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Bill Murray to Sing Christmas Carols in a Sofia Coppola-Directed TV Special

Bill Murray is bringing his crooning talents to television in the form of a Christmas special. Variety reports that Murray has teamed up with Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola to star in a TV Christmas special, in which Murray will sing a collection of classic Christmas carols. The special doesn't yet have a network or premiere date, but Murray told Variety that it won't be live and will be "like a little movie. It won't have a format, but it's going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose. It will have a patina style [...]

Wyatt Cenac's New Netflix Special 'Brooklyn' Premieres on October 21st

Former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac has a brand new special coming out next month. According to Deadline, Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn is set to premiere on Tuesday, October 21st on both Netflix and as a 1,000 piece limited edition vinyl LP through Cenac's own production company Amalgamated Bear. Directed by Cenac and filmed at Brooklyn's Union Hall, the special will follow "Wyatt’s observations ranging from the weirdness of adults giving each other hickeys, to watching the neighborhood where his grandmother lived for decades become the backdrop for at least three network sitcoms, a cop drama and probably a reality show about cheesemongers." The special features appearances from Eugene Mirman, [...]

Chris Distefano on the Insane Workload of a Comedian and His Comedy Central Half Hour

Every year, Comedy Central hands out half-hour specials to up and coming standups as part of its series The Half Hour. NYC-based comedian Chris Distefano has the honor of kicking off the new season of The Half Hour, with his special set to air this Friday at midnight. Distefano rose up via NYC's comedy scene before making the jump to television. He performed his first network standup set last year on Letterman, is currently a regular on MTV2's Guy CodeGuy Court, and MTV's Girl Code.

I recently caught up with Distefano to discuss setting his doctorate in physical therapy aside to focus on comedy, finding out he got his special during a bad breakup, and [...]

Talking to Brett Gelman About His New Adult Swim Special

Tomorrow night, Adult Swim is airing Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends, a new half-hour special starring comedian Brett Gelman and directed by Jason Woliner, who co-wrote the script with Gelman. Beginning as a talk show Gelman hosts over a meal with six Hollywood actors a la Jon Favreau's Dinner for Five, Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends quickly takes a turn and descends into an evening of psychological torture. Like Eagleheart, the Adult Swim show Gelman acts on and Woliner is a writer, director, and producer on, Dinner with Friends is fast-paced, funny, and unlike anything else on TV.

I recently talked with Brett Gelman [...]

Brett Gelman Has a New Adult Swim Special Premiering April 24th

Adult Swim is set to premiere a new TV special later this month from Brett Gelman and Jason Woliner (Eagleheart), Splitsider has learned. Called Dinner With Friends With Brett Gelman and Friends, the 30-minute special will air Thursday, April 24th, at midnight. Written by Gelman and Woliner and was directed by Woliner, the special stars Gelman as himself, inviting his Hollywood friends over for "a lively night of dining, tasty showbiz chit-chat, and psychological torture." Gelman's dinner guests include Dale Dickey, Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Melamed, Alison Pill, Lance Reddick, and Alex Karpovsky as themselves, and Anthony Atamanuik as Joey Fillipiano.

To whet your appetite, here's the last project Brett Gelman and [...]

Here's a Preview of Doug Benson's Netflix Special 'Doug Dynasty'

Here's a preview of Doug Benson's brand new standup special Doug Dynasty, in which Benson talks about a very strange Twitter handle that reached out to him recently. The special premieres on Netflix on November 6th, so get ready to watch way more Benson stoner face next month. (via Entertainment Weekly)

Six Comics Aziz Ansari Is Joining as Madison Square Garden-Worthy

Yesterday, The Wrap confirmed earlier reports that standup Aziz Ansari is set to headline at New York's Madison Square Garden as part of his new tour Modern Romance, which also includes stops in Dallas, Houston, D.C., Philadelphia, and Las Vegas, not to mention a book slated for a September 2015 release. "There is something very insane and amazing about starting standup in New York City at the lowest rung — open-mic spots — and then many years later going to the other utmost, utmost extreme of playing Madison Square Garden," Ansari told Billboard last month. "I felt a sense of that when I did Carnegie Hall, [...]

Jerrod Carmichael Is Getting His First HBO Standup Special

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael is getting his very first standup special, and it's going to be a big one: an hour-long special for HBO. The untitled special will be taped May 7th at The Comedy Store, and it will air later this year. Carmichael's HBO hour is being produced by Funny Or Die and directed by Spike Lee. This will be only the second standup special Spike Lee has directed, following the 2000 standup concert film The Original Kings of Comedy.

In an interview with us back in 2012, Carmichael discussed plans to do a special:

I have an idea [for a special]. I think it's a good idea. [...]

Watch a Trailer for Brett Gelman's New Adult Swim Special

Last week, Adult Swim announced that they're premiering a new special called Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends that Brett Gelman and Jason Woliner (Eagleheart) made together, and here's a teaser trailer for the special. It's a Dinner for Five-esque conversation show (featuring guests Dale Dickey, Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Melamed, Alison Pill, Lance Reddick, and Alex Karpovsky) that takes a frightening turn and devolves into Gelman psychologically torturing his guests.

Talking to Mike Nelson About RiffTrax's National Geographic TV Special

Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett might all be better recognized by their voices than their faces. Throughout the '90s, they were a part of a group that gathered some of the most renowned movie theater hecklers around: Mystery Science Theater 3000. In 2006, the trio took to the internet to bring us RiffTrax, the next wave in movie heckling. Together, they've riffed a pretty wide range of movies, ranging from Casablanca to 300, from Inception to Fast & Furious. Now they have set their sights on the animal kingdom. Earlier this week, Nelson, Murphy, and Corbett returned to TV for the first time since their MST3K days, [...]

Here's a Sneak Peek of Jerrod Carmichael's HBO Standup Special

Jerrod Carmichael's very first (and Spike Lee-directed) standup special Love at The Store premieres on HBO on October 4th, and today the pay-network released the first full promo for it featuring a more inside look at Carmichael's material and influences.

Tommy Johnagin on Breaking Out as a Comic from Somewhere Other Than NY, LA, or Chicago

There’s no definitive path to a successful career in standup comedy. Just ask Tommy Johnagin.

Though he now lives in LA, Johnagin built a career in his mid-20s headlining clubs across the country, appearing on Letterman multiple times, and starring in his own Half Hour special on Comedy Central while based in St. Louis.

That kind of exposure doesn’t happen often to comics based in non-coastal cities, but Johnagin was able to pull it off through a relentless work ethic, clever jokes, and a clear idea of career goals.

Now, Johnagin’s back with a new The Half Hour on Comedy Central. Ahead of the Friday premiere, we talked about starting out [...]

Brett Gelman's 'Dinner with Friends' Is One of the Darkest and Funniest Things on TV

Adult Swim has long been committed to airing some of the most innovative, writer-driven comedies on TV, and that trend continues with Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends, a half-hour one-off special from comedian Brett Gelman and director Jason Woliner that debuts tonight at midnight on the network. Gelman and Woliner have been collaborating for years now, most recently on the Adult Swim's show Eagleheart, which Woliner co-writes and directs and Gelman acts on, and with Dinner with Friends, they've created something that's every bit as funny, dark, and fast-paced as Eagleheart is, and something completely unlike anything else on television.

Spike TV to Air a Tribute to Don Rickles, Featuring Letterman, Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, and More

Spike TV announced today that they're making a big star-studded tribute special to Don Rickles that will air on the cable network next month. Called One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles, the 90-minute special will be shot at NYC's Apollo Theater on May 6th and air on Spike on Wednesday, May 29th, at 9pm. David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano, and Brad Garrett are all set to perform and pay tribute to Rickles at the event, with not a single female on the bill for some reason. Spike [...]