Watch THR's Full, Uncensored Comedy Actor Roundtable With Ricky Gervais, Jordan Peele and More
THR's Emmy season roundtables air on SundanceTV and stream at THR.com. The shows air Sunday at 8 a.m. PT on channel 557 on DirecTV, 126 on Dish nationwide, and at 11 a.m. ET/PT on cable (channel 625 on TWC in L.A., 94 in NYC).
"Fart Face" is funny. Really.
That's what Emmy nominee Will Forte insists of a Saturday Night Live sketch that he did with Bill Hader that completely bombed. But in his opinion, the audience was wrong.
"It was two people in an office setting. One guy says, 'I'd like you to stop calling me Fart Face, please.' He's like, 'Oh, you got it, Bill. Sure.' Then Josh Brolin comes in, and he's like, 'Hey, have you met Fart Face here?' And, he's like, 'I thought I specifically asked you to stop calling me Fart Face.' We thought, "OK, pretty solid sketch here.' Then, no laughter. But Lorne somehow still put it into the show, and it was met with even more silence. But I watched it the other day, and I still stand behind that thing."
That's just one revelation to come out of THR's Comedy Actor Roundtable, which features Portlandia's Fred Armisen, 48; House of Lies' Don Cheadle, 50, another Emmy nominee this year; The Last Man on Earth's Forte, 44; Derek's Ricky Gervais, 53, also up for an Emmy; Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch, 33; and Key & Peele's Jordan Peele, 36.
TV's funniest actors also sound off on when to play the race card, their love of Louis C.K. and the humor they don't get. Says Middleditch: "There are plenty of shows that get millions of viewers, and I'm like, 'I can't sit through 22 minutes of this.'"
For the first time, you can watch the roundtable discussion, debuting today on SundanceTV as part of the cable channel's new original nonfiction series, Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter, produced in partnership with THR. And come back to THR.com on Monday for the full, uncensored discussion.
The series is comprised of 14 hourlong episodes, with the first of seven episodes — the Drama Actress Roundtable — kicking off Sunday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on cable systems and at 8 a.m. PT on satellite systems (Dish and DirecTV). New episodes will air every Sunday leading up to the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 20.
The first half of the season will present filmed roundtable panels featuring Emmy nominees and other top stars of the year's most buzzed-about shows, including drama actors and actresses, comedy actors and actresses, creators and showrunners from both comedies and dramas, and reality show hosts and producers. Guests will discuss everything from their individual projects to their craft and true stories of the business that keep them coming back for more. The panels will present thoughtful, informative takes on the film and television industry today.
The complete schedule for the first half of the season is as follows:
Sunday, Aug. 2: Drama Actress Roundtable
Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex: Showtime)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder: ABC)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman: SundanceTV)
Taraji P. Henson (Empire: FOX)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: FX)
Ruth Wilson (The Affair: Showtime)
Sunday, Aug. 9: Drama Actor Roundtable
Timothy Hutton (American Crime: ABC)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul: AMC)
Clive Owen (The Knick: Cinemax)
David Oyelowo (Nightingale: NBC)
Justin Theroux (The Leftovers: HBO)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan: Showtime)
Sunday, Aug. 16: Comedy Actress Roundtable
Lena Dunham (Girls: HBO)
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Netflix)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live: NBC)
Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin: CW)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish: ABC)
Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer: Comedy Central)
Sunday, Aug. 23: Comedy Actor Roundtable
Fred Armisen (Portlandia: IFC)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies: Showtime)
Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth: Fox)
Ricky Gervais (Derek: Netflix)
Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley: HBO)
Jordan Peele (Key and Peele: Comedy Central)
Sunday, Aug. 30: Drama Showrunner Roundtable
Lee Daniels (Empire: Fox)
Alex Gansa (Homeland: Showtime)
Michelle King (The Good Wife: CBS)
Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers: HBO)
Sarah Treem (The Affair: Showtime)
Beau Willimon (House of Cards: Netflix)
Sunday, Sept. 6: Comedy Showrunner Roundtable
Kenya Barris (Black-ish: ABC)
Alec Berg (Silicon Valley: HBO)
Robert Carlock (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Netflix)
Jay Duplass (Togetherness: HBO)
Steven Levitan (Modern Family: ABC)
Jill Soloway (Transparent: Amazon)
Sunday, Sept. 13: Reality Roundtable
Mark Burnett (Survivor, Shark Tank, The Voice)
Julie Chen (Big Brother)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol)
Craig Piligian (The Ultimate Fighter)
Bertram Van Munster (The Amazing Race)
The second half of the season will broadcast in early 2016 in the run-up to the 2016 Academy Awards and feature interviews with Oscar-nominated directors, producers, actors, writers and more.
The Hollywood Reporter is well known for hosting influential and award-winning roundtable conversations with industry insiders; The Hollywood Reporter in Focus: The Wolf of Wall Street — featuring the likes of Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill — won four staffers Emmy Awards.
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