Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are hosting Comedy Central's first-ever Super Bowl special Friday night, and today they released a clip featuring a brand new installment of their hit Key and Peele "East/West Bowl" sketches, this time for pros only. They brought along some real NFLers with amazing names too like D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, and Frostee Rucker.
Move over, Rob Schneider-as-a-carrot, because there's a new transformation comedy star in town. The Wrap reports that Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has signed on to star in Nine Lives from Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld, which is described as both a "high-concept comedy" and "funny, emotional, commercial comedy." What's the high concept, you ask? Spacey will play a businessman who "suffers a terrible accident that leaves him trapped in the body of the family cat." Nine Lives won't be the first high-concept cat comedy Spacey has starred in onscreen — check out his 2014 short for Jimmy Kimmel "Ameowadeus" below: READ MORE
Longtime late night nemeses David Letterman and Jay Leno might have a chat before Letterman exits Late Show in May. TV Insider is reporting that reps from Late Show have reached out to Leno with an invitation to appear as a guest on the show before it ends its run on CBS, but Leno has yet to formally accept the offer. Leno and Letterman most recently reunited in a 2010 Late Show Super Bowl ad with Oprah, but the last time Leno appeared as Letterman's late night guest was May 7, 1992 prior to the premiere of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Leno said last year that he was open to possibly appearing on Late Show: "That could happen, why not. It's certainly a possibility. Some of my best moments were doing the show with Dave." When asked about the open invitation last week, Leno's response was a little more aloof: "I haven't heard that. I'll have to check into that." Check out an old clip of Leno performing on Late Night with David Letterman below: READ MORE
Lorne Michaels is producing a new pilot for HBO. THR reports that the pay network is currently developing a comedy pilot called Brothers in Atlanta from former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin. The duo will star as "struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black mecca of Atlanta." SNL alum Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith have both signed on for recurring roles — Rudolph will play Moose's boss and former "R&B diva" Shirle, while Smith will play Curtis, Langston's "rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income." Riddle and Salahuddin had a similar Atlanta-set pilot in the works at HBO in 2013, but the project was not ordered to series by the network.
The Duplass brothers' new HBO show Togetherness just landed a season 2 renewal. THR reports that the pay network has ordered a second season of the comedy-drama to premiere sometime next year. "We began our love affair with HBO in our parents’ living room in 1983," the brothers said in a statement, "and to have these brilliant, creative people put a ring on our fingers with a second season of Togetherness is a real-life dream come true." The new season will film in Los Angeles later this year, which will keep the Duplass guys super busy considering four-movie movie deal with Netflix they signed last week.
Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld's hit CollegeHumor web series Jake and Amir is ending next month. Hurwitz and Blumenfeld revealed the news in a new video posted yesterday, in which they announce that the final eight episodes of Jake and Amir are set to debut on Tuesday, February 17th. Jake and Amir is one of CollegeHumor's longest-running series since it premiered in 2007, and in 2013 it was developed as a potential TBS series with executive producer Ed Helms.
J.K. Simmons makes his SNL hosting debut this weekend, and NBC just released the first round of promos featuring boomerang snowballs, what J.K.'s initials really stand for, and Kenan Thompson insisting he never gets lonely.
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.
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
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