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.
Comedy Central has just announced that they've renewed both Nathan for You and Drunk History for third seasons. These renewals come on the heels of recent renewals for Broad City, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Review, and TripTank, giving the network a seriously impressive lineup of critically acclaimed comedies that are being given chances to grow across multiple seasons. Hey, keep it up, CC!
Both Nathan for You and Drunk History are in the middle of their second seasons now, with new episodes airing on Tuesday nights. Check out our recent interviews with Nathan Fielder and Drunk History creator Derek Waters.
While Conan recently announced that he'd be "starring" in the upcoming Syfy movie Sharktopus VS. Pteracuda, it looks like this ridiculous and insanely violent scene is the only one he's actually in. Which is probably for the best — I'm not sure anyone could take a full 90 minutes of that character. I'm sure all of the other characters are more fleshed out and well rounded. We'll find out when it airs on Syfy at 9pm on August 2nd.
The nominees for the 66th Emmy Awards have been announced, and as usual, it's a mix of quality nominees with some real groaners — yes, Ricky Gervais was nominated for playing a mentally disabled guy in Derek. But there are also some great surprises, like SNL's Kate McKinnon and Portlandia's Fred Armisen getting nominations. Also nominated are folks like Louis CK, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lena Dunham, Adam Driver, and Tony Hale. The Outstanding Comedy category has some surprises: Silicon Valley and Orange is the New Black were nominated, but Parks and Rec, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Emmy favorite Girls were not.
The awards ceremony will take place on August 25th. Here's the full list of comedy-related nominations: READ MORE
The High Plains Comedy Festival is returning to Denver for its second year this August 22-23, and they've put together a pretty stellar lineup. Pete Holmes, TJ Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily Gordon, Cameron Esposito, Amber Tozer, Jonah Ray, Jared Logan, and many, many more will be performing. Passes for the whole weekend are $80 and on sale now, so get them while they're hot. Here's the full lineup: READ MORE
Vulture is reporting that a pretty amazing-sounding comedy may be in development for Hulu. A pilot script for a show called Love has been written by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust (Super Fun Night, and Lesley Arfin (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, with an eye on Rust and Community's Gillian Jacobs co-starring. Apatow may direct the show, and Brent Forrester (The Simpsons, The Office, Undeclared) may be the showrunner.
As for what the show would be about:
A person familiar with the pilot script describes Love as a character-based comedy revolving around relationships, romantic and otherwise, with one (very messed-up) couple in particular at the center. And, because this is Judd Apatow, the pilot script has a couple of bad words and talks a little bit about s-e-x.
It all sounds very up in the air still — Sony has until Monday to find a new home for Community, and if they do that then Jacobs would be locked in and probably couldn't do this show. And obviously with so many moving pieces and in-demand people involved it could easily fall through. But if it all clicks into place, it'd be a huge get for Hulu, which is trying to compete with other streaming services like Netflix and Amazon with original content that gets people to sign up for a subscription. We'll see, but it certainly sounds promising to me.
Vulture had Sarah Silverman interview Whitney Cummings to help promote her upcoming special, I Love You (which premieres tomorrow night at 11pm on Comedy Central), and what resulted is a truly great and in-depth discussion of a wide range of subjects relating to comedy and being a comedian. Here's Cummings on how she became a comedian:
Honestly, I was like, such a serious kid. I wasn’t one of those kids who stole Richard Pryor records. I wasn’t a comedy-nerd kid. I had no concept of stand-up. Actually, the only inkling of stand-up I had was I read one of Paul Reiser's books, when I was like 12. I found it at a yard sale and I carried it around with me for six years. But to me, I was obsessed with justice, and I think a lot of comedians have that common denominator. I loved the elephant in the room. I loved the truth. I didn’t really know that I was kind of doing stand-up at the time, or what now has evolved into stand-up, but as a kid, I would like, beg my parents to like just tell me Santa Claus is not real. I was so obsessed with getting to the truth, 'cause as a kid, we’re lied to so much. My parents were constantly telling me, "It’s fine, everything’s fine," but I knew nothing was fine. That's kind of what we do as comedians: We try to get to the truth. And so I knew that kernel was there, but I didn’t do stand-up until I was like 21. I think I was annoying someone with what now I would call a bit, and they were like, "You should do stand-up." People kept suggesting that I do it as their way to get me to stop yelling at them about things that annoy me. And it just resonated. I was like, Oh, yeah, I’m a stand-up. Before I ever did stand-up, I was like, Oh, yeah, that’s what I’m going to do for a living.
They talk about everything from being vulnerable on stage to how brutal roasts can be to preferring standup over being in movies. The whole thing is really great and well worth a read, so get to it.
Triumph wrapped up his three-part World Cup coverage last night the only way he really could – by humping every type of dog he could possibly find.
Daily Show writer JR Havlan has been a writer on the show since the very beginning. Not just the beginning of the Jon Stewart era, but a writer since the very first episode of the show, when it was hosted by Craig Kilborn. And after over 18 years on the job, yesterday was his last day. Because he's been a part of the show since its inception, Jon dedicated the Moment of Zen to him last night, showing a clip from the earliest days of the show that featured Havlan. It's not clear what he's doing next — he's also the host of The Writers Bloc podcast — but it seems like he's really earned a break before figuring it out.