• Dane Cook: Fewer dropkicks, more transparency (Interview)

    The 1980s—when most millennials are said to be born—is commonly referred to as ‘the comedy boom.’ Following that era was ‘the bust’ of the 1990s when many comedy clubs nationwide shut down and big money gigs began to dry up. With the rise of the internet and Comedy Central at the turn of the century, the rumblings of a Comedy Boom 2.0 could be felt. One of those indicators was

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    Ali Wong’s next Netflix project is a romcom and it has a trailer

    Ali Wong and Randall Park are co-starring in a new Netflix rom-com. The streaming provider released a teaser for their new original film, Always Be My Maybe via their Instagram account. The teaser also announced that the film will be available for streaming on May 31, the last day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Always Be My Maybe examines the ‘friend zone’ The title of the film is a

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    Josh Gondelman is Dancing on a Weeknight and in our hearts (Review)

    Comedian Josh Gondelman is an eternal optimist. In fact, he sees the world through rose-colored glasses and only expects to die, as his friend puts it, after falling “off a Ferris wheel trying to catch a falling star.” That kind of jubilant, self-elevating humor prevails throughout the Massachusetts-born comic’s third comedy album, Dancing on a Weeknight. Gondelman is charming and intelligent, engaging with the focus of his material, and overall,

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    8 great rape jokes to highlight Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Stand-up comedy has always had a complicated relationship with sexual assault. Rape jokes happen often in comedy. Many notable comedians make them including Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K., Daniel Tosh, George Carlin, and Sarah Silverman. If you Google “rape jokes,” you’ll find a lot of think pieces debating whether or not you ‘can’ joke about the touchy topic. While these jokes are common, some people

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    HBO orders space tourism comedy from Veep creator

    Veep ends its award-winning run this year, but HBO will keep creator Armando Iannucci around when it’s over. HBO greenlighted a space comedy pilot from the Veep mastermind called Avenue 5. Avenue 5 stars Book of Mormon’s Josh Gad, House’s Hugh Laurie, Silicon Valley’s Zach Woods, and Lovesick’s Nikki Amuka-Bird. Iannucci created, wrote, and executive produces the pilot about space tourism 40 years in the future when the solar system

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    Childish Gambino gives away Adidas at Coachella in the most Childish Gambino way

    Donald Glover is hawking shoes in the most Gambino possible way. The comedian-rapper-actor-writer-multi-hyphenate released a nearly seven-minute short film starring Mo’Nique to promote his new shoe line with Adidas. The shoes are a re-imagination of classic Adidas styles including the Nizza, the Continental 80, and the Lacombe, but the shoes themselves get lost in the bizarre and absurdist filmmaking style of Glover. In the video, Mo’Nique chides and gives Glover

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    Late night round-up: Ronny Chieng crushes on The Tonight Show; other late night shows blackball stand-ups

    Seth Meyers continues to show no love for stand-up comedy on Late Night with Seth Meyers. He extended his Thursday night show so he wouldn’t have to cut Leslie Jones and her Game of Thrones segment, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, or the instantly infamous Mueller report. He couldn’t extend the show six minutes one time to squeeze in a talented up-and-coming stand-up? What’s the deal, Seth?! Late night TV had

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    10 comedians who died on stage doing what they loved

    The recent death of British comic Ian Cognito made international headlines because of his comedic timing—he died onstage in the middle of his act. Officials say Cognito died as the result of a heart attack. Though there was shock over the circumstances, Cognito (born Paul Barbieri) wasn’t the first comedian to die in front of an audience, nor will he be the last. A couple of pop culture obsessives, Jeff

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    EXCLUSIVE: Jim Gaffigan channels inner Craigslist creep in Drunk Parents clip

    At this point, I think we’re all in agreement that Jim Gaffigan is a real actor person in addition to being a beloved stand-up comedian. Gaffigan next stars in Drunk Parents, a comedy led by Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek. Laughspin has an exclusive clip of the Jim Gaffigan Show star being a movie star. Drunk Parents follows two upper-class parents who go broke shortly after their daughter goes off

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    Will Arturo Castro be Comedy Central’s next sketch comedy star?

    Comedy Central released a trailer for its next (hopefully) hit sketch series, Alternatino with Arturo Castro. Alternatino will showcase star and creator Arturo Castro’s perspective on relationships, life’s awkward moments, and what it means to be a Latin millennial. The sketch series premieres this summer. Viewers may recognize Castro from his role as Jaime on the recently departed hit Broad City. “Comedy Central has been my home for the past

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    Los Espookys adds to HBO’s Spanish language library

    Los Espookys has a premiere date on HBO. The new Spanish language comedy series will premiere June 14 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Los Espookys comes from the minds of Fred Armisen, Ana Fabrega, and Julio Torres alongside Lorne Michaels. The six-episode first season will follow a group of friends who start a business based on their shared love of horror movies. The series takes place in an imagined version of

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    Comedy Central sketch show proposes a White Tax on racism

    Chicago-based sketch group 3Peat wants racists to pay in their new sketch, White Tax. The sketch, released as a Comedy Central Digital Original, has the group playing Steve Jobs-like characters at new product launch. They describe the next big thing as “a timely and elegant penalty for people who do racist stuff.” The group behind the sketch began when several improvers from The Second City and the iO Theater were

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    Lashonda Lester shines one last time in posthumous album Shondee Superstar

    In 2017, Lashonda Lester was riding a wave of stand-up superstardom. She was viewed as the Queen of Austin Comedy and the Funniest Person in Austin for 2016. Lester was opening shows for Marc Maron and was set to star in her own Comedy Central special. However, tragedy struck on April 6 of that same year when Lester, 41, died due to complications of a chronic kidney disease. Fans and

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    Late Night with Seth Meyers will go long Thursday to cover Mueller report

    Late Night With Seth Meyers is going even later Thursday to make time to discuss the Mueller report in depth. Seth Meyers and his writing team hope to leave no joke unturned in its jampacked episode. The show will run 90 minutes to analyze the report in one of his classic A Closer Look segments. A Closer Look has become one of the signature segments on the show. In it,

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    BET adds second Lena Waithe show to its line-up

    Lena Waithe is bringing her Twenties to BET. April has been a busy month for the Emmy-winning writer. Earlier this month, BET announced Boomerang, which Waithe is an executive producer on, will return for a second season and this week it was announced that Waithe will join the cast of Westworld’s third season. Now, the cable network wants an additional show from the Ready Player One star. Twenties follows a

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    Bernie Sanders ain’t happy on Tax Day in satirical video

    James Adomian is trying to get you through Tax Day as Bernie Sanders. The comedian and voice actor dusted off his Sanders impression to release a new YouTube video. In the video, Adomian plays the 2020 presidential hopeful as he tries to cram 10 years of tax returns into one day. The video shows Sanders sadly realizing how rich he is and therefore doesn’t pay enough taxes. The presidential candidate

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