably hand their walk-on role over to the guy who played Steve Holt because [...]
Nothing says "Merry Christmas, family!" like wearing a very ugly, very tacky sweater featuring a snowman with a carrot-and-coal penis (modeled above by handsome Fallon blogger Josh Lay). Let your parents know that they didn't raise you quite right by wearing this wonderful piece of poor taste to the holiday dinner table! Our friends over at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon have been giving away similarly terrible sweaters this month as part of their "12 Days of Christmas Sweaters," but they ended up with some extras and were nice enough to offer this specimen of wrongness to us. And we want to give it to one of you!
Attention, aspiring comedy writers: The New York Television Festival's annual script-writing contest has been announced, and the winner gets $25,000 and a development deal with Fox. It's a somewhat ambiguous contest where you don't know a lot about what the judges are looking for or what exactly this "development deal" means, so it's a lot like getting your script made through normal channels. But in this case you don't need to give a cut of the money to your representation, so hey, why not? You can start tossing your brilliant scripts their way on April 4th. [via]
Conan O'Brien announced a brand new contest for fans on his self-titled TBS talk show last night. Called "Occupy Conan," the contest asks fans to recreate and film one of 79 clips available on the Team Coco website and send the finished product into the show. All the selected clips will be edited together to make an hour-long episode of Conan that will air on TBS. One winner gets a VW Beetle, and 200 more will receive smaller Conan-related prizes. And unfortunately, the part of the above video with Andy Richter getting a bunch of ping pong balls dumped on his convertible is not one of the pre-selected clips.
Big Bang Theory is sending a fan to space. The winner's name is Mercedes Becerra and she sure won the Mercedes of prizes. (Well, I guess a Mercedes would be the Mercedes of prizes but Mercedes can't go to space, sooooo…) This is after one of the show's main characters, Howard Wolowitz, went to space last season. It must be pretty, pretty nice to be super popular and able to afford silly, amazing things like this. It was also announced at Comic-Con that Community will be sending a fan to their local Subway with an almost fully-punched free sub card.
Tonight, IFC Films is opening The Catechism Cataclysm, starring Eastbound and Down's Steve Little as a priest who lost his way. Both Little and director Todd Rohal will be on hand for the 8:15pm screening tonight at the IFC Center in NYC to answer questions, and the movie will be playing in full force daily after that, so you should go check it out.
And in honor of the opening of The Catechism Cataclysm, the nice folks at IFC have given me a pretty badass DVD pack to give away. It includes Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, The Trip, In The Loop, and Super & Septien; [...]
Want to see 30 Rock's live show from Studio 8H next month but are not well-connected enough to get tickets from Lorne Michael's office? NBC is holding a sweepstakes in which you can win tickets and a trip to NYC, if you don't live here already. You also get a dinner for two, presumably an the Hale and Hearty Soups in the 30 Rock basement.
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