The survivors on The Walking Dead haven’t had a lot to laugh about lately, what with one of their own being executed and the loss of the prison fortress they called home. However, one of the actresses on the show recently had an opportunity to explore her comedic side when she went in to record a multi-episode arc for FX’s Archer. Who is that mystery actress? Well, judging by the photo above you’ve probably already figured it out: It’s Lauren Cohan, who plays farmer’s daughter turned complete badass Maggie Greene on the zombie drama. READ FULL STORY
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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.
On November 8, New York-based comedian Kerry Coddett (pictured, left) fired shots at Saturday Night Live with an editorial published on the Atlantic‘s website. In it, she blasted the notion that the show’s cast hadn’t featured a black woman in years because — as longtime repertory player Kenan Thompson said in a widely-circulated interview last fall — “in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.” Coddett contended instead that SNL‘s diversity problems were endemic and ingrained. “Perhaps it’s not that black women aren’t ‘ready’ for SNL; it’s that SNL isn’t ready for a black woman,” she wrote.
Less than a month later, a rep from Saturday Night Live invited Coddett to audition for the show.
“I didn’t know anything about the audition until I got there,” she told EW in an interview Wednesday. “Going into it, I was like ‘Ha, wouldn’t it be funny if there were only black women here?’ And that’s what it was.”
Rejoice, human beings! Community is back, inching ever closer to actually fulfilling its “six seasons and a movie” destiny. Yet even as rabid as some fans may be, and even as exciting as the news is that show creator Dan Harmon has returned, there are still many who have yet to give the off-the-wall NBC comedy a chance. Rather than conduct an Inspector Spacetime investigation into this ongoing mystery, we enlisted Community cast member Gillian Jacobs to explain exactly why people should be tuning into season 5. And she did just that when she stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studios.
Now you can hear the entire conversation right here on the InsideTV Podcast. Jacobs talks all about the return of fired showrunner Harmon, discusses how her character of Britta has evolved (devolved?) since the show began, and reveals how much she actually understands when she first picks up a Community script. There is also a tangent about “stolen touchdowns” that is most certainly worth your time. It’s a must-listen for any fan of either Community or Torg the troll.
But that’s not all, because we then step into whooooooooose house? Run’s house!!!! (Sorry, 1980s rap reference there.) Rev Run himself stopped by the EW Radio studios with his lovely wife Justine to talk all about their new DIY show, Rev Run’s Renovation. Does the master M.C. know anything about home renovation? And can his marriage survive a house being turned upside down in order to install such things as a princess bed with a slide in his daughter’s room? I chat with hip-hop royalty about all that and more. READ FULL STORY
Patton Oswalt has popped up on some of your favorite shows this year (Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Justified, Portlandia). And he’ll hop back onto the big screen on Christmas Day in Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. But let us not forget what he does best: Grab a mic and drop comedy truth nuggets.
Oswalt returns to the stage with a new stand-up special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, which debuts on EPIX on Jan. 17. (Comedy Central will give it a basic-cable premiere in April.) Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and filmed in San Diego, the 60-minute performance features the cunning comedian tackling topics “ranging from frozen food to the future of America.” Want to see the man who coined the phrase “failure pile in a sadness bowl” while describing a KFC concoction turn his attention to Lean Cuisine? Press play and eat up. READ FULL STORY
Niecy Nash is trying something new. The comedic actress and author is currently starring in HBO’s latest half-hour comedy Getting On, a far cry from her days as the loud-mouthed Raineesha Williams on Reno 911!
From the writers of Big Love, Getting On tells the story behind the doctors and nurses of the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of Mt. Palms Hospital in Long Beach, California. A remake of the BBC series by the same name, the comedy stars Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, and Nash as three women who spend their days helping the elderly live their day-to-day lives.We caught up with Nash to talk about her latest career choice, and Getting On‘s pilot, which aired Sunday.
With all the twists and turns leading up to Raising Hope‘s fourth season premiere, it’s understandable that Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) might get a little confused from time to time — even if she weren’t already pretty loopy to begin with. But fans of the off-the-wall octogenarian needn’t fear because the Chances have a new antidote: music!
In an exclusive clip from Hope‘s two-episode premiere, the whole gang launches into a ukulele-pluckin’, guitar-strummin’ recap of the series so far so Maw Maw can get her bearings. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY
What’s the latest on the Arrested Development front? Is the movie finally happening? What about more episodes on Netflix? WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON? WE NEED TO KNOW! Well, we asked the show’s humble narrator/producer/actor Ron Howard when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studios today for the latest update, and there is both good news and bad news. READ FULL STORY
When Carol Burnett launched her namesake variety show in the 1960s, one TV executive told her the genre was “a man’s game.” She proved him wrong with an 11-year run that averaged 30 million viewers each week.
On Sunday, the trailblazing comedienne received the nation’s top humor prize at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Top entertainers including Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and others performed in Burnett’s honor as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
The show will be taped and broadcast Nov. 24 on PBS stations. READ FULL STORY
The Peacock will have what Meg’s having.
EW has confirmed that NBC has ordered a pilot starring onetime rom-com queen Meg Ryan, who will both headline and executive produce the half-hour comedy. (The Hollywood Reporter first posted the news.) Here’s the official logline:
“A sunny, devoted and desperately non-confrontational single mom (Meg Ryan) decides to return to her New York publishing house where she was once a brilliant editor to find that she now works for Brenda, he neurotic 30 year old boss who was once her former intern. Now Rose must find a way to keep her boss, her teenage kids, her almost ex-husband and her meddlesome mother in law all happy, which results in her overcomplicating every situation and somehow always making it worse.”
So… Meg Saves the World, then?
Miss Congeniality writer Marc Lawrence penned the script and will co-executive produce, alongside Ryan and Ryan’s manager Jane Berliner. If the series is picked up, it will mark Ryan’s first starring role on TV since the short-lived 1985 western Wildside – though the Golden Globe nominee has appeared sporadically in guest roles on shows including Curb Your Enthusiasm and, more recently, Showtime’s Web Therapy.
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