Category Archives: Industry Buzz

LESLIE JONES LEAVES SNL

SNL veteran Leslie Jones is not returning for the upcoming 45th season this fall. Jones started out on the show in 2014 and quickly became a fan-favorite. With this exit, she is slated to host a reboot of the popular game show, Supermarket Sweep. Some popular character impersonations during Jones’ time at the show include parodies of The View (playing Whoopi Goldberg) and special appearances on the highly-popular Weekend Update. She is also in the process of a Netflix original comedy special to premiere in 2020 and the film, Coming to America 2, with Eddie Murphy.

Check out a list of her top sketches on SNL HERE!

Metallica opener, Denver Headliner

Joe Sib did not start doing stand-up the way your average comedian does. In the early ‘90s, Sib’s punk rock band Wax was signed to a major record deal. Just a few years later he started his own indie label, SideOneDummy Records, and launched the careers of many diverse bands. Eventually, Joe began touring a one-man show and started his stand-up career based on stories from his life.

After six years of stand-up, he began opening for comedian Jim Breuer and the two quickly became close. After a couple years together, Sib got a call from Breuer that would change his life. Breuer invited Sib to join him opening for legendary metal band Metallica. The two worked together to put on an opening show like no other. They used a combination of DJing, storytelling, and crowd-work to fire up 40,000 metal heads and sometimes performed for over two and a half hours. Sib once told the band that he had seen them on their Injustice for All tour and was extremely jealous of the people with floor seats. Metallica told Joe to make it up by pulling 10 people from the nosebleeds and giving them floor passes at the end of every show.

Fresh off of the tour with Jim Breuer and Metallica, Joe Sib is headlining Comedy Works November 3rd – 6th

Increasing Sketch Comedy Diversity

The sketch comedy landscape has been evolving the past few years to include a more diverse selection of programs. This is apparent with newer comedic offerings of Los Espookys (HBO), Sherman’s Showcase (IFC), and A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO). More mainstream networks are paying attention too with TBS’ The Last O.G. The increase in diversity helps bring in a wider audience, with more variety to appeal to the average viewer and a fresh take on what is considered funny. Check out a list of our picks below to add something new to your routine!

That 70’s show alums join Nate Bargatze for Abc pilot

Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp (That 70’s Show) are returning back to multi-camera comedy! Nate Bargatze has enlisted the help of Smith and Rupp to play lead roles opposite the comedian. The show, based on Nate’s life, follows him and his wife (Katie Aselton) transitioning from life in hectic Los Angeles to quiet Tennessee to raise his family. The Red and Kitty Foreman actors will play Bargatze’s dad and mom in the ABC pilot. This will be Bargatze’s first time as a leading man in a series and Smith and Rupp’s first time together since wrapping That 70’s Show. The pilot will be directed by University of Colorado Boulder alum Drew Goddard, who has written, directed, and produced many notable TV series and movies. Hopefully the pilot airs on ABC soon, but until then, don’t miss Nate Bargatze live in Denver September 7th, 2019 at the Paramount Theatre! Get tickets here.

2019 40 Most Powerful People In Comedy

The Hollywood Reporter recently polled comedy industry insiders to produce the second annual list of the 40 Most Powerful people in the comedy space for 2019. The list included both comedians and executives that have made a large contribution to the comedy scene this year. People named on this year’s list include Sacha Baron Cohen (Who Is America?), Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen Show), and John Mulaney (Stand-up Comedian). The criteria for the list included the ability to generate laughs, growing TV/film viewership, and providing live comedic events to billions of fans in arenas across the country.

Check out the full list HERE!

Bad boys are Actually Good – “Good boys” movie tops box office

The newest coming-of-age film, Good Boys, has topped the weekend box office charts, estimated to bring in over $20M . This hilarious comedy follows the story of three twelve year old boys as they get ready to attend their first “real” party. It was produced by comedic legend Seth Rogen and his partner, Evan Goldberg , and has received positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes with an 80% approval rating. Despite being rated-R, the film has also been deemed the biggest original comedy opening of 2019 . It stars Wonder‘s Jacob Tremblay, Saturday Night Live‘s Will Forte, and Lil Rel Howery. Check out the official film trailer from Universal Pictures below!

Patriot Act Deep Cuts

Patriot Act touches on issues that face society today in a fun and educational way. It is filmed in front of a live studio audience, which makes it feel like a live stand up show. The difference here is that Hasan Minjah does a segment called “Deep Cuts”. Basically this series show the parts of the filming that does make it to the final cut of the episode. It gives Hasan a chance to engage with the audience and answer personal, silly, and sometimes serious questions about the world we are living in. The questions he answers during this part are submitted by an audience member. The crowd gets the chance to interact with Hasan on a personal level and helps with the overall atmosphere of the show in general. Sometimes they even get some comedian friends to stop by and talk like Phoebe Robinson, Desus and Mero. You never know what is going to be discussed but you know it will be entertaining. Hasan says “This is my favorite part of the show!” Check all the episode at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE6linSnhLs377HnPjCNKbSezvRjLHg0k

Ron Burgundy Podcast

“Don’t act like you’re not impressed.” – Ron Burgundy

Our favorite comedic news anchorman, Ron Burgundy, visited multiple late night television shows last week to promote the second session of the Ron Burgundy podcast. What was even more impressive, Ron visited all of the late night shows in a single evening proving that he has the makings of comedy legend! Each performance was different and involved some stand-up comedy, revisiting original quirks from the movies as well as new jokes. The Ron Burgundy podcast is available through iHeartRadio Podcast network. The first episode of this season premiered last week and featured democratic presidential candidate,  Kamala Harris, along with some shenanigans spilling over from the first season. To catch all of the updates and news, follow the Twitter handle, @BurgundyPodcast and click here for the episode listings! Check it out for a bunch of hilarious laughs!

Dressing Funny

Comics can have many talents but dressing is not necessarily one of those talents. Tan France from Queer Eye is lending his services and expertise to the comedy community. He is adding his flare, style and fashion to the comedy scene. He asks Netflix comedians to come in for a wardrobe make over. Just to name a few, Nick Kroll, Ali Wong, Tina Fey, and Pete Davidson. If you comment on the video he may just bring your favorite Netflix comic in!

Stand ups Doing Make Up

We all know Kelsey Cook from her podcast, Self-Helpless, and her video series on All Things Comedy, Wrists of Fury, but have you seen or remember her show on youtube, Stand-ups Doing Makeup? She is a foosball champ, hilarious comedian, and a really good makeup artist. Is there anything she can’t do? With that being said there are many comedians that should just stick to telling jokes on stage. Despite their best efforts, her guests transform Kelsey’s face into some version of the joker without fail. It is the thought that counts though, right? Some guests on the show were Sean Patton, Mark Normand, Ryan Sickler, Bert Kreischer, Brad Williams, Jessimae Peluso, Jim Norton, and Sam Tripoli. Kelsey no longer does this show but it is nice to go down memory lane!