Month: October 2014

Neil Patrick Harris wants to be the next Ed Sullivan

“In a perfect world, in five years I’m Ed Sullivan.” That’s Neil Patrick Harris, describing his career ambitions in a new interview with Charlie Rose, just after NBC announced that it’d ordered a 10-episode variety series fronted by NPH to bow in 2015. Roll the clip to see what else Harris thinks, hopes and wishes for in his new gig to bring back the variety showcase to TV. The full interview airs later this...

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Friends of the People premieres on truTV

We’re overflowing from so much comedy on our electronic screens, there’s even a sketch TV boom exploding from within the current comedy boom. While Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th season this year, Comedy Central is bringing the buzz and the heat with Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, Kroll Show, Drunk History (which presents period-piece sketches based on drunken improv) and even sketches within the framework of stand-up showcases such as Adam Devine’s House Party. IFC has critical and cult faves such as Portlandia, The Birthday Boys, and sketch comedy masquerading as talk show with Comedy Bang! Bang!...

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John Mulaney reacts to FOX’s episode order reduction of “Mulaney,” and how his sitcom is like “The Cosby Show”

Over the weekend, John Mulaney and Nasim Pedrad closed out the New York Television Festival by sitting down with Grantland’s Andy Greenwald for a Q&A and screening of their new FOX sitcom, Mulaney. The sitcom had the weekend off — pre-empted Sunday night for Game 5 of the 2014 World Series — but has faced stiff competition from the fall season’s #1 overall TV program, Sunday Night Football on NBC, and the #1 scripted series among adults 18-49, The Walking Dead on AMC. Not to mention a love/hate relationship from TV critics, who love Mulaney as a stand-up comedian...

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ESPN will televise sports-themed Friars Roasts, starting with a Super Bowl special

Last year’s Super Bowl week Friars Club Roast of Boomer Esiason in New York City never aired on TV, so if you weren’t there, you missed it. ESPN isn’t going to make that mistake again. The cable sports giant has entered into a partnership with The Friars Club to televise future sports-themed Friars Roasts, with the first one taking place Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix — Super Bowl Week. ESPN’s coverage won’t be live, but rather taped and edited, premiering the following evening on ESPNs as an hourlong special. Quotes! “Our partnership with...

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Amazon buying Rooftop Comedy, adding digital stand-up content to Amazon Prime and Audible

As Netflix continues to add new stand-up comedy specials to its arsenal, Amazon had to counter. Today, Amazon announced it was buying Rooftop Comedy. Reuters broke the news, with a statement from Audible CEO Donald Katz that the company had been attracted by Rooftop’s content library and talent pool. Amazon bought Audible back in 2008, and plans to put Rooftop’s 10-employee company based in San Francisco under it with all of the audio from stand-up albums available on Audible. Rooftop Comedy records, produces and distributes live comedy performances from comedy clubs around the world, cutting them up into bite-sized clips....

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