Netflix’s Orange is the New Black snagged 12 primetime Emmy comedy nominations this morning, beating out perennial Emmy favorites Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory in total nods. And yes, Orange is the New Black is a comedy— this year, anyway. Last year, Netflix submitted the ensemble prison series as a drama. But if you’ve watched both seasons, you’ll know it’s not like the show has gotten funnier. Coming in right under Orange is the New Black is the aforementioned Modern Family (10 nominations), HBO’s Veep (9 nominations), the aforementioned Big Bang Theory (7 nominations), Portlandia (6 nominations) and Louis C.K.’s FX hit Louie (5 nominations) with Louis C.K. also getting a nod for his hosting appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Since the release of Disney’s last year, the Internet has been drenched in parodies of Idina Menzel’s “Let it Go,” other alternative musical genre takes on the movie’s soundtrack and creative video mashups. But seven months after ’s debut in theaters, it seems there’s more to mine from the animated blockbuster. Enter animator Leigh Lahav, who just released a mashup of and Netflix’s wildly popular prison series . With a following of nearly 90,000 on YouTube her has garnered more than 281,000 views in one day. For good reason this video is going viral fast
For the last few years there’s been a disturbing trend concerning the way in which restaurant bathroom doors are labeled. Apparently sometime, somewhere, some douchebag business consultant thought it would be adorable to label the men and women’s bathrooms not with the words “men” and “women” but with some whimsical symbol or graphic that allegedly represents the different genders. But it’s gone too far.
After Joan Rivers walked out on her CNN interview with host Fredricka Whitfield, viewers accused the iconic comedian of pulling a PR stunt to further promote her new book Diary of a Mad Diva. Rivers, of course, denied those allegations, saying, “I do not do, and never have done, PR 'stunts.' The CNN interviewer was a news reporter and not an entertainment reporter. She did not seem to understand we were talking about a comedy book and not the transcripts from the Nuremberg Trial.”
Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast is a weekly listening ritual for tens of thousands of comedy nerds all over the country. We tune in to hear Burr, one of the finest comedians of our day, rant and rave about basically anything—big or small. Well one of Burr’s recent rants centered on EDM– that’s Electronic Dance Music for those of you who spend your time listening to real music. Burr bemoaned not only the genre’s existence but also the illogical popularity of this type of club music. At one point Burr hummed a tune and asserted that an EDM DJ could make a hit song out of it.
Maria Bamford is leading a new kind of 12-Step program in her new Funny or Die webseries The Program. In the first episode, Bamford's character Peace introduces us to her Debtors Anonymous group filled with compulsive debtors from varied walks of life-- a former sex worker (co-creator Melinda Hill), a delusional paranoid dude (Oscar Nunez) and more.
Will Ferrell's epic spoof mini-series The Spoils of Babylon will return to IFC for another round The Funny Or Die production will show the latest book-to-screen adaption from fictional author Eric Jonrosh, The Spoils Before Dying. Jonrosh/Ferrell's monstrous event will premiere in summer 2015 in the form of a six-episode mini-series. Jonrosh will bring a new all-star cast to his production. The Spoils of Babylon flaunted the likes of Val Kilmer, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba and Kristen Wiig.
Have you heard about the war between online retail giant Amazon and publishing giant Hachette? You haven’t? Well, neither did I, because I don’t read books. Because books are for nerds, amiright? But now, because of this video from comedian, author, musician, snappy dresser Dave Hill, I totally know about said war. I also read some articles – two, to be exact – about said war, so I feel I’m more than qualified to sum up the goings on between these two industry powerhouses.
Two women were caught red-handed trying to steal a Florida man’s canopy at the New Symyma Beach on Independence Day. What happened when the man confronted the thieves led to a viral YouTube video. But were any charges filed in this attempted Fourth Of July robbery?
It’s been four years since Dane Cook released the intimate Isolated Incident DVD, but it’s not like the veteran comedian has been lounging around. Last year, he set out on his successful Under Oath theater tour and starred as the lead voice in Disney’s Planes. Cook also just wrapped filming on the Sci-Fi thriller 400 Days – out in theaters next spring – and will be heard once again voicing Dusty Crophopper, this time in Planes: Fire & Rescue, which hits theaters July 18. And in the midst of this whirlwind of activity, Cook filmed his latest stand-up special, Troublemaker.
“I had never done a theater tour before, never actually got a chance to play some of those really beautiful houses,” Cook tells Laughspin about the time he spend on the road during the Under Oath tour. “I was at the Fox Theater [in Detroit] on its 85th birthday and it was one of the most incredible venues I’ve ever been in. It was just amazing. And it was on that night that it all came to me— that I need to record a couple of these shows. I really wanted to share this excitement that I was feeling from that particular tour.”
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