Next summer, Netflix will add a new animated series to its Originals lineup called BoJack Horseman, and the lead characters will be voiced by Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, and Amy Sedaris. According to a Netflix press release, the show centers around BoJack (Arnett), a washed-up former 90's television star (and horse) who "has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, with the help of his human sidekick Todd (Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Caroline (Sedaris), BoJack is primed to again make his mark on the world of entertainment." Arnett and Paul will also serve as executive producers for the series created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, who also co-wrote Splitsider's own Exquisite Corpse Project. It sounds like an ideal role for Arnett, but I'm particularly excited to see Sedaris as a cat princess.
Here's a behind-the-scenes teaser for Ambiance Man, a web series created by artist Alix Lambert and produced by LA's Museum of Contemporary Art. The series stars Fred Armisen as the title character with Jack Black and Jibz Cameron (AKA performance artist Dynasty Handbag) as Ambiance Man's nemeses Unidentifiable Odor and Buzzkill. The series premieres December 20th on MOCAtv's Youtube page, where we'll get to watch Black ruin tons of vibes only to have Armisen swoop in and restore things to totally chilled out order.
Which job is tougher: comedian or miner? Normally I'd say miner unless the comedian is performing mining-related jokes at a mining museum, and that's exactly the job offer British comic Seymour Mace just accepted at the Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland. Mace will engage Woodhorn's staff and visitors (many are ex-miners) at a market stall outside the museum until next summer, when he will use material from their stories to create and perform a standup set at the Northumberland Miners' Picnic. He'll also "work with staff and volunteers to show how they can use standup skills in communicating with visitors."
"I think this idea of having a resident comedian is really imaginative, I have to say, " Museums Association Mark Taylor told BBC Radio 4 about the move, part of a wider initiative to reimagine museums' roles called the Happy Museum Project. Mace is the son of a coal miner so he's the perfect choice to bridge these two worlds in what the museum is boasting as the first project of its kind, so he'll have plenty of humour to mine over the course of his residency. (See what I did there?)
Here's a promo for this week's SNL with Taran Killam and John Goodman, who will be hosting for the 13th time this Saturday. Goodman's last hosting gig was back in November 2001 (or "150 years ago," as he puts it), so it should be interesting to see how he meshes with this new generation of cast members. Hopefully he's not mad they did the Bill Brasky sketch without him last week.
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning, and aside from the predictable love for Veep, The Big Bang Theory, and Modern Family, the actors on both 30 Rock's farewell season and Arrested Development's experimental Netflix run got recognized for their work in 2013. Winners will be announced at the live awards show on January 18th at 8:00PM on TNT and TBS; see below for the complete list of comedy-related nominees.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory READ MORE
Last night on The Daily Show, Jason Jones met one of the country's finest squiggly line artists, a squiggly line artist who understands that every piece of data has a story, true art is often misunderstood, and it's totally not racist to redraw US voting districts and undermine our great democracy.
Conan's stingy and no-nonsense prop master Bill Tull gave the audience a few money-saving holiday gift tips last night. I'm not convinced that a bag of cocaine is the cheapest option for a budget-friendly snowman, but you've got to admire this guy's careless confidence. Boom.
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
Though he’s best known as the voice behind the raunchy puppet and former Conan regular Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Robert Smigel is responsible for many of SNL’s best sketches and pretaped shorts during his impressive run as writer from 1985-2008. Between the Chicagoan Bill Swerski’s Superfans, TV Funhouse segments like The Ambiguously Gay Duo, and commercial parodies like “Schmitt’s Gay,” Smigel brought a fresh batch of non-topical sketch concepts that helped dig SNL out of its mid-eighties rut. He may be best remembered as a writer, but Smigel also made a handful of guest appearances and spent two seasons as a featured player. READ MORE
Following last week’s announcement of Sundance’s 2014 lineup, yesterday the festival announced its crop of new films set to premiere this year, adding another David Cross project as well as films featuring Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd, and more. The comedy selection ranges from dark to romantic to touring one-man show; take a look at some selections from the lineup below:
Hits – Directed and written by David Cross. In a small town in upstate New York, recklessness disturbs the lives of the people who dwell there as they wallow in unrealistic expectations. Cast: Julia Stiles, Michael Cera, Matt Walsh, Wyatt Cenac. READ MORE
Here's the red band trailer for Bad Words, starring Jason Bateman as a 40-year old high school dropout who takes advantage of a National Spelling Bee loophole, and in turn, the innocence and earnest desire to succeed of many children. Bad Words also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Rachael Harris, and Philip Baker Hall and makes Bateman's directorial debut, set to open on March 21.
What's more Portlandia than teasing the season 4 premiere of the show via Instagram? Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and crew posted this clip this morning to announce the show's return to IFC on Thursday, February 27th at 10:00PM. Along with the announcement comes a huge list of new and returning guests including Vanessa Bayer, Kirsten Dunst, k.d. lang, Maya Rudolph, Dan Savage, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Nick Swardson, Gus Van Sant, Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Tweedy, Kumail Nanjiani, and of course Kyle MacLachlan as the mayor.
Last night, Snoop was generous enough to give Conan one of his own Snoop Dogg brand G Pen Herbal Vaporizers, and the two talked shop about their favorite kinds of "oils" and "spices" to enjoy via the device, from the standard cinnamon and eucalyptus to the more adventurous bubble gum and Girl Scout cookies. Nothing unexpected from Snoop here, but it's worth the watch to hear the way Conan asks "What kind of oils do you, uh, enjoy to vaporize?"
Last night on Letterman, Stephen Colbert showed up dressed as a sockless dandy beggar (and undercover rich man, if you watched The Colbert Report) and announced his Where’s Waldo-like appearance in the new Hobbit movie, which comes out in theaters this Friday. Colbert didn't give away his exact role or location in the film, but he did do his pointy ear pop trick again, which never gets old.
After a 15-year hiatus, the classic "Bill Brasky" sketch made a comeback on SNL this weekend, with Taran Killam and host Paul Rudd joining Will Ferrell and David Koechner as the rowdy group of bucktoothed alcoholic salesmen who take turns delivering drunken homages to their legendary coworker and son-of-a-bitch Bill Brasky. As one of the earliest collaborations between Will Ferrell and head writer Adam McKay, the "Brasky Buddies" served as some of the most inexplicably funny and quotable 10-to-1 sketches of the late 90s and gave players Mark McKinney and David Koechner (who was hired out of Chicago alongside McKay) some much-needed screen time. The Brasky Buddies have gone on to influence Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, and Scarlett Johansson's Victorian lady sketch "Mr. Willoughby", Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, and Will Forte's "Song Memories" bar buddies, and a load of dumb Chuck Norris jokes. Speaking on an episode of The Fogelnest Files in October, McKay explained the unexpected success of the Brasky sketches:
People were not happy about these Bill Brasky sketches, I can tell you that … They would get enough laughs. There's some laughs in there. It wasn't bombing. There's a bunch of people [in the audience] not happy. A bunch of people saying, "Where's the cheerleaders?" … We got this through simply because the first one did work really well, and everyone was going, "Are these hit characters?" But then, it was far too strange to be hit characters. But it was mainly John Goodman and Alec Baldwin are the sole reason we got to do a bunch of these 'cause every time they would show up, they would go, "Are we doing a Brasky?" And I could see Lorne and the other producers kind of roll their eyes like, "I guess we're doing a Brasky." That was how we got those on.
In the spirit of Brasky's return to TV, here's the complete collection of the Ferrell/McKay-created sketch, featuring John Goodman, Alec Baldwin, Norm Macdonald, Mark McKinney, Tim Meadows, and Chris Farley in a 1997 sketch cut after dress rehearsal. READ MORE