Back in May, Comedy Central passed on Chris Gethard's pilot for a cable version of his public access show The Chris Gethard Show, and now that it looks like TCGS landing on another network is unlikely, Gethard wrote a passionate manifesto on his blog today called "EVOLVE OR DIE: This Summer We Burn Down The Chris Gethard Show." Here's a bit of it:
It is time for us to burn [The Chris Gethard Show] down. It’s time for us to set a forest fire to this show, that might be the end of it but might just be the thing that allows new growth to happen. In short, the motto for the rest of this summer when it comes to TCGS is evolve or die. Evolve. Or. Die. That’s the new mantra. This thing has to grow, or it has to go. Those are our options.
Gethard had previously said last year that the public access version of his show would likely end if Comedy Central rejected the pilot, but now, it looks like there's a chance for the show to evolve into something new.
Aaron McGruder, creator of the comic strip-turned-Peabody Award-winning Adult Swim series The Boondocks, has signed a new first-look deal with Adult Swim to create and develop new shows for the cable network. His first project under the deal is a live-action adventure pilot he's writing called Hooligan Squad that is set in the future in Japanese-occupied San Francisco, following an American insurgency. McGruder has another live action Adult Swim show he created, Black Jesus, which is set to start airing this August. The Boondocks ended its four-season run on Adult Swim earlier this summer, with McGruder having left the show after its third season.
To coincide with the release of his new album Mandatory Fun, "Weird Al" Yankovic did a question and answer session on Reddit, which was full of funny and interesting responses. Yankovic delves into a whole slew of different topics about his career, like how making song parodies is different now than it was 30 years ago, a studio's plans to "make him their new Woody Allen" in the '80s, and why Mandatory Fun might be his final album.
Click through to read some of Yankovic's best responses from yesterday's AMA: READ MORE
Here's Howard Stern's interview with John Oliver from earlier today in its entirety, in which the duo discuss Oliver's difficult early days in show business, Ricky Gervais recommending him to The Daily Show, turning down a full-time job on Community to stay on Daily Show, and Last Week Tonight in depth.
Comedy Central's new Colbert Report replacement, The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore, just added The Daily Show's former showrunner. Rory Albanese will be an executive producer on Minority Report, which is set to launch in January 2015 after Colbert Report concludes its nine-year run in December so that Stephen Colbert can take over for David Letterman. Minority Report was created by Jon Stewart and will be EP'd by Albanese, Stewart, and Wilmore. Albanese spent 14 years on The Daily Show, starting as a production assistant in 1999 and rising through the ranks to executive producer/showrunner, a position he left last fall.
The Minority Report is currently in the early stages of being assembled, but here's the show was described in a Fast Company piece back in June:
The Minority Report setup will be similar to The Daily Show and Colbert Report, but with a twist: For parts of the show Wilmore will be joined by a panel of co-hosts, presumably along the lines of The View or Real Time With Bill Maher. "The general concept is Larry will be the anchor of the show and the first act will likely be Larry's take on the news of the day or cultural hot topics of the moment," says [Comedy Central president] Michele Ganeless. "Then [there will be] a panel. The panel will be the second act, we'll likely have a guest interacting with the panel in the third act."
Check out Jon Stewart's farewell tribute to Rory Albanese from last year below: READ MORE
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.
Check out a full listing of tour dates below: READ MORE
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.
See below for the full list of tour dates: READ MORE
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.