Category: Comedy

 

Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy’s new stand-up comedy special Jamie Kennedy: Stoopid Smart will premiere exclusively on the #1 free streaming app Tubi TV on Monday, May 25, 2020.

Loved by audiences for his ‘90s classics Kickin’ It Old School and Malibu’s Most Wanted, Jamie Kennedy takes center stage in this one-hour installment directed by Kurt Kubicek. Stoopid Smart features Kennedy’s hilarious jokes about life as an unmarried man, being recognized in an Olive Garden, Alexander Graham Bell’s thoughts on sexting, and America’s most bizarre college majors.

The comedy special was filmed in Orange County’s REC ROOM when Kennedy embarked on a nationwide headlining stand-up tour.

To coincide with the release and his 50th birthday on May 25, Kennedy will participate in a CYA livestream HERE: https://www.cya.live/event/1970
Jamie Kennedy: Stoopid Smart will also be available on Amazon, iTunes and Digital platforms in June 2020.

Stan today announced that Josh Thomas‘ critically acclaimed comedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okawill be returning exclusively to Stan in 2021.

The series, which is created, executive produced and stars Josh Thomas, follows Nicholas, a neurotic twenty-something-year-old who is forced to raise his two teenage half-sisters, one of whom is on the autism spectrum, after the untimely death of their father. The series stars Josh Thomas – the creator and star of the International Emmy-nominated series Please Like Me   – Kayla Cromer, Adam Faison and Maeve Press.

Thomas, Stephanie Swedlove and Kevin Whyte serve as executive producers, with David Martin, Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner executive producing for Avalon. Additionally, Please Like Me collaborator Thomas Ward reunites with Thomas as co-executive producer.

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay will return exclusively to Stan in 2021

 

 

In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart. When Les’s prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. While Colin attempts to stealthily outwit the powers that be, Les opts for angry defiance. But can the warring brothers set aside their differences and have a chance to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together?

RAMS is directed by Jeremy Sims and stars Sam Neill, Michael Caton, Miranda Richardson, Asher Keddie and Wayne Blair.

Over his storied career, Judd Apatow has elevated a series of promising young comedy talents to their first major big-screen performance, including Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig, Amy Schumer and Kumail Nanjiani. This year, Apatow directs Saturday Night Live breakout Pete Davidson in a bracing comedy about love, loss and laughter on Staten Island. ‘

Scott (Davidson) has been a case of arrested development ever since his firefighter father died when he was seven. He’s now reached his mid-20s having achieved little, chasing a dream of becoming a tattoo artist that seems far out of reach. As his ambitious younger sister (Maude Apatow, HBO’s Euphoria) heads off to college, Scott is still living with his exhausted ER nurse mother (Oscar® winner Marisa Tomei) and spends his days smoking weed, hanging with the guys—Oscar (Ricky Velez, Master of None), Igor (Moises Arias, Five Feet Apart) and Richie (Lou Wilson, TV’s The Guest Book)—and secretly hooking up with his childhood friend Kelsey (Bel Powley, Apple TV+’s The Morning Show).

 But when his mother starts dating a loudmouth firefighter named Ray (Bill Burr, Netflix’s F Is for Family), it sets off a chain of events that will force Scott to grapple with his grief and take his first tentative steps toward moving forward in life. The film also stars Steve Buscemi as Papa, a veteran firefighter who takes Scott under his wing, and Pamela Adlon (FX’s Better Things) as Ray’s ex-wife, Gina.

 

Way back in 1988, yes that year that Australia ended up calling the Bi-Centennial, a piece of Australian cinematic history was about to arrive. Out of Melbourne came a low budget film that became a cult classic – a comedy set during nuclear destruction – Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em. The film re-surfaced a few years ago when it was shown at Australia’s leading cult film festival Monster Fest and tonight it will be shown to an even wider audience as it becomes part of the Friday Fright Night live stream.

To find out a little bit more about this cult classic today I had the pleasure of chatting to the film’s screenwriter/director Ray Boseley who since then has gone on to work on successful television shows including Acropolis Now and Round The Twist.

“I’m just over the moon,” says Boseley when I ask him how he feels about his film being screened right around the world as part of Friday Fright Night. “I put everything I had into making the film some thirty odd years ago and now it is just a joy that it has found this opportunity to be seen by other people and perhaps some people that didn’t have that chance all those years ago to check it out.”

“I was studying film and television at Swinburne, I was in the graduating class of 1984,” explains Boseley as we start to talk about the very beginnings of Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em. “We had to do a major production in Year Three and that is when the idea of Smoke ‘Em first came to me. I sort of pitched that as what i wanted to make for my film and fortunately the lecturers there were a lot smarter than me and they immediately told me that it was not realistic to try and achieve it as a student film. So they said no and I had to come up with something else.”

“Then a few years later after working in the industry for awhile Film Victoria had a grant program and I put Smoke ‘Em in,” he says continuing. “By then I had it fully written. It had kind of just been sitting there waiting to record and that was the first chance I had to do it. They actually gave me more money than I thought I needed but it was still quite a tight budget and quite a tight schedule… it was pretty hard work getting Smoke ‘Em onto the screen.”

That hard work included one of the toughest shoots that Boseley has ever experienced in his career. “It is probably the second hardest thing I have ever done in my life,” he says with a laugh. “It was a really big script. It was really ambitious challenge to create the bomb shelter itself and then a separate challenge was the scenes outside in a devastated nuclear wasteland.”

“The there was a large cast and a lot of tricky things to film,” he says continuing. “There was a few little stunts, there was a fight scene that turned into a brawl at the party. It was basically a list of all the trickiest things that you could possibly write to push a crew to their limit on a fairly limited shoot. I think it was about two and a half weeks for the entire shoot and every shot was just complicated – most shots had a couple of dozen people in the frame. All of that makes it very difficult. Then there were some degrees of special make-up and all the costuming, it had to be lit properly and it led to some very tricky stuff.”

Despite all that Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em did all come together and you can watch it tonight on Friday Fright Night… details below.

 

 

 

 

Stan today announced that the brand new Stan Original Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival will premiere Saturday, 9 May at 7pm AEST, with new episodes weekly, only on Stan.

The Stan Original series was commissioned as a direct result of the cancellation of many of Australia’s most-loved comedy festivals and tours, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival.

Created by Stan and Guesswork Television, the Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival is a four-part series which will showcase the cream of Australia’s comedy crop.

Starting on the 9th of May, each episode will feature at least six different comedians performing short standup comedy spots captured by cameras delivered to their homes.

Dealing with the highs and lows of lockdown, some of Australia’s biggest comedians will be putting on rare and raw performances from the comfort of their own homes. Their audience will range from loud and loveable kids to adorable pets, bathroom mirrors, empty lounge rooms and laundry baskets. You’ll see them in their bathrooms, bathrobes, baths, bedrooms and kitchens but most importantly, they’ll be streamed directly into Australian homes ready to make us laugh.

Previously announced comedians Wil AndersonCal WilsonNazeem HussainDave HughesZoe Coombs MarrTommy LittleGeraldine HickeyDilruk JayasinhaSteph TisdellAaron ChenSam CampbellMichelle BrasierNath Valvo will be joined by new additions including Tom Ballard, Randy Feltface, Claire Hooper, Becky Lucas, Sam Taunton, Nikki Britton, Demi Lardner & Tom Walker, and exciting emerging talents Lauren Bonner, Oliver Twist, Blake Freeman and Bec Charlwood.

Episode one will feature MC Dave Hughes along with Tom Ballard, Becky Lucas, Randy Feltface, Nikki Britton and newcomer Oliver Twist.  

The second instalment of the comedy special will feature MC Nazeem Hussain, along with Zoë Coombs Marr, Dilruk Jayasinha, Nath ValvoDemi Lardner & Tom Walker, plus emerging talent Lauren Bonner.

Episode three will see Cal Wilson taking up the MC spot, while other comedians include Tommy Little, Aaron Chen, Geraldine HickeySam Taunton and newcomer Bec Charlwood. 

Rounding out the special, episode four will feature Wil Anderson as MC, plus Claire HooperSam Campbell, Steph Tisdell, Michelle Brasier, and emerging talent Blake Freeman.  

Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival premieres Saturday, 9 May at 7pm AEST, only on Stan.

 

Supernatural’s Richard Speight Jr demands to be Driven  this June!

Emerson Graham’s nights as a cab driver are filled with annoyances and inconveniences, but until tonight, never attacks and disappearances. After picking up a mysterious passenger her evening goes from working a job to performing a quest as they must race against the clock to stop demons from invading the world.

Casey Dillard wrote and stars in a film by Glenn Payne, co-starring Richard Speight Jr (“Supernatural”, “Band of Brothers”), Jessica Harthcock (Ender’s Game), Nicholas Roylance (“Punishment!”), Andy Field (Avengers : Endgame), Bill Luckett (Battlecreek), and Leah Hudspeth (“The Resident”). Driven arrives on DVD and Digital June 16 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

 

Tiffani Fest, Felissa Rose and Dominique Swain star in director Jody Barton’s exceedingly clever FOR JENNIFER, available now On Demand from JB Films.

After a surprise horror themed birthday party, Jennifer gets a scare that leads to an accident. Jennifer is a horror blogger and huge horror movie fan. Her friends, to cheer her up after the accident, decide they could make a movie. They collect their gopro cameras and phones and begin to shoot. Soon, the discoveries of other low budget horror films similar to theirs begin to intersect with their own movie. This sends Jennifer on a journey to understand where these other “Jennifer” films came from. The journey leads to a discovery about the films she could never have imagined, and she realizes her participation has put her life, and the lives of her friends, in real danger. A danger they have to endure, whether by choice or not … if they want to make a good horror movie.

Lanett Tachel, Rich Finley and Nick Kekeris also star in the film. Nick Kekeris, James Cullen Bressack, Hunter Johnson and Frank Merle produce.