Before they broke into SNL stardom, Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch starred in a two-woman show together called Dratch & Fey that ran at Second City and New York's UCB from 1999-2000, and a couple days ago an old VHS copy of the entire show showed up on YouTube. The quality isn't the best, but considering it's nearly an hour of vintage Dratch and Fey in their element, a few VHS bugs shouldn't hold you back. (via)
After much anticipation, Nathan Fielder's epic Dumb Starbucks prank from earlier this year will finally be featured in next week's Nathan for You, and Comedy Central just released the above sneak peek. It turns out that Dumb Starbucks wasn't a prank at all but an "artistic experience."
Stephen Colbert is staying in New York. According to an announcement by CBS's Les Moonves and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Colbert will host Late Show from David Letterman's current spot at the Ed Sullivan Theater when he takes over sometime next year. No official date for Letterman's departure or Colbert's takeover has been announced, but Bill Carter at The New York Times writes that "there will need to be a hiatus between the two — most likely for several months — as Mr. Colbert installs a new set to the theater and his staff moves in to old Letterman offices. The most likely plan is a farewell to Mr. Letterman at the end of May, with a September premiere for Mr. Colbert." That's potentially a whole eight months without Colbert's weeknight television presence, so start watching The Colbert Report religiously while you still can.
Last year it was announced that Seth MacFarlane was creating yet another animated Fox series called Bordertown, and it's now signed on a Simpsons favorite to lead the voice cast. Deadline reports that Hank Azaria — the voice behind Simpsons characters like Moe Szyslak, Apu, and Chief Wiggum — has signed on to voice the lead role in the series as Bud Buckwald, "a married father of three and a Border Patrol agent who is just a tad behind the times and feels slightly threatened by the cultural changes transforming his neighborhood." Nicholas Gonzalez, Alex Borstein, Missi Pyle, Efron Ramirez, and 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander are also signed on to voice roles in Bordertown, which has yet to get an official premiere date on Fox.
After making waves at Sundance, getting funded through Indiegogo, and releasing a teaser trailer last month, filmmaker newcomer Justin Simien's Dear White People dropped its first official trailer yesterday. Not only does the trailer make Dear White People look even more promising than before, but it features 100% more Dennis Haysbert AKA the Allstate Insurance guy.
VICE.com's new talk show The Jim Norton Show premiered today with guests Mike Tyson and Dana White, and you can catch the first part of the episode above. "I want this to feel different than other talk shows feel. I'm not going to out-Fallon Jimmy Fallon," Norton says early in the episode. "I'm not going to be able to get celebrities to do fun things with me and get seven million views. My idea of a fun viral celebrity video would be to fill a bag with shit and smash Nancy Grace in the face with it."
Maude Apatow is set to make her TV comedy debut. TVLine reports that Maude will appear in the next season of Lena Dunham's hit HBO series Girls, which her dad Judd Apatow executive produces. Few details about Maude's character have been released, but she'll reportedly play a girl named Cleo "who could potentially appear in several episodes." Maude has shown up in her father's films Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40, but Girls will make her first time on the small screen. Zachary Quinto, Gillian Jacobs, Jason Ritter, and Natasha Lyonne are also set to show up next season, which is slated to premiere early next year.
It's been a couple months since Jay Pharoah released a new music video, but Above Average just dropped a new one today that's a parody of Usher's "Good Kisser." Expect a lot of metaphors for terrible breath.
After over a week of releasing music videos and an over 30-year career of parodying pop songs, Weird Al Yankovic has finally reached the #1 spot on the Billboard charts with his latest album Mandatory Fun, selling over 104,700 copies last week. Yankovic announced the news today via Twitter and extended his gratitude to fans: "If you'd told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would've believed it. If you told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would've believed it … I'm so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I'm enormously grateful for everyone's support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU."
During last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart covered the news that Rupert Murdoch apparently wants to buy Time Warner, though CNN would have to be sold off due to the media mogul's ties to Fox News. Stewart jumped on the opportunity by announcing his $10 billion "Let's Buy CNN" Kickstarter campaign complete with a fake website full of prizes. If you've ever dreamed of being featured in a "CNN 21 box," you can now make that a reality for a mere ten dollars.
Back in March it was announced that Aubrey Plaza had signed on to star in Hal Hartley's new film Ned Rifle, and the first teaser trailer dropped today. The film also stars Liam Aiken, Parker Posey, James Urbaniak, and Thomas Jay Ryan and is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival later this year.
The Simpsons is getting an awesome digital app, live event, and multiple crossover episodes in the coming months, but first up is FXX's 12-day Simpsons marathon starting on August 21st. The network released the above teaser for the marathon today that does a solid job of imagining a world where constant Simpsons viewing rightfully destroys civilization as we know it.
If you're a huge fan of the shortly lived '80s television series Manimal, then today is your lucky day. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Animation is teaming up with Jimmy Miller (The Other Guys, Step Brothers) and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions to adapt the cult series into a live action/animation hybrid feature, with Key and Peele EPs Jay Martel and Ian Roberts onboard to write. A director is not yet attached.
The original Manimal ran on NBC in late 1983 and starred Simon MacCorkindale as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a man raised in Africa with the ability to morph into different animals. "Like The Catcher in the Rye or The Sound and the Fury, Manimal has always been one of those elusive projects every producer dreams of taking to the silver screen," McKay said in a statement. "I know the movie will be funny and entertaining but will it be the first film to win a Pulitzer? We’ll just have to see."
"Parody is, almost by nature, disposable. And yet, people like it so much. Especially if you hear it at a certain point in your life, and then hear it like a decade later, there's nostalgia attached to it. I'm sure people like a lot of my early parodies, but I think their enthusiasm at hearing it at a concert has as much to do with their personal attachment to the song as it does to the song itself."
- Weird Al in a new lengthy interview with Vice, in which he breaks down the making of his album Mandatory Fun, his recent Fox News interview, when Beyoncé pulled a Weird Al, and why even his oldest parodies still resonate with fans.