18 items from 2016
Give most any performer half a chance, and they’ll tell you how hard it is to be in show business. There’s the constant rejection, soul-crushing survival jobs and the unique hell of internet trolls. But Gillian Jacobs and Kate Micucci aren’t any performers. As they chiseled eccentric paths through the contemporary comedy landscape, both actresses have managed to keep their spirits high. And with the new showbiz dramedy “Don’t Think Twice,” the delightful duo finally had a chance to share the screen, much to our collective good fortune.
Written and directed by Mike Birbiglia, “Don’t Think Twice” centers on the improv The Commune. After years working together in a supportive and silly environment, the group and their dynamic are threatened as their comedy club is closing down, and one of their number gets a big break on a certain Saturday night sketch comedy show. Too »
- Kristy Puchko
It’s probably a good sign when a character’s name alone is funny enough to get a laugh: Joss Whedon‘s guest-starring role in Season 2 of Comedy Central’s Another Period is… Duane Reade, our sister site Deadline reports. Cedric the Entertainer will play composer Scott Joplin.
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Whedon’s pharmacist will, since the series is set in the early 1900s, refuse to sell Riki Lindhome’s dim-witted Lillian a condom, the actress explained, “because she’s a woman, therefore a slut, and they’re illegal, »
Riki Lindhome and Natasha Leggero, the duo behind Comedy Central’s “Another Period,” lucked out when it came to assembling the team for their period comedy. “We made a short originally to sell the show, and most of the cast from the short is still on the show,” Lindhome told TheWrap. “And that was like five years ago,” Leggero added. And the cast of the series (which Lindhome and Leggero describe as “if the Kardashians moved into Downton Abbey”) is an impressive list of names that includes Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster and Christina Hendricks, as well as Leggero and Lindhome, »
- Reid Nakamura
As the second season of “Another Period” gets underway on Comedy Central on Wednesday, the show welcomes a slew of guest stars, including Perez Hilton, Adam Pally, Joss Whedon, June Diane Raphael, Lauren Lapkus and Jemaine Clement. “Basically we just try to get our favorite people,” Natasha Leggero explained to TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell, revealing that Andrew Rannells will also guest star on the period comedy as a love interest of one of the main characters. Starring and co-created by Leggero and Riki Lindhome, “Another Period” will also host Cedric the Entertainer, who plays Scott Joplin “in like a Kanye manner. »
- Reid Nakamura
The period drama parody will begin its second season with Christina Hendricks, a host of star guests, and some sharp things to say about the past and present
If you are afraid of giant, taxidermized animals or prosthetic genitals, you are advised to avoid the set of Comedy Central’s historical sitcom Another Period. Dead, stuffed bears are not for everyone (including one very squeamish journalist) but the presence of corpses contorted into terrifying poses adds to the old-timey ambience of the set – a sprawling mansion perched on a hill on Los Angeles’s east side. Occasionally, you catch a glimpse of the La skyline and need something to jolt you back into the past.
Another Period, which begins its second season on Wednesday night, is a wry satire of the Upstairs Downstairs/Downton Abbey-style class drama created by comedians Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome. (I had previously met them for a Grantland podcast.) The series transports the genre to the United States, circa the turn of the 20th century, while grafting on elements of our modern fixation with reality TV. It tells the story of the Bellacourts, an old money family in Newport, Rhode Island, that’s consumed with all manner of drama – infidelity, thievery, incest and overall poor behavior.
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- Dave Schilling
Another Period stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome are known to watch episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but they want to be clear why they're doing it. As one of the creators of a comedy based on the premise of "if the Kardashians moved into Downton Abbey," Leggero admits she watched the E! reality show, "but only for research purposes." "I want to be clear: I hate the Kardashians, personally," she tells People.But her co-creator has a different point of view: "Ricky doesn't horror-watch it, she just watch-watches it," says Leggero. "She really sees the good in the Kardashians. »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
[caption id="attachment_49535" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Another Period TV series on Comedy Central. Pictured (t-b/l-r): Armen Weitzman, Christina Hendricks, Michael Ian Black, Beth Dover, Brett Gelman, Lauren Ash, Jason Ritter, David Wain, Riki Lindhome, Natasha Leggero, Brian Huskey, Paget Brewster, David Koechner. Photo Credit: Robyn Von Swank.[/caption]
Comedy Central has renewed the Another Period TV show for a third season, a couple of weeks ahead of its season two premiere. Watch a preview, below. A send-up of both contemporary reality shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians and period dramas like Downton Abbey, Another Period features the first family of Newport Rhode Island, the Bellacourts.
The Another Period TV series cast includes: Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindholme, Lauren Ash, Jason Ritter, David Koechner, Paget Brewster, Brian Huskey, David Wain, Michael Ian Black, Beth Dover, Christina Hendricks, Armen Weitzman, and Brett Geiman. »
Comedy Central's turn-of-the-century historical and satirical scripted series Another Period has gotten an early third season renewal, ahead of its Season 2 premiere on June 15. Another Period tells the story of the Bellacourt sisters, Lillian and Beatrice (played by the show's co-creators/writers/exec producers Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome), who are defined by their family's wealth and care only about becoming super famous – which is a lot harder in 1902. Before… »
The series, co-created, written by and starring Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, debuts its second season on Wednesday, June 15 at 10 p.m. Jeremy Konner directs the show, which is executive produced by Leggero, Lindhome, Konner and Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein. Monika Zielinska and Tara Schuster are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.
“We’d like to thank Comedy Central for this continued opportunity to dress like queens and act like a–holes,” said Leggero and Lindhome in a statement.
Ahead of the second season’s debut, the entire first season will be available on the Comedy Central app and official website beginning June 8.
“Another Period” tells the story of the Bellacourt sisters, Lillian and Beatrice (played by Leggero and Lindhome), who »
- Laura Prudom
Comedy Central is betting big on Lillian and Beatrice Bellacourt. The Viacom-owned cable network has renewed Another Period for a third season weeks ahead of the series' season-two premiere. A satire of both historical dramas such as Downton Abbey and celebrity-driven reality shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the half-hour comedy follows the lives of the indulgent and deluded Bellacourt family and the staff catering to every absurd whim. The show's creators, Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, also star as the sisters. Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Jason Ritter, David Wain and Christina Hendricks round out
- Kate Stanhope
Prynoski’s animation studio Titmouse, Inc. is the production company behind Adult Swim’s The Venture Brothers and Metalocalypse, so it’s no surprise he managed to collect comedians as talented and disparate as Patton Oswalt, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Ron Lynch, Mike Judge and Hannibal Buress to lend their voices to his first animated feature. So, it’s a shame – a painful, crying shame – then that such talent should be squandered on such a hapless piece of bad-humored social commentary.
Nerdland tells the painfully recognizable story of John (Rudd) and Elliot (Oswalt), two deluded slackers in Los Angeles whose dreams of stardom are continually cut short by their lack of discernible talent. They pretend to be dating Sally (Kate Micucci) and Linda »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The hunger for Hollywood fame gets profanely skewered by “Nerdland,” an orgy of animated R-rated raunch from Titmouse, Inc. (creators of TV’s “Motorcity,” “Metalocalypse” and “Superjail!”) and its head honcho, Chris Prynoski. With a scuzzy style to match its sleazeball vision of spotlight desperation and depravity, this Tinseltown satire — led by voice work from Paul Rudd and Patton Oswalt — revels in the foulness of 21st-century pop culture, albeit to a degree that’s ultimately both exhausting and redundant. Its extremeness should satisfy fans of the studio’s wild, rapid-fire comedy style, but broader theatrical prospects seem dim.
From garbage-strewn apartments to billboards covered in bird crap and overpasses populated by puking weirdos, “Nerdland” imagines L.A. as a festering sore overrun by star-seeking cretins. Two such vermin are roommates Elliot (Oswalt) and John (Rudd), the former a string-beany aspiring screenwriter who’s working on a vengeful Rip Van Winkle »
- Nick Schager
In just a few short weeks, HBO's critically-acclaimed comedy series Silicon Valley will return for Season 3, but fans will also get to see two of the show's leading men on the big screen this summer. Focus Features has debuted a new red band trailer for the outrageous comedy Search Party, arriving in theaters, Digital HD and VOD on May 13. Silicon Valley stars Thomas Middleditch and T.J. Miller reunite for this comedy, starring alongside Adam Pally, which shows that you should think twice before visiting Mexico.
Wedding bells threaten to break up three best friends' long-running bromance, but they aren't going down without a fight in Search Party, the directing debut of screenwriter Scot Armstrong (The Hangover Part II, Old School). Convinced that his buddy Nardo (Thomas Middleditch) is making the mistake of a lifetime by marrying Tracy (Shannon Woodward), Jason (T.J. Miller) puts a dramatic end to their wedding. When »
R-rated animated movies are going to be having a moment this year. Seth Rogen and co. already teased "Sausage Party" at SXSW (our review), and next month at Tribeca, audiences will get their first look at "Nerdland," which earns its adults-only stripes and then some. Directed by Chris Prynoski ("Metalocalypse"), and featuring the voices of Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Mike Judge, and Reid Scott, the story follows two L.A. dudes on the cusp of turning 30, who dream of fame. Here's the synopsis: Aspiring actor John (Paul Rudd) and would-be screenwriter Elliot (Patton Oswalt) are two La dudes approaching their 30th birthdays without yet becoming the megawatt superstars they know they were meant to be. In a town built on who you know (and who knows you), the ambitious duo will set out on an all-day journey through their all-star rolodexes to make it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Through comedy special Bianca Del Rio’s Rolodex of Hate, short film Darby Forever, and upcoming web series The Outs (which will premiere on March 30th), Vimeo has cobbled together its first full slate of original programming. Now, at South By Southwest, the online video platform has added to its library. It has announced a second round of original programming, including contributions from Jake and Amir, Garfunkel and Oates, and other notable content creators.
Jake and Amir, a comedy duo consisting of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfield, are best known for their work with CollegeHumor, and while much of that work has been distributed on YouTube, some of it has showed up on Vimeo as well. The duo’s upcoming series will be titled Lonely and Horny, and it will star Blumenfeld as a thirty-something with sex on his mind. Lonely and Horny will serve as Jake and Amir’s »
- Sam Gutelle
Titmouse has released a batch of images from the upcoming R-rated animated comedy feature Nerdland, which features a voice cast that includes Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome and will receive its world premiere next month at Tribeca; check them out here…
Nerdland is an R-rated cartoon comedy about celebrity, excess, and two showbiz nobodies, John (Paul Rudd) and Elliott (Patton Oswalt), with a plan to become famous—or even infamous—by the end of the night.
- Amie Cranswick
The innovative Viewpoints section celebrates the distinctively bold visions of underrepresented perspectives, styles and characters. Featuring 25 unique and fascinating viewpoints from 15 countries, films in this category vary from realised, hyperreal worlds such as in High-Rise, Equals, Nerdland and The Loner to real world perspectives including Syrian refugees in After Spring, solitary confinement inmates in Solitary and adult students at Night School.
Here are the films selected in this year’s Viewpoints:
Chris Prynoski (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
Nerdland is an R-rated cartoon comedy about celebrity, excess, and two showbiz nobodies, John (Paul Rudd) and Elliott (Patton Oswalt), with a plan to become famous—or even infamous—by the end of the night. Featuring an army of comedy cameos including Hannibal Buress, Laraine Newman, Mike Judge, Kate Micucci, »
- Sacha Hall
The 43rd Annie Awards are turning to pairs of presenters rather than a traditional host for its awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA.
Comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates, also known as Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, are returning for a second year as presenters. They will be joined by actor, producer and director Edward James Olmos and actress Rita Moreno; Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, and “Saturday Night Live” alum Laraine Newman, who voices Gram on Netflix’s new toon “Dawn of the Croods”; young thesps Alexander Garfin and Hadley Belle Miller, who voiced Linus and Lucy in best feature nominee “The Peanuts Movie”; veteran voice actor Kevin Michael Richardson (“Uncle Grandpa”) and composer Christophe Beck; and actress and comedian Kristen Schaal (“Bob’s Burgers”) and actress Phyllis Smith, who voices Sadness in Pixar’s “Inside Out.”
Many of the presenters are »
- Terry Flores
18 items from 2016
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