Here's a clip from Colin Quinn's visit to last night's Late Night, where he and Meyers talked about his new web series Cop Show, upcoming book, some of the Oscars jokes he offered Neil Patrick Harris during Sunday's ceremony, and his stance on nice comedians: "I don't trust kind people in comedy. There's something weird about it." Unsurprisingly, this makes Bill Hader the most untrustworthy person in the world.
Conan O'Brien visited The Daily Show last night to talk about next week's Conan special in Cuba, and it turns out that O'Brien and his crew almost didn't make it into the country and got stuck in a tiny building watching Gilmore Girls in Spanish. Thanks to some luck and friendly Canadians, the whole trip worked out just fine. The Daily Show also dedicated its Moment of Zen to O'Brien in a throwback clip of him on The Jon Stewart Show in 1994: READ MORE
To promote his upcoming Conan special from Cuba, Conan O'Brien stopped by The Howard Stern Show this morning, and the result is a lengthy and fantastic interview that covers O'Brien's entire career, from his first days in college to writing for SNL and The Simpsons all the way to his choice to rebuild his new TBS show Conan rather than continue the bits he made famous during his NBC years. O'Brien also opened up about his struggles with depression — here's a particularly great quote about his early days on NBC late night:
This is an absolute true story: It was the first couple weeks of the Late Night show and I was seeing a new therapist here in New York because I had moved back to New York to do the Late Night show, and I went in and I'm lying there and I said "You know, man…I really think no one likes me, I think people hate me, I think people think I'm not good at what I do, and I think people want me to go away." And my therapist said "Listen, these are voices in your head, okay? We all have those negative feelings, but they're just feelings — they're not real." And I said "Fuck you, it's the cover of USA Today!" [laughs] And I held up the magazine. That's the greatest thing you can do to a therapist. I said "Oh no no no no — it's right here."
Listen to some excerpts from interview below: READ MORE
This year's Oscars ceremony was…well, not so good, so before the Academy starts planning next year's big comeback, standup Tig Notaro has offered her services as 2016's potential Oscars host. Notaro posted an open letter to the Academy on her website this week titled "Tig Notaro To Host 2016 Oscars," in which she outlines 11 reasons why she'd make a great Oscars host. Here are some highlights:
I live relatively close to the theater and wouldn’t be late.
I’m drop-dead cute in a suit.
Several years back I was hired by comedian Aziz Ansari for an entire day to write for The MTV Movie Awards when he was host and then -BAM!- the next year writer/executive producer Jill Soloway hired me for an entire half day to write for the Emmy’s when Jane Lynch hosted, so I really know the ins and outs of the whole process basically.
Might as well hire me now before the Latin Grammy’s catch wind of my availability and scoop me up.
Notaro makes some pretty solid points, and she's asking fans to get the word out with the hashtag #HashTigOscars. Read the rest over at Notaro's website.
Colin Quinn's fantastic new web series Cop Showpremiered last week, and the second episode featuring special guest Amy Schumer was released this afternoon. Schumer plays herself, who is in turn playing the leader of a "female hipster drug gang," albeit a little reluctantly. Hopefully Quinn appreciates the favor.
Dakota Johnson makes her SNL hosting debut this weekend, and NBC just released the first promo reel featuring Johnson and Taran Killam, who is a big fan of Johnson's father Don from his groundbreaking work on Miami Vice.
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 mourning the end of Parks and Recreation today, Second City dug up an extra special clip for us this week that will help ease your sadness — a compilation of Amy Poehler scenes from a never-before-seen pilot from 1995 she starred in with Matt Dwyer and legendary Second City improv guru Del Close called RVTV. Not a whole lot is known about RVTV, so we reached out to Dwyer for some details:
I honestly do not recall where the concept came from. I know it was written by Adam McKay and Tom Gianas, who both went on to write for SNL and of course film and TV. Tom co-directed it. We shot it for a week up in Toronto.
Also, Del improvised constantly and was throwing in tributes to old greats like his Ken Nordine. I think Amy and I may have improvised less, but as with any group of improvisors working together, improvisation is going to happen. Del was constantly throwing in references to Lenny Bruce and the others of that era. The target audience for that show probably would have no idea who he was talking about, but I personally loved it. It was a a great deal of fun and I remember both Amy and I were thrilled to be working with Del. Del was an icon to all of us.
Dwyer says that despite not knowing why the pilot didn't move forward, "the one thing that was great and important to Adam, Tom, Amy, and myself was that we all got to work closely with Del, who shaped everything we did and everything to follow." This particular RVTV compilation includes some trademark Poehler freestyling, spot-on YouTube and Internet Age prophecies, and perhaps most importantly, a scene of Poehler getting Close to admit that he masturbates to Janet Reno whenever she's on television. Enjoy.
Will Ferrell just landed another big-screen role. Deadline reports that Ferrell will star in an upcoming film called The House by Neighbors writing team Brendan O'Brien and Andrew J. Cohen. Ferrell will play "a guy, who, with his wife, blows their daughter’s college fund. Desperate for cash, they team with some neighbors to open an illegal casino in the suburbs." The film is currently slated for a summer 2016 release. O'Brien and Cohen are also behind the upcoming film Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates starring Adam DeVine and Zac Efron.
DC Pierson recently teamed up with Community and Mystery Team director Dan Eckman and producer Meggie McFadden to turn his 2010 novel The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To into a movie. In the meantime, they posted a proof-of-concept short today to give an idea of what a feature-length film might look like starring The Grand Budapest Hotel's Tony Revolori and The Hunger Games's Jack Quaid. It's equal parts trippy, funny, scary, and nerdy and proves that, in Revolori's words, "when there's something special about you, bad people always show up to take you away."
Ahead of the premiere of his new Fox show this Sunday, Will Forte stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live yesterday to talk about the impressive beard he grew for the role in six months. Watch another clip from Forte's interview below, in which he gets to meet one of his current TV idols: READ MORE
Having already mastered the world of Tinder, last night Conan O'Brien decided to give Grindr a try with the invaluable help of Billy Eichner, who helps O'Brien set up the best Grindr profile possible ("Frecklefucker" is a pretty catchy name) and connect Conan with his very first man date.
Last night's Late Night was an extra special episode for two reasons — not only was it dedicated to the end of Parks and Recreation with the cast, but it was also Late Night's one-year anniversary on NBC. Watch the Parks and Rec cast talk about the finale above, then check out more clips from their appearance below: READ MORE
Above Average's web series Sound Advice now has a new home on IFC's Comedy Crib, and its latest season premiered today with Janessa Slater (Vanessa Bayer) offering some expert music tips to Weird Al Yankovic. More stars set to meet up with Janessa this season include Chromeo, HAIM, Nick Jonas, Jenny Lewis, Leighton Meester, Sleater-Kinney, The Vamps and more.
Workaholics' Adam DeVine and Zac Efron are starring in a movie together. According to THR, DeVine has just signed on to join Efron in an upcoming Fox comedy called Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates directed by Funny or Die's Jake Szymanski. The movie is based on the true story of Mike and Dave Stangle from Albany, New York, who tried to find wedding dates on Craigslist. The film will follow "the hard-partying and immature brothers putting out an ad for dates and coming across a pair of honeys that can out-party and out-immature our slovenly heroes." Neighbors writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien wrote the script.
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