Your Week in Comedy – Big Guns

newtest1AROUND THE WEB

Texas Monthly featured a nice piece on Smart Girls at the Party, an Austin based web series hosted by Amy Poehler.

This month’s Believer Magazine has a fascinating in depth article about the search for Dave Chappelle 10 years after he left his talk show.

Entertainment Weekly posted an exclusive excerpt from Henry Bushkin’s biography of late night legend Johnny Carson.

Comedian Sam Hyde pranked an entire TEDx conference with hilarious results. His talk entitled “2070 paradigm shift” was rambling nonsense that he delivered with a straight face to a crowd at Drexel University.

 

BIG SCREENS

The Austin comedy ZERO CHARISMA is out on VOD this week! The acclaimed feature stars Sam Eidson and was directed by Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews. The film debuted at SXSW this past year.

Peter Dinklage has signed on for an R-rated comedy that is said to be tonally similar to BAD SANTA. Dinklage will play a man who tells people that he is a leprechaun.

 

TV PARTY

Workaholics’ Adam Devine is hosting a brand new talk show on Comedy Central on October 24th at 12:30am. Entertainment Weekly has a preview of Adam Devine’s House Party.

Meanwhile, Adult Swim will air pilots of Paul Scheer’s Filthy Sexy Teen$ and Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories.

Will Ferrell, Tobey Maguire, and Kristen Wiig spoof The Thorn Birds in The Spoils of Babylon for IFC.

Festival Supreme week kicks off today on IFC with multiple showings of their comedy catalogue including Portlandia, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Trapped in the Closet, Monty Python and more!

Bruce Willis hosts Saturday Night Live this Saturday for the first time since 1989. Watch the promo with Cecily Strong below.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Will Ferrell will attend the Austin Film Festival to participate in a live reading of a script written by Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan. The reading will be directed by Rian Johnson who directed the acclaimed “Ozymandias” episode of said series.

Sarah Silverman has been added to the Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup. She will join Tenacious D, Doug Benson, Patton Oswalt, Craig Robinson, Jenny Slate and others on the Yellow Stage.

Margaret Cho performs at the Paramount on Wednesday October 23rd. Her new show is entitled MOTHER and is billed as a complicated and completely original take on sex, queer politics, drugs, guns, identity and madness.

mm John Merriman

John Merriman has worked with the Moontower festival since it's inception in 2012. He is the co-host of the festival's long-running interview series "Inside Joke" where he has interviewed luminaries including Steven Wright, Maria Bamford and Patton Oswalt. Before Moontower, he spent five years at the Austin Film Fesival as a film programmer where he helped launch the Comedy Vanguard program and the Funniest Filmmaker in Austin series. He has called Austin his home since 1996.

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