TCB Debriefing 7/25/23: Comedy Store Paid Regulars, Strange Planet, Rachel Bloom, Poor Things, Craig Ferguson, Sam Bee

1. The Comedy Store just celebrated Names Night, christening their latest round of Paid Regulars. That includes Dulce Sloan, Luke Schwartz, Hormoz Rashidi, Saul Trujillo, Matt Lockwood, Dave Waite, King Congdon, Sara Weinshenk, Bruce Gray, Shapel Lacey, Laura Peek, Amy Miller, and Quincy Weekley.

2. Strange Planet, the webcomic sensation turned best selling book is now going to be the latest reason that you’ll have to go in on  if you don’t already have it. See for yourself with the first official trailer here with what might be the best comic adaptation we’ve seen in quite some time (yes, that does mean shots fired at MCU and DCEU).

3. Rachel Bloom set the TV world ablaze with the beautifully genre-bending, hilarious Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and is set to do the same with her one-woman musical comedy, Death, Let Me Do My Show at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, Off Broadway (Deadline). Bloom’s time on Broadway or on Off-Broadway is far past due. Previews begin Sept. 6th, so you best watch for tickets on her socials very soon.

4. Poor Things, the latest work from one of the great comedy auteurs of our time, Yorgos Lanthimos, will be an early holiday gift as the release date just got pushed back to Dec. 8th (Collider).

5. A mockumentary feature about producers not getting their act together gets a SAG-AFTRA waiver to move forward with production (Deadline). Can’t imagine this being done without addressing the strike and AMPTP.

6. A brand new podcast for iHeart simply called, Joy, marks the official entry of once late night talk show mainstay Craig Ferguson into the podcast realm (even though he did a SiriusXM radio show that you could listen to like a podcast online). Just a polite reminder here that some of the best interviews and monologues in late night came from Ferguson and CBS barely put any of it on YouTube.

7. Though Full Frontal has been gone from TBS for some time now, Samantha Bee is still front and center with her current live show Your Favorite Woman: The Joys of Sex Education. If you’re just hearing about it for the first time, fret not, as she has just extended her tour by adding 17 more dates in North America (Deadline).

8. Speaking of late night, it’s undeniable that there’s a bit of a void without topical jokes being delivered in some fashion on a nightly basis by someone who isn’t Greg Gutfeld.