Fox Launches Saturday Sketch Comedy Series ‘Party Over Here’ from Lonely Island

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Fox has announced a new half-hour sketch comedy series, “Party Over Here,” debuting Saturday, March 12 at 11 p.m. on Fox. The show is executive-produced by comedy trio The Lonely Island, which is comprised of writer/performers Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Comedian Paul Scheer (“The League,” “Fresh Off The Boat”) also serves as an executive producer and one of the series’ directors.

Skewering everything from pop culture to politics, “Party Over Here” will feature sketch comedy shorts, along with in-studio segments filmed in front of a live audience at the Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The series stars Nicole Byer (“Girl Code”), Jessica McKenna (“Riot”) and Alison Rich (“Resident Advisors”). Samberg currently stars on Fox’s cop comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

“When we first conceived this idea, we thought of it as a spinoff of ‘Empire,’” said The Lonely Island in a statement. “We failed miserably… now it’s much more of a sketch comedy show.”

“In an age where most millennials don’t even know what a TV is, we are really excited to be getting into the TV business,” added Scheer.

“The late-night landscape is wildly competitive, and we thought long and hard about the kind of audacious, attention-getting voices we needed,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Andy, Akiva, Jorma, Paul and our three stars – Nicole, Jessica and Alison – are the ideal group of talent to do just that. They’re fearless, original and, of course, very, very funny.”

In 2014, The Lonely Island signed a development deal with Fox to incubate potential Fox and FX comedies on digital platforms. The venture was named the “Party Over Here” initiative — which appears to have inspired this project.

“Party Over Here” is produced by Kablamo! Samberg, Schaffer, Taccone, Scheer and Billy Rosenberg serve as executive producers.

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  1. David Mustaine says:

    This is really a horrible, unfunny show. It really makes no difference if it stars men or women. It’s just bad all around. Touting it as “innovative” or “different” simply because it stars 3 women may in itself be true… but how well can this promote female comedians if the show is just a wet blanket all around? If I were to (mistakenly) base an option of female comedian solely upon this show, I’d have absolutely no expectations of “funny” from women. The writing is so transparent and juvenile. It’s as if nothing has actually been thought out. Someone has an idea, they make it. No one is doing any quality control or even trying to flesh out sketched to actual funny parts. Watching this show is like watching a first draft rehearsal of some third-rate high school production. Top that of by the fact they run “favorites” episodes, i.e. clip shows, every 4th episode. Really? For the first season?? That REALLY seems to denote a lack of effort. Thank the lord there are shows like Inside Amy Schumer and Another Period that actually ARE funny and star women. Fox would be wise to pull this sticker quickly.

  2. nrojb says:

    If there is a natural disaster and I have to stay home on saturday night, it’s nice to know this option will be there.

  3. 85wzen says:

    … and this has NOTHING to do with Saturday Night Live… so they say!

  4. Just two guys... says:

    Awesome lead-in to SNL. Instead of having to decide if I should wait up until SNL, I’ll now have an option to bring The Funny starting at 11:00 pm.

    And good karma for Fox, as they passed on Lonely Island’s pilot years ago, even before SNL hired all three.

  5. Lisa says:

    No Broadway Video? interesting.

    • nycityny says:

      Why would Broadway Video produce a show that goes up against SNL? And it’s interesting that the team producing this show got its big break on SNL but will now compete with them.

      • Colbycutz says:

        So awesome! Lonely Island guys and Paul Scheer sounds like an amazing combination, especially for a sketch comedy show. I can’t wait to see what they have come up with.

      • sam says:

        SNL comes on at 1130pm, this show is in no way competing with SNL

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