FX has five reasons to get you excited for their new comedy series The Comedians starring Billy Crystal and Book of Mormon’s Josh Gad. They’re not reasons you can express in words but rather visual stimulants. FX Networks released several teaser trailers for the new series which marks Crystal and Gad’s returns to television. Due to premiere in 2015, The Comedians is based on a similar Swedish series about an aging comedy veteran who is teamed up with a younger, edgier comic whose star is on the rise to co-star in a late-night sketch comedy show. The teasers are just as appropriately meta as the show’s premise.
Billy Crystal hasn’t appeared regularly on television since his stint on Saturday Night Live‘s 1984-85 season. He hasn’t acted on a sitcom since Soap, which ended back in 1981. Josh Gad has ad a couple of false starts as a TV star. He was on the one-season news comedy Back To You alongside Kelsey Grammar several years ago. He starred in the short-lived 1600 Penn after gaining national celebrity as the lead of the blockbuster Broadway show Book of Mormon. Check out the two funny guys as comedians getting ready for a show in these teaser videos for The Comedians.
Seth Rogen isn’t just a hilarious thespian who loves marijuana almost as much as he loves James Franco. He’s also a Jewish human being from Canada! What? It’s true, you guys. If you don’t believe us, you should watch this brand new animation from Funny Or Die, wherein Rogen explains how, as a Jewish kid in Canada, he used to celebrate Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
Melissa McCarthy, already an Emmy-winning and Oscar nominated actress, is expanding her resume to include clothing designer. The Bridsemaids and Mike & Molly star has teamed up with Sunrise Brands to create casual sportswear that will include straight and plus sizes. And lest you think she’ll just slap her name on the brand and watch the money roll in, McCarthy actually studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and only got into comedy after celebrated shoe designer Brian Atwood suggested she do so.
“I lived on a farm in Illinois and we didn’t have a lot of money,” McCarthy tells Women’s Wear Daily. “But I lived vicariously through magazines. I was obsessed with Jean Paul Gaultier. I still have the scrapbooks and I’ve kept all my designs and sketches. I loved the playfulness of fashion. I think maybe that’s why I became an actress. You put on one outfit and feel one way, and another one will make you feel another way. Clothes are a wonderful tool.”
Although McCarthy’s line doesn’t have a name yet, its collection is set to hit stores in fall of 2015 with items ranging between $39 and $118. McCarthy also expects to make her clothing available online for purchase, though which stores and online retailers will carry the line is still unknown.
“When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed. Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me,” McCarthy told Redbook earlier this year. “I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.”
McCarthy starred in Tammy earlier this year and can currently be seen in St. Vincent with Bill Murray. She’s working on no fewer than four new movies in the next few years, one of which includes a sequel to The Heat, the 2013 buddy cop flick that co-starred Sandra Bullock.
Nick Offerman’s ‘American Ham’ hits Netflix Dec. 12, ‘mediocre songs, ribald japes and minor nudity guaranteed’
In a bold move that will undoubtedly spread his earthy manliness across the world, Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman will release American Ham on Dec. 12 exclusively through Netflix. Described as a “master class in life, love, woodworking, meat eating and being a man,” American Ham finds Offerman outlining his own 10 tips for prosperity through stand-up comedy, spoken word, original music and live sketches, which will feature his wife, former Will & Grace star and Parks And Recreation guest star Megan Mullally.
Or here’s how Offerman puts it: “Fed up with abject failure? Lack of meat, cash, or fornication got you down? Refuel yourself with Nick Offerman’s 10 tips for prosperity in his chuckle-licious humor program, American Ham. Mediocre songs, ribald japes, and minor nudity guaranteed.” Laughspin caught a live Offerman show in Austin in 2012. “It was a fascinatingly bizarre, semi-experimental performance, ” Emma Kat Richardson wrote. “[It was] combination of folksy joke rock, low key diatribes on how to lead the self-actualized life, and hilarious inanities as only Offerman could, well, offer, the show left rabid Swansonities and curious newcomers alike with an insatiable appetite for all things Offerman.”
In case you haven’t followed Offerman’s career trajectory over the past few years, you should know that before he became one of television’s most beloved comedy characters on Parks and Recreation (Ron Swanson) Offerman’s been building things with his two, manly hands. Since his Hollywood success, however his Offerman Woodshop has gotten a lot more business. Offerman also released a book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, another sort-of guide to living like a real man.
To celebrate the announcement on American Ham, Offerman tweeted the below image, presumably an original creation from the Offerman Woodshop.
Odell Beckham Jr. One-Handed Touchdown Catch Against Dallas Cowboys Goes Viral, Leads To Amazing Internet Memes
It’s been nearly 24 hours since Odell Beckham Jr.’s incredible catch against the Dallas Cowboys nearly broke the Internet. Yet people are still talking about the New York Giants star’s amazing feat of athleticism.
The rookie wide receiver out of LSU became an overnight sensation with his 43-yard touchdown catch on Sunday Night Football. The play went viral even though the Giants loss to their NFC East rival. In case you were somehow living under a rock and haven’t seen the Odell Beckham Jr. TD catch yet, you can check it below.
“I’m happy people think so much of the catch but I hope it’s not the greatest catch of all time,” the 22-year-old Beckham said after the game. “I hope I can make more like it.”
Even Odell Beckham Jr.’s opponents were impressed by his amazing catch.
“That catch, is outstanding,” Cowboys stud receiver Dez Bryant said of Odell Beckham Jr. “ … You got to give it to him, for real. He’s one of those guys, ‘hey, I want to make a play.’ Hat’s off to him. I respect playmakers and he’s a playmaker. I just don’t like when he does it to us.”
*Watches Odell Beckham’s catch* pic.twitter.com/arG432xTvM
— NFL Reactions (@nflreaction) November 24, 2014
Cowboys fans watching ODELL BECKHAM JR pic.twitter.com/VTUdfBSv84
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) November 24, 2014
When Odell Beckham Jr. made that one hand catch pic.twitter.com/uNgGXwps2L
— Mike Brand (@MikeBrand04) November 24, 2014
Other memes, meanwhile, predicted what other items Odell Beckham Jr. could catch in similar fashion. According to the Internet, the receiver could stop the spread of Ebola and stop The Lion King’s Mufasa from certain death.
— Jason Sharpe (@RealJasonSharpe) November 24, 2014
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) November 24, 2014
Many of these Odell Beckham Jr. catch memes made references to other famous sporting events. Twitter claimed that Beckham could have saved Steve Bartman from cursing the Chicago Cubs and spared Boston Red Sox’ first baseman Bill Buckner from infamy. He also could have caught 50 Cent’s hilariously awful first pitch.
— Rob Miller (@robmillertime) November 24, 2014
— Rich MacLeod (@richmacleod) November 24, 2014
— nick pants (@nick_pants) November 24, 2014
— KorkedBats.com (@korkedbats) November 24, 2014
— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) November 24, 2014
James, for his part, was also impressed with Odell Beckham Jr.’s catching skills, a compliment the wide receiver appreciated.
Man I just witnessed the greatest catch ever possibly by Odell Beckham Jr! WOW!!!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 24, 2014
— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) November 24, 2014
Vinyl records are all the rage these days and Comedy Central’s South Park is getting in on the action. Comedy Central Records is releasing a limited edition 7-inch vinyl picture disc in coordination with Record Store Day Black Friday on Nov. 28. The vinyl album will feature the songs “James Cameron” from the Emmy Award-winning episode “Raising the Bar” and “My Bitch Ain’t No Hobbit” from the episode “The Hobbit.” The hit animated series has featured hilarious and brilliant musical numbers in the past, including “Blame Canada” (1999) which earned creator Trey Parker and Matt Stone an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
Record Store Day is a nationwide celebration of independent record shops and the culture that surrounds them. Many special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products will be exclusively sold on the day to support the mom and pop shops who compete against online retailers and big box stores like Best Buy and Walmart. Record Store Day Black Friday is an offshoot of RSD to help these smaller stores cash in on the traditional Black Friday shopping surge. Vinyls have become cool and hip all over again in recent years with younger generations getting into the culture, so much so that Wyatt Cenac released his latest comedy special, Wyatt Cenac: Live in Brooklyn in (insert city name here), as a limited edition vinyl LP. Other recent vinyl comedy releases include albums from Bill Burr, Kyle Kinane and a re-issue of Dane Cook’s first album Harmful If Swallowed. Let’s hope the South Park vinyl is hopefully enough of a hit to encourage a Louis C.K. comedy special on Beta Max.
Sarah Silverman can teach the world a lot about comedy. But can she teach the world’s children about comedy? After watching the latest episode of Kevin Nealon’s AOL Web show Laugh Lessons, we here at Laughspin submit the following answer: Yes! In the episode, we find Silverman getting up close with a handful of 8-to-9-year-olds in the classroom. Together they explore whether poop or pee is funnier, what a “courtesy” laugh is, when it’s ok to tease your friends and much more. Check it out below.
When Bill Cosby asked an Associated Press reporter to “scuttle” his non-answer about the sexual assault allegations levied against him, he may have been engaging in a common practice for him. In a 2013 interview on the DomNnate radio show in Lynchburg, VA, Cosby says the word “shit” when discussing the Trayvon Martin shooting. While the hosts of the show, Domenick Nati and Nate Foutz assure Cosby the word would be bleeped, Cosby demanded the word be completely cut out.
“You’ll bleep out that four-letter emotional outburst, but don’t put the ‘BEEP’ in there,” Cosby says, cutting off a plug for an upcoming live appearance. “Just erase it, that’s all. Put it in the toilet.”
The DomNnate radio show is no longer on air.
Steve Harvey is being sued for $20 million by videographer Joseph Cooper, who’s claiming the veteran comedian is preventing him from selling videos that he’s legally permitted to distribute. Cooper, of Close Up Video Productions, entered into a contract with Harvey in March of 1993 to become the exclusive videoagrapher for Harvey’s live stand-up performances, which, in contrast to Harvey’s current comedy, is much edgier. But Cooper now claims Harvey is trying to stop the sale of said videos, according to a 13-page complaint filed in Federal Court.
Last year Cooper attempted to produce and sell the first volume of a five-volume DVD set titled Steve Harvey: Live, Raw & Uncensored. But Harvey’s lawyers told the to-be distributors Music Video Distributors that Harvey hadn’t given Cooper permission to sell the videos and if distributed they would sue MVD.
“Harvey knew that Cooper intended to use his videos of Harvey’s performances to create videos that would be sold at retail” Cooper’s complaint states. “Harvey did not disagree with Cooper’s plans, but requested that Cooper delay in selling videos using Harvey’s performances. Cooper understood that the release of the videos might interfere with Harvey’s plans for his career at that time. Cooper decided to delay his Harvey video project because the videos would become more valuable if Harvey became a bigger celebrity.”
Harvey hasn’t responded to Cooper’s complaint. Harvey, part of The Original Kings of Comedy, has found massive success as a daytime talk show host, radio show host, host of Family Feud, author, actor, motivational speaker and stand-up comedian since his early days a Dallas-based comedian.
American Dad isn’t going anywhere. Seth MacFarlane’s animated comedy series about a government agent father has been renewed by TBS for a 12th season. Season 11 premiered to 2.5 million viewers on its first night at its new home. American Dad has jumped to different networks and followed a similar journey as its predecessor Family Guy. It originally aired on Fox in 2005. Fox cancelled the series in July 2013 but was quickly saved by TBS, receiving a 15-episode season order.
Seth MacFarlane’s first witty quick-hitting show Family Guy does not have a clean broadcast history at Fox. It premiered on Fox in 1999, but lost nearly half of its audience by the end of its first season. After irregularly airing episodes during season 2, Fox cancelled the Griffin clan in 2000 before changing its mind yet again and ordered a third season. Failing to capture an audience, Fox cancelled the show and sold reruns to Cartoon Network where the animated series blew up, in addition to DVD sales. Fox realized the show’s popularity and brought it back in 2005 where it has lived on ever since.
MacFarlane has parlayed Family Guy success into American Dad, The Cleveland Show and the upcoming Fox animated series Bordertown. He even created, wrote, directed and starred in the blockbuster R-rated comedy Ted with Mark Wahlberg, whose sequel comes out in 2015.
‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Season 7 Gag Reel Released! Watch Video Of Jonathan Frakes And Patrick Stewart Bloopers Before Blu-Ray Release Date
The characters on Star Trek: The Next Generation faced plenty of serious obstacles during their missions, but that didn’t stop the cast members from having fun on-set. A new gag reel for TNG has been released to promote the upcoming Season 7 Blu-ray, which hits stores next month.
The Star Trek: The Next Generation gag reel begins with LeVar Burton (who played Geordi La Forge) laughing in the middle of a scene. The video then cuts to Gates McFadden (Doctor Beverly Crusher) stepping on Patrick Stewart’s (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) foot in the middle of a scene. Stewart’s reaction is priceless, though sadly not suitable for television.
But Jonathan Frakes (Commander William Riker) steals the show in this Star Trek: The Next Generation gag reel. After doing a triple-take during a conversation with Michael Dorn (Worf), Frakes yells, “What are you talking about?” And when an ensign passes in the background, he can’t help but run after her.
Watch the Star Trek: The Next Generation blooper reel below.
According to Frakes himself, the hi-jinks shown in this Star Trek: The Next Generation gag reel were commonplace on-set.
“There was the high-mindedness of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision again but we had this captain who was played by Patrick Stewart, who is the consummate actor and possesses this certain moral power and authority and is the kind of pro we all aspire to be,” Frakes said in 2012. “By the virtue of the bar that he set, we all came incredibly well-prepared. And because of that you can also have a lot of fun. Things are loose when everybody is on their game. The ‘Star Trek’ world is so serious, which is why we were so silly between takes.”
The Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 7 Blu-ray hits stores on December 2.
‘Grandmas Smoking Weed For The First Time’ Video Was Amazing, But Why Won’t Grandmother Dorothea Try Pot Again After Going Viral?
The folks at Cut.com found elderly women named Paula, Dorothea, and Deirdre who had never touched pot before. They each smoked some Lavender from a bong and inhaled ground-up weed from a vaporizer (which one lady thought was a dildo). Needless to say, the results were hilarious.
“This could be dangerously fun,” grandmother Paula (on the left) said of the vaporizer.
The grandmas did have plenty of fun after smoking weed. They played a quick game of Jenga before moving on to Cards Against Humanity. This helped them learn some of the modern lingo, including “queefing.” The pot session soon evolved into a grandmother giggle fest, with one lady struggling to open a bag of chips.
“I’m feeling like I really don’t care if I understand even … “ grandma Dorothea said after smoking weed for the first time.
Watch three grandmas smoke weed for the first time.
So it’s no surprise that Paula seemed open to smoking weed again by the end of the video. But Dorothea, the adorable grandma in the middle, did not feel the same way. She told TMZ that she didn’t like the way she lost control when she tried the drug.
“We did ask them afterwards if they’d ever do it again,” added Mike Gaston, director of the grandmothers smoking weed video. “Paula was purely a yes, Deirdre (the grandma on the right) was kind of on the fence, and I think that was really depending on what the situation would be like. Dorothea, the one in the middle, actually said that it would be unlikely that she would do it again because it’s not what she expected … She actually expected it would be more like an acid high.”
But even Dorothea agreed that legalizing weed shouldn’t be that big of a deal. And starting this discussion on the decriminalization of pot was all Gaston wanted out of this video in the first place.
“All I really wanted to do was create a piece to talk about the debate of whether marijuana legalization should actually happen,” Gaston said of the grandmas smoking weed video. “I think videos like this are sneaky because it invites multiple generations to talk about something they wouldn’t necessarily talk about with each other.”
In a very surprising turn of events, Netflix has snagged Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s cult comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The series, starring Ellie Kemper (The Office), was scheduled to air its 13-episode first season on NBC next year. Now Netflix has announced it bought exclusive rights to the show where it will premiere in March 2015. What’s more, Netflix has already ordered a second season of the comedy series, which is produced by NBC’s production company Universal Television. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to debut Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt exclusively on Netflix, which has proven to be such an outstanding place for distinctive, original programming,” said Fey and Carlock.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars Ellie Kemper as the title character who decides to start over her life in New York City after living in a cult for fifteen years. With just a backpack, light-up sneakers, and a couple of overdue library books, Kimmy enters the Big Apple with a sunny disposition ready to take on the world. The series follows her struggles in a new city with a new job, new roommate and a new life. Tina Fey and Carlock bring back plenty of 30 Rock favorites, including Jane Krakowski as Kimmy’s boss and Tituss Burgess as her new roommate.
The deal is an easy win for NBC Universal, whose Universal Television will be guaranteed money for two seasons while NBC won’t have to take a chance on a series with a quirky premise. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt claimed that the deal allows the network to focus on its mid-season dramas. “When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series.” Netflix continues to spend money on large acquisitions, big name development deals, high-profile comedy specials and its usual library of films and TV shows. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt also lets Netflix announce some positive news after it shelved Bill Cosby’s latest hourlong stand-up special Bill Cosby 77 amidst multiple allegations of sexual abuse.
Jerry Seinfeld will headline the 2015 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. The comedy festival in the I Love Lucy star’s hometown takes place each summer to celebrate Lucille Ball’s spirit of laughter. The comedian helped organize its first incarnation but passed away in April 1989 just before thousands of fans travelled to Jamestown. The festival brings the country’s top headliners to western New York and supports rising comedians from the area. Jay Leno and America’s Got Talent runner-up Tom Cotter headlined last year’s festival. “Jamestown celebrates the best in comedy, and Jerry Seinfeld is exactly that,” said Journey Gunderson, the festival’s producer and executive director of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy and National Comedy Center.
Also appearing at next year’s festival will be a Lucy Ricardo hologram. The 2015 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will feature the first-ever comedy-based hologram. With Hologram USA and Dream No More Studios, the National Comedy Center has developed a hologram of Lucille Ball’s Vitameatagegamin scene from I Love Lucy. Hologram performances have become popular after a Tupac hologram performed with Snoop Dogg at the 2012 Coachella music festival.
The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will take place July 30 – Aug. 2 next year. Members of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy will get the first chance to buy tickets on Feb. 2. For more ticket information, visit www.lucycomedyfest.com.
TBS will not renew Steve Byrne’s sitcom Sullivan & Son for a fourth season. Sullivan & Son averaged about 1.6 million viewers in its third season, losing more than 20% of its audience. The show from comedian Steve Byrne was one of TBS’ first successful original comedies. Byrne created the series about his character working in his family’s bar in Pittsburgh. The Irish/Korean comedian represented a new type of mixed-race America and was able to bring a new type of funny to television. Dan Lauria and Jodi Long also starred in the series as Byrne’s parents. With Sullivan and Son, along with Men At Work, cancelled and Cougar Town closing up shop, Ground Floor with comedian Rory Scovel will be the network’s only returning original scripted comedy. TBS has a few new comedies, including the Rashida Jones-led cop comedy Angie Tribeca, debuting in 2015. As for Steve Byrne, he continues to tour the country and does his signature pose all over the world.
Patrice O’Neal benefit will feature Bill Burr, Hannibal Buress, Michael Che, Jim Norton and many more
Just a week and a half before the anniversary of his passing, the 3rd annual Patrice O’Neal Comedy Benefit was announced, taking place at the New York City Center. In its third year, the benefit began as the brainchild of close friend and fellow comedian Bill Burr as a way to raise money for Patrice O’Neal’s family, in the wake of the veteran comedian’s untimely death on Nov. 29, 2011 due to complications from a stroke he suffered in late October of that same year. Scheduled performers include Ben Bailey, Burr, Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Hannibal Buress, Jim Florentine, Jim Norton, Michael Che and Rich Vos.
The boisterous, incisive, and altogether damn smart comedian was known for his confrontational yet perceptive humor. A divisive comic for sure, O’Neal was simultaneously thought of as a vulgar misogynist and a comedic philosopher. On what many consider the precipice of his mainstream acceptance and success, having just released his own phenomenal debut hour-long special Elephant In The Room and receiving praise for his razor-sharp and unconventional roast of Charlie Sheen, O’Neal left the comedy world with a giant hole (pun sorta intended) and his friends have managed to cull together their comedic resources to continue their tribute to a dude who can probably already be considered a legend. The 3rd annual Patrice O’Neal Comedy Benefit will take place on Feb. 11, 2015 at the New York City Center. The proceeds will help Patrice’s family, including his longtime partner Von De Carlo and step-daughter Aymilyon, mother Georgia, and sister Zinder. Tickets are now on sale at the New York City Center site.
Bill Cosby fake cries, says, ‘Parents are taking their children home saying ‘Bill Cosby is an evil man’
Bill Cosby, who is now facing a total of 21 sexual abuse allegations (by our count), opened a show in the Bahamas last night – a fundraiser for a women’s organization – by fake crying into his hands and exclaiming, “Parents are coming and taking their children home, saying to me ‘’’Bill Cosby you are an evil man.’”
The performance, which reportedly continued for 90 minutes without further reference to the allegations, occurred as two more women – Louisa Moritz and Angela Leslie – came forward alleging Cosby had sexually assaulted them. However, Cosby reportedly never showed up to an after-show meet-and-great that he was expected to attend.
Moritz claims Cosby forced her to give him a blowjob backstage at The Tonight Show in 1971. ‘He took his hands and put them on the back of my head and forced his penis in my mouth, saying, “have a taste of this. It will do you good in so many ways,”‘ Moritz told TMZ, adding that she plans to file a civil suit.
“The stories are getting more ridiculous,” Cosby’s lawyer Marty Singer said about Moritz’s allegations. “Now this woman is claiming that something occurred more than 40 years ago and that while she was waiting in the dressing room to appear on the Tonight Show, my client forced his penis into her mouth. I think people are trying to come up with these wild stories in order to justify why they have waited 40 to 50 years to disclose these ridiculous accusations.”
The other woman, Angela Leslie claims Cosby assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 1992. According to Leslie, Cosby asked her to act drunk as if she was auditioning for an acting job. Eventually Cosby got naked and pressured Leslie to give him a handjob. “He masturbated with my hand. I wasn’t pulling back. I was in shock,” she told the Daily News. Leslie’s account is almost exactly like an account given by Barbara Bowman, one of the original 13 alleged Jane Doe victims who were prepared to give testimony in a 2005 civil suit introduced by another alleged victim Andrea Constand. That case was settled out of court. Therese Serignese, also one of the original 13 Jane Does, recently came forward as well.
Renita Chaney Hill claimed today that she, too, was a victim of inappropriate sexual contact with Cosby. Hill claims that when she was 15 years old, she carried on a four-year relationship with Cosby, wherein she regularly would accept alcohol from Cosby and he would touch and kiss her. She would often wake up in a bed, not remembering anything after she drank, Chaney claims. Chaney says she’s not sure if she was ever raped.
There were 13 Jane Does listed in Andrea Constand’s original 2005 suit with Tamara Green also named as a witness. In addition to those 15 women, new allegations from Janice Dickinson, Joan Tarshis and the aforementioned Moritz, Chaney and Leslie have surfaced over the past few days. On Nov. 18, news also surfaced that Lachele Covington filed a police report in January of 2000, alleging sexual misconduct against Cosby while she worked on The Cosby Show. That brings the number of sexual allegations against Cosby to 21. This number doesn’t include Carla Ferrigno, who recently claimed Cosby tried — but failed — to sexually assault her in 1967.
Cosby has been married to his wife Camille since 1964.
Iliza Shlesinger, who’s profile has risen dramatically over the past few years, has been tapped by ABC to develop a series titled Forever 31, based on the comedian’s life as a touring comedian. Shlesinger, who will turn 32 in February, will write the script and co-executive produce while former Sex And The City scribe Cindy Chupak will supervise.
Last year Shlesinger released her stellar hour-long comedy special War Paint via Netflix and wrapped up hosting an amazing 230 episodes of the syndicated reality series Excused. Shlesinger will release another Netflix comedy special, titled Freezing Hot, in 2015.
In 2008, Shlesinger became the youngest contestant ever to win Last Comic Standing. She’s gone on to snag her own half-hour Comedy Central special and has made appearances on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show. Laughspin interviewed Shlesinger last year as she was releasing War Paint. If our chat is any indication, the Dallas native will have plenty of fodder to popular scripts for Forever 31. When we asked if she’s the type of person who prefers to be in a relationship as opposed to just dating around, here’s what she said:
“I do. And the other thing is when we’re in your 20s nobody wants to be in a relationship. And the other thing – and this started when I was in middle school – women have been condemned and chastised for wanting to be in relationships. Guys will say in college that they don’t want to be pressured, they don’t want to settle down. Women have evolved and there’s this new kind of woman now where it’s like, ‘I don’t want to settle down either.’ They’re responding to men’s opinion. They don’t want to be cornered, they don’t want to be pinned down. So now you have men and women actively avoiding each other and not settling down. It’s a weird phenomenon we’re experiencing. The whole reason women want to be in a relationship is chemical. They have a biological clock and by like 45, you’re done. It’s a very small window to get married and have a baby and men are always like, ‘She’s pressuring me to have a baby.’ Yeah! The window is closing. Shit’s gonna dry up, son.”
Check out a clip from Shlesinger‘s War Paint below!
For reasons still not fully explained the 1988 Tom Hanks hit Big, wherein a pre-pubescent boy magically turns into an adult and fucks Elizabeth Perkins, is considered a family comedy. Well, the folks at Funny or Die enlisted Evan Rachel Wood and Glee star Darren Criss to flip the script. In its version of Big, the pre-pubescent child is a girl, played by Rachel Wood and the Perkins character is played by Criss. Though there’s still magic involved, Funny Or Die’s take on Big adopts a more realistic (and adult) turn. Check it out!Big with Evan Rachel Wood and Darren Criss from Evan Rachel Wood
Better Call Saul will have premiere with a two-night event. AMC today announced the Breaking Bad spinoff following the life of shady attorney Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkrick) will come to life on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 10 pm ET and then Monday, Feb. 9 at 10 pm ET. Mondays at 10 pm ET will become the regular night for Better Call Saul.
In October, Odenkirk confirmed that while Better Call Saul will take place in 2002 – that’s before Breaking Bad’s storyline – the series will also skip around in time. Odenkirk also explained that the hour-long show will be “85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy.” And it seems AMC already wants a second season. Also starring and recurring in Better Call Saul is Michael McKean, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando. Check out the show’s official site for more details.
In addition to announced the premiere date, AMC released a new, very creepy teaser. Check it out below!
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