Day: May 13, 2011

On Conan: Jen Kirkman dreams of murdering her husband, although the youth are more likely targets

Conan O'Brien misspoke last night. Jen Kirkman's new stand-up comedy CD isn't out until next week, but she is funny, as you can see in this performance of hers on Conan, in which she talks about marriage, murder and the problem with kids who don't want to know about what happened before they were born. Kids these days, right!? Roll the clip!...

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How many stand-up comedians and UCB players have new jobs this fall in NBC primetime? 12!

The broadcast networks (and some cable networks) make their upfront presentations to the media and advertisers next week in New York City, and with NBC up first on Monday, the Peacock network now owned by Comcast has gone ahead and gone deep into new sitcoms, ordering six pilots to series. And five of the six new sitcoms on the Fall 2011 schedule feature stand-up comedians and/or players from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres. How many comedians have new jobs in the NBC primetime lineup? Let's count 'em! Whitney: Based on the comedy of Whitney Cummings (1), co-starring Chris D'Elia (2) Up All Night: Starring Christina Applegate, with Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph and James Pumphrey (3) Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea?: Based on one of Chelsea Handler's books, starring Laura Prepon, with a cast that includes Handler (4), Jo Koy (5), Lauren Lapkus (6) and Lenny Clarke (7) BFFs (Best Friends Forever): Starring Lennon Parham (8) and Jessica St. Clair (9) Free Agents: Top-lined by Hank Azaria, with Al Madrigal (10), Mo Mandel (11), Natasha Leggero (12) and Joe Lo Truglio There's also Bent: Cast includes Amanda Peet, David Walton, Jeffrey Tambor, Joey King and Margo Harshman They'll join NBC's already-renewed sitcoms which are friendly to stand-ups and the UCB in Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office and 30...

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Successful Alcoholics, the short film starring TJ Miller and Lizzy Caplan

I certainly wouldn't consider myself a successful alcoholic. But who could, really? And yet, that's the title of the 25-minute short film written by TJ Miller and directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2010. It's finally online in its entirety for you to enjoy. Certainly Not Safe For Work. Miller and Lizzy Caplan star in Successful Alcoholics, with featured roles for Nick Thune, Matt Braunger, Nick Kroll and Whitney Cummings. Roll it!...

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