Standup and two-time Last Comic Standing finalist Gary Gulman is going on tour. Titled It's About Time, the tour marks Gulman's 20th year in comedy and will make stops in Philadelphia, LA, Chicago, D.C., and more and conclude on December 13th at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. Here's the full list of It's About Time tour dates: READ MORE
Here's the trailer for Netflix's new animated series BoJack Horseman, which will make its debut on the streaming network next month and stars Will Arnett as the washed up former horse star BoJack with Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, and Alison Brie as his group of animal-people friends. BoJack Horseman will follow Arnett's character who "has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships" and attempts to break back into the entertainment world, and it premieres on Netflix on August 22nd.
In an uncommon but awesome move, Bob Odenkirk is including his opening act Brandon Wardell on his new album Amateur Hour, which was recorded back in May at LA's NerdMelt Theater. Wardell posted the news on his Facebook page yesterday and also revealed that he'll be joining Odenkirk on his tour to promote his book of plays A Load of Hooey this October, with the album set for a release in November or December. As for finding out that Odenkirk included him on the album, Wardell said: "I thought I was just opening for his album recording and then found out after the show I'm actually on it and he just didn't want me to be nervous."
Mike Tyson Mysteries is undoubtedly the most bizarre-sounding and anticipated upcoming show on Adult Swim, but don't watch the cast's Rob Corddry-hosted Comic-Con panel if you're looking for more details about it. Instead watch it to see Mike Tyson talk about his 2,000 pigeons, confuse the meaning and spelling of many words, mix up Norm Macdonald and Jim Rash's roles, frequently interrupt his fellow panelists, and be generally ridiculous. At one point an audience member asks Tyson what his favorite Adult Swim show is, to which he replies:
"I don't know if it's Adult Swim, but it's those badass black kids that's always cursing, which one? I think Eddie Murphy's involved. Which one is that? Boondocks, yeah. I did watch it, yes I did. I've viewed Adult Swim on a few occasions."
So there you have it: Mike Tyson is a Boondocks fan, he's very excited about Mike Tyson Mysteries, and he has an "If you don't fly, you die" policy with his pigeons.
Musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates have a new show premiering on IFC August 7th, and the network released a full episode sneak peek today so you can watch Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci "go full mermaid" on a double date a week before they make their TV debut.
Despite NBC explicitly telling him not to make public jokes about it, last night Chris Pratt told Seth Meyers a great story about the time he flashed Amy Poehler while filming a scene during the second season of Parks and Recreation instead of putting on the skin-colored briefs he was supposed to wear. Meyers even plays the clip of Poehler's reaction for good measure.
On last night's Tonight Show, standup Mike Birbiglia told a story about the time a pretty girl boarded the Brooklyn bus he was on and changed everything, despite how much he tried not to be creepy. Click through for Birbiglia's "My Summer Job" segment, in which he looks back on his days as a busboy in Cape Cod. READ MORE
Seth Meyers is hosting this year's Emmys on Monday August 25th, and NBC released a short teaser today that features Late Night writers Amber Ruffin, John Lutz, and Conner O'Malley as a trio of TSA agents who rummage through Seth's TV show-themed luggage.
Back in May, Adult Swim announced that they had ordered an untitled half-hour series starring 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer and Robert Smigel's Triumph the Insult Comic Dog co-created by Smigel, Michael Koman, and David Feldman, and at Comic-Con the group talked about what we can expect from the series — that is, when Triumph wasn't preoccupied burning the audience and panel moderator Leonard Maltin. While the only new casting news is the addition of Nebraska's June Squibb, Smigel told the audience that they are really hoping to get Sam Donaldson to play one of Triumph's poker buddies, and Koman described the show as part scripted sitcom and part multi-cam with a studio audience, with real-life Conan-style remote Triumph segments interwoven throughout the show.
For more on the series, check out our recent interview with Michael Koman.
To celebrate both of their Emmy nominations, Variety recently sat down with Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen for a hybrid interview/conversation that covers everything from their thoughts on each other's shows Girls and Portlandia to what it's like to perform on SNL. Here's both of them talking about Lorne Michaels and his behind-the-scenes skills and power:
Armisen: Lorne gives the most valuable kind of notes. I don't know how he knows. I don't know if he has like some secret connection to my brain but he addresses questions that I haven't asked yet and then I feel better about a whole season. In a sentence, he can diffuse any anxiety that I have.
Dunham: The biggest takeaway from doing SNL was like trying to feel as close to him as possible and watch him do his job and just to see his notes, which range from like big amazing, macro-script notes to, "There's not enough stuff on that desk, mess it up a little bit." He's always right.
Check out the rest of the interview — which includes Dunham "freaking out" when she discovers Armisen is on Instagram — over at Variety.
Elizabeth Banks is heading up a new comedy web series. The Wrap reports that Banks is co-producing an upcoming comedy called Resident Advisors with her partner Max Handelman for Paramount Digital, which was also behind the Ben Stiller-produced Bachelor parody Burning Love and more recently The Hotwives of Orlando. Resident Advisor will star Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, Burning Love) and Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part II and III) as a pair of college RAs "who try to contain their students while having fun at the same time." A premiere date for the series has not yet been announced.
Nathan for You's Dumb Starbucks episode aired last night, but before opening up the store Fielder had to prove — for legal reasons — that he had a history of making parody art. To do this, he first hooked up with the LA coffee shop owner he originally intended to help to write some parody songs, but soon after he decided to pursue a parody art career on his own, which you can check out in the above clip. Fielder also announced today that the show is auctioning off his parody art pieces on eBay for charity, so if you've always dreamed of a "T.G.I. Fart" sign hanging on the wall in your dining room, your opportunity has arrived.
Click through for some more clips from last night's Nathan for You, then check out our original breakdown of the Dumb Starbucks phenomenon and Fielder's full appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. READ MORE
We're excited to announce the start of a new recurring feature called 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.
Our first gem from the archives is this clip from Bill Murray's Second City Chicago show Bill Murray Live from the Second City from 1980 — the same year Caddyshack was released in theaters — with supporting cast members Danny Breen, Mary Gross, Bruce Jarchow, Tim Kazurinsky, Nancy McCabe-Kelly, Rob Riley, and George Wendt. By 1980, Murray had already completed his SNL cast member stint and starred in Meatballs, and in the clip above he delivers a nostalgic opening monologue that celebrates Second City Theatre's 20th birthday and looks back on his own memories (and lack thereof) performing on the famed Chicago stage.
It's been five years since Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian premiered, and the first trailer for the third installment Secret of the Tomb was just released. The film stars Ben Stiller, plenty of returning characters (Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan), some new ones (Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley), and a caveman who looks a lot like Ben Stiller in a quest that takes the gang outside of the museum and into the streets of London.