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Beavis And Butt-Head Returning With Two New Seasons (And Spinoffs) At Comedy Central

Comedy Central today announced an expansive deal with Emmy Award-winning Mike Judge to reimagine MTV’s seminal, Gen X-defining “Beavis and Butt-Head,” as well as additional spin-offs and specials.

Launched in 1993, “Beavis and Butt-Head” quickly became a force in pop culture and started a television revolution with its pure, unadulterated, satirical commentary on youth and adolescence.  Centered around two teenage couch potatoes, “Beavis” and “Butt-Head,” the unprecedented concept immediately became part of the vernacular in a way no other adult animated series had before.  Known for tackling social issues including teen obesity, workers’ rights and media trends, the show connected with an entire generation, laying claim as one of the most innovative series in the modern-day zeitgeist.

In this new iteration, “Beavis” and “Butt-head” are entering a whole new Gen Z world.

Comedy Central has ordered two seasons of the new series with meta-themes relatable to both new and old fans – Gen X parents and their Gen Z kids.

Judge is set to write, produce and provide voice over for both iconic characters.

“We are thrilled to be working with Mike Judge and the great team at 3 Arts again as we double down on Adult Animation at Comedy Central” says Chris McCarthy, President of Entertainment & Youth Group.  “Beavis and Butt-Head were a defining voice of a generation, and we can’t wait to watch as they navigate the treacherous waters of a world light-years from their own.”

“It seemed like the time was right to get stupid again,” said Judge.

The deal marks a homecoming for Judge after going on to create other landmark series including “Silicon Valley” and “King of the Hill,” and movies like “Office Space” and “Idiocracy” among others. “Beavis and Butt-Head” marks a return to animation as he looks to recreate a cultural dialogue for a new generation, giving familiar fans and new audiences alike the chance to experience and laugh with America’s favorite animated duo.

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Is This Anything? By Jerry Seinfeld

The first book in twenty-five years from Jerry Seinfeld features his best work across five decades in comedy.

Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub “Catch a Rising Star” as a twenty-one-year-old college student in fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. “Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders,” Seinfeld writes. “So I have everything I thought was worth saving from forty-five years of hacking away at this for all I was worth.” 

For this book, Jerry Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. In page after hilarious page, one brilliantly crafted observation after another, readers will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy.

Pre-order the book HERE, it will be released on October 6, 2020.

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Judd Apatow Developing George Carlin Documentary

It’s been nearly 12 years since the world lost the talented comedian George Carlin (Dogma, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and now Golden Globe-nominated director Judd Apatow is ready to dive into his 50-year career and the legacy it left in a new documentary. 

In an interview with The Boston Globe for his upcoming dramedy The King of Staten Island, Apatow revealed that he’s already prepared to dive into his next project by heading back into the documentary genre with a focus on the iconic stand-up comic.

“I’m about to start work with my partner Michael Bonfiglio on a documentary about George Carlin,” Apatow said. “So I’m looking forward to watching a lot of Carlin interviews and specials. I think his work turned out to be very prophetic.”

During his break from feature-length filmmaking between the Amy Schumer-written and starring hit Trainwreck and the Pete Davidson-co-written and starring dramedy Staten Island, Apatow tried his hand at the documentary format on two separate projects. The first came in 2017 with May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers, a chronicling of the making of the titular band’s album “True Sadness,” which aired on HBO in January 2018 and later won the SXSW Audience Award.

His second venture, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, was a two-part documentary focused on the late comic and featured interviews from nearly four dozen friends, family and colleagues including Jim Carrey, Conan O’Brien, Sarah Silverman and more, as well as a lifetime of personal journals, private letters and home audio and video footage. The documentary received rave reviews from critics and was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, winning one for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

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Watch The Trailer For Jo Koy: In His Elements

For the first time ever, comedian Jo Koy takes Netflix to the Philippines in his new special, Jo Koy: In His Elements. 

Koy celebrates his heritage by telling jokes about life as a Filipino-American while highlighting the culture of Manila. Koy uses this opportunity to shine a light on other Filipino-American performers by welcoming to the stage famed breakdancer Ronnie, Grammy-winning producer !llmind, singer/songwriter Iñigo Pascual, and comedians Andrew Lopez, Joey Guila, and Andrew Orolfo. 

Jo Koy: In His Elements premieres on Netflix on June 12, 2020. 

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Watch The Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything Trailer

Netflix has revealed a new comedy special from Emmy and Grammy winner Patton Oswalt entitled I Love Everything is heading to the streaming service later this month and has debuted the hilarious trailer for the latest stand-up special.

Like the ancient grains of Babylon, Patton provides a healthy dose of witticism in his newest Netflix comedy special, Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything.  Enjoy yourself as the Emmy and Grammy winning comedian reflects on hilarious existential anecdotes after recently embracing his fifties, which includes attending his daughter’s second-grade art show that cost him the chance to board a full-scale Millennium Falcon or how buying a house is like hiring a suicide squad of superhuman subcontractors. 

Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything premieres on Netflix on May 19. 

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The ‘Feeding America Comedy Festival’ Will Feature Numerous Comedy Icons Including Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Howie Mandel, Kenan Thompson, Brad Garrett, Chris Rock & Many More

Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group television production division – Entertainment Studios – proudly announces a live-streaming comedy event to support and raise money for America’s largest hunger-relief organization, Feeding America.

Co-produced by the Funny Or Die entertainment brand and comedy studio, this comedy event to support Feeding America will live-stream on the Allen Media Group television networks Comedy.TV and The Weather Channel, as well as on the free streaming service app Local Now from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm (ET) on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Dozens of today’s comedy icons will contribute pre-recorded comedy segments to live-stream during the three-hour event. Some of the comedians that have committed to participating in this comedy event include: Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Marlon Wayans, Howie Mandel, Tiffany Haddish, Brad Garrett, Taraji P. Henson, Louie Anderson, Margaret Cho, Kenan Thompson, Marc Maron, Jon Lovitz, Caroline Rhea, Byron Allen, Billy Gardell, Tim Meadows, Jamie Kennedy, Bill Engvall, Sheryl Underwood, and Chris Rock. Many more comedy icons are expected to announce their participation in the near future. All viewers tuning in to this live-streaming comedy event will be encouraged to contribute/volunteer/donate here: www.feedingamerica.org

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Netflix Releases Promo For Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill

Jerry Seinfeld finds himself in a precarious situation as he’s preparing to go on stage for his new stand-up special. 23 Hours to Kill, the all-new stand-up special from comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld, streams May 5th, only on Netflix.

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Space Force, Netflix’s Much-Anticipated New Comedy Series Will Premiere On May 29

A decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force, four-star general Mark R. Naird (Steve Carell) is thrown for a loop when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force. Skeptical but dedicated, Mark uproots his family and moves to a remote base in Colorado where he and a colorful team of scientists and “Spacemen” are tasked by the White House with getting American boots on the moon (again) in a hurry and achieving total space dominance. From co-creators Carell and Greg Daniels (The Office), Space Force is a new kind of workplace comedy, where the stakes are sky high and the ambitions even higher. John Malkovich, Diana Silvers, Tawny Newsome, Ben Schwartz also star, alongside co-stars Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy O. Yang, Noah Emmerich, Alex Sparrow and Don Lake. Howard Klein/3Arts (The Office) serves as executive producer, as well.

      

The highly anticipated new comedy series will premiere on Netflix May 29.

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Celebrity Comedians Unite For Laugh Aid: 4-Hour Livestream Benefitting Comedy Gives Back’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

Laughter is healing, and during the COVID-19 public health crisis a renowned group of celebrity comedians, including Ray Romano, Iliza Shlesinger, Howie Mandel, Nikki Glaser, Bill Burr, Marc Maron, Patton Oswalt  and many more will be performing April 4, 2020 at 4pm pst (4/4 at 4pm) via a livestream to lift the nation’s spirits as well as to raise money for an emergency relief fund.

Laugh Aid will be produced in partnership with Comedy Gives Back, Laugh Lounge, Starburns Audio, All Things Comedy, Earwolf and Comedy Central. The goal of LAUGH AID is to entertain the world through technology as we sequester in our homes, while supporting the comedy community that lives and breathes with a live audience.

Comedians will be creating content specifically for Laugh Aid, be it a special edition podcast, an interview, or peak into their family life during this crazy time and we will bring it into your homes, from their homes.

Viewing is donation based and all profits will be donated to Comedy Gives Back’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.The relief fund is now open and taking submissions for grants: https://www.comedygivesback.com/covid-19-grant

Additional celebrity comedians performing include The Sklar Brothers , Tom Papa, Bert Kreischer, Nikki Glaser, Dane Cook, Jeffrey Ross, Jessica Kirson,  Anthony Jeselnik , Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder, and many others. See www.comedygivesback.com for the current lineup.

Laugh Aid will take place on Saturday, April 4, at 4 p.m. Pacific (PST) / 7 p.m. Eastern (EST). The group aims to bring laughter to the world, and relief and comfort to fellow comedians in need during this difficult time when all live performances are banned.

The event will be treamable on the Laugh Lounge app, Twitch, Twitter, Comedy Central’s YouTube channel, and Facebook will simultaneously stream the curated content, powered by Suitespot. Audio version will be available via Spotify and SiriusXM post live stream.

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The Official Robin Williams’ YouTube channel Will Launch On April 1

On April 1, the official Robin Williams’ YouTube channel will launch, featuring moments from his most memorable stand-up shows and interviews with his friends and family.

After his humble beginnings in the San Fransisco stand-up scene and a breakout role in Happy Days spin-off Mork and Mindy, Williams rose to greater fame in film roles like Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Jumanji. He won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing therapist Sean Maguire in 1997’s Good Will Hunting. In 2018, TimeLife, the same group that now brings us this YouTube Channel, came out with a massive 50-hour collection of the late comedian’s work. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, a documentary that dug deep into the trials and triumphs of Williams, came out that same year.

The YouTube channel is a partnership between Time Life and the Robin Williams Estate. A new clip of or about Williams will be uploaded each week through the end of June during the channel’s initial launch.

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