• 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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    Kumail Nanjiani, Tracee Ellis Ross to announce Oscar nominees Tuesday morning

    Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross will host the 2019 Academy Awards…nominee announcements bright and early on Tuesday, January 22. The pair will announce the Oscars nominations live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles, at 8:20 a.m. ET/5:20 a.m. PT. Set your alarms and your coffee timer now! The nominations will be available on The Academy’s digital platforms and local broadcasters. Tiffany Haddish crushed last year’s presentation

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    Conan O’Brien Team Coco Orange is now an official color

    Conan O’Brien is the first comedian to have a Pantone color based on him: Team Coco Orange. The world-famous color authority and TBS partnered to create the cheerful, official color in celebration of O’Brien’s expanded Team Coco brand. O’Brien debuts his newly-revamped late night show Conan this Tuesday. Just because Conan’s been on a break doesn’t mean he’s been relaxing. The Harvard alum worked on a slew of projects, including

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    Saturday Night Live recap: Pete Davidson is back and he’s really excited about The Mule

    Saturday Night Live is back with a very political episode. After a month hiatus, the show featured first-time host Rachel Brosnahan. The actress is famous for her portrayal of Midge Maisel on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and it was exciting to see if she would use her comedy chops on the show. As a host, they didn’t give her too much to do, which was a shame because she was

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    Kenan Thompson NBC pilot leaves SNL future uncertain

    Kenan Thompson might need to leave Saturday Night Live for his own sitcom, Saving Kenan. NBC picked up the comedy starring Thompson after it’d been in development since the fall. Lorne Michaels, as usual, will serve as executive producer, as he does on many projects from his SNL darlings. Also on board is Superstore executive producer Jackie Clarke. Thompson is the longest-running cast member on SNL and when he started

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    Late night roundup: Roy Wood Jr., Janelle James, Joel Kim Booster, Sean Finnerty

    Late night talk shows are still one of the best places to get bite-sized amounts of stand-up comedy and discover new up-and-coming comedians. Of course, not all late night comics are making their TV debuts. We love it when our favorite comedians do a little stand-up before heading over to the couch! To help you get through the final hours of your Friday workday, each week we’ll give you a recap

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    Ellen DeGeneres game show renewed for third season by NBC

    Ellen DeGeneres’s Game of Games has been renewed for a third season at NBC. The renewal comes after its solid ratings from the new second season. Based on segments from DeGeneres’ daytime talk show, Game of Games puts contestants through a series of challenges in pursuit of a cash prize. Pulled right from the audience, players maneuver obstacles and answer trivia questions under a crushing time frame. Currently one of

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    Kevin Hart set to play Monopoly in live-action movie based on the iconic board game

    Kevin Hart is the Monopoly man Lionsgate and Hasbro have been looking for. The film’s producers are in final negotiations with the Night School star and they have their eyes set on Tim Story to direct. Having worked together on the Ride Along franchise, as well as on three of Hart’s stand-up concert films, the two appear to be a winning pair. Details about the film’s plot are being kept

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    Judd Apatow on Louis CK: He should perform, but not punch down

    Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes went on SiriusXM’s Jim & Sam to promote the third season of their HBO series Crashing, which premieres on January 20, and they had something to say about Louis C.K.’s recently leaked set. The interview started with the guests and hosts—Jim Norton and Sam Roberts—talking about Artie Lange’s drug issues and how it affected the Crashing shoot. Holmes smiles slightly as he describes the “nose continuity” issues while

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    Federal employees affected by government shutdown offered free comedy club tickets

    The owners of the comedy club Stand Up New York want to make federal workers affected by the ongoing government shutdown laugh again. Stand Up New York announced that they will be offering those employees who did not receive a paycheck last week 12 months of free comedy shows. Qualified federal workers will be given a one-year membership to LaughPass, a service much like MoviePass but for comedy shows at

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    Steve Carell launching Space Force series at Netflix

    Steve Carell is joining Space Force—kind of. Netflix dropped a teaser for a new series co-created by and starring the Office star. Greg Daniels, who developed The Office for American television, joins Carell in creating the new show about the space organization tasked to “defend satellites” and perform “other space-related tasks.” Space Force, which is reportedly inspired by President Donald Trump’s proposed 6th Major Division of the U.S. Armed Forces,

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    Grace and Frankie renewed by Netflix days before Season 5 premiere

    Netflix has renewed Grace and Frankie for a sixth season due out next year. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have ageless appeal as the titular pair of unwitting friends brought closer together under unusual circumstances. We last left Grace and Frankie breaking out of a retirement home (“assisted living community”) after getting fed up with the childish rules and policies. Stealing back their own belongings—including Frankie’s beloved toaster—the two bust out only

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    Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, and more join the #10YearChallenge

    Everyone and their mother have been participating in the #10YearChallenge on social media recently. Comedians have enthusiastically joined the craze posting side-by-side comparison of themselves in 2009 vs. 2019. The challenge evolved from Facebook where users were posting their first profile picture alongside their current profile picture. Of course, a lot of comics are having fun with the meme with less-than-sincere flashbacks. Check out some of our favorites below! Ellen

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    Drunk History, Daily Show tell the ‘Trump history’ of Ulysses S. Grant

    The Daily Show teamed up with the Drunk History team to give us a little bit of ‘Trump history’ on Monday night. As the country enjoys its longest ever government shutdown, Derek Waters and his team imagine President Trump’s version of the Civil War. The Comedy Central historians use clips from an October speech the president delivered in Ohio, a speech The Daily Show called a “sober-yet-incoherent rant.” Remember when

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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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