Here's the latest set of promos for this weekend's SNL, featuring Amy Adams doing as good a job as can be expected of not freaking out and being creepy towards One Direction. OK, maybe she's a little creepy.
With The Colbert Report officially gone, it's only a matter of time before The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore debuts in its timeslot. But during that awkward period before then, Chris Hardwick and @midnight will take over the 11:30pm timeslot on Comedy Central. From January 5th through the 19th you can go to bed a half hour earlier without missing your precious hashtag games. Enjoy it while you can!
ESPN and Grantland sent Hannibal Buress to a Cavs/Pelicans game to try to report on unibrowed superstar Anthony Davis. Unfortunately, Davis was injured and left the game after only seven minutes, but Hannibal managed to make the most of his courtside access anyways. Even if Lebron refused to answer his questions.
David Fincher, director of such hilarious comedies as Gone Girl, Se7en, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is now developing a new half-hour comedy for HBO. Tentatively titled Living on Video, here's the synopsis:
Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. He lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. In the vein of HBO’s Entourage, the series revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of the newcomer.
Entourage directed by David Fincher! You know, it sounds on the surface like it makes no sense, but I really do think that Entourage would've been greatly improved if E murdered Turtle in a really gruesome fashion. So I'm on board with this.
Nick Offerman was on The Tonight Show last night, and he talked with Fallon about the final day of shooting Parks and Rec. It sounds like it was pretty sad, but at least he and Aziz were able to weasel their way into having one last line.
Last night, Seth Meyers took a bold stand against North Korea or whoever hacked Sony Pictures, causing them to cancel the release of The Interview. A bold stance, but seemingly not one that NBC is fully behind.
The final episode of The Colbert Report aired last night, and in it Stephen killed death himself and ascended into eternity – with Alex Trebek, naturally. But before flying off into another realm, he had some of his best pals join him in song. Everybody from Jon Stewart and Michael Stipe to Henry Kissinger and Samantha Powers to Bryan Cranston and James Franco and literally dozens of others. It was a pretty great — and surprisingly touching — way to send this incredible show off. Below, watch Colbert's final Word, him cheat death, and his final sendoff. Click here to watch the entire episode. READ MORE
Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein, co-creators of the late animated Comedy Central comedy Drawn Together, are working on a new project for Fox: Meet the Kellers. There's not a ton of info about it just yet, and apparently Fox is keeping it "top secret", but it's apparently going to be "a half-hour family sitcom that is part scripted and part hidden camera." Now just what the hell does that mean? Your guess is as good as mine, but it certainly sounds more interesting than your standard, broad network sitcom. We'll see if it makes it out of development.
On last Friday's Late Show, Jamie Foxx sat down with Letterman and discussed the fact that his name isn't actually Jamie Foxx — he was born as Eric Bishop. He changed his name to Jamie just to make it sound gender-neutral so the guys running the open mic at the Comedy Store would think he was a woman and call him up. So if you've been having a hard time getting stage time, now you know the secret: you just need to change your given name. Totally worth it.
It's been a rough season for new network sitcoms. The latest show to get the axe is ABC's Selfie, which follows the cancellation of its former time slot-partner Manhattan Love Story. Selfie will air a new episode next Tuesday, but beyond that it's not clear if any of the remaining episodes in its 13-episode season will see the light of day — ABC will be airing holiday specials in its time slot throughout all of December. Receiving a mediocre Metacritic score of 57, Selfie never really endeared itself to either critics or viewers. So long, Selfie.
Megan Amram's new book Science…For Her! comes out on November 4th, so in order to get ladies jazzed up to learn about science, she enlisted three of the hunkiest hunks in comedy: Nick Offerman, Rich Fulcher, and Steve Agee to shoot a video to promote it. If those three studs gyrating and lip syncing don't get your juices flowing, check your pulse.
This coming Monday night we're throwin' a party at the UCB East in NYC. Yes, it's Splitsider's Dog and Pony Show, hosted by Halle Keifer and Joe Stanton. This month's guests are Robert Dean (Caroline's), Jena Friedman (The Daily Show), Lucas Connolly (Caroline's), and Rus Gutin (The Comedy Store). It's all happening at 8pm and for five measly bucks. Reserve your tickets here, and we'll see you on Monday.
This coming Monday night, it's time again for our monthly Dog and Pony Show. You know the one! It's hosted by Halle Kiefer and Joe Stanton and it takes place at one of our favorite comedy venues in NYC, UCB East. This month's show features a killer lineup: Lil Rel Howery (truTV's Friends Of The People), Sachi Ezura (Girl Code), Jo Firestone (Punderdome), and Sean Donnelly (Letterman). All for a measly $5.
So come on by UCB East this coming Monday the 18th at 8pm. Grab your tickets here, and we'll see you there.
Broken Lizard, the comedy group behind cult classics Super Troopers and Beerfest have signed up to create a new comedy for TBS. Called Quality Time, the show "follows the now-adult (well, at least older) versions of the group as they struggle through various challenges of adult misery and child rearing and attempt to hang on to the idiotic freedom of their irresponsible pre-parental lives."
Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske will all write and presumably act on the show, although there's no word on if Broken Lizard mainstay and Super Troopers director Jay Chandrasekhar will also be involved.