"To some extent, with the exception of one or two seasons, we never really know if we're coming back. I think I know how the show ends. I know how this season ends — it could be an ending for the show, or it could be an ending for the season."
- Amy Poehler talking to Papermag about the future of Parks and Recreation and how this year could be the end (again).
Funny Or Die is working to raise awareness for Shezanne "Shez" Cassim, an American citizen who was living in the United Arab Emirates when he was imprisoned for making an amateur comedy video and posting it online. He's been held over seven months for a UAE "cyber crimes law" over a video that sounds pretty harmless. You can pressure the UAE government to free Shez Cassim by signing the petition or by tweeting about ti with the hastag #freeshez.
Check out the full story at CNN and a bit of the video below: READ MORE
The 2014 Grammy nominations were announced on Friday night, and that includes a couple comedy categories. Tig Notaro scored a nomination for Best Comedy Album for her release Live, which was recorded last August and involved her discussing her recent breast cancer diagnosis and other recent hardships to much acclaim. The ceremony will be held January 26th in LA. Here's the full list of comedy nominees:
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't - Stephen Colbert
Carrie And Me – Carol Burnett
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls – David Sedaris
Still Foolin' 'Em - Billy Crystal
Best Comedy Album
Calm Down Gurrl - Kathy Griffin
I'm Here To Help – Craig Ferguson
A Little Unprofessional - Ron White
Live - Tig Notaro
That's What I'm Talkin' About - Bob Saget
Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's internet talk show Speakeasy, and his guests this time around are Key & Peele stars/creators Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. The three have a lovely conversation about how Key & Peele first met in Chicago, the danger of ironic racism, and a great story about a grandmother watching their show.
Director Brett Ratner is back on board Beverly Hills Cop IV, Deadline reports. Ratner was attached to direct the sequel a couple years ago, but the project was called off when Eddie Murphy was unhappy with the script and backed out. After that, Ratner produced a CBS one-hour pilot for a Beverly Hills Cop spinoff centered on Brandon T. Jackson as Axel Foley's son, Aaron Foley, but the network passed on it and Beverly Hills Cop IV was put back into development in July. Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, the duo who wrote Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, are writing the script. This is being targeted as Ratner's next directorial project after a Dwayne Johnson version of Hercules that's filming now.
23-year-old Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss appeared on American TV for the first time last night on Conan. It's a strong late night debut and one that'll probably make you wish you'd accomplished more at 23, like Sloss who's already a successful standup and has had a great performance on big TV show in another country.
A lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your RTs and favs. Each Friday we feature one person whose consistent short-form online humor deserves your attention and to be on your Twitter feed.
(If you're reading this from an RSS feed, you might want to come on over to the website so you can see the tweets.)
This week, we're recommending the Twitter feed of Allison Fields (@AllisonFields). She's a Los Angeles-based comedian who in addition to being good at Twitter, runs a funny dating advice blog called Dating for Dead People. Check out a collection of her best tweets below:
Here's a star-studded new video from Denver-based comedy trio The Grawlix (Ben Roy, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Andrew Orvedahl). It's a series of auditions for a fake movie called Space Cops, with appearances from Kyle Kinane, Matt Braunger, Kurt Braunohler, Howard Kremer, Andy Peters, Jake Weisman, and a bunch of other funny standups.
Comedy Central announced a bunch of guest stars for the upcoming second season of Kroll Show today. Katy Perry, Will Forte, Craig Robinson, Pete Holmes, Jordan Peele, Jon Heder, and Bill Burr will all be popping up on the show, alongside returning guests Chelsea Peretti, Adam Pally, Nathan Fielder, John Mulaney, Andy Daly, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Jon Daly, and Andy Milonakis. As we reported previously, Kroll Show season 2 starts up Tuesday, January 14th at 10:30pm. The new season will be 11 episodes long, three more than last year.
Late Night with Seth Meyers is starting up on February 24th, and the show's writing staff started working this week. Producer Mike Shoemaker and writer Alex Baze Instagrammed a couple photos of the writing staff, revealing who's working on the show. The show's writers so far are Alison Agosti (UCB LA, Twitter), Alex Baze (Weekend Update head writer), Bryan Donaldson (Twitter), Peter Grosz (Colbert Report), John Lutz (SNL, Lutz from 30 Rock), Chioke Nassor (Above Average's Storytime, The Exquisite Corpse Project), Conner O'Malley (Chris Gethard Show, Vine), Seth Reiss (Comedy Bang! Bang!, head writer for The Onion), and Ben Warheit (The Awesomes, Above Average's Waco Valley). Seth Meyers will presumably be on the writing staff, as well.
Check out the photos of the writing staff below: READ MORE
The Sundance Film Festival just announced its 2014 lineup, with a lot of movies starring well-known comedic actors like Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Aubrey Plaza, Lena Dunham, Jenny Slate, David Cross, and Amy Sedaris competing at the festival next month. Most of the movies debuting at Sundance will be released at some point in 2014, so this is actually a pretty solid preview of all the independent movies coming out next year. Check out a list of the comedies and dramas starring comedians debuting at Sundance below: READ MORE
Bo Burnham's new comedy special, what., comes out on Tuesday, December 17th, and here's a super funny new trailer for it he released yesterday. As he says in the trailer, Burnham is releasing the special for free online via YouTube in addition to a Netflix launch at the expense of him making money to feed his probably shitty future children.
Here's the first episode of Worst Gig Ever, a web series from YouTube's channel Official Comedy, that's a video version of Mike Pace and Geoff Garlock's podcast of the same name. Their guest for the web series debut is Jon Benjamin, who has all sorts of terrible stories about past jobs including one about a prison-release co-worker who makes porn with his cousin.
“When the five of us are together, we become the Kids in the Hall. It becomes something that is apart from any one of us. That’s why we keep doing it. It’s fun and exciting when we’re together. It can also become pretty horrible and mean, but we end up laughing more together than we do at any other time in our lives."
-Dave Foley in Toronto newspaper Now's in-depth oral history of The Kids in the Hall. It's definitely worth reading, going into the group's early days playing for 15 people a week to their cult sketch show to their breakup while making the movie Brain Candy.