• British comic Ian Cognito died on stage; audience thought it was a bit

    Veteran British comedian Ian Cognito truly had a show that was impossible to follow Thursday evening when he tragically died on stage. The comic, 60, reportedly sat down and put his arms and heads back, leading the audience to believe the routine was part of his act. “He came out feeling really sick. We just sat there for five minutes watching him, laughing at him,” John Ostojak told the BBC.

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    Who’s the funniest Game of Thrones character?

    With the final season premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones coming up on April 14, fans will finally find out the ultimate fates of some of their favorite characters from Jon Snow to Daenerys Targaryen. But Game of Thrones isn’t just about the drama. There is a lot of comedy in the fantasy land of Westeros. From endless imp jokes to countless double entendres, you’ll laugh as much as you’ll

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    Comedy Central is all-in on Roy Wood Jr.; orders new comedy special, TV show, web series

    Comedy Central wants a whole lot more of Roy Wood Jr. The network announced Thursday a comprehensive “first look” development deal with the comedian. The deal includes plans for a pilot, a new one-hour stand-up special, and an original digital series. The veteran stand-up and former Daily Show correspondent’s deal includes production on Wood’s new pilot, Jefferson County: Probation, which shoots in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama this May. Wood wrote the pilot with Boondocks

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    Rachel Bloom at PaleyFest teases Crazy Ex-Girlfriend reboot, stage show

    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fans, rejoice! The creators of the musical comedy recently revealed on-stage at PaleyFest that there could very well be a musical stage show in the works. Co-creator and star Rachel Bloom was joined on stage by co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna as well as actors Scott Michael Foster, Donna Lynne Champlin, Pete Gardner, Vella Lovell, Gabrielle Ruiz, and songwriter Jack Dolgen, as well as choreographer Kathryn Burns. Bloom revealed that

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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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    Jordan Peele’s Us release pushed back for SXSW premiere

    Jordan Peele is making horror fans wait just a little bit longer for his latest buzz-worthy film Us. Universal pushed back the Us release date to March 22 after the film secured an opening night slot at SXSW on March 8. Us was originally scheduled to debut on March 15. The later releases date will also give Us more time to generate buzz in the wake of Marvel Studios’s Captain

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    All 7 Who Is America? episodes ranked

    Infamous comedian ambusher Sacha Baron Cohen recently revealed that there will not be an encore season to his scathing Showtime satire Who Is America? Conservatives everywhere—from Sarah Palin to Dick Cheney—can breathe a sigh of relief. The reason for the truncated show? Cohen says people are wise to the act and he would need to create new characters; no small feat given that those characters require him to spend five

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    4 Between Two Ferns interviews to get you excited for the movie

    The Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns is reportedly being turned into a feature-length film on Netflix, and production is already underway. Zach Galifianakis, of course, will return as your socially inept (or rude) host. The Hollywood Reporter reports that series co-creator and frequent director Scott Aukerman will be helming the film, and though the plot hasn’t been disclosed, it will stick to the low-budget talk show segments its

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    The Case for Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland from Oh, Hello To Host the Oscars (No, Seriously.)

    The hunt for a new Oscars host is back on and, apparently, no one in Hollywood wants the gig. For a hot second, it seemed as though Kevin Hart would host the awards ceremony until negative backlash erupted over past tweets featuring homophobic slurs. Now the hunt has resumed and, over the weekend, the Twitter account for Oh, Hello has been claiming that Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland (played by

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    Margaret Cho: 7 fun facts for the comedian’s 50th birthday

    Margaret Cho turns 50 today. And 50’s never looked so good! With over two decades in stand-up comedy, Cho has dabbled in everything from fashion design to acting to experimenting as a singer-songwriter. The Dancing With The Stars contestant has never been one to shy away from dealing with heavy material in her stand-up, often exploring Asian-American stereotypes, eating disorders, LGBT issues, and substance abuse. In honor of her sprawling

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    Lena Dunham to guest edit Women in Entertainment: Power 100 annual issue

    Lena Dunham is in the news, again, for a less enraging reason for a change. The Girls creator will be the guest editor of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment: Power 100 list, a guide to the leading female creators, producers, dealmakers and executives in Hollywood. “I am so excited to be guest editing this issue of THR devoted exclusively to women,” Dunham said. “We’re going hard at sex, bodies and power

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    Fam, Man With a Plan get premiere dates; Happy Together ending at CBS

    CBS just announced the winter premiere dates for two of their comedy series, Fam and Man With a Plan. Fam is a new comedy that will debut on CBS Thursday, January 10, at 9:30 p.m. following their Emmy-winning programming block of The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, and Mom. The show stars Nina Dobrev and Tone Bell as a woman “whose vision of perfect life with her adoring fiancé and

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    Cartman gets anxious on new South Park teaser (Video)

    South Park released a promo video for its new episode Buddha Box, which will air this Wednesday, November 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. In the episode, Cartman has been diagnosed with anxiety. For regular fans of the show, it will come as no surprise that Cartman interprets this diagnosis in the worst, most-selfish way imaginable and decides he doesn’t want to deal with people any longer because

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    Seth Rogen pickle movie rounds out cast with familiar faces

    Seth Rogen is almost finished with his yet-to-be-named Pickle film and recently announced the addition of several cast members, including Molly Evensen, Broad City’s Eliot Glazer, Kalen Allen, Kevin O’Rourke, and Succession’s Sarah Snook. Simon Rich wrote the screenplay, based on his own New Yorker novella Sell Out. The film opens in 1918 when Herschel Greenbaum falls into a vat of pickles. He’s brined for 100 years, but the good

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