If you're wondering what kind of sitcoms are premiering over in the UK this fall, here's a particularly intriguing teaser for a new Channel 4 series that deserves a standing ovation for the title alone: Scrotal Recall. The show will follow a man named Dylan Witter (played by musician Johnny Flynn), "a lovelorn young guy forced to seek out his ex-girlfriends when he's diagnosed with chlamydia. In each episode, Dylan will set out to find a different girl from his past, as he tries to make sense of all his romantic missteps from over the years." Sure, the title was probably conceived before the plot, but it will definitely give Canada's Schitt's Creek a run for its money. (via Digital Spy UK)
Pauly Shore is headed to Showtime. Deadline reports that the pay cable network has picked up Shore's documentary Pauly Shore Stands Alone to premiere on December 4th. Directed by and starring Shore, the documentary follows the actor and comedian during a standup tour across the Midwest "while grappling with aging, fading fame and his relationship with his Parkinson’s-suffering mother, Comedy Store founder Mitzi Shore." On the inspiration for the film, Shore told Deadline: "Down to my core of who I am, I’m a standup comic. A lot of comics go through personal things and have to put on a smile. I’m always doing schtick – I’m a comic, obviously. I wanted to show a side of me that wasn’t doing any schtick and this was the first time I let that schtick down." Shore also recently started a podcast called Pauly Shore's Interested, which we reviewed this week.
Check out the trailer for Pauly Shore Stands Alone below: READ MORE
Saturday Night Live's landmark 40th season is shaping up to be filled with some great hosts. The Wrap is reporting that Jim Carrey is set to return to host his third episode sometime this season. While the exact date is not yet known and NBC has yet to confirm the news, insiders told The Wrap that Carrey's episode will most likely air close to the premiere of Dumb and Dumber To on November 14th. Confirmed hosts that will appear prior to Carrey include Chris Pratt and former SNL cast members Sarah Silverman and Bill Hader.
Watch some of Carrey's best SNL sketches from his 1996 and 2011 episodes below: READ MORE
Nicholas Stoller's Neighbors was released on DVD and Blu-ray this week, and here's the full gag reel from the film featuring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Rose Byrne, Jerrod Carmichael, Lisa Kudrow, and Ike Barinholtz, not to mention a small cameo from a terrifying flying insect.
Proving that no late night host cares more about his studio audience, Conan O'Brien doled out some Audiencey Awards during last night's Conan to display his appreciation for all the excellent sitters, clappers, and viewers out there. Watch the second part below featuring Conan's no-nonsense prop master Bill Tull: READ MORE
Jean also described next season's Halloween episode as broken down into three segments: "'School in Hell,' inspired by the work of Neil Gaiman; then there's a Stanley Kubrick-inspired Clockwork Orange segment; and then there's a sequence where the Simpsons meet their Tracey Ullman selves." When asked about how much longer The Simpsons plans to run on Fox, Jean said: "We could last two more years, maybe four, maybe more. No one has talked to us about wrapping the show."
"But it's a genre that's near and dear to my heart, and I just thought that there's a freedom in British sitcoms for characters to not always be 'broadcast likable,' and thus I thought it would be a nice way to take a show like Mad About You and update it in terms of how young society behaves now and also to bring in some characters that are actually kind of shitheads at times. It's a tall order to make people fall in love with people who are kind of dicks, but I thought it would be worth trying, and I think it has been."
- Creator of FX's hit new series You're the Worst Stephen Falk explains his love for the romantic comedy genre and the British approach to likability in an interview with The A.V. Club.
Standup Hannibal Buress was a guest on last night's Conan, where he told O'Brien about his recent book deal — even though he still has no idea what the book's going to be about. Watch another part from the interview below: READ MORE
After just over three months of working as a Daily Show correspondent, Michael Che made his final appearance last night in a bogus news segment that turned into the perfect farewell from Stewart and the rest of the Daily Show correspondents. Stewart even sang a beautiful song while a reel of Che's not-so-many Daily Show memories played on a screen above.
How angry was Craig Ferguson when he found out that he didn't get Letterman's gig? Who was the worst guest ever during his stint on Late Late Show? Did CBS give him a huge consolation payout for not taking over Late Show? Ferguson answered two out of these three questions on Watch What Happens Live, but it's pretty easy to see through his poker face during that last response.
Former Office writer and co-executive producer Justin Spitzer just sold a new workplace comedy to NBC. THR reports that the network has given a script commitment to The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, a single-cam comedy by Spitzer centered on "a disparate group of employees working at a big-box store in middle America and the love stories that will ultimately unfold among them." Spitzer will co-executive produce alongside Enlightened's David Bernad and Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer, and he also serves as a co-executive producer on Fox's Mulaney, which is set to premiere on October 5th.
Key and Peele finally returns to Comedy Central next week, and here's a sneak peek from the premiere episode. It turns out that all it takes for the guys to survive an alien invasion is a simple understanding of one of humankind's most unfortunate traits.
Comedian and former host of Totally Biased W. Kamau Bell is going on tour. Titled Oh, Everything!, the tour kicks off this November and runs through the end of January 2015 with over 30 stops in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Austin, Cincinnati, D.C., Portland, New York, and more. Presale fanclub tickets are available today through Bell's website while general public presale starts tomorrow at 11:00am. Check out the full list of tour dates below: READ MORE
Actor/writer Ben Schwartz has written a new comedy and teamed up with Adam McKay and Seth Rogen for the project. Variety reports that McKay is officially attached to direct the untitled comedy, while Seth Rogen is set to star. Schwartz — who most recently appeared on Parks and Rec, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and tomorrow's new release This Is Where I Leave You — will also co-star in the film. McKay and Will Ferrell's own Gary Sanchez Productions is behind the film as well as Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Good Universe; plot details are currently being kept under wraps. "Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we’re so excited to work with them," said McKay in a statement. "Ben, not so much. Most of my problems with him are personal ones, but I have to give it up … he did come up with a great idea."
Rogen's statement is a little more epic: "Every two thousand years the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same." Added Goldberg: "McKay and Schwartz are reeeeeeal smart, well-endowed guys and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them."
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