Day: October 4, 2017

Exclusive book excerpt from Budd Friedman’s “The Improv: An Oral History of The Comedy Club That Revolutionized Stand-Up”

Budd Friedman, with help from Tripp Whitesell and interviews from dozens of the famous comedians, musicians and actors who worked for Budd over the past 50 years, has just published an oral history of his club, The Improvisation, which became simply The Improv and then much more than that. Among the major highlights of The Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club that Revolutionized Stand-Up, a cable TV showcase that spurred the great comedy boom of the 1980s (A&E’s An Evening at the Improv), as well as the national franchising of the Improv comedy club chain. Jay Leno...

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Netflix to stream Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen’s next Hilarity For Charity event

Comedy acting couple Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen have a new partner for their program Hilarity For Charity (HFC), which raises awareness and money among millennials to help deal with and fight Alzheimer’s. It’s Netflix! I'm thrilled to announce that Netflix has joined HILARITY FOR CHARITY as a presenting sponsor and will stream our next variety show!!! Yay!! — Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) October 4, 2017 HFC hosted its third annual New York City variety show this June, raising more than $400,000 and featuring performances by Amy Schumer, Colin Jost, Jim Gaffigan and Paul Rudd. They’d planned to throw...

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FOX making a Bob’s Burgers movie, coming out 2020

FOX’s Emmy-winning Bob’s Burgers will become a major motion picture. Twentieth Century Fox announced it’ll release the Bob’s Burgers movie on July 17, 2020. “We’re thrilled to be invited to bring Bob’s Burgers to the big screen,” show creator Loren Bouchard said. “We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show. We also know it has to fill every inch of the screen with the colors and the sounds and the ever so slightly greasy texture of...

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Showtime acquires BBC comedy, “Ill Behaviour,” starring Chris Geere and Lizzy Caplan

Fans of Lizzy Caplan won’t have to wait much longer to see her back on Showtime. The pay-cable network has acquired the BBC series Ill Behaviour, starring Chris Geere (FX/FXX’s You’re The Worst) and Caplan (Masters of Sex). Ill Behaviour will air on Showtime on Monday nights, beginning Nov. 13, 2017, following SMILF. The six-part comedy thriller written by Sam Bain and directed by Steve Bendelack examines how far friends will go to protect each other. Geere plays Joel, a recent divorcee who moves in with his best friend, who sets him up with Nadia (played by Caplan), an alcoholic doctor....

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