Day: March 5, 2015

Documentaries on SNL, the National Lampoon highlight 2015 Tribeca Film Festival slate

The Tribeca Film Festival already had announced a big, NYC-based offering to kick off the 2015 slate — #TFF2015 April 15-26, 2015 — with the opening-night selection of Live From New York!, Bao Nguyen’s documentary looking back at 40 years of Saturday Night Live. Now the festival has added a documentary about one of SNL’s great predecessors, the National Lampoon. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (pictured above), will have its New York premiere at Tribeca. Directed and written by Douglas Tirola, co-written by Mark Monroe, the doc combines never-before-seen archival footage with in-depth interviews...

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Samantha Bee also leaving The Daily Show, gets own comedy series on TBS

Hot off the presses! Here is the TBS press release announcing it’s signed Samantha Bee to a deal for her own topical satirical comedy series on the cable network — presumably airing either before or after Conan, don’t you think? She’s already executive-producing and writing a newly-announced TBS sitcom starring her husband, Jason Jones. Both Jones and Bee are departing their long-held gigs as correspondents on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. TBS is giving longtime Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee her own show. Hot on the heels of announcing a new scripted comedy series created and...

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Comedy Central’s #BieberRoast dais includes Hannibal Buress, Snoop Dogg and Shaq

Comedy Central has announced the roster of Roasters lined up to leave it to the Biebs, and it’s a collection of comedians, rappers, athletes, and Martha Stewart? Um, ok. Kevin Hart will preside over the “Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber” (#BieberRoast), taping March 14 in Los Angeles and airing at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on March 30, 2015. Joining Hart in ripping out Bieber’s heart? Old reliable roaster Jeffrey Ross, plus comedians Hannibal Buress, Chris D’Elia and Natasha Leggero, along with Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Shaquille O’Neal and Martha Stewart. Snoop Dogg turned in a great performance at the Comedy...

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Artie Lange on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Artie Lange already has achieved favored-guest status with Jimmy Fallon, and usually heads straight to the panel to talk smack with Jimmy. But on Wednesday night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Lange started off with a stand-up set, in which he dished about the Kardashian family — and Bruce Jenner, too — and the notion of him ghostwriting Twitter feeds for one or more of them. Could you imagine? Roll the clips. Lange also feels sympathetic toward Ozzy Osbourne, who still has to tour decades after Black Sabbath’s peak years just to pay for his family’s...

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Conan O’Brien goes to Cuba: A special wonderful hour #ConanCuba

In the first few minutes of Conan O’Brien’s special episode of Conan on TBS Wednesday night, he explained the political, social and cultural ramifications of the United States move to “normalize” relations with Cuba after a 53-year-long economic blockade and embargo. “Which is why I kept the purpose of my visit simple: To meet the people and try to make friends.” There’s a reason O’Brien’s remote segments in and around his regular Burbank studios are such a hit: He is a natural improviser and makes friends easily. The language barrier in Cuba — O’Brien’s Spanish? Far from fluent, closer...

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