For the second year in a row, The Onion and The A.V. Club are teaming up for the "26th Annual Comedy Festival" in Chicago, and today they announced 2015's expanded lineup. This year's festival will take place in various Chicago venues from Tuesday, May 26th through Saturday, May 30th and is set to include standup, film screenings, and live Q&As featuring Weird Al Yankovic, John Mulaney, Eric Andre, Adam Resnick, writers from The Onion and The Simpsons, and plenty more. Check out the full schedule below, then head over to 26comedy.com to buy tickets Friday at noon.
Funny or Die isn't the only comedy site considering a big sale this week. Bloomberg reports today that Onion Inc. — owner of pop culture and satirical sites The Onion, The A.V. Club, and Clickhole — has also hired a financial advisor for a possible sale of the company. Onion's CEO Steve Hannah declined to comment on the news, but the company is reportedly working with an investment bank to look into their options. Like Funny or Die, it's unclear how a sale would affect Onion Inc's sites. Hopefully The Onion's news item about God's plans to kick off humanity's mass extinction next [...]
"When something is successful in Britain, we go, 'Okay, let's stop it before we screw it up.' And when something is successful over here, they go, 'Okay, let's keep making this a success until it's not a success.' And I think that it is a kind of very different attitude, but I'm actually really glad for that, because as I said, when the idea of an American version of that program came out, it sounded like sacrilege. And now, frankly, I look at those final episodes and they are so emotionally satisfying and grounded in a way that I don't think the British Office ever got the chance to be." [...]
Feel free to read the Larry The Cable Guy A.V. Club Interview in it's entirety to get an in-depth look at Dan Whitney's influences, new History Channel show Only In America and thoughts on dropping character. Or you can read this pull quote about his Cars 2 character: "The dumbest statement I read this year was, 'Congratulations, Pixar, [Cars 2 character] Mater is your Jar Jar Binks.' I just want to confront the guy and go, 'Yeah, did Jar Jar Binks make $10 million of merchandise sales?'” Either way, we can all agree on one thing: both Cars 2 and The Phantom Menace made more money than [...]