Month: December 2016

TBS orders animated series, “Final Space,” set for launch in 2018

This just in. TBS has ordered up a new animated comedy series, Final Space, created by Olan Rogers and produced by Conan O’Brien Conaco with New Form. It’ll launch in 2018. Final Space revolves around an astronaut named Gary and his adorable, planet-destroying friend, Mooncake, as they embark on a quest to figure out where the entire universe ends. “Olan pitched us Final Space voicing all the characters and dancing around the conference room,” said Thom Hinkle, senior vice president of original programming for TBS. “It was kind of like a comedic Moon – genuinely funny and oddly heartfelt. We...

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The comedians and comedy behind chatbots such as Amazon’s Alexa Echo and Google Home Assistant

Perhaps your friends already have shown you this video from the past month of someone activating both an Amazon Echo and a Google Home device, and then standing back as the two products of artificial intelligence, Alexa and Google, talk to each other in an almost infinite loop. But someone programmed these devices to come up with appropriate answers. Our world in 2016 isn’t quite what filmmakers imagined in 2001: A Space Odyssey (“Open the pod bay doors, HAL”), or even the 2013 movie, Her, in which a human fell in love with his AI operating system, but it...

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Matt Ruby: “What I’ve Learned From 10 Years of Doing Stand-Up Comedy”

Longtime reader, first-time contributor. Matt Ruby was one of the first people in New York City to come up to me and email me to acknowledge his support of The Comic’s Comic when I launched the site independently more than nine years ago. Ruby said nice things to me inside Rififi, and got me to notice his own comedy blog, Sandpaper Suit. Ruby since has gone on to perform not just across the city, but everywhere else, too. He co-produces and co-hosts a great back-of-the-bar showcase in Manhattan on Tuesday nights called Hot Soup. He makes and stars in...

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truTV rebrands, new tagline for 2017: “Funny Because It’s tru”

Plenty of cable channels/networks have rebranded and renamed themselves since first launching in the 1980s or 1990s, and now truTV has fully embraced its newer identity as a full-time comedy channel — complete with a new ad campaign and tagline, “Funny Because It’s tru.” The campaign features the following truTV talent: Abbi Crutchfield (You Can Do Better), Adam Cayton-Holland (Those Who Can’t), Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything), Amanda Seales (Greatest Ever), Andrea Savage (I’m Sorry), Andrew Orvedahl (Those Who Can’t), Ben Roy(Those Who Can’t), Bobcat Goldthwait (Bobcat Goldthwait’s Messed Up Stories), Brian Quinn (Impractical Jokers), Brooke Van Poppelen (Hack...

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