Happy Endings and Mindy Project star Adam Pally is set to play the lead role in a movie. He's set to star in an indie comedy called Bad Boys Crazy Girls, about a pair of friends who are unlucky in love, THR reports. Directed by Don Argott and Sheena Joyce (The Art of the Steal) and written by Heither Maidat (Mad), the film follows friends Jeff (Pally) and Anne, who experiment in modifying their personalities to improve their romantic lives in order to have people think of them as "bad" and "crazy."
Pally has been racking up a ton of roles in movies lately. He'll be playing one of the leads in this fall's Search Party, alongside TJ Miller and Thomas Middleditch. He's also starring, with Parenthood's Rosa Salazar, in the indie rom-com Night Owls, which is currently filming. Pally is a cast member on The Mindy Project, which is wrapping its second season and has received an early renewal for a third season.
The Bonnaroo Music Festival announced its 2014 comedy lineup today. Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Taran Killam, Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, TJ Miller, Rory Scovel, Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments, Sasheer Zamata, Seth Herzog, Emily Heller, and Brad Williams will all be performing at Bonnaroo's comedy theater.
The festival runs from June 12 to the 15th this year. Started in 2002, the Bonnaroo Music Festival has featured a comedy stage annually since 2005, with acts like Chris Rock, Louis C.K., Jimmy Fallon, Janeane Garofalo, Zach Galifianakis, Tig Notaro, and more having performed there in past years.
Yesterday, NBC announced that The Maya Rudolph Show, a new variety show special from the comedic actress of the same name, will premiere on May 19th. The Lorne Michaels-produced one-off special, which features guests like Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg, and Janelle Monáe, will serve as a pilot for a Rudolph-fronted variety show for the network.
Rudolph hosting a variety show is no surprise as she's had dual passions for music and comedy for decades now. The daughter of soul singer Minnie Ripperton, Rudolph worked as a keyboardist and backup singer for the band The Rentals before landing at SNL. On SNL and Up All Night, Rudolph sang frequently, goofing on talented pop stars and horrendously untalented singers with equal precision. In 2012, she launched a female Prince cover band called Princess with friend Gretchen Lieberum, a college friend who's an LA-based jazz singer-songwriter, and the group has found acclaim online.
To give you an idea of what to expect from The Maya Rudolph Show's musical segments, here's a collection of her best musical moments, both comedic and sincere: 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.
Eddie Murphy has been trying to get a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie made since the late '90s, and it's something he and director Brett Ratner are still currently working on. Beverly Hills Cop IV was briefly called off last year as plans to shift the franchise towards a CBS series called Beverly Hills Cop starring Axel Foley's son, Aaron Foley (played by Brandon T. Jackson, Tropic Thunder) with Murphy producing and playing a recurring role, but when the network passed on the pilot, plans to get another Beverly Hills Cop movie going again were put into motion, with Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy returning to the project.
The script I'm reviewing today is not the current draft of Beverly Hills Cop IV that's in development, but rather a 2008 draft for a sequel that could have been, called Beverly Hills Cop 2009. Both Murphy and director Brett Ratner were attached to the script, which was written by action movie duo Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma, creators of Chicago Fire). READ MORE
Maya Rudolph is returning to NBC next month. Her new one-hour special, entitled The Maya Rudolph Show, is set to premiere Monday, May 19th, at 10pm, EW reports. The one-off variety show special will double as a pilot for a potential series.
Guests for the show will include Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, and Chris Parnell, with Janelle Monáe as musical guest and Raphael Saaddiq as bandleader. Lorne Michaels, who worked with Rudolph as a producer on SNL and Up All Night, is also serving as a producer on The Maya Rudolph Show.
Right around this time last year when Up All Night was falling apart, Maya Rudolph turned down five sitcom offers to instead develop her own variety show. NBC, ABC, and Fox were all interested, but NBC won out and got the potential series. The daughter of soul singer Minnie Riperton, Rudolph is a musician in addition to being an actress/comedian. Before SNL, she was a studio backing singer and was briefly the keyboardist for the band The Rentals. She currently performs with Princess, the Prince cover band she formed with Gretchen Lieberum.
Despite the rumors, CBS is not in talks to have Chelsea Handler take over The Late Late Show for Craig Ferguson. Last week, The Wrap reported that Handler has been in negotiations for the job and last night, Handler posted a photo to Instagram of herself with a stack of papers with the CBS logo on one with the caption "Business meeting." CBS told Splitsider in a statement, "There are no discussions with Chelsea Handler regarding the network’s 12:30 late night broadcast. Her meeting with CBS yesterday was a general meeting with our syndication group."
Handler announced last month that she's leaving her long-running E! late night show Chelsea Lately at the end of the year. A few days later, David Letterman announced he was retiring from CBS and Stephen Colbert was subsequently named his replacement. There's no word on whether Craig Ferguson is staying at his post at The Late Late Show once his contract is up this year, but it's possible that he and CBS will part ways timed to the Letterman/Colbert transition.
Here's the trailer for Obvious Child, a new comedy starring Jenny Slate as a Brooklyn standup who gets dumped, fired, and pregnant back to back to back. The independent movie, written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, premiered to rave reviews at Sundance earlier this year, and it hits theaters on June 6th.
Here's a new video from JASH of a food and culture show called "Food Club" that was created by and stars Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, and Jason Woliner, with Parks and Rec writer Alan Yang as Swab Yang. Wearing silly-looking captains' hats, the three comedians travel from restaurant to restaurant, deciding whether the eateries are plaque-worthy or not.
Ansari, Wareheim, and Woliner started their Food Club years ago, before this video, as Ansari told The AV Club in 2010: READ MORE
Comedian Tom Scharpling has been making awe-inspiring music videos for cool bands for years now, and his latest, the above video Scharpling wrote and directed for the Real Estate song "Crime," might be his best yet. Andy Daly's Tom Scharpling character totally gives Jon Hamm's Tom Scharpling a run for his money.
Check out the latest video Scharpling wrote and directed for Real Estate, "Days" from 2010," below: READ MORE
From John Moe's public radio show, Wits, here's a live sketch in which Kristen Schaal plays Star Wars villain Darth Vader, in case you've ever wondered what that would be like.
(via AV Club)
Standup Todd Glass got a book deal after the excellent, acclaimed 2012 episode of WTF with Marc Maron in which he came out of the closet, and that book is finally hitting the shelves this summer.
Called The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy, the memoir is being released on June 3rd, features blurbs from Glass's buddies Norm Macdonald, Sarah Silverman, and Patton Oswalt, and is available for preorder now.
(via The Comedy Bureau)
Bo Burnham guest starred on last week's episode of Parks and Recreation as super-American country singer Chipp McCapp, and here's a music video for his song, "Beautiful Like My Mom (Support the Troops)" that's sure to replace the national anthem in a few years.
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