Posted on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 by Karen Han
Has there ever been a show that so profoundly plumbed the depths of human delusion and misery like Review? Even before heading into its third and final season, the show (starring Andy Daly as Forrest MacNeil and airing on Comedy Central) had already distinguished itself as a dark comedy of unmatched proportions, if not an outright tragedy — the fact that the predominant theory as to what was going on was that Forrest was in Purgatory had to be debunked by Daly himself says as much.
The premise of Review, as stated by Forrest in the show’s opening credits, is this: “Life: it’s literally all we have. But is it any good? I’m a reviewer, but I don’t review food, books, or movies. I review life itself.” Initially, the reviews seemed fairly self-contained. They weren’t good decisions (the first two episodes were “Stealing; Addiction; Prom” and “Sex Tape; Racist; Hunting”), but they generally fit into the traditional mold of similar mockumentary-style comedies, i.e. the end of each episode meant a blank slate, and the next episode would see the host as spry and damage-free as ever. But then, “Pancakes; Divorce; Pancakes” happened, and the veil was lifted.
Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Angie Han
It has been well over a decade now since the end of the U.K. Office, which centered around bad boss David Brent and the poor underlings forced to work with him. So what’s the old chap been up to since then? A new Netflix movie promises to answer that question.
Written by, directed by, and starring Ricky Gervais, David Brent: Life on the Road reveals the former Wernham-Hogg manager is now a traveling salesman for a cleaning products company. When he isn’t pushing mops and brushes, he’s pursuing his dreams of rock stardom with his band, Foregone Conclusion. The mockumentary follows the group on their self-financed U.K. tour, with predictably cringeworthy results. Watch the David Brent: Life on the Road trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2017 by Angie Han
The TV news keeps on coming, thanks to the TCAs. After the jump:
- Portlandia has been one final season.
- AMC and BBC are teaming up for a new John le Carré miniseries.
- TV Land officially orders Heathers to series.
- Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks’ Cops gets a series from TBS.
- Pierce Brosnan tries on a Texan twang in the first trailer for The Son.
- Alan Tudyk is Batman’s obnoxious cousin in Powerless.
- Could Girl Meets World return elsewhere?
- And more!
Read More »
You might remember that over the summer Comedy Central announced that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda had been recruited for the fourth season of their Emmy-winning series Drunk History. Just as everyone assumed or hoped, Miranda is telling the story of Alexander Hamilton and his rivalry with Aaron Burr. But this time, they’re being played by Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza and Arrested Development actress Alia Shawkat.
Watch the Lin-Manuel Miranda Drunk History clip after the jump. Read More »
Much like Saturday Night Live, the mere existence of a new episode of South Park is a bit of a miracle. Just like the late night sketch show, a new episode of South Park is completed in just six days, which is almost unfathomably fast for an animated comedy series. But thankfully, creators, writers and stars Trey Parker & Matt Stone and their crew have it down to a science, and that even includes one of them using their toddler daughter to create dialogue for a signature character.
A new video has surfaced online featuring Trey Parker directing his three year old daughter Betty to record some dialogue for the show as only a father can. The lines in question are for Kyle Broflovski’s little Canadian brother Ike, whose voice has been performed by a number of child actors throughout the show’s 20-season run. It’s really adorable to see how they get her to say Ike’s lines.
Watch Trey Parker’s daughter act as Ike’s voice on South Park after the jump. Read More »
You might be asking yourself what we’re doing writing about a forthcoming vinyl collection of performances from a stand-up comedian. Well, it just so happens that Mitch Hedberg had a small role as The Eagles road manager in Almost Famous (not to mention playing Frank Nasworthy in Lords of Dogtown), and he’s also one of the best stand-up comedians ever. Sadly, he left this world far too soon, and if you haven’t yet enjoyed his dry, simple but hilarious comedy he gave us while he was around, now is the time.
Comedy Central Records has announced the release of Mitch Hedberg: The Complete Vinyl Collection, an assembly of all of the recorded comedy from the late comedian along with some never-before-heard recordings and a special book with stories from his wife and a few other great comics. Get the details on the Mitch Hedberg vinyl collection after the jump. Read More »
Last night brought the final episode of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore at Comedy Central after the cable network recently announced the cancellation of the political satire and panel program. And what better way to close out the show than with an appearance by Jon Stewart, the former host of The Daily Show? In typical Jon Stewart fashion, he had some very sage advice following the cancellation of The Nightly Show, and it makes us anticipate greatly his return to TV with his deal at HBO.
Watch Jon Stewart on The Nightly Show last night after the jump. Read More »
This may come as a surprise, but Comedy Central’s Drunk History officially won an Emmy last year. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series award the show was nominated for (a nod the series also landed this year), but instead for the wonderful historical costumes crafted by Christina Mongini. However, if the new Drunk History season 4 trailer is any indicator, then an award win for the series as a whole could still be coming down the road. Watch below! Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
UPDATED: Amy Schumer has clarified her comments about the show. You can read them after the jump.
Even though Comedy Central’s hit sketch series Inside Amy Schumer was renewed for a fifth season back in January, it appears there may no longer be a future for the show at all. Amy Schumer hinted that the show may no longer exist in a post on Twitter responding to a recent controversy involving a fellow comedian who also happens to be a writer on her show.
Get the details on this developing story about Inside Amy Schumer canceled after the jump. Read More »
The late night programming at Comedy Central was shaken up at the end of 2014 when The Colbert Report came to an end so host Stephen Colbert could move on to host The Late Show, which was about to be vacated by longtime host David Letterman. But Comedy Central attempted to keep the timeslot following The Daily Show with Jon Stewart rolling with some replacement political satire from a former Daily Show correspondent in the form of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. But sadly, the time slot has been vacated again as the show has been canceled. Read More »