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'Kroll Show's Second Season Evolves Into "Sketch-uational Comedy"

As far as character showcases go, it doesn't get much more elaborate than Kroll Show.

When Nick Kroll's sketch series on Comedy Central returned for its second season in January, it was clear that he had set his sights firmly on the pseudo-celebrity culture of reality television, with a lineup of characters inspired by the most despicable monsters that crawled out of the Jersey Shore and Real Housewives muck: the Guido womanizer Bobby Bottleservice, the psychopathic publicists of "PubLIZity," the man-child toilet-baby C-Czar, the self-destructively vain Rich Dicks, etc. But if the first season served to introduce the freakshow, the second season unleashed them out into [...]

How Barack Obama Ended Up on 'Between Two Ferns'

This morning, Funny Or Die released an episode of Zach Galifianakis's web series Between Two Ferns featuring Barack Obama as the special guest. Variety has the story on how this ended up happening.

Basically, the White House wanted to get young Americans to sign up for health insurance before a March 31st headline. Last summer, Obama attended a meeting with White House advisers and a bunch of movie/TV people about how to use Hollywood to spread the word about health care reform. Funny Or Die President of Production Mike Farah was at said meeting and pitched the idea of Obama doing Between Two Ferns there, but didn't discuss [...]

How Zach Galifianakis Is Using His Success to Do More of What He Wants

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, [...]

'Between Two Ferns' Is Back with a Star-Studded Christmas Spectacular

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.

'Brody Stevens: Enjoy It' to Premiere on Comedy Central December 1st

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 [...]

Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm Are Starring in a Movie Together

Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm are making a movie together. THR reports that the two actors are set to star in a comedy called Keeping Up with the Joneses, which follows a suburban couple who find out their neighbors are undercover spies. Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) will direct. This will be the first starring role for Hamm in a mainstream comedy. Galifianakis and Hamm previously worked together in the SNL sketch "Darrell's House" and an episode of Between Two Ferns (embedded below).

President Barack Obama Does 'Between Two Ferns' with Zach Galifianakis

Here's the newest installment of Between Two Ferns that Funny or Die released today, which features President Obama trying to plug healthcare.gov while taking in all kinds of question topics from Zach Galifianakis, from pardoning turkeys to same-sex divorce to spider bites to birth certificates to what he plans to do with the whole North Ikea situation. Obama also shares some strong opinions about Bradley Cooper and the Hangover movies.

'Kroll Show' Season 2: Good TV Making Fun of Bad TV

The second season of Kroll Show premieres tonight on Comedy Central, and by the looks of things, Nick Kroll has no intention of changing course. When the first season debuted a year ago, the series appeared to be a showcase of Kroll's larger-than-life characters, like Bobby Bottleservice, who at that point had already been pushing his roofie necklace on us in online videos for months. Indeed, his characters were the centerpiece of the show, but rather than growing thin throughout the eight-episode season, they delivered the goods. That's because Kroll's characters don't exist for their own sakes — they're vehicles for the show's bigger target: reality television and the [...]

Zach Galifianakis to Star Opposite Owen Wilson in Heist Comedy

Zach Galifianakis is in final negotiations to star in an new comedy with Owen Wilson, The Wrap reports. Formerly titled Loomis Fargo, the currently untitled movie  is based on the true story of the Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery, a $17.3 million heist by a group of armored car guards in North Carolina in 1997. Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) is directing the film, and Lorne Michaels is producing. Jim Carrey was previously attached to play the role Zach Galifianakis is taking over. Galifianakis and Wilson recently starred together in Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner's upcoming indie comedy-drama You Are Here.

The Loomis Fargo heist comedy has [...]

12 Rejected Pilots We Want to See Put Online

Over the past month, the creators of two rejected TV comedies released the pilots for their shows online with approval from the networks/studios who made them. First, CBS released its Rupert Grint superhero comedy Super Clyde after Greg Garcia asked them to, followed by YouTube network JASH releasing Sarah Silverman's NBC pilot Susan 313. Every year, TV networks pump millions of dollars into creating a bunch of pilots, with only a tiny fraction of these shows actually making it to air, but these are two rare instances of the creators of these passed-over pilots being able to debut the shows they worked hard on for the masses. [...]

President Obama Reflects on 'Between Two Ferns': "We Had a Great Time"

"Zach actually was pretty nervous. It was funny to watch because this whole Between Two Ferns schtick – which I wasn’t familiar with before my staff told me that we had been pitched to do this – his whole character is to go after the guest, and I think he was looking around and seeing all these Secret Service guys with guns and thinking, 'I wonder what happens here if I cross the line?' But we had a great time."

- President Obama talking about doing Zach Galifianakis's Between Two Ferns on Ryan Seacrest's morning show (via Washington Post)

Richard Linklater Is Remaking 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet'

Back in 2011, The LA Times reported that filmmaker Richard Linklater (Before Midnight, Dazed and Confused) was the top choice to direct a big budget remake of the 1964 family comedy The Incredible Mr. Limpet, which starred Don Knotts as a guy who turned into a fish. Now, nearly three years later, Linklater has officially signed on to direct the movie, Screen Daily reports. Zach Galifianakis was in talks to star in the movie back in 2010, but it's not known whether he's still attached to the project.

Linklater is teaming up with Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta, who will be working on design and animation for [...]

Zach Galifianakis to Star in Louis C.K.'s New FX Pilot

It's only been a little over a month since Louis C.K. signed a multi-year development deal with FX to create and produce new shows, but it looks like he already has another hit series lined up for the network. At TCA today, FX announced that C.K. has landed a pilot order for an untitled project starring and co-written with Zach Galifanakis. Details on the show's plot are slim right now, but chances are it will get picked up to series and be amazing.

Although both C.K. and Galifianakis both started doing comedy around the same time and had major career breakthroughs in 2009, this is the [...]

Comedy Central Bought a Pilot of 'The Chris Gethard Show', and We Talked to Gethard About It

Last night, it was announced that Comedy Central has ordered a pilot of the long-running and much-beloved Chris Gethard Show. The pilot will be produced by Funny or Die, with executive producers Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Owen Burke, and Adam McKay alongside Gethard. Gethard made the announcement on the latest episode of his show, a special edition which was devoted to big announcements. Wearing a homemade t-shirt with the slogan "Find a Way," Gethard welcomed a parade of recurring cast members and characters, each of whom had their own major announcement to make, ultimately culminating in Gethard's big news for TCGS.

The Chris Gethard Show began as a stage show in November [...]