The third season finale of IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! airs this Friday at 11:00pm, and Scott and Reggie close out 2014 with the above very special performance by The Lonely Island singing about life as a hustler. Thankfully we won't have to wait very long after the season finale — Comedy Bang! Bang! season 4 is just around the corner on Friday, January 9th at 11:00pm.
In the hopes of fixing some of our government's problems back home, The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper recently took a trip to Sweden to meet its new prime minister Stefan Löfven for a crash course in the country's eight-party system. Don't worry, there's plenty of Ikea and Swedish Fish jokes too.
Here's a clip from Eric Andre's visit to last night's Conan, where he insisted he was a better monologist than O'Brien and was given a few minutes to prove it with some solid jokes and a very supportive audience member. Watch more from Andre's appearance below: READ MORE
Broad City finally returns to Comedy Central for its second season on January 14th, and the network released a brand new promo today featuring the ladies checking out some hot poolside bros. Anything is possible with a little imagination, right?
The return of Tom Scharpling's Best Show just got a premiere date. In a Twitter update today, Scharpling revealed that his hit radio show will return on its new home at thebestshow.net tomorrow at 9:00pm. Here's what Scharpling had to say about reviving The Best Show online in our interview with him last week:
We’ll find out what we can do with this other area that we haven’t had a chance to explore. I really want to make a run at it and see what it can be. See what I can turn this thing into. I feel like I pushed pretty hard on the show in a lot of ways, but I don’t think I’ve pushed the way I plan on pushing. I’ve [recently] passed on stuff in my life that would pay — a real job that I really wanted — because I had to give this thing a chance. I can’t go thirteen-plus years with it and then, at the last second, not give it the shot that I have to give it.
Cameron Crowe's in-the-works Showtime pilot Roadies just added another cast member. THR reports that Mad Men's Christina Hendricks has signed on to play production manager Shelli, described as "tough but privately emotional, married to her job and scary good at it." Hendricks joins previously announced cast members Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, and Rafe Spall. Roadies makes the second TV comedy project involving Hendricks in recent months following October's news that she had joined the cast of Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome's upcoming Comedy Central series Another Period.
Netflix just added another new standup special to its slate. According to Variety, the streaming network will premiere former Last Comic Standing winner Iliza Shlesinger's brand new hourlong standup special Freezing Hot on Friday, January 23rd. The special was recorded at Denver's Gothic Theatre and "explores truths about first-date attire, fantasy breakups and women’s obsession with fall." In addition to winning season 6 of Last Comic Standing, Shlesinger also starred in her own Comedy Central Presents special in 2010, has appeared on @midnight, The Pete Holmes Show, and The Tonight Show, and currently hosts her own podcast Truth and Iliza.
While watching this weekend's SNL hosted by first-timer Martin Freeman, I couldn't help but wonder what the show's original head writer Michael O'Donoghue might have thought of an episode that turned the recently released CIA torture report into jokes about autocorrect and Time Warner Cable, all while tens of thousands of people crowded the length of Sixth Avenue just outside the 30 Rockefeller doors in protest of police brutality and racism. Fans who abandoned SNL back in the '80s will be the quickest to point out that the show's satire hasn't had any edge since O'Donoghue left, but those of us still who still watch regularly know that argument isn't worth the frustration. The truth is, SNL is still packed with plenty of subversive humor and political bite — you just have to know where to look for it. Rarely does the cold open serve as a symbol of SNL's once-trademark "Not Ready for Prime Time" energy or a bellwether of alternative thought these days, but for its dogged lifetime fans, some of SNL's rising writers continue to serve up glimmers of hope hidden in pretaped segments and Weekend Update bits where they can't be cut in favor of another musical number, recurring character, or talk/reality show sendup.
Thankfully, season 40's writing problem was completely overshadowed by the energy of the performers and live audience during Freeman's episode this past weekend. Known for a mix of roles both dramatic (the Hobbit films, FX's Fargo, BBC's Sherlock) and comedic (the original Office, Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Freeman repeatedly pivoted from low-key straight man to a capable jokester on his own through adorable awkward dancing, fake saxophone playing, or public declarations of his love for Leslie Jones. Charming, versatile, and game to share (and sometimes completely give away) the spotlight, Freeman came to this episode with a commitment to even the weakest sketches that often saved them, along with MVPs Kate McKinnon and Taran Killam, in surprising ways during the last few seconds. The night had its fair share of duds, but it's worth noting that it completely avoided recurring characters and sketches and didn't rely on a single unnecessary celebrity cameo (sorry, Cumberbatch fans). On top of that we were gifted with two future Christmas classics (including a very Catholic slam dunk from writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider) that will get tons of play time at holiday gatherings next week, not to mention Sasheer Zamata's Weekend Update debut co-written with Natasha Rothwell, which proved to be more poignant and in tune with current events than any cold open of the year. READ MORE
NBC's Thursday night comedy block is officially dead. The network announced its midseason schedule today, which includes drama-filled Thursday nights and two multi-cam comedies set to premiere on Tuesday nights. Bill Lawrence's new sitcom Undateable will return for a second season on Tuesday, March 17th at 9:00pm followed by the series premiere of the Ellen DeGeneres-produced One Big Happy. NBC's other recent comedy hit Marry Me recently landed an expanded season order and will return "later in the season," though an exact date has not yet been announced.
One of the newer finds in the recently leaked Sony documents is an update on the in-the-works Ghostbusters reboot by Paul Feig. According to The Wrap, an October 8 email exchange between Ivan Reitman and Sony exec Amy Pascal reveals some of the actors who have already expressed interest in starring in Feig's all-women reboot:
Agree that everyone is way too nervous about how this issue and how we. present it but it's isn't a sequel to the 80s movies and it is gonna be totally original with completely different characters and our job is to find a clever way to connect the movie to the original franchise so that we can use all the assets and everything that is great about the original franchise [sic]. Paul's movie is gonna be the first one and from what I'm hearing jennifer lawrence and Emma stone and Melissa McCarthy and Amy schumer and liszzy [Lizzy] Kaplan just to name a few have already said thy wanted to be in….
Jennifer Lawrence recently confirmed that she met with Feig to talk about the movie, and earlier this week, Rebel Wilson revealed on the Today show that she met with Feig too: "I have had a meeting, but who knows, who knows. I'd do it for free. I probably shouldn't say that on live TV." Like any other Ghostbusters film update this should all be taken with a grain of salt, but it's still an interesting glimpse into the women Feig and Sony have in mind should the movie make it to theaters.
Community alum Donald Glover might be making a big return to television. Deadline reports that FX has given a pilot order to a comedy created by and starring Glover called Atlanta, which will follow "two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy." In addition to serving as an executive producer on the pilot, Glover will also star as "Earnest 'Earn' Marks," a "college drop-out who reconnects with his long buried ambition and sets out to seize the life he imagined for himself when his estranged cousin becomes a sudden star." Atlanta has been in development at FX since August 2013.
The upcoming Late Late Show with James Corden just announced its band leader, and CBS couldn't have made a better choice. In an announcement today, the network revealed that Reggie Watts has officially signed on to lead the Late Late Show band when it premieres in March. According to Variety, the debut episode of Late Late Show has now been pushed to March 23rd, which hopefully means we'll get a list of more guest hosts soon.
In other Late Late Show hiring news, THR reports that Ben Winston will serve as showrunner, The Tonight Show's Rob Crabbe will serve as executive producer, Tosh.0 co-creator Mike Gibbons will serve as co-executive producer and head writer, and Sheila Rogers (Late Show) and Josie Cliff (One Night with Robbie Williams) have joined the show as producers.
UPDATE: According to an update by Scott Aukerman, Watts will leave IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! halfway through next year: "Reggie is sticking around thru the first half of 2015, during which he have planned a very fitting goodbye for him."
Here's a brand new video from Funny or Die starring Scott Thompson as his beloved Kids in the Hall character Buddy Cole, who decides to host the first ever Buddy Cole's Real People's Film Festival after the Toronto International Film Festival rejects the "dance-Western-non-musical" he lovingly made about "a young gay Indian lad during the wild wild west who's too, too spirited for his tribe." It's a shame that TIFF doesn't have the courage to include powerful films like Cole's, but at least he found some regular people who appreciate his art as much as he does.
TLC is getting into the late night game. According to Variety, the network is launching a half-hour late night talk show focused on sex called All About Sex. The show will feature a panel of four hosts including comedians Margaret Cho and Heather McDonald, actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, and sex and relationship counselor Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry and be "a weekly dissection of all aspects of sex in American culture with a focus on dispelling misconceptions and helping women tackle intimacy problems." All About Sex is set to premiere its six-episode order on Saturday, January 10th at 11:00pm with the best lead-in ever: TLC's ratings hit Sex Sent Me to the ER.