• HBO orders space tourism comedy from Veep creator

    Veep ends its award-winning run this year, but HBO will keep creator Armando Iannucci around when it’s over. HBO greenlighted a space comedy pilot from the Veep mastermind called Avenue 5. Avenue 5 stars Book of Mormon’s Josh Gad, House’s Hugh Laurie, Silicon Valley’s Zach Woods, and Lovesick’s Nikki Amuka-Bird. Iannucci created, wrote, and executive produces the pilot about space tourism 40 years in the future when the solar system

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    Late night round-up: Ronny Chieng crushes on The Tonight Show; other late night shows blackball stand-ups

    Seth Meyers continues to show no love for stand-up comedy on Late Night with Seth Meyers. He extended his Thursday night show so he wouldn’t have to cut Leslie Jones and her Game of Thrones segment, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, or the instantly infamous Mueller report. He couldn’t extend the show six minutes one time to squeeze in a talented up-and-coming stand-up? What’s the deal, Seth?! Late night TV had

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    EXCLUSIVE: Jim Gaffigan channels inner Craigslist creep in Drunk Parents clip

    At this point, I think we’re all in agreement that Jim Gaffigan is a real actor person in addition to being a beloved stand-up comedian. Gaffigan next stars in Drunk Parents, a comedy led by Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek. Laughspin has an exclusive clip of the Jim Gaffigan Show star being a movie star. Drunk Parents follows two upper-class parents who go broke shortly after their daughter goes off

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    Will Arturo Castro be Comedy Central’s next sketch comedy star?

    Comedy Central released a trailer for its next (hopefully) hit sketch series, Alternatino with Arturo Castro. Alternatino will showcase star and creator Arturo Castro’s perspective on relationships, life’s awkward moments, and what it means to be a Latin millennial. The sketch series premieres this summer. Viewers may recognize Castro from his role as Jaime on the recently departed hit Broad City. “Comedy Central has been my home for the past

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    Late night round-up: Nate Bargatze, Kenny Deforest prevent stand-up blackout

    Stand-up comedy was almost blacked out of late night these last two weeks. The Tonight Show was the only network talk show to feature a stand-up in the whole week—the hilarious Nate Bargatze last Friday. This week, Kenny Deforest is the only stand-up this week, doing a killer set on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Ronny Chieng and Aparna Nancherlawill both be on late night Friday night, but

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    HBO wants more Barry; renews dark comedy for third season

    HBO decided they want more Barry and more NoHo Hank and, of course, more Henry Winkler as charismatic acting coach Gene Cousineau. Bill Hader’s creation got the renewal just days after Season Two’s second episode aired Sunday night. Critics are loving Barry, with various guilds nominating the show for a slew of awards. Last year, Barry earned three Emmys for Hader, Winkler, and sound mixing. Hader earned directing accolades for

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    Dane Cook: Fewer dropkicks, more transparency (Interview)

    The 1980s—when most millennials are said to be born—is commonly referred to as ‘the comedy boom.’ Following that era was ‘the bust’ of the 1990s when many comedy clubs nationwide shut down and big money gigs began to dry up. With the rise of the internet and Comedy Central at the turn of the century, the rumblings of a Comedy Boom 2.0 could be felt. One of those indicators was

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    Adam Sandler will host SNL for the first time despite previous reluctance

    Adam Sandler will come home to 30 Rock on May 4 to host SNL for the first time. Sandler was a Saturday Night Live cast member for five years after coming on board as a writer in 1990. Though the Grown Ups star has made multiple appearances on the show since Lorne Michaels fired him (and Chris Farley) in 1995, he has never done a classic SNL monologue. Sandler previously

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    Late night round-up: The Tonight Show showcases James Veitch, Rachel Feinstein

    Seth Meyers has a good excuse for not showcasing any stand-up comedians this week: Late Night with Seth Meyers has been on hiatus. Maybe Meyers used that vacation time to check out some indie comedy shows to find the next comic he wants to feature. Probably not, but maybe. It’s been two-and-a-half months since the SNL alum let a stand-up tell some jokes. What’s up with that? It was a

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    Late night round-up: Mark Normand, Aparna Nancherla

    Late night was light with their stand-up offerings this week. But if you’re only going to have two comedians do sets, Aparna Nancherla and Mark Normand are fantastic choices. The two are favorites amongst true comedy nerds and both popped by the late night shows with strong punchlines and overall funny sets. It’s worth noticing that Late Night with Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel Live! continue their blackout on stand-up

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    Late night round-up: Jay Leno, Jimmy Carr, Ryan Conner, Moses Storm

    No, you’re not in a time warp. Jay Leno did stand-up on The Tonight Show this week. And don’t worry: It’s still Jimmy Fallon’s show. This week gave us some strong stand-up sets. Leno wasn’t the only stand-up star to pop by 30 Rock. Jimmy Carr also did a set this week. A couple of Last Comic Standing alumni also swung through late night to tell us what they think

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    Lilly Singh: NBC’s new late night host is brown, queer, and a millennial

    There’s finally a lady in late night and her name is Lilly Singh. NBC tapped Singh to replace Carson Daly in the 1:35 a.m. timeslot. A Little Late with Lilly Singh will debut this September. She will be the first woman in late night on broadcast television since Joan Rivers in 1987. Singh is of Indian heritage, making her one of two people of color in the space. DL Hughley will

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    Tiffany Haddish lets Ali Wong read her DMs in Netflix behind-the-scenes video

    Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong are getting the cartoon treatment for their new Netflix show, Tuca & Bertie. The two stand-ups continue to soar to stardom as animators turn them into hilarious…birds. Tuca & Bertie centers around the friendship of two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building. Haddish stars as Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan. Wong will voice Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird. Tuca & Bertie

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    Brody Stevens tattoos honor late comedian’s positive energy

    The comedy world lost beloved comedian Brody Stevens last month. The cut-out-of-Funny People star inspired many with his unique blend of weirdness on stage and his sincerity off of it. People close to Stevens got some permanent ink to keep his memory visibly alive each day. Comedian Eric Oligny, fan Janet Owen, Laughspin intern Mary Stevens, and fan Monica got Brody Stevens tattoos at the Shamrock Social Club in West

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    Late night round-up: Rachel Feinstein, Dwayne Perkins

    The late night landscape featured a couple of strong stand-up performances this week. Dwayne Perkins and Rache Feinstein delivered funny sets with tight jokes about family. Neither comedian is new to TV or should be new to you. Enjoy some more stand-up from these two comedy vets in this week’s late night round-up. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Late Night with Seth Meyers Late Show with Stephen Colbert Dwayne Perkins

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