Posts tagged as news

Funny or Die Launches Its Very Own News Vertical

Funny or Die is getting into the news business. THR reports that they've launched their very own news vertical today called Funny or Die News, a Daily Show-inspired news coverage site with Entertainment, Science/Tech, Sports, and Explainers categories already set in place. Dan Abramson — who also launched Funny or Die's digital magazine The Occasional — serves as the editor-in-chief and is joined by a staff of four writers. Abramson plans to start the site with daily news posts followed by longer pieces down the road "from a roster of real and character-driven columnists" as well as possible video components. "When people stopped trusting the news [...]

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 [...]

Somebody at 'Jimmy Fallon' Edited Brian Williams Clips Together to Make Him Rap a Snoop Dogg Song

I don't know how much time went into editing this footage of newsman Brian Williams together to make it so he's rapping Snoop Dogg's "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang," but I want more.

This Week in Unintentional Comedy in the News

Runaway brides. Breast-milk-assaults. Tom Cruise’s snore room.

This week, we’ve got it all!

Monaco’s Prince Albert Forces Runaway Bride to Marry Him

When my past girlfriends wanted to leave, they just told me I was “great and sweet” and promptly unfriended me on Facebook. I always let them go without a fight. Clearly I’m no Prince Albert. The Telegraph reports that the Monacan aristocrat has had some trouble tying the knot with his new wife, Olympic swimmer and South African native Charlene Wittstock, 33. Just last week, senior Palace officials foiled her attempt to board a flight back home from France. Before that, Wittstock tried avoided the alter by [...]

Young People Get Their News From Fake News Shows

The biennial news consumption survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, which tracks how people get their news, tells us what we pretty much already knew: "In terms of age, the Colbert Report (80%), Daily Show (74%) and New York Times (67%) have the biggest percentage of viewers and readers in the 18-49-year-old demographic. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly (35%) and Sean Hannity (33%) have the smallest."

When Edward R. Murrow Visited Sid Caesar's Place

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.)

Last week, as I'm sure you're already well aware, we lost one of the greats. Sid Caesar passed away at the age of 91. [...]

Alec Baldwin's New MSNBC Series Won't Be Like 'The Daily Show'

Alec Baldwin new MSNBC show Up Late With Alec Baldwin may be titled like a late night comedy show, but Baldwin said earlier this week that it definitely won't be competing with The Daily Show or The Colbert Report. "I don’t think it’ll ever be a show you’d see on Comedy Central," he told Politico. "We’re not going to go for those laughs. Other people are doing that, and they’re cleaning up in the process. [Jon] Stewart. Bill Maher. [Stephen] Colbert. They dominate. They dominate that world, and I have no desire to compete with that at all." Baldwin's show premieres on MSNBC tonight at 10 PM ET.

The Complete Guide to Everything: Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

It's been a week since our episode recorded right before Hurricane Sandy hit New York City. The good news is that this week we were able to be in the same physical space to record! The bad news is that Hurricane Sandy devastated our city. We discuss our own personal experiences during the storm (spoiler alert: neither of us were affected much more than mildly inconvenienced), the 24 hours news cycle making everyone think everything is over-hyped and Tim almost gets punched in the face while waiting in a long line for gasoline. Also Tom visits the Brooklyn Botanical Garden for the first time and discovers it's just full [...]

When Comedy Happens in the Real World

Annoying, water-cooler-dwelling office drones who comment on the unexpectedness of everyday life’s ironies and oddities are justified in their amazement at reality. “You can’t write this stuff!” one always says. “Life imitating art.” another inevitably adds, and etc.

But it’s true. They’re right! Every day, all around us, there’s a ton of insane, unbelievable, real material, the stuff of which Hollywood hilarity is made. Don’t believe me? Just have a damn look!

Bo Burnham Gets Pilot Order from MTV

Internet music comedian Bo Burnham has been doing pretty well for himself lately, just coming off a string of sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. And now MTV has ordered a pilot from him that'll "be about a kid fresh out of high school who's pursing the new American dream of being a celebrity without having any talent." Kind of a ballsy angle, no? If it's not great, it makes life easy for critics, at least. It'll also feature music prominently, probably. [via]

'The Onion' Is Ending Its Print Publication Entirely

The Onion will stop publishing its last few print publications this December. Crain's Chicago Business reports that the newspaper version of the long-running satirical publication, which is now only distributed in Chicago, Milwaukee and Providence, will stop after Dec. 12's issue. The paper had been around for 25 years, since The Onion began in Madison back in 1988. It launched its website in 1996, and now will move entirely into digital and its "new creative service for advertisers."

There have been a lot of changes over the years at The Onion. The company moved its editorial staff to Chicago last year, much to the disappointment of many of its writers.

Update: [...]

Watch Some Cable News Anchors Be Weird to Russell Brand

Here's Russell Brand on MSNBC's Morning Joe yesterday, dealing with a trio of news anchors who spend the bulk of the interview talking about him as if he's not there despite his repeated pleas for them to stop doing that because it's weird and rude.

Variety Names Its 10 Comics to Watch for 2011

Just in time for the Montreal Just for Laughs festival this weekend, Variety has unveiled its annual list of "comics to watch." It's a list that consistently features people you're about to hear a lot more from; the last couple of years' lists featured Hannibal Buress, Aubrey Plaza, Ellie Kemper, Garfunkel and Oates, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong, amongst others. Here are this year's honorees:

Jerrod CarmichaelChris D'EliaJosh FademPete HolmesThomas MiddleditchTim MinchinAmy SchumerRebel WilsonHarris WittelsAli Wong

Tough to argue with any of those choices. Lots of very funny and [...]

Breaking News on CNN: Jeff Daniels Has Diarrhea

Here's something you generally don't expect to see on CNN following a piece about protests in Britain and the battle over taxes in Congress: the diarrhea scene from Dumb and Dumber. But hey, I guess these are the sorts of things the 24-hour news networks need to resort to in order to entice viewers in this internet age. Or maybe it was just some incomprehensible fuckup. Either way!