Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's interview web series Speakeasy, and his guest this time around is Oscar-winning screenwriter and Community actor Jim Rash. It's a fun run-through of Rash's career, including the history of his writing partnership with Nat Faxon, the horrifying origins of his Twitter name, and the trajectory of his ridiculous Community character.
Comedian Eddie Pepitone has been given his own YouTube channel as part of the comedy collective JASH, which also includes Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Reggie Watts, Tim Heidecker, and Eric Wareheim. So far, Pepitone has made three videos for JASH, including a video adaptation his Twitter "to do" lists. All his videos so far are under a minute long and embedded below: READ MORE
Mad Men returns this Sunday, and with it, so do those incoherent teaser trailers for next week's episode, featuring a bunch of out-of-context snippets tied together. The Simpsons made a promo for its new episode in the style of those awful Mad Men teasers, and it's pretty spot-on.
Ken Marino will be in the movie adaptation of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books. The Party Down and The State actor will play a supporting role in the film, also called Goosebumps, joining stars Jack Black, Amy Ryan, Dylan Minnette, and Jillian Bell, Deadline reports. Directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens, Gulliver's Travels), the movie follows a boy and R.L. Stine's niece teaming up when a bunch of Stine's imaginary monsters are set free in the town of Greendale, Maryland. Marino is playing blowhard football Coach Carr, while Black is playing R.L. Stine. The movie is set for a March 2016 release.
Today's big news that Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman as host of CBS's Late Show in 2015 is causing the usual domino effect that a late night host jumping shows usually does, but the line of succession for Colbert's soon-to-be-vacated slot at Comedy Central isn't as clear and obvious as NBC and CBS's recent late night changes. The Colbert Report isn't a franchise. In addition to his persona and comedic voice being so thoroughly ingrained into the fabric of the show, his name is also built into the title instead of having the "______ with ______" title format that makes for smooth changeovers for other late night shows. The Colbert Report, winner of multiple Emmys and two Peabodys, is held in such high esteem that Comedy Central has some especially big shoes to fill, and it would be tough for the network to find someone similar to Colbert, who's equally talented as a writer, actor, host, and improviser, to anchor a similar show to The Colbert Report in the 11:30 timeslot. Whatever ends up replacing The Colbert Report will likely have to be something else entirely. READ MORE
CBS announced today that Stephen Colbert, longtime host of The Colbert Report, will take over for David Letterman as host of the network's 11:35pm program Late Show in 2015. Letterman announced last week that he will be retiring sometime next year though a transition date has not yet been set. Colbert will become Late Show's second host; Letterman originated the series in 1993. Colbert has signed a five-year agreement to host the show for CBS. "I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me," Colbert said in a statement. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."
Stephen Colbert's contract with Comedy Central runs out at the end of this year, so The Colbert Report will conclude its nine-year run in December, leaving him wide open to take over Late Show anytime in 2015.
Colbert drop his faux-conservative pundit persona to host CBS's flagship late night show as himself. His buddy Jon Stewart gave Colbert a ringing endorsement this week, saying "He's wonderful in Colbert Report, but he's got gears he hasn’t even shown people yet. He would be remarkable."
Reports about Stephen Colbert being CBS's top choice started coming in pretty much as soon as Letterman announced his retirement, and the network had met with Colbert about hosting the show prior to Letterman making his decision. Craig Ferguson, longtime host of The Late Late Show following Letterman, had a clause in his contract guaranteeing him first right of refusal to hosting Late Show after Letterman retires but CBS execs, who are said to have never seen Ferguson as the heir to Letterman's show, paid him a bunch of money instead. READ MORE
Here's a new video comedian Hannibal Buress made for Complex TV in which he ranks his "five most unintentionally funny R&B songs" and then proceeds to make fun of said songs and to finally put those '90s R&B artists in their place.
Here's a brand new red band trailer for Seth Rogen and Zac Efron's new movie, Neighbors, which comes out May 9th, has been receiving rave reviews, and most importantly, features Hannibal Buress as a cop.
SNL just released this cool time lapse video, showing all the moving pieces in Studio 8H during an SNL taping by speeding the video up really fast. It's from this weekend's Anna Kendrick episode, in case you want to try to sync up the audio of that episode to 50 times its usual speed while you watch this.
Christopher Evan Welch, one of the stars of HBO's new series Silicon Valley, tragically passed away four months ago, and Vulture has an excellent piece reflecting on his life and his body of work leading up to Silicon Valley, which they deem his "breakout role."
Conan O'Brien is set to become the first late night host to do a week of shows from Comic-Con. The TBS host plans to broadcast his shows from July 8 to July 12, 2015 (yes, that's really far away) from San Diego's Spreckels Theater during the massive annual comic book convention, Deadline reports. O'Brien recently took his show to Dallas last week coinciding with the NCAA championship.
NBC is bringing reality competition Last Comic Standing back this summer, and here's a brand new trailer for the revamped show, featuring host J.B. Smoove, judges Russell Peters, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Roseanne, and bunch of standups.
Adult Swim is set to premiere a new TV special later this month from Brett Gelman and Jason Woliner (Eagleheart), Splitsider has learned. Called Dinner With Friends With Brett Gelman and Friends, the 30-minute special will air Thursday, April 24th, at midnight. Written by Gelman and Woliner and was directed by Woliner, the special stars Gelman as himself, inviting his Hollywood friends over for "a lively night of dining, tasty showbiz chit-chat, and psychological torture." Gelman's dinner guests include Dale Dickey, Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Melamed, Alison Pill, Lance Reddick, and Alex Karpovsky as themselves, and Anthony Atamanuik as Joey Fillipiano.
To whet your appetite, here's the last project Brett Gelman and Jason Woliner made together, "1000 Cats": READ MORE
2014 has been a busy year for Paul F. Tompkins so far. He's starring in an ABC sitcom pilot opposite Molly Shannon and hosting the web chat series Speakeasy, Fusion's political puppet show No, You Shut Up!, the podcast/live show Dead Authors, and his Largo live show Varietopia. I recently caught up with Tompkins on the set of Speakeasy to talk about the plethora of projects he has going, being hoodwinked by an Ice-T impersonator, and Mr. Show's upcoming 20th anniversary. READ MORE