Stefon and Anderson Cooper's wedding on Saturday Night Live this weekend was jam-packed with appearances from characters and creatures Stefon had mentioned in previous Weekend Update reports. We freeze-framed our way through the scene to offer you this guide to all of Stefon's wedding guests. From Gizblow the coked-up Gremlin to DJ Baby Bok Choy, they're all here: READ MORE
While it was officially announced last week that Bill Hader and Fred Armisen were leaving Saturday Night Live following this weekend's season finale and each of them received their own goodbye sketch, Jason Sudeikis is expected to depart too but the news isn't official yet. Fellow cast member Jay Pharoah revealed via Twitter yesterday morning that Sudeikis is leaving, writing "Hader, Armisen & Sudekis the talent of those three and just them as people in general will be missed but we will be strong and carry on.." Pharoah quickly deleted the tweet after posting it, which is a little weird, but it's archived on Favstar where it will live forever as proof that this weekend's season finale was Jason Sudeikis's last episode of SNL. READ MORE
Here's the trailer for Last Vegas, a new comedy due out in November. Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline as a bunch of old dudes who head to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, it's basically an elderly version of The Hangover. It's shocking that the trailer is completely devoid of Viagra jokes.
Here's the first official image from Larry David's new HBO movie Clear History, in which Larry David looks to be pretty much unrecognizable next to a normal-looking Jon Hamm. Entertainment Weekly has a teaser trailer and reports that the film, written by and starring David, will be premiering on HBO sometime this August. David plays a former marketing exec whose life falls apart after his boss makes millions off of their electric car company, and he's backed up by an eclectic supporting cast that includes Jon Hamm, Bill Hader, Philip Baker Hall, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan, and J.B. Smoove. If Clear History is half as good as Larry David's wig and beard, it'll be worth your time.
UK comedy writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, who co-created Peep Show and Fresh Meat, were forced to say no to the opportunity to create another well-known comedy series. Speaking to Ken Plume on his delightful longform conversation podcast A Bit of Chat this week, Sam Bain revealed that the duo had agreed to co-create Flight of the Conchords with Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie but had to turn the job down because of their commitment to Peep Show. Here's Bain recalling what happened:
"I remember Series Four, we had a horrible decision to make because we were about a week away from flying to LA to co-create Flight of the Conchords, and then Peep Show got recommissioned and we couldn't go … [It was difficult] especially when we saw the show and how good it was. At that point, we had no idea. Obviously, we wanted to do it, but we didn't know it was gonna be as good as it was. That was quite painful … Obviously, it's a luxurious position to be in to choose between Peep Show and Flight of the Conchords. It wasn't like 'Oh my God, we made the wrong decision.' The sad thing is you can't have it all."
The Flight of the Conchords guys ended up going with another UK comedy person, James Bobin (Da Ali G Show, The Muppets) to co-create their show, and the rest is history.
Netflix puts out this video today of Arrested Development cast member Alia Shawkat revealing the plot to a new episode of the show. Too bad they had to censor out most of it. At least you can just mad libs your own Arrested Development episode off of this clip if you're really desperate.
Here's this week's episode of comedian Chris Gethard's nutty public access/web show The Chris Gethard Show with super special guest Amy Poehler joining the gang for the full hour in a show that involves them predicting strangers' futures because that's what public access TV is for.
Record label Secretly Canadian announced today that they're releasing an expanded CD version of Tig Notaro's acclaimed Largo performance from last year, during which she discussed her cancer diagnosis and a number of personal tragedies that had befallen her during that year in an emotional, raw, and funny set. The performance achieved acclaim from Notaro's peers Ed Helms (who called it "One of the most amazing stand-up sets I've ever seen"), Bill Burr ("made me feel like I was an open miker. Absolute genius!"), and Louis C.K. ("in 27 years doing this, I've seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo").
C.K. released Notaro's set under the name LIVE for $5 via his website last year, but it's no longer available there. The upcoming CD release is set for July 16th and will feature a bonus disc called "Tig Notaro Live at The Moth," consisting of a 15-minute story she told at storytelling show The Moth about how her mother's death redefined her relationship with her stepfather. The story will also be broadcast on The Moth Radio Hour that week for all you cheapskates who don't want to pay for the new album. You can preorder Tig Notaro's CD release here and download a four-minute preview of the Moth story below: READ MORE
With Bill Hader poised to leave Saturday Night Live after tomorrow's season finale, don't expect him to try to turn his most popular character from the show into a movie. Hader tells GQ, "There's no emotional through line. Sometimes people say to me 'I want a Stefon movie' and I'm like, you think you want a Stefon movie but then you'll see the poster for it and think, 'Wait, I don't want this.'" If only Bill Hader had been on the show during the '90s, when all of SNL's most popular characters got turned into movies, then he probably could have been pressured into making a Stefon movie and satisfying you weirdos who want to see that.
Here's the latest episode of Amy Poehler's web series Smart Girls at the Party, in which she interviews Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, stars and creators of the web series Broad City and the upcoming Comedy Central show of the same name. Don't listen to the graphics, Ilana is the one on the left and Abbi on the right, not the other way around.
After over two decades on The Tonight Show (and off and back on again), Jay Leno is stepping away from the late night franchise for a second time in February of next year, and his guest last night suggested to Leno on air that he moved to Fox. Sandler, who himself was let go from NBC's late night department in 1995, asked Leno, "So, Jay, retiring buddy?" Leno responded, "Well, we’re stepping aside" to which Sandler suggested, "You’re thinking about relaxing and I have a good idea for what Jay should do. Don’t you think he should just take it easy, enjoy, breathe, maybe go to Fox, do a show at 11pm, maybe that kind of thing?" The Leno audience applauded and Leno thanked Sandler for "stirring the pot." Moving to Fox would be super complicated for Leno as he'd have to push all the Fox affiliates' late night local news broadcasts out of the way and lose the stations a bunch of money in the process, but it's still a thing that could totally happen someday and make at least Adam Sandler happy.
Amazon is deciding which of its eight comedy pilots are getting picked up this week, and it looks like Zombieland won't be one of them. "Our Zombieland series will not be moving forward on Amazon," the show/movie's co-creator Rhett Rheese tweeted yesterday. He added, "Sad for everyone involved. I'll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence. Anyway, we did our best, and we're very proud of our team." Zombieland was the only existing franchise, besides The Onion, that Amazon made into a pilot, but being compared to the movie it's based on didn't win the pilot any favors. The potential show took a lot of heat for recasting all of its lead roles with unknown actors rather than following different characters in the same universe and reviews from critics and fans were mixed. We'll keep you posted on which of Amazon's seven other comedy pilots get loved into/hated out of existence as Amazon continues to make these big decisions over the next week or so.
Stephen Colbert's "Better Know a District" segment has been back with a vengeance the past few weeks after a little bit of a hiatus. Last night's installment (embedded above), with openly black Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore, was an especially good one.
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