The Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival announced their full headliner lineup this morning, adding Fred Armisen and Marc Maron to a billing that already includes the likes of Dennis Miller, Kids in the Halls, Mike Birbiglia, and Demetri Martin. The Austin-based festival, presented by the Paramount Theatre, will run from April 23-26. This is the third annual Moontower event, which celebrates the best and weirdest in stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy.
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Aziz Ansari has already produced two successful stand-up specials: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening and Dangerously Delicious, so it’s no surprise he’s trying to think of a fun hook for his upcoming third comedy release. The answer? Product placement tie-in.
Joined by Seth Rogen, Ansari, inspired by Samsung-sponsored Jay-Z, flirts with Bugles chips and Toaster Strudel a.k.a. Pilsbury Toaster Tablet as comedy launching vehicles, before realizing they have some drawbacks. He finally settles with the much-less-exciting-but-much-healthier-to-binge-on Netflix.
This isn’t the first time a comedian has released a stand-up special straight to the streaming site, but Ansari is one of the most high-profile people to do so. The Parks and Recreation star’s special will explore “pending adulthood, babies, marriage, and love in the modern era,” similar topics to his recently-announced book deal.
Treat yo self to the trailer for Buried Alive below:
Netflix subscribers will soon be able to treat themselves: Aziz Ansari’s new stand-up special, Buried Alive, will premiere exclusively on the streaming service, EW has confirmed.
As opposed to HBO or Comedy Central, Netflix will be the only place fans can first catch Ansari’s new material; the Parks and Rec star’s set will debut November 1. Currently, fans can stream Ansari’s old comedy specials, including 2009’s Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening and 2012’s Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious, on Netflix, although neither of those premiered there.
In June, Netflix presented a comedy special by John Hodgman, and last week it presented the premiere of one by Mike Birbiglia. Ansari’s show is unlike those, a Netflix spokeswoman told The New York Times, because “the company intends to put a significant promotional campaign behind Buried Alive, billing it as original programming.” READ FULL STORY
Comedy Central is turning up the celebrity heat on its roast of James Franco: Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari and SNL vet/Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg have been added to the roster of comedians and actors who will take their best shots at the thespian/director/writer/producer/Oscar host. The network previously announced that Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, and Sarah Silverman will serve as roasters, while Franco’s This is the End/Pineapple Express/Freaks & Geeks co-star Seth Rogen emcees the festivities as Roast Master.
The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco will be filmed Aug. 25 and airs Sept. 2 at 10 p.m.
The network’s roast specials, which began in 2003, have celebrated/ridiculed the careers of celebs such as Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Charlie Sheen, and Roseanne Barr.
Esquire Network (the re-branded G4 channel) debuts this fall with several original series. But the one I’m most excited about is The Getaway (Sept. 25 at 9 p.m.). From executive producer Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Zero Production, each hour-long episode features a revolving cast of travel-loving celebs who take viewers on a tour of some of the world’s greatest cities. And since it’s the closest I’ll ever get to actually traveling with Joel McHale, I’ll gladly live vicariously through my DVR. A few of the participating celebrities had previously been announced, but check out the full cast of season 1 and a first-look video after the jump:
It’s time to wrap up another season of Parks and Recreation, one in which new City Councilwoman Leslie Knope found herself in soda wars (of the 512-ounce variety) and jams (of the Councilman Jamm variety). Tonight’s episode, which airs on NBC at 9:30 p.m., will boast a different feel than last year’s celebratory send-off. “Last year’s finale was very much about ending something,” says series co-creator/exec producer Michael Schur. “It was the end of her campaign and it was her victory speech, and it put this great punctuation mark on the entire season. And what I like about this finale is that this also wraps up the year very explicitly. It’s about her first year in office. She gets revisited by a lot of people whose lives she affected in different ways, but the end of the finale is about throwing balls up into the air instead of catching them. It’s about throwing forward to next season and it feels very exciting.” Schur tossed EW a bunch of teasers for season 5’s farewell episode, which you can read and re-read below. READ FULL STORY
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to explore Belfast with Joel McHale, Hong Kong with Aziz Ansari, and Paris with Aisha Tyler, you’re in luck. On April 23, Esquire Network debuts The Getaway, a 10-part series from Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Productions that tails celebrities in their favorite cities. Watch an exclusive preview below. READ FULL STORY
Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) knows way too much about self-pampering and pick-up techniques, but far too little about basketball. In Thursday’s episode of Parks and Recreation (NBC, 8:30 p.m.), he drafts both nerd (Ben, played by Adam Scott) and jock (Andy, played by Chris Pratt) to teach him how to play the sport so he can better connect with the hoops-obsessed kids who frequent his Rent-A-Swag store. Let us head over to the gym where the trio are slated to tip-off against some area youths. As you will see in this clip, Tom is no Detlef Schrempf.
In other plot news from the episode, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and April (Aubrey Plaza) become garbage collectors for a day to prove a gender-equality-in-government point, and Diane (Lucy Lawless) asks Ron (Nick Offerman) to babysit her daughters.
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