When Louis C.K. announced that his first feature film, Tomorrow Night (from 1998), would be available from his website for $5, it didn’t take long for an email to land in my inbox: “this must be the film he was talking about on oddville!” Back in 1997, I was part of the group that produced a summer show on MTV that one night welcomed the comedian to talk about the movie he was then making, long before his FX fame — the same one fans finally get to see 15 1/2 years later. Here’s a time capsule glimpse of the then-rising comic talking about his labor of love (he arrives about a minute into the clip); a pretty effective pitch, no? Nice to think it finally can be put to good use. READ FULL STORY
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Back in 1998, Louis C.K. wrote and directed his first feature-length film. He casually got together some friends like Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, and Conan O’Brien to act in it and called it Tomorrow Night. Then he hid it from us (how rude) until… just now. As of today, you can buy the black-and-white comedy from his website for $5. READ FULL STORY
Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K. talk facial hair, weird dreams, and more while boating -- over coffee, of course
Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is pretty self explanatory. For the first two seasons, Seinfeld drove around and drank coffee with his comedian friends like Larry David and Chris Rock. Seinfeld changed things up a bit for the season 3 premiere, released Thursday, with Louis C.K. as they took a ride in C.K.’s yacht, promptly introducing us to a new show: Buffoons in Boats Brewing Beverages.
Ok – I made that last part up. But in the episode, Seinfeld and C.K. discuss the significance of facial hair in comedy, a fictional weird dreams hotline, and somehow, Seinfeld is able to compare C.K.’s stoned movie watching habits to suicide bombers. Louis also goes into detail about the time he got his boat stuck in the mud while out with his daughters — how they were rescued.
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Patton Oswalt posted a clip on Twitter of his first acting gig at the tender age of 19. The seasoned actor-comedian may not totally appreciate the look back at his performing roots — a faux stand-up routine that doubles as an educational video on college loans — but fans and viewers are sure to be amused by not just the look back at the then-baby-faced Oswalt but also the totally outrageous early 90s fashion. Every comedian started somewhere — often on a dark stage in awesomely dated clothes.
Watch his set below and check out the stand-up routines (and the fashions!) from some of your favorite comedians. (Some videos may be NSFW due to explicit language.) READ FULL STORY
What did Vanity Fair think was going to happen?
In its January issue, the magazine invited comedian Louis C.K. to fill out one of its regular “Proust Questionnaires,” a series of questions designed to elicit self-analysis. The questionnaire is a recurring piece in the publication, answered by celebrities and generating responses that run from poetically spare (Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Herman Wouk said the place that made him happiest was “Anywhere with her, while she lived.”) to comically honest (What would Dolly Parton change about herself? “I want really long legs.”). For the most part, the celebrities are pretty game and use it as an opportunity for both serious reflection and self-deprecating jabs. Louis C.K. took a slightly different approach. Click below for our favorites.
Jamie Foxx came out with both barrels blazing on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live. The Django Unchained star, who starred on In Living Color in the 1990s, was either a breath of fresh air or a throwback to an expired comic edginess, depending on your own sensibilities. His riff on Tyler Perry’s next Alex Cross installment was one of the most memorable sketches of the season, while his short-fused “Bitch, What’s the Answer?” gameshow host felt a little out of place so early in the show.
The online peanut gallery seemed polarized, which is normally the sign of a solid show. Jeremy Renner’s show three weeks ago was also heavily scrutinized, but he rocked our Saturday Night Live best-host poll, winning a solid 46 percent of the vote. Certainly, the most recent host always starts strong, so it will be interesting to see if Renner’s support holds up. READ FULL STORY
“Just go have fun and be a jackass.” That’s what Jeremy Renner’s The Town co-star — and SNL all-star — Jon Hamm advised the Oscar-nominated actor about the opportunity to host for the first time. And even though Renner isn’t known for his comedy — “If I laugh in one of my movies,” he said during his opening monologue, “somebody dies” — he seemed willing to pile up a high body count. Perhaps that’s why I laughed hardest when he and Taran Killam filled Bobby Moynihan with lead during “The Stand Off” digital short.
But Renner has some imposing competition in our latest Saturday Night Live host poll. First off, there’s Anne Hathaway. If audience reaction seemed mixed after her show last week, there turned out to be an enormous enthusiasm gap between those who loved her and those who wrinkled their noses. She rocked 57 percent of the vote, topping Louis C.K.‘s performance and marking the best voting debut for a host since Jimmy Fallon last season. Seth MacFarlane continued to prove that his season premiere had lasting power, and Bruno Mars held on to eliminate Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Click below for last week’s official results, and then vote on whether Renner earned a spot in the final four. READ FULL STORY
We’ve known for a long time that Anne Hathaway is brave enough for just about anything in front of the camera. (See: Brokeback Mountain and hosting the Oscars.) So it was no surprise to see her star in pretty much every SNL sketch when she hosted for the third time this past weekend. Her impersonations were hilarious — Homeland, Katie Holmes — she sang, of course, and she wasn’t afraid to commit to the potentially disastrous — the “Sloppy Swish,” which I loved!
Yet there’s still a little public ambivalence about Hathaway, in general, judging from our comments board, so I’m extremely eager to see where the Oscar-nominated actress will place in this week’s best-host poll. Last week’s host, Louis C.K., made a strong impression at the polls, but will it be a lasting one? Bruno Mars saw more than half of his initial support disappear, while Seth MacFarlane held relatively steady to finish in third place. Joseph Gordon-Levitt dropped precipitously but still managed to edge Christina Applegate and survive elimination. He’ll be hard-pressed to hang for another week, though. READ FULL STORY
One of many highlights of Louis C.K.’s SNL gig last weekend — including an opening monologue that consisted entirely of a story about an old lady he met at the airport — was a pre-filmed bit called “Lincoln,” which cast Honest Abe in the lead role of the comedian’s hit show, Louis. C.K. played the president as the same kind of bemused Everyman he portrays in the series, only this time he was awkwardly interacting with new freedmen and cracking jokes about slaveholders and Mary Todd.
NBC has released a director’s cut that extends the segment to almost six minutes, and it’s well worth the wait. Without giving away too much, you can expect the argument between Lincoln and his wife to be a bit more graphic. Check it out after the jump.
The expectations were high for Louis C.K. on Saturday night. Fans of his stand-up and sitcom expected him to invigorate a show that has seemed a tad uneven so far this season. Throw in the fact that his appearance followed one of the most devastating storms New York City had ever experienced, and the fact that it was the last episode before the presidential election, and it was as close to a must-see episode as Saturday Night Live has had in some time. And for most of four score and seven (or so) minutes, he delivered the goods, setting the tone in his opening monologue, and saving some of the best laughs of the night for a last-call sketch with Kate McKinnon. I can pretty much guarantee he’s going to make an impression in this week’s Mr. Saturday Night vote. He seemed as engaged and prepared as any of the actors — except perhaps for his one Game of Thrones sketch misfire — and he can’t really be blamed for the show’s decision to go light on the election.
Last week, we received the first feedback on which previous hosts connected with viewers. As per normal, the most recent host, Bruno Mars, led the way. The double-threat (host and musical guest) scored 40.3 percent of the vote. The season premiere’s host, Seth MacFarlane, proved that viewers hadn’t forgotten his magic, collecting 21.3 percent. Joseph Gordon-Levitt finished third with 19.0 percent and Christina Applegate was close behind with 16.3 percent. Daniel Craig’s lackluster stint was reflected in his poor showing at the polls; he grabbed just 3.1 percent. (Fortunately, he’s freakin’ James Bond, and is not shaken or stirred, I’m sure.)
A simple reminder of the rules before you vote below: Who was the best SNL host? READ FULL STORY