Day: June 20, 2013

Comedy Central orders up The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, a stand-up showcase with surprises

Comedy Central┬áhas ordered NerdMelt’s flagship stand-up variety comedy showcase to series, greenlighting more episodes of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s original programming chief, said in the release: “I’m shocked to learn this show will be taped in the back of a comic book store, rather than a comedy store, but we’ll do it anyway.” The Meltdown’s live show is hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, and produced by Emily Gordon. They’re bringing it to TV with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Productions. Najiani spoke to The Comic’s Comic today to deliver us some details!...

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J. Chris Newberg on Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Last we saw J. Chris Newberg on the NBC television network, he was roasting and toasting Piers Morgan two summers ago as a contestant on America’s Got Talent. Newberg was back on NBC last night, performing on Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jokes told as funny little ditties with the guitar, and jokes that don’t need no guitar. And also a note about comedians noting that they have to go, before leaving us with a three-part poem about women. Roll the...

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FX orders 10-90 episodes for untitled sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer, Martin Lawrence

Who needs a title to receive a 10-episode order from FX with the hopes of 90 more to come, starring Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer? FX announced the 10/90 deal late Wednesday with Lionsgate Television and Debmar-Mercury. It’s the same deal responsible for FX’s Anger Management starring Charlie Sheen and its upcoming Saint George starring George Lopez. Meet pre-determined ratings goals during your first season, receive reward of additional 90 episodes. No word yet on a title or a start date for the series that would bring two more comedic men of a certain age back into the sitcom...

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