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Comedy is the most subjective of mediums, and one man's hilarious genius is another man's desperate hack. Widely successful comics often water down their material in order to appeal to the broadest possible demographic, while niche comics tailor their message to much that they can't break out of their established audience. Key and Peele seem to have avoided that fate by finding the right mixture of intelligence, critical thinking and personal passion with their Comedy Central series. The jokes feel like they come from your clever best friend: accessible without being so bland that they fall flat. Their new Blu-ray set – covering the first two seasons – puts some of their best routines on display, which are more than enough to excuse the occasional failure. Hit the jump for my full Key & Peele Blu-ray review of seasons one and two. Their partnership plays a huge role in their success. Keegan-Michael Key »
- Rob Vaux
Comedian Artie Lange has been hospitalized after suffering what he called a “diabetic shock.”
Lange, 46, sent a tweet about his condition on Tuesday, saying he was in a hospital “outside” Detroit.
“Trying to get better. Sorry for missing gigs,” Lange’s tweet said. He also included a picture of himself lying in hospital bed.
In the hospital outside of Detroit after going into diabetic shock. Trying to get better. Sorry for missing gigs. http://t.co/tdM4jr2lJ0—
Artie Lange (@artiequitter) April 15, 2014
- Variety Staff
Comedian Artie Lange has been hospitalized after going into diabetic shock, he tweeted on Tuesday. Lange said he's in a hospital outside of Detroit and apologized for "missing gigs" on his tour. Story: Artie Lange Plans to Host Fox Sports Radio Show He added that his road manager is taking care of him. Lange is best known for his many appearances on The Howard Stern Show and years on MADtv. He's also had memorable roles in movies like Lost & Found, The Bachelor and Elf. Story: Artie Lange Wants to Return to the 'Howard Stern Show' He currently hosts The
- THR Staff
There's nothing funny about this, but even Artie Lange can make light out of a scary situation. The famous comedian, who is best known for his time on The Howard Stern Show and the comedy sketch series MADtv, was taken to a Detriot hospital after going into a diabetic shock earlier today, but the funnyman is seemingly in good spirits—at least, judging by his tweets. Lange, who posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed, wrote, "In the hospital outside of Detroit after going into diabetic shock. Trying to get better. Sorry for missing gigs...Love you guys" And then he followed with, "No worries. My road mgr Tim is with me. Homosexual men are great caretakers!" Lange, host »
Despite growing from strength to strength with their Comedy Central series Key & Peele in the Us, the duo are arguably largely unknown across the Atlantic. In case you aren't sure who this duo are, Digital Spy takes a look at just why they are two of the best comics out there.
After first appearing together on the Fox comedy series MADtv, the duo signed up to star in their own sketch show on Comedy Central in 2012. The show is yet to be broadcast in the UK, which is a huge shame, as it is quite possibly the funniest sketch show in the world right now.
Thankfully, Comedy Central makes pretty much every single sketch available on YouTube, allowing the pair to most likely »
The duo were previously cast members of MADtv. They went on to write and star in sketch show Key & Peele, which premiered its third series on Comedy Central in September and was recently renewed for a fourth.
It is unclear if the comedy pairing will also appear in the rebooted franchise.
The series wrapped up in 1994 in Police Academy: Mission to Moscow. »
New Line has been attempting to reboot the “Police Academy” franchise in recent years. ”Tosh.O’s” Scott Zabielski was attached to direct at one point, and Jeremy Garelick (“The Break-Up”) has written the most recent script.
The duo is repped by UTA and Principato-Young.
News was first reported by The Tracking Board.
- Dave McNary
NBC's "Community" has been a fascinatingly awkward ride with plenty of nervous-making moments for diehard fans. Creator Dan Harmon's exit from and return to the series, Chevy Chase's notorious fights with Harmon that culminated with his own exeunt, and Donald Glover's surprising departure (which still allotted him a five-episode arc this past season) have been puzzling and jarring for Greendale geeks -- which is to say nothing of the show's constant on-the-bubble ratings situation. But at Wednesday night's PaleyFest panel for "Community," Harmon, co-producer/writer Chris McKenna, as well as stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, and Jim Rash expressed the same resilient camaraderie they've had since the show debuted in 2009. Attendees got an eyeful, including the entire first episode of the two-part season five finale, which should leave enough open-ended storylines for an expected sixth season (Gillian Jacobs told the room to consider it official already, »
- Louis Virtel
Around these parts we've been fans of William Butler ever since his roles in Night of the Living Dead (1990) and Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III so any time we hear that he's involved in something new, we take notice. Case in point...
From the Press Release
Producer-director-writer William Butler’s Transition Entertainment has been inked to a first-look deal by Starz Animation’s Film Roman.
Butler and his Transition team, which includes three-time Emmy Award® winner John Vulich, will work with Film Roman’s General Manager, Head of Production Dana Booton to assist in the development and creation of animated and live-action content for all platforms.
“Film Roman has long established itself as one of the premier companies for creators to thrive. The Transition Entertainment team is extremely proud to contribute to their exciting slate of projects,” said William Butler, President, Transition Entertainment. “Our partnership with Film Roman »
- Uncle Creepy
"I'm a reviewer, but I don't review food, books or movies," says Forest MacNeil. "I review life itself!" MacNeil is the creation of comedian Andy Daly and the main character of Comedy Central's latest show Review (which premiered last night at 10 p.m. Est), an everyman who gives star ratings to first-person experiences involving eating pancakes, racism and anything else his TV audience throws at him. Stealing, for example, only gets two stars; cocaine gets "a million stars!"
The 50 funniest people right now
In this clip, MacNeil decides to review addiction, »
Comedy mastermind David Koechner takes a dark and troubling turn in the new thriller Cheap Thrills, which is available on VOD now before its release in theaters this March. The twisted tale follows Craig (Pat Healy), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry). These two are quickly roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton). The couple engages Craig and his buddy in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple's sick sense of humor pushes just »
Harold Ramis influenced a generation of comedians by writing, directing and acting in films such as “Ghostbusters,” “Caddyshack” and “Groundhog Day.” So when news broke Monday of Ramis’ death, the comedy world took to Twitter, often a forum for jokes, to eulogize and commemorate. “Was honored to have gotten to work with Harold Ramis, the Buddha of Comedy. Brilliant, humble, radiant. We’ve lost an icon. #GroundhogDay,” tweeted Rainn Wilson, whom Ramis directed on “The Office.” “MadTV” star Ike Barinholtz described him as “one of my biggest influences” while film critic Richard Roeper wrote he was a “wonderful filmmaker and a true. »
- Lucas Shaw
Aja Naomi King has been cast in ABC/ABC Studios’ drama pilot, How To Get Away With Murder, written by Peter Nowalk and produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. The sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot. King, repped by Gersh and Tge, will play one of the law students, the ambitious and confident Michaela Pratt. She also will be recurring on ABC/ABC Studios’ The Black Box. MADtv alumna Arden Myrin has been cast in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Bad Judge. The project, from writer Chad Kultgen and producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Anne Heche, centers on Rebecca (Kate Walsh), a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
News and notes from up and down the channel guide:
- "The Crazy Ones" has booked a "Mork and Mindy" reunion. Pam Dawber will reunite with Robin Williams 32 years after the series finale of their sitcom when she guest-stars on "The Crazy Ones" later this season as a free-spirited author who goes on a date with Williams' Simon Roberts. Williams says the reunion is "a dream come true" and Dawber adds that "it'll be a great week" because she hears the "Crazy Ones" set is "a very happy one."
- USA has picked up a legal comedy, "Benched," starring Eliza Coupe ("Happy Endings") and Jay Harrington ("Better Off Ted"). The show will follow Nina (Coupe), a corporate attorney, who suffers a public breakdown and ends up working as a public defender. Phil (Harrington) is her scruffy, gambling colleague. "Benched" will be executive-produced by Michaela Watkins, Damon Jones, John Enbom, Mark Gordon and Andrea Shay. »
Matt Oberg, Stephnie Weir and Megan Ferguson have joined the cast of FX‘s The Comedians, the hot cable comedy project with Billy Crystal attached to star, co-write and produce. Oberg (30 Rock) plays Mitch, the head writer of the sketch show who’s eager even when he’s being bulldozed by Billy. Weir (Big Day, MADtv) will play Kristen, the anxiety-ridden producer of Billy and Josh’s sketch show, who frequently finds herself caught in the middle of their arguments. Ferguson (Mad Men, Almost Human) takes on the role of Esme, a no-nonsense Pa who is mostly over it all, including Billy. Oberg is repped by CAA, Vincent Nastri at Bleeker Street Entertainment, and attorney Mitch Smelkinson; Weir by UTA, Meghan Schumacher Management,and attorney David Fox; Ferguson by CAA and Principato-Young. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
FX's Billy Crystal comedy pilot The Comedians is filling up its ranks. The comedy co-staring Book of Mormon Tony nominee Josh Gad has enlisted Matt Oberg (30 Rock), Stephnie Weir (MadTV) and Megan Ferguson (Mad Men) to its ranks, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera entry from Fox Television Studios revolves around a superstar veteran comedian (Crystal) who is reluctantly paired with a younger, edgier comedian (Gad) for a late-night comedy sketch show. Gad's young and hip comic resents -- and rails against -- the pairing. Story: Billy Crystal to Star in FX Comedy Pilot From Larry Charles
- Lesley Goldberg
The books, written by Dav Pilkey, follow two best friends – Harold Hutchins and George Beard – who manage to hypnotize their headmaster and turn him into their comic book hero Captain Underpants. Extremely popular with children, Pilkey’s books have been published in 19 countries, with many of the 8 titles landing at the top of Best Seller lists.
It’s been announced that Thomas Middleditch (The Kings Of Summer) and Kevin Hart (Ride Along) are to lend their voices to Harold and George, with Ed Helms (The Hangover) playing the role of their principal and Captain Underpants himself. Nick Kroll (Parks And Recreation) and Jordan Peele (MADtv) have also signed up for the project, playing evil Professor Poopypants (great name!) and class nerd Melvin Sneedly, respectively.
Personally, I didn’t read the books when I was a kid, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Can an animated series focusing on a gay white rapper make us laugh without offending us at the same time?
If you’ve seen the FX animated comedy Chozen (which premiered last week), the answer is not clearly yes or no since, as we previewed last month, the series will surely offend some people with it’s tone and sense of humor, but it is also rife with genuine laughs that don’t demonalize being gay.
The series begins with a quick prison montage, the titular character (voiced by Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan) serving ten years in prison for a crime for which he was wrongly accused. Chozen’s experiences in prison (and shower rape is a part of that montage) shape how he views the world and interacts with other people. When he’s finally released he has »
- Jim Halterman
Remember when you didn’t have to protest to see a black woman comedian on television? Watching Erika Alexander as Maxine on Living Single, Kim Wayans on In Living Color, and Debra Wilson on Mad TV may seem like luxuries now. As we know, for the last six years, there’s been an absence of women of color comedians, specifically black women on Saturday Night Live; a void so apparent that even actress Kerry Washington spoofed the disparity when she hosted the show in November. Switching between Oprah and Michelle Obama impersonations in the same sketch, she openly addressed the absence, which was bolstered by widespread criticism of the show and its creator, Lorne Michaels.Announced this »
- Nijla Mumin
On November 8, New York-based comedian Kerry Coddett (pictured, left) fired shots at Saturday Night Live with an editorial published on the Atlantic’s website. In it, she blasted the notion that the show’s cast hadn’t featured a black woman in years because — as longtime repertory player Kenan Thompson said in a widely-circulated interview last fall — “in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.” Coddett contended instead that SNL’s diversity problems were endemic and ingrained. “Perhaps it’s not that black women aren’t ‘ready’ for SNL; it’s that SNL isn’t ready for a black woman, »
- Hillary Busis
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