This hidden-camera series follows four lifelong friends -- Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano -- who take dares to an outrageous level. Since they were young, the quartet have challenged one another to do ridiculous dares in public. On the show, to find out who is best under pressure, the guys compete in awkward and outrageous hidden-camera hijinks. At the end of each episode, the loser must perform what is deemed to be the most-mortifying challenge yet.
Comic Adam Conover, a cast member and writer at the popular comedy website CollegeHumor, brings his original online series to TV, expanding upon his efforts to poke fun at everyday things that people accept or assume without question. In the half-hour investigative comedy, Conover uses a not-quite-deadly combination of comedy, history and science to debunk widespread misconceptions about topics and ideas that are routinely taken for granted.
Michael Carbonaro is a multifaceted entertainer. He's an actor who has had recurring roles in various TV series, and he has also performed in his own comedy and magic show at clubs in New York and Los Angeles. He puts all of those talents to use -- and throws in a unique improvisation skill -- in "The Carbonaro Effect," an unscripted series in which he deceives, amazes and amuses an unsuspecting public. In each half-hour episode, Carbonaro performs baffling tricks on people in everyday situations, all caught on hidden camera. Whether the marks are alone or with friends, everyone is left stunned and delighted, even though they have no idea what they just experienced.
"truTV Top Funniest" is a countdown show of outrageous videos filmed in the U.S. Viral clips, home movies, pranks, surveillance videos, event footage and news bloopers are all part of the side-splitting action. Each episode features a different theme, like "Funny Fails" and "Ridiculous Moments."
TV personality Kevin Pereira ("Attack of the Show") and comic Brooke Van Poppelen explore the world of "life hacks": procedures or actions that solve problems, simplify tasks or reduce frustrations. From opening a wine bottle with a shoe, eliminating pet hair on fabric with a squeegee and flip-flop, or using a sock to make a toilet seat more comfortable, the successful hacks are designed to be fun, inexpensive time-savers. Those that don't live up to the hype are exposed, and undercover hacks challenge members of the public to overcome pitfalls.
TruTV's first foray into full-length scripted comedy is this series created by and starring Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, members of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix. Playing high school teachers Loren Payton, Andy Fairbell and Billy Shoemaker, respectively, the three educators are about as dysfunctional as the students at Smoot High. Spanish teacher Loren is a self-proclaimed bon vivant; Andy teaches gym, health, and coaches girls volleyball, but his highly speculative sexual orientation is what really interests co-workers; and loud-mouthed, tattooed Billy's claim to fame is playing in a post-punk speed bludgeon band. Reluctant at first, new school librarian Abbey eventually joins in on the guys' antics.
Upon first look, "Comedy Bang! Bang!" is like any late-night talk show... until the guests sit down and the interviews commence. Then it veers off in all sorts of directions, most of which include unfiltered and improvised dialogue. The show is based on host Scott Aukerman's popular podcast of the same name (and most certainly influenced by the Internet mock-talk show "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis," which Aukerman produced and directed). In each episode, Aukerman reinvents the traditional celebrity interview by engaging his guests in ad-libbed banter, all of which is punctuated by beats from "bandleader" Reggie Watts or, in later episodes, "Weird Al" Yankovic.
Offbeat games and bizarre challenges are the foundation for the on-the-spot comedy created in this new breed of game show. The contestants, a roster of comedians that includes Alex Borstein, Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Bobby Moynihan, Kumail Nanjiani and Nicole Parker, play games such as "Top This Lie," where they must out-fib host Kurt Braunohler in a rapid-fire succession of untruths, and "Wordy and the Tramp," where they provide answers to a series of disconnected questions while they and the host bounce on trampolines. The players are also challenged to -- among many other wacky tasks -- invent new sins, break harsh news to children, compose and sing original songs about grandmothers, and decide what mankind will evolve into next.