This week in comedy news was dominated by a devastating story. The entire comedy community was rocked to learn that LA comedy bedrock Brody Stevens committed suicide. There was other news, like the release of the voice cast of Netflix’s upcoming Green Eggs and Ham based series, news about your favorite Childrens Hospital doctors, an update on Arrested Development, an interview with Nate Bargatze, and a gargantuan 12 part Oral History on Ari Shaffir’s Storyteller Show that includes input from dozens of comedians, producers and other artists. Plus Best Comedy Album of the Year winner Adam Ferrara performed on the Late Late Show, and there’s still more. Read our “comedy bits”- stories that maybe weren’t big enough for a whole story but worth sharing nonetheless.
Abby Elliott and her former “Happy Endings” co-star Adam Pally are starring in a pilot for NBC. Titled “Uninsured” the multi-cam comedy stars the duo as young parents who find out that they need to help out aging parents who made some bad choices and racked up some major debt. Pally just produced (and sometimes appeared on) The President Show for comedy Central, and Elliot (daughter of Chris Elliot, granddaughter of Bob Elliott recently appeared on Odd Mom Out, and in family project and indie darling Clara’s Ghost. Source: Deadline.
“Holmes & Watson“, the comedy that nobody saw won the Razzie for Worst Picture of the Year this week. In fact they crushed it also taking worst director, worst remake/ripoff/sequel and worst supporting actor for John C. Reilly. No big surprise the film got terrible reviews and word spread quickly of gigantic walk out numbers of those who attended opening weekend, and the movie quickly disappeared from theaters. Congratulations guys. The first Sherlock Holmes project that failed. Ever.
Monday night, “The Tonight Show” will give some love to the “Larry Sanders Show” with guests Tina Fey, Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Robert Irwin and Florida Georgia Line. In a clip shared on Deadline.com, you see Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon getting snippy with each other when the cameras shift off of them and we see what goes on while the ‘audience’ is seeing a film clip- something we got to see all the time on Garry Shandling’s Larry Sanders Show. Source: Deadline.
Nathan Macintosh just announced a brand new album coming out in late March. It’s his second and it’s titled “To the Point.” Macintosh recorded the twenty-one minute set at New York Comedy Club’s East Village location without even announcing he was doing it. It was produced by NYCC club owner Scott Lindner from Pinch Recording.Nathan says he was inspired by Pusha T’s seven-track album, Daytona. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and now living in New York, Nathan grew up with a single mother who loved stand-up comedy. George Carlin, Sam Kinison and Rodney Dangerfield were his first influences, and at the age of 10, he decided it’s what he wanted to do.
WNYC just announced a new slate of podcasts including a few from emerging and established comedians. Michelle Buteau will host one of the new series with Jordan Carlos. Titled “Adulting” the podcast is taped live in front of a Brooklyn audience and features conversations with entertainers about growing up, moving out, and getting their taxes filed on time. You can expect to hear the series debut sometime in mid May. Chris Garcia delivers “Scattered”, a 13 part series which will come from a personal place about losing a parent. His father was killed by Alzheimers after surviving Castro’s labor camps, and making it to the US as a Cuban refugee. You’ll have to wait till the fall for its debut, though. Finally, Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens fame will be back with “Sooo Many White Guys Season Four… Back with a Vengeance!” The show centers on conversations with celebs who push the limit with their art and their activism. The season kicks off on Tuesday, March 19 and guests this season will include Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan, attorney and activist Angela Rye, and British media personality, activist, and model Jameela Jamil.
Amy Poehler is directing another movie for Netflix. The news came out while the streaming network is busy promoting Poehler’s directorial debut, “Wine Country”, which must speak well for that project. Wine Country doesn’t debut until May. The new title, “Moxie” is based on a novel and shares the world of a 16 year old small town girl who becomes intrigued by her mother’s past as a member of an underground punk movement, and uses that to inspire a feminist revolution at her high school.
Iliza Shlesinger has been added to the all-star lineup of Garden of Laughs, the 13th annual night of stand up comedy that benefits the Garden of Dreams Foundation. The benefit show is taking place at the Hulu Theater at MSG on April 2. She joins a dream team line up that includes Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Burr, Michael Che, John Mulaney, Brian Regan and Jon Stewart. Steve Schirripa is hosting the show this year. Garden of Laughs is Executive Produced by Emmy Award-winning television producer and talent manager Rory Rosegarten.
The comedy special MY DAD WROTE A PORNO, bringing the hit British podcast of the same name to HBO, will tape next month for May debut on the network. Hosted by Jamie Morton, James Cooper and Alice Levine, the exclusive presentation tapes Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4 in front of a live audience at the Roundhouse in London.
The podcast features Jamie Morton reading a chapter from the “Belinda Blinked” series of “erotic” novels, written by his real-life father under the nom de plume Rocky Flintstone, with his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine providing commentary. The trio are now bringing Rocky’s infamous “Lost Chapter” to television after a sold-out, critically acclaimed world tour.
Showtime ordered a pilot from Lena Waithe for a comedy anthology titled, How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Sh*t). Each episode will include multiple storylines and a collection of characters telling stories about connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing — and harrowingly comic — sexual secrets.
Lonely Island announced their first ever multi city tour. The short but substantial run kicks off June 15 at Bonnaroo, before moving on to seven more stops in Philly, NYC, Boston and more. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1, at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Last summer the trio performed to major raves at Comedy Central’s Colossal Clusterfest in San Francisco. The headline performance included special guests including Michael Bolton, T-Pain and Chris Parnell.
Very little information on this one so far, but this week the trades reported that up and coming comedian Jabookie Young White (who you saw eclipse the shit out of Pete Holmes’ character on “Crashing” this season) is in talks to star in Bo Burnham’s next project. Burnham’s first feature film, Eighth Grade, has received raves from critics and audiences.