• Matt Braunger is Finally Live in Portland in new stand-up special

    Matt Braunger wants you to wonder: Can an idiot also be a comic genius? Braunger’s new hour-long stand-up special Finally Live in Portland will hopefully answer the question for you on February 5. The MADtv star puts out his third comedy special, recorded in a former porno theatre called The Paris. It’s the Portland thing to do. Finally Live in Portland is talking about naked old men, drunk Nazis, anal

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    Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State will tackle liberals and conservatives in New York debut

    Colin Quinn is going to solve the political divide in this country in his new one-man show Red State Blue State. Well, he’s going to try. The Tough Crowd comedian will expose “the absurdities, hypocrisies, and calamities on both sides of the political divide,” according to a press release. This is no ‘witch hunt’ =cough, Donald=. Quinn “is here to own the libs, the conservs, and all of you in

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    Ellen DeGeneres: Kevin Hart should host the Oscars (Video)

    Kevin Hart will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday and it seems he has the endorsement of the daytime talk show host. This will be his first major TV appearance since his withdrawal last month from hosting the Oscars. The Night School comedian was pushed to give up the hosting dream job after old homophobic tweets resurfaced hours after the Academy tapped their new emcee. The producers of

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    Emily Heller, NBC team up to form Secret Society

    NBC is developing a secret society—and comedian Emily Heller is its leader. NBC called dibs on Secret Society from Heller, as well as fellow executive producers Kay Cannon and Laverne McKinnon. Written by Heller, Secret Society centers on Beth, a struggling reporter who is tired of feeling invisible in her small town and recruits other women to help take over a dying branch of an all-male secret society. Heller, whose

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    Netflix pulls Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj episode after Saudi Arabia complained

    UPDATE: Hasan Minhaj commented on his pulled Patriot Act episode via Twitter Wednesday. “Clearly, the best way to stop people from watching something is to ban it, make it trend online, and then leave it up on YouTube.” Clearly, he’s not pleased with Netflix’s decision. Clearly, the best way to stop people from watching something is to ban it, make it trend online, and then leave it up on YouTube. Let’s

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    Louis C.K. leaked stand-up on Parkland shooting, pronouns enrages Twitter

    Louis C.K. is back in the news as a leaked stand-up set from a December 16 performance at Governor’s Comedy Club got passed around Twitter over the weekend. In the leaked audio recording, which has been ripped and re-uploaded multiple times, C.K. does material about gender non-binary people, school shootings, eating ice cream, and losing $35 million in a day. As just about everyone knows, the once-beloved comedian has been

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    10 types of comedy specials we saw in 2018

    I’ve said it once and I will say it again: 2018 was an insane year for stand-up comedy. We saw dozens and dozens of hourlong specials, and even a ton of shorter specials, non-stand-up live performances, and more. Netflix is partially to blame for what some mistakenly see as an oversaturation of the market. They’ve dumped an impressive amount of money into stand-up that has made them the de facto

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    Every 2018 stand-up comedy special: annotated

    Last week, Laughspin released our end-of-year list of 2018’s best hourlong stand-up specials (didn’t see who made the list? Go read that first!). Many likely disagreed with parts or all of my assessment. Many also didn’t watch every comedy special of 2018 like I did. To show my work, I am sharing the Google Spreadsheet containing all of my semi-arbitrary ‘scores’ and comments. Yes, you can read what I had

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    Comedy Boom 2.0: Have we reached peak comedy?

    2018 was an incredible year for stand-up comedy. Thanks to Netflix’s continued persistence to flood your recommendations with new hourlong specials from a diverse array of comedians, it was impossible to be starved for laughter. Not only did we see dozens of specials this year, but we saw a surprising number of stand-up showcase series on various platforms and networks, an amount we haven’t seen since the original comedy boom.

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    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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    Roseanne Barr will speak to Israeli Parliament

    Roseanne Barr appears to have a new gig: foreign diplomat? Barr announced that she will travel to Israel next month to speak to the country’s parliament. “While I intend to further my own knowledge of Jewish and Israeli history, I have important work to do as a voice against the insidious and anti-Semitic BDS movement,” the comedian said in a statement. BDS stands for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement

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    Us trailer scares the internet on Christmas Day

    Jordan Peele is at it again! On Christmas Day, the Key and Peele star dropped the trailer for his upcoming horror film Us. The trailer, showcasing Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o, Black Panther’s Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, was received with rave reactions. Us has multiple keywords trending all day on various social media platforms. Us is about a husband and wife, played by Nyong’o and Duke, who take

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    Dan Crenshaw called Pete Davidson after ‘devastating’ Instagram post

    Many celebrities have reached out to Pete Davidson in the aftermath of his troubling Instagram post last week. The most unlikely good Samaritan was Texas Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw. You may recognize Crenshaw as the eyepatch-wielding veteran Davidson made a joke about on Saturday Night Live. Crenshaw appeared on the show the following week to make amends. Crenshaw spoke with Houston’s NBC affiliate station KPRC about the “devastating” post his newest

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    Adam Sandler’s touching Chris Farley tribute on the 21st anniversary of his death (Video)

    Adam Sandler put out one of the freshest comedy specials of 2018 with 100% Fresh, now available on Netflix. Spoiler alert: the multimedia show, filmed at various venues as small as the subway and as massive as an arena, ends with a touching tribute to Sandler’s friend Chris Farley. Today marks 21 years since the death of the iconic Saturday Night Live star. Farley overdosed on cocaine and morphine on

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    David Letterman series may be the talk show Netflix has been looking for

    David Letterman and his Netflix talk show (and his massive retirement beard) will return for a second season in 2019. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction debuted in January releasing one episode per month (and two in May). Letterman, who decided he didn’t want to work on Fridays when hosting Late Show on CBS, continues to work on his own terms. Six interviews a year and recording some field segments

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