Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner is getting into the literary world. THR reports that Eichner has signed a deal to write his first book, a currently untitled comedic tome about the worlds of comedy and pop culture. "I'm very excited to start writing and I can assure my fans they will love the book more than Shailene Woodley loves Tom's of Maine," Eichner said. "This book is for anyone obsessed with show business, pop culture, social media and lots of other fun topics that fill our days as we hurtle helplessly toward accidents, illness, infidelity and death."
Billy on the Street, which finished its third season in May, is likely to be renewed for a fourth but an official announcement/decision has yet to be made. On top of that, Eichner has been recurring as Pawnee Parks employee Craig Middlebrooks, and he recently shot Difficult People, an Amy Poehler-produced pilot presentation for USA that he co-created and starred in with Julie Klausner.
Last month, Yahoo announced that they're bringing Community back from the dead, renewing the show for a sixth season, and they may be doing the same with another recently-canceled critically-acclaimed network sitcom. Deadline reports that Yahoo is in talks to resurrect the Fox sitcom Enlisted for another season on their streaming service.
The sitcom, which was created by Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town) and follows a trio of brothers serving at a Florida military base, debuted on Fox in January, airing 13 episodes and drawing high marks from critics before Fox pulled the plug on it. Enlisted suffered ratings problems, but those are probably mostly due to Fox scheduling it on Friday nights, an infamously difficult time for shows to attract viewers. The talks with Yahoo, which are the result of a "save our show" campaign by fans that targeted the streaming service, are "preliminary," though, and may not result in the show Yahoo making a deal to produce more episodes of the show.
Yesterday, new SNL featured player Brooks Wheelan announced he'd been fired, but that's not the only change to the long-running sketch show's cast this season. Deadline reports that fellow new featured players Noël Wells and John Milhiser will not be returning in the fall as SNL bosses have opted not to renew their contracts. Deadline adds that discussions are underway about Mike O'Brien's future on the show. O'Brien, who was an SNL writer for four seasons before being bumped up to featured player status this past season, could either wind up remaining in the cast or be bumped back to the writing staff.
The Deadline report also confirms that Nasim Pedrad, who is a regular on former SNL writer John Mulaney's new Lorne Michaels-produced Fox sitcom Mulaney, will also be departing SNL; Pedrad previously said she's unlikely to return, but now it's official. Pedrad joined the cast in 2009, completing five seasons on the show.
Garfunkel and Oates are heading out on tour. The musical comedy duo, made up of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, is set to hit 14 major US cities starting on August 22nd, THR reports. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday at 10am. Lindhome and Micucci's new TV series, also titled Garfunkel and Oates, premieres on IFC on August 7th, just a couple weeks prior to the start of the tour. Garfunkel and Oates' tour will be part of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, making them the first comedy act featured in the annual tour that's featured acts like Iggy Azalea, Macklemore, Kendrick Lamar and Of Mice and Men when they were breaking out.
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From Letterman last night, here's comedian Hannibal Buress making his first non-standup appearance on the show, having a delightful conversation with David Letterman about the Funny Or Die tour, kickboxing classes, and Hannibal's fake Starbucks name.
Comedy duo Tim and Eric are going on tour this September, and they're bringing Dr. Steve Brule (John C. Reilly) with them. Tickets for the five-week tour, which covers a ton of major Canadian and US cities, will be made available on Friday at 10am local time via axs.com. Tim and Eric are currently working on their new show, Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories, a Twilight Zone-esque anthology series, Bedtime Stories that has been given a 10-episode order and is set to premiere later this year. Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule wrapped up its third season this spring.
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NBC announced yesterday that they're bringing back Last Comic Standing for another year. The long-running, on-again-off-again standup reality competition returned this summer after four years off the air, revamped with new host J.B. Smoove, producer Wanda Sykes, and an invite-only audition system. The show is currently in the midst of its eighth season, with seven comedians (Nikki Carr, Rocky LaPorte, Joe Machi, Rod Man, Monroe Martin, Karlous Miller, Lachlan Patterson) remaining. Season nine will premiere next summer.
Here's a new Funny Or Die video about Dov Charney (Rich Fulcher) and Terry Richardson's (Moshe Kasher) new reality show, America's Next Sick Fuck, in which they seek out the world's greatest demented perverts and Steve Agee delivers a chameleon-like performance as Larry Flynt.
Here's the trailer for Kurt Braunohler's new Comedy Central web series Roustabout, which found him jet skiing from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money to send food to Africa and hanging out with a bunch of cool comedians along the way.
Standup and Parks and Rec writer Joe Mande has turned to Kickstarter for his latest internet experiment. He's posted a Kickstarter campaign called The Million Dollar Podcast, promising that if people pay him a million dollars, he will start hosting a weekly podcast where he interviews "comedians and musicians and shit like that."
The bare-bones Kickstarter page is not up and running yet, currently under review by the crowdfunding site before it becomes operational. Mande has promised that for backers who donate $1,000, he'll "mention your name on the podcast or something who cares." Mande, who tried to buy a million Twitter followers last year and recently did Reddit's first-ever "Ask Me Nothing," is no stranger to doing cool stuff like this on the internet.
Comedian Gregg Turkington, best known for his hack standup character Neil Hamburger, has been cast as the lead in Entertainment, a new movie from Rick Alverson, director of the 2012 Tim Heidecker-starring drama The Comedy. Deadline reports that John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Heidecker are playing supporting roles in the film, as well.
Turkington and Heidecker wrote the script together, which follows a failing, aging standup known only as "The Comedian" (Turkington), performing a string of awful gigs in the Southwest on his way to meet his estranged daughter.
Comedian T.J. Miller went on an Omaha morning show today and, as he is known to do on these shows, steamrolled the hosts so he could do fun bits. More comedians should act like how Miller and his Chicago standup colleague Hannibal Buress do on these shows because it's always a lot of fun to watch.
From Tuesday's episode of Nathan For You, here's an extended scene from Nathan Fielder's fake movie, The Web, starring an incredible Bill Gates impersonator as Bill Gates dealing with asteroid/microchip issues.
Standup Jim Gaffigan's second book, Food: A Love Story, is now available for pre-order. Gaffigan has long been fixated on discussing food in his standup, and the book finds him spending the entire tome discussing all different kinds of food (check out an excerpt here). The book is set to hit shelves October 21st. Gaffigan's first book, the New York Times bestseller Dad Is Fat, was released last year.