• 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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    Album Review: Sara Schaefer soothes the soul in Live Laugh Love

    When you first look at the cover art for Sara Schaefer’s second comedy album Live Laugh Love, you would think you were about to listen to an Elizabeth Gilbert-esque sage tell the story of how she embarked on an internal, spiritual breakthrough that’s universally relatable to a wide audience. However, after listening to the Virginia-born comedian’s hour-long set, you will experience something more enjoyable and possibly more soothing for the

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    Chris Rock will direct Saving Kenan pilot at NBC but we’re all talking about Kenan Thompson’s SNL future

    Chris Rock will direct the new Kenan Thompson pilot for NBC, called Saving Kenan. The announcement is just one more item making Thompson’s fans wonder if he will leave Saturday Night Live after this season. Thompson holds the record of longest-tenured SNL cast member with 16 seasons to his name. He continues to express his gratitude being on SNL as reports about other cast members’ futures percolate. Rock and Thompson crossed

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    Bo Burnham film Eighth Grade keeps winning awards; adds WGA win

    Bo Burnham shocked Hollywood with another surprising win for Eighth Grade. Burnham won the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Original Screenplay, with just a week until the Oscars. The winner of this award is often a contender for Best Picture at the Oscars, so Burnham’s win was especially meaningful. Eighth Grade wins despite 0 Oscar nominations The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did not nominate

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    Dave Chappelle surprises Charlotte couple with free tickets on Valentine’s Day

    Dave Chappelle made one couple’s Valentine’s Day very special. Deidra and Eddie Dickens from Charlotte, North Carolina were more than surprised when Chappelle approached their Valentine’s Day dinner to deliver tickets to his show at The Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Deidra, in an effort to surprise her husband for Valentine’s Day, specifically bought four wheelchair-accessible tickets. Her husband regularly uses a wheelchair, and she wanted to make

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    Don Cheadle wore a pro-trans shirt on SNL; Queer Twitter rejoices

    People are praising Saturday Night Live host Don Cheadle for standing up in defense of trans youth. Cheadle hosted SNL in what was a bounceback episode for the Saturday night sketch series. When he introduced musical guest Gary Clark Jr., the Black Monday star sported a shirt saying, “Protect trans kids” in all caps. The silent but powerful message was a reminder that trans children, as well as much of

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    Saturday Night Live recap: Don Cheadle leads SNL bounceback episode

    It’s surprising this was Don Cheadle’s first time hosting Saturday Night Live since the Avengers star has been a household name for years. Cheadle brought his acting chops to every role he played Saturday night no matter how silly, which really elevated this week’s SNL. While some sketches fell a little flat, there were a lot of hits. Most of those hits came from risky or flat out weird sketches

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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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