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From the Hollywood Reporter:
Paul F. Tompkins and Molly Shannon are on track to becoming network comedy's coolest new couple. According to THR, Tompkins has been cast to star opposite Shannon in the untitled single-camera ABC comedy created by Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan formerly called Bambi Cottages. Tompkins will play an overworked father who moves with his wife and six kids from the city to New Hampshire to run a group of tourist cottages. Here are some more details on Tompkins's character:
Tompkins will play the charming and likable Teddy, who describes himself as a dreamer — and there's little that can quash Teddy's child-like optimism and lively spirit. He and his wife Cathleen (Shannon) may be complete opposites but they are still very much in love after 19 years of marriage and six kids.
Get ready for an inside look at some of life's most intense experiences without the burden of leaving your couch, when new half-hour series "Review" premieres on Comedy Central on Thursday, March 6th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Starring Andy Daly ("Eastbound & Down") as life critic Forrest MacNeil, "Review" follows the atypical reviewer as he goes above and beyond the boring subjects like films, food or art. Forrest reviews life itself: the adrenaline rush of stealing, the dangers of drug addiction, the joys of sleeping with a celebrity, and much more. His unwavering commitment to reviewing any and every experience that his audience suggests often means his work comes at the expense of his family. Throughout the season, Forrest will answer life's most challenging questions while dealing with the unintended consequences of such a lofty goal.
Tonight, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's satire of Portland-based hipsters returns for a fourth season. The season will feature 10 half-hour episodes. The Emmy nominated, Peabody and WGA Award-winning series is created and written by Armisen (SNL) and Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney), and Jonathan Krisel, the show's director. Portlandia is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video. The first three seasons of Portlandia expanded the boundaries of gentle satire and social commentary. From the feminist shopkeepers Toni and Candace to the overly eco-conscious couple Peter and Nance, Armisen and Brownstein transform into a collection of charmingly earnest characters who make up Portlandia, the quirky, free-range world created as an affectionate love letter to Portland, OR.
Feb 27, 2014 - 9:21 AM - by isoS
Eddie Pepitone's first live album, 2011's "A Great Stillness," is now available on vinyl and CD from Stand Up! Records. Recorded at Gotham Comedy Club in New York, the set will be familiar to anyone who saw the 2012 documentary "The Bitter Buddha," which culminates in this triumphant homecoming performance. While the audio has been available as a digital download since late 2011, this physical release includes new artwork by the great Drew Friedman. A must-have for comedy collectors! Go get it: http://eddiepepitone.com/eddie-pepitone-shop/
Feb 25, 2014 - 11:12 AM - by isoS
KAREN KILGARIFF's debut comedy album LIVE AT BOOTLEG is available today via ASPECIALTHING RECORDS. In an early review, TheSpitTake praises Kilgariff's "multi-layered observational comedy with recurring (but not overbearing) feminist themes set against metaphor-laden love songs" and hails 'Live at the Bootleg' as "fresh and vital."
Best known for her work on "Mr. Show" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Karen has been a longtime favorite of those in the know, and has recently transitioned from classic stand-up comic to acoustic troubadour. Recorded live in LA and completely uncut, Live at the Bootleg captures musical comedy at its rawest, and sets a new bar for a genre that is rarely done right.
'Live at the Bootleg's first LP pressings are available on orange colored vinyl and come with a free digital download. Order your copy today!
Hear Karen's new DAYTROTTER session recorded live in San Francisco during SF Sketchfest: http://bit.ly/1bYs1Md
Feb 12, 2014 - 3:47 PM - by isoS
What does everyone in Hollywood need? Constant praise and accolades. So what are we making? Another awards show! It’s "The Weekly Awards with Jimmy Pardo," and you’re invited.
Come on out to Stage 15 on the Warner Brothers lot for laughs and a good time as we shoot our pilot presentation for TBS, in which Jimmy honors all the news, clips, personalities and oddities of the week, in a tux.
When: March 7 - time TBA
Where: Stage 15, Warner Brothers Studios, Burbank CA
How: Email requests for FREE tickets to: email@example.com. Please include your name and how many in your party [4 tickets maximum].
"The Weekly Awards with Jimmy Pardo" is produced by Conan O’Brien’s Conaco, for TBS.
Jan 30, 2014 - 11:25 AM - by isoS
Remember when Jimmy Pardo and I started that podcast in 2006 and everyone was like, "Hey, this is great?" And then we started charging for it in 2008 and a lot of people were like, "Oh, shucks?" Well it's 2014, and with the help of our friends at Earwolf, I'm very happy to say that Never Not Funny is once again free! You can subscribe to it at earwolf.com, in iTunes, on Soundcloud, via RSS or wherever else you like to go for podcasts. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoy making it.
This week: Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Joe Lo Truglio stops by to sing some songs and wash some cars. Listen now!
Oh, one more thing: if you really like Never Not Funny, you can sign up for the Players Club at pardcast.com -- membership includes full video of every episode, an exclusive extra episode every week, bonus live show recordings and that warm, fuzzy feeling you remember getting when you used to pay for Never Not Funny in the good old days.
Jan 17, 2014 - 12:46 PM - by isoS
If you love podcasts, chances are you'd love to see a documentary about the podcast boom of the lsat few years. Well, Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini (Comedy Film Nerds) are making that documentary. They've already interviewed Marc Maron, Aisha Tyler, Doug Benson, Jimmy Pardo, Welcome To Night Vale, Scott Aukerman, Jonah Ray and Greg Fitzsimmons, but there's much more work to be done.
As with their other baby, The LA Podfest, Chris and Graham have taken to Kickstarter to make this dream a reality. Watch the video above and chip in if you can:
NBC has given a pilot order to Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael’s Mason Twins.
Single-camera Mason Twins, from ABC Studios, is written/exec produced by Wilson and Raphael and exec produced by Stacy Traub, who supervised the script. Having been estranged for 15 years, fraternal twins Pender and Lizzie Mason reconnect after Lizzie’s perfect city life has fallen apart, and she returns to her suburban town to find that her sister hasn’t matured past her teen queen days. The project stems from the deal "Happy Endings" and SNL alumna Wilson and Raphael inked with ABC Studios in August. The duo also has DINKS, a half-hour with Jonathan Groff, at ABC with a pilot production commitment. Wilson and Raphael, who met in a clown class at NYU, are longtime writing and stage partners and best friends. They have performed together at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, co-wrote the feature Bride Wars and wrote and starred in the film Ass Backwards.
"The Spoils of Babylon", a new six episode comedy miniseries written by Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele ("Casa De Mi Padre") and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Funny or Die, premieres tonight on IFC at 10 PM. In the vein of such '80s miniseries as "The Thorn Birds" and "The Winds Of War", the epic story of "The Spoils Of Babylon" chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the Morehouse family who made their fortune in the oil business. It centers on Devon Morehouse (Tobey Maguire), who as an orphaned child was taken in by future oil magnate Jonas Morehouse (Tim Robbins) and his daughter, Cynthia (Kristen Wiig). Devon and Cynthia now run Morehouse Enterprises together while fighting their feelings for each other. Haley Joel Osment plays Winston, the devilish son of Cynthia. Consumed with a reckless ambition for power, she raised her son to worship at the same altar, and now he begins to insert himself in the family business.
Will Ferrell appears under heavy makeup as the pompous, Orson Welles-like auteur Eric Jonrosh, supposed author of the novel the miniseries is based on, setting up each week’s installment. Ferrell’s Jonrosh didn’t just write the mythical book on which “Spoils of Babylon” is based but, as the overblown credits make clear, wrote, produced, directed and financed the miniseries (a whopping 22 hours in its original cut, we’re told), in addition to casting his wife in a key role.
Variety summarizes the series: "Feeling a bit like a “Saturday Night Live” sketch stretched and inflated, “Spoils of Babylon” is still a pretty entertaining spoof, provided that much of the audience (and perhaps especially, the targeted younger crowd) has any idea what it’s spoofing."
After a long wait and a most would agree lackluster fourth season, series creator Dan Harmon returns as executive producer of NBC's "Community" for a 13-episode fifth season. The first two back-to-back episodes, which air tonight, reintroduce Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) to Greendale in his new role as a teacher and deal with the problem of extending a show set at a college into its fifth year. (They also introduce Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks in a supporting role on the Greendale faculty.) By the fourth episode (the third wasn’t shown to critics), which addresses Chevy Chase’s having been written off the show, Community is reportedly back to melding screwball premises with genuine heart the way it did in classic episodes like “Digital Estate Planning” and “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas.” Let's hope the show gets an order for the back 9 episodes and continues to have a long life at NBC (Six seasons and a movie?)
Dec 24, 2013 - 11:48 AM - by isoS
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