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FX orders clown comedy from Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.

FX has given a series order to Baskets, a half-hour comedy starring The Hangover‘s Zach Galifianakis and hailing from recent Emmy winner Louis C.K.


'Louie': Sarah Baker breaks down starring in the 'Fat Lady' episode

You probably already know Sarah Baker from her intimate confessions about Drew Carey in The Campaign, or her grief over her cat on NBC’s short-lived sitcom Go On. And you’ll be seeing a lot more of her soon, as a fast food clerk in the Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy, and as a Christian aid worker in the Reese Witherspoon drama The Good Lie, about the lost boys of Sudan.

But mark tonight as her breakout moment, because she was unforgettable on Louie. In an episode called “So Did The Fat Lady,” she played Vanessa, a funny, cute, straight-talking waitress who’s not afraid to tell Louie (Louis C.K.) what it’s really like to date in New York as a “fat girl” (her words) in her 30s. It was a conversation-starting performance, and a fiercely honest one that will no doubt resonate for women (and some men) everywhere. Below, we talked with the actress about weight, double standards in comedy, and what it was like to “date” Louis C.K. READ FULL STORY

What Louis C.K. didn't want you to know about the season premiere of 'Louie'

Is Louis C.K. hoaxing us?

By now, you’ve probably watched “Back,” the season premiere of Louie. (And if you haven’t, go watch it before we spoil things for you.) And you know that the highlight of the episode is the frank, funny discussion about masturbation that Louie shares with other comedians, including Sarah Silverman, Rick Crom, Nick DiPaolo, Jim Norton, and William Stephenson, at a poker table. (Norton, who recently spoke to me on Entertainment Weekly’s SiriusXM radio show TV Editor’s Hour, says the scene was inspired by the long-running real-life weekly poker games that Stephenson plays with other comedians, and he notes that the Louie scene was partly improvised.) Most of it is too dirty to quote here, but suffice to say that Norton confesses more about his proclivities than most men would admit, and there’s a line about Batman that almost made me shoot seltzer out my nose, like a clown. Also, it ends with Louie disappearing behind a closed door, holding a back massager, and it’s clear that he’s not planning on massaging his back. READ FULL STORY

'Louie': Louis C.K. jumps in dark new teaser -- VIDEO

Louis C.K. is no stranger to dark material — in his FX show Louie, his character has found himself fearing for Parker Posey’s life as she discussed jumping off a building and trying to talk an old comedian friend out of committing suicide. But in the latest teaser for the show’s upcoming fourth season, Louie’s the one flirting with death.


Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen to host 'Saturday Night Live'

It’s been awhile since NBC aired three new SNL episodes in a row — but the network announced Wednesday that after its current hiatus, the sketch show will return with a vengeance.

On March 29, previously announced host Louis C.K. will return to helm the show a second time. He’ll be joined by just-divulged musical guest Sam Smith, an English singer/songwriter whose debut album, In the Lonely Hour, will be released in the U.S. on June 17.

April 5 will see an SNL debut: Oscar nominee (and Pitch Perfect star) Anna Kendrick will host the show for the first time, with musical guest Pharrell Williams (making his first solo appearance on the show). Kendrick has several films coming out later this year, included the highly anticipated musicals The Last Five Years and Into the Woods. Williams, whose Oscar-nominated tune “Happy” is still topping the charts, released his last album, G I R L, earlier this month.

Finally, Seth Rogen will return to host for a third time April 12, with musical guest Ed Sheeran. Rogen’s comedy Neighbors, which costars Zac Efron and Rose Byrne, hits theaters May 9. Taylor Swift pal Sheeran is making his debut as musical guest; he plans to premiere the first single from his second album on SNL.

FX's 'Louie' season 4 to premiere May 5

After a 19-month long wait, the Emmy-winning, critically-acclaimed FX comedy Louie will return in May.

From the mind of Louis C.K., creator/exec producer and star, the fourth season of Louie will premiere on Monday, May 5th at 10 p.m., with two all new back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30 p.m. for seven consecutive weeks through June 16th. That’s 14 brand new opportunities to fall in love with Louis and his hectic life as a comic and dad. FX had originally only ordered 13 episodes for the season, but Louis C.K delivered a special bonus 14th episode as a thank you for the wait. 

“Louis said he needed extra time between seasons three and four of his show because – even though Louie was the most critically acclaimed television comedy series in America – he needed to make it even better,” said John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions. “Based on the first three episodes we’ve seen, remarkably, he accomplished his goal.”

In 2012, Louis C.K. won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and the following year, the show made history by becomig the first comedy series on a basic cable network to receive an Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Comedy Series.


Louis C.K. to host 'Saturday Night Live' again

Saturday Night Live announced tonight that its next host will be a repeat offender: Louis C.K., who first hosted the sketch show in the fall of 2012.

C.K. will have his second stint as host March 29, after the program takes a two-week hiatus. No musical guest has been announced yet — unless C.K., who created, writes, directs, edits, produces, and stars in the acclaimed FX series Louie, is somehow preparing to provide the episode’s music as well. The next season of Louie premieres on FX this May.

Watch the trailer for Louis C.K.'s upcoming HBO special 'Oh My God' -- VIDEO

You may have to wait until the futuristic-sounding 2014 for Louis CK to return to your television on a weekly basis, but you’re mere weeks away from seeing his next stand-up special on HBO. Premiering April 13, Oh My God is an hour-long stand-up concert that was recorded last month in Phoenix and showcases the Emmy- and Grammy-wining comedian riffing on such topics as “the food chain, animals, divorce, strange anecdotes, broken morality, murder, and mortality.” If you have yet to hear a killer food-chain joke, our guess is you’re about to.

Would you like an overblown, uberdramatic, hyped-to-the-max trailer for the special? You got it — with a twist: The master self-loather artfully deconstructs one while bringing his awkward nightmare to life. It really is fitting for “the Greatest Comedy of the Generation of Blah Blah Ever to Do a Thing on a Thing.” Solid gold microphone drop. READ FULL STORY

Louis CK to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Louis CK will host Saturday Night Live on Nov. 3. This will be his first time as host, though the Emmy-winning star of Louie and revered stand-up comedian helped write several of Robert Smigel’s “Saturday TV Funhouses” over the years, and he once appeared uncredited in an SNL sketch back in 1995. Not for nothing, but he also made his bones writing for Chris Rock, Conan O’Brien, Dana Carvey, and David Letterman, so it should be fascinating to see what stand-up’s biggest star brings to Studio 8H.

Fun. will join him as musical guest.

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'Louie' season 4 will be delayed until 2014

Photo: Hadley Delany and Louis C.K. in Louie. Credit: K.C. Bailey/FX

Count us among the comedy nerds who are really bummed out this week: First, NBC announced that season 4 of Community will be delayed, and now Louis C.K. says his FX show Louie will take an extended hiatus until the spring of 2014, when it will return for its fourth season.

During a conference call with reporters today, the comedian said that the decision to take a break was his own. “The last three seasons have been this surge of fun and work and stories and it’s been great, but I want the show to keep getting better,” he said. “That’s my goal, and I don’t want it to be making the donuts, I want it to be something that comes from somewhere important and stays funny.”

It’s been an especially busy year for C.K. In addition to writing, producing, and starring in Louie, getting invited to the White House, winning this year’s Emmy for comedy writing, and selling Tig Notaro’s comedy album on his web site, he’s also touring nonstop through February 2013, which may have also prompted him to take this hiatus. In June, C.K. told EW that most of his income comes from stand-up. “I’m going to make a s–load of money on the road,” he said. “I make fine money on the show, but the road is a hell of a lot more.” (His most recent tour sold $4.5 million in tickets, over just two days.)

He also believes that his reputation as a stand-up comedian has earned him more creative freedom on television. “I always looked at Woody Allen as a great guide: [He] had his own voice that was sought after because of his stand-up,” he explained. “And because of his stand-up, when he wanted to do something this way, they would let him do it.” FX certainly seems to be willing to let him experiment. We’re anxious to see how the show changes after two years.

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Emmy highlights: Julia & Amy's switched-speech bit, Jon Stewart's mad dash, and more -- VIDEO

Missed out on the buzziest moments from last night’s Emmy Awards because you were watching football or 60 Minutes? Never fear: EW is here with video of the ceremony’s most memorable bits and acceptance speeches. Though the show itself was far from unpredictable, there were a few surprises sprinkled throughout the night — especially courtesy of TV stars who weren’t afraid to do some unscripted clowning around.

The opening scene
You love Christina Hendricks, Mindy Kaling, Martha Plimpton, and Connie Britton — so what could be better than seeing all four of them, plus a few more divisive actresses (naked Lena Dunham eating birthday cake!), consoling Botox victim Jimmy Kimmel before the show? Bonus points for that dig at 2008’s Emmys host quintet.

The great speech switcheroo
In the past, Lead Actress in a Comedy nominees have brightened up the show by wearing a mustache to the awards and staging a fake beauty pageant as their category was announced. This year, the goofy tradition continued as winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus began to read her acceptance speech, then realized she had “accidentally” switched her remarks with a set written by fellow nominee Amy Poehler.

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Emmy Awards: Louis C.K. talks about his record number of nominations

Comedian, television auteur, and Entertainment Weekly coverboy Louis C.K. earned seven Emmy nominations yesterday. His multi-hyphenate work on FX’s much-praised Louie earned him Best Actor, Best Writing, and Best Directing nominations. He also earned four nominations for his comedy special, Live at the Beacon Theater. EW got on the phone with C.K. to talk about his nominations, the other nominees that excited him, and what’s in store for the third season of Louie.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First off, congratulations. I’ve seen some reports that say you broke the record for most individual Emmy nominations in a single year.
LOUIS C.K.: That’s weird. Breaking records is not something you expect to be doing. That’s like a sports thing, it’s not usually a comedy and writing thing. I love that David Lynch had the record before me [for Twin Peaks]. I love him. He’s like an idol of mine. READ FULL STORY

Louis C.K. selling tour tickets directly to fans

Louis C.K. — not websites like Ticketmaster or StubHub — has the last laugh on this one. The comedian announced on his website Monday that he will go on tour starting in October, and he’ll be selling tickets directly to fans.

C.K. will sell tickets for the comedy shows from his site, hoping to cut down on the extra fees from distributors, which jack up prices. He’s also taken steps to prevent ticket reselling —  anyone who tries to resell their ticket for a higher price will find their ticket canceled.

“My goal here is that people coming to see my shows are able to pay a fair price and that they be paying just for a ticket. Not also paying an exorbitant fee for the privilege of buying a ticket,” C.K. wrote on his site.

All tickets will be $45, period. The tour runs from October through February.

C.K., who’s also prepping for Thursday’s season 3 premiere of his FX show Louie, did warn fans that he had trouble finding venues that would work with his ticketing plan, so he’s performing “in very new places.” The full list of tour dates and theaters is also on his site.

This isn’t the first time C.K. has played with sales strategy. In December he sold video downloads of his special Live at Beacon Theater for $5 a pop, and he declared the experiment a success. He did the same with his album WORD: Live at Carnegie Hall last month.

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