Stay Calm and Laugh On: Comedy Lives on The Movie Network This July with Original Series FUNNY AS HELL, Plus IFC’s MARON, and THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING
— June 16, 2015
– Canadian comedy king Jon Dore returns to host the fifth season of The Movie Network original series FUNNY AS HELL, premiering Monday, July 6 at 10:30 p.m. ET –
– Starring podcaster and comedian Marc Maron, the IFC comedy MARON is back for a third season, Monday, July 6 at 10 p.m. ET –
– Starring Michael Kenneth Williams, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, and Will Ferrell, IFC’s THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING, the follow-up to 2014’s Emmy® nominated THE SPOILS OF BABYLON, premieres Monday, July 20 at 11 p.m. ET –
TORONTO (June 16, 2015) – Uncensored, unfiltered, and unarguably funny: The Movie Network gets down and dirty on Monday nights this summer with the return of the original stand-up/sketch series FUNNY AS HELL, plus acclaimed titles from IFC including the third season of the deprecating comedy series MARON. As well, The Movie Network presents the much-anticipated adaptation of Eric Jonrosh’s (Will Ferrell) latest novel, THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING, a hilariously over-the-top, six-part, miniseries event and follow-up to THE SPOILS OF BABYLON, starring Michael Kenneth Williams, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, and many more. MARON returns for a third season, Monday, July 6 at 10 p.m. ET on The Movie Network, followed at 10:30 p.m. ET by the premiere of the fifth season of FUNNY AS HELL, the Canadian Screen Award-nominated comedy series hosted by Jon Dore. THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING joins the Monday night comedy lineup on July 20 at 11 p.m. ET.
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Season 3 Premieres Monday, July 6 at 10 p.m. ET
In the new 13-episode season of IFC’s wry comedy series MARON starring actor, comedian and podcaster Marc Maron, the stakes have never been higher for Marc as he attempts to keep it together while trying to launch a new talk show, help a friend father a child (while avoiding his own dad), and salvage the old relationships he actually has left. Returning for Season 3 are: Judd Hirsch (DAMAGES) as Marc’s unstable father; Sally Kellerman (MASH) as his meddling mother; Troy Ruptash (PRISON BREAK) as his fragile brother; Andy Kindler (BOB’S BURGERS) as his voice of reason; and Dave Anthony (Walking The Room podcast) as his devil’s advocate and trusty punching bag assistant, Kyle.
Guest stars for the new season include: Steve Agee (THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM); Whitney Cummings (WHITNEY); Andy Dick (THE B-LIST); Adam Goldberg (FARGO); Elliott Gould (RAY DONOVAN); Patton Oswalt (THE GOLDBERGS); Mary Lynn Rajskub (24); Constance Zimmer (ENTOURAGE); professional wrestlers Colt Cabana and CM Punk; and many more.
MARON is created, executive produced, and written by Marc Maron. Denis Leary and Jim Serpico are also executive producers alongside Michael Jamin, Sivert Glarum, and Olivia Wingate. Tom Sellitti is co-executive producer. Series directors include Marc Maron, Robert Cohen, Bobcat Goldthwait, Michael Glarum, Sivert Jamin, Richie Keen, Joe Kessler, Jim Serpico, and Academy Award®-winner Luke Matheny.
FUNNY AS HELL
Season 5 Premieres Monday, July 6 at 10:30 p.m. ET
In partnership with Just For Laughs Television and hosted by homegrown comic Jon Dore (THE JON DORE TELEVISION SHOW), FUNNY AS HELL returns for a six-episode fifth season. Featuring stand-up comedy, unique sketches, and cutting-edge digital shorts, each half-hour episode brings even more of the edgy, uncensored comedy that has kept audiences laughing year after year.
Comedians featured in Season 5 include: Pete Davidson (GUY CODE); Rachel Feinstein (LAST COMIC STANDING); Pete Holmes (THE PETE HOLMES SHOW); Streeter Seidell (PRANKED); Dan Levy (PREMIUM BLEND); Greg Proops (Whose Line is it Anyway?); James Davis (Real Husbands of Hollywood); Cameron Esposito (SIDE MULLET NATION); Ari Shaffir (The Skeptic Tank podcast); Brent Morin (UNDATEABLE); Jamie Lee (GIRL CODE); Owen Benjamin (SULLIVAN AND SON); Chris Gethard (THE OFFICE); Brooks Wheelan (ADAM DEVINE’S HOUSE PARTY); Cardinal Burns; Mike Polk Jr. (THE MIKE POLK JR. SHOW); Matteo Lane; and Claudia O’Doherty (PROBLEMS).
THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING
Premieres Monday, July 20 at 11 p.m. ET
Produced by Funny Or Die, and executive produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, the IFC six-part, half-hour miniseries THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING revisits legendary author-turned-director Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell), who first introduced television audiences to his storytelling brilliance with the masterful adaptation of his novel The Spoils of Babylon. Written by Jonrosh in a fit of youthful intoxication, THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING is a debaucherous pulp-noir murder mystery set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles’ jazz scene. It follows Rock Banyon (Michael Kenneth Williams, BOARDWALK EMPIRE) as he becomes the prime suspect in the double murder of his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (Maya Rudolph, Bridesmaids) who is found dead with another man. Panicked, Rock splits for Mexico where he reunites with his one-time big band singer Delores DeWinter (Kristen Wiig, Skeleton Twins, Bridesmaids). With 72 hours to clear his name or fry in the electric chair, Rock and Delores embark on a dangerous quest for the truth that takes them into an abyss of sex, drugs, betrayal, and of course, jazz. While his world crumbles, Rock's hard-charging manager Alistair St. Barnaby (Haley Joel Osment, THE SPOILS OF BABYLON) pressures him to record a mainstream jazz album.
The miniseries also stars: Michael Sheen (MASTERS OF SEX); Kate McKinnon (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE); Molly Shannon (Me & Earl & the Dying Girl); Tim Meadows (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE); Lou Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman); Chris Parnell (30 ROCK); Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl); Steve Tom (MAJOR CRIMES): Marc Evan Jackson (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE); Chris Mulkey (Whiplash); Chin Han (MARCO POLO); Ted Levine (THE BRIDGE); Jack Kilmer (Palo Alto); Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall); and Patty Guggenheim(Casa de mi Padre).
THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING is produced by Funny Or Die and executive produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele, and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont wrote the miniseries, with Piedmont also directing.
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