Cartoon Network is adding a little sugar, spice and everything nice back to its lineup — for one night, at least. The Viacom cabler has slated a new “Powerpuff Girls” special for January,
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Aziz Ansari’s comedy special “Buried Alive” will make its debut on Netflix, becoming the biggest stand-up special distributed by that subscription service, which promises even more comedy.
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A first-time collaboration between the comedian and the cable network, “We Are Miracles” will tape in May and premiere in the fall.
Update: CK has said it will be available on his site for $5 DRM-free months after it airs on HBO.
Earlier this summer, we revealed that this Holiday season would bring an all-new present in the form of a secondSpongebob Squarepants Christmas special. Like the classic Rankin/Bass specials before it, this time the delightful little nerd from under the sea will be going stop-motion animated for the first time ever as Plankton decides to try and wreck the holidays. But it seems now that this year’s holiday festivities will be getting the network treatment as the latest celebration will be premiering right after Thanksgiving.
With its 50th anniversary fast approaching, the good Doctor will be the subject of a 90-minute drama, An Adventure In Space And Time, documenting the genesis of the character. The BBC says the special will air next year.
DANGEROUSLY DELICIOUS UPDATE
On March 20th, I released my second standup special Dangerously Delicious for download/stream on azizansari.com for $5 (thanks to Louis CK for figuring out the Internet). Its been a great experience and I’m glad I did it. I wanted to give an update to answer some commonly asked questions.
ARE MP3s GOING TO BE AVAILABLE?
Ideally I wanted to release MP3s directly at a low price the same way I did the video of special, but contractually I have a record deal with Comedy Central who put out Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, my first record. (And did a great job, I enjoyed working with them on that special and CD/DVD). Anyway, I owe them albums and decided to just release this with them as well. If you really want MP3s, you can get the album on iTunes and all that stuff starting May 20th. To be clear though, I’d rather you buy the video from me for the cheaper price of $5 and you can experience the audio only version by closing your eyes or looking away from your screen while you watch.
IS THIS MATERIAL THE SAME MATERIAL YOU ARE PERFORMING ON YOUR NEW BURIED ALIVE TOUR?
NOOOOOOOOOO!! Buried Alive is a totally different hour with no overlap. I worked really hard to have a new tour ready for this summer, so please rest assured its all material I haven’t released on any special. If you are interested in coming to see Buried Alive, tickets and tour dates are here.
IS DANGEROUSLY DELICIOUS GOING TO BE ON TV?
Kind of. I edited a new version that’s about 20 minutes shorter (for commercials) and bleeped. Its significantly different than the uncensored, uncut one that you buy and own on azizansari.com for $5. This television version premieres on May 20th at 10 on COMEDY CENTRAL. I decided to do this for a few reasons.
First off, to get Emmy consideration a version of the special needs to air on television. Secondly, this version is so different from the real deal one you get from me, that I didn’t feel like its cheating anyone who bought it. Also people buy CDs/DVDs of specials for way more than $5 and versions of them air on Comedy Central so I thought people would understand that. I’m hoping it’ll get more people to hear about the special and check out the full version from me, which will in turn help me put out more content in this fashion (which people seem to like).
WILL YOU DO YOUR NEXT SPECIAL LIKE THIS?
Maybe? Who knows what the landscape will be like in a few years when I release it. I have thoroughly enjoyed releasing Dangerously Delicious this way though and appreciate all the support.
WHO WON THE FACEBOOK CONTEST?
We did a contest where the city with the most Facebook likes on the azizansari.com page would get a free show. New York City won. Details on the show soon, just trying to squeeze it in between tour dates.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOYZ II MEN VIDEO?
“I’ll Make Love to You” with the home security technician played by the dude from Above the Rim.
As announced on Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang Bang podcast, Comedy Central (and presumably FunnyorDie) are getting all Barbara Walters on your ass and bringing you a brand new Between Two Ferns interview special before The Comedy Awards.
The series makes its jump to television with a half hour special titled ‘Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York’, and will feature host Zach Galifianakis interviewing Tina Fey. Jon Stewart, and Sir Richard Branson. (My guess is that last one is someone in character. Will Ferrell maybe? Or Bill Hader?) This will also be Scott Aukerman’s TV directing debut, so congrats to him.
Look for that May 6th at 8:30 pm before The Comedy Awards.
Preview: Aziz Ansari’s New $5 Special Dangerously Delicious
Inspired by the brilliant Louis CK, I have decided to debut my all-new hour stand-up special on my website, Jimgaffigan.com.
Beginning sometime in April, “Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe” will be available exclusively for download for only $5. A dollar from each download will go directly to The Bob Woodruff Foundation; a charity dedicated to serving injured Veterans and their families.
Click through to read the rest. Very cool that other comics are following LCK’s model, and I can’t wait to see Jim’s new special!
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Poster: HBO’s Talking Funny
With Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Louis CK - April 22nd at 9 pm