Party Down with Hulu: Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott, Ken Marino and more headed to popular streaming service
Third-place online streaming service Hulu continues to make monstrous moves in order to attract subscribers to its premium streaming service Hulu Plus. In its latest spending grab, Hulu Plus has obtained exclusive streaming rights to defunct Starz comedy series Party Down. The cult comedy lasted two seasons on Starz when the network decided to not order a third season.
The show was beloved by critics and fans yet mysteriously unwatched with terrible ratings. Stars Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch, Adam Scott, Ken Marino and Martin Starr have gone on to star in other popular comedy series and win Primetime Emmys. The pick-up will only continue to fuel the rumors that a Party Down feature film could very well happen. “Hulu is a top destination for great, cult comedies,” said director of content acquisition at Hulu Lisa Holme. “Party Down is the perfect addition to the Hulu library. We know our viewers will enjoy watching some of their favorite actors showcasing their comedy chops in this hilarious show.”
Hulu made waves in July when it acquired a wonderful exclusive streaming deal with Matt Stone and Trey Parker for all episodes of Comedy Central’s South Park. The streaming service hopes to lure more and more new viewers with their big-name titles and series it both purchases and develops in-house, although they have not developed a popular web series as popular as Emmy-nominated Orange is the New Black or House of Cards. Beginning Friday Aug. 29, all 20 episodes will be available on the website’s paid subscription platform Hulu Plus. For a limited time, the first five episodes of the series will be up for free on Hulu.com.
Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater now has a trailer to go along with its recently-announced Nov. 7 release date. The film began its festival run at the Telluride Film Festival before making its way to the Toronto International Film Festival in September just as it debuted its first official poster. Rosewater is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity And Survival. While covering a heated Iranian presidential election in 2009, Bahari was arrested, interrogated and tortured by a group led by a man calling himself “Rosewater”. Stewart took time off from his regular hosting duties at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to direct the feature and fans will finally get to see a different form of the comedian’s creative expression. Stewart said in an interview, “I hope people view [the film] for what it is — a love letter to expression and the importance of it. It’s everything.” Are you excited to see Rosewater? Check out the trailer below and tell us in the comments below!
Remember that Louis C.K./Zach Galifianakis pilot we told you about? Well, it’s happening. FX ordered 10 episodes of Baskets, a comedy series co-created by C.K., Galifianakis and showrunner Jonathan Krisel. Baskets stars the Hangover star as Chip Baskets as he pursues his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown. Baskets, however, didn’t do so well at a prestigious clowning school in Paris and is stuck working the local rodeo. Hilarity ensues. FX executive Eric Schrier said, “To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement. We can’t wait for the world to meet him.”
Baskets comes from Louis C.K., who won the Emmy for Primetime for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Louie earlier this week, and his insanely awesome development deal at FX. His production company Pig Newton will produce the series. FX is looking to their Louie mastermind to develop more comedies for the network and its comedy channel FXX. The networks are also gearing up to launch new comedy shows The Tracy Morgan Project, Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Man Seeking Woman and the Billy Crystal-led series The Comedians. Baskets will film next year for a 2016 release.
Comedy icon Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital this morning when she stopped breathing during a throat surgery and is currently in critical condition, according to the New York Police Department. The 81-year-old comedian was having surgery on her vocal chords and at one point stopped breathing, according to TMZ.
Rivers is scheduled to perform tomorrow night at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ.
UPDATE – 12:44 pm ET: A spokesperson at the Count Basie Theater tells Laughspin they’re in contact with Rivers’ management and the show has not been canceled yet.
UPDATE – 1:29 pm ET: E! News chief Ken Baker reports Joan Rivers has been upgraded to stable condition
UPDATE – 1:47 pm ET: The Count Basie Theatre has issued the following statement to Laughspin:
As you may know, multiple news outlets have reported that Joan Rivers experienced complications during a minor surgical procedure this morning in New York City.
Ms. Rivers was scheduled to perform here tomorrow night (Friday, August 29th).
This show has been postponed to a date to be determined. We ask that customers hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored for the new date. Stay tuned to countbasietheatre.org and our social media channels for information on this new date.
Everyone at the Count Basie Theatre is relieved to hear that Ms. Rivers’ condition has stabilized, and we look forward to hosting the iconic comedienne in the near future.
UPDATE 6:25 pm ET: Joan Rivers has been placed in a medically induced coma. Doctors are expected bring Rivers out of the coma this weekend to further establish what damage, if any, was done when she stopped breathing during a throat surgery today, according to the Daily News. A patient is usually placed in a medically induced coma when the patient has suffered a brain injury with swelling and is not responding to other treatments.
“When the brain swells it can be life-threatening, as it can constrict blood supply and destroy additional brain tissue,” reads an explanation from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. ”When a patient is put in a medically induced coma or deep state of unconsciousness, the brain is able to rest and swelling is more likely to decrease. When swelling is relieved, pressure on the brain also reduces, hopefully preventing some or all brain damage from occurring.”
UPDATE: 9:33 pm ET: Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers has released the following statement: ”I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”
Comedian Chelsea Handler ended her reign as the only woman on late night on Tuesday on the series finale of her E! talk show Chelsea Lately. One fellow female comedy star confronted Handler during one of her recurring nude shower sketches before the director yelled one final, “Cut!” Ellen host Ellen DeGeneres surprised viewers when she showed up to ask the naked host why she was never invited to appear on Chelsea Lately. “I didn’t know you wanted to be on my show!” Handler defended. Better late than never for DeGeneres, bringing the funny on the final night of the seven-year E! show.
If your head has been stuck under a rock, Chelsea Handler and E! are parting ways. The stand-up comedian is going the Katie Couric route and starting an streaming talk show for Netflix. The host will develop an innovative new talk show for streaming service that will launch in 2016. As part of the deal, Handler will also create four “docu-comedy special” to air in 2015 and her newest stand-up special Uganda Be Kidding Me will premiere on Netflix on Oct. 10.
Handler was given a proper send-off by many of her past guests like Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock before a “We Are The World” parody performance with dozens of celebrities. Check out Ellen’s uncomfortable and hilarious confrontation with the new Netflix darling below!
Netflix has made a huge push for quality original comedy programming recently and we’re about to start enjoying the warm, squishy, hilarious fruits of their labor— in the form of Jim Jefferies’ newest stand-up comedy special Bare, which becomes available on Netflix this Friday, Aug. 29. The streaming behemoth just released a teaser for Bare and it perfectly encapsulates Jefferies. While I was none too pleased when FXX canceled his series Legit after two seasons, a new Jefferies special sure takes the sting out. Check out the teaser below and let us know in the comments section if you’ll be watching!
If Jefferies isn’t your speed, you’ll be pleased to know Netflix recently announced their upcoming slate of original stand-up comedy specials, including new hours from Chelsea Peretti, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and, of course, Chelsea Handler who will not only debut Uganda Be Kidding Me Live on Oct. 10 but will also host her own new talk show starting in 2016.
With Chelsea Lately’s finale having aired last night, Handler is officially free of the E! network. “If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,” Handler has said. “I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move. I’m more excited than I’ve been in awhile, and the team at Netflix is the most forward thinking, alert group I’ve sat down with in ages. No offense to the Shahs Of Sunset.”
In addition to Uganda Be Kidding Me Live and her new talk show, Handler will also create four “docu-comedy specials” next year for Netflix, which the company explains will cover subjects like politics, NASCAR, the NBA Draft and Silicon Valley.
As tensions in Ferguson, Missouri fail to wane, Jon Stewart and the writers at The Daily Show succeeded in putting the coverage of the Michael Brown shooting in great perspective. On last night’s Daily Show, Stewart opens the show congratulating Stephen Colbert and The Colbert Report on their Emmy win on Monday night. But Stewart gets serious quickly, beginning his outstanding 10-minute tirade against conservative news outlets who have charged that the liberal media has made the Michael Brown shooting into a race issue when it really isn’t. The far-ranging segment ends on a solemn note. And once again, we’re reminded the minds behind a comedy show are the only minds seemingly able to deliver the truth. Check out the full video below.
Though the Ice Bucket Challenge began nearly one month ago the viral charity campaign is still going strong, having raised $94.3 million to date. Compare that to the $2.7 million The ALS Association raised last year during the same period. Impressive! The latest comedy star to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge is Homer Simpson. You may think he’s lazy and self-centered, but the truth is he cares. Check out the video below!
While comedy fans rejoiced today due to both Oprah Winfrey and director Lee Daniels confirming Mike Epps will play iconic comedian Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic, Pryor’s daughter Rain doesn’t share the excitement, and for good reason. “I don’t approve of the biopic period,” Pryor told Laughspin upon being asked what she thought of Epps being cast as her father. “And no one has bothered to check the facts or ask for them, because no one desires to know the truth. As far a Epps, whatever.” Winfrey is reportedly set to play Richard Pryor’s grandmother, an allegedly abusive woman who worked raised the comedian while she worked as a madame.
The comedian and actress took to her Facebook page just moments ago, seemingly expanding on what she told Laughspin. Rain’s full post is below:
My great grandmother Mama was indeed a fowl mouth Madame. She was also protective of my father and us, and wouldn’t hesitate to knock a man or woman out for crossing the family line. I loved Mama and I feared her because she wasn’t one to trifle with.
My father used to tell me how much I looked like her, and how much my honesty must have directly come from her as well as him. Mama Marie Richie Carter, was one of the strongest woman I knew, who left a mark on my life for the positive.
All I know is this, As soon as you allow outsiders to dictate to the world who your father was and the women who raised him; you have allowed them to betray your ancestor. I won’t stand by and allow this.
My older siblings and I knew her and spent 9-11 years of our lives with her. When those who seek the truth ask, we will gladly share.
Judging by Mike Epps’ post earlier today, Pryor’s wife Jennifer gave Epps her blessing:
Had to kiss the ring of @jennferLpryor for the blessing !you got to be stong to have been with the king! pic.twitter.com/OxvbjvPqHc
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) August 24, 2014
He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him. On television, movies, nightclubs, arenas, hospitals, homeless shelters, for our troops overseas and even in a dying girl’s living room for her last wish. He made us laugh, big time.
I spent many happy hours with Robin on stage. The brilliance was astounding, the relentless energy was kind of thrilling. I used to think that if I could just put a saddle on him and stay on for eight seconds I was going to do ok. Robin, Whoopi and I were once in Shea Stadium in the broadcast booth with the great Tim McCarver. It was Comic Relief Day for the New York Mets. Robin knew nothing about baseball. I asked him, ‘What’s your favorite team and he said, ‘the San Franciscos.’ So he was a little lost in the conversation, so I got an idea and said, ‘You know, Tim we got a great Russian baseball player with us.’ I looked over to him and his eyes got all bright, his ears perked up like he was like a little dog that was inside all day and the master said, ‘Hey, you wanna go for a walk?’
So I said, ‘What’s baseball like in Russia?’ Without missing a beat he said, ‘Well, we only have one team. The Reds.’ The next pitch, the batter fouled one off and it came screaming back at us, we ducked down and it slammed against the wall. Robin turned around, it bounced into his hand, he stood up and he screamed, ‘I love America! I’m gonna defect!’
He could be funny anywhere. We were such close friends. He would come to all of our great family functions—weddings, bar mitzvahs, that type of thing. He would sit with my older immigrant relatives like he was one of the guys and he would tell them about his journey from his little shtetl in Poland to America. One uncle of mine said to him, ‘I came to America after World War II and I hitchhiked. And Robin said, ‘I waited until there was a 747 and a Kosher meal.’
As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine—supportive, protective, loving. It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives. For almost 40 years he was the brightest star in a comedy galaxy. But while some of the brightest of our celestial bodies are actually extinct now, their energy long since cooled. But miraculously, since because they float in the heavens so far away from us now, their beautiful light will continue to shine on us forever. And the glow will be so bright, it’ll warm your heart, it’ll make your eyes glisten and you’ll think to yourselves, ‘Robin Williams— what a concept.’
Although it looked like Nick Cannon had snagged the role of iconic Richard Pryor in the upcominc biopic about the late, ground-breaking comedian, it seems veteran comedian Mike Epps has officially been cast. Both Oprah Winfrey and director Lee Daniels have confirmed Epps as the lead. Check out the tweets from Lee Daniels and Oprah Winfrey below.
— lee daniels (@leedanielsent) August 24, 2014
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 24, 2014
The news comes after many years of false starts on a Richard Pryor movie. In addition to Nick Cannon, reported possible leads over the years included Marlon Wayans, Eddie Murphy and newcomer Michael B. Jordan.
Last night’s airing of the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Seth Meyers not only brought out nearly every television star in the country but also created some drama—mainly in the form of Modern Family star (and highest paid television actor) Sofia Vergara.
In an attempt at humor, Vergara accompanied Academy of Television Arts & Sciences president Bruce Rosenblum during his boring and, we assume, mandatory speech. Vergara literally twisted on a pedestal, wearing a long, white form-fitting gown in order to provide the Emmys audience with distraction from Rosenblum’s speech. Almost immediately, some on social media took to Twitter implying the bit was sexist toward women.
Comedian Sara Schaefer tweeted, “What Sofia Vergara just did is more upsetting than any of what the ladies at the VMA’s have done” to her more than 51,000 Twitter followers. And Schaefer wasn’t alone. “I love Sofia Vergara but did anyone find that schtick somewhat offensive?” Katie Couric tweeted. “On the plus side, the Vergara bit has magically united everyone in my Twitter feed in mutual sorrow and shame,” tweeted New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum.
After the Emmys, however, Vergara defended the bit, saying she didn’t think it was sexist at all. “I think it’s absolutely the opposite,” Vergara told reporters. “It means someone can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself and enjoy and work and make money, so I absolutely think it’s ridiculous. Vergara added, “And somebody who started this, and I know who she was, has no sense of humor and should lighten up a little bit!”
Check out the full video of Sofia Vergara’s bit and tell us what you think in the comments section.
Comedian Anjelah Johnson‘s mega popular character Bon Qui Qui has returned to the music scene– and in a big way, dropping this just released video of Montell Jordan’s hit “This is How We Do It” for Benefit Cosmetics. Partnering up with TAO and The Venetian in Vegas, the video features Bon Qui Qui strutting and singing alongside half-naked buff dudes and rolling very deep. The video also features well known Vine comedians Brittany Furlan and Simone Shepherd.
“We noticed that many brands and consumers were really into bringing back iconic moments from the 90s,” says Claudia Allwood, Benefit Cosmetic’s US Director of Digital Marketing. “Montell Jordan’s original song was one of our all-time favorites, and we wanted to create a parody that made it current but paid homage to the generation it came from. We also absolutely love Anjelah Johnson – she’s one of our favorite female comedians and we believe that everyone should get to know her character Bon Qui Qui.”
Check out the video out below and tell us what you think!
Seth Meyers opened the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards with a solid, nearly eight minute monologue. Check out the full clip below!
E! News correspondent Giuliana Rancic thought she’d be hilariously cheeky and see what was in Sarah Silverman’s clutch as the comedian walked the red carpet at tonight’s Primetime Emmy Awards. Turns out Silverman was traveling with drugs, you guys! Marijuana! Pot! Check out the Vine below from the New York Time‘s David Itzkoff, where we see Silverman explaining, “This is, uh, my pot. My liquid pot.” We love you, Sarah Silverman.
Before he was conniving Breaking Bad lawyer Saul Goodman, he was Jimmy McGill. Breaking Bad mastermind Vince Gilligan talks about his upcoming AMC dramedy series Better Call Saul in a new teaser video. Gilligan and co-creator Peter Gould chat about how Bob Odenkirk’s character Jimmy McGill transforms into the man who would one day represent the biggest drug lord in New Mexico. Odenkirk stars in the prequel to one of the best drama series to hit television in the past decade, which debuts on AMC in February 2015. The clip features some brief footage from Better Call Saul with the creators chatting over it. Take a look below and tell us in the comments: are you excited?
John Oliver Literally Destroys Pinata! Video Mocks Hyperbolic Internet Headlines About ‘Last Week Tonight’ Rants
We may sometimes go a bit overboard in our coverage of John Oliver’s rants on Last Week Tonight. After all, some of his slams were strong enough to deserve a bit of hyperbole. But Oliver has apparently had enough of Internet writers and their exaggerated headlines. So much so that he made them the target of a web exclusive video this week.
The comedian then noted that the Internet no longer knows how to describe objects. So he decided to make it easy while discussing his next topic, piñatas, (or, as John Oliver called them, “the Trojan donkeys of diabetes”).
“First of all, and this is important, f–k piñatas,” John Oliver said on this Last Week Tonight Internet exclusive. “They teach children that animal cruelty is delicious. Which, yes, often it is, but we’re not here to talk about factory farming. If you’re going to give me candy, just give me the candy. Don’t make me go all Joe Pesci on a papier-mache Spongebob. Spongebob doesn’t owe me money; he didn’t disrespect my family. But for some reason we’re trick-or-treating execution-style at my nephew’s birthday party.”
But John Oliver was not really ranting against piñatas (though he did make some good points). Instead, this all served as a leadup to his hilarious mocking of overblown headlines.
“At this point, you’re probably saying, ‘John. Stop. You have demolished, slammed, eviscerated, decimated, and teabagged piñatas,’” Oliver continued. “But you would be wrong, because that’s not what any of those jokes mean. Up until this point, I’ve just made some mean jokes about them. But now, for the sake of actual internet headlines, I will literally destroy them.”
Sure enough, John Oliver then took a stick and bashed a piñata horse. No word on who ate all the candy that fell onto the floor as a result.
“Did that look as cool as it felt?” John Oliver asked after destroying the piñata.
Watch John Oliver destroy a piñata (and hyperbolic Internet headlines) below.
The fun headline satire continued over on the Last Week Tonight Twitter page.
Watch Now: JOHN OLIVER LITERALLY DESTROYS PINATAS! https://t.co/wZf7D6KePj
— Last Week Tonight (@LastWeekTonight) August 25, 2014
(Fine. It was just ONE piñata. We apologize for the hyperbole.)
— Last Week Tonight (@LastWeekTonight) August 25, 2014
Lots of angry emails coming in after last night’s EPIC TAKEDOWN. pic.twitter.com/2Q26rAkom2
— Last Week Tonight (@LastWeekTonight) August 25, 2014
Huffington Post, for its part, seems to be taking John Oliver’s latest attack in stride. Not only did the website publish the video of the Last Week Tonight host destroying a piñata, but the writers also created some other hilarious (fake) headlines stating that he eats babies and hates cats. Check them out here.
Last we left Lena Dunham’s Hannah Horvath, she giddily clutched an acceptance letter to the University of Iowa’s prestigious writers workshop. HBO’s Girls returns for Season 4 in 2015 and we’re excited to see where the lovable (and sometimes infuriating) characters bring us. Jessa’s a near-murdering mess. Shoshanna is having a breakdown. And Marnie is unravelling, far from the put-together woman we met in the hit comedy series’ first season. The Judd Apatow-produced show released a teaser for the new season as we see Dunham’s character outside of her usual New York City environment. Check out the brief but hilarious Girls in Production teaser below! And keep up with the Girls production here.
Adult website Pornhub is celebrating tonight’s Emmy Awards ceremony in their own porny way, having created parodies of some of the comedy and drama nominations. We’ve all see Orange is the New Black’s now iconic promotional shot of the ensemble cast featuring Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Laura Prepon and more. And we’re surely familiar with Mad Men’s super stylized series logo. And there’s the beloved Big Bang Theory cast photo with Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and more. Finally, there’s the House of Cards official promo show with a menacing Kevin Spacey. But now, let’s image those shows injected with a porn aesthetic. Thank you, Pornhub!
Nick Swardson has a secret talent for giving full body sensual massages. The Reno 911! comedian comes highly recommended in this hilarious video on Funny or Die. Brian Huskey comes in for a seemingly usual massage when he realizes that his massage therapist shows up in his uniform from his horrific and creepy second job. The situation only escalates as elements from Swardson’s other profession creep in and ruin the mood of the session. Check out the Funny or Die sketch below!The Massage with Nick Swardson from Funny Or Die
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