• All-comedy FM radio station launches

    A new radio station in Austin, TX called Comedy 102.7 launched and plans to offer round-the-clock comedy content. According to Austin360 programming will include classic stand-up routines from legends such as Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Rodney Dangerfield as well as content from contemporary comedy stars like Ron White and Chelsea Handler. They also plan to feature Austin comics like Shane Mauss and Andy Ritchie. The station is owned by

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    Ken Jeong will put the Chung in “The Chung Factor”

    Lionsgate has just bought The Chung Factor, a feature project with Community star Ken Jeong attached to play the title character and also produce. According to thewrap.com, Jeong’s manager Brett Carducci, is also producing. The story centers around a nice guy who meets the girl of his dreams after being unlucky in love. Afraid of screwing up the relationship, he takes advice from an offbeat relationship coach, played by Jeong.

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    Marlon Wayans strikes deal with ABC to star in sitcom

    Marlon Wayans has struck a deal with ABC to star and executive produce a hybrid single/multi-camera show. The show revolves around two brothers (both cops) who wind up living together. The character played by Marlon is married with kids and allows his brother to move in with them after he falls on hard times, according to Deadline. The show length is unclear but most likely it will be a half-hour

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    Comedy giant Mel Brooks working on horror flick “Pizzaman”

    Mel Brooks has been cooking up a new horror project and he’s aiming to start shooting later this fall in Illinois. “I’ve got a script and I’ve got a director,” Brooks told Fangoria. “Pizzaman was written years ago by my longtime collaborators Steve Haberman and Rudy De Luca. They did Dracula: Dead And Loving It for me, a great horror/comedy film. Then they also did Life Stinks, in which I

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    Russell Brand and Julianne Hough set to star in Diablo Cody’s directing debut

    Diablo Cody became an overnight sensation with her 2007 writing triumph Juno (Michael Cera, Ellen Page). She’s now been tapped to direct an as-of-yet-untitled film starring comedian Russell Brand and Julianne Hough, who’s mostly known for her work on Dancing with the Stars. Hough, who will next be seen in Footloose (a remake of the 1984 classic) will play a young woman who loses her faith following a plane crash.

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    John Legend enters the comedy world with NBC show, “Mixed Blessings”

    After lengthy negotiations, NBC has closed a deal on Mixed Blessings, a single-camera comedy project executive produced by prolific singer John Legend and partner Mike Jackson. The two will produce it via their Get Lifted Film Co. banner along with Yellow Brick Road’s Teri Weinberg. Weinberg, a former NBC exec, helped garner interest in the project from several broadcast suitors before entering into exclusive talks with NBC. She has a

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    Would you listen to a live Golden Globes webcast hosted by Ricky Gervais?

    When I was a kid, we as a family couldn’t stand baseball commentator Tim McCarver so much that if he was working a game we would dial it up on the radio and watch on TV with that annoying buffoon muted. Well, this is kind of the same thing; instead of listening to the traditional awards show ass-kissing brown-nosing garble that Ricky Gervais — as the host — refreshingly thwarted

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    Watch Demetri Martin, Judah Friedlander on Comedy Central’s web series “The Download”

    Comedy Central’s web series The Download hosted by comedian Jordan Rubin, which premiered in March, continues with a new season. And with that comes the addition of new co-host Owen Benjamin, who replaces Molly McAleer. McAleer served as co-host for the entire first season and while Benjamin isn’t quite as easy on the eyes (sorry Owen, you’re a good looking guy and all but I don’t swing from that side

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    Saturday Night Live and Ben & Jerry’s team up for Schweddy Balls ice cream

    World famous dessert purveyor Ben & Jerry’s has just combined two of my favorite things– ice cream and the Schweddy Balls sketch from Saturday Night Live. As you probably know, the sketch starred Alec Baldwin as Pete Schweddy, owner of Seasons Eatings Bakery; he plays a guest on Delicious Dish, a National Public Radio show hosted by characters played by Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon. The most memorable line was

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    Gabriel Iglesias cast in male stripper flick

    Hugely popular comedian Gabriel Iglesias, known equally for his jokes as he is, his girth, has signed on for a role in Steven Soderbergh’s new drama flick about the world of male strippers. Magic Mike stars Channing Tatum, based on the actor’s real-life experiences in the exotic dancing industry. Iglesias will play a strip club DJ and a member of Tatum’s character’s group of friends. Also attached to the film

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    Variety “comic to watch” Ali Wong lands role in Chelsea Handler comedy series

    The new NBC comedy based on the life of comedian Chelsea Handler and starring former That ’70s Show star Laura Prepon Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea has added emerging funny-woman Ali Wong to its revamped cast. Wong has been confirmed to play Bianca, a child of immigrant parents and best friend of Chelsea (Prepon) from grade school, according to Deadline. This is a landmark for the San Francisco

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    Jon Stewart will host Nirvana chat session on Sirius XM

    To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s seminal album Nevermind, Jon Stewart will host a Q &A session with the two remaining band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic along with Butch Vig, the producer behind the album. The two-hour session — to be aired on Sirius XM on Sept. 24 — will also incorporate questions from fans. Additionally, the satellite radio provider will feature an all-Nirvana

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    And the winner of the Sarah Silverman bidding war is…

    By yesterday, we knew that Sarah Silverman was a wanted woman, with at least three networks vying for her pilot pitch. In the end, the peacock network beat out ABC and snagged a pilot order for Sarah Silverman’s untitled single camera comedy show. With Imagine Entertainment principal Ron Howard behind the project, it was pitched around Hollywood garnering serious interest from several suitors with it all coming down to a

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    Eddie Murphy will voice movie version of 1970s animated show “Hong Kong Phooey”

    A big screen animated feature version of Hanna-Barbera’s 1974 TV series Hong Kong Phooey has been green-lit with Eddie Murphy voicing the protagonist hero. It’s totally understandable that movie execs have been inspired by the piles of money the Smurfs movie is racking up, but let’s be honest – Phooey is no Smurfs. Sure, they were both animated TV shows produced by Barbera– but that’s where the commonalities end. The

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    Ben Stiller’s fake “Tropic Thunder” trailers inspire new Web series

    Inspired by the fake trailers sprinkled into 2008’s Tropic Thunder, Ben Stiller is set to launch The Fake Trailer Project– essentially a series of 12 trailer parodies offered as a new Web series. The trailers will be unveiled one week at a time beginning in late fall or early winter, reports Deadline. Stiller’s Red Hour Digital is producing and will be pooling some of the best writers, directors and actors

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