JB Smoove was on The Tonight Show last night, and he basically took it over right when he walked out onto the stage as only he can. I'm not sure his solution for racial tensions is all that practical, but I guess we'll see.
In 2005, when SNL hired the three members of existing sketch group The Lonely Island — Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone — it was something that the show had never done before. But it sure worked, with the trio creating the SNL Digital Short format that became incredibly popular and injected new life into the show. Now, it looks like they're doing it again with the sketch group Good Neighbor, which consists of Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Nick Rutherford and Dave McCary. In addition to hiring Bennett and Mooney as featured players for the upcoming season, we've learned that SNL has also hired member McCary as a director. Presumably the three of them will work together on the show, having created a whole slew of videos together over the past few years.
Good Neighbor had recently produced a pilot for Comedy Central with Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez production company, but it seems clear that it won't go to series as these three move to NYC to start work on SNL instead.
Splitsider's Dog and Pony Show returns this Friday with a stellar lineup: Meghan O'Keefe, Mikala Bierma, Matt Koff, and Ben Kronberg joining hosts Halle Kiefer and Joe Stanton. It goes down this Friday at 7:30pm at UCB East in NYC (3rd st and Ave A). What a great way to start your weekend, no? Head on over here to reserve your tickets, and we'll see you Friday.
It's official: Jason Sudeikis is leaving SNL. It's been assumed that he wouldn't be returning to the show — his upcoming movie schedule basically makes it impossible — but he confirmed his exit to Letterman in an interview that will air tonight. Sudeikis was on staff at SNL for ten years, spending his first two as a writer and the next eight in the cast. His departure follows that of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen; looks like there are gonna be some new faces in 8H next season. READ MORE
This month at Splitsider's Dog and Pony Show, Halle Keifer welcomes her new co-host Joe Stanton! That's two amazing and wonderful people bringing you comedy instead of just one! And Halle and Joe will be joined by four top-notch standups: Kate Berlant, Shannon Coffey, Justin Perez, and Phil Davidson. It's gonna be a great show, and it's going down this Friday, July 12th at 7:30pm at UCB East in NYC. And for a mere $5! Make your reservations here and then get your ass to UCB East this Friday night.
America was originally a spinoff of the long-running England. Airing from the 1776-77 season through today, America focuses on a small ensemble of white people using things in the ground to become rich or kill brown people. A sprawling dramedy, it combines all of the loose plot points of a Tyler Perry sitcom with all the fun of being white.
It has widely focused on the themes of war, freedom, sitting, Fenway Park, maps, the one true Christian god, rugs, pregnancy tits, Vice magazine, butterfaces, coal, butterdicks, “Where’s the Beef?,” Chicago, Larry Flynt, colonialism, Terri Schiavo, NBC single-camera sitcoms, toddlers, suicide pacts, Atari, penny farthing bicycles, SpaghettiO’s (Cool Ranch flavor), tiny dolls, the TLC show Sister Wives, H1N1, television, and genocide. It has some unique perspective every once in awhile, but honestly, America can be super derivative. Most of the stories have already been on The Simpsons.
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has said in the past that he likes the idea of doing a spinoff for Bob Odenkirk's fan-favorite Saul Goodman character, and he's only getting more serious-sounding about the idea being something that actually might happen. In an interview with The Wrap, he said that he and writer Peter Gould are already working on the idea:
All my writers are wonderful writers. And they're all ready to run their own shows. In this particular case, since Peter created the character, it felt more than right to be working with him on this, and we are plugging away coming up with a pitch and a take on it for the network and studio and hopefully everyone will agree that there's a really fun show to be had here. And hopefully we'll get it up and running, and then Peter will run it. I'd love to see that happen. It's not a done deal yet, but it's definitely something we're full speed ahead on trying to get going.
He also discusses whether or not it'll be an hour or a half-hour:
There's a way to do both versions of the show. There's a way to make it a half-hour show and make it a little more — I don’t want to say sitcom-y, but a little more traditionally half-hour comedic. Or there's a way to do it where it fits more snuggly in with the "Breaking Bad" universe, in which it's an hour-long show. As you can imagine with Saul Goodman as a character, a show like that would have to have plenty of humor to it. But also because he works for some pretty scary clientele sometimes, there'd be a bit of drama in it as well. We're trying to nail that down. As of yet, we haven't completely figured that out ourselves.
Head on over to The Wrap for the rest of the chat, in which they discuss the possibilities of it being a prequel or a sequel and potential appearances by Giancarlo Esposito, who played Gus on Breaking Bad.
Showtime has just greenlit a new documentary called Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro, one that'll follow around the comic for her tour later this summer as she stages private shows in fans' barns, living rooms, back yards, driveways, and any other area they have access to that can fit some friends to watch some comedy. It'll also include "guest appearances from her famous and funny friends," of which she has many. Sounds like fun! And hey, you can be involved if you wanna have Tig perform at your pad. Just head to TigRoadtrip.com and pitch her on just why you should host her.
Here's the full trailer for Delivery Man, an upcoming Vince Vaughn movie about a guy who accidentally fathers over 500 kids due to a mixup at a sperm bank. It looks more heartfelt and touching than your standard Vince Vaughn movie, and it's got a pretty great supporting cast that includes Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders and Bobby Moynihan. What do you think, will it strike the right funny/sincere balance? We can all find out when it hits theaters on November 22nd.
Tonight at 10:30pm is the season finale of Inside Amy Schumer, the latest in a line of sketch comedy wins from Comedy Central. Up there is a preview from the episode, from a sketch appropriately titled "Penetrating Phil." Phil is played by UCB NY mainstay/Very Mary Kate star Will Hines, who I think we can all agree makes the best facial expressions possible when passively participating in a conversation about being penetrated.
"One of the things that's surprising when you go on telly a lot is that often the on-camera 'talent' (yuck!) are perfectly amiable when you chat to them normally, but when the red light goes on they immediately transform into shark-eyed Stepford berks talking in a cadence you encounter nowhere else but TV-land — a meter that implies simultaneously carefree whimsy and stifled hysteria."
When Futurama first got cancelled after four seasons on Fox, it was a little more upsetting. Four seasons is a very intermediate amount… not clearly a failure or a success. Most shows get cancelled either several seasons earlier or several later. So we weren't sure how to feel. I guess we decided on "bad".
Now having done seven seasons by our count (we include the four DVD movies as season five), and 140 episodes, it feels like a good run. If you were told in advance your show would make it that far, you would jump at the deal. Granted it took us 14 years to do seven seasons, but still, not too bad.
Also with the 52 recent episodes for Comedy Central I feel like we really got to a lot of subjects that we wanted to cover and got to develop the characters quite a bit… and this current final(?) season ends with a very strong, emotional run. So all in all, yes, I will feel okay with it if this really is the end.
The idea of catching up to the Simpsons if we were to come back is definitely more of a nightmare than a dream. To do that, we'd have to get an order of "20 episodes a year for 20 years". Noooooooooo!
Here's the trailer for Ride Along, a new movie in which Ice Cube plays the same character he plays in those commercials in which he has a rivalry with a can of beer. But this time, he's also a badass cop who takes Kevin Hart out on the streets to prove that he's worthy of marrying his sister. It doesn't come out until January 17th of next year, but that just gives you plenty of time to prep for it.
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