Bill Murray did an interview with Dazed Digital out today, and while the whole thing is full of good stuff, the highlight was him discussing his lack of interest in Ghostbusters III. The interview seems to have been conducted prior to Harold Ramis's passing so Murray's opinions then on Ghostbusters III may be moot now, but here's what he said nonetheless:
Interviewer: Talking about friendships, has not wanting to do another Ghostbusters film hurt your relationship with the other guys?
Murray: Oh, that I'm not in a rush to do the Ghostbusters movie? We made the first Ghostbusters – it was one of the great movies, one of the great entertainments of all time. Then we made a second one; it was okay, right? So what are we going to do? Are we going to rush to make a third one? It would be great if you could make one that was as good as the first one. It would probably be good if you could make one that was as good as the second one. But, you know, there was The Godfather. Then there was The Godfather II. And then there was The Godfather III. So if you want Godfather III … READ MORE
Funny Or Die launched its digital humor magazine, The Occasional, in the spring of 2012, but they made some major changes to it today. The Occasional is now a free, regularly-updated website instead of being a sporadic iOS magazine that charges a fee. Here's an excerpt from today's announcement about the future of The Occasional:
Our goal is to try to raise bar for internet comedy with high-brow humor. This site will be a curated, lean-back experience that’s not afraid to experiment. Not every written piece of comedy on the internet needs to be in list form. Not everything needs to be a quiz. No pandering. No cheap laughs.
The site has yet to add any new content beyond that letter, but it's filled to the brim with stuff from two years of back issues of The Occasional, including articles, videos, and other content from some of the biggest names in comedy.
The Simpsons has really been getting into having guest artists animate the show's couch gags lately. Here's the latest, set to air in this Sunday's episode, from French animator and director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Bellevile, The Illusionist). The Simpsons started using guest artists to do the credits on occasion in 2010 and has featured couch gags from the street artist Banksy, cartoonists John Kricfalusi and Bill Plympton, and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.
Fox's Bob's Burgers has frequently featured top-notch original music since its early days, and it's finally all being collected for an album. Creator Loren Bouchard says that a deal to release a Bob's Burgers album has been finalized, and that it'll be coming out this fall on iTunes. There aren't any more details on the album beyond that, but hopefully, it'll include such instant classics as "Electric Love" and "Will You Be Mine (Coal Mine)." Bob's Burgers makes its midseason premiere this Sunday at a new time, 7pm.
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Former Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker is getting ready to return to TV. She's signed on to play the lead role in the NBC comedy pilot Feed Me, Deadline reports. The single-camera comedy follows a dysfunctional family running a restaurant, with them fiercely protecting their daughter after her husband has an affair. The pilot was written by Sally Robinson, who recently scripted the TV remake of Steel Magnolias. Mary-Louise Parker will also serve as a producer on the pilot, which, if it's picked up, will be her first regular TV role since Weeds ended its seven-year run in 2012.
From last night's episode of The Soup, here's a sharp-looking True Detective parody starring Community duo Joel McHale and Jim Rash as an incomprehensible Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, respectively, spewing out a solid two minutes of Louisiana gibberish.
Here's Tina Fey talking about a bad experience auditioning for a McDonald's commercial in Chicago in the '90s for an episode of The Tonight Show's web series My Worst Audition. It didn't work out, but at least Tina Fey didn't get really into being a commercial spokesperson instead of becoming a great comedy writer/performer.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan has a new hour-long standup special on the way. Called Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed, it debuts on Comedy Central on Sunday, April 27th. The special will then be released as an extended 70-minute version on DVD and CD on April 29th (available for preorder now).
This is Gaffigan's fourth hour-long special. His last was Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe, which he self-released in 2012. In addition to the special, Gaffigan is working on a second book and starring in and co-creating a sitcom pilot for CBS that's in contention for the 2014-15 TV season after having been passed over last year.
Check out a preview of the special, in which Gaffigan discussed weddings, below: READ MORE
Nominations came out today for the American Comedy Awards, and This Is the End, Parks and Recreation, Key & Peele, and more all scored nominations. The American Comedy Awards ran from 1987 to 2001 before being discontinued, but NBC announced in October that the awards are being resurrected after 13 years away and that they'll be broadcasting them. Voting is open to the public, and you can cast your vote on the show's 19 categories, including categories for standups and web videos, by visiting the awards' official website or their Facebook page.
The American Comedy Awards' TV and movie nominations are pretty spot-on and more in tune with the comedy world than most awards shows, while they really dropped the ball with their web video nominations. They only picked one actual comedy sketch (from BriTANicK, which is a good call), but most of the rest of the videos are song parodies, including a 24-second video of a goat edited into a Taylor Swift song seemingly made by a teenager.
Check out the full listing of the 2014 American Comedy Awards nominees below: READ MORE
Earlier this week, a company called HUVr posted a YouTube video announcing the first commercially-available hoverboards featuring Christopher Lloyd, Tony Hawk, and Moby, but it turns out it's all a hoax and comedy website Funny Or Die is behind it. Mashable reports that the hoax was foiled when a costume designer who worked on the video posted it to her online resume. The HUVr website claims that the technology was developed out of MIT by materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who've solved an important part of one of science's mysteries: the key to antigravity. The video quickly racked up over 4 million views in less than two days.
Check out the Christopher Lloyd/Tony Hawk/Moby HUVr video and another featuring Billy Zane below.
UPDATE: Christopher Lloyd and Funny Or Die issued an "apology" for the hoverboard video with a new video (also below): READ MORE
"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.
Playing the father on a CBS multi-camera family sitcom is probably the last thing you'd expect to find Chris Elliott doing, but the beloved comedian gave more conventional TV stardom a shot nearly a decade ago in a failed pilot called You've Reached the Elliotts, which I'll be reviewing in this week's column.
Co-created by Elliott and Rob DesHotel (a writer for That '70s Show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, among other things), the script to You've Reached the Elliotts was written solo by DesHotel, and it was ordered to a pilot for the 2006-07 TV season by CBS. The pilot stars Chris Elliott as "Chris Elliott," a fictionalized version of himself: a husband and father of two trying to balance raising his family in Connecticut and his acting career in LA, which mostly consists of him playing supporting roles in crappy comedy sequels (the script is pretty self-deprecating about Elliott's career, name-checking Scary Movie 6 and Dodgeball 3 as his current projects). READ MORE
The Grawlix, a Denver-based trio of comedians who run the popular local standup show of the same name, just released a compilation album of the best stuff from their show in 2013. The album is free and features standup from two dozen comedians, including T.J. Miller, the Sklar Brothers, Beth Stelling, Baron Vaughn, Jonah Ray, Brent Weinbach, and of course, Grawlix members Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy. If you haven't checked out The Grawlix's show in Denver due to not living in Denver, this album is the next best thing.
(via The Comedy Bureau)
Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's web chat show Speakeasy, and his guest this time around is Community's Gillian Jacobs. As always with Speakeasy, it's a lively and engaging conversation that doesn't feel stale and pre-planned like a lot of TV interviews do, and Jacobs delves into some fun parts of her past, including her unusual start as a child actor, being on probation at Juilliard, and being oblivious to Community's frequent pop culture references.
Comedian Jackie Kashian has a new hour special that just dropped today. Called This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux, it's available for $5, and is the first standup release from Bill Burr and Al Madrigal's podcast network All Things Comedy. Kashian is perhaps best known as host of the podcast The Dork Forest. She's also done standup on Conan and has performed a half-hour special on Comedy Central. This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux is her first hour special, following two albums (2007's Circus People and 2010's It Is Never Going to Be Bread).
Check out a trailer for the special below: READ MORE