Month: August 2017

First sitcom for CBS All Access will be Funny or Die’s adaptation of Australian comedy, “No Activity”

CBS All Access, the streaming platform for CBS, has announced its first exclusive sitcom for the network, and it’s an adaptation of an Australian series made by the funny folks at Funny or Die. No Activity will premiere before the end of 2017, bracketing the two chapters of the first major CBS All Access series, Star Trek: Discovery. No Activity celebrates the silliness that happens amid boredom, from two police officers who spend too much time in their patrol car, to two bumbling criminals, and more duos in inactivity. Here’s the trailer for the Australian series from 2015: The...

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Kenan Thompson reuniting with “All That” producers for new sketch comedy vehicle for kids

Kenan Thompson was 15 when All That premiered on Nickelodeon in 1994. Now two decades and change later, Thompson (who now holds the record for longest-serving Saturday Night Live cast member) will reunite with the executives behind All That to front a new live-action sketch comedy show for even younger kids called Skoogle. Albie Hecht, the chief content officer for pocket.watch — a media brand serving kids aged 2-11 — and the former president of Nickelodeon Entertainment, will executive produce Skoogle with Thompson. Mason Gordon also will executive produce, and All That‘s Josh Server will co-produce. Thompson will voice the...

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Andy Kindler’s 2017 State of the Industry address at Montreal’s Just For Laughs

Andy Kindler didn’t last more than a minute onstage before he got sidetracked from his intended mission. Instead of one microphone to deliver his 2017 State of the Industry address at Montreal’s Just For Laughs, the festival had set up two mics, neither one near his face. That just made the screen behind him a self-fulfilling prophecy, as it boasted of Kindler’s address: “Perennial Malcontent Loses His Temper For Your Amusement.” 2017 marked his 22nd year delivering a speech about the industry to the industry, along with several hundred comedians. At this point, Kindler wasn’t exactly mincing words from...

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10th and final Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival planned for Brooklyn in September 2017

Eugene Mirman, who helped spur the growth of comedy in Park Slope, Brooklyn, a decade ago, has since married, had a child and moved to Massachusetts. Mirman will come back to Park Slope this September, though, to mount his 10th and final Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. It has been both a sincere and an ironic gesture. Celebrating his comedy friends while also mocking the conventions of comedy fests. Joining Eugene for this final go ‘round will be Bobcat Goldthwait, Caroline Rhea, Jon Glaser, Mike Birbiglia, Janeane Garofalo, Robyn Hitchcock, Wyatt Cenac, Sarah Vowell, Ophira Eisenberg, Aparna Nancherla, Maeve Higgins, Derrick...

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R.I.P. Patti Deutsch (1943-2017)

Patti Deutsch, who started out performing in an improv group with Fred Willard, became well-known through appearances on Laugh-In, Match Game and Tattletales, and maintained a voiceover career from the 1980s through the 2000s, died last week from cancer. Deutsch was 73. Born Dec. 16, 1943, in Pittsburgh, Deutsch was a member of the Ace Trucking Company improv comedy group, which performed sketches first on TV via This Is Tom Jones, then on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, The Midnight Special and elsewhere. She also appeared in TV commercials like this one. Those appearances earned her a spot on the...

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