Lately, Comedy Central has been seeking out and creating more web-series to expand their web presence. As previously announced, the CC network ordered six new web-series this year including 300 Sunnyside. Written by Barry Rothbart and Danny Solomon, the series is about “six roommates of 300 Sunnyside that aren’t worried about their stagnant existence; they have too many petty, meaningless squabbles to occupy their attention.” The series stars Rothbart and Brian Huskey, Betsy Sodaro, Nick Rutherford, Chris Reinacher and Cornell Reid. Today, CC released the first episodes of 300 Sunnyside available on Youtube and CC.com. Check it out. Read More
The wonderful Kurt Braunohler made his Tonight Show debut on Friday. Braunohler has done Conan in the past and had a great Comedy Central Half Hour this summer, but this was his first network late night stand-up set. Braunohler talked about his distaste for biscotti, amazing sights you see at the dog park, dating woes, and troubleshooting weird British washing machines. Check it out.
This is one of our favorite times of year. Mainly because during the next few weeks all the new TV shows will make their premieres. Returning favs and new ones we get to pick apart (we’ll be launching our Fall TV Comedy Guide shortly). But in the meantime, revel in the fact that lots of great people are hanging out in late night this week. Also, watch the pilot of the new animated [adult swim] show Mr. Pickles, which is the touching story of a boy and his evil dog. Read More
Here’s some awesome news to get your Monday morning going. We’ve heard from a few different sources that comedian Pete Davidson is the newest featured member of Saturday Night Live when season 40 begins in a few weeks. The 20-year-old comedian will not be the youngest cast member to ever join the show (that goes to a 17 year old Anthony Michael Hall) but he is absolutely one of the most promising. Ever since Davidson began his stand-up career he’s been a comedian to watch, catching the eye of others including Nick Cannon, who began putting him on stand-up shows and eventually the reboot of Wild N’ Out. Davidson is also a regular on the hit MTV2 show Guy Code. Read More
Although Joan Rivers passed away last week, this week the comedy world continued to pay tribute to her, and rightfully so. Nearly as frequently, we learned of new developments for Saturday Night Live‘s upcoming 40th season.
– Mel Brooks stopped by Conan to discuss a classic prank and, more importantly, reflect on his experiences with Joan Rivers. Howard Stern also talked about his eulogy at Rivers’ funeral, which, despite the occasion, began in usual Stern fashion. Read More
About 24 hours ago Saturday Night Live head honcho Lorne Michaels announced comedian and former SNL writer Michael Che was returning to the show and replacing Cecily Strong as co-anchor at the Weekend Update desk for season 40.
While the overall vibe was happiness for Che, many seemed bummed that the much-loved Strong wouldn’t be at the desk every week with Che. Strong is still with the show but will continue to perform in sketches on the show. Something she did even when she was at the Update desk.
Today Strong broke her silence about the move stating in short, “no point in being angry or sad for me,” adding that it’s a move she’s excited about. Read More
Natasha Leggero exudes elegance, clearly. The comedian and actor will be bringing glamor and more to Comedy Central soon with her new series, Another Period, she created with Garfunkel and Oates’ Riki Lindhome. We had the opportunity to chat with Leggero before she departs for Las Vegas to headline Lipshtick at the Venetian. Check it out. Read More
“But the people who run late night don’t need us blacks to host anymore. Once Arsenio left, late night picked the bones of his show. They picked them so clean that when he came back there wasn’t enough to make it feel as different as it had been the first time. Late night didn’t need a black host because it had all the black host’s guests.”
– W. Kamau Bell’s op-ed on Buzzfeed about why we will not see much diversity in late night television because it’s taken everything it needs from black pioneers like Arsenio Hall.
Last night Billy Eichner paid visit to David Letterman. It’s kinda fitting to see this happen as Eichner was a comedian whom Joan Rivers backed and repeatedly told Late Show bookers that they had to check out and get on the show. So Eichner being on the show is a final, subtle tribute to Rivers in a way. But it didn’t take long for Billy to earn his way back on the show as he entertained the crap out of the late night host and played games with Letterman who demanded some yelling. The games included “Celebrity Child or Kentucky Derby Winner?” and “Dead or Boring?” Yelling, which Letterman got particularly animated for. Billy Eicher and Dave Letterman yelling at each other is pretty much the best thing. Read More
There are a lot of comedy documentaries out there in the world. Some of them are endlessly fascinating and offer a behind the scenes look at what comedians think about a topic. Others focus on one comedian’s origin story/search/climb/obstacle overcoming something. While others sometimes are just fun because a bunch of your favorite comedians talk about favorite things.
With that being said, we decided to come up with a list of comedy documentaries that specifically focus on a comedian instead of a topic in comedy. You can find Nine of these documentaries on on Netflix, one, you will not find (but its freely available on the internet). They’re worth putting in your queue and watching the next time you’d like to dive into comedian history. Read More