Posts tagged as specials

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, [...]

Talking to Morgan Murphy About Her New Standup Special, '2 Broke Girls', and Her Beginnings in Comedy

It’s easy to be funny in private. Standup, however, is an entirely different thing. After watching Morgan Murphy effortlessly kill at a packed room at Laugh Factory, it became clear to me why she has been responsible (at least partially) for so much TV comedy. Murphy currently writes and produces the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls. Before that, she wrote for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (where she was part of the original writing staff), and Crank Yankers and consulted on Human Giant. After over a decade in comedy, Murphy released her first standup special, Irish Goodbye, earlier this year, and I recently chatted with her about [...]

Hannibal Buress's New Hour Special Premieres on Comedy Central March 29th

Hannibal Buress's new standup special is on its way real soon. Splitsider has learned that it's called Hannibal Buress: Live from Chicago; the hour-long special will debut on Comedy Central on Saturday, March 29th. Live from Chicago was recorded at The Vic Theatre in Buress's native city on Saturday. This is the second special for Buress, a former SNL and 30 Rock writer who stars on both The Eric Andre Show and Broad City, following his 2012 special Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace. Buress signed a deal to do the new Comedy Central hour special and to star in and executive produce a pilot for the network for his [...]

Rory Scovel Is Filming His First Hour Special

One of the funniest and most unpredictable standups going, Rory Scovel is getting ready to shoot his first one hour special. Scovel announced via Twitter that he's taping the special in Charleston in his home state of South Carolina on February 21st and 22nd. There's no word on whether Scovel is releasing the special himself or via a TV network or streaming service like Netflix.

Scovel, who is currently starring in Bill Lawrence's new TBS sitcom Ground Floor, released his second album, Rory Scovel Live at Third Man Records, last month. His first televised standup special, part of Comedy Central's series The Half-Hour, came out in 2012.

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 [...]

Louis C.K. Says He Doesn't Intend to Be a Wholesale Comedy Mogul

“I’m not going to become some mogul, putting out wholesale chunks of comedy. If I find something I haven’t seen, that’s unique, and I could get it out the right way, then I’ll do it.”

- Louis C.K. in a New York Times piece about the release of Todd Barry's new standup special Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour, which is now available via C.K.'s website.

Jim Gaffigan's New Special 'Obsessed' Debuts on Comedy Central April 27th

Comedian Jim Gaffigan has a new hour-long standup special on the way. Called Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed, it debuts on Comedy Central on Sunday, April 27th. The special will then be released as an extended 70-minute version on DVD and CD on April 29th (available for preorder now).

This is Gaffigan's fourth hour-long special. His last was Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe, which he self-released in 2012. In addition to the special, Gaffigan is working on a second book and starring in and co-creating a sitcom pilot for CBS that's in contention for the 2014-15 TV season after having been passed over last year.

Check out a preview [...]

Talking to Patton Oswalt about His New Standup Special and Other Stuff

If there’s a name in standup that qualifies for the “needs no introduction” treatment, it’s Patton Oswalt. The man who describes himself as “America’s comedy goblin” is an A-list comic whose specials – the latest of which, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, premieres tonight at 10pm ET on Epix and is available streaming online now via an Epix free trial – are some of the few things in the standup world that approach event viewing. Oswalt is adept at turning run-of-the-mill misanthropy into acerbic fireworks, his best known bits involving rants against KFC Famous Bowls, death beds, self-checkout machines at the grocery store, and the soul-crushing nightmare [...]

Paul Rudd to Star in Adam Scott's Fourth and Final 'Greatest Event in Television History'

Adam Scott's fourth Greatest Event in Television History special is set to air on Adult Swim next Thursday, January 23rd, and Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Paul Rudd will be co-starring with Scott in the new installment. The specials, which have been shot-for-shot remakes of cheesy opening credits sequences to '80s shows preceded by a faux-documentary about said show, have featured past guests like Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler, and Catherine O'Hara. As usual, Scott is keeping it a secret what show's opening credits this next special will be recreating, but he released this photo of himself with Paul Rudd, grinning with white T-shirts, as a clue. Rudd previously appeared [...]

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 [...]

Hannibal Buress Talks About Impersonating Donald Glover in This Preview of His New Comedy Central Special

Here are two preview clips from Hannibal Buress's new Comedy Central standup special, Live from Chicago, which debuts on Comedy Central Saturday, March 29th, at midnight, and will be available on the 24th via CC: Stand-Up Direct. In the first clip (above), he talks about saying he's Donald Glover in order to get into an Eddie Griffin show in Las Vegas for free, and in the second clip (below), he tells a story about an ecstasy trip.

Jackie Kashian Has a New Standup Special Out Today for $5

Comedian Jackie Kashian has a new hour special that just dropped today. Called This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux, it's available for $5, and is the first standup release from Bill Burr and Al Madrigal's podcast network All Things Comedy. Kashian is perhaps best known as host of the podcast The Dork Forest. She's also done standup on Conan and has performed a half-hour special on Comedy Central. This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux is her first hour special, following two albums (2007's Circus People and 2010's It Is Never Going to Be Bread).

Check out a trailer for the special below:

Patton Oswalt Slams EPIX for Screwing Up His Special

It looks like the partnership between Patton Oswalt and EPIX has come to a quick end. The network was supposed to premiere Oswalt's newest standup special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time exclusively online last night ahead of tonight's television airing, but that didn't happen. Predictably, this all played out via Oswalt's Twitter with both hilarity and most likely a sobering realization over in the EPIX camp, because there was either a miscommunication or they totally screwed up. Oswalt even tweeted out some material (including nudity and reading Judy Blume novels) from the special, both in fairness to eager fans and in delicious retaliation to EPIX's incompetence.

Uh, yeah…sorry [...]