• 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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    Family Guy producers promise less gay jokes: The show has to shift and evolve.

    Family Guy is trying to phase out homophobic humor. This week’s unusually political episode of Family Guy centered around Peter getting a job at the White House and culminated in a five-minute “chicken fight” with the President, but in the episode, there is an exchange about the type of jokes the nearly 20-year-old show is delivering. In the episode titled Trump Guy, the fictionalized Donald Trump says to Peter, “Many

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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Superstore are basically the same show and here’s why

    Cheers, Friends, Seinfeld, 30 Rock, Golden Girls, The Office, Parks and Recreation; NBC has given us some of the most iconic sitcoms of all time and Brooklyn Nine-Nine is poised to be its newest tentpole sitcom. After being unexpectedly dropped by Fox after five beloved seasons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was picked up by NBC for a sixth season and last week’s premiere garnered 3.6 million viewers—up 71% from last year’s season

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    Dane Cook teases Fight script in Instagram post

    Dane Cook teased a new film script on his Instagram Monday night. The video post zooms in on an open script file on a laptop. The script simply says, “Fight, Written by Dane Cook,” with a note at the bottom of the page that says “Reheat Entertainment.” In the caption to the post, Cook reveals that the script is for a new film with “heart, humor & drama organically intermingled.”

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    Janeane Garofalo defends Louis C.K. on podcast: This doesn’t win me any friends.

    Janeane Garofalo thinks that people need to leave Louis C.K. alone. The comedian went on Bust’s Poptarts podcast back in December to talk about feminism and her comedy career. The episode was released on Friday. The whole podcast seemed fairly confrontational. Hosts Emily Rems and Callie Watts did not seem to purposefully provoke Garofalo, as the hosts and Garofalo remained respectful about their different takes on the sexualization of women and

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    Conan O’Brien is ditching the desk when Conan returns next week; Tom Hanks to be first guest

    Conan O’Brien is bringing an updated, albeit shorter, version of his late night show, Conan, to TBS next week after a three-month hiatus. Team Coco announced the “leaner” half-hour format last year. O’Brien hopes this will allow him more time to focus on creating digital content. “I was looking for something more lean and agile,” he told reporters. “I’ve been pushing for something that fits the modern landscape, certainly fits

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    New York comedian debriefs 101 rejections on Today

    New York comic and Laughspin contributor Emily Winter impressed NBC’s Today show Monday morning with her ability to handle rejection. Winter recently published a piece in The New York Times about her 2018 New Years Resolution to get rejected 100 times—she closed last year with 101 sought-after noes. Al Roker and Sheinelle Jones spoke with Winter about how she quit her stable job to pursue comedy and how she resolved to

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    Ricky Gervais Netflix series After Life will treat being a jerk like a superpower

    Ricky Gervais looks to go full Ricky Gervais in his new Netflix original series After Life. After Life focuses on Tony (Gervais) who has had a seemingly perfect life. After his wife Lisa (Derek star Kerry Godliman) dies, things change. After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on. It sounds a

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    America’s Got Talent: 9 comedians return for Champions season

    America’s Got Talent is bringing back the best of the best with their special edition season, America’s Got Talent: The Champions. The Champions season follows 50 acts that previously shined during previous seasons of AGT from all over the world. From those 50, nine are comedians (and don’t worry, we aren’t counting ventriloquists or jugglers as comedians). Stand-ups didn’t fare well on the competition show until we saw New York

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    Seth Meyers: Andy Samberg’s Spike Lee joke would have ‘tanked’ at the Golden Globes (Video)

    Andy Samberg appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday after hosting the Golden Globes with Sandra Oh earlier this week. On Late Night, Samberg complained to Seth Meyers that he and his co-host did not have enough time to do all of the jokes they had prepared (or that their friends texted them last-minute). The unlikely pairing did a bang-up job of hosting the Not-Quite-The-Oscars award show. After presenting

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    I feel bad for The Other Two in Comedy Central’s new trailer (Video)

    Comedy Central dropped another trailer for their newest scripted series The Other Two—and it will almost make you stop hating YouTube stars. In the trailer, 13-year-old YouTube sensation ChaseDreams enjoys the attention from his casually Auto-Tuned music video that makes him a national celebrity overnight. It makes sense since he comes from a family of creatives. His adult brother and sister act and dance, respectively. ChaseDreams ends up on the Today show

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    Ken Jeong, Netflix announce former doctor’s first stand-up special

    Ken Jeong, comedian, actor and former physician, announced today on social media that he will return to his stand-up roots for his first-ever Netflix comedy special, Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho. The special was filmed at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, California where he first got started in 1995. In this Netflix special, Jeong reflects on his shift from physician to stand-up and how it is to

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    Hulu cancels Sarah Silverman’s I Love You, America after just one season

    Hulu has canceled I Love You, America after just one season. Sarah Silverman mixed monologues, interviews, and field segments on her variety show that examined not just one side of the aisle, but rather, the political divide facing our country. Silverman confirmed the bad news in a tweet on Wednesday. “Well, Hulu canceled I LOVE YOU AMERICA and we’re all pretty damn heartbroken,” Silverman announced. “So in a traditional twitter

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    2 Dope Queens, HBO team up on four more specials

    2 Dope Queens is coming back to HBO with four more hourlong specials hosted by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson. Filmed at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, the specials are expected to present a similar mixture of interviews and stand-up comedy. Williams and Robinson started their podcast, 2 Dope Queens, in 2015 on the WNYC podcast network. They made waves talking about music, fashion, romance, and race in a way that captivated audiences

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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel production company hit with labor union complaint

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has run into a legal battle. The production company for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Picrow Streaming, has been accused by IATSE Local 52 in New York of making “coercive statements” and “changes in terms of conditions of employment” in violation of federal labor law that prohibits discriminating against employees because of their union activities. The allegations are currently under investigation by the National Labor Relations Board.

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    Teresa Lee named 2018 Martin Grant winner for ‘exceptional promise in stand-up comedy’

    The 2018 Martin Grant for exceptional promise in stand-up comedy goes to Teresa Lee. The Martin Grant, which has now grown to $10,000, was established by Steve Hofstetter, a comedian known for his heckler takedowns, and Next Round Entertainment in order to identify and reward up-and-coming stand-up comedians. It was inspired by Hofstetter’s work and the loss of his father.  Lee is a stand-up comedian originally from Palo Alto. After spending

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