Ken Jeong is breaking into the world of WWE movies. Variety reports that the Community favorite has signed on to star in a comedy for WWE Studios with a working title of Untitled Celebrity Death Pool. The film will center on Jeong's character as "a struggling nightclub owner who after amassing a large debt from a loan shark, sets out to win a long-running celebrity death pool by attempting to kill Hasselhoff." Hasselhoff and WWE's own Hulk Hogan have both signed on to make cameo appearances.
Untitled Celebrity Death Pool isn't the only starring role to be announced for Jeong this summer; he's also set to topline the Steve Carell-produced film International Incident and an MTV pilot called Ken Jeong Made Me Do It.
Another Twitter feed might get the TV show treatment. Deadline reports that Comedy Central has ordered a pilot from longtime Simpsons writer Tim Long and Mike Burns, who is the mind behind Karl Welzein AKA @DadBoner. Here's the full description of the series, which is based on the @DadBoner Twitter feed and corresponding book Power Moves: Livin' the American Dream, USA Style:
The @DadBoner feed is penned by Karl Welzein, a fictional middle-aged Michigan man separated from his wife who loves Bob Seger … On the show, Karl Welzein has developed his own philosophy of life, indulging in dangerously generous helpings of booze, fast food, and American pride. Since his wife kicked him out of the house, Karl has been crashing at his buddy Dave’s and living like a “true bad boy” with “plenty of babes” — in his own mind.
Adam Devine's House Party is returning for a second season on September 9th, and Comedy Central released the above sneak peek revealing Devine's latest party location, the very non-dead New Orleans. The season premiere will feature standup from Ian Karmel, Aparna Nancherla, and Brendan Lynch, then the show moves to its regular Thursday 12:30am slot on the 11th. Other comedians set to appear throughout the 10-episode season include Kurt Braunohler, Nikki Glaser, and Erik Griffin.
Here's a new video Mashable made with Nick Offerman, in which the Parks and Rec star is tasked with reciting some of the many beautiful epiphanies found on Reddit's r/ShowerThoughts. The result is as genius, hilarious, and manly as you'd expect.
Former 30 Rock and Second City star Scott Adsit has a new television role lined up. Deadline reports that Adsit has been cast in AMC's in-the-works comedy pilot called We Hate Paul Revere, which follows two anti-Revere brothers in Colonial Boston. Ron Livingston was cast as Revere last month, while Adsit will play Founding Father Sam Adams. We Hate Paul Revere will be directed by SNL, Funny or Die, and The Spoils of Babylon's Matt Piedmont.
Not even two months after premiering on NBC, Canadian import Working the Engels has been canceled. THR reports that the family comedy starring Andrea Martin and Kacey Rohl — which was given a straight-to-series order last year and featured Martin's fellow SCTV alums Martin Short and Eugene Levy in recurring roles — will not have a second season on the network. Working the Engels was replaced on NBC's lineup with Greg Poehler's Welcome to Sweden after slipping in the ratings. The series originally premiered on Canada's Global TV back in March and was canceled after all 12 episodes aired. Only five episodes have aired on NBC.
"All That's attempt at giving children of the '90s their own SNL began with the masterstroke Lorne Michaels hit upon nearly two decades earlier: If your comedy show is supposed to reach a certain generation, let that generation tell the jokes themselves. … If Roundhouse was a community-theater production parents dragged their kids to, All That was like those kids keeping themselves entertained in the darkened playhouse: Passing private jokes, engaging in light slapstick with siblings, generally ridiculing the stuffiness of grown-up life."
- The A.V. Club examines the impact of Nickelodeon's All That as the SNL for kids of the '90s.
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.
This week's unearthed Second City sketch comes from the famous 1995 revue Piñata Full of Bees. Widely regarded as the show that broke the traditional Second City revue mold, Piñata starred Adam McKay, Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, Scott Allman, Jenna Jolovitz, and Jon Glaser before they hit it big; it took place the same year McKay landed a writing job on SNL. In the above sketch "Gump," McKay plays a company's personnel manager who calls in the VP (Adsit) to give him the unfortunate results of his IQ test, only to get some unfortunate news from the VP in return.
Nathan for You's second season finale aired last night, and the above commercial is the end product of Fielder's mission to rebrand one toy company's product by associating it with a child's first step into adulthood: "Doink-It: The Only Proof You're Not a Baby." Click through for some other clips from the finale, including Fielder's attempts to get returning guest Simon the breast-loving security guard his very own reality show. READ MORE
The new and extended version of Tom Shales and James Miller's SNL oral history book Live from New York isn't out until September 9th, but in the meantime THR has released a few exclusive excerpts from the book all about the show's more recent political satire, from how Tina Fey's Sarah Palin was born to why Robert Smigel's last TV Funhouse segment was rejected to Fred Armisen and Jay Pharoah's Obama impersonations. Here's Horatio Sanz on the opposing political sensibilities of former head writers Jim Downey and Seth Meyers:
I don't think the show itself has ever let its freak flag fly in the last 20 years. Lorne's very concerned with being neutral so he wants to make fun of everyone. … He doesn't want the show to be this liberal bash rag. He may be a little more conservative than he lets on. … And you also have Jim Downey, who's basically the Karl Rove of SNL. He's always writing the right wing sketches, and honestly I think a lot of times they're out of tune with the audience. … I think Lorne sometimes leans too much on Downey and not enough on guys like Seth. Basically in the last couple of years, it's been Seth going up against Downey to set the show's tone on politics, and I think we could definitely have been harder on the right. They deserved it, and we dropped the ball as far as getting them.
Check out the rest of the excerpts over at THR.
One of Jimmy Fallon's childhood dreams came true last night when he got the opportunity to play everyone's favorite Nintendo 64 game GoldenEye 007. It turns out that Brosnan is really more of a karate chop guy than a gun guy.
A week ago Fox posted the above sneak peek of the upcoming debut season of Mulaney, and while it's tough to judge a new show based on a 30-second preview, one thing is for certain: "It's Andre!" is going to be the hottest TV catchphrase come October 5th.
Seth Meyers and Late Night producer Mike Shoemaker's superhero-themed animated web series The Awesomes is getting another season. Deadline reports that Hulu has renewed the series for a third season to debut sometime in 2015. Meyers voices the main character Prock while a ton of SNLers have also provided voices for the series, including Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Kate McKinnon, Taran Killam, Kenan Thompson, Emily Spivey, Paula Pell, and Bobby Moynihan. The second season premiered on Hulu earlier this month; click through to watch the first four episodes. READ MORE
Astronaut and internet star Chris Hadfield's memoir An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is getting the sitcom treatment. Deadline reports that ABC has given a pilot production commitment to the project, which will be a multi-cam family comedy from Surviving Jack co-creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. The show will follow an astronaut "who is back from space and finds that re-entering domestic life might be the hardest mission he's ever faced." Hadfield is also onboard to work as a consulting producer on the series.
If An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth gets picked up to series, it won't be the only astronaut-themed comedy on TV; NBC also added Mission Control — a Will Ferrell/Adam McKay-produced comedy about a tough female NASA employee in 1962 starring Krysten Ritter — back in May.