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Every time Amy Schumer comes out with a new sketch, it's impossible not to think about how necessary it is that a female standup comic has the platform on Comedy Central to be as irreverent, truthful, and damning as she wants. It wasn't so long ago that females in sketch comedy were reduced to one-note roles. (Check out "Laugh-In" sometime and note how many times the point of a bit is "Oh, Goldie. Such a space cadet.") We picked ten examples of feminism in sketch comedy dating all the way back to the heyday of Carol Burnett. Comb the hair on your Asian-American doll and enjoy. 1. Carol Burnett is "movie star crazy" One of the enduring treats of "The Carol Burnett Show" is the feminist undertones in many of her sketches. The fact that she's so outlandish and having so much fun is a triumph in itself, but in this sketch, »
- Louis Virtel
On June 5, 2008, Big Terrific, a stand-up comedy show hosted by then-unknowns Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri, started in earnest in the back bar of the Williamsburg record store Sound Fix. Over the course of the next seven years (which included a venue change to Williamsburg's Cameo), Big Terrific emerged as the best comedy show in the city. Part of the success was the lineups, which have included the likes of Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, and Aziz Ansari (Ansari in particular has appeared frequently), but mostly it was Jenny, Gabe, and Max, whose friendship created an inviting atmosphere, and whose individual comedy was so consistently hilarious and specific that you knew you were going to have a good time on any given Wednesday night. Sadly, Big Terrific is ending this week. Tonight is the last show at Cameo, and this Sunday, the trio will do two final »
- Jenny Slate,Gabe Liedman,Max Silvestri
HBO has added another female comedian to bring the laughs to its pilot slate.
Cummings will also shoot a standup comedy special this fall, set to air on HBO in 2016.
The pilot, first reported by Deadline, is described as a comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior.
Cummings, who created CBS’ “2 Broke Girls” and also NBC’s two-season sitcom “Whitney, will serve as the writer, star and exec producer on her HBO pilot with Tom Werner, Jimmy Miller and Dowd also exec producing.
The comedy special will also be exec produced by Cummings, plus Marty Callner who will direct. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
'Master Builder' Emmet and his adventurous companion Wyldstyle will both be seen in The Lego Movie 2, according to its producers.
Lord and Miller remain on board as executive producers, and recently offered the first hints about the sequel to Zap2it.
"It picks up where the other one left off," Lord initially joked, before Miller added: "Emmet and Wyldstyle will be back, and others. And there will be new characters as well!"
"We want to keep it mostly a surprise," Miller went on to say. "We found a new way to… not just retread the stuff we did in the first movie. It will still make it feel »
Celebrities endure a lot of insults but Sarah Silverman was the target of a particularly nasty tweet on Friday. The comedienne shared the message on Twitter, where she has more than 6.25 million followers. The original tweet read, "I hope you get cervical cancer" and was posted in response to a question she had asked her fans, "Hey classmates from Bedford Nh: What ever happened to Steve Williamson? He was so funny." More than 500 people retweeted Silverman. The person, who calls himself Carlton Banks and uses the username @cbanks420lol, has a profile picture that mashes up the faces of Carlton Banks, Alfonso Ribeiro's character on the '90s show The Fresh Prince of »
Thirteen years after "Sex and the City" ended its run, Sarah Jessica Parker has announced her return to HBO to explore another facet of modern womanhood. In a single-cam comedy called "Divorce," which just received an order to series from the premium cable network, Parker will play a woman flirting with the idea of ending her marriage when her husband discovers the affair she's having and initiates a separation. Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam will play Parker's newly single best friends. Parker will executive produce, while Sharon Horgan will serve as showrunner. The series will begin filming in New York this year. Fingers crossed that HBO will pick up its comedy projects with Sarah Silverman and Issa Rae too. [via THR]
- Inkoo Kang
Sarah Silverman has apologized to a male former comedy club owner after insinuating in a PSA about the wage gap between men and women that he did not pay her sufficiently for a show she performed years ago. Speaking with a sarcastic tone, the comedienne says in an April 6 video posted by the Levo League, a career advice website for women, that Broadway Comedy Club founder and owner Al Martin paid her $10 and a male comedian, current Louie star Todd Barry, $60 for their 15-minute sets. Speaking sarcastically himself, Martin posted a scathing Facebook selfie video in response to what he said was "Silverman's attempt to slander" him. He said she was a guest performer, while her colleague had »
Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers In Tony McNamara's new film "Ashby," a teenager named Ed (Nat Wolf) befriends his old next door neighbor Ashby (Mickey Rourke). When Ed learns that Ashby is a former CIA assassin who has led a violent past, their friendship is tested. This is the story of an unlikely bond forged between one man with a life that's just getting started, and another who's life is winding down. Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman also star in this updated and platonic version of "Harold and Maude," about companionship that spans generations and overcomes differences. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? Ashby is about an awkward kid Ed (played by Nat Wolf) who is given a school assignment to befriend an old person. He starts next door with Ashby, played by Mickey Rourke. They form an unlikely friendship, where Ed learns some »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Upstart Broad Green has acquired the James Napier Robertson-directed The Dark Horse, a fact-based drama about chess champ Genesis Potini, for its first slate. It has yet to date that film or the three Terrence Malick titles it acquired or the Sarah Silverman Sundance pic I Smile Back but has slotted a bunch of others: Eden, June 19: Mia Hansen-directed pic about an affecting trip into the ’90s Parisian electronic dance movement experienced through the eyes of DJ groups… »
Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” will be released on Sept. 25. Broad Green bought the film last September following screenings and strong reviews at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals.
Garfield plays a construction worker evicted from his home by a real estate broker (played by Michael Shannon) and forced to move his mother (Laura Dern) and young son into a shabby motel. He then goes to work for the broker and must evict honest families from their homes.
“A Walk in the Woods,” starring Redford and Nick Nolte, will bow Sept. 2. It debuted at Sundance and is directed by Ken Kwapis; co-stars are Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal.
Broad Green, operated by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond as a production-distribution concern, has »
- Dave McNary
I come not to praise Trevor Noah nor to bury him.
What's fascinating about the controversy this week surrounding the newly-hired "Daily Show" host isn't whether or not some of his old tweets are funny, whether or not they're offensive, or whether or not they should disqualify him from his new high-profile job. (Short answers: Some are funnier than others, they're offensive and deliberately so, and his bosses don't think they rise to the level of firing offenses, so that's that.)
Rather, it's the speed at which the Internet was ready to coronate him and then destroy him. On Sunday, the 31-year-old was all but unknown. On Monday, he was named the heir apparent to Jon Stewart, and he was suddenly known for his unique backstory as a biracial South African who is part Swiss, part Jewish, and part Xhosa. (He was poised to be the Barack Obama of late night, »
- Gary Susman
Here's everything you need to know to feel like you're living a worthwhile life: Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, legends from the '90s cult hit "Mr. Show," are reuniting for four episodes of a Netflix series. According to Deadline, the premise of the new series "With Bob and David" centers on the two comics "being dishonorably discharged from the Navy Seal... and serving our country the way they do best: making sketch comedy." I'm screaming. And now I'm hyperventilating. And now coworkers are forcing me into a chair. But hey: What's the best "Mr. Show" clip of all time? My vote is after the jump. This is the best "Mr. Show" clip, of course. Oh, Sarah Silverman. Your disability is our strength! »
- Louis Virtel
Tonight, The Roast of Justin Bieber will air on Comedy Central and the masses will get what they’ve long been waiting for: a public shaming of Justin Bieber. Of course, some of the special’s most notable put-downs of the pop star have been publicized, including insults from the likes of Roast master Kevin Hart (“Justin’s Canadian. He’s actually considered American, because no Canadian has ever been this much of an asshole”), Shaquille O’Neal (“Last year you were ranked the fifth most hated person of all time. Kim Jong-un didn’t even score that low, and he uses your music to fuckin’ torture people”), and Jeffrey Ross (“You’ve become a cocky little shit. You are the King Joffrey of pop”).
While Bieber’s burns are definitely scorching, he’s hardly the only Roastee to get royally humiliated during their special. As we count down to The Roast of Justin Bieber, »
- Aly Semigran
The Atx Television Festival has announced the currently running shows that will be attending the event in Austin, Texas from June 4th to the 7th. The main highlight of the new entries is the presence of the FX series Justified. The appearance of the creators and castmembers at the Atx Festival will mark their first public interaction since the series finale airs in a few weeks, and will also give the show’s crew one more chance to go around the victory lap. Attendees have not been announced yet, but it has been confirmed that creator Graham Yost will be present.
Yost will also be on hand to discuss the show Boomtown, which he also created, and which will be part of a panel titled “Cancelled Too Soon”. Yost will be joined by numerous individuals involved in the show, including producer Jon Avnet and castmembers Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and Jason Gedrick. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Nickelodeon is ready for some headbanging.
* Breanna Yde (The »
A classic fairy tale is brought back to life this month with the release of Disney's new live-action Cinderella movie. Downton Abbey's Lily James is the latest star to become a Disney Princess, donning the glass slippers to take on the title role for director Kenneth Branagh.
Though Cinderella is very much a princess in the traditional mould, the ever-expanding Disney tendrils mean that new female characters are being inducted into the studio's roster all the time. The House of Mouse now owns Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar, and when you add the studio's Touchstone Pictures arm into the mix there's a wealth of memorable movies out there.
Everyone knows about Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora and the rest, but Digital Spy wants to highlight those who are part of the extended Disney Princess family. Read on to see our alternative choices below...
1. Princess Leia (Star Wars)
When news broke »
Since I started compiling Outrage Watch -- HitFix's "(almost) daily rundown of all the thing folks are peeved about in entertainment" -- I've never been faced with a shortage of things to write about. There's a lot of anger out there! At times so much that it can feel overwhelming. Other times, I just have to laugh at the sheer inanity of the things people manage to work themselves up over. Of the stories I highlight, I would say a good 75 percent represent examples of righteous outrage -- i.e. scorn directed at legitimate targets. And the other 25? The phrase "pick your battles" comes to mind here, and indeed, sometimes it seems the level of anger is blown out of all proportion to the target in question. As we look back on the winter of 2015, below you can find my roundup of 13 of the wackiest, most overblown controversies of the year so far. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Cookie's takeover continues! Empire's Taraji P. Henson is heading to Saturday Night Live this April for hosting duties. This will be her first time taking the SNL stage. Joining the Oscar nominee as musical guest is Mumford & Sons. This will be the band's second time on the show. Henson's episode is scheduled to air Apr. 11. But before Cookie Lyon takes on Studio 8H, Michael Keaton will give it a go. The Oscar-nominated star of Birdman will host for the third time on Apr. 4. Carly Rae Jepsen will make her musical guest debut during Keaton's outing as host. Previous hosts this season include Chris Pratt, Bill Hader, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Amy Adams, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Henson is »
The world of Doctor Who has changed greatly in the space of just 10 years. The cast and crew have almost completely been replaced since 2005, including a number of new actors to play the errant Time Lord and his companions.
But what has happened to the class of '05? Where are Rose and Mickey now? What is the writer of 'Dalek' up to? And where can you see more work from the director of 'Rose'?
Here it is then, your guide to the main players of Doctor Who series one.
After his three-month on-screen stint as the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston's career continued in much the same vein, taking in theatre, interesting television roles and the odd blockbuster.
She’s the comic who announced she had been diagnosed with breast cancer live onstage and, when she had recovered, performed topless. It’s no wonder Notaro has such a strong bond with her audience
Tig Notaro is in the prime of her career. A documentary about her life, called Tig, premiered at Sundance; her autobiography is out next year; she’s a regular on This American Life; and her comic collaborators include Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer. Her personal life, though, has been much tougher. Notaro is only 43 but in one four-month period three years ago had to deal with bereavement, the breakup of a relationship and a life-threatening illness.
- Alex Needham in Austin
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