NBC Buys Comedy Script from ‘The Millers’ Scribe, Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco

NBC has bought a comedy script penned by “The Millers” scribe Austen Earl based loosely on the life of comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, Variety has learned. The project, which is exec produced by Earl and “Millers” creator Greg Garcia, follows a newly married man who attempts to stay true to his blue-collar roots while adjusting to a world full of people he finds increasingly offensive. It’s produced by CBS Television Studios and Garcia’s Amigos De Garcia Productions shingle. Co-EPs are Maniscalco (pictured), Judy Brown-Marmel, Norman Aladjem and Alix Jaffe. It’s still unclear as to whether Maniscalco will star in the project. Maniscalco, whose Showtime special “Aren’t You Embarrassed” airs November 14, is represented by UTA, LEG and attorney Gregg Gellman. Earl, whose credits also include NBC’s “Up All Night,” is repped by CAA, Management 360, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Garcia is repped by CAA.

All Jokes In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe loves stand-up comedy too, which can be displayed at this year’s Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo. The festival runs from September 23 to 27, because Stand-up comedy has been on the rise in the country in the last few years and has become one of the main attractions in arts festivals throughout the country. The comedy night to be held on the last day festival will feature some of the country’s leading stand-up performers in Doc Vikela, Babongile and Ntando Van Moyo. The three comics are accompanied by comedians in Zwe and H.O, who will also take to the stage on the night. This will be a true treat for all in attendance. Comedy in Zimbabwe, proves comedy is sure to experience a massive boom, if not already.

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Comedy Bang Bang!!

Scott Aukerman is considered somewhat of an esoteric comedy genius who also has stellar musical taste. As the creator of the IFC show Comedy Bang Bang, Aukerman gets the opportunity to book bands that other more conservative talkshows might shy away from, hence the promising slate of musical talent planned for the program’s recently announced fourth season: the National, Letterman favorites Future Islands, the Flaming Lips, “Weird Al” Yankovic, the Lonely Island, and the Vandals are all set to drop by Comedy Bang Bang this fall, as Pitchfork notes. The cable show also always finds interesting ways to utilize its guests’ talents, like last fall’s memorable Josh Homme appearance. Expect to see Wayne Coyne and “Weird Al” working outside of their comfort zones in their respective episodes. The show returns to IFC on October 17 at 11 p.m. EST.cbb

Gaffigan Talks Oddball

Jim Gaffigan comes to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine this weekend as part of the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, and while he’s played outdoor venues before, as well as the occasional arena or stadium show, the 48-year-old comic he says he’s not at all sure what to expect from the comedy version of a traveling music festival. (Sourced from Peter Larsen)



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Rocks “Top Five”

Showcasing his most personal movie yet, Chris Rock premiered his third feature film directing effort, “Top Five,” at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Top Five” debuted Saturday night at the festival, where it was received warmly by a attentive audience. Rock wrote, directed and stars in the film, in which he plays a famous comedian trying — and failing — to transition into serious movies.Rock also pays respect to Joan Rivers saying “she was one of the greatest..”. We agree Chris.chris

New Project From Zach and Louie, Ordered Up By FX

zach“Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show,” said Eric Schrier, one of the presidents of original programming at FX. “To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement. We can’t wait for the world to meet him.” The 10-episode first season will begin production next year, with the series expected to premiere in 2016. Lookout for it!! Thank you FX!