The mayor of Houston, Texas declared August 30th "Bun B. Day" in honor of the famous rapper (and TSOYA alum) who hails from Houston and has been a strong proponent of activism in the community. If you live in Houston, you should consider attending the "Religion & Hip Hop Culture" course that Bernard "Bun B." Freeman will be teaching at Rice University on September 13th. He just recently announced that it will be open to the public (for a fee). You can find the course description here and enrollment information on the Rice University website.
David Cross will be a guest star on Modern Family this fall. The show starts up again on September 21st.
The September 15th issue of Rolling Stone contains a special section on "Comedy's New Wave" and it names Aziz Ansari as the "Funniest Man Under 30". It also includes interviews with Donald Glover and John Mulaney.
HBO will air a special on September 9th featuring Dick Cavett and Mel Brooks in conversation before a live audience. It's titled "Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again". Back in the day, Brooks was a frequent guest on Cavett's talk show. Here is one of my favorite clips from the show featuring a visit from Brooks not long after he released "The Producers."
Charlyne Yi has landed a role on the upcoming season of "House."
Starting September 14th, Al Madrigal will be returning to your television in a new NBC comedy called "Free Agents". The show is based on a British sitcom by the same name. If you want to get a taste of it, the network has a quick preview up that includes Al being hilarious. Side note to any fathers who are reading this: you can find true empathy and moral support from Madrigal's funny weekly podcast Minivan Men: A Weekly Podcast for Regular People with Children. Madrigal co-produces the show with fellow dad-comedians Chris Spencer and Maz Jobrani. Last week's episode featured comedian and TSOYA alum Bill Burr.
Zach Galifianakis and the rest of the "Bored to Death" crew will be returning to HBO on October 10th for their third season and the network just released this great teaser clip. I wanna ride the Ferris wheel with these gentlemen.