Comedy Bits: This Week in Comedy News New Shows, Revelations, and Fights: Howard Stern, Rosie O’Donnell, Doug Stanhope and more

This week in comedy, it was all about South By Southwest, and we had Amma Marfo and Marty Younge head down to sunny Austin to catch as much of the SXSW comedy festival as we could. You can check out our photo journal from Austin here that covers Kathy Griffin, New Yorker Cartoonist Liza Donnelly, Roast Battle, Pamela Adlon, Open Mike Eagle, a Richard Pryor documentary and much more. Plus we are very excited about the new documentary covering Eugene Mirman’s Comedy Festival, It Starts With a Joke. You can  read our review of The Good Boys from the guys who brought you Superbad and Sausage Party, see what we think of the upcoming What We Do in the Shadows, and  we checked out Nick Kroll as a volunteer dentist in Olympic Dreams. We also got to see the series finale of Broad City and while won’t spoil it for you, we can share a few things we learned.   Beyond SXSW, there was a giant multi-part comedy announcement from the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, and Just for Laughs Montreal released some news about their lineup including the host of this year’s Nasty Show. The National Comedy Center received Congressional recognition this week.    We shared a video clip from Netflix’s upcoming animated series Tuca and Birdie, Kevin Hart announced a new Netflix special, the trailer dropped for Ramy Youssef’s Hulu show Ramy. Pete Davidson pissed off the Catholic Church, we got to see Will Smith do some stand up, with help from Dave Chappelle. And up and coming comedy talent Dino Archie let us spend a day with him through Seven Selfies.

There’s plenty to read but there’s plenty more that we didn’t cover.  Those bits and pieces that maybe weren’t enough for an entire article but you still want to know about.

Saturday Night Live has more trouble this week, after being accused of ripping off content from a New York Comedy duo. Nick Ruggia and Ryan Hoffman, aka Temple Horses claim SNL stole two sketches from them this season.  They claim two of their YouTube sketches, “Not Trying to Fuck This Pumpkin” and “Pet Blinders,” were the source material for SNL’s “The Pumpkin Patch” and “Pound Puppy.”  Source: Variety.

The next Doug Stanhope stand-up comedy special will be filmed in Las Vegas, May 25th 2019. The announcement was made via Stanhope’s email list to give a heads up to hardcore fans. Full details coming soon.

Amy Schumer got buck naked and ran across a field nipples and all in her super pregnant state on Instagram this week prompting half a million followers to hit the like button and probably you can bet a cool million were zooming in for a closer look. There’s three pics so don’t forget to swipe. She’s promoting her new Netflix special Growing which will be available this Tuesday.

Comedy Central added some new names to their Clusterfest lineup.  Amy Poehler & Friends, Fred Armisen, Neal Brennan, and a live read of Clueless featuring Issa Rae, have been added to this year’s Clusterfest lineup, joining an already strong roster. You can also see the daily lineup now, and you can purchase single-day tickets. All tickets can be purchased exclusively at

Remember the Jerky Boys?  Well they’re back.  Rolling Stone announced this week that two decades after their last release, the prank call/audio sketch team will release Jerky Boys to Men later this year. The album was made in conjunction with Comedy Dynamics CEO Brian Volk-Weiss who was a big fan of the boys when he was growing up in Queens.

John Mulaney revealed this week that after the Louis C.K. scandal broke, he parted ways with his manager, Dave Becky, who was also CK’s manager and entangled in the details of the events that led to C.K. becoming an outcast. Mulaney shared the information in an interview with Vulture, saying he wasn’t keeping the information secret, but didn’t feel there was any need to publicize the move, and until now nobody had ever asked him.  Source: Vulture

D.L. Hughley is expanding his radio show for a late night television audience. The DL Hughley Show will still follow the traditional radio format, but adapted for television and will be shot in a Burbank California studio four days a week.  Hughley is one of the most unapologetic voices of our time and does not shy away from controversy.  Hughley and his co-host Jasmine Sanders will deliver a one-hour show, which is a hybrid of Hughley’s existing radio show and fresh content created specifically for a nighttime audience for TV ONE.  The channel is available to Comcast subscribers as well as anyone with DirectTV, AT&T UVerse and Verizon Fios.

Emma Arnold is about to release a new album with an eye catching title. Abortion! Abortion! Abortion! comes out on March 22nd. Its Arnold’s third album, and you’ll hear her drawing on personal life events including her recent break-up and what it’s like to date millennial men as a 38-year old. She also covers misadventures of clothes shopping and playing with friends as a child. As benign as those two subjects may seem, the payoffs are strong and offer some lighthearted moments to counter the hilarious and heavy chunk of material dealing with abortion and women’s reproductive rights that anchors the hour.

Hulu’s new comedy series Shrill starring Aidy Bryant had a big premiere this week at the Walter Reade theater, and lots of SNL castmembers came out to show support.  Kate McKinnon, Michael Che, Beck Bennet, Alex Moffat and Heidi Gardner all showed up.  Cast members Aidy BryantJohn Cameron MitchellLolly AdefopeLuka JonesIan OwensJo Firestone, Patti Harrison and Melanie Field, were there, as well as showrunner and executive producer, Ali Rushfield, executive producer and writer of the memoir, Shrill: Notes from a Loud WomanLindy West, executive producer Andrew Singer of Broadway Video, Hulu’s Director, Head of Comedy Originals, Billy Rosenberg, and Hulu’s Senior Vice President of Originals, Craig Erwich. The evening began with a special screening of the first two episodes of “Shrill,” which was introduced by Billy Rosenberg (Director, Head of Comedy Originals at Hulu) and Bryant.

NBC  announced the host cities for the 2019 StandUp NBC auditions.  The networks’ annual nationwide search for diverse comedic talent will have a presence in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Nashville this year.   Four of those cities- NY, LA, Seattle and Nashville will host open call auditions and semi-finalist showcases, while Chicago will be accepting online submissions only, but will host a semi-final round.  The annual event is a pretty big deal; at stake is a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal and a headlining spot at the annual NAACA convention- where lucrative bookings can be made.

Host Daniel Tosh returns to provide fans a weekly dose of what is happening in the world of internet fame and obscurity as well as the pitfalls of social media. Tosh.0 is now entering its 11thseason and will premiere on Tuesday, March 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Comedy Central’s The Jim Jefferies Show  returns for season three with a focus on diversity and culture from across the globe.  The Australian late-night host will take viewers to multiple countries for segments this season, and he’ll be covering immigration, gambling and racism. This year, Jim visits Hong Kong to find out if shark fins really give you sexual powers; fakes his own funeral with some South Koreans; spends a night with the “ladyboys” of Thailand; learns why millennials in Japan are too scared to date each other; strains diplomatic relations with North Korea at the DMZ; goes on an African safari with a team of badass female rangers; and finds out why his jokes could land him in jail in Singapore.  And now there’s a new YouTube channel dedicated to the show, where you can check out clips, previews and more.The Jim Jefferies Show debuts on Tuesday, March 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT following the 11th season premiere of Tosh.0.

Jimmy Fallon‘s viral Tonight Show segment “Wheel of Musical Impressions” is spinning off.  NBC has ordered ten episodes of That’s My Jam, based on the segment.  Fallon will EP he unscripted, variety game show which promises to be infused with Fallon’s one-of-a-kind comedic style, feel-good energy and a carousel of his classic and brand-new music-based games, featuring a new group of celebrities each week.

Howard Stern is bickering with daytime talk show queen Wendy Williams. Williams started the scuffle while discussing his upcoming book, Howard Stern Comes Again, on her show this week.  She accused Stern of “going Hollywood” and said he’s become predictable. She predicted every story would be about rubbing elbows with celebrities and said it sucks because he used to be “of the people” but now he’s been behind the microphone for too long. He fired back from behind the microphone on his SiriusXM show, claiming he’s still treated as a scumbag by the Hollywood set. He called her a jealous bitch, and said that she’s Hollywood obsessed.  “You are nobody to me. You’ll never be me, Wendy. You’ll never be me. You can pretend to be me, you can pretend to be like me, but you’re not. You don’t have my wit and you don’t have my talent. You couldn’t have that career. You’re a fly,” he said.  She fired back on Twitter, claiming that she showed Stern love when she talked about him, and got passive aggressive. “I still admire you old man!” she wrote. “The truth is the truth.”

Rosie O’Donnell says she was sexually abused by her father. She says it started when she was very young, and continued until her mother passed away.  O’Donnell has never publicly discussed the abuse before now.  The story came out as part of an upcoming book from Variety’s New York bureau chief, Ramin Setoodeh:  “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View’”   There’s a chapter about The Rosie O’Donnell Show. The book will be in stores April 2.  Source: Variety.

Seth Green is making his feature filmmaking debut. He both wrote and directed the upcoming Changeland, a comedy drama also stars Green as a guy who prepaid for an exotic trip to Thailand to save his marriage. He finds out his wife was unfaithful, and he hides from the devastation by taking his best friend on the trip only to reveal problems in their friendship.  Breckin Meyer, Brenda Song, Clare Grant, Macaulay Culkin, Rose Williams, Kedar Williams-Stirling and Randy Orton co-star. The movie was shot in Thailand and will be released on June 7, 2019.

On April 5th, Gastor Almonte will drop his debut comedy album Immigrant Made on 800 Pound Gorilla Records, followed by a video special version on Amazon April 12th. Gastor was raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn by his immigrant family and shares his experience in his signature easygoing, down-to-earth style, which has garnered him appearances on Comedy Central’s This is Not Happening, VICE Live, and PBS’s Stories from the Stage.

The Just Between Us podcast has officially launched.  Stitcher brings this new and unusual variety show that’s about brutal honesty, female friendship, and unsolicited advice. Co-dependent besties, New York Times best-selling authors, and YouTube series hosts Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn tackle life’s toughest and sometimes most ridiculous situations by playing games, talking with some very interesting people, and diving deep into serious topics, like relationships, mental health, and sexuality. Guests this season will include Maggie West, Jazzmyne Robbins, Jon Gabrus, Dan DeLorenzo, Brian Jordan Alarez, Kelsey Darragh, and Miles McKenna.   The debut episode asks Would you stay with this cheater? Should you break up with your pro-life boyfriend? How do you combine porn and art?


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