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Just because fall is here doesn’t mean comedy goes into hibernation mode—New York is rife with comedic opportunities this month! With so much happening, though, it’s not always easy to pick and choose what’s worth your time. To help you out, here are Backstage’s picks for comedy performances and castings to explore in October for anyone looking to get their monthly dose of funny. Performances Christi Chiello and Giulia Rozzi team up to host Stand-Up With Planned Parenthood, a comedy show to do good. Featured comedians include Janeane Garofalo, Josh Gondelman, Jo Firestone, Rebecca Vigil, Nore Davis, and Yamaneika Saunders, with proceeds going to support Planned Parenthood. The show is being held at Littlefield on Oct. 4. (Tickets: $20) Rhett and Link are YouTube stars known for their wacky games and segments on their podcast, “Good Mythical Morning.” Now, the duo brings their unique comedy to the stage, »
Not much music business got done in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (Sept. 26) because a large portion of the industry was out for the evening, toasting hitmaker Clive Davis and the west coast premiere of his feature-length documentary, “The Soundtrack of Our Lives.”
The film first screened at Tribeca in April, where it received a star-studded reception. The West Hollywood screening, hosted by Apple Music, also saw heavy hitters in attendance, including Jimmy Iovine, Larry Jackson, Robert Kondrk, and Scott Seviour from Apple; Attorneys Don Passman, Eric Greenspan and the Davis Firm’s Jodie Shihadeh; Wme’s Richard Weitz and Leisl Copeland; Warner Music Group’s Peter Gray; former Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid with wife Erica; Touch Tunes chief executive Charles Goldstuck; as well as artists like DJ Khaled, Carlos Santana, Earth Wind & Fire, Leona Lewis, Melissa Manchester, and Johnny Mathis. Mediums like visual art (Mr. Brainwash walked the carpet proudly sporting purple paint splatter in »
- Shirley Halperin
On Sept. 27, 1992, The Ben Stiller Show premiered on Fox, showcasing the titular star’s now well-known talent for emulating celebrities and crafting original characters. The sketch comedy series was abruptly canceled before its first season finished airing, but almost a year after it debuted, the show won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program.
“We had no idea,” Stiller told Et backstage at the 45th Primetime Emmy Awards. Apparently, none of the show’s writers had attended the ceremony with the notion they might beat out comedy institutions such as Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman. At some point leading up to the night, Stiller thought maybe he should put together a few words, just in case. “And then at the last minute, I thought, You know, I'm not gonna prepare a speech, because I'll feel like such a jerk when I don't win.”
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For some, it's a badge of honor. For others, it's a total nightmare. The 30 people featured below have at least one thing in common: at one point or another, somebody has impersonated them on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Some people, like Hillary Clinton, have been impersonated by multiple performers (Drew Barrymore, Vanessa Bayer, Rachel Dratch, Janeane Garofalo, Ana Gasteyer, Jan Hooks, Kate McKinnon and Amy Poehler). Others have become synonymous with the people they mimic, like frequent guest star Alec Baldwin, who earned raves (and an Emmy nod!) for his portrayal of President Donald Trump. But how does it actually feel to be parodied on SNL? Allow these 30 stars to explain: Saturday »
I have never been the biggest fan of the original ‘Wet Hot American Summer‘. Although it has attained cult status over the years, I never found the film to be memorable as others do. In fact, when Netflix revived the franchise a little over two years ago with an eight episode prequel series titled “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp“, I pretty much had the same feeling. With the latest entry in the revival, “Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later“, we finally get a true sequel to the original. And the premise is simple: the campers and counsels of camp firewood reunite a decade later to fulfill their promise made in the first film. Hilarity ensues. But the question still remains; does it follow the aforementioned trend of it’s predecessors? Well, the simple answer is no–but the more complicated answer, is inevitably yes.
For me, »
- Taylor Salan
Boom! Studios and Enter These Dark Woods will release a "Wet Hot American Summer" graphic novel, adapting the 2001 feature and Netflix TV movies, set @ the sex-crazed 'Camp Firewood', available June 18, 2018:
"'Wet Hot American Summer' (2001) is one of those magical films that not only helped launch the career of a dozen household names, but resonated with a generation of viewers over many repeat viewings," said Filip Sablik, President, Boom! Studios.
"We love the Boom! Studios guys' work and we're thrilled to be partnering with the them on the Wet Hot graphic novel," said Howard Bernstein, producer of the 2001 film.
"Wet Hot American Summer" was directed by David Wain from a screenplay written by Wain and Michael Showalter, starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce ("Fraser"), Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd ("Ant-Man"), Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper ("Guardians of the Galaxy"), Amy Poehler, Zak Orth, »
- Michael Stevens
This Friday, Netflix will release the sequel series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. True to its subtitle, the upcoming series will take place ten years after the events of the 2001 movie and the 2015 prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Almost everyone involved with those projects is returning including (deep breath): A.D. Miles, Amy Poehler, Beth Dover, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, David Hyde Pierce, David Wain, Elizabeth Banks, Eric Nenninger, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, Joe Lo Truglio, John Early, Josh Charles, Ken Marino, Kristen Wiig, Lake Bell, Marguerite Moreau, … »
- Matt Goldberg
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.
Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, Discovery debuts its Unabomber drama, and Rob Lowe investigates the paranormal with his sons.
“People of Earth,” TBS, Monday, 10:30 p.m. (Critics’ Pick)
[This] year, “People of Earth” smartly expands on the histories of all of the alien “experiencers,” and Jeff and his lovelorn co-worker Don (Bjorn Gustafsson) face new challenges from their superiors as well. There may be one or two too many storylines in Season 2 (Nunez and Tracee Chimo’s romantic storyline feels a little thin, for example), but the cast has gelled extremely well. Ana Gasteyer is consistently razor-sharp as the leader of the support group, and Gustafsson and Michael Cassidy, who »
- Joe Otterson
Ingrid Jungermann, unlike some of her contemporaries, does not balk at being called a lesbian filmmaker. “I think you should demand to be called a queer filmmaker,” she said. “It’s a badge. I think it’s kind of irresponsible when people are like — ‘I wanna be known as just a filmmaker.’ That insinuates you’re not proud.” One look at Jungermann’s already impressive but still fledgling career, and it’s easy to see where her loyalties lie.
Her breakout web series, “The Slope,” created with Desiree Akhavan while the two were in Ira Sachs’ class at Nyu film school, starred the creators as a content-to-be-bitter lesbian couple who bicker amusingly about everything from co-op etiquette to normative gender roles. After developing a cult following online, Jungermann stepped up her game with her next series, »
- Jude Dry
Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from the satirical comedy TV series "Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later", set in 1991, written, directed by David Wain, as a sequel to Wain's 2001 feature "Wet Hot American Summer" and the 2015 prequel TV series "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp", debuting August 4, 2017 on Netflix:
"...in the original film 'Wet Hot American Summer', the years is 1981 at 'Camp Firewood', a summer camp located near Waterville, Maine, as they prep for the last day of camp. Counselors have one last chance to have a romantic encounter with another person at Camp Firewood. The summer culminates in a talent show.
"'Beth' (Janeane Garofalo), the camp director, struggles to keep her counselors in order—and her campers alive—while falling in love with 'Henry' (David Hyde Pierce), an astrophysics associate professor at 'Colby College'. Henry has to devise a plan to save the »
- Michael Stevens
I think about all Garofalo’s combined experience on screen and stage, and smile at how lucky I am to have seen her in the flesh
One of my favourite romantic comedies was released all the way back in 1996, and while it rarely makes it on to the best-of lists, trust me, The Truth About Cats & Dogs is up there with the greatest. It’s a very loose play on Cyrano De Bergerac, except in this version a man falls in love with the face and body of one woman and the voice of another. That “other woman” is Janeane Garofalo.
As a teen – and even now – I connected instinctively and intensely with her character: a charming, funny, insecure feminist radio host. I have followed Garofalo’s career ever since, but her lower profile in recent years means I haven’t dedicated much brain space to her.
Related: Why Netflix »
- Bim Adewunmi
Movies have long been obsessed with summer. It’s not just a time of year to release big, mindless blockbusters featuring Avengers or Transformers. It’s also an opportunity to memorialize beach-going, keg-standing, and first loves — all the central ingredients to a memorable holiday. From thrillers to comedies to slasher flicks, Variety is counting down nine films that will get you in the summer vacation spirit.
Why It’s the Perfect Summer Vacation Movie: The film that launched both the modern studio blockbuster and Steven Spielberg’s career is also the quintessential summer movie. It boasts both a picturesque beach community setting and an unforgettable central character, a really big fish who likes to nibble on tourists. Four decades after it hit theaters, “Jaws” still has a savage bite. John Williams’ propulsive score will leave you on the edge of your seat, and the sequences where the shark hurtles toward its prey have an intensity that »
- Brent Lang
Wet Hot American Summer was a 2001 comedy from David Wain (Role Models, The State, Stella) set in 1981 and starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau, Paul Rudd, Zack Orth, Christoper Meloni, A.D. Miles, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Jon H. Benjamin and Amy Poehler. If that sounds like an A-List cast, that's because many of the current stars in the group were not so famous or in demand at the time. The film focused on these counselors on the last day of camp at Camp Firewood, one of the jokes being that all the actors were playing well under their age range.
Then, fourteen years later in 2015, Netflix released a prequel in the form of a TV series, making the ages of the cast even more ridiculous, in typical Wain fashion. Joining the original, now star-studded cast in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp »
- Nick Doll
The Camp Firewood gang is back. Today, Netflix unveiled the premiere date and trailer for the upcoming TV series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.A sequel to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer, the comedy follows up with staff of Camp Firewood 10 years after the summer of 1981. The cast includes Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ad Miles, Beth Dover, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, David Hyde Pierce, David Wain, Elizabeth Banks, Eric Nenninger, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, Joe Lo Truglio, John Early, Josh Charles, Ken Marino, Kristen Wiig, Lake Bell, Marguerite Moreau, Marisa Ryan, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon, Nina Hellman, Rich Sommer, Sarah Burns, and Zak Orth.Read More… »
Netflix have debuted the new trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, a new original which is coming the the streaming service very soon. The film is the sequel to the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer and Netflix’s 2015 prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
Welcome to the Camp Firewood 10 Year Reunion! From David Wain and Michael Showalter, the filmmakers that brought the original 2001 cult classic and the 2015 acclaimed prequel series by the same name, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is the hilarious new eight-part limited series starring the original cast, plus an all-star lineup of new cast members. 10 Years Older. 10 Years Hotter. 10 Years Wetter.
Returning cast includes A.D. Miles, Amy Poehler, Beth Dover, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, David Hyde Pierce, David Wain, Elizabeth Banks, Eric Nenninger, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, Joe Lo Truglio, John Early, Josh Charles, Ken Marino, Kristen Wiig, Lake Bell, Marguerite Moreau, Marisa Ryan, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon, Nina Hellman, Paul Rudd, Rich Sommer, Sarah Burns and Zak Orth.
Watch the new trailer below.
- Paul Heath
At the end of the 2001 cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, Bradley Cooper's character Ben tells his fellow camp counselors, "Hey, let's all promise that in 10 years from today, we'll meet again and we'll see what kind of people we've blossomed into."
As promised, the Camp Firewood ’81 gang is reuniting 10 years after their infamously strange summer together — and, surprise, things have only gotten stranger.
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Netflix on Thursday released the official trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, reuniting the cast of 2015’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp — which, itself, was a prequel of 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer — for another season of debauchery, confusion and, of course, talking cans of mixed vegetables. The eight-part series drops Friday, Aug. 4.
Among the latest developments: Lindsay »
Netflix has released the trailer for the miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, a sequel to 2001’s cult classic Wet Hot American Summer and its 2015 series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The new series brings back the original cast, as well as some new faces. Check out the trailer here…
Welcome to the Camp Firewood 10 Year Reunion! From David Wain and Michael Showalter, the filmmakers that brought the original cult classic and the 2015 acclaimed prequel series by the same name, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is the hilarious new eight-part limited series starring the original cast, plus an all-star lineup of new cast members. 10 Years Older. 10 Years Hotter. 10 Years Wetter.
The eturning cast includes A.D. Miles, Amy Poehler, Beth Dover, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, David Hyde Pierce, David Wain, Elizabeth Banks, Eric Nenninger, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, Joe Lo Truglio, John Early, Josh Charles, Ken Marino, Kristen Wiig, Lake Bell, Marguerite Moreau, Marisa Ryan, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon, Nina Hellman, Paul Rudd, Rich Sommer, Sarah Burns and Zak Orth.
- Ricky Church
Netflix has released the first trailer and premiere date for “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later,” the follow-up series to the film “Wet Hot American Summer” and the prequel series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”
The new series takes place in 1991, ten years after the conclusion of the film. The former counselors of Camp Firewood meet up for a reunion none of them will ever forget. The entire eight-episode series will drop on Netflix on Aug. 4.
- Joe Otterson
Only two years have passed since we last took a trip to Camp Firewood in the prequel series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” but we’re about to take a big 10-year jump in the sequel series, which of course bares the title “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”
Read More: ‘Wet Hot American Summer: Fantasy Camp’ Is The Roleplaying Game of Your Wet Hot Dreams
Netflix has released the first official trailer for David Wain and Michael Showalter’s next run of eight episodes, and it takes everything you love about the original and puts an amazing (or disturbing, depending on how you look at it) 1990s spin on things. The new installment is set in 1991 and centers around the 10 year Camp Firewood reunion. Expect very odd things to go down.
- Zack Sharf
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