Month: May 2019

Showtime orders “Work In Progress” comedy series

Showtime has ordered an eight-episode season of the new half-hour comedy series WORK IN PROGRESS, created by Abby McEnany and Tim Mason. McEnany stars in the series, expected to premiere later this year. Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix, Sense8) will co-write the first season and executive produce with McEnany and Mason. The series also will feature Saturday Night Live alum Julia Sweeney playing a version of herself. Work in Progress debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was an official selection of the Indie Episodic program. In the series, McEnany plays a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke from...

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Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival is leaning in more to its Canadian roots in 2019

Last week, the folks at JFL (Just For Laughs) announced a slew of additional headliners for the annual comedy celebration that takes place each July in Montreal. They included Wanda Sykes, Blake Griffin, Nick Kroll, Fred Armisen, Ronny Chieng, Steve-O, and the return of Jeff Ross’s The Roastmaster’s Invitational, all of whom are joining previously announced headliners Adam Sandler, Aziz Ansari, Trevor Noah, Jim Jefferies, Jonathan Van Ness, Howie Mandel, Hasan Minhaj, and Rachel Bloom at JFL for 2019. But the real news here is how JFL is carving out more space this year for homegrown talent from Canada. Especially...

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Stand-up comedian Ben Gleib is running for President of the United States in 2020

Insert seriously, no kidding, or a third thing blatantly acknowledging the stark contrast of a comedian getting into politics. Stand-up comedian Ben Gleib, seen regularly on the fourth hour of the Today show but even more regularly as host of Idiotest on GSN, the Game Show Network, has announced his very serious intentions to seek the Democratic nomination in 2020 for President of the United States. NOTE: I interviewed Gleib on my podcast, Last Things First, in the far simpler times of summer 2016. Gleib posted his first video message on May 13: Gleib also put his intentions in...

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Here’s who’s Up Next for Comedy Central showcases at Clusterfest 2019

Congrats to these comedians announced today as “Up Next” by Comedy Central! Up Next is Comedy Central’s take on New Faces, presented at the cable network’s annual Clusterfest, held each June in San Francisco. And here are the 2019 selections, and the showcases they’ll appear in next month! Friday, June 21 (stand-up) Chris Estrada, Shane Gillis, Molly Kearney, Shapel Lacey, Tim Miller, Julia Shiplett Saturday, June 22 (stand-up) Mary Beth Barone, Ayo Edebiri, Christina Galston, Luke Mones, Kaleb Stewart, Esteban Touma Saturday, June 22 (variety) Demi Adejuyigbe, Mitra Jouhari, Tim Platt, Greta Titelman, Nate Varrone, Max Wittert Now in its third year, previous Up Nextcomedians include Jaboukie Young-White (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah), Ramy...

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Jacqueline Novak sets Off-Broadway run for “Get On Your Knees”

The next comedian to debut an Off-Broadway show at the Cherry Lane Theatre is Jacqueline Novak, who’ll bring “Get On Your Knees” to the venue this summer. It’s set for a limited engagement from July 10 through Aug. 18, 2019. Comedian Jacqueline Novak’s GET ON YOUR KNEES is the most high-brow show about blow jobs you’ll ever see. Novak spins her material on the femininity of the penis and the stoicism of the vulva into an unexpectedly philosophical show that’s part feminist outcry, part coming-of-age tale of triumph. Ira Glass calls it a “nearly Talmudic dissection of a subject....

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