Author: Sean L. McCarthy

iO West in Hollywood to close Feb. 24, 2018

In the mid-1990s, as a handful of Del Close’s disciples moved to New York City to pursue their own show-business dreams as the Upright Citizens Brigade, another Close loyalist and student had gone Hollywood. Paul Vaillancourt saw he wasn’t the only improvOlympic alum in Los Angeles, and he asked Close and Charna Halpern for approval to open a second branch of iO out West in 1997. After a long, colorful run that included many present and future comedy stars, iOWest is closing later this month. Halpern announced the closure officially on Tuesday. Vaillancourt’s troupe, Beer Shark Mice — whose...

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Lady Parts Justice’s telethon to fix our “Living Nightmare”

In case you missed it, you haven’t completely missed out yet: Lady Parts Justice raised more than $25,000 during a live online telethon called “Life is a Living Nightmare: A Telethon To Fix It.” Sarah Silverman joined LPJ co-founder Lizz Winstead to throw the telethon earlier this month, with appearances from Rachel Bloom, Andy Richter, Greg Proops, Amy Brenneman, Rhea Butcher, Frangela, Brian Unger, Naomi Ekperigin, Aida Rodriguez, Cameron Esposito, Eliza Skinner, Jenny Yang, Jackie Kashian, Chelsea Kane, Kate Micucci, abortion providers and LPJ (s)heroes Amy Hagstrom Miller and Dr. Willie Parker and more. As in Mark Hamill was on hand, too — he has crafted a few Star Wars items that remain up...

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CBS All Access renews No Activity for Season 2

Funny or Die’s No Activity will do even more with less, as CBS All Access has ordered a second season of the streaming series starring Tim Meadows and Patrick Brammall as cops waiting for nothing to happen. Season 1 guest stars included Mark Berry, Arturo Castro, Mackenzie Davis, Bridget Everett, Will Ferrell, Darren Gilshenan, Travis Guba, Jake Johnson, Sunita Mani, Jason Mantzoukas, Adrian Martinez, Jesse Plemons, Fred Pohl, Alex Rodriguez, Amy Sedaris, J.K. Simmons, Courtenay Taylor, Michaela Watkins and Daniel Zolghadri. “As CBS All Access’ first original comedy series, No Activity flipped conventional storytelling on its head by showcasing some of the...

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UCB and Nerdist will showcase comedy talent for new series on Nerdist-owned Alpha

The Upright Citizens Brigade will produce 10 weekly hours of fresh comedy for Nerdist and its Alpha streaming network. The UCB’s Don’t Think Productions will make the as-yet untitled series, which will include sketch comedy and other short-form pieces — similar, perhaps to The UCB Show that ran on Seeso. “At Nerdist we are committed to providing opportunities for comic talent, and no one does this better than UCB,” said Adam Rymer, President of Legendary Digital Networks. “Through this partnership, our audience can expect to see fresh, new comedic writers and performers deliver a wide scope of original content...

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Comedy Central’s Clusterfest 2018 headlined by Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Trevor Noah and The Lonely Island

No sophomore slump for Comedy Central’s Clusterfest. The second annual comedy, music and arts festival planned for the first weekend in June will be headlined by Amy Schumer, The Lonely Island and both present and past hosts of The Daily Show in Trevor Noah and Jon Stewart. Clusterfest 2018 also boasts Tiffany Haddish, Jim Jefferies, Third Eye Blind, David Cross, Michael Che, Roy Wood Jr., Maria Bamford, Salt-N-Pepa, Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments, Action Bronson, Desus & Mero, Kyle Mooney & Nathan Fielder’s Video Treasures, This Is Not Happening, Bert Kreischer, Last Podcast on the Left, John Early and...

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