I'm very happy to announce Splitsider Presents' second release, a new standup film called A Night at Whiplash.
Whiplash is a weekly standup show at the UCB Theatre in New York. Every Monday night at 11pm, people have a chance to see some of the best standups in the world today performing ten- to twenty-minute sets, all for free. Hosted by Leo Allen, Whiplash has become one of NYC's premiere standup shows. A Night at Whiplash chronicles one such show, and features sets by Sheng Wang, Carmen Lynch, Eugene Mirman, Janeane Garofalo, Jared Logan, Michael Che, and Sean Patton.
For $5 you get the full movie as both an HD and SD download as well as an HD stream. In addition, you get the full audio of the show as FLAC and MP3, with a stream of that thrown in for good measure. Every comic in the movie gets a percentage of every purchase, so buying it truly supports independent comedy.
Making A Night at Whiplash was a real labor of love, and I couldn't be happier with the results. I hope you like it!
Comedy Central has announced that when Colbert leaves to take over Late Show on CBS at the end of this year, The Daily Show's Larry Wilmore will replace him in his time slot with The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore. Wilmore has been The Daily Show's "Senior Black Correspondent" since 2006, making him one of the longest tenured correspondents currently on the show. Before that, he created The Bernie Mac Show and co-created The PJs. Last summer it was announced that he was developing The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl alongside Issa Rae, the creator of the popular web series of the same name. It's not clear what that project's fate is in light of this news.
Here's Comedy Central's official statement:
Comedy Central has pulled from the ranks of "The Best F*ing News Team Ever!" and today announces the Emmy® Award-winning Larry Wilmore as the host of the #1 brand in comedy's next great late night franchise. Wilmore will take over the highly-coveted post-"Daily Show" time slot in January 2015 as host of "The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore," a comedic look at news, current events and pop culture from unique perspectives not typically on display in late night television. The series was created by Jon Stewart and will be produced by Stewart's Busboy Productions with Stewart and Wilmore serving as Executive Producers.
And here's his most recent appearance on the show, from April 28th: READ MORE
What are you doing with your life? Do you have it all figured out yet? Do you know where you'll be in 10 years? Are you planning properly for the future? And in the end, does it even matter? We can't help you with any of that, but we can give your brain a break from thinking about such questions with some wonderful standup comedy. This coming Monday at 8pm at the UCB East in NYC is Splitsider's Dog and Pony Show. Hosted by Halle Kiefer and Joe Stanton, this month's lineup includes Jermaine Fowler, Boris Khaykin, David Smithylan, and Matteo Lane. Wonderful and hilarious people, all. Make your reservations now!
America's racist uncle, Rush Limbaugh, weighed in on the Colbert Late Show news on his show yesterday, and – surprise! – he is none too pleased that a guy who's spent the last few years dismantling everything Rush stands for is getting a bigger stage. Here's his reasoned and hyperbole-free take on it:
CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America. No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatism. Now it's just wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny, and a redefinition of what is comedy. They're blowing up the 11:30 format… they hired a partisan, so-called comedian, to run a comedy show.
A WAR ON THE HEARTLAND. You hear that, Kansas? Get your constitutionally-allowed guns ready, because evil northeastern elitist Stephen Colbert is coming to challenge your way of life. Not like that good ol' conservative David Letterman, who we all know did most of his jokes about how stupid the estate tax is.
Last night, Conan kicked off his week of shows in Dallas by stepping into some cowboy boots and training to become a real Texas deputy. Apparently becoming a deputy in Texas just involves learning when to shoot teenage kung fu ruffians on a projector screen using video shot in the early 80s. That's justice, Texas style.
If you head over to RHCP2014.com, you'll be treated to a stream of the new song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are performing at the halftime show of the Super Bowl on Sunday. Or at least that's what you'd think you were listening to if you were unfamiliar with Jon Daly and Zach Galafianakis's Pepper Men RHCP fan club from Comedy Bang! Bang! The song is called "Abracadabralifornia", and it sounds so much like an actual Chili Peppers song that it's kind of uncanny. Daly sang an early version of the song on CBB last March (skip to 24:45 to hear it), but this newly recorded version really ups the production value. How many hours did Daly spend honing his perfect Anthony Kiedis? And how many people will be fooled by this? Millions, god willing. Jon Daly is a national treasure.
Here's the song:
On last night's Pete Holmes Show, Pete invited Chelsea Peretti to join him for a segment called "Worst Best Friend," in which she comes in and gets to insult him for a few minutes, as she does. Last night's hook was that Pete doesn't dress very well, so Chelsea came in to go through the show's wardrobe with him, resulting in an extended Cosby impression and exactly zero actual fashion advice.
Surprise! Family Guy didn't actually kill off one of its main, most popular characters a couple of weeks ago. What many people assumed to be a cynical stunt for ratings turns out to be, well, just that, it seems. It's not clear how Brian will be brought back into the show, but he's set to return as soon as the December 15th episode, which has the synopsis "Stewie devises a master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas." I wonder what Stewie could want?? And it's clear that he'll be back for good, as an episode slated for next fall with guest star Maya Rudolph is set to center around Brian falling for her character, an avid runner. It's not clear what this will mean for replacement dog Vinny (voiced by Tony Sirico), which the Griffin's bought to replace the temporarily departed Brian. It's also not clear whether or not we'll be tricked into covering Family Guy again with another stunt like this. We'll see!
Kevin Hart is set to write and star in Ballers, a comedy in which the diminutive standup will play LeBron James's brother – alongside LeBron. Hart will play "a man who lives in the shadow of his NBA superstar brother (James), but gets a chance to prove himself when he and some pals attend a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami."
At this point, LeBron's only acting experience has come in commercials and in ESPN specials, so it'll be interesting to see what he brings to a full-length movie. It's something he's wanted to do for a long time, since being the best basketball player on the planet has apparently gotten a little boring. One thing's for sure, there will be a lot of jokes about how short Hart is (5'3") compared to LeBron (6'8").
There are some not-too-realistic sounding plans for a gigantic "Freedom Ship" being made right now, which would essentially be a floating city for rich people to live on in order to dodge taxes in the most flamboyant way possible. On last night's Colbert Report, Stephen walked through the many upsides of living on this floating fortress, including the ever-luxurious "walls."
Professional charming man Paul Rudd is hosting SNL this week, and he joined Vanessa Bayer for promos in which they fangirled out over One Direction, wowed us with the magic of Hollywood, and proved their excitement for the upcoming show.
Will Forte was on Conan last night, so naturally we were treated to an appearance by his buffalo-riding Ted Turner, which is always a delight. Ted has it out for Forte, whose offensive impression of him is only softened by his rugged good looks.
With the news that Amazon wants to start delivering products via drone within in the next few years, Stephen Colbert decided to help out the mega-retailer with an even bolder idea as to how its customers can get their products ASAP. We'll see if Bezos has the balls to go through with Colbert's plan.
Last night on Conan, Aziz Ansari pitched his new product: Aziz Ansari's Saris. Unsurprisingly for a product that exists solely because of wordplay, it doesn't seem like something you should buy.