Day: June 29, 2018

Steve Byrne writing and directing a movie about the life of an “Opening Act”

“‪I wrote a film while on the road about starting off as a comic on the road. Now it’s officially happening. Proud to be directing this with an incredible cast and crew.” So said stand-up comedian Steve Byrne, who previously starred in the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son from 2012-2014, and now is directing his own movie, The Opening Act, starring Jimmy O. Yang from Silicon Valley. Filming has begun in Los Angeles, with producers Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley (who have shepherded Byrne since their first Wild West Comedy Tour, and now with Wild West Picture Show Productions)....

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Jordan Peele and Charlie Sanders creating “Weird City” series for YouTube Premium

If you enjoyed Get Out, and most of you certainly did, myself included, then you’ll be excited to know that Oscar-winning writer Jordan Peele is now creating a new twisted sci-fi anthology series for YouTube Premium. Weird City will debut in 2019, co-created by Peele and Charlie Sanders, nominated for an Emmy for helping write Key & Peele. “Writer/creator Charlie Sanders and I collaborated on some Key & Peele sketches that took on everything from the ‘Black Republicans’ to ‘Continental Breakfasts’ to ‘Family Matters’,” said Jordan Peele. “Now, with YouTube we present a series of comedy driven twisted-ass science...

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Comedy Central launching UK festival in October 2018

Hot off the heels of launching a successful comedy and music festival in San Francisco with the second annual Clusterfest, Comedy Central is ready to do it up across the pond with a three-day stand-up fest in the UK. Jimmy Carr, Russell Howard and Katherine Ryan will headline Comedy Central Live, debuting Oct. 5-7, 2018, at Southampton’s Hoglands Park. The initial lineup includes… Friday • Main Stage @ 1pm – Rob Delaney, Lee Nelson, Doc Brown, Suzi Ruffell, Joe Wilkinson • Main Stage @ 3.45pm – Reginald D Hunter, Doc Brown, Alex Edelman, Lauren Pattison, Phil Wang • Main Stage...

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The Onion goes after Facebook with Onion Social

The Onion has gone after some big billionaires this past month. First Elon Musk for suggesting he could start his own online humor publication. And more recently, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Take this June 15 open letter, for example, written from the voice of a Zuckerberg baby and titled Daddy, I Don’t Want To Live In The World Your Website Has Created. Here’s just one biting excerpt from it: Everybody says you’re really smart, but why would a smart person want to build something that makes people unhappy? Daddy, be honest: Did you make your website bad on purpose? In your...

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The Upright Citizens Brigade performs Carnegie Hall ASSSSCAT to open 20th and final Del Close Marathon in New York City

Where can the Upright Citizens Brigade go after playing Carnegie Hall? Hollywood, apparently. The UCB4, as co-founders Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts are lovingly called by their students and improv comedy fans around the world, started performing ASSSSCAT in New York City in bars, former strip clubs, their own theater underneath a Gristedes supermarket, eventually graduating to bigger venues such as Irving Plaza, the F.I.T., and last year, Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom. On Thursday night, the UCB4 plus old friends from the very beginning in Chicago — iO and SNL alums Tina Fey, Horatio Sanz...

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