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Broadway World - 1/4/2017
Your New Year will soon be full of laughs thanks to The Groundlings Theatre's line-up of shows on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with the return of "Groundlings Hook-up App" and new show "What Happens in Sunday Stays in Sunday."
Variety - 12/14/2016
Taran Killam will make his Broadway debut in musical-theater megasmash “Hamilton,” joining the cast along with a handful of other new additions over the next few months.
Deadline - 10/26/2016
Jim Rash will star as Bernard in the Jules Feiffer-scripted/Dan Mirvish-helmed film Bernard And Huey.
Deadline Hollywood - 10/24/2016
Years ago, Wendi McLendon-Covey was a floundering twentysomething working at what she has described as “a crappy hotel near Disneyland” where an old nightstand served as her desk, complete with a typewriter. Now The Goldbergs star will tap into her experiences for a comedy series project, which has landed at ABC with a script commitment plus significant penalty.
Forbes - 10/11/2016
Jimmy Fowlie, Anna Akana and Ariane Price know the impact of bullying all to well. “I’m gay and growing up in Boston I dealt with a fair amount of it,” says Fowlie.
Entertainment Weekly - 9/9/2016
Day, who trained at the Groundlings, was a cast member of Wild ‘n Out, and his other credits include Maya & Marty, Robot Chicken, and The Underground; he also starred in the short-lived NBC adaptation of the British comedy Kath & Kim.
Variety - 9/6/2016
The box office star is developing a family comedy with Fox, Variety has learned. She is attached as an executive producer, along with her husband and producing partner, Ben Falcone. Scribes Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa are co-executive producers.
Collider - 8/30/2016
Ghostbusters: Answer the Call will be coming to Digital HD on September 27th and to 4K/Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, and DVD on October 11th.
Vanity Fair - 7/26/2016
The Oscar-nominated screenwriter sits down with Vanity Fair.
Entertainment Weekly - 7/7/2016
See exclusive photos and get to know the faces of The CW's 'MADtv' revival
Entertainment Weekly - 6/14/2016
In Hulu's Golden Globe-nominated comedy, Casual, Watkins embraces the ugliness of divorce, dating and self-discovery as Valerie, a therapist fumbling her way through her new reality after catching her husband with a younger woman. It's a noticeable departure from the zany female characters she's flawlessly played in years past.
The Wall Street Journal - 6/3/2016
The comedian on impersonating celebrities, not watching TV and her new show, ‘Maya and Marty’
The Hollywood Reporter - 6/2/2016
The single-camera project, produced by McCarthy and husband/actor Ben Falcone, is inspired by the real lives of writers Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras (Adult Swim's Mike Tyson's Mysteries), who watched as their friends from Los Angeles-based improv and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars while they toiled away in Hollywood.
Deadline Hollywood - 3/4/2016
Cook will play Lowell, a sweet, offbeat intellectual dad at Adam’s ( Matt LeBlanc) school who is drawn to his “alpha male” vibe. Kaufman will play Kate, Adam and Andi’s (not yet cast) oldest child, a bright but hormonal teenage girl who initially is delighted when Adam takes over as the main caregiver of their family.
LA Times - 2/19/2016
...and where he cried when he was almost famous.
NY Times - 2/10/2016
After disappearing for nearly three decades, Paul Reubens' subversive alter ego returns - and seems more radical than ever.
Backstage.com - 1/29/2016
The Groundlings School is the new home of the company’s renowned training program that’s molded hundreds of entertainers into the industry’s top comedic heavy-hitters.
Broadway World - 8/15/2015
The Groundlings' current laugh-packed Friday & Saturday night show most assuredly continues The Groundling's well-earned reputation of being one of the funniest improvisational and sketch comedy troupes in Los Angeles, if not the entire United States.
The Blemish - 7/31/2015
The Night Before follows the story of three best friends who decide to celebrate their bachelor life-Christmas-(Chanukah) traditions all out for one last year; drinking, drugs, troublemaking, and many, many holiday sweaters.
The Hollywood Reporter - 6/11/2015
"Everything is awesome, even when it’s not, and especially when it’s shared in a thick Boston accent."
The LAist - 5/1/2015
The LAist recommends Kung Fu Battle Island on their list of "22 Things To Do In Los Angeles"
Press & Sun-Bulletin - 4/29/2015
Stephanie Courtney, the actress and improv performer who is known for her role as the Progressive Insurance pitchwoman “Flo,” will speak at Binghamton University’s Spring Commencement on May 17, the university announced Monday.
Parade - 3/25/2015
From the Groundlings, to SNL, to infinate stardom, Will Ferrell's name is now immortalized on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
The Wrap - 10/9/2014
Tony Cavalero, a regular at The Groundlings improv theater, will play Dewey Finn
The Wrap - 10/9/2014
Tony Cavalero, a regular at The Groundlings improv theater, will play Dewey Finn
Grantland - 8/31/2014
No less than Lorne Michaels once wondered if Hartman hadn’t “touched greatness” more than any SNL cast member. Yet Hartman’s genius is the toughest to properly appreciate. “He was definitely a guy that was in everything,” Mandel said. “And he could play anything. Yet you never got a sense that everybody knew exactly who he was.”
Variety - 8/31/2014
Crafting an ensemble cast that has chemistry and serves a series takes experience and skill to a degree, but it can entail a healthy dose of risk-taking and finger-crossing as well.
Hollywood Chamber - 8/24/2014
This Tuesday, alumn Phil Hartman will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Speaker.com - 8/3/2014
I am proud and honored to introduce you to my friend Wendi McClendon, a television and film celebrity who happens to have crazy awesome talent as well as immensely clever business sense. An incredibly talented comedic actress, Wendi has never had any problem taking bold risks and working her "brand" on her own terms.
KCRW - 7/27/2014
The King of Pop also had aspirations to be a film star; LA’s famous improv troupe and school celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
USA Today - 7/27/2014
In the kingdom of quirky TV advertising icons, Flo, the Progressive Insurance Girl, is a queen.
Entertainment Weekly - 7/27/2014
Jillian Bell is earning raves for her turn in ''22 Jump Street'' as the nasty coed who starts a fistfight with Jonah Hill; and socking it to an Oscar nominee is just her warm-up act
Entertainment Weekly - 7/18/2014
Who was it that said comedy is tragedy plus time? Well, judging by most TV comedies, ''tragedy plus time'' is a good definition for marriage, too: First the husband disappoints the wife (tragedy!), then they resent each other for the rest of their lives. Ha-ha! Thankfully, Married isn't one of those comedies...
Vulture - 7/17/2014
Nat Faxon and Will Forte have known each other for nearly 20 years, ever since they met at the Groundlings theater in Los Angeles...
Popsugar - 7/17/2014
You've seen him everywhere lately, but do you know anything about funny guy Nat Faxon? The talented actor and writer stars in FX's new show Married, and you should really get to know him...
Complex - 7/17/2014
If you're an idealist, FX's newest series, Married, is not for you. Premiering tonight at 10 p.m., the comedy stars Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as Russ and Lina, the wedded parents of three children who are struggling to keep their relationship afloat...
TV Line - 7/17/2014
Love may be patient, but it can also get a little threadbare after years of routine — and child-rearing. That’s the central theme of FX’s latest sitcom Married...
E! - 7/15/2014
From the moment he laid eyes on her, Ben Falcone knew Melissa McCarthy was one-of-a-kind...
Daily Mail - 7/15/2014
Former Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig, well know for her comedic roles in Knocked Up and Bridemaids, is taking on two new dramatically dark roles - one of which requires her to embrace full-frontal nudity...
MSTARS News - 7/15/2014
Judy Greer and Nat Faxon sat down with Larry King on his Internet talk show Larry King Now (available on Hulu, YouTube, and Ora.tv) to discuss their roles in the upcoming sitcom Married...
Elle - 7/15/2014
Though immensely private, comic genius Kristen Wiig has taken on a series of raw, revealing dramatic roles that may profoundly alter the way the world appreciates her huge talent, and she’s opening up about all that and more in the August issue of ELLE...
KCRW - 7/14/2014
There’s a good chance you’ve encountered the work of Jim Rash and Michaela Watkins. Maybe at the movies or maybe on TV or maybe in a web series...
Michigan Daily - 7/14/2014
If I were to tell you that FX has a new comedy from the co-writer of “The Last Exorcism”, and that it’s funny, I would forgive you for giving me a weird look...
Voices - 7/13/2014
Actor, writer and director Nat Faxon is a true Hollywood “multi-hyphenate,” given his talents in virtually all aspects of film and TV production. But in a number of current acting projects, the subject of marriage is a key theme...
Boston Herald - 7/13/2014
This is Sarah Baker’s year with a buzzed-about spot on “Louie” and a memorable confrontation with Melissa McCarthy in “Tammy.”...
Multichannel News - 7/12/2014
SundanceTV received a Primetime Emmy® nomination for its unscripted series “The Writers’ Room,” hosted by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter (The Descendants), comedian and actor (“Community”) Jim Rash, for Outstanding Information Series or Special...
Christian Science Monitor - 7/8/2014
It's a term of endearment, a long-used nickname between the two who have been paired in love and comedy since they were aspiring performers at the Groundlings, the Los Angeles improv school...
Extra TV - 7/4/2014
Actress Melissa McCarthy shot to fame with her scene-stealing performance in “Bridesmaids” (who can forget Megan on the bathroom sink?), now she’s front and center in the new road trip comedy "Tammy," directed by husband Ben Falcone...
Mirror - 7/4/2014
Her latest film, Tammy, was again a labour of love for actress Melissa McCarthy...
Co.Create - 7/4/2014
There was a moment in 2011--one that happens too often in Hollywood--where a female-driven movie’s success highlighted the rarity of female-driven movies...
The Wire - 7/3/2014
Mere months after Sarah Baker wowed Louie audiences, she has another breakout role in Melissa McCarthy's Tammy, as a fast food worker who is pretty blasé about being robbed by McCarthy's title character...
Boston.com - 7/3/2014
It’s impossible not to smile at Melissa McCarthy...
Forbes - 6/30/2014
When Bridesmaids became a huge hit in 2011, people who care about seeing more women onscreen in big Hollywood movies hoped that its success would create an environment more welcoming to all kinds of women, especially funny women...
Slate - 6/30/2014
The last time we saw Kristen Wiig’s lip-synching chops was in the final scene of 2011’s Bridesmaids, opposite Maya Rudolph...
NY Daily News - 6/29/2014
Superheroes, monsters, aliens ... Melissa McCarthy?...
LA Times - 6/27/2014
It is a good time to be Melissa McCarthy...
Studio System News - 6/26/2014
If you’re casting a comedy series and are looking for a bold, blunt comedienne, you call upon Wendi McLendon-Covey...
Wall Street Journal - 6/26/2014
In 22 years as a film executive, Toby Emmerich has bought hundreds of scripts. "Tammy" is the only one he has bought sight unseen...
CNN - 6/24/2014
She's brassy, hilarious and just about the only comedian around who can almost single-handedly carry a movie to a $35 million opening...
Variety - 6/24/2014
Melissa McCarthy has emerged as one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars. But her offscreen lifestyle suggests otherwise.
The Wrap - 6/20/2014
The ABC comedy's actress has become a household and critical favorite in just one season...
Marketplace.org - 6/19/2014
Before Will Farrell, Kristen Wiig and Will Forte rose to Saturday Night Live stardom, they all got their start at The Groundlings comedy club in Los Angeles.
TV Line - 6/17/2014
The Goldbergs‘ Wendi McLendon-Covey is one tough smother...
Bustle.com - 6/16/2014
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s comedy sequel 22 Jump Street earned a whopping $60 million at the box office over the weekend (and, oh gee whiz, wouldn’t you know it, women like to go see all kinds of movies) thanks to strong reviews and moviegoers who were eager to revisit the buddy cop antics of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. And while critics and audiences alike were pleased with the return of Tatum and Hill (not to mention their fellow 21 Jump Street co-stars Ice Cube, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, and Nick Offerman), it was a newcomer to the franchise who stole the show: comedian/writer/actress Jillian Bell. (Mild 22 Jump Street spoilers ahead.)
Cosmopolitan - 6/16/2014
"I basically just got paid to call Jonah and Channing old for an entire movie."
MTV.com - 6/16/2014
If you saw “22 Jump Street” over the weekend, you’re already clued in. For the rest of you, get ready to be enlightened: actress Jillian Bell is your new deity. Bow down. That’s just what we do now.
Huffington Post - 6/16/2014
Audiences made "22 Jump Street" a blockbuster hit during the film's opening weekend, but would the "21 Jump Street" sequel be as successful without Jillian Bell? The actress, best known for her role on "Workaholics" and small supporting turns in "Bridesmaids" and "The Master," has been hailed as the film's breakout star in numerous articles, and with good reason: She's a hilarious, and "22 Jump Street" heads to an even higher level whenever she appears on screen.
Esquire.com - 6/16/2014
When you see 22 Jump Street, you will likely have a lot of favorite moments. But the film's most compelling bits come in the form of Jillian Bell, who plays a snarky college student named Mercedes.
Slate.com - 6/14/2014
22 Jump Street, the better-than-expected sequel to 2012’s better-than-expected franchise reboot, is another Channing Tatum-Jonah Hill lovefest and a continuation of the first film’s “goofy pseudo-thriller” shtick. But it’s got something else, something—or, rather, someone—even funnier: Jillian Bell.
Upi.com - 6/13/2014
Actor-producer Jonah Hill has nothing but high praise for Jillian Bell, the actress who plays his nemesis in the big-screen, action-comedy 22 Jump Street.
Realitytvworld.com - 6/13/2014
Jonah Hill has nothing but high praise for Jillian Bell, the actress who plays his nemesis in the big-screen, action-comedy "22 Jump Street."
Yahoo TV - 6/10/2014
Wendi McLendon-Covey is the funniest woman on TV right now. For real. Yeah, just let that sink in a bit...
Hitfix.com - 6/10/2014
The biggest scene stealer, however, is Jillian Bell best known for her work on Comedy Central's "Workaholics."
Tubefilter.com - 6/10/2014
Comedy Central has mined its in-house digital production to find one of its two new series. The channel has ordered a TV version of Idiotsitter, which was originally distributed through CC Studios earlier in 2014.
Deadline Hollywood - 6/9/2014
Comedy Central has picked up to series Another Period, a spoof of a Keeping Up With The Kardashians-like reality show set in Victorian times, and Idiotsitter, a TV version of the digital series.
Vanity Fair - 6/5/2014
It’s the theatre where Pee-wee Herman was born; where Saturday Night Live found Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and many of its stars; and the venue where Melissa McCarthy met her husband and comedy collaborator, Ben Falcone. As the iconic improv theatre turns 40, all hail The Groundlings.
Variety - 6/2/2014
Griffin was one of many celebs on hand at as The Groundlings Theatre & School celebrated their 40th Anniversary at the newly remodeled HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on Sunday night...
The Hollywood Reporter - 5/30/2014
THR's poll of 60 top casting directors and agents reveals a hierarchy of dramatic prestige...
Hollywood Life - 5/27/2014
Last night, Kristen Wiig stopped by her old stomping grounds, The Groundlings, for a fun night of improv...
Huffington Post - 5/19/2014
Mike Ragogna talks with two sisters that were there from the start.
NPR: Take Two - 5/2/2014
If you want to make it as an improv comedian, that phrase — "Yes, and..." — is your key to keep a scene's momentum going. What started as a small improv company here in LA has kept its own momentum going for 40 years...
Discover Los Angeles - 3/28/2014
The Groundlings have sent generations of its performers to Saturday Night Live, beginning with Laraine Newman in 1975, to current cast members Taran Killam and Nasim Pedrad...
Culturespotla.com - 2/19/2014
A great review for the Groundlings Main Company show, "Royal Grand Groundlings Hawaiian Resort and Spa"
Variety.com - 2/14/2014
The trailer for Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone's latest movie "Tammy" has been released.
EW.com - 2/12/2014
Groundlings Alum Will Forte will star in and executive produce the Fox pilot "Last Man on Earth"
lol-la.com - 2/9/2014
Living Out Loud- LA's review of The Groundlings Main Company show "The Royal Grand Groundlings Hawaiian Resort and Spa"
Vulture.com - 12/24/2013
Kristen Wiig stars along side Ben Stiller in "Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
Deadline.com - 12/12/2013
MGM will be fast tracking a pitch for Jillian Bell's and Charlotte Newhouse's "Let's Get Married" for production.
Deadline.com - 11/19/2013
Edi Patterson has been cast as a series regular in "Braddock & Jackson", FX's new series Kelsey Grammar and Martin Lawerence.
Deadline.com - 11/13/2013
N.B.C has order a piolt for a Maya Rudolph Vareity show set to air as a Primetime special after the Winter Olypmics
Deadline.com - 10/23/2013
U.S.A network has order Benched a comedy pilot written by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones.
The Hollywood Reporter - 9/19/2013
Probably no institution has shaped the contours of modern American comedy more than a vest-pocket theater housed in a former massage parlor on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.
Deadline.com - 9/11/2013
Ryan Gaul has signed on for a reccuring role on the Showtime series "House of Lies"
The LA Times - 7/10/2013
An Oscar for 'The Descendants' and critical praise for 'Way Way Back' — Nat Faxon and Jim Rash credit their success to the L.A. improv troupe.
Deadline.com - 6/13/2013
Will Farrell produces and Kristen Wiig stars in the IFC mini-series "The Spoils of Babylon"
Esquire - 5/30/2013
The actress talks about The Heat, Sandra Bullock, Shirley MacLaine, Bridesmaids, and more!
Variety - 7/24/2012
Bell: Workaholic aces 'Master' class
Curbed: Los Angeles - 4/20/2012
Until this month, the storied Groundlings Theatre on Melrose was working with a set that was built in the late nineties...
LA Confidential Magazine - 2/14/2011
For an irreverent take on the men we love (and occasionally love to hate), we asked members of The Groundlings comedy troupe to describe the “typical” LA man.
Los Angeles Times - 6/22/2008
Success of the YouTube video paves the way for 50 more.
LA Magazine - 10/1/2004
Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow, Phil Hartman, Laraine Newman, Pee-Wee Herman. Before they became household names, they were Groundlings, members of L.A.'s great improv company, which celebrates its 30th birthday this month.
LA Weekly - 9/30/2004
How the Groundlings taught L.A. to laugh
Los Angeles Times - 9/18/1994
Los Angeles' own Groundlings are celebrating two decades of, well, just plain silliness. Is this someone's idea of a joke? You bet and it's paid off.