Amazon today announced that one week after the release of Amazon’s first original stand up special (that’s Jim Gaffigan on August 16), the streaming platform will drop four additional hour specials on their PRIME platform.
Hours from Alonzo Bodden, #IMomSoHard, Alice Wetterlund and Mike E. Winfield will premiere Friday, August 23, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
Alice Wetterlund: My Mama Is A Human and So Am I is Wetterlund’s first stand-up special. Follow the comedian/actor as she recounts her struggles with peeping toms, cat-rearing, alcoholism and the secret alien conspiracy behind New Country music in her breakout comedy special. Best known for her scene-stealing roles in HBO’s Silicon Valley and the comedy ensemble film Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Wetterlund shines in this tour de force hour-long special taped at the Gothic Theater in Denver, CO. Produced by Comedy Dynamics and directed by Brian Volk-Weiss. Cisco Henson, Olivia Gerke, and Michael Rotenberg serve as Executive Producers.
In Alonzo Bodden: Heavy Lightweight, Bodden isn’t afraid to talk about everything: from topics like slavery to cell phones, the #MeToo Movement to millennials, Kanye to Taco Bell and a little bit about Israel too. A regular panel member on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, Bodden has been making audiences around the country laugh for more than 20 years. Since his win on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, he has starred in two comedy specials for Showtime: Historically Incorrect and Who’s Paying Attention, and has made appearances on series including ABC’s Dr. Ken and Fresh Off the Boat, Dr. Phil, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Last year, he released his fifth comedy CD titled Man Overboard, and currently hosts the podcast Who’s Paying Attention? Produced by Comedy Dynamics and directed by Devon Shepard. Executive Producers include Cisco Henson, Ian Arougheti and Brian Volk-Weiss.
Mike E. Winfield: StepMan is the newest special from the stand-up comedian, actor, creator and rising star. He can be seen in the Netflix comedy special Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo and the feature film Pimp alongside Keke Palmer. It announced earlier this year that Winfield beat out over 1,600 comedians to win the NBC Annual Stand-Up Comedy Competition. Produced by Comedy Dynamics and directed by Brian Volk-Weiss. Executive Producers are Cisco Henson and TJ Markwalter.
#IMomSoHardLIVE will feature Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley of the viral web series #IMOMSOHARD, filmed live at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, WI. The two share their honest and self-effacing humor on topics ranging from friendship, periods, sex after marriage, body image and their failures at parenting. Combining stand-up, improvisation, the audience’s own purses, and wine, the high-energy show unites their almost entirely female audience because, hey: You’re not in this alone, ladies. Jen and Kristin will be your best friends, because you need friends to survive motherhood. #IMOMSOHARD has 2 million followers and over 200 million views across all platforms. Hensley and Smedley’s book, #IMomSoHard (HarperCollins) was released in April 2019 and has hit The New York Times’ Best Sellers List. They have recently embarked on their third nationwide stand-up tour. Produced by Comedy Dynamics, directed by Brian Volk-Weiss, and executive produced by Cisco Henson.
Minority Reportz is now WEEKLY in Irvine! Come catch the hottest and most diverse comedians who can be seen on Comedy Central, Showtime, HBO, TruTV and more…each week they bring you a lineup of new comics who will keep you laughing all night! Did I mention you will also have some of the tastiest Mediterranean food in So Cal served at Caspian Restaurant.
This show always delivers the best and most diverse lineup you will see. Mona has done a great job at bringing together comics from all-over-the-world, very international, no passports are needed for this show. Just bring an appetite for laughs and food.
Presented and hosted by the talented and hilarious Mona Shaikh.
The National Comedy Show opens its doors during the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August and comedy fans can expect to see some legends on hand. Tuesday the Center announced that comedy super celeb Amy Schumer will take the stage, as will comedy icons Lily Tomlin and Fran Drescher. Original Saturday Night Live castmembers Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris, plus original SNL writer Alan Zweibel will also be in Jamestown NY for the Center’s grand opening, and Harold Ramis’ daughter Violet will speak.
The lineup furthers the tone that the center has been setting for taking its mission to honor comedy seriously.
On August 2nd, Saturday Night Live cast members Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris, along with original writer, Alan Zweibel, will come together at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts to share stories and laughs in a conversation about the show’s early years.
“Offering four brilliant minds from the show that broke the late night television mold is not only a glimpse into the creation of Saturday Night Live but also a sampling of the National Comedy Center‘s core mission to share the story of comedy,” notes Malachi Livermore, Director of Operations and Programming for the National Comedy Center.
Emmy Award-Winning Comedian Amy Schumer will perform Friday, August 3rd with her show “Amy Schumer and Friends” at Jamestowns’ Northwest Arena, while comedy legend Lily Tomlin brings “An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin” center stage at Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on August 4th.
Continuing an annual series of National Comedy Center dialogues, Violet Ramis Stiel will offer a stage conversation about her new book, “Ghostbuster’s Daughter: Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis.” Festival partner COZI TV will present a very special “Conversation with Fran Drescher” as part of the opening week events. The Nanny star will share insights on her storied life and career influences, including Lucille Ball, on August 3rd.
“Each of these artists has played a significant role in shaping and redefining comedy as we know it today. From sketch to stand-up to TV to film, the landscape has been forever changed due to the creativity and, frankly, bravery, of Lily Tomlin and Amy Schumer. Laraine Newman, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris and Alan Zweibel challenged the nation’s sensibilities about comedy in what they brought to air in 1975, introducing what became one of the very few cultural phenomena to endure more than four decades,” said National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson.
The opening celebration will feature more than 50 events and 40 artists that include the innovators, creators, and legends of comedy. Tickets will go on pre-sale to Members on April 27th at noon, and on sale to the public May 4th at noon at NationalComedyCenter.org.
Featuring more than 50 immersive and interactive exhibits designed by leading museum design firms in the world, the 37,000 square foot National Comedy Center visitor experience tells the story of comedy from its origins through the present and is the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale attraction dedicated to the art of comedy.
Additional programming includes five comedy showcases featuring comedians with credits including appearances on Colbert, Conan, and Last Comic Standing. The weekend will also feature National Comedy Center dialogues, exhibit unveilings, block parties, free kids’ comedy shows featuring the critically-acclaimed Story Pirates and tribute events honoring the influential careers of the “First Couple of Comedy”, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Additional events will be added to the lineup in the coming months.
The National Comedy Center embodies Lucille Ball’s vision for her hometown of Jamestown, New York to become a destination for the celebration of comedy in a way that educates, fosters and inspires. Design has been led by the most prominent cultural and interactive design firms in the world whose portfolios collectively include the award-winning 9/11 Memorial Museum, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The College Football Hall of Fame, and SNL: The Experience. The $50 million endeavor was made possible by state, federal and private philanthropic support including partnership with I LOVE NEW YORK™, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State’s Empire State Development.
In a special press briefing at the site on Friday, March 30, United States Senator Charles Schumer announced his push for a congressional designation for the Center. The new designation would officially make the National Comedy Center the nation’s cultural institution dedicated to the art of comedy, recognizing it as the only institution of its kind with the mission of preserving, protecting, and showcasing the art of comedy and its role in our culture.
The National Comedy Center also operates the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, and for the last 25 years has produced the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival with performers including Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Lewis Black, Trevor Noah, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Poundstone, Nick Offerman, Ray Romano, Bob Newhart, The Smothers Brothers and more than 100 other comedic artists.
Located in Jamestown, a city in Chautauqua County and Western New York, the National Comedy Center is in the region of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Toronto.
Tickets may be purchased by Members beginning April 27th and by the public May 4th by visiting NationalComedyCenter.org. Tickets and memberships may also be purchased by calling 716-484-0800 or visiting the festival box office located at 2 W. 3rd Street, Jamestown, NY 14701.
Netflix just ordered 10 episodes of a new comedy series from Will Ferrell and Liz Feldman. The dark comedy centers on a tightly wound widow, and a free spirit with a secret, and the powerful friendship between them. Titled, Dead to Me, Ferrell will EP along with Adam MacKay and Jessica Elbaum. Feldman wrote the script and also will serve as EP and showrunner.
Tiffany Haddish has set Meryl Streep the ultimate challenge and invited her to play her “hood momma” in the “Girls Trip” sequel.
The comedian is a huge fan of the veteran actress and is actively campaigning to get the multi-Oscar winner to join her for the sequel to last years outrageous girls trip.
Haddish broke the rules at the oscars and hurdled the velvet rope on the red carpet to meet the Hollywood royal, confessing she used the magical moment to pitch the idea to Streep.
“I told Meryl that I wanted her to play momma one day,” she told late-night host Seth Meyers during an appearance on his show on Monday. “I want her to be my mother in ‘Girls Trip 2.’
“I think it will be so cool if we find out that (my character) Dina has a white mom!”
Haddish admits she’s had some explaining to do about the plot when she’s in the company of co-stars Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith, who can’t see that storyline working.
“I was like, ‘She could have married my dad, see … Maybe my real momma passed and then she married my dad … but she is turnt up (drunk and high) like Dina, and then you find out why Dina is the way she is — because she gets it from her stepmomma, who happens to be Meryl Streep,'” she mused.
And Haddish jokes the role will be another Oscar slam-dunk for the “Mamma! Mia” star: “If you see Meryl Streep turnt up like me, you’ll be like, ‘She can do anything …!’ She’ll get an Oscar for that … I need to see her hood side.”