The Comedy Central companion shows are two of the 45 teams from the media scene competing in the annual NYFEST industry soccer tournament on Saturday.
The staffs of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight will be among the teams slated to face off at a celebrity soccer tournament this weekend as part of NYFEST.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the day’s events includes an industry tournament, a celebrity match and a youth showcase, with games and skills clinics for kids led by coaches from the new New York City FC.
The Comedy Central App will feature a robust lineup of content free to all users, including the most recent season of “South Park” and next-day availability of Comedy Central’s late-night lineup of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report” and its new late-night hit “@midnight.” In addition, all app users will be able to preview two yet-to-premiere new series, the animated “Trip Tank” and uncensored stand-up series “Comedy Underground with Dave Attell.” Users will also have access to original short-form content.
“The Comedy Central app is a seamless extension of the brand that gives fans access to their favorite Comedy Central content instantly and anywhere,” said Michele Ganeless, President, Comedy Central. “It is homescreen-worthy and an incredible platform for viewing and sharing our programming.”
Fans who sign in via their cable or satellite provider will be able to dive into a treasure trove of additional content featuring close to 200 episodes of hit series, stand-up specials and shorts including advance episodes of the new season of “Inside Amy Schumer,” premiering exclusively in the app one week prior to their premiere on Comedy Central, as well as full seasons of “Tosh.0,” “Broad City,” “Workaholics,” “Kroll Show,” “Futurama,” “Review,” “Trip Tank,” “Chappelle’s Show,” Comedy Central stand-up series and specials and more.
Jordan Klepper has been tapped by Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to join fellow correspondents Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Aasif Mandvi and Jessica Williams on “The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever!” Klepper’s first appearance on the show, reporting “live” from Ukraine, is scheduled to air tonight, March 3 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
With ‘The Colbert Report’ since is premiere in 2005, Emily Lazar has been promoted from Supervising Producer to Co-Executive Producer, reports ‘The Hollywood Reporter’.
“For over 1,300 shows Emily Lazar has introduced me to people and ideas I never knew I cared so much about. She really makes me seem interesting,” noted executive producer and host Stephen Colbert, whose show usurped the Emmy crown from long-time winner Daily Show at this past year’s awards show. Lazar has been responsible for securing a vast spectrum of guests, from First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton to Hollywood A-listers Matt Damon and Kevin Spacey.
Over at ‘The Daily Show’, Deadline.com reports that veterans Steve Bodow, Adam Lowitt and Jen Flanz have been promoted to Executive Producers. While Tim Greenberg and Hillary Kun have been promoted to Co-Executive Producers, Justin Melkmann to Supervising Producer and Elliott Kalan to Head Writer.
Following a successful stint as a Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show this past summer, John Oliver is getting a topical series of his own.
But rather than secure a home on Comedy Central, the comedic Brit is doing so at HBO. The premium cable network announced Thursday that it had inked a deal with Oliver for a show that will present a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events. The weekly show will debut in 2014 and will air on Sunday nights.
“We weren’t otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on The Daily Show, we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO,” said HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo, making reference to the net’s long-running Friday night entry, Real Time with Bill Maher. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”
Added Oliver: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now. I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at The Daily Show for the best seven and a half years of my life. But most of all, I’d like to thank Jon Stewart. He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, it’s entirely his fault.”