• Review: Tenacious D’s ‘Rize of the Fenix’ is better than most ‘real’ rock albums

    “When the Pick of Destiny was released it was a bomb, and all the critics said that The D was done. The sun had set and the chapter had closed. But one thing no one thought about was The D would rise again — just like the phoenix.” These words enticingly open Tenacious D’s new album and its title track Rize of the Fenix,  which dropped this week. The song

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    Cancer stricken comedian Ron Shock dies, wife Rhonda shares a message (Update)

    Despite his announcement just last month that he had seven to nine months to live, cancer-sticken comedian Ron Shock succumed to the disease today at the age of 69. On Dec. 14, 2011, Shock was diagnosed with urethral cancer, and the storyteller chronicled his treatments on YouTube through this year, the most recent video just two weeks ago (see below), where Shock expressed his gratitude for the care he received

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    Larry David comedy flick may become a reality

    Larry David, the comedian best known as the creator and star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and the co-creator of NBC’s classic Seinfeld, is in negotiations with Fox Searchlight to star in an as-of-yet untitled comedy feature film, working with the team from Seinfeld and Curb. There is no script yet, and specific plot details are yet to be revealed, but the storyline will be improv-based, similar to David’s HBO

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    Trailblazing comedian Ellen DeGeneres will receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

    Ellen DeGeneres, known for humor that beseeches love and acceptance and her trailblazing gay character on the 90s sitcom Ellen, will receive the nation’s top humor prize this year. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that the comedian, actress and host of her self-titled afternoon talk show, will receive the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. She will officially be honored Oct. 22 in a star-studded

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    Rob Riggle may get his own comedy series on HBO

    Former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle is working on a project with HBO to produce and star in a comedy series, working with the team from The Other Guys. The as-of-yet untitled project, written by Adam McKay and Chris Henchy and executive produced by Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, is set in a world of bond traders in the 1980s Wall Street. It centers on a successful, hard-living boss (Riggle)

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    Watch Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard and Bradley Cooper in the trailer for ‘Hit And Run’

    Parenthood star Dax Shepard writes, directs and co-stars in the upcoming action-comedy Hit and Run, alongside Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold and more. The road-trip comedy follows Charlie Bronson (Shepard), a former getaway driver who risks everything when he busts out of witness protection to drive his fiance (Bell) to Los Angeles to seize her dream job. The couple is chased by the feds (led by Arnold) and Charlie’s

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    Watch the entire two-hour Johnny Carson documentary

    The documentary honoring the original late-night host Johnny Carson that aired last night on PBS is now available online. The two-hour-long film is part of the PBS series ‘American Masters,’ which offers comprehensive film biographies of the people who have formed America’s broad cultural history. Watch the entire thing below! Watch Johnny Carson: King of Late Night on PBS. See more from American Masters.

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    Modern Family star Sarah Hyland recovering from kidney transplant (Video)

    Sarah Hyland, the 21-year-old actress who plays eldest daughter Haley Dunphy on ABC’s Modern Family, is recovering from a kidney transplant that she underwent in April. She received the organ donation from her father, actor Edward James Hyland. Hyland revealed in an intimate interview in the current issue of Seventeen that she’s struggled with kidney disease since she was diagnosed with abnormal kidney development at the age of nine, and

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    How Larry David was bribed into joining Twitter

    Seinfeld creator and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry David has taken the 140-character plunge. He explained his arrival on Twitter with his first (and so far only) Tweet an hour ago: I was told by Charity Bribes that if I Tweeted they’d give 10k to the NRDC…Pay up!— Larry David (@LarryDavid4) May 14, 2012 On March 13th, CharityBribes launched with their first “bribe.” They asked David to join Twitter

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    It’s official: 30 Rock’s next season will be its last

    The upcoming season of 30 Rock will be the show’s last, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed today. Rumors of the series’ end have been floating since the middle of last year, and when the show was renewed for a seventh season last week, we assumed it would be the last. In an NBC conference call just yesterday, however, Greenblatt still denied that that decision had been made. His announcement today

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    Wanda Sykes: I didn’t sleep for a week after my first comedy show (Video)

    Comedian and star of the upcoming The Hot Flashes Wanda Sykes will appear on the PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. this Sunday to trace her genealogy back through the centuries. Sykes also takes the show to the roots of her stand-up career. Watch the preview below, where she recalls a major fail from her early days. Watch Early Stand-Up Experience on PBS. See more from

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    Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell gets a premiere date

    It’s official! FX has finalized the schedule for its late-night comedy series executive produced by Chris Rock and starring comedian W. Kamau Bell. Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will premiere on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 11 pm EST. The show, which Laughspin announced in March, will star Bell along with other contributors sharing commentary and sketch comedy that dissects the topics that have long been the cornerstone of the

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    Jon Stewart invokes Pee-Wee Herman, challenges North Carolina’s gay marriage ban (Video)

    Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart responded to the gay marriage ban recently voted into law by North Carolina by pointing out the “collateral damage amongst the heteros,” that outlawing civil unions causes. No worries, though, says Stewart. It’s a step towards equality, since, “Now many opposite-sex couples will enjoy the same lack of rights same-sex couples have always never had.” In response to the ubiquitous sanctity of

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    Chelsea Lately comedian Heather McDonald fronts Kotex ad campaign Stand Up for What’s Real

    Ladies, it’s time to get real … about our “cycles.” I hate to admit it, but there is a comedienne out there talking to people about periods – but this time, it’s ok. Chelsea Lately star, stand-up comedian and author Heather McDonald is fronting the new online campaign Stand Up for What’s Real in partnership with feminine care company Kotex, asking women to share their thoughts on the claims of

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    Watch Stephen Colbert’s interview with Maurice Sendak

    Maurice Sendak, the legendary author of trailblazing children’s books like Where the Wild Things Are, died today at the age of 83. The cause was complications from a recent stroke, his longtime editor, Michael di Capua, told the New York Times. Sendak will forever be remembered for his books, which enthralled children and adults alike by ditching the safe, nursery-rhyme formula of typical children’s books and delving into the dark,

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