Bobby Farrelly is set to make his solo directorial debut. The Wrap reports that Farley has signed on to direct an upcoming comedy called One Night Stan. His brother Peter was originally slated to co-direct but has since left the project. No cast has been announced yet, but the film will follow Stan, "a charmer known for his one-night-stands and firm commitment not to commit who falls hard for a dazzler named Amy. When he decides to change his wanton ways, he discovers that Amy has her own ideas about relationships." Said Farrelly on the news: "Every successful comedy starts with a good script, and this one’s a beauty. It’s got all the elements I look for — a fresh story, lots of laughs, great twists, and plenty of heart. Casting it should be a lot of fun because there are some fantastic roles."
The lead cast of Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot was revealed today, and it's an all-star group including Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and current SNL superstars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. It's been a long and confusing wait since the rumored Ghostbusters sequel turned into a reboot from Bridesmaids director Feig, so here's a refresher on everything we know about the film so far: READ MORE
If you've always dreamed of being a contestant on @midnight, today is your lucky day. The show recently announced an internet casting call called #PointsMe, in which @midnight fans can try out to appear on the show via Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr posts using the #PointsMe hashtag. I spoke with @midnight co-creator, executive producer, and head writer Alex Blagg to get more details on the casting call, what kinds of aspiring @midnight contestants they're looking for, and where to keep track of the writers and performers the @midnight team is hunting down to potentially appear on the show.
How does #PointsMe work, and why did you decide to hold an internet casting call?
The whole thing is kind of an experiment. We've been really impressed with fans of the show — not only how much they play #HashtagWars, but sometimes their jokes are funnier than the stuff that the comics do in the show. We've always had this idea that it'd be amazing if we actually had a regular person from the internet who we felt had what it takes to perform on the TV show and see what happens if we put them up against two of our best @midnight comics. So we have our eyes towards a special event episode of like the "everyperson" vs the @midnight comedians. We put this call out and the way that it works is we're just looking for funny people, however they choose to express themselves — whether it's tweeting funny jokes or doing Vine videos or YouTube videos or even cartoonists and people who do weird photoshops and stuff, and we're collecting it all together with the #PointsMe hashtag.
Basically, if a person wants to get our attention and wants to be considered for this, they can just add the #PointsMe hashtag to whatever they're putting out on social media. We have a team of people going through that every day and we're cherry-picking the ones we think are the best and the funniest and the most promising. Then we'll reach out to the people we think have the most potential, make sure they're interested in being considered, and then do a quick Skype interview to get a sense of who they are, where they're from, and what their background or story is. READ MORE
Craig Ferguson just signed a TV development deal. Variety reports that the former Late Late Show host will develop scripted and unscripted series for Lionsgate Television via his production company Green Mountain West. No specific projects have been announced yet, but Ferguson could potentially serve as a writer, director, or actor on new shows under the deal. Said Ferguson on the news: "I'm delighted that Lionsgate is now so successful that they can even add me to their otherwise prestigious cavalcade of stars without significantly damaging their brand."
Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.
If you're struggling with Stephen Colbert withdrawal, this week's Second City clip might help ease your pain. From his final Second City show in 1994, this clip features Colbert and friends performing a medley of songs they wrote over the years including an excerpt of "The Obvious Song" from Take Me Out to the Balkans. Before the medley starts, Colbert gets a warm introduction from his friend Steve Carell: "He's an exceptional improviser, he has an exceptional reference level, and he's a great actor, so we're really going to miss him." You can hear Amy Sedaris chime in from the audience: "And he has funny ears!" Colbert, Sedaris, and Paul Dinello would go on to star in their Comedy Central sketch show Exit 57 the following year.
NBC just handed out two pilot orders. Variety reports that the network has ordered a single-cam workplace comedy executive produced by Jimmy Fallon called Sharing and an untitled multi-cam series executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres starring Parenthood's Monica Potter. Sharing will be an office-set workplace comedy from writers Damian Lanigan and Jeremy Bronson (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Mindy Project), while the DeGeneres-produced pilot will star Potter as a woman "juggling a busy family life and three ex-husbands, who begins to date again." Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) will write and co-executive produce.
Louis C.K. just dropped his latest standup special Live at the Comedy Store. As always, it's available to purchase via his website for just $5.00. Here's what C.K. says on what you can expect from the special:
I developed and prepared this material over the last year or so, mostly in comedy clubs. This special kind of goes back to when I used to just make noises and be funny for no particular reason. It felt right to shoot this special in a club to give it that live immediate intimate feeling. The show is about an hour long. The opening act, who is seen at the beginning (good place for an opening act) is Jay London. One of my favorite club comics going way back to the late 80s when I first started in working in New York.
I hope you like it.
UPDATE: C.K. just sent out a lengthy email announcing the special that's a detailed look at his standup career and why he chose to film his new material at The Comedy Store. Check out the full email below: READ MORE
CBS announced three new pilot orders yesterday. According to Variety, the network has ordered a pilot based on the Rush Hour film franchise that Bill Lawrence and Brett Ratner began developing last year as well as two comedy pilots called Super Clyde and Joe Time. This makes the second pilot order for writer/executive producer Greg Garcia's Super Clyde, which landed a pilot order in 2013 starring Stephen Fry, Rubert Grint, and Tyler Labine but did not go to series. Modern Family writer/executive producer Bill Wrubel's Joe Time is described as a multi-cam comedy that "revolves around a family man who is frustrated that everyone around him enjoys life more than he does."
After a year of development, Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's ABC show finally has a name and pilot order. Deadline reports that ABC has ordered a half-hour single-cam comedy pilot called Chev & Bev, which will star Chase and D'Angelo "as two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren." Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, My Name Is Earl) wrote the pilot, and both Chase and D'Angelo will serve as executive producers.
Here's a clip from Louis C.K.'s visit to last night's Late Show, where he and Letterman talked about how it feels to disappoint fans in the audience while performing standup ("The more people you reach and the more people that see you, the more people are gonna think that you suck") and how C.K. recorded his new standup special at The Comedy Store despite never getting a full audition with owner Mitzi Shore. Watch C.K. offer his two cents on the New England Patriots' deflated balls controversy, as well as a five-minute preview of Live at the Comedy Store, below: READ MORE
Comedians Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman both have projects at the Sundance Film Festival this year — Notaro is the subject of a new documentary called Tig and Silverman stars in a drama called I Smile Back — and The New York Times sat down with both of them for a lengthy discussion on their careers, taking on dramatic roles, and Notaro's recent shirtless standup performance in New York: "Make no mistake: This is a stunt. I want people to talk about my comedy, about cancer, about body issues. If I had a scar on my face, nobody would make me put a bag over my head — hopefully." Check out the full video above.
SNL alum Brooks Wheelan has a new album out tomorrow. Titled This Is Cool, Right?, the album will be available tomorrow on iTunes, Amazon, and more via Comedy Dynamics and follows Wheelan "from his early years through his tenure on SNL, with hysterical and heartbreaking anecdotes. He’s always upbeat though as he discusses the ups and downs of his life from witnessing his father murder an opossum to his rejected SNL sketches." Get your copy over at Wheelan's website.
If last week's Broad City taught us anything, it's that every episode should feature a scene of Abbi Jacobson gloriously expressing herself through the art of dance. Thankfully, this week's episode looks to be a perfect follow-up when Abbi and Ilana pay a visit to Lincoln the dentist/pasta blogger to get Abbi's wisdom teeth removed with the help of some nitrous oxide.
The first film in Adam Sandler's four-movie deal with Netflix has been revealed. The Wrap reports that Sandler's first Netflix film, called Ridiculous 6, begins production next month and includes a huge cast: Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Blake Shelton, Whitney Cummings, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider (He's back!), Chris Parnell, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Jon Lovitz, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Vanilla Ice, Luke Wilson, Steve Zahn, Danny Trejo, and Lavell Crawford, with more to be announced. No plot details have been announced on the Magnificent Seven-style parody, but The Wrap revealed some casting details: Sandler will star as a "man who grew up as an orphan among an Indian tribe" while Lautner, Schneider, Wilson, and Crews will play his half-brothers. Nolte will play Sandler's "long-lost father," Parnell will play a bank manager, Lovitz and Cummings will play a wealthy industrialist couple, Forte and Trejo will play rival gang leaders, Buscemi will play "a local jack-of-all-trades," Shelton will play Wyatt Earp, and Vanilla Ice will play Mark Twain.
In addition to shooting Ridiculous 6, Happy Madison Productions has three other projects set to premiere this year including animated film Pixels and the completely necessary sequels to Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Joe Dirt.