Hulu has acquired the exclusive online streaming rights for the cancelled Starz comedy series Party Down starring Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan and Jane Lynch. Third-place online streaming service Hulu continues to make monstrous moves in order to attract subscribers to its premium streaming service Hulu Plus. In its latest spending grab, Hulu Plus has obtained exclusive streaming rights to defunct Starz comedy series Party Down. The cult comedy lasted two seasons on Starz when the network decided to not order a third season.
FX gave a 10-episode series order to Baskets, a comedy series from Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis. Galifianakis will star as Chip Baskets, an aspiring clown. Baskets, however, didn't do so well at a prestigious clowning school in Paris and is stuck working the local rodeo. Hilarity ensues.
Comedy icon Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital this morning when she stopped breathing during a throat surgery and is currently in critical condition, according to the New York Police Department. The 81-year-old comedian was having surgery on her vocal chords and at one point stopped breathing, according to TMZ.
Ellen DeGeneres finally appeared on Chelsea Lately in a shower scene sketch confronting Chelsea Handler about having never been invited onto the show. Tuesday was the series finale of Chelsea Lately before Handler leaves E! for Netflix.
Netflix has made a huge push for quality original comedy programming recently and we’re about to start enjoying the warm, squishy, hilarious fruits of their labor— in the form of Jim Jefferies’ newest stand-up comedy special Bare, which becomes available on Netflix this Friday, Aug. 29. If Jefferies isn’t your speed, you’ll be pleased to know Netflix recently announced their upcoming slate of original stand-up comedy specials, including new hours from Chelsea Peretti, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and, of course, Chelsea Handler who will not only debut Uganda Be Kidding Me Live on Oct. 10 but will also host her own new talk show starting in 2016.
As tensions in Ferguson, Missouri fail to wane, Jon Stewart and the writers at The Daily Show succeeded in putting the coverage of the Michael Brown shooting in great perspective. On last night’s Daily Show, Stewart opens the show congratulating Stephen Colbert and The Colbert Report on their Emmy win on Monday night. But Stewart gets serious quickly, beginning his outstanding 10-minute tirade against conservative news outlets who have charged that the liberal media has made the Michael Brown shooting into a race issue when it really isn’t. The far-ranging segment ends with a solemn note.
Though the Ice Bucket Challenge began nearly one month ago the viral charity campaign is still going strong, having raised $94.3 million to date. Compare that to the $2.7 million The ALS Association raised last year during the same period. Impressive! The latest comedy star to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge is Homer Simpson.
While comedy fans rejoiced today due to both Oprah Winfrey and director Lee Daniels confirming Mike Epps will play iconic comedian Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic, Pryor's daughter Rain doesn't share the excitement, and for good reason. "I don't approve of the biopic period," Pryor told Laughspin upon being asked what she thought of Epps being cast as her father. "And no one has bothered to check the facts or ask for them, because no one desires to know the truth. As far a Epps, whatever."
Billy Crystal delivers a moving tribute to his good friend Robin Williams at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine—supportive, protective, loving. It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives. For almost40 years he was the brightest star in a comedy galaxy. But while some of the brightest of our celestial bodies are actually extinct now, their energy long since cooled. But miraculously, since because they float in the heavens so far away from us now, they’re beautiful light will continue to shine on us forever. And the glow will be so bright, it’ll warm your heart, it’ll make your eyes glisten and you’ll think to yourselves, ‘Robin Williams— what a concept.’
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