Month: July 2019

Sundance Institute launches Comedy Central Fellowship

The Sundance Institute in Utah will start devoting more time and space to comedy, thanks to a brand-new comedy fellowship from Comedy Central. The Sundance Institute | Comedy Central Comedy Fellowship will establish a grant to fund one Comedy Fellowship to the Sundance Institute Episodic Lab each fall and one Comedy Fellowship to the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab each winter. These Comedy Fellows will be selected by Sundance Institute’s curatorial team in collaboration with Comedy Central, from among the Lab Fellows developing comedy projects. The Fellowships will include a $10,000 cash grant and customized mentorship from Comedy Central executives,...

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Amy Schumer signs first-look deal with Hulu, stars in sitcom “Love, Beth” in 2020

Here’s the inside news on Amy Schumer’s return to TV: It’s happening on Hulu, not on Comedy Central. Hulu announced today at the TV Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour that it’s signed a first-look deal with Schumer that includes her next starring vehicle, a 10-episode sitcom: Love, Beth. Schumer will star, direct, write and executive produce Love, Beth. She’s working with her longest of long-time collaborators, Kevin Kane and Kim Caramele (Schumer’s sister), via Endeavor Content. She’s nominated for an Emmy this year for writing for her Netflix stand-up special, Growing. She previously has won an Emmy and...

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2019 New Faces assembled!

Check out this year’s crop of New Faces at Montreal’s Just For Laughs, as assembled before their first shows together Wednesday and Thursday, and photographed by Tristan Brand. Group 1 Left to right: Dewayne Perkins, Matty Ryan, Dan Licata, Shane Gillis, Isabel Hagen, Tyree Elaine, Kevin Iso, Logan Guntzelman.Crouching: Punkie Johnson, Shapel Lacey Group 2 Top, left to right: Anna Drezen, Jay Jurden, Chanel Ali, Tacarra Williams, Reggie Conquest, Joe Praino, Hannah EinbinderBottom, left to right: Brad Silnutzer, Opey Olagbaju, Brendan Scannell, Tien Tran Characters Left to right: Taylor Ortega, Rachel Pegram, Haley Hepworth, Thomas Whittington, Michael Van Schoick,...

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R.I.P. Paul Krassner (1932-2019)

Let us take a moment to remember the late great Paul Krassner, who died earlier this week at the age of 87. Krassner played Carnegie Hall at age 6 (the youngest ever), found a mentor in Lenny Bruce, founded the first real counterculture magazine in The Realist, and founded the Yippie movement in the 1960s, which ran a pig for president and most imfamously clashed with police in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Born April 9, 1932, in Brooklyn, the young Krassner was a child prodigy on the violin, playing Carnegie Hall in January 1939. But after...

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