Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Comedy Dynamics spun off from New Wave Entertainment and into new Nacelle Company

In recent years, New Wave Entertainment has shifted its focus, expanding and begetting new divisions. A production arm called New Wave Dynamics has since redefined itself as Comedy Dynamics, and today, NWE announced it had spun off Comedy Dynamics as part of another company entirely: Nacelle Company. Brian Volk-Weiss, CEO of Comedy Dynamics, becomes CEO of Nacelle. Comedy Dynamics is behind such shows as History’s Join or Die with Craig Ferguson, Animal Planet’s Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson and History’s newly announced two-hour special Kevin Hart Presents: The Black Man’s Guide to History. Nacelle will operate with multiple departments including...

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Dan Nainan booked to perform for Donald Trump’s “All-American Inaugural Ball”

With all of the talk about President-elect Donald J. Trump having so many problems booking entertainment for his Inaugural Balls, who’d have the balls in comedy to take him up on an invite? Dan Nainan. Of course. Nainan, the Intel engineer who continues to lie about his age when he’s not lying about his comedy credits or punching hecklers, will perform at “The All-American Inaugural Ball” on Thursday night. His bio for the ball includes all of the Nainan mythos, plus suggests “Dan continues to tour with Russell” Peters. Which should be fun news for Peters. Nainan, who was...

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Fred Armisen remembers “Sgt. Fred,” his first TV credit on Late Night with Conan O’Brien

Before IFC’s Portlandia, and before NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Fred Armisen showed up on your TV screens in unusual ways and sometimes even without credit. Armisen performed a number of short videos for HBO in the late 1990s, for instance, that ran as interstitials between movies. He’d take one of his characters there, “Sgt. Fred,” to Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2000/2001 for a stand-up set in character as well as his first TV credit. Some 16 years later, Armisen just turned 50 and could laugh with O’Brien on Conan on Monday, reminiscing about his TV debut and...

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Gary Gulman on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Gary Gulman delivered the best late-night stand-up performance on TV in 2016, and here he is in the first weeks of 2017 with even more from his stellar special, “It’s About Time” (read my review), as he joked on Friday night’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert about the negotiations we make with ourselves just to get through the day, and how he knows exactly who you are if you eat your ice cream with a fork. Roll the clip! Hear Gulman tell me about his life and career in Episode #99 of my podcast, Last Things...

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Episode #133: TV Land’s “Teachers,” The Katydids

Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Kathryn Renée Thomas met in various Chicago improvisational theaters, and with a shared name and a dream between them, formed The Katydids. They’ve sold a sitcom to NBC and a feature film screenplay, but none of that might have been possible if their independent web series hadn’t caught viral fire first with the right people at the right time. Teachers led them to a deal with TV Land, an executive producer in Alison Brie, and showrunners in Ian Roberts and Jay Martel. Teachers begins its second season on...

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