Day: February 4, 2016

FOX orders late-night Saturday sketch series, Party Over Here, starring Nicole Byer, Jessica McKenna and Alison Rich, EPs The Lonely Island and Paul Scheer

FOX is bringing sketch comedy back to late-night Saturdays, and it’s enlisting former Saturday Night Live digital stars The Lonely Island to do so??? Hold on. Not so fast. Yes, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone of The Lonely Island are executive producing Party Over Here with Paul Scheer — but it’ll air at 11 p.m. ET/PT for a half-hour, ending just in time to avoid a scheduling battle with SNL and Lorne Michaels, who gave The Lonely Island their big break. “And we called Lorne first to get his blessing,” the fellas wrote on Twitter today. And it’ll...

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Louis C.K. explains “Horace and Pete”

Wondering what all the fuss is about regarding Louis CK’s new project, Horace and Pete? Here’s an explanation from the comedian and creator himself: Hello friend guy lady or other, Some of you are aware that, last Saturday, I launched a new series on my site called “Horace and Pete”. I’m writing now to tell you some stuff about it…. Horace and Pete is a new show that I am producing, directing, writing, distributing and financing on my own.  I have an amazing cast: Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Alan Alda, Jessica Lange, Aidy Bryant, Steven Wright, Kurt Metzger and...

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R.I.P. Joe Alaskey (1952-2016)

Joe Alaskey‘s celebrity impersonations made him stand out as a stand-up in the 1980s comedy boom, then ultimately led to a fruitful career in voiceover work when that boom went bust for so many other comedians. Alaskey took over vocal duties for the late great Mel Blanc and Jackie Gleason, with Gleason himself choosing Alaskey to re-record dialogue of Gleason’s for “the lost” episodes of The Honeymooners that finally aired in 1985. Alaskey died Wednesday from cancer. He was 63. He’d just unveiled a new website on Tuesday and was promoting his third book when he died. But back...

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Episode #58: Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress, threw himself a big ol’ bash when he turned 30. By then, Hannibal already had released two albums and a Comedy Central special, written for Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, won an American Comedy Award, and was providing straight-man sidekick glances for The Eric Andre Show. It’s his 33rd birthday today, and I checked back in with Hannibal in his hotel room in West Hollywood as he prepared for another TV appearance to promote his new Netflix stand-up special, Comedy Camisado. He’s also got a new season of Broad City to support. We talked about what...

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