Yesterday, FX announced that Zach Galifianakis is starring in a new pilot that he's co-writing with Louis C.K. On top of sounding like a comedy nerd's wet dream, the project is surprising in the sense that movie stars of Zach Galifianakis's caliber are usually too busy and are making too much money in the feature world to ever star in TV shows. In the past three years, Galifianakis's films have grossed a total of $453.5 million domestically, making him the comedy industry's leading comedic actor in terms of box office returns. You don't see his peers like Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell starring in their own TV shows, [...]
Funny or Die debuted a new Between Two Ferns video from Zach Galifianakis today. It's a holiday episode with guests Samuel L. Jackson, Tobey Maguire, and musical guest Arcade Fire. The last Between Two Ferns was the Justin Bieber episode, released three months ago, and hopefully we keep getting them this often. Between Two Ferns's return coincides with Comedy Bang! Bang!'s season finale/holiday episode, which airs this Friday, guest stars Galifianakis as Santa Clause, and, of course, is hosted by Between Two Ferns co-creator/director Scott Aukerman.
Standup Brody Stevens's new show is coming to Comedy Central next month. The new series, called Brody Stevens: Enjoy It, is set to debut on Sunday, December 1st, with two new episodes airing at 12am and 12:30am. Comedy Central will run two new episodes of the 12-episode series at 12 and 12:30 every week.
Announced this past spring, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It is a documentary series produced by Stevens's friend Zach Galifianakis that follows Stevens in the wake of a mental breakdown. Enjoy It was originally a digital series for HBO consisting of six 15-minute episodes, but Comedy Central acquired the rights and shot additional footage to make [...]
After Arcade Fire appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, NBC gave the band a half hour to debut some new material on the network. What aired was this surreal Roman Coppola special with the songs "Here Comes the Night Time," "We Exist," and "Normal Person." The video also includes giant masks and cameos from Rainn Wilson, Ben Stiller, James Franco, Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Bill Hader, Zach Galifianakis, and a Spanish-speaking Michael Cera.
It snuck up on us, didn't it? The end of SNL Season 38 brought along with it key staff changes, among them the upcoming departure of head writer Seth Meyers and the immediate departures of cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and (unofficially) Jason Sudeikis. Few people have shaped SNL over the past 8 years more than these men — Meyers with his leadership in the writers room and charm as Weekend Update host, and Hader, Armisen and Sudeikis as the cast's workhorses and loadbearing performers. Indeed, many pegged Season 38 as a "transitional year" in the wake of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg leaving the show a year ago, [...]