Day: September 12, 2017

HBO renews Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for three seasons, through 2020

Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is up for another Emmy Award this Sunday for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, and whether it wins or loses, Oliver will get to dig in deep into issues with comedy and sincerity for at least another three seasons. HBO announced a renewal of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver through 2020. The show will broadcast 30 new episodes on Sundays each year. “We are thrilled to have John Oliver as an integral part of the HBO family and to continue to share his comedic brilliance with the world,” said HBO Programming President...

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Visiting the set of HBO’s Crashing with Pete Holmes

Production on season two of HBO’s Crashing just wrapped in New York City at the end of August, with plenty of on-location shoots at comedy clubs, sidewalks and restaurants, in addition to the studio they had to build to replicate the old Boston Comedy Club, which now itself is a restaurant on West 3rd Street. The day before I caught up with Crashing‘s creator/star Pete Holmes and friends at Gotham Comedy Club (where they filmed an upcoming “Roast Battle” episode for season two), he had coincidentally been shooting just around the corner from The Comic’s Comic HQ in Astoria....

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Mike Birbiglia talking about old jokes on SiriusXM to promote his current tour of new jokes

Mike Birbiglia will launch a five-part interview series this week on SiriusXM Comedy Greats channel 94 that looks back on the making of his previous stand-up comedy albums. “The Old Ones” kicks off Thursday with John Mulaney talking with Birbiglia about what went into his first album, “Two Drink Mike.” Other special guests include Birbiglia’s brother, Joe; his wife, Jennifer Stein; and other collaborators such as Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes. Episodes will air five consecutive Thursdays at 6 p.m. Eastern. It’s all to celebrate Birbiglia’s current national tour, “The New One.” Here’s the guest lineup and featured albums for “The...

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Del Close biopic needs new financing, new Del in lead after Mike Myers drops out

A roast of George Wendt at The Second City over the weekend brought with it some unexpected news about an upcoming movie on the late improv icon Del Close. Various sources reported that the financing for Del needs to be reconfigured, and executive producer and Second City owner Andrew Alexander told the Chicago Sun-Times that Mike Myers was no longer attached to play Close. “Now we’re looking at finding the right Del,” Alexander said. Myers was last seen on TV this summer in disguise as an elderly British celebrity hosting The Gong Show for ABC, but now instead is in...

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Jenny Zigrino on Conan

Jenny Zigrino‘s butt sets off alarms, and not just at the airport TSA. “Don’t look too deep, you’ll see your future,” Zigrino jokes. And on Monday’s Conan, Zigrino also let us know her confidence is real, despite society trying to break her down, and how she passes that onto her younger sister. Roll the...

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