Day: June 19, 2015

Netflix orders “Lady Dynamite” comedy series starring Maria Bamford

Now it can be told: Netflix has ordered 13 half-hour episodes of Lady Dynamite, a comedy series starring Maria Bamford based on “her life” (quotes theirs). Bamford already had hinted at pre-production work on the series in recent weeks. Today’s formal announcement from Netflix reveals that Lady Dynamite will be “based on what she has accepted to be ‘her life.’ The occasionally surreal episodes, refracted across multiple periods inspired by the actor/comedian’s life, tell the story of a woman who loses – and then finds – her s**t.” Pam Brady and Mitch Hurwitz join Bamford as executive producers on...

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R.I.P. Jack Rollins (1915-2015)

At 100 years old, Jack Rollins survived and thrived through all of the comedy booms, and rightly could take at least partial credit for the great talents of at least two peak periods in the funny business as a manager and producer. Starting in the 1950s, Rollins represented and fostered the young careers of Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Lenny Bruce, and Woody Allen. Right there you could say stop and you’d have a legendary career. But Rollins also managed Robin Williams, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, Robert Klein, Dick Cavett, Joan Rivers, Steven Wright, Andrea Wright, Jim Carrey, Jimmy...

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