Netflix continues to grab the highest comedy talent with a new movie starring Randall Park and Ali Wong. The film is yet to be titled but it has a writer in playwright Michael Golamco. He and Park have worked together before on the award winning short film Dragon of Love. Deadline says the film follows "two childhood friends who find themselves in vastly different socioeconomic situations when they fall in love as adults." Netflix is currently on the look out for a director.
Canadians have all the fun. They get free health care; there hasn't been any major destruction in their cities; and they have the biggest comedy festival in the world taking place in Montreal. And this year's lineup for the festival looks magnificent. The 35th annual Just For Laughs Festival has landed an all-star bunch of comedians including Jerry Seinfeld, Ali Wong, Kevin Hart, Judd Apatow, Trevor Noah, Natasha Leggero, and Moshe Kasher among others. Additionally, there will be live podcast recordings like Jake and Amir's If I Were You and Jon Gabrus's High & Mighty. The full lineup and tickets can be found here.
It's almost a step to the next level when a comedian writes their own book. Even Kevin Hart and Amy Schumer are cashing in on their fame to sell paperbacks. Ali Wong is just the latest standup to feel the itch. But she's taking things on a little more differently. Wong, who recently had a child and did the first (?) ever pregnant stand up special -- Baby Cobra on Netflix -- is writing an advice book to her one year old daughter.
Coming out in 2018 via Random House, EW says the book comes in letter format which will provide common advice on finding true love, failure, and Wong's journey into stand up. Wong says that the book is about her life offstage, adding that she has a lot of stories to tell that won't fit in her regular joke set.
Fans of Los Angeles and its comedy festivals need not worry any longer. The annual Riot LA comedy festival takes place in late January and brings the best alternative performances. Even better is Mel Brooks who's slated to open the festival with a showing of the great Blazing Saddles followed by a fan Q&A. There will also be a live version of Dr. Katz and Ali Wong will perform on Saturday at the Ace Hotel. Of course there will be dozens of more acts that have yet to be announced so hold onto your buckets. Riot LA takes place on Friday, January 20th through Sunday the 22nd.
Comedy festival season is upon us. Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival is back next month and a whole lot of the best of the best comedians are popping up.From Thursday, August 25th to Sunday, October 2nd, attendees will get to see the likes of Ali Wong, Jermaine Fowler, Cameron Esposito, Tracy Morgan and more. The tour will have stops in Atlanta, Austin, Portland and other top comedy cities. Tickets start selling on Monday, July 25th and you can purchase them on Oddball’s site for dates and other relevant information.