Day: August 5, 2018

Aidy Bryant to star in Lindy West’s “Shrill” for Hulu

Production began over the weekend in Portland, Ore., for Shrill, a six-episode limited series on Hulu starring Saturday Night Live‘s Aidy Bryant based on journalist Lindy West’s 2016 memoir. The shooting schedule, much like Portlandia before it, will not prevent Bryant from starring in SNL this fall. Particularly since Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video and Brownstone Productions’ Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing. Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, Ian Owens and John Cameron Mitchell co-star. As Bryant wrote in breaking the news: “We are working hard to make the show I dreamed of seeing when I was fourteen. A fat woman with...

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Wil Sylvince’s inspirational boxing film, “I Am Maurice,” tags Michael Che, Damon Wayans Jr. as EPs

Wil Sylvince’s passion project outside of stand-up comedy has been almost a decade in the making. Sylvince first showed me a short spec video back in 2010 of him as a boxer. Seven years later, his boxing film, I Am Maurice, has successfully raised more than $104,000 via Kickstarter from 641 donors. Two of those donors, Michael Che and Damon Wayans Jr., have signed on to executive produce I Am Maurice to help get it into movie theaters and festivals. The film follows Maurice, a Haitian immigrant who comes to America after the earthquake of 2010 to fulfill his dream of...

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Amazon Prime taps Eugenio Derbez to host Mexican comedian competition, “LOL: Last One Laughing”

Mexican comedy star Eugenio Derbez will host a new Amazon Prime Video competition in which 10 Mexican comedians match wits and witty lines in pursuit of one million Mexican pesos. LOL: Last One Laughing will premiere later this year. It’s adapted from a Japanese TV series, Hitoshi Matsumoto Presents Documental, in which ten comedians bet money in an “anything goes” battle. “Last One Laughing is like nothing I’ve seen in comedy and certainly very different from anything I’ve done on television in my career,” said Derbez. “I’m really excited to show the world some of the amazing comedic talent coming out...

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