Starz announced today they had acquired a few series including TAKE MY WIFE (which was nominated for a GLAAD award), BRIAN POSEHN: CRIMINALLY POSEHN (from former Marvel Comics writer Brian Posehn), ANDY RICHTER’S HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, and more.
Starz is ready to offer some fun shows to fans looking for queer, and comedic content. The network has announced picking up a number of projects.
New York’s Funniest has “hundreds of hopeful comics” coming to the famed Caroline’s in New York City to see if “they have what it takes to be New York’s Funniest.” Leslie Jones and Michael Che (from SNL) will be hosting the semifinals and finals.
Night Train with Wyatt Cenac (Seasons 1 & 2) is a stand-up comedy show hosted by Wyatt Cenac. (former Daily Show correspondent). It’s a “freewheeling mix of stand up, music, and other surprises.” It includes appearances by comedians Chris Gethard, Janeane Garofalo, John Hodgman, Seaton Smith, Eugene Mirman, Melissa Villasenor, and more.
Take My Wife (Seasons 1 & 2) has Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher finding that “daily struggles make for good comedy–and stand-up makes for good couples therapy –in this charming and personal show created, starring and produced by an actually gay, actually married couple.” You can look forward to appearances from Ron Funches, Matt Braunger, Jen Kirkman, Paul F. Tompkins, Maria Bamford, and LGBTQ actors Gaby Dunn, Clea Duvall, Solomon Georgio, Brittani Nichols, Jen Richards, and indie pop duo Tegan and Sara.
The UCB Show (Seasons 1 & 2) is a “weekly variety showcase for the best sketch, characters and stand-up talent homegrown at the UCB Theatres in Los Angeles and New York City.” It’s hosted by Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh and Amy Poehler (all Upright Citizens Brigade co-founders). Comedians Scott Aukerman, Andy Daly, Kate Berlant, James Adomian, and more make appearances.
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Andy Richter’s Home for the Holidays – available October 1
Andy Richter is inviting you to celebrate the Holiday Season the right way with his family and all his important celebrity friends including Bob Ducca (Seth Morris), Andy’s Wife (Lauren Lapkus), Andy’s Mom (Betsy Sodaro), Andy’s Son (Mookie Blaiklock), Andy’s Sister (Diona Reasonover), Sappity Tappity the Talking Christmas Tree (Jon Daly), Bjork (Matt Besser), Piano Playing Uncle (Mike Cassady), Red Sandwich (Eric Hoffman), Santa (Eddie Pepitone), Michelle Obama (Ego Nwodim) and Talking Gift (Allan Mcleod).
Brian Posehn: Criminally Posehn
Brian Posehn brings his signature style to Comic-Con in San Diego and rocks the House of Blues in this new hour featuring hilarious stand-up and some over-the-top surprises.
Lachlan Patterson Live from Venice Beach
Lachlan Patterson, known for his scalpel-sharp wit, shares his musings about make-up, mugshots & more. He brings his hour to the town he loves and calls home: Venice Beach.
Sklar Brothers: Hipster Ghosts
Comedy is a family affair for brothers and comedy duo Randy and Jason Sklar (“Entourage,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Maron,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”). Their brotherly chemistry, unique team delivery and complementary styles contribute to the incomparable energy of their shows. Filmed at the Lincoln Hall theater in Chicago, this all-new stand-up special from the Sklar Brothers tackle topics such as politics, parenting, canine racism and who might haunt us in the afterlife.
The Pistol Shrimps – available June 1
This documentary focuses on an eclectic group of actresses, musicians, writers, comedians, and moms who compete in the Los Angeles women’s recreational basketball league. The team that started it all is the Pistol Shrimps, whose lineup includes Aubrey Plaza (“Parks & Recreation”). From inspiring a podcast to creating their own merchandise, this group of exceptional women proves that organized sports can be enjoyed at any age and any skill level.
Starz has had some wonderful queer-inclusive content including Spartacus and Black Sails. So, it’s good to see the network, while offering viewers a lot of comedic content, didn’t forget from queer representation.
What are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know.
Note: Farid-ul-Haq contributed to this piece.
Author: Dan Berry
Dan is a veteran of various pop culture events (13 different ones in 2018), with his first having been San Diego Comic-Con in the early 90s. He’s attended everyone since 2000. In addition, he has covered the San Diego International Film Festival for a few years, as well as other Hollywood events, and movie screenings.
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