Author: Sean L. McCarthy

TBS announces live programming as part of 2017 New York Comedy Festival

In its first year as the TV partner for the New York Comedy Festival (NYCF), TBS will create the TBS Comedy HUB inside the new PUBLIC Hotel in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The TBS Comedy HUB will serve as NYCF HQ, where fans and festivalgoers alike can check out comedy panels and more for free from Nov. 7-12, 2017. “With the launch of the TBS Comedy Hub, we continue to evolve our brand across a growing ecosystem of screens and platforms. Our partnership with the New York Comedy Festival further allows fans to interact with TBS talent and TBS series...

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Comedy Central orders up two new comedy series: “The Other Two” and “South Side”

The former co-head writers of Saturday Night Live didn’t have to wait long to launch their next project, as Comedy Central has ordered The Other Two from Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider to series. The network simultaneously announced the order of South Side, from brothers Bashir and Sultan Salahuddin, to series. Here are descriptions of the new series… The Other Two Created by, written by and executive produced by Kelly and Schneider, The Other Two stars Drew Tarver (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$) as a 29-year-old aspiring actor wondering why he can’t get better auditions than “Man At Party Who Smells Fart,” and Heléne...

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UCB Theatre moving from Chelsea to Hell’s Kitchen in December 2017

The flagship theater for the Upright Citizens Brigade is moving on up out of the basement of Gristedes supermarket in Chelsea and into a 160-seat theater space of its own in Hell’s Kitchen. After 14 years on West 26th Street, the UCB Theatre will move to 555 W. 42nd St. at the corner of 11th Avenue — the former Pearl Theatre space. Shannon O’Neill, the UCB-NY’s artistic director (and a co-star of The Chris Gethard Show on truTV), told the Wall Street Journal that the new venue will open for performances at the beginning of December, and rectify the...

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R.I.P. Sean Hughes (1965-2017)

Irish comedian Sean Hughes was only 24 when he won the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s top prize for his 1990 showcase, “A One Night Stand with Sean Hughes.” Hughes returned to Edinburgh this past August with friends for an improvised showcase, “Sean Hughes’s Blank Book.” Hughes broke through young, and he has died far too young, at only 51. His last Tweet from a week ago told friends and fans he was “In hospital.” He reportedly died Monday from cirrhosis of the liver. Hughes was a fixture of screens big and small during the 1990s, from a supporting role as...

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Wyatt Cenac starring in new weekly late-night docuseries for HBO

Wyatt Cenac is joining John Oliver and Jon Stewart in making the jump to HBO. HBO announced a new 10-episode late-night series starring Cenac that will debut in spring 2018. The untitled series stars Cenac, and will be executive produced by him alongside Oliver, Ezra Edelman and Hallie Haglund, who’ll be head writer. Diane Fitzgerald from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver also will co-executive produce. The half-hour docu-series won’t have a desk; instead, Cenac will head out into the field to investigate and satirize current social and cultural issues. “While my initial ask to play one of Molly’s...

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