The cable network Showtime announced it will air Dice in 2016., a scripted comedy based on Andrew Dice Clay’s personal life and career as a stand-up comedian. The six-episode series will begin filming in Las Vegas later this year.
British actor Steve Coogan will take on the role of Thom Payne in Showtime's Happyish. Payne was originally played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the original pilot before he passed away of a drug overdose.
Dane Cook has been in the comedy business for nearly 25 years and by his own account he’s the happiest he’s ever been— both personally and professionally. That’s one of the many things he chatted about with Laughspin editor Dylan Gadino on the latest episode of The Laughspin Podcast. With the premiere of his latest hour-long stand-up comedy special Troublemaker on Showtime this past weekend, Cook is more excited than ever about his life in comedy. During the episode of The Laughspin Podcast, Cook also talks about his friendship with Jerry Lewis, dealing with the death of his parents, therapy, how he became pen pals with someone who hates his guts and so much more.
It’s been four years since Dane Cook released the intimate Isolated Incident DVD, but it’s not like the veteran comedian has been lounging around. Last year, he set out on his successful Under Oath theater tour and starred as the lead voice in Disney’s Planes. Cook also just wrapped filming on the Sci-Fi thriller 400 Days – out in theaters next spring – and will be heard once again voicing Dusty Crophopper, this time in Planes: Fire & Rescue, which hits theaters July 18. And in the midst of this whirlwind of activity, Cook filmed his latest stand-up special, Troublemaker. “I had never done a theater tour before, never actually got a chance to play some of those really beautiful houses,” Cook tells Laughspin about the time he spend on the road during the Under Oath tour. “I was at the Fox Theater [in Detroit] on its 85th birthday and it was one of the most incredible venues I’ve ever been in. It was just amazing. And it was on that night that it all came to me— that I need to record a couple of these shows. I really wanted to share this excitement that I was feeling from that particular tour.”
Showtime is developing a new half-hour comedy series called Yank about a young man who ventures out of his ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to pursue his dream of becoming a comedian. Yank comes from Sex and the City writers Elisa Zuritsky and Julie Rottenberg. Ugly Betty's Richard Shepard is set to direct.
Comedian Sarah Silverman has joined the cast of Masters of Sex, the critically acclaimed series from Showtime about William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who both pioneered the science of human sexuality. Showtime announced that Silverman will play a character named Helen.
Tig Notaro is looking to step off the comedy club stage and into someone’s living room– or basement, rooftop, or wherever you want her to perform. It’s all for her documentary set to air on Showtime. But before you get too excited about having Notaro perform stand-up while you sit in your favorite chair, there’s […]
Here’s some great news for David Cross fans! Showtime is backing a new comedy which will be written and executive produced by Cross along with his Liberal Jew-Run Media Prods. The actor (Arrested Development, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret) and writer (Mr. Show, Increasingly Poor Decisions…) described it as the story of “a […]
Tonight’s the night, comedy fans. Showtime will air Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, the long-awaited documentary about the iconic, groundbreaking comedian. To get you prepped check out a pair of stellar clips from tonight’s presentation, which goes down at 9 pm ET. Enjoy! Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Laughspin Podcast on iTunes or […]