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.
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