Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Once upon a time, a holiday variety special hosted by Bill Murray would have been a star-studded live affair airing on a major television network. As a sign of changing times and tastes, A Very Murray Christmas is heading straight to Netflix and it looks like it captures the kind of melancholy and dryly funny humor that infect so many of us during the more festive months of the year.
After a series of brief teasers, the first actual trailer for A Very Murray Christmas has arrived and it feels far different than what we were expecting. What initially looked like it was going to be a riff on kitschy Christmas specials of old now appears to be very much a project of late-era Bill Murray: the comedy is only matched by loneliness, sadness, and sense of detachment. But if there’s one thing we know, it’s that few people are capable of mining comedy from those concepts quite like Murray.
So grab some eggnog, load it up with the alcohol of your choice, and watch the A Very Murray Christmas trailer after the jump.
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We’ve got one more episode of Saturday Night Live left in November with Matthew McConaughey taking the stage of Studio 8H as host (Elizabeth Banks just hosted this past weekend for a great episode), but it looks like December is going to send the sketch show out of 2015 with a bang.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hosting the final episode of the year on December 19th — just in time to promote their comedy Sisters, which is going up against Star Wars: The Force Awakens to serve as counter-programming for those who don’t care about Jedi or Wookiees. And joining them will be the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, as musical guest.
But they’re not the only ones hitting SNL in December. A Marvel superhero and a gifted driver will be hosting as well. Read More »
Bill Burr is one of those comedians that you either love or hate. He’s not shy about voicing his opinion, no matter how blunt or controversial it may be, and he doesn’t coddle his audiences by skirting around things like racism, sexism or anything politically incorrect. But that’s part of his charm. He’s a real salt-of-the-earth kind of guy, and a bit of an asshole, but he brings an immense amount of wit, intelligence and common sense with him. That’s why I’m pretty excited to see what he can bring to the animated family sitcom.
F is for Family is a new Netflix show created by Burr himself and The Simpsons writer Michael Price, and the full trailer for the series has just arrived, showcasing the comedian’s unique approach to raising a family back in 1973, when men were men and women weren’t astronauts. But beware, because, there’s some salty NSFW language. Read More »
It’s safe to say that we all need some laughs, and if this past weekend’s fantastic episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Elizabeth Banks wasn’t enough, this week brings the R-rated holiday comedy The Night Before to help out.
And if the recent red-band trailer didn’t convince you to see what looks like a truly hilarious flick for the holidays, the opening scene from the movie has been released, featuring touching narration by Tracy Morgan, not long after he hosted his own episode of SNL. However, it’s NSFW (due to language, not nudity), so beware of where you are watching it. Read More »
Even though the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot doesn’t have any narrative ties to the original franchise, there will still be plenty for original fans to sink their teeth into. All of the surviving Ghostbusters (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson) have cameos along with a couple other cast members (but not Rick Moranis). But one more cameo from a familiar Ghostbusters face might be on the table.
A new rumor says that a Slimer cameo will be brought into the Ghostbusters reboot, but one conflicting, key source has created some doubt as to whether that will actually happen. Find out more below! Read More »
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It’s a big year for Elizabeth Banks, from directing the hit sequel Pitch Perfect 2 to starring in the finale of The Hunger Games franchise this month, and hosting Saturday Night Live is just more icing on an already sweet cake for the actress, director and producer. And the good news is that the writers and cast of SNL felt like they had to make up for the abysmal show last week that we’re better off just not talking about anymore, resulting in a stellar show.
So let’s run through all the sketches from the Elizabeth Banks Saturday Night Live episode! Read More »
There is a real anger and sadness to The Big Short, and as wild and as funny as the movie is, the humor never makes light of or sugarcoats the 2008 financial crisis. The humor, if anything, heightens the drama and the pain we see in co-writer/director Adam McKay‘s (Step Brothers) uproarious dramedy.
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If for some reason you haven’t acquainted yourself with comedic genius Nathan Fielder and his Comedy Central program Nathan for You, you’re missing out on some of the most brilliant comedy that has been done in the past decade. But even if you don’t think you’ve experienced what Nathan Fielder has to offer, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of his exploits such as Dumb Starbucks or the viral video of a pig rescuing a goat from drowning.
Starting next week, you’ll be able to see Fielder in a supporting role in the R-rated holiday comedy The Night Before, and to help hype the film, the comedian sat down for an awkward interview with the film’s three main stars: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie. And things get pretty weird. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Comedy is no laughing matter, especially when you’re ranking some of the most hilarious movies of all time. The Writer’s Guild of America has released a list of the 101 funniest screenplays ever written, and like any list on the internet, there are plenty of obvious picks, more than a few surprise choices, and handful of selections that are a little baffling. Also like any list on the internet, this ranking doesn’t feel like a definitive statement. It’s more of a window into a larger discussion.
In other words, prepare to read over the list and starting arguing. Check out the full list of the 101 funniest screenplays ever written (according to the WGA) after the jump.
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