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Sarah Silverman will unpack the emotional and political baggage of the Trump era in her new weekly series with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Funny or Die production company. Hulu recently picked up the topical show, tentatively titled I Love You, America, with a 10-episode order.
In a statement announcing the project, Hulu stated that Silverman is "looking to connect with people who may not agree with her personal opinions through honesty, humor, genuine interest in others and not taking herself too seriously." The network added, "While it's great to connect with like-minded people, »
A comedic genius who inspired some of the greats, Robert Klein has conquered comedy since the early days of “Saturday Night Live.” “Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg,” directed by Marshall Fine is set to premiere on the Starz network on March 31, and we’ve got your first look at the exclusive trailer.
According to the official synopsis, “‘Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg’ blends vérité and archival footage with fresh interviews to look at Robert Klein in the 21st century – still performing, still creating new material, now an icon but forever an influence on a generation of comedians. The film offers an affectionate profile of a comedy giant, capturing the humanity that brought his humor to life and made his comedy a touchstone for a generation. »
- Kerry Levielle
Nicole Kidman, Amy Schumer and Steve Carell have signed on to co-star in the upcoming indie comedy-drama “She Came to Me.” The film is written and directed by Rebecca Miller, the filmmaker behind “The Ballad of Jack and Rose” (2005), “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” (2009), and “Maggie’s Plan” (2015), among other titles.
“She Came to Me” will follow two intertwined love stories, as reported by Variety. However, there are no further details about the Miller’s script.
On Thursday, Variety announced that Schumer had dropped out of Sony’s live-acton film “Barbie”, due to a scheduling conflict. That frees her up to work on this project.
Kidman —who received an Academy Award nomination for »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Jerry Seinfeld will make his L.A. stage producing debut on “Letters From a Nut by Ted L. Nancy,” a new comedy based on the best-selling series of books of prank letters by an everyman seeking assistance from corporations and government agencies. The show, written by and starring Barry Marder, will begin performances on June 23 at the Geffen Playhouse as part of the theater’s Spotlight Entertainment Series. The official opening night will be June 28 and the show will run through July 30. Pierre Balloón will direct the production, which will also star Beth Kennedy and Sam Kwasman. Also Read: Jerry Seinfeld. »
- Thom Geier
Dave Chappelle is joining some other major comedians tonight by going back to his roots in stand up. Comedians like Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Donnell Rawlings and Jerry Seinfeld have returned to the pure comedy of performing stand-up and Chappelle is doing the same. It’s what got him his amazing career in the first place and it’s what’s putting him back in the spotlight today. Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited about a stand up show as I am for these two specials. In the history of comedy shows I was psyched to see I think Chris
Dave Chappelle Is Back as Netflix Specials Are Ready to Take Off »
- Nat Berman
Kevin James will star in his own new Netflix stand-up special, Variety has learned.
This will mark the first time James has starred in a stand-up special since 2001’s “Sweat the Small Stuff.” He is currently scheduled to tape the special later this year, with a release eyed for 2018. Netflix previously distributed James’ film “True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” and he will also appear in the Adam Sandler Netflix film “Sandy Wexler,” which debuts in April.
James was discovered at the Montreal Comedy Fest in 1996, which led to the creation of his long-running CBS sitcom “King of Queens.” In addition to a film career that saw him star in successful comedies like the “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” franchise and “Grown Ups,” he recently returned to CBS with the sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” which he also executive produces.
This is the latest high-profile comedy acquisition for Netflix. The streaming giant will release two never-before-seen Dave Chappelle comedy »
- Joe Otterson
Spike TV’s next honoree for their “One Night Only” series is none other than Alec Baldwin. The special, airing on July 9 at 9/8c, will bring together the actor’s closest friends and costars for a night of comedic tributes and celebration.
The exclusive black tie evening,”Part ‘This Is Your Life,’ part Dean Martin Roast,” features comedy, film packages, music, candid (and humorous) personal stories, and several surprises. Friends and icons from the comedy, film, and TV worlds will gather for the taping on June 25 at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.
“Alec is an original and one of the greats. Heroic, complicated, legendary, brilliant, and hilarious,” said Casey Patterson, executive producer of the special. “When we spoke about this event he said ‘you overestimate the number of friends I have’ and I replied ‘you underestimate the number of people that will line up to have fun at your expense.’ It will be that kind of night: love »
- Dani Levy
Dave Chappelle is back! The comedian is returning to TV this March, with two stand-up specials streaming on Netflix. These specials mark Chappelle’s first in 12 years, since “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” came out in 2005.
The two specials —”Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin,” which was filmed at the Palladium in Los Angeles last March, and “Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas,” which was filmed at Acl Live at the Moody Theater in Austin in April 2015 — have never aired before. Both were directed by Stan Lathan (“Def Comedy Jam”). Chappelle is currently on the road doing concert dates in preparation for a third Netflix special.
- Yoselin Acevedo
Dave Chappelle is back! The comedian is returning to TV this March, with two stand-up specials streaming on Netflix. These specials mark Chappelle’s first in 12 years, since his “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” came out in 2005.
The two specials —”Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin,” which was filmed at The Palladium in Los Angeles last March; and “Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas,” which was filmed at Acl Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, TX, in April 2015— have never aired before. Both specials were directed by Stan Lathan (“Def Comedy Jam”). Chappelle is currently on the road doing concert dates in preparation for a third Netflix special.
- Yoselin Acevedo
In a week, comedian Dave Chappelle will release two hourlong standup specials on Netflix. They’ll be the first such specials he’s put into the world in a dozen years, though he’s been touring extensively since 2014. The trailer gives a peek at what to expect: Chappelle not shying away from the absurdities of the modern world, integrating anecdotes about watching Isis beheadings on YouTube and meeting the now-up-for-parole O.J. Simpson, but also going back to certain staples.
“You know what kills more black people than anything? More than police and terrorism?” he asks his audience. “Salt.”
The two specials, which were self-financed and produced by Chappelle and then acquired from Netflix, were filmed in Austin at Austin City Limits and Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium. A third Chappelle comedy special made specifically for Netflix is also in the works, with Chappelle and director Stan Lathan.
- Oriana Schwindt
So, just how much money is Netflix throwing at stand-up comedy? Well, they’ve sourced enough content that they will have one new stand-up special for every week in 2017. And they’ve been getting some heavy hitters into their fold, too, including Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, and perhaps biggest of them all, Dave Chappelle. He’s been away from the TV game ever since he famously left “Chappelle’s Show,” but he’s been hitting the live circuit hard, and now two of three scheduled specials are on their way to Netflix.
Continue reading Dave Chappelle Is Back In Trailer For Netflix Stand-Up Specials ‘The Age of Spin’ & ‘Deep In The Heart Of Texas’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Amy Schumer is just one of several comedians set to debut a stand-up special on Netflix, with her special dropping Tuesday on the streaming service.
Netflix aggressively entered the stand-up space a few years ago, and has been consistently outbidding rivals including Comedy Central, Showtime and HBO to land bold-face names. In addition to Schumer, Netflix will air upcoming specials from Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K., Tracy Morgan, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman and Chris Rock, the latter of whom got a whopping $40 million for two specials.
Here are just some of the big-name comedians set to debut concert specials on »
- Lexy Perez
Hopefully if you've arrived at this post, you've seen Logan. For one thing, it's an excellent movie, period. Not just a good comic book or superhero or X-Men or solo Wolverine movie. For another, the contents that follow below include Spoilers for the hot new release. Either way, if you're curious about Easter eggs and more, keep on reading. Seinfeld's Influence If you're upset that Hugh Jackman is leaving the Wolverine character for good, you can blame comedian Jerry Seinfeld. That's right. He and Jackman are good friends, and it was Seinfeld who inspired the actor to quit the X-Men movies while he's ahead. According to the Logan star, to Entertainment Weekly, Seinfeld explained his decision to...
- Christopher Campbell
Netflix doesn't enter a genre quietly.
Its first foray into scripted TV famously was a $100 million political drama from David Fincher and Kevin Spacey. One series quickly expanded to four, then 16 and now more than 30. Then it was stand-up, and before long that roster included Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K. Then docs (from Werner Herzog, Ava DuVernay), big-budget films (starring Brad Pitt, Will Smith) and now reality. By year's end, Netflix's unscripted output, which includes docusoaps, competition series and talk shows, will be in the double digits. It's expected to explode from there.
- Lacey Rose
Comedy Central is heavily invested in the Trevor Noah business. In 2015, the cable channel plucked the comic from near obscurity to succeed Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.” Two months after Noah premiered on the late-night talker, his standup special “Lost in Translation” premiered on Comedy Central. Since then, the network has aggressively marketed Noah and stuck by him as “The Daily Show” host, waiting out early, lackluster ratings that have only recently showed signs of growth.
Comedy Central would appear to be a natural home for Noah’s next standup special. But when his newest effort, “Afraid of the Dark,” debuted last week, it did so on Netflix.
Noah’s special is just one item purchased in a Netflix shopping spree that has made the streaming service the dominant buyer in the standup marketplace. Two years ago, top-tier comedians could land $5 million-$10 million for a cable TV special. Now »
- Daniel Holloway
Chief content officer discussed relationships with networks.
These are Troy: Fall Of A City (BBC1), Black Earth Rising (BBC2) and The Spy (Canal+).
Talking to press in Berlin, Sarandos said: “As we’ve deepened our presence in the region, we’ve sought out the expertise and partnership of some of Europe’s biggest linear and cable networks.
“By working together and providing access to our more than 93m households, we can jointly create more ambitious and better programming than ever before. When we team up with BBC (UK) or Rai (Italy), they benefit from the scale of our platform, and we benefit from access to great global stories, and great global storytellers.
“Like any relationship, there’s occasional friction over rights,” he admits, “but we’ve mostly gotten past that and together got solutions that work for both »
- email@example.com (Orlando Parfitt)
Netflix has inked some big deals with some of the hottest names in comedy, with the streaming service set to bring us standup specials featuring the likes of Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Jerry Seinfeld. Another hot comic who’s headed to Netflix is Amy Schumer, and now we have our first taste of her upcoming […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Comedy Central has joined forces with Superfly and Another Planet Entertainment, to launch Comedy Central Presents Colossal Clusterfest, a jam-packed, multi-format festival experience headlined by Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Burr. A first of its kind, Colossal Clusterfest will… Continue Reading → »
Comedy Central wants to move stand-up comedy out of the clubs and into the realm occupied by massive outdoor events like Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza.
The Viacom-owned cable network plans to launch the “Colossal Clusterfest,” a three-day event that will feature comedy showcases, music, podcast recordings and collaborations by the artists attending, all held at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium from Friday, June 2 to Sunday June 4. Comedy Central plans to air a 90-minute live special from teh event on June 4.
Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart and Bill Burr will headline the event, which will also feature Sarah Silverman, Ice Cube, Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Pete Davidson, Fred Armisen, Natasha Leggero, Tegan and Sara, Chromeo, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer from the Comedy Central series “Broad City,” Bob Odenkirk, Vince Staples, Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Princess featuring Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum.
“We have been looking at the festival space »
- Brian Steinberg
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- Ethan Anderton
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