South Park has been making headlines lately for poking and prodding at the oppressive Chinese government and its endless attempts to censor its citizens from any criticism in the media whatsoever. That may not be good for the show’s exposure in China, where it’s been banned, but in the United States, it’s not preventing creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (as well as Comedy Central parent company Viacom Inc.) from landing a huge deal for the exclusive streaming rights to the complete series. Read More »
More than 20 years after its Comedy Central debut, South Park is still generating controversy.
The show’s most recent episode, “Band in China,” has apparently actually been banned in China because Chinese censors didn’t appreciate the episode’s depiction of the country’s authoritarian regime. Practically all signs of the show have been scrubbed from the Chinese internet, and now creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have issued an “official apology” in response. (Spoiler alert: it’s not a real apology.)
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Netflix recently acquired the global streaming rights to the classic NBC sitcom Seinfeld when the show’s current streaming deal with Hulu expires at the end of 2020. But what about the people who want to see Seinfeld on cable? Where will they see Jerry and his New York friends complaining about everything if they don’t have a Netflix subscription?
Viacom has picked up the exclusive cable syndication rights to Seinfeld, which will be leaving TBS around the same time that the show leaves Hulu. That means you’ll have a variety of places that you’ll be able to watch Seinfeld on cable once 2021 rolls around. Find out more below. Read More »
You might know Arturo Castro from Broad City and Narcos. Now he’s at the center of his own comedy sketch show on Comedy Central called Alternatino and it has Key & Peele vibes. Interlaced with sketches is a fictionalized Arturo dealing with his unlucky social life and acting career as a Latino man in New York City. The humor does not shy away from the complexities of identity in a shifting society. Its first episode “The Date,” which can be viewed on YouTube, opens with an enlightened boy who schools his heteronormative father on avoiding gender binary talk.
The central arcs of Alternatino peel away the everyday absurdities of how society responds to Latino identity or just how to navigate social life. For example, in episode two, titled “Pivot”, Arturo tries to “pivot” the conversations away from South American culture. He also confronts moral dilemmas like approaching a racist white stage veteran for acting advice, dating a pro-border wall conservative woman who owns Liberal Tears mugs, or playing a superhero woven from offensive Latino stereotypes.
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Last year, Bruce Willis was given the (dis)honor of being the target of the Comedy Central Roast. The actor’s career in film, television and, unfortunately, music, was the subject of targeted insults, as was the extensive history of tabloid headlines and supposed racism. This year it will be one of his co-stars having sharp jabs taken at them.
Alec Baldwin has been announced as the next subject of this year’s Comedy Central Roast, which will tape sometime later this year in the actor’s home of New York City. And there’s plenty of fuel to feed the funny fire that comedians will use to roast him to a crisp. Read More »
Have you heard of the latest entertainment sensation called escape rooms? A group of friends get together and get locked in a room full of puzzles, clues and locks that must be navigated in order to get out of the room. Each escape room usually has some kind of theme and narrative to add some layers of fun, and now Comedy Central’s best known series will be getting one of its own.
A new South Park escape room is opening today, May 15 at Escape the Room Chicago, and it will soon expand to more major cities around the United States. Find out about the new South Park escape room below. Read More »
Comedy Central’s Clusterfest is returning to San Francisco for another epic line-up of stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, podcasts, and much more. Some of the biggest names in comedy will be there for the June festival, and some of them will be participating in two recently announced live reads of the 90s classics Clueless and Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion with all new casts bringing the characters to life on stage. Find out who will be starring in the Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion and Clueless live read shows below. Read More »
The South by Southwest Film Festival kicks off this weekend, and we’ll have all sorts of coverage from the films premiering down in Austin, Texas. While you’ll be stuck waiting for most of them to make it to a theater near you (with the exception of Jordan Peele’s Us arriving later this month), at least one of the documentaries playing the festival will be available for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home very shortly after it premieres.
I Am Richard Pryor is a new documentary from Network Entertainment’s growing I Am documentary franchise. The film series has previously focused on the likes of stars such as Heath Ledger, Paul Walker, Chris Farley, and Bruce Lee, as well as historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy. Now Richard Pryor, one of the most revered stand-up comedians of all-time, will get the documentary spotlight, and plenty of recognizable faces will pay tribute to the man himself. Read More »
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Ever since caller ID came along and people started blocking unfamiliar phone numbers on their cell phones, prank calling became a relic of the past. But Comedy Central doesn’t think so, because they’re bringing their prank call series Crank Yankers back to cable with an order for a 20-episode revival.
For those who may not be familiar, Crank Yankers was a comedy series that featured comedians making prank calls to unsuspecting businesses and people. But the prank calls themselves were recreated with puppets and the real audio from the actual prank call. Read More »
Ever since The Colbert Report left Comedy Central in 2014, the cable network has struggled to hold onto a show that can effectively take the timeslot following The Daily Show. They tried to replicate the political satirical success of Stephen Colbert’s program with Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show and Jordan Klepper’s The Opposition, but the only sustainable series to fill the gap was Chris Hardwick’s @midnight, which came to an end in 2017. But now a new contender has entered the late night ring.
Former Saturday Night Live cast member and stand-up comedian David Spade will try his hand at a new late night program following The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. However, rather than trying to tap into the oversaturated political satire spectrum that is already dominating late night television, the new David Spade talk show will go in a different direction with “signature take on the pop culture news of the day.” Read More »