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
Standup and Parks and Rec writer Joe Mande is putting out his first comedy album this week. Called Bitchface, it's being released as a mixtape on Friday, March 7th, as the first comedy release from hip hop label Greedhead Music. Mande will also be doing a "mini world tour" at the end of the month to promote the album and a release party in LA next week. Mande, who has also written for Kroll Show, NTSF:SD:SUV, and Delocated, released his first standup special, a Comedy Central Half-Hour, in 2012.
Here's Greedhead founder Himanshu "Heems" Suri talking to Stereogum about the project:
Comics often do put out their standup as albums, but I think this is a pretty original way to do it, and a way that’s pretty culturally relevant as more and more people listen to rap and mixtapes … It’s not the first time a music label has picked up a comic, I guess maybe it’s something that’s happening more. But it’s definitely the first comedy mixtape, and that’s not something lost on Joe as you listen to it … It’s just a lot of people doing drops and stuff like that. A lot of big names from film and sports and from music just kind of dropping in and doing little mixtape drops. It’s been constructed — I think it might have been broken up into tracks — but the way it’s constructed is almost like a DJ mix, but of comedy and drops and sound effects and stuff like that.
Check out some trailers for Joe Mande's Bitchface below:
In August, Aziz Ansari signed a deal to write his first book, an untitled semi-academic tome about "the basic issues facing a single person—whom we meet, how we meet them, and what happens next—have been radically altered by new technologies." Today, Ansari announced that he created a subreddit section on the website Reddit to start conversations to help him research the book via personal stories from Reddit users.
The subreddit, called "Modern Romantics," features a bunch of questions from Ansari (like "Has anyone broken up or gotten into a huge fight with a partner based on something you saw on their phone or computer?" and "Has anyone done an arranged marriage? How did that go?"), and he'll be responding to and discussing posts there alongside NYU professor and author Eric Klinenberg, who's helping him with the book, which is expected to be released in 2015.
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are filling out the cast for Tooken, the new NBC sitcom they created that's been given a 13-episode order for the fall. Deadline reports that the show has added to its cast Tituss Burgess, who recurred on 30 Rock as D'Fwan, the flamboyant member of Tracy Jordan's wife's entourage. Burgess is the second actor to be added to the show since Ellie Kemper, who plays its lead.
Fey and Carlock will serve as showrunners on Tooken, which follows a woman named Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) who escapes from a doomsday cult and tries to start over having a normal life in New York City. Tituss Burgess plays Titus, a gay singer who Kimmy becomes roommates with. The character has never made it to Broadway and works as a robot in Times Square but is re-energized and filled with hope when he meets Kimmy. In addition to Tooken, Fey and Carlock are producing the comedy pilot Cabot College for Fox, which is in contention for the fall.
NBC just released this extended version of a scene from the most recent episode of Parks and Rec, in which Leslie gives Ben a replica of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones. It's pretty much just three minutes of Amy Poehler and Adam Scott dicking around and improvising with the Throne, and it's a fun watch.
Comedy Central announced today that they've hired comedian Jordan Klepper to be a new correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Klepper will make his first appearance on the show tonight, reporting "live" from the Ukraine.
Klepper has been a regular improv and sketch performer at New York's UCB Theatre for three years. Prior to that, he got his start via Chicago's comedy scene, performing at the Second City and iO theaters. Along with his wife and frequent collaborator Laura Grey, Klepper co-created and co-starred in the UCB Comedy-produced pilot presentation Engaged, which they later turned into a web series. His TV credits include IFC's Bunk and MTV's I Just Want My Pants Back.
Tonight, Klepper becomes the fifth correspondent on The Daily Show's news team, joining Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Aasif Mandvi, and Jessica Williams. Correspondents John Oliver and Al Madrigal recently departed to star on HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and NBC's About a Boy, respectively. Klepper is the first new correspondent in over two years. The last addition was Jessica Williams, who was hired in January of 2012.
Check out a selection of web videos, short films, and web series starring Jordan Klepper below: READ MORE
Last year, after having been fired from his TV show Community, creator Dan Harmon took his live show/podcast Harmontown on a nationwide tour and it was filmed for a documentary by director Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing). Here's the trailer to that very documentary, featuring appearances from Sarah Silverman, John Oliver, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Jack Black, and more. The movie is also called Harmontown, and it premieres at South by Southwest on March 8th.
Girls star/creator Lena Dunham is getting ready to write her first comic book. Publisher Archie Comics announced today that they've hired Dunham to write a four-issue Archie miniseries that's expected to come out next year. There aren't any details on what Dunham's Archie comic will be about, but she said in the press release, "I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity." Archie Comics boss Roberta Aguirre-Sacasa added, "Lena’s take on the Archie gang is funny and real and contemporary. It’s a stunning fit, and I know fans will be excited to read it. I am!”
(via Comics Alliance)
The Bill Clinton library released a bunch of previously-confidential documents from his time in the White House, and Politico detailing a time that then-First Lady Hillary Clinton came close to guest starring on the Tim Allen sitcom Home Improvement in the early/mid-'90s. Here's the internal White House memo about Home Improvement's offer to have Clinton do the show:
I know this may sound like a wild idea, but I think it is an interesting one to discuss. Rick Kaplan [a TV executive friend of the Clintons] brought to my attention that Home Improvement would very much like to have Hillary make a guest appearance on its show. Home Improvement is the most popular television show on the air. They are willing to do a show on women, children and family issues or a show on whatever issues Hillary would like. The outreach would be enormous and it would represent Hillary in a very likable light I believe. Although I have some concerns that it diminishes the role of First Lady by going on a tv sitcom, it is probably worth weighing it against what we believe we might be able to gain from such an appearance. politically and image-wise. You probably know that Rick is 100 percent in favor of Hillary pursuing this project.
Two decades later and Hillary Clinton still has yet to make her sitcom debut, but at least current First Lady Michelle Obama is actually following through on plans to make a sitcom cameo with her recently-announced upcoming Parks and Recreation appearance.
The Muppets sequel Muppets Most Wanted hits theaters March 21st, and this new trailer was just released, which shows the movie's opening musical number, "We're Doing a Sequel." It features all your favorite Muppets and a bunch of winky inside Hollywood terminology.
Fox News anchor Howard Kurtz, who hosts the weekly media criticism show Media Buzz, is really mad at Stephen Colbert, and he seems to be confused about whether Colbert is a real journalist or not.
Basically, Kurtz did a report on whether Hillary Clinton is too old to run for President. The Colbert Report played the clip and Stephen Colbert made fun of him for asking the question and the way he asked it. Kurtz is upset they didn't play his whole segment, claiming his work was taken out of context, but the best part is the baffling Colbert attack Kurtz wrote for Fox News Insider today about how he's going to "take on" the Comedy Central host by criticizing him on his show this Sunday:
It’s about time someone took on Stephen Colbert.
This guy—a fake anchor if ever there was one—has been maligning hard-working journalists for too long.
Journalists like me.
In an effort to get a few cheap laughs, this Comedy Central clown took my work out of context and, worse, engaged in selective editing. It was nothing less than a deliberate attempt to mislead viewers.
I’ll be responding in spades on Sunday's Media Buzz.
Kurtz seems to be unaware that Stephen Colbert isn't a real news anchor, and best of all, he ends his piece with, "Now Colbert was perfectly nice to me when I was once on his show, but it’s now clear he was just trying to disarm me for future attacks. Well, two can play this game, buddy. If I really want to get down in the dirt with him, I might even try to be funny." Tune in to Kurtz's show, Media Buzz, which airs Sunday at 11am and 5pm ET, to watch a Fox News anchor who thinks that Stephen Colbert is a real journalist try to "take on" Stephen Colbert by "trying to be funny." Should be pretty great. READ MORE
Old Soul, the NBC comedy pilot Amy Poehler co-created and is producing, is continuing to add big names to its cast. Deadline reports that Oscar winning actress Ellen Burstyn has joined the cast, which also includes Natasha Lyonne, Nick Thune, Fred Willard, Rita Moreno, and Greta Lee.
The pilot, co-created and produced by Poehler, Josh Bycel, and Jonathan Fener, follows cleaned-up party animal Nadia (Lyonne) who has a business caring for the elderly and identifies more with them than with people her age. Burstyn is playing Nadia's "earthy lesbian" cancer survivor aunt who takes care of her while Nadia takes care of her friends. Standup Nick Thune is playing Nadia's roommate and friend, Greta Lee is playing her type-A friend Alix, and Fred Willard and Rita Moreno are playing ex-Broadway partners who have been married for 50 years. David Wain is directing the pilot.