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Update with full cast list: Jeremy Howard (CBS Diversity Showcase), Adam Ray (The Heat, Spy), Carlie Craig (Todrick), Chelsea Davison (These Girls), Amir K (Last Comic Standing), Lyric Lewis (CBS Diversity Showcase), Piotr Michael (The Howard Stern Show) and Michelle Ortiz (CBS Diversity Showcase are set as the new cast members for the CW’s revival of Emmy-winning sketch comedy series MadTV. The network unveiled the cast today. The series premieres Tuesday, July 26 at 9… »
Variety has chosen its 10 Comics to Watch for 2016.
The series recognizes standups, sketch artists and Web content creators, who will be honored at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in July.
Selected by a team of Variety editors based on extensive polling of the professional comedy community — those who scout, book, represent, produce and cast comics on a daily basis — the group will be profiled in the July 19 issue of Variety and honored at the festival with a cocktail party on July 28, followed by a panel and showcase on July 29.
Past honorees on the list include Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”), Amy Schumer (“Trainwreck”), T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) and Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect 2”). The list began in 2000 with such now-prominent names as Maria Bamford, Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and Patton Oswalt.
Additionally, Variety will be honoring Louie Anderson with a special legends and groundbreakers profile, spotlighting his recent »
- Variety Staff
From aspiring comedian who appeared on the reality series “Last Comic Standing” to best buds with Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Schumer has come a long way. Last summer, she made it clear her comedy could transition quite easily to the big screen, writing and leading Judd Apatow‘s “Trainwreck.” And with a Mother’s Day comedy and the […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Roy, what can you tell us about these new developments?"
"I can tell you I don't give a shit."
From his first appearance on-screen in September 2015, new Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. came across like a seasoned smartass who had been doing the job for years. Clad in a gray suit and sporting a cockeyed, little smirk, the 37-year-old stand-up comic argued the potential colonization of Mars meant nothing to a black man in America. ("Brother can't catch a cab, you think he can catch a spaceship?") When Tds' »
Brandi Glanville is finding that a way to a man's heart is through laughter. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum is dating comedian Theo Von, People confirms. "It's early on, but they seem to be getting along great and truly connecting with one another," a source says of Glanville, 43, and the Last Comic Standing vet, 36. The duo first sparked when she appeared on Von's podcast, Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss. Glanville then invited Von to her own podcast, Brandi Glanville: Unfiltered, and they've been on a handful of dates since then, says the source. "She loves his sense of humor, »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
Bill Bellamy (Last Comic Standing) is set as the male lead opposite Becki Newton in Fox's untitled Chris Case comedy pilot from 20th Century Fox Television. Written by Case and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the untitled interracial family comedy (fka My White Wife And Kids) follows Jay "Havoc" Hammond (Bellamy), an African-American ex-nfl lineman who recently moved in with his white wife, Christy (Newton), and her two oddball sons, as he struggles to win the most… »
Bellamy will play Jay “Havoc” Hammond, a retired professional football player who’s starting his career as a sports announcer. The potential series follows Jay as he moves in with his white wife (played by Ugly Betty‘s Becki Newton) and his two new stepsons Colin and Harry and tries to adapt to fatherhood.
RelatedPilot Season ’16: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, »
Update 1:20 Pm: Weinstein Books has set spring 2017 as the publication window for Girl Logic, as corrected below. Exclusive: Just in time for the unveiling of her TBS late-night quiz show Separation Anxiety, comedian Iliza Shlesinger has signed with Weinstein Books for the spring 2017 publication of Girl Logic. Since winning season six of NBC’s Last Comic Standing (giving her extra bragging rights as the youngest comic and first woman to take the prize), Shlesinger has… »
Lionsgate has inked an overall television deal with producing team Mark Harris and David Shumsky, who specialize in the unscripted space and are co-creators of Fox’s upcoming competition series “Kicking & Screaming,” Variety has learned.
Under the new pact, the duo will develop new series and formats for Lionsgate’s alternative division through their production company Ohana Pictures. Lionsgate will have exclusive rights to all content produced by Harris and Shumsky’s Ohana banner, in addition to first-call on any scripted development.
“Kicking & Screaming,” recently reported by Variety, is co-created by the pair and Matt Kunitz, who is currently under and overall deal with Lionsgate. The reality competition, which is set to debut in 2016 with eight episodes, marks the first series order under Harris and Shumsky’s new deal.
At Lionsgate, Harris and Shumsky will work closely with the company’s exclusive production partners, including Kunitz’s Pulse Creative, Adam Divello »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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