• Liza Treyger on Louis CK, TJ Miller: Being a comedian is a privilege, not a right

    Liza Treyger has a simple request to her colleagues: Stop touching women you barely know at work. She’s tired of dudes she doesn’t like kissing her on the cheek when she asks them not to or strangers rubbing her lower back. Treyger noticed a distinct shift in behavior after the 2016 election and was disappointed to learn that many of her comedy friends held some troubling positions on sexual abuse

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    Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen political comedy teases 2020 presidential election

    Charlize Theronand Seth Rogen are joining the presidential election buzz. No, the two actors are not on a split ticket. However, Theron will star alongside Rogen in a comedy about a long shot—the first female president of the United States. Long Shot, which also stars Bob Odenkirk and June Diane Raphael, premieres at SXSW this March. Lionsgate announced the new title Tuesday. Rogen will play an unemployed journalist, Fred Flarsky, who through

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    Late night roundup: Adam Newman, Kellen Erskine (and Siri)

    It was a fairly quiet week in late night stand-up despite Conan’s return to TV. Adam Newman and Kellen Erskine did solid sets this week showcasing their talents to a national audience. Erskine can be seen on Amazon’s Inside Jokes docuseries and made his late night stand-up debut on Conan in 2018. He also performed on everyone’s favorite ‘what’s this person going to do?’ series America’s Got Talent. Newman is

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    RIP Kevin Barnett: Comedians pay tribute to rising stand-up

    We regret to report that stand-up comedian Kevin Barnett passed away. The news rocked the New York City stand-up scene Tuesday morning, though comedians nationwide have expressed their sorrow. Details around his death are limited, but Deadline reports that he “died suddenly” vacationing in Mexico. He was 32-years-old. Barnett is probably most known for his truTV sketch comedy series Friends of the People, though the writer-performer has also shown up

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    Oscar nominees: Melissa McCarthy nominated for Best Actress, Worst Actress in the same year

    Melissa McCarthy is nominated for an Oscar. Again. The Oscar nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning by funny people Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross. McCarthy, who is also nominated for a Razzie Award this year for the Happytime Murders, will hope to take home the Oscar for Best Actress. The actress took a dramatic turn portraying real-life fraudster Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive

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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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    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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    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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    Deadline: Kevin Hart will not host the Oscars; Academy secretly tapping multiple pseudo-hosts

    Kevin Hart will not host the Oscars this year—that’s the final answer according to a Saturday night Deadline report. Speculation swirled that Hart would reclaim the prestigious hosting gig following a surprise appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday. Ellen DeGeneres revealed during the interview that she spoke to the Academy and that they would love for him to still host. It’s worth noting that the ceremony’s producers have yet to

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    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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