While we wait for Sasheer Zamata to get more screen time on SNL, here's the first episode of a new web series she's in called "Black Mad Men" written by Key and Peele's Phil Augusta Jackson and directed by Morgan Evans. Along with Jackson, Anthony Appruzzese, and Shaun Diston, Zamata plays a very Peggy-like ad exec in a scene spun off from Don Draper's famous Kodak Carousel or Lucky Strike "It's Toasted" pitches from Mad Men. The only difference on "Black Mad Men" is that Zamata and team are trying to convince their white client that Luke's Hummus is the key to unlocking true racial harmony through its irresistible [...]
Comedian Dave Hill and legendary talk show host Dick Cavett released the first three episodes of their new web series, Dick and Dave, today. The show finds the two friends chatting over beverages in a West Village bar in each short installment. The shorts are directed by Benjamin Ahr Harrison, who promises, "We're gonna make tons of these!"
Check out the other two episodes below:
Six months ago, I didn’t know what Vine was. I mean, I knew in the way that I know what brain surgery is. I knew it existed, but I didn’t know the first thing about making or even critiquing one. So being the man I am — a sniveling victim of fear and cowardice — I steered clear of reviewing them in this column. Then, this past December, while home for the holidays, I was inspired to watch some Vines. And by “inspired,” I mean I got sucked in by YouTube click bait, the legion of ass and boob screenshots that serve as cover art for what seems like [...]
-NBC's 2014 late night transition has begun as Jay Leno did his final episode, ending with an emotional goodbye. We made a videolist of Jay Leno Tonight Show milestones.
-Leno rivals Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien counterprogrammed his final show with the return of Matt Damon and a Walking Dead theme episode with the whole cast, respectively. It didn't put a dent in Leno's ratings though as he scored his biggest audience since 1998.
-NBC canceled its new comedy The Michael J. Fox Show.
-Jerry Seinfeld weighed in on diversity in comedy and started a lot of Facebook arguments.
-We interviewed Beauty [...]
When it comes to web series, relying too heavily on improv is a very dangerous thing. It’s so tempting to birth a series idea, gather some funny people together in front of a 5D, and yell “Action!” just to… ”see what happens.” But most times, the people you thought were really funny when the camera was off, turn out to be sort of stiff or long winded or they deviate too far from the heart of the highly complex narrative you’ve developed and expected them to “make funnier.” Unless you’ve got Jeff Garlin and Larry David at your disposal or Fred Willard and Catherine O’Hara, there’s usually no substitute [...]