Posts tagged as whitney cummings

HBO Orders a Pilot and Standup Special by Whitney Cummings

Comedian and 2 Broke Girls co-creator Whitney Cummings is going into business with HBO. Deadline reports that the pay network has ordered a pilot for a half-hour comedy from Cummings based on Maureen Dowd's 2005 book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide. Cummings created the series and will also write and star in the pilot, which is described as — and get ready for it, because it's a mouthful — "a comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior." In addition to the pilot, [...]

Whitney Cummings Finally Gets a TV Show

2 Broke Girls has already been renewed, since it's the biggest new comedy of the year and all, and Whitney seems very likely to get renewed but that isn't enough for Whitney Cummings. This morning, E! announced that it will be adding Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings to its schedule. I'm going to go out on a limb and say she doesn't in fact "mean it." It's going to be paired with The Soup on Wednesday nights and will feature Whitney and sidekick Julian McCullough making fun of pop culture. Considering that both of her other shows also feature a lot of that sort of [...]

The New Yorker Reviews Whitney

Emily Nussbaum's New Yorker review of Whitney and 2 Broke Girls is pretty spot-on. She goes beyond the usual Sarah Silverman-Chelsea Handler comparisons and notes that the Whitney of Whitney has a lot in common with Lucille Ball:

Cummings has none of Ball’s shining charisma or her buzz of anarchy. Yet she does share Lucy’s rictus grin, her toddler-like foot-stamping tantrums, and especially her Hobbesian view of heterosexual relationships as a combat zone of pranks, bets, and manipulation from below. “This is war,” Whitney announces, before declaring yet another crazy scheme to undercut her boyfriend, and it might as well be the series’ catchphrase.

The article also considers [...]

Ken Marino To Guest On Whitney

They can come up with a reason for his character to constantly wear cut-off short shorts, right? What am I saying? Of course they can. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ken Marino guests on Whitney this fall as older brother to Whitney's man-friend Andy, portrayed by Chris D’Elia. Maybe slowly, over time, every cast member from Party Down can cameo on the show until they finally reunite to cater Whitney's wedding at the end of the series and BOOM I JUST WROTE THE FINALE.

Whitney Cummings Defends the Laugh Track of Whitney

Standup Whitney Cummings had a pretty great pilot season. NBC picked up Whitney, her show that she'll write and star in, and she also co-developed Two Broke Girls, which CBS picked up. But since trailers for Whitney came online, she's been getting a lot of flack for the show being a traditional multi-cam affair with a studio audience rather than a single-cam show like the rest of NBC's comedy lineup. So she took to the internet to defend her decision.

Sarah Silverman and Whitney Cummings Had a Wonderful, In-Depth Conversation About Comedy

Vulture had Sarah Silverman interview Whitney Cummings to help promote her upcoming special, I Love You (which premieres tomorrow night at 11pm on Comedy Central), and what resulted is a truly great and in-depth discussion of a wide range of subjects relating to comedy and being a comedian. Here's Cummings on how she became a comedian: Honestly, I was like, such a serious kid. I wasn’t one of those kids who stole Richard Pryor records. I wasn’t a comedy-nerd kid. I had no concept of stand-up. Actually, the only inkling of stand-up I had was I read one of Paul Reiser's books, when I was like 12. I [...]

Casey Wilson on Doing a Birthday Suit Birthday Dance With Whitney Cummings

Tonight on Happy Endings, Penny will celebrate her 31st birthday, but it'll be hard for the character to top Casey Wilson's 30th:

For my 30th, I thought, I'm gonna blow it out and do the biggest birthday ever, and I was insisting that everybody do two or three tequila shots, which is such a bad idea. People were actively saying, "No, we don't want to!" because I was peer-pressuring them. And then my girlfriend Whitney Cummings and I had so much tequila that we were randomly pulling our pants down and taking our tops off and dancing. People were like, "Stop, ew, get out of here!" It was [...]

Times Highlights New Trend of Brash Female Comics

The second edition of the The New York Times' new comedy column gets right into the nitty-gritty with a conversation about female comics' rape jokes. The article argues that "there are areas of aggressive, shocking comedy where women could go further than men," and cites Sarah Silverman, Whitney Cummings, and Amy Schumer as examples of women telling racy jokes that men would shy away from. These three are great comics and they definitely exemplify how we've come a long way since 1979 when Johnny Carson was grossed out by women talking about sex. But this is only the beginning! We can all dream of a world where we're [...]

Ladies Be Actin': The NYTimes Profiles The New Female Faces Of Network TV

The New York Times' David Itzkoff writes an interesting if somewhat meandering profile of several women starring in brand-new shows this fall, including Zooey Deschanel, Whitney Cummings, Kat Dennings, Krysten Ritter, and Amber Heard. Each performer has a differing opinion about why there seems to be more TV-untested actresses heading up prominent new shows this year, though superior writing, a noticeable decrease in fulfilling feature film roles and the ever-shifting culture zeitgeist are offered as explanations. The Playboy Club's Laura Benanti really takes A to C when trying to explain it how the premise of her show (being a Playboy Bunny) is, in actuality, the reason we'll have [...]

Pre-Upfronts Buzz Suggests NBC's Female Comedy Block May Be a Go

Vulture has an Upfronts Week buzz round-up to get you psyched for the announcement of a slew of new shows (Tim Allen sitcom, anyone?), as well as the possibility of an NBC female comedy night. "As for the rest of NBC's pickups, the trades suggest a female-centric comedy block could be in the works, with sitcoms produced by Chelsea Handler and Emily Spivey supposedly looking good," they note. Deadline reported the night of a 1,000 lady comedians might fall midweek, and may also include the heretofore unnamed Whitney Cummings and Kari Lizer pilots. This is, of course, not including any of the returning female-lead comedies currently [...]

Two High-Ranking 'Community' Producers Leave for Fox

Vulture is reporting Community Executive Producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan have signed a big deal to create television for 20th Century Fox. Goldman and Donovan have been Dan Harmon's number twos since the premiere (and the namesakes for Fat Neil and Garrett, respectively) so the loss is significant. This doesn't reveal anything about Community's renewal future but let's all just agree to pretend that it's definitely great news, for some reason. It does reveal that Fox is making a hard push towards live action sitcoms, something that before New Girl hadn't been their strong suit for a while. First The Office's Mindy Kaling then 30 Rock's [...]

Check Out This Comedian-Inspired Art, Art Appreciators

"This sculpture of Louis C.K.'s head as a melting scoop of ice cream will pair beautifully with the de Kooning in my collection," muses a small goateed private art curator in my imagination, as he walks around the second annual "Is This Thing On?" exhibit in LA this Friday. "And this ink and watercolor painting of Whitney Cummings, a clear descendent of Cézanne's Bathers, to be sure, but with its own charms-" He stops in his tracks, almost spilling his tiny clear plastic cup of wine on his many pewter rings. "Why, look at the clarity of the birds' wings, the vibrancy, the immediacy of their flight, as [...]

Let's Talk About the Whitney Pilot, Shall We?

First of all, let me just said that I am very pleased that the Whitney pilot reflected little of the “WOMEN ARE THE WORLD’S CURSE” pitch that has appeared on the sides of every bus for the last few months. I thought I was going to have to get laser eye removal after watching a show that could be accurately depicted by those ads, but as I suspected, no show could be that putrid and Whitney certainly was not. Well, maybe not certainly. Either way I’m 99% sure someone lost their job over that campaign, and I sleep like a chubby baby with that thought in mind.

Instead, [...]

Can Whitney Survive Its Ad Campaign? A Discussion

Adam: Can we talk about these Whitney ads? Will anyone who has seen them watch the show? Because they are truly awful. I feel like they're going to kill the show off before anyone even sees it.

Halle: Okay, here's the thing. I understand that everyone has their own taste in comedy, and we can no more escape our own preferences than we can change them. Also, you and I are people who are (willfully) inundated with comedy all the time, so we probably have an even more specific view on many comedy-related things. Perhaps we are even, let's say, persnickety

Adam: I would say we are DEFINITELY persnickety.