Patton Oswalt sat down with Wired to answer the web’s most searched questions about himself during an Autocomplete Interview.
n addition to the eighth and final season of Portlandia currently airing on IFC, Fred Armisen has another comedy project coming out next month. Netflix just released the trailer of Armisen’s new special called Standup for Drummers, in which Armisen “explores a variety of topics including his inability to truly understand jazz, the subtle differences in American accents from around the country, why great photography is overrated, and of course, his love of being a drummer.” Armisen also brings back his most masterful impression ever: a time-lapse of a decomposing fox. Check out the trailer for the one-hour special.
Standup For Drummers premieres February 6.
In addition to the upcoming filmed version of Ricky Gervais’ comedy tour Humanity, a new comedy special has been sold to Netflix. The streaming service will air Humanity in the first quarter of this year, as it is already filmed.
Gervais tweeted about the news, and said that the second special doesn’t have a theme or a title yet. He’s asking for suggestions, which you can tweet at him @RickyGervais. Humanity was filmed in London’s Eventim Apollow. There is no air date set currently.
Netflix surprised audiences by announcing a second Dave Chappelle stand-up special that will launch on New Year’s Eve. In addition to the previously-announced Equanimity, Netflix will also launch Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation on December 31, 2017.
These are Chappelle’s third and fourth comedy specials coming exclusively to Netflix in 2017. The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium and Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits debuted earlier this year.
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity: Emmy Award-winning comedy titan Dave Chappelle is capping a banner year with a stand-up event packed with scorching new material, self-reflection and tough love. Chappelle holds court in a special homecoming performance filmed in front of a packed house at the historic Warner Theater in Washington D.C. In Dave Chappelle: Equanimity, the comedian hilariously revels in taking on culture and class, politics and the specter of getting old.
Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation: Filmed at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles on November 20, 2017.
In 1999 Milos Forman cast Jim Carrey to play cult comedian Andy Kaufman in his biopic Man on the Moon. What followed was an intensely bizarre and emotional film production. Surrounded by Kaufman’s friends and family on set, Carrey thoroughly “became” Andy and, alternately, Tony Clifton, Kaufman’s obnoxious lounge singer alter ego. Much like Kaufman’s comedy, Carrey’s acting took on a performance art quality during the film. He never broke character on set, the cast and the crew referred to him as either ‘Andy’ or ‘Tony’ depending on who he was embodying (he had created complete and separate identities for each).
Jim Carrey earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe for the performance, but many of the production’s most Kaufmanesque moments played out behind the scenes, thankfully captured on video by Andy’s former girlfriend, Lynne Margulies and former writing partner, Bob Zmuda. In Jim & Andy, Carrey looks back at the resulting footage 18 years later, reflecting on how he and Andy came up in oddly parallel universes, his experience channelling Andy and Tony and more broadly the spiritual journey of his career.
“For almost two decades this brilliant performance from Jim Carrey has resonated with audiences and fans of Kaufman’s, but the story behind the film – a true piece of entertainment history has remained largely unknown,” said Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentaries for Netflix. “Chris Smith and Spike Jonze have masterfully unearthed and explored Jim’s complex and artful creative process, hurling audiences right into the mind of a genius.”
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – With a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton premieres November 17th, on Netflix.
Hulu has released the first promo for their upcoming new weekly series, I Love You, America, starring Sarah Silverman. Tune in for the series premiere of the show on Thursday, October 12, only on Hulu. New episodes of the series will stream weekly on Thursday nights.
From inciting treason to telling poop jokes, Sarah Silverman has created her fair share of online chatter. With I Love You, America, she’s looking to connect with people who may not agree with her personal opinions through honesty, humor, genuine interest in others, and not taking herself too seriously. While it’s great to connect with like-minded people, Silverman feels it’s crucial, now more than ever, to connect with un-like-minded people.
I Love You, America comes to Hulu from Funny or Die and is executive produced by Sarah Silverman, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Amy Zvi, Gavin Purcell and Joe Farrell.
Gilbert is a wildly funny and unexpectedly poignant portrait of the life and career of one of comedy’s most iconic figures, Gilbert Gottfried.
With the help of more than a dozen fellow comics, director Neil Berkeley charts the ups and downs of Gottfried’s life, including his nearly career-ending tweets about the 2011 Japanese tsunami. We follow him to stand-up gigs and budget motels, as he travels on low-cost airlines or by bus. But we’re also offered incredible perspective on Gottfried’s private life, which includes a wife and two children and a $3 million New York City townhouse apartment.
Gilbert opens in select theaters November 3, 2017.