New Girl is back, y’all. No disrespect to last week’s premiere, but tonight felt like the level of hilarity, heartstring-pulling, and sharp storytelling that spoiled us last season. To wit, Jess and Nick once more earned their couplehood, from the minute he spit-smoothed her bangs to his final words to her (“I would have noticed you”); the mean girls — and boy — on the sidelines reaffirmed why we loved the loftmates so much; Schmidt was up to his usual douchebag jar-worthy antics… but almost redemptively guilty about his behavior, and Winston got the chance to play with an adorable kitteh. Daisy was even featured — and, for whatever reason (probably her association with “Cooler”), I loves me some Daisy. Straight talk: I don’t want to get too excited because there are still 20-odd episodes remaining this season, but it was good, you guys. My optimism last week was not in vain. READ FULL STORY
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Ahead of its premiere tonight, Fox’s father-focused comedy Dads has already stirred up a bevy of controversy, as one watchdog group called it racist and Fox followed by saying they wouldn’t reshoot its pilot. TV critic Melissa Maerz already weighed in about the kerfuffle with a sharp essay, but what about a straight-up review and grade from her? She weighed in officially in EW’s Fall TV Preview issue, so check out our official review of Dads below: READ FULL STORY
Comedian Kurt Braunohler doesn’t have the most famous face (if you know him, it’s from his IFC game show Bunk), but you know his voice. He has appeared on several episodes of Bob’s Burgers, and he also hosts his own podcast on the Nerdist network called The K Ohle. His new stand-up album How Do I Land? is fantastically funny, and it contains the best of Braunohler’s extra-absurd dives into everything from misdirected text messages to his epically strange run-in with Sacha Baron Cohen.
Braunohler recently stopped by EW’s SiriusXM studio to talk about the album, his podcast, and his experience riffing with his friends on Bob’s Burgers.
EW: The album is called How Do I Land?, which is based on a Kickstarter campaign.
Kurt Braunohler: We skywrote over L.A. “How do I land?” We could only afford the cheap skywriting, which is only done by one plane. By the time it finishes a letter and starts on the next letter, that first one is kind of blown away. So the album cover is a composite of all the letters coming out. I did see on Twitter the next day that a few people had been watching it, but nobody called the cops or anything. I didn’t know until I tried to do this, but if you have 10,000 dollars, you can get five planes that all fly in a row to do the stuff that stays up longer. I wanted the romantic one guy in a biplane doing a flip, but it turns out that kind of sucks. I guess there’s a reason nobody uses this archaic way to communicate any more.
There’s a great bit on How Do I Land? about getting into an argument with a perfect stranger over a text you received by mistake. Do you find yourself going down those rabbit holes because you think there might be some good material in there, or is that just your personality?
It’s a little bit of both. You end up doing those things because it’s in your personality, but as a comedian you look for anything to mine. I have to write all the time, so I really look for anything to happen to me. It just happened to me again: I got a random text out of the blue from a number I’ve never seen that just said “Who is this?” I assumed it was just a kid who was pranking me. So I went with it. I wrote back, “It’s your future self—we need to talk.” We had a whole conversation where I blew his mind. I told him not to marry Elise, and he was like, “Who’s that?” And I was like, “You haven’t met her that.” I saw “Who is this?” and was annoyed, but then I thought, “I don’t have to be annoyed with this. I can engage with this.”
A Parks and Rec gag reel that’s as long as an actual episode of Parks and Rec? That sounds like LIT-trally the greatest thing that has ever existed.
Warning: NSFW language ahead, along with many scenes of Chris Pratt giggling.
Dave Chappelle really doesn’t like Hartford, Connecticut.
The comedian — back for a handful of gigs after exiting his wildly popular Comedy Central show more than seven years ago — refused to put up with an unruly crowd in the New England town last week, walking offstage when the hecklers wouldn’t calm down. Well, he was back onstage Tuesday night in Chicago, and he had a lot to say about the ill-fated gig, starting out by telling the crowd: “You’re so much better than Hartford!”
“I will never go back,” he vowed in a four-minute audio clip uploaded to YouTube. “I won’t even go to Hartford for f—ing gas.”
He took his distaste for Hartford even further, joking, “I don’t want anything bad to happen to the United States, but if North Korea drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God, I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut. That crowd was evil. An arena full of suburban torturers. A room full of white alcoholics.
“I wanted to pull a reverse Kramer and call them all crackers,” he said, referring to Michael Richards’ infamous, N-word-spouting rant back in 2006.
The Chicago crowd clearly enjoyed the Hartford-hating bit — of course, they know what would have happened if they didn’t like it. Check out the NSFW audio below:
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After eight largely Chappelle-free years, you’d think comedy fans would be eager to hear what the guy had to say in his new standup routine. By EW’s own account, spectators in Austin certainly were: When Dave Chappelle first took the stage at Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, those present gave the comic a standing ovation before he even began his set.
Alas, that was Texas — and this is Connecticut. Last night in Hartford, a noisy, unruly crowd prompted Chappelle to pause his set, ultimately walking off stage to a chorus of boos.
“All right, you guys,” Chappelle said shortly before exiting stage left. “I like some of you, I hate some of you. I forgive some of you, but I don’t forgive all of you.” The shouts got louder. “You guys have totally ruined my chances of running for Congress or something,” Chappelle continued. The noise swelled. Then, with a simple “thank you” and “good night,” Chappelle made his way off stage, to the strains of Kanye West’s “New Slaves.” Watch it all in the video below.
In August of 1988, two college juniors named Tim Keck and Christopher Johnson founded a satirical newspaper. They called their creation The Onion, published it for about a year, then sold it for $16,000 — likely never dreaming that it would grow into one of the comedy world’s most venerable institutions.
25 years later, the paper has become a national juggernaut — one that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. “There’s always a slight looming terror of running out of jokes because we’ve done so many jokes, and we have this manic insistence on never repeating a joke that we’ve done,” current editor-in-chief Will Tracy told NPR’s Renee Montagne earlier today. “But then, we’re able to remind ourselves that, oh no, there’s still awful people doing awful things every day, so that’ll give us more material in reality to draw from.”
Of course, awful people doing awful things aren’t the only subjects of Onion headlines. The satirical giant has spent the past quarter century making fun of everyone and everything — and while trying to name the paper’s 25 greatest heds is a little like trying to choose between your own demented children, there are certainly several that stand the test of time. Check out a list of favorites below — and don’t let this story stop you from citing more greatest hits in the comments.
Just after 10pm last night in Austin, TX., the image of Dave Chappelle, with an American Spirit hanging from his lips, appeared behind a white scrim. When the curtain rose the crowd at the COTA amphitheater gave the man they were so happy to see back on stage where he belongs a standing ovation. After some eight years out of the spotlight, popping up every now and then across the country for a club performance, Chappelle is headlining the 15-city Funny of Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Tour. “Hey little fella,” Chappelle said to a 12-year-old he was shocked to see in the front row. “Thanks for taking a break from jerking off and joining the rest of us.”
“I have terrible news for the audience,” he said by way of an opener. “I don’t have any material.” A besotted woman towards the front shouted “I still accept you!” The crowd cheered. We were just glad to have him back after Chappelle abruptly bolted from his Comedy Central show and a $50 million dollar paycheck in 2005, igniting rumors of drugs and crazy town. Last night the audience made sure his homecoming was sweet. READ FULL STORY
Here at EW, Fall TV Wish List is a new weekly series in which our TV critics Melissa Maerz and Jeff Jensen weigh in on what they hope the coming season will bring for some of their favorite shows. Today: NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which premieres its sixth season on Sept. 26.
WHERE WE LEFT OFF
Ace “detective” work by Bert Macklin revealed that manly-man master woodsman Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) and his mustache (as himself) had conceived a child with his single mom girlfriend Diane (Lucy Lawless). After refusing to sell Rent-A-Swag to a mystery buyer (Diddy?!), Tom (Aziz Ansari) learned that said mystery buyer was opening a rival shop across the street. April (Aubrey Plaza) was accepted to Veterinary School; wither the impact on her marriage to Andy (Chris Pratt)? And after a seemingly successful rookie year as a crusading councilwoman, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) was sandbagged during Founders’ Week by a flotilla of Knope haters who announced they were launching a recall campaign. At least she has local porn star Brandi Maxxx in her corner. That’s gotta be worth something, right?
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Here at EW, Fall TV Wish List is a new weekly series in which our TV critics Melissa Maerz and Jeff Jensen weigh in on what they hope the coming season will bring for some of their favorite shows. This week: Fox’s The Mindy Project, which premieres its second season on Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m.
WHERE WE LEFT OFF
Mindy (Mindy Kaling) is moving to Haiti with her boyfriend Casey (Anders Holm)! Wait, no she isn’t. Wait, yes she is! At first, she was just having trouble convincing herself that “it’s a fun adventure for me as a mature adult to go to an AIDS-ravaged country.” But by the end of the finale, she got her big Meg Ryan-movie moment, shouting up to Casey’s window from the sidewalk, declaring that she’ll take that flight because she’s that devoted to him. Besides, she just cut off all of her hair, and no one else will date her now — except maybe Danny (Chris Messina), who got a very tense are-they-going-to-make-out? moment with Mindy late in the episode while he leaned in to clean her glasses. Sadly, they didn’t kiss. But fans of Dr. Castellano still walked away with a consolation prize: a giant, shirtless photo of him sexily brandishing his armpits.
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