Monthly Archives: December 2011

DUH! 2011′s All-Things-Comedy Overlord, Louis C.K.

An ear to ear Chris Rock and Louis C.K. laughing it up together in 2008

The Live at the Beacon Theater special online release from his website grossed over $1 million dollars in just over a week. From that, $280K was taken and almost immediately donated to five separate charities. He has been asked to perform for Obama himself and headline the 68th Radio and TV Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner on June 8 in Washington DC. All this aside, and this last bit pretty much goes without saying, but even the Patton Oswalt’s and Marc Maron’s of the world can mutter a “we’re not worthy” when it comes to the unstoppable rise to power we’ve all witnessed with Louis C.K. this year.

On the WTF podcast from November 3rd, Maron and none other than Chris Rock himself spent a humbling amount of time talking about Louis, his writing process, and how the guy’s efforts are coming close to making all other comics look like underachievers. A 2012 Grammy nomination for Comedy Album of the Year comes close to, yet still falls short of overshadowing the fact that his incredible FX series Louie did not receive an Emmy nomination. Chock it up to the fact that C.K. does everything himself (writer/director/producer/star) and that sort of non-team-player ambition usually rubs the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences the wrong way.

All the same, awards or no awards (he already has awards), the man has been a tour de force in years past. If his unquestionable success in 2011 is any indication, we’re in for many more impressive efforts from C.K. in the coming year and beyond. Below, you can check out an outtake from his latest special as well as his appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from December 21st, where C.K. talks about the process behind the successful release of his latest online special and how quickly getting all that money made him realize it was silly to keep every single bit of profit. Totally hilarious, totally likable. Totally selfless? Total class.

Colin Quinn Pens Patrice O’Neal Liner Notes

The late Patrice O'Neal (#34), pictured here with Artie Lange, Dave Atell, Todd Barry, David Brill, Colin Quinn, and Lewis Black. O'Neal will have a posthumous album in 2012 that features liner notes from personal friend Quinn

Gone, but certainly not forgotten, is a fitting cliché for the death of Patrice O’Neal. Since the late comic’s untimely passing back in November, fans and fellow comedians alike have taken to Twitter and various other internet venues to pay their respects and offer their most sincere words of admiration. Most recently, it turns out O’Neal will have a posthumous comedy album released in 2012, and fellow comic/longtime friend Colin Quinn has written all the liner notes. Quinn’s words evidently do not hold anything back with regard to his deceased friend:

“Patrice was pure comedian,” asserts Quinn. “He didn’t play well with others. He burned all bridges that came into his path. But that’s because he knew what he wanted to say and anything that twisted it or edited it or softened it, he couldn’t tolerate. He did not do comedy to be liked.”

Check out iTunes to pre-order the album and give yourself the chance to hear the rest of Quinn’s kind words. Thanks to Laughspin, you can also listen to a bit here and check out a full track listing from the forthcoming album. The release of Mr. P is scheduled for February 7th, 2012. All proceeds from the new will go directly to the O’Neal family.

 

 

A Behind the Scenes Look at Portlandia with Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein

A 24-minute behind-the-scenes look at the new season of IFC's 'Portlandia'

Since we’re just over a week away from a second season of the popular television sketch series Portlandia, it’s nice to get a taste of what’s to come while we’re eagerly awaiting its revival. That said, big comedy kudos to IFC for releasing a promotional behind-the-scenes video of the upcoming season that’s practically as long as an episode. Plenty of time with stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein abounds. We’ve shared the entire 24-minute segment below.

Going out on a very sturdy limb to assert that the best part of this entire promo is the fact that Lance Bangs is behind the camera, the dude who brought us oodles of music videos by the likes of Arcade Fire, The White Stripes, Pavement, Sonic Youth, The Black Keys, and Kanye (just to name a few). He even filmed the David Cross comedy special Let America Laugh. It’s only fitting that Bangs is behind it all, as he is married to Brownstein’s former Sleater-Kinney guitarist/vocalist Corin Tucker. The newest season of Portlandia begins January 6th on IFC at 9pm CST.

Reggie Watts on the Road and Unleashing New Material

Reggie's latest live performance recording "On Life And Quantum Entanglement" is being released on a track-by-track basis and in conjunction with his latest tour

Is it music? Is it comedy? Some might not even describe it as either, and for those detractors, one would surmise it is only the distinctly unique sound of Reggie Watts. His latest live performance “On Life And Quantum Entanglement” has been highly anticipated, and Watts has been on the road to promote the new material. He is releasing live tracks from the record one at a time, and thanks to The Comic’s Comic and Reggie’s Facebook page, a bit has hit the web. It’s only fitting that the first little taste be entitled “Peaches & Cobbler.”

While a few Austinites were lucky to have caught him at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November, a select few comedy fans will be fortunate to witness his remaining dates on the road with a small European and west coast U.S. tour that is happening at the end of January. Dates are below, and be sure to check out Reggie’s newest track for a taste of what’s to come while he’s on the road.

  • Jan. 19 – Melkweg (Amsterdam, Holland)
  • Jan. 20 – Arenberg Theatre (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Jan. 23 – Roundhouse (London, England)
  • Jan. 25 – Parkteatret (Oslo, Norway)
  • Jan. 26 – Sodern Theatre (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Jan. 27 – Bremen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Jan. 28 – Tavastia (Helsinki, Finland)
  • Jan. 29 – Festaal Kreuzberg (Berlin, Germany)
  • Jan. 31 – Yoshi’s (San Francisco)
  • Feb. 1 – Mezzanine (San Francisco)
  • Feb. 2 – Yoshi’s (Oakland)
  • Feb. 3 – Roxie Theater (San Francisco)

“Peaches & Cobbler” (On Life & Quantum Entanglement – Part 8 of 11) by reggiewatts

Red Band Trailer: New Broken Lizard Comedy ‘The Babymakers’

Olivia Munn and Paul Schneider star in the upcoming Broken Lizard film 'The Babymakers'

A bit of comedy news for all slobbering Olivia Munn fans. It has been awhile since we’ve heard from the Broken Lizard boys, and while 2009′s The Slammin’ Salmon had its moments, it looks like it will be 2013 before they release a new film. Fortunately, The Babymakers has a Red Band trailer and it has officially hit the internet.

This is exciting for any follower of the comedy troupe behind cult classic movies such as Beerfest and Super Troopers. The film stars Munn alongside Paul Schneider as a couple undergoing difficulty getting pregnant. Schneider then propositions his closest buddies to help heist a sperm bank for the deposit he made in his younger years. Interesting enough for a premise, and hopefully destined for hilarity. You can view the full uncensored trailer below.

Funnyman Bummer: Tim Minchin Gets Axed From British TV Christmas Special

Tim Minchin penned 'Woody Allen Jesus' for a British Christmas TV special, and the song was removed from the program.

I can’t promise, but will try and make this the final post about the 2011 holidays. It’s just too silly and good to overlook. Laughspin recently shared a story about Aussie/UK comedian Tim Minchin’s being banned from a British Christmas television special, and Timmy’s not too happy about it. The cause of the controversy was apparently his hilarious new song Woody Allen Jesus, which I’ve shared a clip of below.

Minchin evidently wrote the song specifically for this TV special, showed up at the studio taping, performed the song, and it was filmed successfully. Then, a producorial decision that followed mandated Minchin’s song be stricken from the entire Jonathan Ross Christmas special program due to the subject matter. It’s fully understandable that Minchin’s reaction to the network decision to nix his song was less than gracious. You can view the full story here for a bit of Minchin’s two cents worth on the entire ordeal. Funny, one would think anyone inviting him to perform would be fully aware of the satirical nature of his songwriting, especially with regard to religion.

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Terrible Christmas Cards

Funny Or Die has shared over a dozen frighteningly funny Christmas cards

Leave it to Funny Or Die to always provide the biggest holiday laughs for your viewing pleasure. On Christmas Eve, we shared their exclusive video of Paul F. Tompkins narrating How The Gingrich Stole Christmas, and now, they’ve released an extremely funny gallery of personal family Christmas cards that you just have to see for yourself.

The unquestionable highlight of the entire gallery is the fact that they were all taken by the same photographer, and FOD even provides a direct quote to reinforce how serious the man takes his occupation:

“Yes. This Christmas card turned out exactly the way I planned and in no way will this ever be mocked for how over-the-top terrible it is.” – the photographer of all these cards.

WOW. Happiest of Holidays to everyone!

FOD Exclusive: Paul F. Tompkins in “How The Gingrich Stole Christmas”

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins provides classic voiceover for Funny Or Die exclusive video 'How The Gingrich Stole Christmas'

It’s going to be tough to trump this seasonal holiday goodie. Funny Or Die has shared a video parody of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and this one features none other than our beloved Paul F. Tompkins providing voiceover for How The Gingrich Stole Christmas. Laughing at a political scrooge has never felt so good.

Though it’s certainly not as wholesome as the classic Seuss cartoon (see Socialist tea remarks and vagina jokes), there are some truly funny moments featured in this short cartoon. Parallels between stealing Christmas and the White House are not a far cry to understand. As you’re tucking in cherubs this evening, be sure to have a laugh with Paul F. Tompkins before you take your kerchief or cap to bed for the night.

Ricky Gervais and a New Mockumetary Series

'Derek' is another spoof series from Ricky Gervais currently in the works.

The man is infamous for keeping extremely busy, and now Ricky Gervais has done it again. In spite of recent drops in viewer ratings, apparently Gervais is already full speed ahead with a second series of his latest BBC network comedy Life’s Too Short, which costars Stephen Merchant and Warwick Davis. Here’s the topper: there’s now talk of him getting yet another show into production. The Guardian recently announced that Gervais is moving forward with Derek, a new series currently in the works that leans toward the mockumentary production style of Extras and The Office.

Based on a short film idea Gervais concocted many years back, Derek centers around a sort of every-man with a learning disability who, after an excessive amount of time living with his grandmother, decides to try his luck at performing stand-up comedy. Perhaps the most exciting part of The Guardian article is the fact that Derek will mark Karl Pilkington’s official onscreen debut. Pilkington has gained popularity as a costar of a podcast alongside Gervais and Merchant; they even made an animated series out of it for HBO. You can check out a clip of Gervais, Merchant, and Pilkington below. Derek has reportedly had a pilot filmed, but there has been no official announcement as to whether or not it will be aired in the UK. Let’s hope so, for America’s sake.

New Fox Sitcom Overseer: Michael Showalter

Actor/Comedian Michael Showalter will helm a new Fox network series entitled 'I Hate Your Friends' in 2012.

Fans of Stella & The State rejoice. Comedian Michael Showalter will work with Fox TV network in the coming year to bring about a brand new series. Showalter most recently had a Comedy Central show with Michael Ian Black known as Michael & Michael Have Issues; this marks his newest foray into television since 2009. The new sitcom is entitled I Hate Your Friends, and is centered around a couple that falls in love, only to discover that they don’t care too much for each other’s friends. Showalter is an executive producer.

Though he hasn’t released a comedy album in almost a half decade, Showalter’s book Mr. Funny Pants was released earlier this year. The man has been keeping busy in spite of his absence from the small & silver screens. No details yet as to whether or not the Wet Hot American Summer star will be in the series, but it’s fairly safe to assume. Below is a clip of a fresh-faced Showalter from 2001. Just for laughs.