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JB SMOOVE LANDS IN NEW FX ANIMATED COMEDY TITLED ‘CASSIUS & CLAY’!

FX is looking to expand its animation offerings.

The cable network has handed out a pilot order to animated comedy Cassius & Clay, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Written by Modern Family‘s Megan Ganz and Archer‘s Adam Reed, the duo will executive produce the FX Productions comedy pilot alongside the latter’s animation studio, Floyd County Productions, partner Matt Thompson.

The action-buddy comedy is described as being in the vein of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and centers on two women living as bandits in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic America. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Kaitlin Olson will lead the voice, cast as Ordwood Cassius, a hard-drinking, quick-thinking, fast-talking bullshitter who has more debts than sense. Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital, Unsupervised) will voice Shopcarter Clay, the fastest gun in the post-apocalyptic South who doesn’t go looking for trouble but shares a station wagon with it. Susan Sarandon (Lifetime’s upcoming Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe) is set as Connie Mack, the ruthless and cutthroat owner of Wilke’s only saloon and brothel. Mack runs the booze, the girls and effectively the whole town. Olson, Bell and Sarandon are set as series regulars should the pilot move forward.
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J.B. Smoove’s Childhood Moves

Actor-comedian J.B. Smoove (Jerry Brooks), 50, is best known for playing Leon Black on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He currently is performing standup on tour. He spoke with Marc Myers.

I was 3 when my family moved from Plymouth, N.C., to Mount Vernon, a suburb of New York. Once there, we moved around four times, and each time I had to attend a different school.

My mom had four brothers and five sisters in Plymouth, and much of my extended family still lives there. They’re all funny and the humor rubbed off. During family reunions and holidays in Plymouth, you can’t get a word in edgewise. Everyone is talking and laughing at once. The first time I took my wife there for a reunion, she had no idea what they were all talking about. I told her to just laugh and hug everyone.
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J.B. Smoove Pairs Good Food And Great Conversation With Return Of ‘Four Courses’

Funny man J.B. Smoove is making bread off his TV dinners. After bringing the laughs in Chris Rock’s Top Five, the seasoned comic is returning for Season 3 of Four Courses with J.B. Smoove, having several seats with world-famous athletes, like John Starks, to astrophysicists, like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, for good food and even better conversation.

VIBE: Four Courses is back at it again. What are some changes in the format we can expect to see?
J.B. Smoove: Every season, we have a different array of athletes, comedians, actors, musicians, astrophysicists—it doesn’t matter. This season, we turn it up a notch. I’ve definitely expanded my guest list. I tell all my guests, ‘Although you’re being invited to sit at this table, it’s about everyone interacting with each other.’ It really feels like a bunch of friends just having dinner. It’s that simple.
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J.B. Smoove Responds To Mike Epps’ ‘Top Five’ Comments

Call J.B. Smoove the Jack of all trades. After playing sidekick to Chris Rock’s character Andre Allen in the seriously funny Top Five and hosting celebrity dinners on MSG’s Four Courses, the veteran funny man’s main concern is flourishing.

VIBE recently chatted with J.B. after reports swirled of Mike Epps’ recent comments on Top Five. “I haven’t seen it. I don’t know why they called it Top Five. There wasn’t one good comedian in the whole movie,” Epps said on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “I don’t know why they keep giving Chris Rock opportunities. He’s a great stand-up and a good Meerkat. When do these white people – they’re blind. They keep giving the wrong dude opportunities.”
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JB Smoove talks return of ‘Four Courses’ and razzing Larry David

JB Smoove will be the first to tell you that 2015 is destined to be “The Year of the Smoove.

The comedian kicks off Season 3 of “Four Courses with JB Smoove” Monday on MSG (9 pm.), will perform March 28 at the all-star “Garden of Laughs” benefit — “We’re finding a way to brighten the lives of children facing a lot of obstacles,” he says — and plans to razz Larry David when his “Curb Your Enthusiasm” co-star opens on Broadway.
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Conan O’Brien Gets Tango Lesson from JB Smoove

If you’re going to get an on-air tango lesson, you could do a lot worse for a teacher than a guy named JB Smoove.

And Smoove, who costars in Chris Rock’s new film, Take Five, didn’t disappoint pupil Conan O’Brien Tuesday night, when he appeared on Conan for the impromptu tutorial.

Watching the two 6-foot-plus men dip each each extremely low as co-host Andy Richter looks on is, well … honestly, it’s actually hard to look away, like watching tropical birds perform their mating dance. Read more

“I Haven’t Given Up the Hope’ for Another Season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm”

There was no curbing the enthusiasm of audience members during the Q-and-A session portion of Sunday’s Citi Presents Larry David and David Steinberg in Conversation.

Some of the more cringe-worthy moments: three women begging for hugs from Mr. David after propositioning him for dates (he obliged the hugs), one guy asking him to autograph a DVD copy of season 2 of “Curb your Enthusiasm” and then bum rushing the stage, and an aspiring female comedian desperately pleading for David to have a conversation with her “in real life,” a request that drew equal parts awkward laughter and boos. Of course, the gruff Emmy-winning “Seinfeld” co-creator handled it all with signature bone-dry wit, at one point telling a fan, “Thank you for that idiotic question.” Read more

Sean Hayes joins The Millers

Emmy winner Sean Hayes has been cast as a series regular in CBS’ comedy The Millers.

Hayes will play Kip Withers, Carol Miller’s (Margo Martindale) new best friend and a new source of friction for Nathan (Will Arnett), Carol’s son. His character will be introduced during the series’ Season 2 premiere on October 30.
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