Here's a clip from Louis C.K.'s visit to last night's Late Show, where he and Letterman talked about how it feels to disappoint fans in the audience while performing standup ("The more people you reach and the more people that see you, the more people are gonna think that you suck") and how C.K. recorded his new standup special at The Comedy Store despite never getting a full audition with owner Mitzi Shore. Watch C.K. offer his two cents on the New England Patriots' deflated balls controversy, as well as a five-minute preview of Live at the Comedy Store, below: READ MORE
Comedians Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman both have projects at the Sundance Film Festival this year — Notaro is the subject of a new documentary called Tig and Silverman stars in a drama called I Smile Back — and The New York Times sat down with both of them for a lengthy discussion on their careers, taking on dramatic roles, and Notaro's recent shirtless standup performance in New York: "Make no mistake: This is a stunt. I want people to talk about my comedy, about cancer, about body issues. If I had a scar on my face, nobody would make me put a bag over my head — hopefully." Check out the full video above.
SNL alum Brooks Wheelan has a new album out tomorrow. Titled This Is Cool, Right?, the album will be available tomorrow on iTunes, Amazon, and more via Comedy Dynamics and follows Wheelan "from his early years through his tenure on SNL, with hysterical and heartbreaking anecdotes. He’s always upbeat though as he discusses the ups and downs of his life from witnessing his father murder an opossum to his rejected SNL sketches." Get your copy over at Wheelan's website.
If last week's Broad City taught us anything, it's that every episode should feature a scene of Abbi Jacobson gloriously expressing herself through the art of dance. Thankfully, this week's episode looks to be a perfect follow-up when Abbi and Ilana pay a visit to Lincoln the dentist/pasta blogger to get Abbi's wisdom teeth removed with the help of some nitrous oxide.
The first film in Adam Sandler's four-movie deal with Netflix has been revealed. The Wrap reports that Sandler's first Netflix film, called Ridiculous 6, begins production next month and includes a huge cast: Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Blake Shelton, Whitney Cummings, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider (He's back!), Chris Parnell, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Jon Lovitz, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Vanilla Ice, Luke Wilson, Steve Zahn, Danny Trejo, and Lavell Crawford, with more to be announced. No plot details have been announced on the Magnificent Seven-style parody, but The Wrap revealed some casting details: Sandler will star as a "man who grew up as an orphan among an Indian tribe" while Lautner, Schneider, Wilson, and Crews will play his half-brothers. Nolte will play Sandler's "long-lost father," Parnell will play a bank manager, Lovitz and Cummings will play a wealthy industrialist couple, Forte and Trejo will play rival gang leaders, Buscemi will play "a local jack-of-all-trades," Shelton will play Wyatt Earp, and Vanilla Ice will play Mark Twain.
In addition to shooting Ridiculous 6, Happy Madison Productions has three other projects set to premiere this year including animated film Pixels and the completely necessary sequels to Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Joe Dirt.
At TCA this month, The Hollywood Reporter surveyed 23 network chiefs about the industry, and when asked for solutions to television's current "comedy problem" they offered an interesting variety of responses. Here's what execs from NBC, FX, Netflix, HBO, Comedy Central, and more had to say:
The industry's comedy problem could be solved by:
CINDY HOLLAND (Netflix): Patience and trust that the audience will build over time.
SUSANNE DANIELS (MTV): Unleashing the traditional guidelines for developing and producing comedies. We over-note comedy people, and their ideas get watered down in the stew that's created by networks, agents and production companies.
MICHAEL LOMBARDO (HBO): Stop looking at focus groups. It's not working, so throw it out.
CHARLIE COLLIER (AMC): Submitting the next seasons of American Horror Story and True Detective as outstanding comedy series.
BOB GREENBLATT (NBC): A new generation of great writers.
JOHN LANDGRAF (FX): A miracle. Comedy is the most subjective thing and it's just very hard to create a comedy that pulls a very fragmented audience back together because if you're a man, woman, person of any sexual orientation, any ethnicity, any age, any geographic region, there's a show that's made just for you. So how do you make a show that's as good as that for everyone? I don't envy the broadcasters trying to make broad comedy right now.
GARY NEWMAN (FOX): One big comedy hit!
KENT ALTERMAN (Comedy Central): I'm not sure whether to be alarmed to learn there's a "comedy problem" or insulted that cable isn't considered part of the industry.
The rest of the survey is a great peek into the approaches of different cable and streaming TV networks and is well worth the read over at THR.
Here's a clip from Judd Apatow's second Late Late Show episode as guest host last week featuring guests Jeff Goldblum and Garry Shandling, where it's revealed that Shandling has had the same therapist as both of the other guys in the past — one who doubled as Goldblum's wedding officiant, and another who Shandling ditched without giving Apatow a heads up.
Ahead of the season 2 Last Week Tonight premiere on February 8th, here's a brand new web exclusive featuring John Oliver giving a "condescending half-hearted apology" for his recent #NotMyChristian Twitter campaign after it was announced that Jamie Dornan was cast as Christian Grey in the 50 Shades of Grey movie. Despite the fact that the movie has already been filmed and Oliver has never read the book, he records an on-the-spot audition to prove that he's the "epitome of male beauty" and deserves the lead role in the inevitable sequel.
Netflix has given the Duplass brothers a home for their next four films. Not long after reaching a similar deal with Adam Sandler, the streaming network signed a deal today with Mark and Jay Duplass to finance and release their next four movies. "This is just the latest step in our very long relationship with the Duplass Brothers," Netflix exec Ted Sarandos told Deadline. "We've been working with them almost since the very beginning, when we were red envelope delivery. Independent film has always been a big part of Netflix, and the reason we do things like the Adam Sandler deal is so we can do things like this as well.” The Duplass brothers are behind three projects at Sundance this year including dramatic film The Bronze, comedy The Overnight, and animated series Animals.
The latest season of Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show has so far featured stars like Seth Rogen and Jimmy Kimmel and an episode takeover by Hannibal Buress, and tonight's new episode should be just as entertaining when guest Chris Rock joins Andre on the street for a new installment of "Bird Up!" The episode airs on Adult Swim tonight at 12:15am. Check out a preview clip via The Howard Stern Show below: READ MORE
Shaq might star in his own TruTV comedy series. Deadline reports that the network has handed a pilot order to Shaq Inq., a workplace comedy "in the tone of Veep." Shaq Inq. will follow O'Neal and his "offbeat, yet capable" business team who take on "the mayhem of managing Shaq’s existing products and endorsements while implementing his latest batch of eccentric and oftentimes brilliant business ideas. While they’re all working towards the same goal, each employee is constantly jockeying for the power and recognition to make the big guy proud." The pilot is written by The Wedding Ringer's Jeremy Garelick, directed by Galavant's John Fortenberry, and co-executive produced by Jon Weinbach and Trophy Wife's Dan Kaplow.
After two seasons on IFC, The Birthday Boys is no longer. IFC has confirmed that the Bob Odenkirk-produced sketch show starring Jefferson Dutton, David Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell, and Chris VanArtsdalen will not return for a third season. "IFC was proud to be the home of The Birthday Boys and their unique and inventive comedy for two seasons," the network said in a statement. "We thank these talented creators and wish them nothing but the best. We will miss the laughs, the farce and the pixilated male nudity." The group also posted a goodbye message of their own on YouTube today, which you can watch below: READ MORE
Remember when NBC announced its new "grassroots" talent initiative NBC Playground last year in hopes to — in the words of the network — find talented comedy writers by "reaching beyond the traditional talent labs of film schools and NY/LA comedy clubs"? Well, NBC announced the round of finalists last week, and guess where they live? Take a look at the list of finalists below:
Jeff Galante (Los Angeles, CA) – teacher at The Groundlings
Tyler Hall (Brooklyn, NY) – UCB writer
Melissa Hunter (Los Angeles, CA) – iO and Above Average performer
Avery Lee & Bobby Richards (Chicago, IL) – iO performers
Kassia Miller (New York, NY) – UCB, CollegeHumor performer
Daniel Poliner (Brooklyn, NY) – award-winning filmmaker (Austin Film Festival, Sundance, New Orleans Film Festival, Filmfest New Haven)
Jameel Saleem (Los Angeles, CA) – Manhattan Love Story writer; film/television actor
Adriano Valentini & Aaron Colom (Los Angeles, CA) – SAG actor/writers/producers
Not only is every finalist from one of the major cities that NBC claimed it would avoid, but they're also writers, performers, and filmmakers who already have their foot in the entertainment industry in one way or another. I don't mean to knock the talent and hard work of these finalists — Melissa Hunter's hit web series Adult Wednesday Addams is a particular standout — but this group includes performers and teachers from UCB, iO, The Groundlings, CollegeHumor, and Above Average, SAG-AFTRA members, writers with major network TV credits, and even finalists of similar contests (filmmaker Adriano Valentini was a finalist on HBO's Project Greenlight in December). Apparently NBC's idea of including comedy concepts from "across the country" means sticking with established writers/performers from the country's three biggest comedy hubs while overlooking aspiring TV show creators from the 47 other states who would've benefitted most from a "grassroots" talent initiative. Better luck next time, rest of America.
The rumored Mrs. Doubtfire sequel might not be moving forward, but now it looks like the 1993 film is getting the stage musical treatment. Entertainment Weekly confirmed with Alan Menken — who wrote music for Disney classics like The Little Mermaid and Aladdin — that he's composing music for an upcoming Doubtfire musical, David Zippel (Hercules) is writing the lyrics, and Harvey Fierstein is writing the book. "It's going very well, it's in its early stages, and that's probably all I can say," Menken told EW. "We're really enjoying working on it."