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Cc Studios, the digital distribution wing of Comedy Central, is increasing the volume of its library with several new shows. In addition to three returning series, the online platform will house six original debuts from emerging talents, including popular YouTube parodists Midnight Beast. The six new shows draw their respective talent from a variety of sources. Some come from TV: Jillian Bell of Workaholics will play a spoiled adult brat in Idiotsitter, while former Punk'd writer Julia Wolov will voice an animated troublemaker in Biatches. Others come from the web: English hip-hop comedians Midnight Beast have a prosperous YouTube channel, and Cc Studios will become their new home; meanwhile, Jon Gabrus--who we recently saw on MSN's Jon vs. College--will take one of the lead roles in Strong Island. Video game review site GameTrailers will contribute Pixelheads, an animated sketch series focused on the world of video games, while Nerdist »
- Sam Gutelle
Comedy Central’s in-house digital studio Cc:Studios has handed out a slew of renewals and project pickups, the network announced today.
“Bro-Dependent,” “This Is Not Happening” and “The Walsh Brothers’ Great & Secret Comedy Show” were all renewed for second seasons. Cc:Studios has also greenlit six new comedy projects from alums of TV shows including “Punk’d” and “Workaholics.”
“This slate represents an evolution of Comedy Central’s development process, collaborating across departments as we work with an incredible roster of talented comedians to create shareable content,” said Allison Kingsley, veep of digital development at the Viacom cable net. Comedy Central recently eliminated its separate digital department, thereby emphasizing the “content is content” approach to programming television and online shows.
Projects greenlit by Cc:Studios include:
- AJ Marechal
Comedy Central has unveiled a Cc:Studios development slate that includes three renewals and six new shows in development. Of the new shows, there’s a babysitter comedy starring a “Workaholics” veteran and a series that will feature comic Kurt Braunohler interviewing guests under odd circumstances. Comedy Central’s digital channel ordered second seasons of “Bro-Dependent,” “This Is Not Happening” with Ari Shaffir (pictured) and “The Walsh Brothers Great & Secret Comedy Show.” Also read: James Franco’s Comedy Central Roast: Jonah Hill Skewers Bill Hader, Jeff Ross Slams Seth Rogen (Video) Here are descriptions of the newly greenlit shows, as described by the network: “Biatches” (Working. »
- Tim Molloy
Comedy Central‘s Cc: Studios — the in-house creative initiative for the development of original digital comedy — today unveiled a development slate of six series greenlights and three series renewals. Projects include sketch/variety to animated to scripted narrative and feature talent including Kurt Braunohler, Dan St. Germain, Jillian Bell, Charlotte Newhouse and Ari Shaffir. The slate also features series from talent who have inked multiplatform deals with Comedy Central, including Jon Gabrus and Justin Tyler. From today’s announcement: Cc:studios Development Slate Series Greenlights: • “Biatches” (Working Title) Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov (writers on “Punk’d” and “Good Vibes”) wrote and star in this animated series about bad girls kicked out of middle school and forced to attend the Special Education Students program – but they’re not going to let that stop them from wreaking their raunchy brand of havoc. • “Idiotsitter” Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian Bell (“Workaholics”) created and »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Comedian Kurt Braunohler doesn’t have the most famous face (if you know him, it’s from his IFC game show Bunk), but you know his voice. He has appeared on several episodes of Bob’s Burgers, and he also hosts his own podcast on the Nerdist network called The K Ohle. His new stand-up album How Do I Land? is fantastically funny, and it contains the best of Braunohler’s extra-absurd dives into everything from misdirected text messages to his epically strange run-in with Sacha Baron Cohen.
Braunohler recently stopped by EW’s SiriusXM studio to talk about the album, »
- Kyle Anderson
Earlier this year, Kurt Braunohler famously paid a skywriter to write "How do I land?" in the sky. So, it makes sense that he's using that phrase to title his forthcoming debut stand-up album, which comes out on August 20 through Kill Rock Stars. One of the funniest bits from it is about the novelty gift "Chat Pack," which is a pack of index cards featuring conversation-starting questions. In this exclusive video clip, Kurt Braunohler finds himself submitting his own questions, one of which includes quite possibly the best joke ever made about Mark Wahlberg. (We love Wahlberg, but a great joke is a great joke, and the actor has a good sense of humor about this sort of thing.) Watch the clip below. And if you're in New York, Kurt Braunohler is having a record release party at the Bell House on August 27, featuring Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Hannibal Buress, »
- Jesse David Fox
We asked Lily Sparks, Price Peterson and Ryan Sandoval, the creators of the Amazon original pilot Supanatural to tell us more about the show. They asked if we would accept answers in the form of GIFs. We said, “Spider, please!”
Supanatural is about two best friends who have dealt with supernatural phenomena for so long and so easily, that nowadays when some overwhelming horror like this happens
their reaction is this
Hezbah and Lucretia are not impressed by things you would consider to be your Worst Nightmare. They handle demons, ghosts, and ghouls on the regular and frankly they’d rather just clear their DVR and gossip about slutty sorceresses they know. Unfortunately nobody in the world has their knowledge or experience when it comes to apocalyptic threats, so when push comes to shove our heroes Will take care of business.
Why this world, why these characters?
Because it’s »
Yesterday, we ran an interview with Kristen Schaal. She spoke at length with her friend/interviewer Kurt Braunohler about how her one-hour comedy special, which would be airing that night, went terribly. "Why would I be excited about it? I mean why are you excited about it? [Laughs.] You and I both know that it did not go well." There were no specifics about what went wrong — just a general vibe that it was a disaster and she wanted to distance herself from it. The commenters were not happy about this vagueness. "Am I the only one who feels like I'm being manipulated into watching it to find out what the heck went wrong?" Ninethreesix wrote. However, Schaal's wonderful special last night proved that this ambiguity was all worth it.So, what actually happened? After about 30 minutes of terrific, wholly unique stand-up, things "started to go wrong." She told one joke »
- Jesse David Fox
Kristen Schaal, perhaps best known to most people as the strange and extremely inappropriate Hazel on 30 Rock, took on San Francisco's Fillmore for a one-hour Comedy Central special -- her first and, she says, her last. Schaal, who has also been a Daily Show correspondent and currently plays the part of Louise on Bob's Burgers, spent a lot of time Tweeting before the special aired to discourage people from viewing it, calling it "a nightmare," and telling her friend Kurt Braunohler for Vulture, "it definitely didn't go the way I wanted it to go. Because it went badly. I just
- Allison Keene
Whether it's as Mel on Flight of the Conchords, Hazel on 30 Rock, Louise on Bob's Burgers, or herself on The Daily Show, Kristen Schaal has an undeniably unique voice, both literally and comedically. It's silly, absurd, and childlike yet sinisterly so. It's in full effect in her one-hour stand-up special that premieres tonight at midnight on Comedy Central, but unlike most comics who will happily promote their shows, she has been sending out tweets begging people not to watch it, bemoaning that it did not go well. She continued that anti-sales pitch when we had her longtime friend and comedy partner, Kurt Braunohler, interview her here for Vulture, and she took the opportunity to declare her stand-up career over, death by special. Is she joking? Or is it the woeful cries of a regretful stand-up? She would not elaborate on what went wrong (tune in tonight to judge the »
- Kurt Braunohler
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