DEADLINE.COM: IFC Unveils Development Slate With Comedies From Margaret Cho, Funny Or Die & Others

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IFC is developing five comedy projects for series consideration, including one from exec producer Margaret Cho and another from Funny or Die.

The shows in the running at IFC are Almost Asian, which chronicles the life of a mixed-race millennial in Los Angeles; Annika Erotica, following a young Colorado pastor who harbors a secret passion for writing erotic novels under a pen name; Art Thieves, an adventure comedy following three misfit criminals who fancy themselves to be the Robin Hoods of the art world; Beth, about a happily agoraphobic man and his uneasy journey back to the outside world; and The Middle Passage, a satirical and politically provocative sketch comedy. Read details about the projects below:

A true adventure comedy, Art Thieves follows three misfit master criminals who infiltrate the houses of the super-rich and attempt to steal their beloved masterpieces. The series is executive produced by Mitch Magee (Funny or Die Presents) and Daniel Powell (Inside Amy Schumer), head of the production company Irony Point.

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Michelle Wolf's The Break is an essential new TV comedy. We need more of it.

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It’s a great experience to watch a TV show miraculously becomeitself. The Break with Michelle Wolf arrived on Netflix in June already brimming with confidence. The host was coming off an astounding performance at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a real burn-this-mother-to-the-grounding for the ages. But initial episodes of The Break had the usual early-going late-night quality, scattershot gags, guest bits that somehow felt overly rehearsed and badly improvised.

And then The Break hit a new gear on July 15, in an episode titled “Sincere and Angry.” In her monologue, Wolf mentioned George Clooney’s motorcycle crash, riffing about how Clooney played Batman in Batman & Robin. “We don’t make fun of him enough for that!” she said. Well, to be fair, even Clooney makes fun of Batman & Robin too much — but shut up, Franich, she’s getting to the good stuff. “He’s the Hillary Clinton of Batmans,” Wolf said. “Perfect on paper, disappointing in reality, and nipples always rock hard.”

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

VULTURE: Michelle Wolf Eviscerates Late-Night Hosts’ Political Eviscerations

“Clapter” comedy has always been around, but it’s never felt more widespread than it has since Trump became president. From “A Closer Look” on Late Night with Seth Meyers to John Oliver’s long Last Week Tonight segments to Stephen Colbert’s monologues about the latest Trump news, it’s fair to say that we have more than our fair share of preaching-to-the-choir political comedy clips these days (and resulting blog posts like the one you’re reading right now to dump praise on them). It’s a persistent trend Michelle Wolf encapsulates well in this very meta segment, complete with a very “Closer Look”–style title sequence, from her Netflix show The Break, which outlines how formulaic political late-night segments have become. Here’s Wolf’s glorious takedown of takedowns at the end...

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VARIETY: TV Review: ‘The Break With Michelle Wolf’ on Netflix

 It’s hard to make a late-night show stand out. For decades, late-night comedy has more or less stuck to the same formatted script – monologue, desk piece, interview, something extra, end of show — with hosts making incremental changes where they could squeeze them in. Just about every host was a straight white guy until very recently, as streaming and cable networks have made more room for the genre. (See: TBS investing in Samantha Bee, BET hiring Robin Thede, Viceland hiring Desus and Mero, etc.) Those new hires, however relatively few in the grand scheme of things, have started to shift the late-night landscape so that shows can, even ever so slightly, take some more experimental risks.   Netflix ’s “The Break With  Michelle Wolf , which premiered May 27 just days after Wolf’s White House Correspondents Dinner routine briefly broke Washington D.C., both works within the traditional bounds of late night shows and actively works to resist them...  Read the rest of the article  here.

It’s hard to make a late-night show stand out. For decades, late-night comedy has more or less stuck to the same formatted script – monologue, desk piece, interview, something extra, end of show — with hosts making incremental changes where they could squeeze them in. Just about every host was a straight white guy until very recently, as streaming and cable networks have made more room for the genre. (See: TBS investing in Samantha Bee, BET hiring Robin Thede, Viceland hiring Desus and Mero, etc.) Those new hires, however relatively few in the grand scheme of things, have started to shift the late-night landscape so that shows can, even ever so slightly, take some more experimental risks.

Netflix’s “The Break With Michelle Wolf, which premiered May 27 just days after Wolf’s White House Correspondents Dinner routine briefly broke Washington D.C., both works within the traditional bounds of late night shows and actively works to resist them...

Read the rest of the article here.

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Bridey Elliott's 'Clara's Ghost' Lands at Orion Classics for North America

 Orion Classics has picked up the North American and Latin American rights to Bridey Elliott’s Sundance drama Clara's Ghost.  Orion,  recently relaunched  by MGM as a multiplatform distribution label, will release the comedic mystery that features members of the Chris Elliott clan, including  SNL  alum and comedian daughter Abby and actor-filmmaker Bridey, in theaters, VOD and Digital HD in the fall of 2018.  Set over the course of a single evening in the Reynolds family home in suburban Connecticut,  Clara's Ghost  follows Clara Reynolds who, fed up with constant ribbing from her self-absorbed showbiz family, finds solace in and guidance from the supernatural force she believes is haunting her.  Read more at  The Hollywood Reporter

Orion Classics has picked up the North American and Latin American rights to Bridey Elliott’s Sundance drama Clara's Ghost.

Orion, recently relaunched by MGM as a multiplatform distribution label, will release the comedic mystery that features members of the Chris Elliott clan, including SNL alum and comedian daughter Abby and actor-filmmaker Bridey, in theaters, VOD and Digital HD in the fall of 2018.

Set over the course of a single evening in the Reynolds family home in suburban Connecticut, Clara's Ghost follows Clara Reynolds who, fed up with constant ribbing from her self-absorbed showbiz family, finds solace in and guidance from the supernatural force she believes is haunting her.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

DEADLINE.COM: ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Co-Creator Daniel Powell Inks Animation Partnership With Comedy Central

Inside Amy Schumer co-creator Daniel Powell is returning to Comedy Central for an exclusive animation partnership with the network via his Irony Point production banner.

Under the pact, Powell and his Irony Point partner, producer Alexandra Bach, will develop and produce animated projects for Comedy Central, working with up-and-coming and established talent that have caught the attention of the network. Devin Clark, creator/executive producer of Comedy Central’s cult 2010 animated series Ugly Americans, will be the dedicated Irony Point executive on the collaboration, reporting directly to Powell.

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Variety: ‘Daily Show’ Contributor Michelle Wolf Lands Netflix Late-Night Series

  Michelle Wolf  has signed on to host her own weekly  Netflix  late-night series, the streaming giant announced Monday.  Wolf is best known for her role as a contributor on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” a position she has held since 2016. She recently debuted her first HBO stand up comedy special, “ Michelle Wolf : Nice Lady.” She has also worked as a writer on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in addition to her work as a stand up.  Read the rest of the article  here.

Michelle Wolf has signed on to host her own weekly Netflix late-night series, the streaming giant announced Monday.

Wolf is best known for her role as a contributor on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” a position she has held since 2016. She recently debuted her first HBO stand up comedy special, “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady.” She has also worked as a writer on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in addition to her work as a stand up.

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Tony Winner Lena Hall Talks 'Becks' on Entertainment Tonight

 Tony winner and GRAMMY-nominated performer Lena Hall has a busy year ahead -- including an ambitious  new music project  Obsessed  , the upcoming film  Becks , in which she plays a lesbian Brooklyn singer-songwriter who moves back in with her Midwestern Catholic mother, as well as a role on TNT’s newly announced TV adaptation of  Snowpiercer  alongside Broadway stars  Alison Wright  and Daveed Diggs. Watch Lena on Entertainment Tonight  here

Tony winner and GRAMMY-nominated performer Lena Hall has a busy year ahead -- including an ambitious new music project Obsessed, the upcoming film Becks, in which she plays a lesbian Brooklyn singer-songwriter who moves back in with her Midwestern Catholic mother, as well as a role on TNT’s newly announced TV adaptation of Snowpiercer alongside Broadway stars Alison Wright and Daveed Diggs. Watch Lena on Entertainment Tonight here

AV Club: Join Maria Bamford in a Celebration of Everything That Sucks

 Maria Bamford, one of the best working stand-up comics and star of the  excellent   Lady Dynamite , has always found humor in misery. Her material, whether focused on the trials of her personal or professional life (often, a combination of both), makes even the darkest subjects something to laugh about.  In  a new web series  running as part of  Topic ’s  sixth issue ... check out the rest of the article  here

Maria Bamford, one of the best working stand-up comics and star of the excellent Lady Dynamite, has always found humor in misery. Her material, whether focused on the trials of her personal or professional life (often, a combination of both), makes even the darkest subjects something to laugh about.

In a new web series running as part of Topic’s sixth issue... check out the rest of the article here

Splitsider: All Are Welcome In The Church Of Maria Bamford

 2017 has been a bumper crop year for Maria Bamford. First she released   Old Baby  , her hilariously heartfelt hourlong Netflix special that not only packed an emotional punch but also pushed the envelope by toying with the structure of standup specials (the venues in which she performs change and grow, allowing her to deconstruct the performer-audience dynamic). Bamford followed that up with season 2 of   Lady Dynamite  , her experimental, surrealist scripted series loosely based on her journey of self-discovery. With those two notches in her belt... Keep reading  here

2017 has been a bumper crop year for Maria Bamford. First she released Old Baby, her hilariously heartfelt hourlong Netflix special that not only packed an emotional punch but also pushed the envelope by toying with the structure of standup specials (the venues in which she performs change and grow, allowing her to deconstruct the performer-audience dynamic). Bamford followed that up with season 2 of Lady Dynamite, her experimental, surrealist scripted series loosely based on her journey of self-discovery. With those two notches in her belt... Keep reading here