Day: April 3, 2017

WIRED’s Oral History of Funny or Die as the comedy video site turns 10

Funny or Die has its hands in multiple projects on both the small screens of TV and the big movie screens. Brockmire premieres on IFC this week after first appearing as a single video on Funny or Die. The company also launched and produces @midnight on Comedy Central, Billy on the Street on TruTV, Drunk History on Comedy Central, Throwing Shade on TV Land, The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion, has won Emmys for Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, made a movie version out of Donald Trump’s 1980s bestseller “The Art of the Deal” starring Johnny Depp, an...

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R.I.P. Gary Austin, founder of The Groundlings (1941-2017)

Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, there were two places to go to find the best sketch comedians and improvising funny people in America: The Second City in Chicago and The Groundlings in Los Angeles. Gary Austin put The Groundlings on the map, founding the sketch and improv troupe and nonprofit school in Los Angeles in 1974. Within a year, he already was sending students and performers to the then-fledgling Saturday Night Live. The list of Groundlings alumni is long and illustrious. Austin died Saturday, April Fool’s Day, at 75, from cancer. If the late Del Close was...

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Anthony Atamanuik gets his own late-night showcase on Comedy Central in “The President Show”

Finally! Continuing in Comedy Central’s grand tradition of producing groundbreaking late night formats, comes The President Show. Just like a certain chief executive in Washington, The President Show gleefully tosses out the rulebook of its predecessors. Created by Anthony Atamanuik who hosts as Donald J. Trump, and produced by Clone Wolf Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment, this weekly, topical series will air on Thursdays following The Daily Show with Trevor Noah beginning Thursday, April 27 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. “When I was first approached about this show I thought it would be about me, but on further thought, this...

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Episode #145: Jay Chandrasekhar

Jay Chandrasekhar has spent the past two decades writing, directing and acting in film and television. With his group Broken Lizard, he has co-written, co-starred and directed their feature films, Super Troopers, Beerfest and Club Dread. He’s also directed the big-screen version of Dukes of Hazzard, small-screen episodes of Arrested Development, and appeared in a memorable stunt for Jackass 2. But Chandrasekhar also spent some of his formative years studying improv comedy from the legendary Del Close in Chicago, editing the late Mitch Hedberg’s film, Los Enchiladas!, and bringing sketch and improv comedy to New York City when the...

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