Comedy Central announced in a press release today that they've picked up the CC:Studios web series This Is Not Happening, a standup storytelling show hosted by Ari Shaffir, for an eight-episode run on television to premiere this fall. This order marks the network's first pickup of a show developed via its digital initiative CC:Studios. "The only reason we are picking up This Is Not Happening is to prove we can incubate an idea digitally and then have it migrate to the linear channel," said Kent Alterman, president of the network's development and original programming. "And also, it's really funny storytelling with fantastic talent." For more on This Is Not Happening, check out our interview with Shaffir from last year.
Earlier this month, Veep superstar Julia Louis-Dreyfus posed naked on the cover of Rolling Stone wearing nothing but a flubbed Constitution tattoo on her back. But it seems that she's one-upped herself with her newest feature in GQ's comedy issue, which sent her to a nightmarish hellscape for anyone who hates clowns and the unnecessary objectification of funny women, reducing a funny and hugely popular comedic actress to a sexy body in love with Ronald McDonald's creepy cousin — a treatment male comedians never get unless it's done through an ironic gender-bender lens or Kanye West music video parody. The Rolling Stone cover at least had thematic ties with Dreyfus's work on Veep, but the GQ shoot has her meeting a clown, having sex with him while wearing a clown nose, and posing with him for a photo with their new hybrid human/clown baby. To say the least, it's disturbing. But is it exploitative, or is it just another magazine's desperate attempt at controversy? READ MORE
This Sunday's Simpsons episode "Brick Like Me" will see Homer waking up in a world where all of Springfield has been transformed into LEGO blocks, and it's up to him to figure out how to get back home "before he's stuck in a world of bricks forever." Click through to check out some stills from the episode, which will either disturb you greatly or inspire you to buy the real-life Simpsons LEGO set. (via Comic Book Movie) READ MORE
Ahead of the premiere of his new HBO show this Sunday, John Oliver dropped by Tonight Show only to be forced to rewatch his very emotional Daily Show goodbye episode. Click through to watch Oliver take Fallon on a journey through all of his defaced NYC billboard ads as well as his "nauseating" interview with The Hollywood Reporter for his recent cover story. READ MORE
According to Deadline, Netflix has found a way to keep Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz around by signing him under a rare multi-year deal to create and produce series for the streaming network. The deal would involve Hurwitz as both a creator of new series as well as a developer for other creators' projects "as a non-writing executive producer," acting as Netflix's consulting creative for their upcoming comedies. While no firm updates on Arrested Development have been made yet, Hurwitz and Netflix have reportedly been in talks to produce another season or original movie in the near future.
"It is incredibly inspiring to get to produce for Netflix, a company that not only doesn't resist change but is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone in forging it," Hurwitz said. "The fact that I'm also getting one month of their streaming right to my TV or Xbox free … well, it really takes the sting out of buying that Xbox."
Letterman's Late Show successor Stephen Colbert was a guest on the show last night, and the two talked about the time Colbert accidentally landed an internship at the show, much to the dismay of his college girlfriend. Click through to watch Colbert recite a Top 10 list he and his writing partner Paul Dinello submitted to the show in 1997 just before they got a series order for Strangers with Candy. READ MORE
Here's a new clip from tonight's Inside Amy Schumer where Amy and her boyfriend go to couples counseling, which unfortunately for Amy is led by supermodel Chrissy Teigen, whose nerdy counselor glasses do little to take away from the "communication" problem Amy's trying to fix.
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.
In all of SNL cast history, Dan Vitale stands invisible as the most forgotten player. Until only recently, his IMDB page was mixed up with a female dancer of the same name and did little to shed light on the seasoned Queens-born comic and legendary drunk who was a regular at the original Improv, friend to Bill Hicks, and briefly-lived SNL featured player whose constant struggles with sobriety kept him from ever landing mainstream success. Don't look for him in the Live from New York book, either — Vitale doesn't even get a mention in the index. Thanks to a recent interview with Marc Maron on his podcast WTF, however, Vitale's story can at last be told — at least the parts Vitale himself can still remember. READ MORE
Wired has compiled a complete oral history of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show's original Comedy Central debut, enlisting its writers, performers, and network producers to track its run from scrappy 1988 movie commentary show to fully-fledged community with a long and loyal TV and online fanbase. At the end of the article, show creator Joel Hodgson teased a possible online reboot of the show — which has spawned the online audio-only spin-off RiffTrax as well as live show Cinematic Titanic — that will include a brand new and yet-to-be-revealed host with cameos from MST3K alumni:
"I've talked to a bunch of fans about their lives and what MST3K means to them. I'm overwhelmed by how people took to that show. It really affected them. I thought, if enough people still love it, maybe we can bring it back.
Even avid viewers sometimes don’t realize that every major role in the show had been swapped out over time. So in my mind, the show is built to be refreshed with new people and new ideas. It's like Heisenberg's uncertainty principle as it applies to MST3K: If it doesn't change, it's not the same show. And fortunately for us, as long as there are movies, there are always going to be cheesy movies."
Last year it was announced that Kroll Show and Parks and Recreation writer Megan Amram landed a book deal for Science…For Her!, a lady-focused "faux-expert compendium of scientific knowledge." Amram posted an update on Tumblr today that the book will be officially released on November 1st, but it's available now for pre-order:
Science…For Her! is a science textbook written by a lady (me) for other ladies (you, the Spice Girls, etc.) It has been demonstrated repeatedly throughout history: female brains aren’t biologically constructed to understand scientific concepts, and tiny female hands aren’t constructed to turn most textbooks’ large, extra-heavy covers. I’ve written a fun, flirty, Cosmopolitan-like textbook that is tailored to you, ladies. And men, don’t be scared away! You’ll enjoy it too, especially if you’re dumb or gay!!
So ladies and men interested in satirical lady-centric science educational textbooks, you can now pre-order your copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
"You've got to embrace discomfort. It's the only way you can put yourself in situations where you can learn, and the only way you can keep your senses fresh once you're there."
- Louis C.K. in his new cover story for GQ, which names him "America's Undisputed King of Comedy."
Amazon has added another comedy pilot to its lineup. Deadline reports that Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar will write, direct, and star in the new single-cam comedy Really opposite Sarah Chalke. Rounding out the cast is Selma Blair, Luka Jones (Up All Night), Travis Schuldt (It's Always Sunny), Lindsay Sloane (Weeds, Kroll Show), Hayes Macarthur (Go On), and Collette Wolfe (Young Adult). Really follows a group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago led by Chandrasekhar as a "happily, messily married neurologist Jed" and Chalke as "lawyer/mom Lori." Really joins newly added Amazon comedies Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent as well as a recent series order for the Whit Stillman dramedy The Cosmopolitans.
Here's a new clip from this week's Billy on the Street, where Eichner's guest Amy Poehler dons a Pitbull mask only to reveal her true self to a bunch of New Yorkers, while Eichner is sure to also reveal himself as a recurring character on Parks and Rec.
NBC news anchor Brian Williams was a guest on The Tonight Show last night, and Fallon welcomed him back the only way he knows — by mashing up a bunch of his Nightly News clips into a full rap video of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice."