Month: February 2016

Sneak preview: The premiere episode of Viceland’s “Flophouse”

Flophouse, the new stand-up showcase premiering next Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Viceland‘s new cable channel, is actually available right now — as the TV network started by VICE that’s taking over the current H2 station on your cable/satellite/streaming dials — has decided to give you a sneak peek! Here’s the official listing for the debut episode: “Thunderstorm at Babe Island” Comedians Solomon Georgio, Eric Dadourian, James Austin Johnson share a rented house called “Babe Island” in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. A thunderstorm approaches while they have a houseparty and stand-up comedy show in the garage,...

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A flowchart explaining the differences between 27 broadcast network sitcom pilots in 2016

Modern Family remains a hit for ABC in its seventh season, and that network has successfully expanded that family sitcom template in the past couple of seasons to include blackish, Fresh Off The Boat, The Goldbergs, and coming next week, they hope to do likewise with The Real O’Neals. CBS has rookie hit Life In Pieces, to go along with dramedy Mom. NBC returns The Carmichael Show for its second season in March. FOX is having fun this season with new sitcoms The Grinder and Grandfathered. And what do the TV broadcast networks always do when they have a...

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Episode #66: Guy Branum

Guy Branum’s debut comedy album, Effable, came out in 2015. Branum himself has been out for years now, whether he was known as “Staff Homosexual” on Chelsea Lately, or serving up “No Mr. Nice Gay” segments on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. You’ve also seen him more recently on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, @midnight and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and his writing credits include Punk’d, Billy on the Street, and E!’s Fashion Police for Joan Rivers. Vulture named him one of 50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015, but now that it’s 2016, here’s what you...

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Here’s the initial comedy lineup for 2016 SXSW

SXSW’s Comedy lineup once again will stretch across all three of the “formal” portions of Austin’s massive festival celebrating Interactive, Film, and Music, with shows, live podcasts, film screenings and more from March 11-20, 2016. Plus an encore for SXSW’s live stand-up comedy showcase specials for Showtime. Last year, W. Kamau Bell hosted the twin specials. This year, it’s Natasha Leggero. I previously shared with you the great comedy movie lineup happening at SXSW in 2016. Here’s the initial lineup for all of SXSW Comedy 2016: Adam Cayton­Holland • Andrew Orvedahl • Andrew Santino • Anthony Atamanuik • Arden Myrin •...

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Emma Willmann to host new SiriusXM spotlight show for comedians: “The Check Spot”

The “check spot” at a comedy club often presents a catch-22 for hungry stand-up comedians: You get a chance to perform for the big crowd, but it’s happening right before the headliner (or sometimes during the headliner’s set) and coincides with the servers dropping off the bills so your audience is most distracted. The Check Spot on SiriusXM hopefully sounds and works a lot better. It’s a new monthly show debuting Tuesday, March 1, 2016, hosted by Emma Willmann and featuring clips and interviews with up-and-coming stand-ups. The debut airs at 3 p.m. EST Tuesday on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog...

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