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Iliza Shlesinger To Star In New CBS Sitcom

Details are starting to be announced already for the much-anticipated fall premieres for all of the major broadcast networks! Exciting news! Comedy Works alum, Iliza Shlesinger, has announced that she is going to star new CBS sitcom.

The show, while still untitled, will center around Shlesinger. She will portray a young woman that moves back home to Austin, Texas to help run the family business with her mom and sister. In addition to starring in the show, Shlesinger will also serve as co-writer of the pilot episode along with collaborator Michelle Nader, who has a current contract with CBS. The show will be classified as a family comedy that will be shot using multiple cameras. It hits close to Shlesinger’s roots since she grew up in neighboring Dallas.

Shlesinger started on the comedy scene by winning Myspace’s So You Think You Are Funny contest in 2007. The following year, she became the first and youngest woman to win NBC’s Last Comic Standing during the show’s sixth season. After winning, she appeared on the nationwide Last Comic Standing Tour.

Since that time, she has released five Netflix comedy specials, including the latest one, unVeiled, this past November. Click HERE to check out the trailer of the newest one! Along with the streaming, Shlesinger had a role in the recent feature film, Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne. She also has published a book entitled Girl Logic, which in her words is a “subversively funny collection of essays and observations on a confident woman’s approach to friendship, singlehood, and relationships.” To read more about the book, click HERE.

Be sure to check back as more information becomes available and don’t miss Iliza when she passes through town in early 2020! For a list of all tour dates, check out Iliza’s official website HERE.

Eddie Murphy makes his triumphant return to SNL!

Eddie Murphy has already made a big splash in 2019. He just released a hilarious movie on Netflix titled Dolemite Is My Name, which I highly recommend, and appeared on the infamous Jerry Seinfeld show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. On Comedians in Cars, Murphy talked about wanting to make a return to stand-up comedy. It has been more than 30 years since he has released a stand-up special, with the last being the monstrous Eddie Murphy: Raw in 1987 that grossed over $50 million. Since then, he has starred in huge blockbuster movies, released music with his band, and has generally laid-low and been a family man.

Murphy is often cited as the reason Saturday Night Live survived through the 1980s when Lorne Michaels left the show for five seasons to pursue a career at Paramount Pictures. Murphy left the fame sketch show in 1984 and has only been back to Studio 8H once for the SNL 40th Anniversary Special. Murphy was quoted from Actors on Actors presented by Variety Studios saying, “they had this 40-year anniversary a few years back, so everyone that was ever on the show was there, and it was this really great night. I got this big wave of nostalgia and great feelings and seeing all these other actors that have been on the show. There was such a strong kinship with everybody, I felt like I was at my old high school. I decided, this Christmas, I’m going to go back and host the show. I hope it’s funny.”

We will be seeing more of Eddie in 2020. It is reported that he is in talks with the streaming giant Netflix for an undisclosed number of comedy specials for a price tag of $70 million. We are hoping to see him on stage somewhere to test new material before the special release but until then, catch him on SNL on December 21st!

Kristin Chenowith To Star In Disney+ Comedy

Comedy specials are starting to be announced for Disney+, the new streaming service that debuted in November from the entertainment mogul.

One of the first to be announced is a new comedy starring Kristin Chenowith. She will be both starring in and executive producing the new series entitled The Biggest Star in Appleton. Currently the show is in the early stages of production without a release date; however, details are starting to surface.

The new show will be shot using a single camera and is a concept that was originally vetted by 20th Century Fox, now a part of the Walt Disney Company with the recent acquisition. Paul Rudnick from popular hits, In & Out and Addams Family Values, is the new show’s creator.

So far, the premise of the show chronicles Carol Dannhauser (played by Chenowith) who is a mother, wife and, waitress in the small town of Appleton, Wisconsin, who gets her deepest satisfaction from local stardom as she performs at the community theater. This sense of bliss becomes threatened when a down-on-her-luck chorus girl from New York comes to town.

Best Holiday Comedies

To get you in the holiday mood, we have complied a list of the best holiday comedies of recent years to help put you in the spirit of the season and fill you with laughter.

In an article in Esquire, they list the top 50 best Christmas movies. On this list, there are multiple comedies including Last Holiday, Elf, and Love Actually. To check out the full list, click HERE.

Holiday comedies are a staple for the season, with new ones coming out each year. Below is a list of our favorites picks for this year along with a short synopsis of each.

A Bad Moms Christmas – While this is a sequel, it follows three moms through the holiday season in their efforts to create the perfect Christmas for their families while each of their moms come to town for a surprise visit. Can they deliver on their vow for larger-than-life celebrations? Click HERE to watch this laugh-out-loud trailer.

Elf – As a toddler Buddy, accidentally grows up at the North Pole and then returns to New York City as an adult to discover the harsh realities of adulthood by searching for his real father. Buddy has to adjust to his new life but also helps restore the Christmas spirit to those who need it. Click HERE to watch the trailer.

Bad Santa – This raunchy comedy follows two con-men as they try to pull off their annual holiday robbery; however, one of the partners isn’t into it this year. Click HERE to check out the trailer for a preview of the hilarity that ensues.

Some honorable mentions include Eight Crazy Nights, Home Alone, The Night Before, and A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas. For some other funny movie suggestions, check out the list compiled by Harpers Bazaar HERE.

Season’s Greetings!

For The Love of Comedy

It is Valentine’s Day and our number one love is Comedy! Comedy that has influenced the next generation of brilliant entertainers. Back in August, CNN wrote an article rating the 50 most influential comedians the world has ever known. These people are timeless and have nothing but given the world much needed love and laughs. Check out these comedic genius, you may find a new favorite! Keep an eye out for some of these comics coming to Comedy Works.

The Benefits of Yondr

It’s been researched that the average adult (18+) spends almost 3 hours a day on their cell phone. For most people, disconnecting is certainly a struggle. However, when we disconnect we are able to connect with the ones around us even more. Here at Comedy Works we are ahead of the game and have already implemented Yondr, a service that allows events to have a phone-free space. Check out what Buzzfeed had to say about it! Watch full video

Rita Rudner

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Rita Rudner, the Strip’s $100M woman, to be legendarily honored
– Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Rita Rudner remembers her first gig in Las Vegas, about 30 years ago, at a convention at the Las Vegas Hilton” Full Article

Be sure to catch Rita in Denver for a rare club performance at Comedy Works South at the Landmark on August 25 & 26, 2017. Buy Tickets

Colin Jost in Denver

COLIN JOST SHARED HIS FAVORITE UNAIRED SNL TRUMP JOKE THIS WEEKEND IN DENVER

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“I’ve always wanted to come here,” said the Saturday Night Live writer and Weekend Update co-anchor to the audience at the Comedy Works in Downtown Denver this past weekend.

Full 303 Magazine Article Here