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YouTube channel Jash is hosting a new Michael Cera film starring Aubrey Plaza. Cera is a key member of the comedy collective, which includes Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, and Tim and Eric — basically all the vulgar, awkward and hilarious people you appreciate. Failure, however, isn't a knee-slapping good time. Plaza plays a stalkery home invader who suddenly shows up in Cera's home. They make tense conversation, but the actor's character starts to warm up to the strange girl, sensing her loneliness and eccentricity. When she finally leaves, he can't stop thinking about her. "She was nice," he muses from his sofa. It sounds creepier than it actually plays out. What does it all mean? Your guess is as good as ours, but...
- Alison Nastasi
The final season of "Futurama" will feature a return appearance by Fry's faithful dog, Seymour -- and he'll have a speaking role.
To give voice to the character, last seen in the 2002 episode "Jurassic Bark," the show has turned to someone with experience in the dog-voicing field: Seth MacFarlane.
"This will be Seymour's first and only spoken dialogue," "Futurama" co-creator David X. Cohen tells EW. "Since Seth voices 'Family Guy's' talking dog, Brian, we thought it would be funny to have him blatantly rip himself off for our benefit. As an added bonus, the only person he can sue is himself, so we're off the hook."
MacFarlane's cameo will be part of a story in which the Planet Express crew goes "Inception" on Fry and enters his dreams to complete a mission in 1999, before Fry was frozen. It also features Sarah Silverman (who last appeared in the "Bender's Big Score »
Get ready for the final 13 episodes of Matt Groening’s (The Simpsons) animated comedy as the farewell season of Futurama starts with a two-episode premiere on Comedy Central Wednesday, June 19, at 10pm Et/Pt. Futurama first ran on Fox from 1999-2003, and was resurrected by Comedy Central in 2010. Among their adventures in the farewell season, Fry (voice of Billy West), Leela (voice of Katey Sagal) and Bender (voice of John Dimaggio) take up drag racing and bring a dead robot back to life. Special guest stars for the final season include Larry Bird, Dan Castellaneta, Sarah Silverman, George Takei, [...]
- Ryan Berenz
In this day and age, there are a lot of online outlets delivering great video content in the realm of entertainment. One such group is Jash, a comedy collective featuring original content by partners Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts and producer Daniel Kellison (of Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman) with additional contributions from their many friends. This time Cera is behind the camera for a short film called Failure, and he also stars in the story of a young man unnerved by a very peculiar and stalker-esque girl played by Aubrey Plaza (it's her eyes that really sell the fear). Watch below! Here's Michael Cera's short film Failure from Jash, via The Playlist: For more great content, check out the Jash YouTube channel and see what else the group has cooking. And if you really want to know what Jash is all about, you can watch »
- Ethan Anderton
Well, sort of. In a brief cameo for the animated comedy’s final season, the Family Guy creator will provide the voice of Fry’s tragically loyal canine, Seymour, who was featured in a 2002 episode. “This will be Seymour’s first and only spoken dialogue,” Futurama executive producer David X. Cohen tells EW. “Since Seth voices Family Guy’s talking dog, Brian, we thought it would be funny to have him blatantly rip himself off for our benefit. As an added bonus, »
- Dan Snierson
If you’re looking for a little humor, romance, and horror in your day, you might want to give actors Michael Cera and Aubrey Plaza four-minutes of your time. Cera is part of a YouTube comedy collective known as Jash, which includes members Sarah Silverman and Tim & Eric and more, and the group has put out quite a number short films and oddball videos in its brief history. This latest short is directed by Cera himself and is entitled “Failure.” It follows a young man (played by Cera) discovering a woman (Plaza) in his house. All she wants to do is “meet him” and while Plaza isn’t immediately threatening, containing herself to Cera’s staircase, you can’t help but feel just as unsettled by her as Cera’s character is; I blame those big eyes of Plaza’s. But all’s well that ends well and despite its creepy origins, »
- Kristen Lopez
When Comedy Bang! Bang! returns to IFC on July 12, Andy Samberg drops by for a delightful chat with host Scott Aukerman. Well, maybe not so much delightful as… Downright Dangerous! As you will see in the video below, something starts to smell funny when Aukerman asks the former Saturday Night Live star a rather pungent question.
Of course, Samberg, who headlines Fox’s fall comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, isn’t the only celebrity who will pop up this season on the off-beat series that dares to laugh in the face of the typical late-night talk show. Jessica Alba, Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, »
- Dan Snierson
Toronto – Sarah Silverman and Aziz Ansari are headlining Just for Laughs’ JFL42 festival in Toronto this September. The 10-day gathering of stand-up and skit comedy will also feature Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green and Mila Kunis backed by an orchestra as they do a live reading and songs based on Fox’s Family Guy sitcom. Just For Laughs also booked Silverman and Ansari to bring their one-person shows to Toronto for the Sept. 19 - 28 run of JFL42, which will feature in all 42 comics performing. Silverman is also hosting a Just For Laughs gala in
- Etan Vlessing
Remember ten years ago when you would be in HMV looking at a DVD box set of something like The West Wing and then unfolding the twenty pound note in your pocket and wondering whether to part with all that cash for something you had never seen? You had just heard that someone somewhere liked it, but for that £30 you could get two films like Bad Boys 2 and Kill Bill volume 1!
These were difficult times my friends, and more often than not £30 would go down the drain and you would watch three episodes of whatever series it was and decide it wasn’t for you. Well thanks to modern technology and its mission to kill DVD, Blu-Ray and whatever other physical media dinosaur you prefer, this dilemma is a thing of the past.
Nowadays you can go onto Lovefilm, Netflix, BT Vision or whatever else and stream whole seasons of TV for almost nothing. »
- Chris Holt
Self-taught writer-director Richard Linklater was among the most successful talents to emerge from the new wave of independent American filmmakers in the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour time period – and with non-formulaic narratives about seemingly random occurrences – Linklater’s work explored what he dubbed “the youth rebellion continuum.” In the early 1990s, his debut feature Slacker was hailed as something of a manifesto for Generation X, and ever since, the filmmaker has earned a loyal fan-base world wide with such hits as Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise. As big fans of the filmmaker, the Sound On Sight staff decided to vote on our ten favourite films from the director.
Note: There was two ties.
Poor Matt Damon. Damon’s tour de force one night “hosting” stint January 24th on Jimmy Kimmel Live was a real triumph, maybe the funniest and finest work by any guest on a variety (as talk shows are classified in the Emmys) series this season. Damon’s rep tells me they had been trying for a very long time to make this appearance possible and finally his schedule freed him up to do it. But as far as Emmys go, it doesn’t exist. Of course the whole show was one big gag based on Kimmel’s long standing show biz mock hatred of Damon. He’s ended virtually every episode of his decade-old talker by saying that unfortunately the show ran out of time for Damon’s appearance. Of course Damon was never really booked and it was all an elaborate running joke but finally it paid off when Damon supposedly kidnapped Kimmel, »
- PETE HAMMOND
From May 19th to May 25th, YouTube held its first ever 'Comedy Week' to create hype and excitement in the YouTube world. During said week, popular Youtubers and comedians such as Tobuscus, FreddieW, Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen appeared in live sketches and hilarious collaborations. From Silverman’s ‘Perfect Night’ featuring Will I Am, to the ‘YouTube Challenge Challenge’ where Youtubers attempted to complete all the YouTube challenges in one challenge, the week was full of entertainment. Arnold Schwarzenegger even had an appearance.
Of course, there were many side-splitting videos and sketches in Comedy Week, but these five are deserving of further recognition...
5. Eight hilarious years of YouTube, in a song!
The Gregory Brothers reflect on the addicting qualities of YouTube in a song that shows what it would be like to first discover YouTube all over again. With references to viral videos and famous Youtubers, this catchy song plays »
Greetings from the apocalypse! You want destruction? This weekend's got Massive destruction. You want egos? This weekend's got Massive egos. Whether it’s the bickering Apatow Mafia or Zack Snyder pounding Superman's face into the pavement over and over it just might be the end of the world as we know it. Feeling fine optional.
Friday, June 14
Pow! In Theaters
Nap before Zod! Sorry, boys and girls, but I must be the bearer of sour tidings: "Man of Steel" isn't that great. Is it better than the coat hanger abortion that was "Superman Returns"? Yeah, but not by leaps and bounds. On the plus side the cast is terrific, anchored by the measured charisma of Henry Cavill as the superest man there is and Lois Lane at her spunky best courtesy of Amy Adams. Unfortunately, the retro sci-fi trappings are "Green Lantern"-level ponderous and a climactic Metropolis battle that's 9/11 times-a-hundred ("Yes, »
- Max Evry
Ph: Emily Shur
TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks, a star-studded special celebrating the comedy legend. The highest honor for a career in the movies, the American Film Institute bestowed the honor on Brooks during a black-tie gala held in Hollywood on June 6. Many of Hollywood’s most revered luminaries turned out for the tribute, which will premiere on Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m.(Et/Pt) and encore on TCM Wednesday, July 24, at 8 p.m. (Et) as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks.
Among the more than 1,000 guests gathered for Brooks were Conan O’Brien, Judd Apatow, Jon Avnet, Roger Bart, Richard Benjamin, James L Brooks, Billy Crystal, Sasha Baron Cohen, Stuart Cornfeld, Bob Daly, Larry David, Robert De Niro, Eugenio Derbez, Carey Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Zach Galifianakis, Teri Garr, Vince Gilligan, Marshall Herskovitz, Dustin Hoffman, »
- Melissa Thompson
The crown jewel of Crackle's originals library is back. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the hybrid talk/comedy/documentary show starring Jerry Seinfeld and a host of funny people, has begun its second season. The first episode, featuring Sarah Silverman, has been released across Crackle's various distribution platforms. The Silverman episode shows that Comedians in Cars is, for better or for worse, the same. It is funny because the people involved in it are funny, but it also contains an air of celebrity self-indulgence, especially when Seinfeld discusses the luxury of the '69 Jaguar featured in the episode. Of course, Seinfeld is fully aware of that air, and plays it for laughs, as he does with the Acura product placement now peppered throughout his show. Comedians In Cars will run for 24 episodes; six will be released over the next few weeks while the other 18 will be spread out, debuting later »
- Sam Gutelle
Silverman and Seinfeld lived up to the promise of the title, bantering about Sarah's parents and her crazy family in Connecticut, old friends of theirs from the comedy world and how Sarah's face looks like a sock puppet.
The two stand-up comedians go way back: Silverman did a guest spot on 1997 episode of "Seinfeld" as a girlfriend of Kramer.
This episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" is non-embeddable (right now), so click over to the show's official site to watch the video. »
- Ross Luippold
Check out the first trailer for Lake Bell's directorial debut, "In a World," which follows a vocal coach (Bell) trying to break into the male-dominated realm of movie-trailer voiceovers. The film, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance and has upcoming screenings at the Los Angeles Film Festival, is peppered with a cast of funny actors and comedians alike, including Fred Melamed ("A Serious Man") Ken Marino ("Burning Love"), Rob Corddry ("Hot Tub Time Machine"), Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation") and Tig Notaro ("The Sarah Silverman Program"). The comedy hits theaters on August 9 via Roadside Attractions. »
- Beth Hanna
Back in the summer of 2012, one of comedy’s biggest names found a new home for himself: the Internet. And now he’s back for more.
On Thursday afternoon, Jerry Seinfeld — the man synonymous with sponge-worthiness, close talkers, and pretty much any television comedy catchphrase in the late ’90s — will unveil the first episode of the new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The show’s title is very literal: Each episode pairs Seinfeld with another comedian, puts them in a cool old car, and features a conversation over caffeinated beverages.
The concept is simple, but the results are often thrilling. »
- Kyle Anderson
Judging by the trailer, season 2 of Jerry Seinfeld's web series "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" is shaping up to be a good one, with a pretty great interview lineup plus even more awkward interactions with the world outside of one of the host's cars.
In the trailer, we see clips of Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Don Rickles, David Letterman, Seth Meyers and more. More importantly, we get a little taste of moments like Seinfeld and Rock being pulled over by the cops and Seinfeld ordering half and half while Silverman tries to talk about her depression.
Take a look above and let us know which interview you're most looking forward to. Season 2 of "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" debuts at noon on June 13th. »
- Carol Hartsell
As comedy stages become more and more common at music festivals, it would only make sense for comedy to get its own large-scale festival. And Tenacious D, who’ve been playing festivals for years, seem like just the guys to put it on. On October 19, Festival Supreme will take place across four stages on the Santa Monica Pier and feature a particularly stacked list of comedy and musical-comedy acts. Bob Odenkirk and David Cross (performing as “The Mr. Show Experience”), Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Fred Armisen, and Craig Robinson are just some of the comedians who will be joining Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Maybe most surprising is Adam Sandler, who very rarely performs, and who, according to the D, will be playing some new material. Read the full schedule and watch a promo video below — it stars Tenacious D and Jack Black’s pretty amazing belly. »
- Jesse David Fox
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