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.
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.
Maria Bamford is making sure we all start the new year the right way! On January 28th, 2020, Maria will release her newest special titled Weakness Is the Brand. The special, unlike others being released currently, will be available to stream on multiple platforms through Comedy Dynamics including Comcast, Amazon Prime Video, Spectrum, Apple TV, Dish, Google Play, DirectTV, Vimeo, and YouTube. There are plenty of places to stream and watch this comedy’s veterans fourth hour-long special.
Maria came to Denver in September 2019 to headline the High
Plains Comedy Festival with special guest Aparna Nancherla. Maria worked out a
lot of the material in her new special with us and we are excited to see what
other hot bits she included. Bamford has a unique way of creating and testing
new material. She often writes her new bits at a coffee shop and invites individuals
on Twitter to join her for one-on-one comedy show. Don’t worry, this isn’t free
work on your end. Maria pays well in treats and coffee. She often calls friends
and runs through her material over the phone. Such a unique approach to the creative
process from such a unique comedian!
“This is my finest, richest chunk of hot new bits. Enjoy
with your favorite cool beverage and a nice piece of fudge,” Bamford said in a press
release. Maria’s high energy comedy is sure to have you falling off the couch.
Let her be the poor example from which your greatness is determined.
Follow Maria on Twitter here for a chance to join her in a coffee shop as she starts writing new material again. We are excited to see the new special and can’t wait for Bamford to make another stop in Denver.
Watch the trailer now for Weakness Is the Brand with
streaming starting on January 28th, 2020!
Music and Comedy have very similar purposes to society. Can
you name a civilization in the history of the world that didn’t have a version
of music or comedy? It is a universal constant throughout the history of the
world. The 500 with Josh Adam Meyers combines the incredible world of music and
comedy into an hour and a half of podcast gold.
This Spotify exclusive podcast counts down the top 500
albums according to Rolling Stone magazine but with a twist. The host Josh Adam
Meyers, a hilarious comic, invites his funny friends and uses “facts from the
albums and song meanings as a road map to interview each guest.” The guests are
either already fans of the artist/ album they are talking about but you can
really tell they did their homework before going into the studio to chat with
Comedians are also the most suitable people in the
entertainment business to comment on such albums. The best of both music and
comedy evoke deep emotion from their audience whether it is a song that makes
you cry or a joke that makes you laugh (or in today’s society enraged), there
is always a reaction. The journeys of a musician are so similar to comedians as
well. It takes experience to become a respected musician and years of rejection
(for the most part, at least the artists of the albums on The 500 list), which
almost every comic has had to experience. There is not one comic that doesn’t
have a story about them bombing or a bad show.
It is self-described as “The 500 is the first Music Album
Book Club representing the next decade of his life’s work talking to creative
about the greatest recorded music in history. The first episode is the last and
the last episode is the first. This is the only podcast where you know when it
will end, on May 31st, 2028.” You will want it to last forever but
unfortunately there is an expiration date.
Josh has gotten great comedians! Every episode has something
to offer but here are some notable episodes
White Stripes White Blood Cells with Bill Burr
BB King Live in Cook County Jail with Ryan Sickler
Elvis Costello Armed Forces with Dana Gould
Marvin Gaye Here, My Dear with Roy Wood Jr
Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual with Big Jay Oakerson
The Smiths (Self-titled) with Christina P
The Fugees The Score with Andrew Santino
For a full list of episodes click here! The podcast world is evolving and can sometimes feel like listing to the same story from the same people. The 500 stands out in the sea of interview podcast! Take a listen!
To add to the amazing list of talented comedians releasing new specials this year, Tiffany Haddish has released her new Netflix special, Black Mitzvah. The name of the special came to Haddish after she took an ancestry DNA test that revealed she was of part Jewish descent on her father’s side. The special is now available for streaming and is quickly gaining both traction and notoriety.
Haddish describes the special as a celebration of her own bat mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony that traditionally occurs when one is around thirteen. She adds, “I want to do something that represents growth and maturity.” Haddish’s late father was a Jewish refugee from Eritrea, which she discovered as a teenager. She even had some experience working as an entertainer and dancer at various bar/bat mitzvahs as she started her career.
Early reviews of Black Mitzvah have been favorable and have praised Haddish for her comedic chops. An article by FastCompany claims that it is a “comedy special as PR and it works.” The special highlights her humorous commentary on life, including the moment she discovered she was part Jewish. Check out the trailer HERE. To prepare for the special, she spent time reading the Torah and learning the Jewish language to prepare for her actual upcoming bat mitzvah ceremony she is having to celebrate her heritage as well as her 40th birthday.
Haddish has come on to the comic scene from film roles in Night School, Girls Trip, and Like A Boss. In addition to those credits, she also was part of NBC’s show, The Carmichaels, that aired from 2015-2017 and TBS’ The Last O.G. with Tracy Morgan. Black Mitzvah is her second Netflix special, the first one being They Ready, which premiered earlier this year in August.
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt there was
no escape? Have you ever experienced something that you didn’t think you could
come back from? Do think about it now and realize that it only made you who you
are today? When you tell the story of it
now, are you able to laugh at it?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then The
HoneyDew with Ryan Sickler is the perfect podcast for you. Every Tuesdee, you can hear some of the best
storytellers talk about some of their lowest points in life. Hear how they
bounced back and are able to laugh at it now.
If you answered no to any of these questions then this is
the perfect podcast for you too. Listening to Sickler and his guests talk about
some of the darkest moments can provide some much needed therapy and
perspective. As the tagline says, The HoneyDew is “Highlighting the Lowlights”.
There hasn’t been a more concise and accurate motto ever.
The HoneyDew is only a year old but with 300+ episodes of CrabFeast, Sickler is a professional interviewer at this point. Having been in the game so long, he is able to bring the best storytellers in the entertainment landscape. Guests like Adam Ray talking about his childhood sheds light on Ray’s origin story to becoming a comic. You can “hear in the throat clear”. Joey Diaz, who has more stories than anyone, talks about fighting a nun. Brad Williams virginity story is hilarious. Relive the stroytelling show Comedy Works had in January 2018 with Ari Shaffir by listening to Steve Simeone’s episode. It always goes deep but is able to remain playful and fun because Ryan Sickler’s ability to guide the conversation, his authenticity, and of course his laugh. This podcast is more than just your usually interview and people aren’t just going to promote things. Everyone seems excited to be there.
One of the most interesting things about this podcast is the format and what it will become in the future. The HoneyDew was made with the fans in mind. Not just to make a podcast that entertains fans but also to involve fans. Eventually, once the podcast becomes huge, which is just a matter of time; there is a chance you can be on it! Comedians aren’t the only people that have crazy stories and Sickle Cell knows that. He knows there are plenty of you out there with great stories and wants to provide an outlet in which fans can highlight their lowlights. With an ever-changing platform, fan involvement is just the next step in podcasting. Plus what better way to get through the hard times than to have Ryan Sickler’s laugh as constant reminder that it going to get better.
Most know John Mayer for his musical abilities; however, Mayer has been self-producing Instagram Live “episodes” of a talk show he is calling Current Mood.
Using the social media platform, Mayer hosts the show and has a variety of guests join him. The show is very informal and shot using an iPhone camera in his living room. To add a little more comedic flare, the set includes a homemade backdrop of stuffed animals that Mayer has hot-glued to a poster board. Past guests include Andy Cohen, Shawn Mendes, Comedy Work alum David Spade, and Halsey. On a recent show, Mayer and Mendes played a silly game with a catchy intro called ” Camila Camendes Camendes Cabello Cabello Cabelas Mendes ” where they tried to guess random facts about celebrities that have a combination of those names listed in the song. Watch the clip within the episode HERE.
The first episode of the show surfaced back in September 2018 and is a recurring Sunday night event, barring any musical performance commitments. It showcases Mayer’s wit and dry sense of humor where he contemplates very important issues like the reboot of Sonic the Hedgehog. He creates comedic segments complete with note cards, interviews guests, and typically rounds out the show with a musical performance by a guest, tying it back to his musical roots. While it initially started out as something Mayer wanted to do in order to combat loneliness, it has turned into much more. It is streamed live and can be found on Instagram for the first 24 hours after the show on Mayer’s personal page. Afterwards, the new shows can be found most of the time on YouTube after fans have uploaded them there. Click HERE to read why fans are interested in the show.
Mayer is known as a talented musician, releasing solo hit such as No Such Thing and Heartbreak Warfare. In more recent years, he has been touring worldwide with Dead & Company.
Be sure to catch the show live or watch it on YouTube if you are looking for some laughs!
Looking for a good, funny read as we head into the winter months? Comedy Works veteran, Jenny Slate, has just released a brand-new book, Little Weirds.
The book is a collection of essays that explore a wide variety of topics – from thoughts on a haunted house to more serious topics such as divorce. Slate weaves in self-reflection and personal insights as she goes through each subject. The essays range in length and are easy to read. Slate herself describes the work as 48 different pieces where the reader can open up to any one theme and just start reading in any order of his or her choosing, but she recommends starting from the first page and reading in consecutive order as she designed the book that way.
Reviews for the book have been very positive since the release with an average four out of five stars. Mindy Kaling calls the book “magical”, and John Mulaney described it as “funny, poignant, and beautiful.” To read other reviews, click HERE. Little Weirds is Slate’s first solo print publication, but she has previously co-authored three other works: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me, Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been, and About the House. Marcel is a popular children’s book series that has also been made into a stop-animation short film, teaching the importance of finding something good in each day.
Slate started her career as part of the comedic duo, Gabe & Jenny, and quickly rose to fame after initial recognition by Time Out New York in 2008. Television and film credits include: Saturday Night Live, Zootopia, Gifted, and Comedy Central’s Drunk History. You can also currently catch her as the voice of Missy Foreman-Greenwald on the animated Netflix series Big Mouth. In addition, Slate has a comedy special on the streaming service, Stage Fright, that has received a lot of industry buzz and hype.
The Daily Beast’s Last Laugh
is a podcast that has gotten some big names from the newer and older generation
of comics. An
interview podcast in which Matt Wilstein has conversations with “some of the
biggest names in comedy—as well as the new voices crashing the party—about what
it’s like to be a comedian in this current cultural and political moment.” The
first episode was only released in late March of 2019 and they already have an
impressive archive of comics. Starting with Sarah Silverman ranging to Mindy
Kaling, Bill Burr, and Judd Apatow.
can be long and sometimes hard to follow. The Last Laugh is structured into
segments. It still flows well but there are scripted questions more like an
actual interview, which makes it easier to keep the conversation to about an
hour. Though this format is not for everyone, it does provide a change from the
other comedy interview podcasts, like Joe Rogan Experience or Bertcast, which
can last up to 3 hours.
Matt Wilstien dives into comedians’
works, specifically referencing a certain joke and asks the comic the process
and feelings behind the joke. If you haven’t seen the special or heard the joke
Wilstien plays the joke or bit in which they are talking about to give the
listener context. Nick Kroll discussed Big Mouth and the upcoming spin off
series Human Resources. Desus and Mero talk about the switch from Vice to
Showtime. Bill Nye shows that he is more than just the science guy.
The podcast does speak to today’s cancel culture and how comedians are adapting to this new wave of “woke” comedy. From the interviews conducted on this podcast it seems that comedians like Bill Burr and Anthony Jeselnik are not going to be affected by the new culture. Comedy is the same as it has been…funny is funny.
Gaffigan like you have never seen him before! In the new thriller American
Dreamer, Gaffigan plays Cam, a ride-share driver with an anger problem that
costs him his family and job. With no money in the bank and child support
payments looming over him, Cam’s ex-wife won’t allow him to see his tween son.
To earn money, Cam drives around strangers all day who don’t seem to notice his
existence. Except one. Maz, a high-ranking drug dealer, uses Cam and his
low-profile sedan as a mule, making him drive across the city all day and
paying him in cash. When Cam drops off Maz at the end of the day, he sees Maz’s
family (girlfriend Marina and his son) standing in the doorway. This reminds
Cam of what he wants most, to see his son, and sets him into a rage. He finally
knows what he has to do.
a plan to kidnap Marina for $20,000 cash in ransom. He breaks into Maz’s house to
find nothing but silence. Thinking his plan was foiled, he opens a bedroom door
and there is Maz’s son watching TV. Cam, in a frenzy, decides to take the toddler
instead of Marina. The rest of the film follows Maz as he searches the city for
his son, only wanting to murder the person who has him, while Cam acts as his chauffeur.
Gaffigan play such a dark twisted role is a change for someone who is a fan of
his clean-cut stand-up comedy. The LA Times called Gaffigan “great, eschewing
sentimentality as he taps into his frustration and rage – with no joke in sight.”
This is the first time Jim Gaffigan has given me chills. Be sure to watch the trailer here.
American Dreamer is available On Demand and can be rented on Amazon Prime or iTunes.