Day: July 16, 2019

Netflix orders Astronomy Club sketch series

Astronomy Club, the first all-black house team at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, is moving from digital series at Comedy Central to half-hour TV sketch comedy series at Netflix. Netflix announced the six-episode order today. Why the jump to Netflix? Kenya Barris. He’s bringing the NYC-based improv and sketch group to Netflix as part of his overall deal with the streaming giant and his production shingle Khalabo Ink Society. ยท As the group has done successfully with its improv and sketch performances, the series will use comedy to discuss complex and nuanced real-world topics. Combining honesty with levity, sketches...

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Here are your 2019 Emmy nominees in comedy!

They just announced this year’s Emmy Award nominations, so congrats and kudos to everyone who made the list. COMEDY SERIES Barry (HBO)Fleabag (Amazon)Russian Doll (Netflix)Schitt’s Creek (POP TV)The Good Place (NBC)The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)Veep (HBO) ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES VARIETY TALK SERIES SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY It’s a Barry-off! Stephen Root, BarryHenry Winkler, BarryAnthony Carrigan, BarryAlan Arkin, The Kominsky MethodTony Shaloub, The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselAlan Hale, Veep SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY Sarah Coleman, BarryKate McKinnon, Saturday Night LiveSian Clifford, FleabagOlivia Colman, FleabagBetty Gilpin, GLOWAlex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselMarin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselAnna Chlumsky, Veep GUEST ACTOR,...

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Atsuko Okatsuka performs onstage at The Ice House during an earthquake

Stand-up comedians love starting or ending their sets with thunderous applause. But what about an honest-to-goodness earthquake? That’s what happened to Atsuko Okatsuka on July 5, 2019, when a 7.1-magnitude quake began rumbling just after she took the stage at The Ice House in Pasadena, Calif. The quake was even larger than the Fourth of July foreshock that also occurred in Ridgecrest, and could be felt from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Okatsuka, who delights fans and followers with Instagram videos of her twerking in front of her mother and grandmother, naturally joked that she thought her dance moves...

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