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» Watch: Maria Bamford's new web series "The Program" on FoD

Jul 09, 2014 - 10:24 AM - by isoS

Maria Bamford. Melinda Hill. Jerry Minor. Oscar Nunez. Just watch it, okay?

Episode 2 is here.
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» Out today: Doug Benson's "Forced Fun"

Jul 08, 2014 - 4:34 PM - by BillBrasky
Finally, a sequel comedy album! Doug Benson's seventh album in seven years- If you liked last year's release by Doug Benson, "Gateway Doug," you'll love "Gateway Doug 2: Forced Fun." Recorded as usual on 4/20, at Helium Comedy Club in Portland, Oregon, each track on GD2 attempts to pick up where the corresponding track on GD1 left off. Make sense? If not, smoke some weed and try not to worry about it. Get it on CD or iTunes today!

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» Tonight: "Drunk History" and "Nathan For You" return to Comedy Central

Jul 01, 2014 - 5:29 PM - by BillBrasky
Time to crack open the history books, because America's favorite inebriated storytellers are returning for a second season! Ten episodes of the hit Comedy Central series "Drunk History" begin on Tuesday, July 1st at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the second season premiere of "Nathan For You."

In the season premiere episode, host Derek Waters takes us to Montgomery, Ala., for a look at the city's history, told only the way "Drunk History" can... three sheets to the wind. The all-star cast reenacts the story of Claudette Colvin, the little-known teenager who inspired Rosa Parks' (Lisa Bonet) historic stance; the Joe Louis (Terry Crews) v. Max Schmeling (Tim Heidecker) fights of the late 1930s, featuring 'Weird Al' Yankovic as Hitler; and the history of chemist Percy Julian (Jordan Peele).

Other A-list guest stars featured this season include Jack Black, Courteney Cox, David Cross, Jon Daly, Charlie Day, Laura Dern, Emily Deschanel, Nathan Fielder, Rich Fulcher, Ron Funches, Brett Gelman, Zach Gilford, Tony Hale, James Hong, Brandon T. Jackson, Johnny Knoxville, Nick Kroll, John Lithgow, Joe Lo Truglio, Jason Mantzoukas, Ken Marino, Jayma Mays, Jack McBrayer, Stephen Merchant, Jason Momoa, Bobby Moynihan, Jerry O'Connell, Patton Oswalt, Adrianne Palicki, Chris Parnell, Busy Philipps, Jesse Plemons, Retta, Jason Ritter, Jeffrey Ross, Winona Ryder, Paul Scheer, Alia Shawkat, Martin Starr, Juno Temple, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Jaleel White, Casey Wilson and Steven Yeun.

Then, Comedy Central's "Nathan For You," the series critics have called "ridiculously hilarious" and "insanely brilliant," returns for its second season. Nathan Fielder is back helping real small businesses turn a profit with marketing tactics that no ordinary consultant would dare to attempt. Before the premiere of season two, fans can look back on all of Nathan's sincere efforts to inspire and help, often lost in hilarious translation, by watching the complete season one now available on the Comedy Central App and at cc.com/nathan.

This season, Nathan ups the ante with some of his most ambitious ideas to date. From driving foot traffic to an off-the-strip souvenir shop by using Hollywood flair and a Johnny Depp impersonator, to convincing a pet store to market at a pet cemetery by advertising on a gravestone, to finding a legal way to appropriate the trademark of one of the world's biggest brands by opening a coffee shop called Dumb Starbucks, Nathan goes as far as it takes to make his ideas come to life. But with his unorthodox approach to problem solving, Nathan's genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.

In the season two premiere, Nathan sets out to prove that honest auto mechanics do exist by having one submit himself to a lie detector test every time he provides an estimate, and helps a struggling realtor find a niche in a competitive market by taking her down an unexpected, and somewhat out of this world, path as the area's first Ghost Realtor - providing guarantees that the homes she shows are free of any and all supernatural entities.

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» Triple Dip: New albums from St. Germain, O'Connor & Silvestri out today

Jun 10, 2014 - 12:09 PM - by isoS


Big day for laughter guys: AST is proud to present three new albums from three of the funniest dudes out right now: Dan St. Germain, Sean O'Connor and Max Silvestri. (Some of you AST lifers might even remember a time when Sean and Max were regulars on our message board -- ah, the good old days.) Instead of going on and on about how funny these albums are, I'm just going to put a few tracks below so you can listen for yourself. Of course, you can purchase the CDs from us or the digital downloads from iTunes [Dan] [Sean] [Max], or wherever else fine digitals are downloaded. Enjoy responsibly.





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» Tonight on NBC: "Last Comic Standing"

May 22, 2014 - 12:04 PM - by BillBrasky
America's most compelling comedy competition is back with three new celebrity judges - comedy icons Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans, along with international comic sensation Russell Peters - as well as dynamic new host JB Smoove. The Emmy-nominated series resumes its search for the funniest comic in the country, with the top 100 comics handpicked to audition by invitation only. This week kicks off the hilarious auditions, with America's best comics performing their funniest sets, each hoping to secure a coveted spot as a semi-finalist.
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» Watch and/or listen to Myq Kaplan's new special/album "Small, Dork, and Handsome"

May 21, 2014 - 4:09 PM - by isoS
Our pal Myq Kaplan has a new album out this week, so you should buy it and listen to it. If your eyeballs are feeling left out, you can also head on over to Netflix and watch it, because it's also a TV special that is available for streaming via that service. You know what? I'll just put the pertinent links right here and you can decide how you want to handle this:

Small, Dork, and Handsome on iTunes

Small, Dork, and Handsome on Netflix

Undecided? Sample the wares here:

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» Upfront wrap-up, Day 3

May 14, 2014 - 11:19 AM - by BillBrasky
CBS added one new sitcom to its line-up, "The McCarthys", a multi-camera comedy about a loud, sports-crazed Boston family from executive producers Brian Gallivan and Will Gluck. It will air Thursdays at 9:30 starting in October. A new remake of "The Odd Couple" starring Matthew Perry as endearing slob Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as uptight neat freak Felix Unger, two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages, will premiere in midseason.

For CBS's complete lineup, go here.

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» Go: Bob Odenkirk (possible) album recording at NerdMelt, 7pm 5/22

May 14, 2014 - 11:17 AM - by isoS
Are you ready for the comedy event of the year? Because Bob isn't. Join AST Records at The NerdMelt Showroom on May 22, as Bob performs all the material he can print out or remember. Possible album recording? Fingers crossed! With special guest Brandon Wardell.

Tickets are available online at nerdmeltla.com. Go get some!

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» Upfront wrap-up, Day 2

May 13, 2014 - 10:11 AM - by BillBrasky
After cancelling pretty much every new comedy that premiered last season ("Trophy Wife", "Suburgatory", "Mixology"), ABC will start fresh this season, with only "The Goldbergs" returning on Wednesday nights, joined by a new sitcom, "Black-ish", starring Anthony Anderson, at 9:30. In addition, as some kind of a consolation prize for cancelling their series "Suburgatory" and "The Neighbors", respectively, ABC has picked up new sitcoms from series creators Emily Kapneck and Dan Fogelman. Kapneck's "Selfie", about an "instafamous" girl ("Dr. Who's" Karen Gillan) who has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie, will air Tuesday nights at 8, and Fogelman's "Galavant", a "musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions" created with Broadway composer Alan Menken, will air in midseason.

ABC's complete schedule can be found here.

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» Upfront wrap-up, Day 1

May 12, 2014 - 11:31 AM - by BillBrasky
NBC and FOX announced their 2014-15 primetime schedules today, and in a surprise development, NBC has decided to do away with its traditional Thursday night two-hour block of comedies. Instead, Thursday nights will lead off with "The Biggest Loser" at 8 PM and then two new comedies, "Bad Judge" (executive produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell) at 9 PM and "A to Z" at 9:30. The other new comedy for fall, "Marry Me", starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino and created by "Happy Endings" creator David Caspe, will air following "The Voice" on Tuesdays in a block with the renewed "About a Boy". The other new NBC comedies, including the 1960s-set "Mission Control" (also produced by McKay and Ferrell) and "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", starring Ellie Kemper and produced by "30 Rock"'s Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, will premiere mid-season after the Superbowl.

Meanwhile, on FOX, their schedule remains mostly the same, with "The New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" remaining on Tuesday nights but "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" moving to Sunday nights between "The Simpsons" at 8 and "Family Guy" at 9. In addition, the new multi-cam comedy "Mulaney" starring comedian John Mulaney will air following "Family Guy" at 9:30. It will be interesting to see if live-action sitcoms will work on Sunday night, which has traditionally been the exclusive province of the "Animation Domination" block of animated shows.

The complete fall schedules for NBC and FOX can be found here and here.

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» Tonight on IFC: "Maron" and "Comedy Bang! Bang!" return

May 08, 2014 - 7:40 AM - by BillBrasky
Two of IFC's most popular comedies return for new seasons tonight.

First, comedian, writer and podcaster Marc Maron brings his world of problems, attempts at redemption and brood of cats back to IFC for 13 new half-hour episodes of his comedy series "Maron". Revolving around Marc's life and his successful WTF podcast (www.wtfpod.com), each episode lays bare the misguided attempts of a man who is trying to grow, but often finds himself asking, "We good?" "Maron" season two premieres tonight at 10:00pm ET/PT on IFC. In this new season things appear to be looking up for Marc, yet he continues to sabotage his professional, romantic and personal relationships. His dysfunctional family is taken to new "highs" when the entire clan is forced to co-exist in the same house for the first time in decades, and Marc's closest companionship ends when his beloved cat Boomer goes missing. This next chapter proves that the more things change in Marc's life, the more they stay the same.

Then at 10:30, Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts return for an all-new 20 episode third season of the unconventionally entertaining scripted late night talk show, "Comedy Bang! Bang"! The only talk show on television where space, time, reason and laws of physics need not apply. The series is produced for IFC by Abso Lutely Productions; Scott Aukerman, Dave Kneebone, Ben Berman and Neil Campbell serve as executive producers. The third season's first ten episodes air through July 10th; the remaining ten episodes return October 16 - December 18. As previously announced, Comedy Bang! Bang! will return to IFC for an expanded fourth season in 2015 with 40 episodes.

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» Tonight: "Louie" returns to FX

May 05, 2014 - 11:57 AM - by BillBrasky
Louie's back! After a 19-month hiatus, television's most-critically acclaimed comedy series "Louie" will make its season four debut on Monday, May 5th at 10:00 PM ET/PT, and FX will air two all new episodes of the Emmy Award-winning show back-to-back every Monday at 10:00 and 10:30 PM ET/PT for seven consecutive weeks through June 16th. FX originally ordered 13 episodes for the series' fourth season, but creator/executive producer/writer/star/director/editor Louis C.K. delivered a bonus 14th episode.

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