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The Greasy Strangler Review [Fantastic Fest 2016]

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Ever wanted to see a John Waters movie scored by Gene Belcher? That’s The Greasy Strangler. Chaos and perversion reign in premium fashion, almost challenging audiences to walk out on Jim Hosking’s “daring” feature debut. Non-continuity purists should throw their hands in the air and praise their new god. Life as you know it, does not relate to The Greasy Strangler, yet somehow all the dick-waving and throat-collapsing works (against all odds). Each line of ludicrous lingo and disgusting act of deprivation. All the vulgar descriptions of cum-drenched partners and atrocities against morality. No single scene is suitable for general audiences, so strap in for the weirdest cinematic watch of 2016 – or ever.

Sky Elobar plays Big Brayden, a walking disco tour guide who lives and works with his father, Big Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels). There’s a murderer on the loose dubbed The Greasy Strangler (because he covers »

- Matt Donato

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The 50 Best Comedies of the 21st Century Thus Far

10 August 2016 12:16 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

No genre is more subjective than comedy. What makes one person laugh may make another cringe. Some “comedies” may only result in a few chuckles while watching, yet are heightened as one looks back. Others may cause constant laughter, yet are forgettable after theater’s lights come on.

With Seth Rogen‘s latest comedy, Sausage Party, arriving in theaters this week, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s comedies that have most excelled. To note: we only stuck with feature-length works of 60 minutes or longer and, to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000.

Following our favorite sci-fi films and animations, check out our top 50 below and, in the comments, let us know your favorites. If you’re on Letterboxd, you can follow the list here.

50. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Jake Kasdan)

It is wholly possible »

- The Film Stage

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Kanye West Explains Why His ‘Famous’ Video Features Naked Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner & More Celebs

25 June 2016 2:19 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kanye West’s visual for his track “Famous” has been making headlines, as expected. The Vincent Desiderio-inspired video features 12 detailed sculptures of celebrities and public figures naked and asleep on a bed.

The list includes Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour, Chris Brown, Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner, George Bush, Amber Rose and Ray J. Each one of these people mean something specific to either Kanye or the people surrounding him, from ex-lovers to celebrities he’s criticized in the past and/or worked with.

By now, most of Twitter has critiqued the piece, calling it “art,” “insane,” “controversial” and disrespectful to the women being portrayed. Many are waiting for those celebrities to respond to the way their image being used (Chris Brown thought it was funny, many had “no comment”), including Kanye who tweeted (and then deleted), “Can somebody sue me already #I’llwait. »

- Liz Calvario

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Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video: Watch The Realist Art-Inspired, Nude Celebrity Short Film

25 June 2016 9:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On Friday night, Kanye West debuted his highly-anticipated music video for his single “Famous.” The visual was premiered at the Los Angeles Forum for ticket holders and press who couldn’t wait to see what the rapper had up his sleeve. 

And like always, expect the unexpected from Yeezy. “Famous,” featuring Rihanna and Swizz Beatz, is a song about Kanye’s status, the people who have gotten “fame” from his actions or remain nameless. The visual is impacting. And like the controversy that it sparked when it was first heard, the video is just as powerful.

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The first part of the video was inspired by American realist Vincent Desiderio’s piece “Sleep,” an eight-feet high, 24-feet long painting portraying the naked bodies of 12 people lying on a bed asleep. In Kanye’s tableau the camera passes over nude, »

- Liz Calvario

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Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Music Video Debut Live Stream: Watch The Event For Free Here

24 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kanye West is pulling all the stops for the release of his latest music video, “Famous.” Today, the rapper is throwing a special event at The Forum in Inglewood, California to debut the visual for his newest single, and you can be a part of it too!

The Kanye extravaganza will be live streamed globally on Tidal, much like the launch of his album “The Life Of Pablo,” only this time it will be available to subscribers and non-subscribers. Thereafter, the video will remain exclusively on the platform for a week.

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The premiere begins at 10pm Et/7pm Pt on Friday night. You can watch it by clicking here, or clicking on the link in the Tidal tweet below.

The livestream of @kanyewest's Famous premiere is at 7pm Pt. https://t.co/7th0RlStdG pic. »

- Liz Calvario

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Comedy Studio Super Deluxe Signs Stephen Gaghan As Executive Producer

15 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Today marks the official launch of Super Deluxe, Turner’s multiplatform digital content brand, which debuts with a strong lineup of names familiar to the comedy world, as well as one unexpected name: Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Traffic.”

Read More: Magnolia To Distribute “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie”

Super Deluxe president Wolfgang Hammer, speaking with IndieWire at a launch event last night, offered some clarity into what Gaghan’s role as an executive producer would be at the young studio, which is owned by Turner but operates as an independent unit.

“Steve is an amazing filmmaker,” Hammer said. “I’ve known him for a very long time. He’s a voice. He won an Emmy, he won an Academy Award. There’s no harm in having an Academy Award-winning writer/director to produce stuff for you.”

Hammer clarified that Gaghan would be producing things within the TV studio, but that they wouldn’t necessarily fall into the realm of comedy. “We’re a comedy brand, but we’ll do other things as well.”

The name “Super Deluxe” may in fact sound familiar if you’re a comedy nerd. Turner launched the original site in 2007, just as YouTube was becoming a true craze and Funny or Die was building its own nascent brand. But despite being an early digital platform for creators like Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Maria Bamford, the site was shut down in 2008 and its content absorbed into Adult Swim.

As part of the new Super Deluxe, Heidecker, Wareheim and partner Dave Kneebone have signed a development and production agreement. “[They’re] obviously huge talents themselves, but have an amazing trust within the creative community,” Hammer said.

That trust will extend to a strategy built around incubating new talent. The site will also be working with (per the official release) “fresh, new voices such as Dean Fleischer-Camp (‘Catherine’), Jen Tullock (HBO’s ‘A Lot’) and Hannah UttHye Yun Park and Brandon Rogers.” The latter will be working on the new original half-hour “Magic Funhouse,” “an adult show about a kid’s show.”

As Hammer explained, “Our philosophy generally is that a lot of creatives, especially the eccentric ones, are not good at pitching. So we provide a safe environment for them to go make stuff. Whether that’s television or short form — doesn’t matter.”

Check out what Super Deluxe has in store today at superdeluxe.com.

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Comedy Studio Super Deluxe Signs Stephen Gaghan As Executive Producer

15 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Today marks the official launch of Super Deluxe, Turner’s multiplatform digital content brand, which debuts with a strong lineup of names familiar to the comedy world, as well as one unexpected name: Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Traffic.”

Read More: Magnolia To Distribute “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie”

Super Deluxe president Wolfgang Hammer, speaking with IndieWire at a launch event last night, offered some clarity into what Gaghan’s role as an executive producer would be at the young studio, which is owned by Turner but operates as an independent unit.

“Steve is an amazing filmmaker,” Hammer said. “I’ve known him for a very long time. He’s a voice. He won an Emmy, he won an Academy Award. There’s no harm in having an Academy Award-winning writer/director to produce stuff for you.”

Hammer clarified that Gaghan would be producing things within the TV studio, but that they wouldn’t necessarily fall into the realm of comedy. “We’re a comedy brand, but we’ll do other things as well.”

The name “Super Deluxe” may in fact sound familiar if you’re a comedy nerd. Turner launched the original site in 2007, just as YouTube was becoming a true craze and Funny or Die was building its own nascent brand. But despite being an early digital platform for creators like Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Maria Bamford, the site was shut down in 2008 and its content absorbed into Adult Swim.

As part of the new Super Deluxe, Heidecker, Wareheim and partner Dave Kneebone have signed a development and production agreement. “[They’re] obviously huge talents themselves, but have an amazing trust within the creative community,” Hammer said.

That trust will extend to a strategy built around incubating new talent. The site will also be working with (per the official release) “fresh, new voices such as Dean Fleischer-Camp (‘Catherine’), Jen Tullock (HBO’s ‘A Lot’) and Hannah UttHye Yun Park and Brandon Rogers.” The latter will be working on the new original half-hour “Magic Funhouse,” “an adult show about a kid’s show.”

As Hammer explained, “Our philosophy generally is that a lot of creatives, especially the eccentric ones, are not good at pitching. So we provide a safe environment for them to go make stuff. Whether that’s television or short form — doesn’t matter.”

Check out what Super Deluxe has in store today at superdeluxe.com.

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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Turner Launches Online Comedy Network Super Deluxe

15 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Turner Entertainment officially launched Super Deluxe–a new online comedy video network–on Wednesday, TheWrap has learned. Super Deluxe has partnered with Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan as an ongoing executive producer, and signed a development and production agreement with Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Dave Kneebone, the minds behind “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” It is also developing projects from Dean Fleischer-Camp, Jen Tullock and Hannah Utt, Hye Yun Park and Brandon Rogers, the writer and creator of Super Deluxe’s upcoming half-hour series “Magic Funhouse,” an adult show about a kid’s show. Also Read: Why »

- Joe Otterson

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Turner’s Super Deluxe Developing Edgy TV Comedies With Stephen Gaghan, Other Partners

15 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Super Deluxe, the digital content studio Turner quietly revived last year, has already racked up millions of views for its offbeat, youth-skewing short-form comedy on social networks — with bits skewering Donald Trump ranking among its most popular content.

But Super Deluxe isn’t just aimed at delivering short yucks: The L.A.-based studio is also planning to produce half-hour comedies for TV networks or subscription VOD services.

Super Deluxe has teamed with writer-director Stephen Gaghan (“Syriana,” “Traffic”) as an ongoing executive producer, and signed a development and production agreement with Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Dave Kneebone (“Tim and Eric Awesome Show,” “Great Job!,” “Nathan For You”). Other partners include Dean Fleischer-Camp (“Catherine”), Jen Tullock (HBO’s “A Lot”), Hannah Utt and Hae Yun Park.

“The big difference between us and other video publishers on the Internet is we cover, organically, all formats,” said Wolfgang Hammer, founder and president of Super Deluxe. “We are also a TV company.”

Super Deluxe has more than 25 long-form series in development, and Hammer said the studio has already had early conversations with potential distributors. The exec declined to identify the shows except for one: half-hour series “Magic Funhouse,” a show for adult audiences that goes behind the scenes at a fictional kid’s TV show, created and written by YouTube creator Brandon Rogers.

As Variety first reported, Turner resurrected the Super Deluxe comedy brand last fall, bringing on Hammer, formerly co-president of CBS Films (pictured above), to run the operation.

Super Deluxe’s focus is on “eccentric, subversive comedy that’s challenging and substantive at the same time,” Hammer said. “It’s about the tone and a certain kind of style.”

In addition to Hammer, Super Deluxe’s executive team includes Jesse Pearson, former editor-in-chief of Vice magazine, who now serves as creative director for the Super Deluxe Network and branded content; chief marketing officer Arthur Wang, formerly with CBS Interactive; and Ryan Likes, who serves as general manager after previous stints at Televisa and Lionsgate.

Other key staff include Cto Shahruz Shaukat, formerly with BuzzFeed; network heads Dimitri Simakis and Hillary Levine, who also both hail from BuzzFeed; and TV execs Winnie Kemp (formerly with CBS Films), David Sigurani (previously with Televisa) and Mia Di Pasquale.

All told, Super Deluxe now has 55 full-time employees and another 50 freelancers.

Turner has set up Super Deluxe as an independent unit, with Hammer reporting to Kevin Reilly, chief creative officer for Turner Entertainment and president of TBS and TNT. “Our belief in the value proposition of ‘premium plus personalization’ now extends into the emergent ecosystem of mobile-centric consumers and next-generation creators thriving in that space,” Reilly said in a statement.

At Fox, Reilly launched another studio-within-the-studio: Animation Domination High-Def, which produced a range of shorts and series for digital and late-night block on the broadcast network before moving to Fxx. Hammer said the Super Deluxe strategy is very different, because it is not producing content for Turner’s networks (although it’s possible some of the long-form series may find a home there). “Companies that are adjuncts to a large behemoth tend to get either forgotten or lost in the massive corporations,” he said.

Super Deluxe’s social-media channels, since launching in December, now reach more than 35 million viewers per month across Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, Twitter and Snapchat. The studio’s website, Superdeluxe.com, is not designed to be a video destination.

Its content spans political satire, parodies, animation and scripted series and targeted to viewers 16-34, according to Hammer. So far Super Deluxe’s audience is split 50-50 between male and female. On YouTube, Super Deluxe’s biggest hit is a BuzzFeed-like sketch called “When You Have Big Boobs.”

For now, Super Deluxe is not generating any revenue, though at some point it expects to sell advertising and delve into branded content. “We just want young folks to like us, and think we’re fresh and funny,” Hammer said. “The way you monetize an audience on mobile is through branded content. For us, it’s an important part. But for folks who do only that, it’s a struggle. So we’ve added TV licensing and production to the mix.”

At its downtown L.A. offices near Pershing Square, Super Deluxe has studio space with capabilities for live video production. “We’re doing it in a very ambitious, startup way,” Hammer said. “It’s not a lavish operation, but we do have the financial means to pull the trigger on bigger projects.”

There’s no shortage of original humor on the Internet. To a certain extent, Super Deluxe is competing with outlets including the Onion, CollegeHumor, Funny Or Die, Comedy Central and NBCUniversal’s Seeso. “In the general category, any creator is a competitor,” Hammer acknowledged. But he maintained that Super Deluxe is unique with its combination of short- and long-form content, and said other comedy destinations could be potential customers. “Anybody who will pay us money, we love, and it also means money for our creators,” Hammer said.

The original iteration of Super Deluxe launched as a website in January 2007, and like its successor was geared toward edgy humor aimed at a younger demo. But 18 months later, Turner combined the unit’s operations with Adult Swim, its programming block on Cartoon Network.

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- Todd Spangler

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Noel Wells Talks ‘Master of None’ Episode ‘Mornings’ and Idea-Jamming with Aziz Ansari

8 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Netflix comedy “Master of None” took a lot of people by surprise, but co-star Noël Wells knew she was involved with something special. The relationship between Wells’ character Rachel and Aziz Ansari’s Dev became the heart of the first season, and they anchored a pair of memorable two-handers: the first date episode “Nashville” and the bittersweet penultimate installment “Mornings.” Her creative collaboration with Ansari and co-creator Alan Yang emboldened the actress-writer-director, who recently wrapped her feature helming debut.

Master of None” (Netflix)

Season 1 ep. 9, “Mornings”

Written by Aziz Ansari & Alan Yang; directed by Eric Wareheim

Noel Wells: “I had been auditioning for a lot of things where I didn’t understand the point of the character. This was two people who were on equal footing having fun conversations.

“Through shooting [Aziz and I] revised the scripts so they got even better as time went on. We would take the scenario »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Aziz Ansari Slates Master Of None Season 2 For April 2017 Premiere

27 May 2016 2:01 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Coming off of strong reviews across the board, Netflix confirmed the inevitable back in February when it renewed Aziz Ansari’s astute comedy Master of None for a second season, but didn’t mention when fans could expect the return of one Dev Shah.

Now, taking to Twitter, Ansari has today narrowed down that release window somewhat, revealing that the next batch of episodes will hit the streaming platform in April of next year.

I’m sorry I never tweet. We’re writing Master of None Season 2. It’ll be out in April. I did some podcasts if you want to check them out?

Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) May 27, 2016

Headlining Master of None as a 30s-something actor, who makes ends meet in New York City while working across a series of commercials, Aziz Ansari originally hatched the Netflix original series in tandem with Alan Yang, who remains attached to pen the »

- Michael Briers

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Eric Wareheim: the new king of awkward Us comedy

17 May 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

He’s at home whether performing lysergic sketches, working with Aziz Ansari or presenting UK arts show Random Acts. Meet a comedian at one with the askew

In a low-lit studio near Oval Tube station in south London, filming for the new series of Channel 4’s short-film strand Random Acts is under way. On the face of things, it seems like a professional operation: the set is sparsely decorated and stylish, the short films on the monitors by Martin Creed, the Chapman brothers and others, are by turns weird and affecting. But something seems to be wrong with the show’s presenter Eric Wareheim, a tall, bearded man wearing an ill-fitting blazer. He keeps garbling his lines, facing the wrong direction and arguing with the director, all while the cameras are rolling. He’s frankly a mess, but then that’s sort of the point.

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- Gwilym Mumford

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Why Italy (and Kanye West) Need to Hire Aziz Ansari as Their Spokesperson

13 April 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Aziz Ansari is a true renaissance man.  He's a comedian, he's an actor, he's a writer, he's an online dating sociologist. And now, you can add Music Video Creator and Tourism Board Spokesperson to that ever-expanding resumé.  Ansari has been traveling through Italy with his Master of None costar Eric Wareheim, and they've been having the actual time of their lives. Ansari's Instagram has been a veritable what's what of How to Do Italy Right, showing off snaps of the best buds (or Big Bud and Little Bud, as they affectionately call each other) eating their way through the country. They've done it all (and by "done" we mean "ate"): »

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Watch: Aziz Ansari & Eric Wareheim Recreate 'Master of None' As the Weirdest '90s Sitcom You'll Ever See

13 February 2016 11:40 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Review: Netflix's 'Master of None' Season 1 Is an Inventive, Addictive and Artistic Form of Social Education "Master of None" is coming back for Season 2! Star and co-creator Aziz Ansari announced as much via Twitter February 11, but — as excited as we are to see more creative, insightful offerings from the whip-smart young writer — we're hoping a new online video with Ansari and co-star Eric Wareheim isn't a preview of what's to come. Titled "Big Bud, Lil Bud," the four-minute parody video was posted by Eric Wareheim with the description: "a teaser for an unaired CBS pilot called 'Big Bud Lil Bud.' Was the original inspiration for 'Master of None.'" Consisting of the series' opening title sequence and a number of random clips from the episode, the video doesn't seem to be directly referencing any specific shows or even issues. Instead, it broadly mocks »

- Ben Travers

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Watch: Aziz Ansari & Eric Wareheim Recreate 'Master of None' As the Weirdest '90s Sitcom You'll Ever See

13 February 2016 11:40 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Read More: Review: Netflix's 'Master of None' Season 1 Is an Inventive, Addictive and Artistic Form of Social Education "Master of None" is coming back for Season 2! Star and co-creator Aziz Ansari announced as much via Twitter February 11, but — as excited as we are to see more creative, insightful offerings from the whip-smart young writer — we're hoping a new online video with Ansari and co-star Eric Wareheim isn't a preview of what's to come. Titled "Big Bud, Lil Bud," the four-minute parody video was posted by Eric Wareheim with the description: "a teaser for an unaired CBS pilot called 'Big Bud Lil Bud.' Was the original inspiration for 'Master of None.'" Consisting of the series' opening title sequence and a number of random clips from the episode, the video doesn't seem to be directly referencing any specific shows or even issues. Instead, it broadly mocks »

- Ben Travers

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Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim Reimagine 'Master of None' as Wacky Sitcom

12 February 2016 11:11 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim co-star as deadpan buddy robots in Big Bud Lil' Bud, a deliberately cheesy sitcom teaser Wareheim posted on YouTube. Wareheim joked that this "unused CBS pilot" was the "original inspiration for Master of None," Ansari's acclaimed Netflix comedy series. 

The four-minute clip boasts a surrealistic Adult Swim feel, poking fun at parody-ripe sitcom tropes that populated 1990s shows like Full House. Wareheim and Ansari play the titular buddies, two oddly smiley humanoids whose father died in a car crash and was reincarnated as a puppy. »

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Netflix Renews Master Of None For Second Season

12 February 2016 4:44 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Netflix confirmed that the phenomenal comedy series Master Of None will return for a second season, and joyful celebration was heard throughout the land. The show, which debuted its 10 episode first season on the streaming channel in November 2015, has already collected a raft of awards nominations and wins – including a Critics Choice award for Best Comedy Series. Its second outing is now expected to arrive in 2017.

Created by Parks And Recreation alumni Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, the show is, quite simply, a breath of fresh air – building each episode around a specific subject, and seeking discussion and enlightenment on that topic through subtle and hilarious storytelling.

For example, season one episode titles include Plan B, Parents, Indians On TV and Old People. Ansari plays the lead character of Dev – a 30 year old actor, living in New York and working mostly in commercials – and it is through the lens of »

- Sarah Myles

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Master of None Renewed for Season 2

11 February 2016 1:06 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Netflix is staying in the Aziz Ansari business. The streaming giant has renewed the comedian's acclaimed comedy Master of None for a second season, E! News has learned. Ansari himself shared the great news with the world on Thursday, tweeting, "Master of None season 2 coming 2017. Thanks for all the support everyone!!" The series, created by Ansari and Alan Yang, tells the story of Dev, a 30-something actor making his way through life in New York City. Ansari stars alongside Noel Wells, Eric Wareheim, Kelvin Yu, and Lena Waithe. The 10-episode first season took home the Critic's Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series, while also earning Ansari a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a TV »

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Aziz Ansari’s ‘Master of None’ Renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

11 February 2016 1:03 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” has been renewed for a second season by Netflix. The show will be back, but not until 2017, according to a tweet sent by Ansari on Thursday.

Master of None Season 2 coming 2017. Thanks for all the support everyone!! pic.twitter.com/LSxo7dEVQ1

Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 11, 2016

The series features the former “Parks and Recreation” star as an actor trying to build a career and a life in New York City. Ansari co-created the Universal TV series with Alan Yang.

The 10 episodes of the first season bowed Nov. 6 on Netflix. The renewal was expected, although Ansari told Variety last month that he wanted to take some time between seasons to “refill his head” with good material. The show drew critical praise for its blend of comedy and drama in tackling everything from the immigrant experience to the pitfalls of dating in the digital age.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Comedy Community Feeds Charity at Beefsteak Dinner

8 February 2016 4:19 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hollywood’s funniest and hungriest actors, writers and executives got together Saturday night at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles for the fifth annual Beefsteak dinner to benefit the Los Angeles Food Bank.

Organized by “The Simpsons” producer Matt Selman, ABC Studios comedy exec Cort Cass and writer-actor Eric Wareheim, the yearly event raises money for the hungry by feeding approximately 650 entertainment bizzers plenty of meat, in the tradition of the early-20th century beefsteak political dinners. Guests included “Mad Men’s” Ben Feldman, B.J. NovakPhil Rosenthal, Busy Philipps, Bob Odenkirk, Brianna Brown and John Mayer.

Unlike the last century’s men-only dinners, women are welcome at the 21st century version, which featured Jonathan Sadowski and Joe Thomas doing magic tricks and music from the Shrines and DJ Jesse Kivel. While the dancing acrobatic cows of last year’s event didn’t make a return appearance, an actual onstage wedding added to the celebratory atmosphere. »

- Pat Saperstein

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