Comedian and author Jen Kirkman launched her own podcast this week. Called I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast, the show features episodes that range from 30-45 minutes long and each one finds Kirkman talking into a microphone while sitting on her bed. "I have always just wanted to get onto the microphone and talk," she says in the inaugural episode. "In stand-up, you have to have punchlines and someone might be drunk. So you can be drunk listening to this now, you can heckle me and I can't hear you.This is the beauty of this for me." Kirkman is choosing to release the show herself rather than going with a podcast network, and she has three episodes of I Seem Fun up on her website right now. Her stories have always been a highly enjoyable part of Paul F. Tompkins's show The Pod F. Tompkast, and it's nice to see Jen Kirkman get a podcast platform of her own.
"Bill Cosby's like Dad and Richard Pryor's like your dirty old uncle. You know what I mean? Uncle Richard would, like, sneak you beers and give you firecrackers at Thanksgiving. Bill Cosby is like every comedian's father."
-Comedian Eric Andre reflecting on the concert film Bill Cosby: Himself in a 30th anniversary piece in GQ that also features Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, and Larry Wilmore sharing their thoughts on the wildly influential performance.
Comedy Central has ordered up a six-episode-long fourth season of John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. The full lineup of comedians who will be doing the new season of the stand-up showcase was posted online this week and it includes Reno 911!'s Tom Lennon, future TBS late night host Pete Holmes, and SNL co-head writer Colin Jost. Here's the full list of the 24 comedians who will be spread out over six episodes:
James Adomian, W. Kamau Bell, Mark Forward, Travon Free, Ron Funches, Gary Gulman, Phil Hanley, Seth Herzog, Pete Holmes, Colin Jost, Jessi Klein, Jamie Lee, Tom Lennon, Joe Mande, Morgan Murphy, Sara Schaefer, Rory Scovel, Dan Soder, Paul F. Tompkins, Nick Turner, Brooke Van Poppelen, Reggie Watts, Ali Wong and Joe Zimmerman.
Hustler is making a porn parody of HBO's Girls, and the star/creator of the series, Lena Dunham, is not pleased about it. News of the porn parody came out this week, and here's how porno news site XBIZ described the adult film, which is titled This Ain't Girls XXX:
In the XXX parody, Hannah (Alex Chance) decides to forsake men, and boyfriend Adam, to experiment with lesbianism. After a few satisfying jaunts she returns to Adam (Richie Calhoun) – and mankind. Adam accepts her back into the fold, but, true to the original show, adds a dominant and quirky dimension to the scene.
“[Adam’s] like, ‘OK, then crawl to my fucking bed,” Calhoun said, explaining how the action begins. The ensuing sex involves mild BDSM with a sprinkling of strange: In addition to dirty talk and rough sex, Adam uses a candy ballgag attached to a stretchy cord to direct Hannah’s face towards him.
Lena Dunham took to Twitter to express how upset and "grossed out" she is that someone is doing a porn take-off on her show, writing: READ MORE
Don't have time to rewatch all of Arrested Development before the new season premieres this Sunday? Well, we put together this handy guide to where each character left off plot-wise at the end of Season Three, including all the Bluths and some significant non-Bluths, to jog your memory. Creator Mitch Hurwitz has said, the new season will explain what each character has been up to in the seven years since the show went off the air, so it'll be important to know where everybody was in 2006 so that you won't be totally lost when Netflix drops 15 new episodes this weekend. READ MORE
Montreal-based comedy festival Just For Laughs announced the lineup for its 2013 gathering yesterday, which will mark the event's 30th anniversary. Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Joan Rivers, Eddie Izzard, Taran Killam & Bobby Moynihan, Nick Kroll, Amy Schumer, Colin Quinn, Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood, Kristen Schaal, Bo Burnham, Hannibal Buress, Danny Bhoy, Marc Maron, Pete Holmes, Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford, Judah Friedlander, Scott Adsit & John Lutz, and Brian Posehn will be taking the tage from July 18th to the 27th, alongside tons of more comedians. In addition to those comeidans, Just For Laughs will be premiering CollegeHumor's first movie Coffee Town, starring Glenn Howerton, Steve Little, and Ben Schwartz, and hosting live versions of podcasts like WTF, You Made It Weird, Professor Blastoff, and The Todd Barry Podcast. Colin Quinn will be delivering the festival's keynote address, and he has pretty big shoes to fill following Patton Oswalt's rousing speech last year.
Theme park Universal Orlando announced this week that they're expanding to feature a mini-version of the Simpsons' town Springfield. Building around the park's existing Simpsons Ride, the Springfield replica will be open to the public sometime this summer. It will feature a new ride, "Kang & Kodos' Twirl 'n' Hurl," and several restaurants, including Krusty Burger, the Frying Dutchman, Luigi's Pizza, Lard Lad Donuts, the Bumblee Man's "Taco Fresho," and Moe's Tavern. The area will also feature a Kwik-E-Mart, a Jebediah Springfield statue, the comic book shop, and a Duff bar serving Duff beer that's brewed exclusively for the park. People in Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob suits will be walking around, as well.
See below for the concept art from the press release: READ MORE
With the departures of Fred Armisen and Bill Hader from SNL last week, their fellow longtime cast member has been rumored to be leaving, as well. Sudeikis addressed the exit talk on an appearance on The View yesterday (video below), telling Barbara Walters he feels "honored to get hardballed" by the question. "I don't know. I sincerely don't know at this point," he responded when asked if he'll be back in the fall. "I've got to deal with saying goodbye to some near dear friends that are definitely leaving and get that out of my head and go on vacation a little bit and mull it all over."
Here's the first episode of You and Your Fucking Coffee, a new web series for YouTube's comedy channel JASH from Mike Judge and comedian/musician Henry Phillips. It features a rare on-camera performance from animation king Mike Judge, who I really wish sounded and looked exactly like his character Hank Hill in real life.
Matt Ingebretson and Dave Ross are two Los Angeles comedians who host the excellent weekly live show Holy Fuck, and here's a new YouTube video from them in which they fight each other with fencing equipment. Neither of them have fenced before and Ingebretson bought the fencing equipment while he was drunk. Enjoy!
The delightful Maria Bamford is set to launch a new web series called Ask My Mom! on the comedy website My Damn Channel next week, but here's a short teaser trailer. New episodes will debut each Thursday starting with the show's premiere May 30th. In the show, Maria Bamford is playing her own mother, Marilyn Bamford, "a 70-year-old retired family therapist and a Netflix connoisseur," in an advice show. You can submit your own questions now at ask-my-mom.com to become a part of this wackiness.
Every year, the comedy website CollegeHumor holds its annual All-Nighter, filming and posting new videos for 10 straight hours, and tonight is the night. From 8pm EST/5pm PST to 6am EST/3am PST tonight, the website will be holding the marathon as a part of YouTube's Comedy Week with a 10-hour live variety show hosted by Jeff Rubin accompanying the videos. "This is the extreme sports version of comedy and viral videomaking," Sam Reich, CollegeHumor's President of Original Content, tells Splitsider. "It's always a ton of fun, until 4am hits, and then it's utterly surreal. Tune in and watch us unravel." The CollegeHumor gang will be joined by a slew of special guests including BriTANick, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City, Elaine Carroll, Freestyle Love Supreme, The Gregory Brothers, Henry Zebrowski, and other people, so stay up 10 straight hours to watch the event as a show of solidarity with these brave web comedy soldiers. READ MORE
Here's a clip of Dana Carvey on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, in which he debuts the Jimmy Fallon impression he's been working on lately at the very end. If that isn't enough for you impression fanatics, Carvey and Fallon also do Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, and Adam Sandler impressions prior to Carvey's Fallon impression and Carvey did his Lorne Michaels impression in the first part of the interview, which you can watch below: READ MORE
While Will Forte's SNL spinoff action-comedy MacGruber didn't do so hot at the box office when it was released three summers ago, the movie has gone on to become a cult hit and a favorite amongst comedy nerds. Forte and Company first began talking about MacGruber 2 last year, and today, he tells Rolling Stone, "June 10th my writing partners John Solomon, Jorma Taccone and I are locking ourselves in a room and writing it." He added, "We were happy with how the original came out. I guess you wouldn't call it a success but people got to see it, sometimes you just have to be happy with that." Forte also revealed that he's talked to original cast members Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe about coming back for the second installment. He hinted last month at the possibility of a MacGruber 2 Kickstarter but that was before the whole Zach Braff Kickstarter debacle, so I'm assuming that plan is out now. Here's hoping Will Forte is able to get the gang back together.
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