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!
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.
A comedy event is the only way to describe a new Dave Chappelle special. On Monday, August 26th the G.O.A.T. returns to Netflix! With no press or advertising, he surprised the world by releasing a trailer (hilariously narrated by Morgan Freeman) only a week and a half before release. The one-hour special, fittingly titled Sticks & Stones, will be Dave’s most boundary pushing special yet!
We will be watching Dave’s new special, will you?
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!
“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!
Between The Soup and Community, Joel McHale fans have been used to their once a week fix of this hilarious actor and comedian. Well Tuesday, August 6th, the world will be able to watch Joel over and over on his first hour long comedy special streaming on Comedy Dynamics called Live at Pyongyang! It is bound to be an incredible special considering Comedy Dynamics is involved. Any comedy lovers should have this special on their radar!
IFC Films has a new movie coming out on July 12th called Sword of Trust starring Marc Maron, Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Michaela Watkins (Casual), and Jon Bass (Baywatch). The movie is a drama but with this hilarious cast there are bound to be some laughs along with an incredible story.
“Mel (Marc Maron) is a cantankerous pawnshop owner in Alabama who spends most of his time swindling customers while trying and failing to get his man-child employee Nathaniel (Jon Bass) to do any work. When Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and her wife Mary (Michaela Watkins) try to hawk a Civil War-era sword inherited from Cynthia’s recently deceased grandfather, he tries to get the better of them. The sword, however, comes with a convoluted report from Cynthia’s grandfather claiming the relic to be proof the South actually won the war. It isn’t long before the coveted “prover item” draws the attention of overzealous conspiracy theorists and the two duos have to join forces in order to sell the sword to the highest bidder. The journey that ensues takes the ragtag bunch on a tour through the deep South and the minds of the local fanatics who inhabit it. Created from the raw talent of its cast and infused with a lot of heart and laughs, Sword of Trust takes a stab at uncovering emotional truths through moments of hilarity and hits right on the mark.” – IFC Films
Bring the Funny is nothing like we have seen on TV before. Though NBC helped comedians make the limelight on Last Comic Standing, this show will give more than just stand up comedians a chance. Not only will it feature stand up but also variety and sketch comedy for a chance to win $250,000 and perform at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in 2020. The host is Amanda Seales and judges are Jeff Foxworthy, Kenan Thompson, and Chrissy Teigen. Some performers will definitely look familiar like Pat Regan and Jeremiah Watkins, Jesus Trejo, Ali Siddiq, and Rocky Dale Davis. Excited to see how everyone does on this show. Premiering July 9th on NBC after America’s Got Talent.
Iliza has 4 Netflix specials so it makes her the perfect person to make a documentary about everything that goes into recording these specials. She teamed up with Comedy Dynamic to bring us Over & Over, showing how she prepared for the recording of her most recent special, Elder Millennial. If you watch closely you get a glimpse of Iliza on our Comedy Works South stage. Available July 2nd on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and more.
Iliza thanks her fans by saying “We created something special for the fans, new and old, as a way to say thank you for always being there and supporting me. Words cannot express my gratitude to them for always showing up. Over and Over is as much about them as it is about me.”
Steve Simeone started coming to Comedy Works with Ari Shaffir so it is so cool to hear this discussion between these 2 favorites of the club. It is even more exciting to hear how much they love us. The club that comes to mind first is Comedy Works Downtown. Maybe next time they decide to record they will grace us with honor. If you have haven’t heard this album, you need to. No one has praising the dad material like Steve Simeone. Two one of a kind comics talk comedy and recording an album, is there anything better?!