Posts tagged as david javerbaum

Ken Jeong to Star in the Comedy 'International Incident,' Produced by Steve Carell

Ken Jeong is set for his first lead role in a movie. THR reports that Jeong is attached to a comedy called International Incident, about five United Nations delegates who go on a road trip to find one of their lost loves. David Javerbaum, The Daily Show's former head writer who worked on the show from 2002 to 2009, will write the script, which is currently at the pitch stage, and Steve Carell is in talks to produce the movie via his company Carousel Productions. The roles of the other four delegates have yet to be cast.

Amazon Orders Six Comedy Pilots from The Onion, Kristen Schaal and More

Amazon.com is continuing to develop its slate of original TV series, with a strong emphasis on comedy. The online retailer just announced six comedy pilots today, according to Deadline. Five of the shows are from TV industry veterans like Garry Trudeau, The Onion, and several Daily Show alums, while the sixth, Those Who Can't, is from a group of newcomers. Amazon offered to look at submissions from anyone who wanted to pitch a show a few months ago, and Those Who Can't is the first to be picked up from 2,000 series ideas they looked over. Once these six pilots are finished, they'll be posted on Amazon Instant [...]

The Increasing Necessity of Promoting Books and Comedy Albums Online

Jim Norton took to the red carpet of the Grammys to ask stars from Steve Martin to Adele to hold up his non-nominated 2011 standup album Despicable and related merchandise onstage. It's a pretty funny idea, and it highlights the fact that you rarely see successful album or book releases from comedians these days without a high-profile promotional stunt behind them. It seems that it's barely even worth writing and releasing a funny book if you don't also have a great, original idea to promote it virally online.

Former Daily Show Head Writer David Javerbaum On Writing His New Book With The Almighty Lord

David Javerbaum, former head writer and executive producer of The Daily Show, has 11 Emmys, 2 Grammys, and 2 Peabodys. He's co-written America (The Book) and Earth (The Book) with other Daily Show writers, and What to Expect When You're Expected: A Fetus' Guide to the First Three Trimesters solo. Now, after conquering such featherweight topics as the country, the planet, and the creation of life, Javerbaum has found a writing partner who may be even more powerful than Jon Stewart: God.

Javerbaum's latest book, The Last Testament: A Memoir, is out in stores today. His Godly voice is already popular on Twitter, where it enlightens his 46 [...]

Paul F. Tompkins Is Hosting a Political Panel Show with Puppets, Starting Tonight

The incredibly funny Paul F. Tompkins is hosting a brand new TV show that debuts on the new cable channel Fusion tonight at 9:30. Called No, You Shut Up, it's a political panel show hosted by Tompkins, but the entire panel is made up of puppets. As previously reported, the half-hour weekly series, airing every Friday, will feature four Henson puppets on its panel and the show is written and produced by David Javerbaum, who worked on The Daily Show for over a decade and served as its head writer from 2002 to 2006. The Fusion channel is brand new, having launched on Monday.

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Amazon Buys Two New Original Comedies

Online retailer Amazon is gearing up to launch its first batch of original shows, and it looks like they'll be making a big push for comedy. Amazon is preparing to greenlight its first pilot for a single-camera sitcom called Browsers from longtime Daily Show writer/producer David Javerbaum, Deadline reports. Browsers will follow four interns at a HuffPo-esque website with musical elements woven throughout. The pilot is expected to film in January. Amazon is also developing Dark Minions, an animated show written by Big Bang Theory regulars John Ross Bowie and Kevin Sussman that follows two misfits working on an evil space station. Amazon announced its original programming [...]

Stewart, Colbert & Russell Brand Will Kick Off First U.S. Secret Policeman's Ball

Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Russell Brand, and Reggie Watts will be among the performers at the first ever American version of the Secret Policeman's Ball on March 4 to benefit Amnesty International. Coldplay and Mumford & Sons will also be in attendance. The event, a long-running British tradition, has been transported to the New World by former Daily Show producer David Javerbaum, who says to expect two hours of music, standup, sketches and “wild fun and games in the audiences." Take that, England; we're gonna take your awesome ideas and make them our own! That's what you get for pulling that taxation without representation shit back in [...]

New Cable Channel Fusion Will Feature Puppet Comedy Talk Show, Paul F. Tompkins Is Involved in Some Way

Today sees the launch of Fusion, a cable news channel aimed at 18 to 34 year olds which is described as a blend of "hard news, satire and pop culture." Along with first day interviews with both President Barack Obama and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the channel will launch a prime-time half hour news comedy from former Daily Show writer and producer David Javerbaum. The show, No, You Shut Up, will feature four Henson puppets as news commentators. Based on this tweet, Paul F. Tompkins is involved with at least the first episode, which premieres tonight at 9:30 pm ET.

It seems like comedy will be a major part of the new [...]

Today in Fake News News: The Daily Show is Heading to the Democratic Convention, is in the New York Times

A couple of Daily Show-related notes for you: first, the show will be heading to the Democratic National Convention this fall in Charlotte, NC, where they'll do shows from there from September 4-7. Presumably they'll be at the Republican convention as well but are still ironing out the details. And over the weekend former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum wrote an op-ed humor piece for the New York Times entitled A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney that is very much worth reading if you like seeing Mitt Romney be mercilessly mocked in our nation's most prestigious newspaper.

Your Guide To Every Comedy Book Coming Out Today, And Their Promo Videos

There are so many comedy books coming out today! Our deeply scientific analysis has concluded that it's probably because November is, according to the crazies over in Corporate America, the beginning of the holiday gift-buying season. If you are responsible and love your friends and family, read through this list to figure out which book to buy each of them for the holidays. (Or you could do what I'm going to do, which is BUY ALL OF THEM FOR MYSELF and then get my family members like, a scarf that I buy on the street.)

John Hodgman's That Is All

You've probably seen the promo video for this [...]