• Laughspin Presents: The 20 Best Stand-up Specials of 2018

    None of you are going to agree with me on this list. And that’s okay. It’s not easy to do a year-in-review Top 10 List (or whatever arbitrary number Buzzfeed picks that day). The sheer volume of stand-up produced this year made things even more difficult. I watched every qualifying stand-up special that came out in 2018. Every. Single. One. I don’t like Top Anything lists because, it’s like, you didn’t

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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: These stars just landed big pay raises

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stars Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub will take home a major pay increase for the Amazon show’s upcoming third season, according to a report from Deadline. Brosnahan and Shalhoub signed new deals, with fellow co-star Alex Borstein in final salary negotiations. The raises are not without merit. After two successful seasons—garnering eight Emmys and a Golden Globe to name a few of its accolades—it makes sense for the

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    Late night round-up: Adam Sandler, Nathan Macintosh, Jenny Zigrino, Byron Bowers

    Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day week on the late night talk shows. The lovey-dovey feelings even penetrated some of the stand-up sets this week. Jenny Zigrino shared some dating gaffes while Adam Sandler helped Jimmy Fallon celebrate five years on The Tonight Show with a little serenade. Nathan Macintosh and Byron Bowers, both late night vets, came in with great sets and tight jokes. All are certainly

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    Jimmy Carr lands second Netflix stand-up special

    Jimmy Carr is coming out with a new Netflix special. The stand-up special, called Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits, will premiere globally on Match 12, 2019. The special promises to showcase a collection of Carr’s best jokes and will feature the type of raunchy jokes and deadpan one-liners that audiences know and love from the British comedian. The special was filmed at The Olympia Theatre in

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    RuPaul’s Drag Race: Every comedian who ever sashayed down the runway

    RuPaul’s Drag Race is an entertainment juggernaut. After ten seasons of the show, a lot of talent has sashayed their way down the mainstage. From Drag Race’s humble beginnings on Logo to the bright lights of VH1, hundreds of celebrity guests and judges joined RuPaul for a shot on the runway. While some celebrity appearances like Henry Rollins or Nancy Pelosi might have left viewers scratching their heads, comedians and

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    Did you see Mo’Nique and Steve Harvey get into it on Steve?

    Mo’Nique has some real issues with Hollywood and those issues put her at odds with Steve Harvey on his daytime talk show, Steve, on Wednesday. The comedian and actress went on Harvey’s show to discuss how she had been “blackballed” by Hollywood for the last 10 years since her Oscar-winning performance in the 2009 movie, Precious. Steve Harvey calls out Mo’Nique’s Hollywood reputation The interview begins with Harvey calling out that

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    Schitt’s Creek proves Pop TV is the next great comedy network you should be watching

    Schitt’s Creek is the little comedy show that could. The Eugene Levy-led sitcom you’ve probably seen ads for on the subway wavers between a cult classic and a sleeper hit. However, after it was nominated last year for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series, the Canadian comedy seems to have finally found some love from the mainstream. If you ever streamed Schitt’s Creek in the U.S., you

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    All That revival confirmed at Nickelodeon; Kenan Thompson will “be around”

    Ready yet? Get set. All That is coming back to Nickelodeon! The hit kids sketch show will return with former cast member Kenan Thompson as executive producer. All That ran from 1994 to 2005 on Nickelodeon launching the careers of many comedy actors. In addition to the SNL star, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kel Mitchell, and Gabriel Iglesias all got their big breaks on the tween version of Saturday Night

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    Bill Cosby is developing TV shows from prison

    Bill Cosby made some bizarre claims in his first public message from behind bars. The disgraced Cosby Show star said he is a political prisoner and a victim of entrapment. Cosby’s PR rep Andrew Wyatt emailed his client’s message on Wednesday morning to Philadelphia’s NBC10 anchor Erin Coleman. On Monday and Tuesday, the news program aired an exclusive two-part interview series with Wyatt providing the first detailed insights at Cosby’s

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    Last Call with Carson Daly ending after 17 years; NBC ponders replacement

    NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly is ending after 2,000 episodes. Carson Daly tweeted on Tuesday, “Yes, Last Call is wrapping up! I’m forever grateful & proud to all who have worked w us over the years.” The show, which has aired at 1:30 a.m. for 17 years, will end this season, but NBC has not yet announced a final date. Last Call is a half-hour late night show featuring

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    Samantha Bee revives Not the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

    Samantha Bee is getting ready to roast President Donald Trump. No, she has not officially joined the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) and she is not hosting their annual gala dinner in April. Instead, she’s bringing back her Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on the same night because the WHCA “doesn’t have the balls to face a comedian.” In a video posted on Monday, Bee says, “Someone’s gotta roast

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    Amy Schumer announces second Netflix comedy special

    Amy Schumer is coming out with a new Netflix special. The comedian, who has proven she won’t be stopped no matter what’s growing inside her, will cover marriage and pregnancy in the new comedy special. If you’ve been living under a rock: Amy Schumer is pregnant. The star has been very open about her pregnancy, morning sickness, and all of the issues surrounding her pregnancy on social media. The I

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    Crank Yankers revived at Comedy Central; The Other Two renewed

    Comedy Central announced Monday night that it will revive Crank Yankers with 20 all-new episodes. Crank Yankers ran from 2002-2007 on Comedy Central starring profane puppets making prank calls. The cable network also announced a full slate of projects for 2019. In the revival, the titular Crank Yankers will target people not just on phones, but on social media, e-sport platforms, and “any venue where trouble can be made,” according

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    Album Review: Greg Stone is blue, but charming, in The Amazing Greg Stone

    According to many famous comedians, political correctness is suffocating the creativity of those within the comedy world. Most notably, Jerry Seinfeld said of today’s comedy climate, “There’s a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me,” going so far to say he had to change his set in order not to offend a younger audience. However, there are many comics today that, despite the political climate, still throw caution

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    David Spade gets Comedy Central late night show in haunted time slot

    Comedy Central will let David Spade host a late night show in their seemingly haunted 11:30 p.m. time slot. Spade will follow The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Monday through Thursday in the half-hour series. Since Stephen Colbert left Comedy Central to host The Late Show on CBS, no show has quite solidified itself at 11:30 on the comedy network. The David Spade late night show will feature the Saturday

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    How to name your first comedy special

    Every time I read about someone’s comedy special or see an ad on the side of a bus, immediately after spit-taking the hot beverage that I’m casually sipping with a burst of seething jealousy as if I’m an evil villain in a sitcom, I think to myself, “What would my comedy special be called?” Obviously, I’d want to come up with an incredible name that would be so perfect it’d

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