As the current wisdom goes: Men are stubborn; women are flexible. "It's the 'Will you hold my purse?' theory," Feig explains. "A guy's in a store with his wife or girlfriend and she asks him to hold her purse, it's, like, Kryptonite or something. They have to hold it so that no one around them thinks it's theirs. But if a guy says to his wife or girlfriend, 'Can you hold my backpack?' she's like, 'Sure.' She doesn't give a shit. I think Hollywood banks on that."
- from the Village Voice article "Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?" in which director Paul Feig explains why a male "no" carries more weight than a female "yes" to Hollywood movie executives, and why the rom-com is on the decline.
Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci of the musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates have an IFC show out soon, and according to THR, child star-turned-director Fred Savage has signed on to direct the series. Savage has had tons of experience directing both single and multi-cam comedies, including episodes of Modern Family, Party Down, Happy Endings, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and 2 Broke Girls, not to mention every episode of Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's short-lived but beloved NBC series Best Friends Forever. Jonathan Stern (Children's Hospital, Burning Love) will serve as executive producer with former head SNL writer Dennis McNicholas on as showrunner. Garfunkel and Oates is set to premiere on IFC in late summer.
Last night, Conan O'Brien announced that he's set to host the MTV Movie Awards next month. While this is surprisingly the first time O'Brien has been hired to host the MTV awards show, he's certainly no stranger to bringing a consistently funny and delightfully weird performance to all of his hosting gigs, from his time on Late Night, The Tonight Show, and Conan to a slew of host and guest speaker spots he's had since the mid-'90s. To anticipate what's sure to be an entertaining MTV Movie Awards come April 13th, here's a look at some of Conan's best non-talk show hosting moments, from the earliest to most recent. READ MORE
Lena Dunham hosts SNL for the first time this weekend, so she paired up with Kate McKinnon to make a bunch of silly promos that have them dancing, celebrating feminism, discussing Dunham's Girls directing style, and listing their goals for the week. As is the case with most actors who share the screen with Dunham, McKinnon's half-naked by the end of this video.
During his interview with Letterman last night, Michael Keaton told a short but sweet story about working with the recently deceased Harold Ramis, who directed him in the 1996 clone comedy Multiplicity. According to Keaton, Ramis had become a Buddhist by then, which made him way more laid-back than the average movie director.
Conan O'Brien announced last night that he'll be hosting the MTV Movie Awards — the only awards show that matters — on Sunday April 13th at 9:00pm, which won't conflict with all the hot TV shows on Sunday nights (they checked). The nominees will be announced tomorrow morning at 7:00am via MTV's website. This makes Conan's first MTV Movie Awards hosting gig; he's hosted the Emmys twice in 2002 and 2006 and also co-hosted in 2003.
James Van Der Beek lookalike-wannabe Mike Birbiglia paid a visit to Late Night last night, where he talked with Meyers about meeting James Van Der Beek (who did not agree that they looked alike) and traveling for his current 100-city tour, which has brought out his disdain for the orange exclamation mark warning in his rental car. He may not be able to pass for The Beek, but he's definitely got the Damon/O'Reilly look down.
Aside from having the best set of lines in Billy Madison, Jim Downey is best known for having a long writing tenure at SNL second only to Lorne Michaels. Downey joined the show at the same time as Bill Murray in 1976, and with only a few exceptions (including a break in the early '80s to serve as head writer at Letterman), he was a regular fixture on the writing staff until the end of last year, serving as the show's longest-running head writer from 1986-1995 and knighted ruler of SNL's political cold open sketches. Despite being better remembered as a writer, Downey also spent a single season as a cast member in the often overlooked one-time writer/cast member fifth season takeover alongside fellow scribes Peter Aykroyd, Brian Doyle-Murray, Alan Zweibel, Tom Schiller, and Don Novello. READ MORE
Today, South Park Studios unveiled the uncensored trailer for South Park: The Stick of Truth, the long-awaited video game that finally hits stores today. The trailer promises goths, zombie cows, abortions, Canada, and a pretty graphic shot of Randy getting probed by an alien, so if that sounds like your kind of game then today's your lucky day.
What does it say about our society that we reward disgraced crack-smoking Canadian mayors by letting them have a huge chunk of interview time on our precious late night talk shows? Thankfully this was far from lost on Jimmy Kimmel last night, who grilled Rob Ford about everything from his awful reputation among his fellow Torontonians to allegations of his homophobia, his sweating problem, his carb-free diet, and just about every viral Rob Ford clip that's hit the internet in recent history. If you like Canadian accents, political train wrecks, or walking heart attacks, click through for the rest of Ford's Kimmel visit. READ MORE
Reality show network truTV has greenlit its first-ever sketch comedy show. According to Deadline, the channel has ordered 10 episodes of Friends of the People, a blend of scripted sketches and man-on-the-street segments that will star The Lucas Brothers, Kevin Barnett (Guy Code), Josh Rabinowitz (I Just Want My Pants Back), and Jermaine Fowler, Jennifer Bartels, and Lil Rel Howery, who were attached to the In Living Color reboot. The cast will also write and executive produce (under Rabinowitz and Barnett as head writers), and The Pete Holmes Show's Neil Punsalan will serve as showrunner and director. Friends of the People is set to premiere on truTV sometime this summer.
According to the report, the Friends of the People pilot includes "a previously-untold story from television history" as well as the adventures of "Tracy Morgan Freeman," which sounds pretty amazing already. The cast made a similar pilot for Comedy Central last year called Legion of Goons after the In Living Color reboot didn't work out, but it never came to fruition on the network. From our interview with Lil Rel Howery in June:
[The In Living Color reboot pilot] was one of the greatest experiences I ever had and me and Jermaine Fowler are real good friends now. And Jennifer Bartels, she did the show. We're actually working on a sketch show for Comedy Central called Legion of Goons. So that's the cool thing that came out of this. There was a lot of anger. I was at [the Just for Laughs Festival in] Montreal like, “Man, they don't want to bring In Living Color back, that's cool man. We do our own show.” And I didn't know it could happen like that. They were like, “Okay.” 3 Arts don't play. They’re like, “That's what you guys want to do?” Yeah. And now we're in pre-production for our sketch pilot. [laughs]
In the second episode of his new Street Fighter-themed web series, Pete Holmes interviews Vega, the fancypants pretty boy from Spain who insists on wearing a mask, fighting with a huge claw, and crawling up chain link fences to avoid getting his beautiful face hit. Holmes tries to explain to Vega just how big of an insurance liability the claw is given he's the only fighter with a weapon, and it's nice to see Vega exposed as the cheating wuss he truly is.
Tina Fey visited her former Weekend Update co-anchor Jimmy Fallon last night, and they both gave the performance of a lifetime in a "Lip Flip" segment where they switch mouths, continue the interview, and sing a romantic duet. Click through to watch another clip from Fey's interview, in which she describes her daughter's very specific way of talking as "like a prostitute in a Vietnam movie." READ MORE
Last night, newest Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper made his very first appearance. His title? "New Senior Caucasian Correspondent." His task? Pretend to report from Crimea while being hilarious and making Jon proud as both a boss and father figure. Fortunately, Klepper's first day nerves only make his segment more hilarious, so hopefully he has a personal breakdown like this during all his future reports.