• Picnicface: sketch comedy you should know about

    Some of you may remember Picnicface from a video that went viral back in 2007 about a fake energy drink known as Powerthirst. Well, up in the frigid, white north, Picnicface just finished off the first season of their half-hour sketch show of the same name. The series airs on Canada’s The Comedy Network, which features most of Comedy Central’s original programming along with some Canadian additions; the biggest stand

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    Pamela Anderson will be the Virgin Mary on comedian Russell Peters’ holiday special

    Former Playboy Playmate and (the original?) sex-tape star Pamela Anderson is set to perform in a re-imagining of the Nativity story on CTV and The Comedy Network’s (Canada’s Comedy Central equivalent) A Russell Peters Christmas Special. The role she’s set to perform? Yep, The Virgin Mary. Anderson, a native to Canada (born on Canada Day, in fact) will appear in a sketch set in a Christmas manger with Canadian comic

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    College Humor launches new site Jest.com

    CollegeHumor Media announced this week the launch of Jest.com. The new property is a social media site or sorts that will feature a combination of original content created by Jest’s staff of writers and performers, daily content curated and aggregated from around the web and everything in between. Jest will also feature new and classic television clips from shows like The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. And speaking

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    Read an excerpt from Mindy Kaling’s book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”

    As The Office returns to its first season without Michael Scott many of the other cast members have been doing projects on the side. One of the show’s main writers, Mindy Kaling, for example, has written a book. It’s called Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), and it’s hitting stores and online retailers on Nov. 1. But you can read an excerpt from the funny tome in

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    Modern Family comes out Emmys’ big comedy winner, but who do you think got hosed?

    Leaving with five trophies, hugely popular ABC show Modern Family left last night’s 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards as the big comedy winner. But their multiple wins — including best comedy series — didn’t steal any thunder from Mike and Molly co-star Melissa McCarthy, who took home the best actress in a comedy series award. Her male counterpart was Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons, who beat out Steve Carell, Louis

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    Lewis Black auctions off luxury show seating for worldwide poverty charity

    The comedy world’s favorite curmudgeon Lewis Black is helping to raise funds for charity Millennium Promise’s Spokes of Change initiative, which is a new campaign to support community health workers in Africa, and aims to end extreme poverty worldwide. Black, a champion of celebrity philanthropy, is offering an exclusive auction opportunity through Charitybuzz, the leader in online charity auctions. One winner will win 10 tickets in First Tier, Luxury Seating

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    Mike Birbiglia nominated for literary award in humor

    Comedian turned author and recent WTF with Marc Maron guest host Mike Birbiglia has been selected as a finalist for the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humour. Thurber House, now in it’s 27th year will be presenting the award Oct. 3 in New York. In 2008, Birbiglia teamed up with award-winning director Seth Barrish and Broadway legend Nathan Lane on his one-man show Sleepwalk With Me. The show was nominated

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    Steve Harvey developing talk show based on self-help book

    One of the Original Kings of Comedy Steve Harvey is developing a comedy-based talk show inspired by his 2009 book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. The show is slotted to air in syndication through NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. Harvey is currently the host of long running game show Family Feud as well as a popular syndicated radio program and will be executive producing and hosting the

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    Rob Corddry’s “Childrens Hospital” will return to Adult Swim for fourth season

    Former web series, turned Adult Swim short-form series Childrens Hospital has been renewed for a fourth season. An order for 14 episodes to be produced has been made, and the production will begin late 2012. The series, created by former Daily Show correspondent Rob Corddry is a send up of modern hospital dramas such as House, ER and Scrubs. The show has grown in orders from Adult Swim from five,

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    Daniel Tosh will executive produce new animated series for Comedy Central

    Daniel Tosh will be at the helm of yet another Comedy Central project, but this time he won’t be in front of the camera as he is on the wildly popular Tosh.0. The network has greenlighted a new, original animated series called Brickleberry, centered around “a group of dysfunctional forest rangers at a national park that is facing closure until a new ranger comes in to whip everyone into shape

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    Adam Carolla’s “Crank Yankers” character, Birchum gets new life at Fox

    Former Man Show host and current podcast king Adam Carolla has teamed up with former King of the Hill executive producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky to start work on The Birchums, an animated series which has landed a presentation order from Fox. The Birchums is based on a character popularized by Carolla in the 1990’s on Los Angeles radio station KROQ’s Kevin and Bean morning show. The character, “Mr.

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    Demetri Martin working on animated series for Fox

    If all goes according to plan, multi-faceted comedian Demetri Martin will join a long, successful tradition of animated comedy at Fox, which boasts The Simpsons, Family Guy and most recently Bob’s Burgers. According to Deadline, Martin is finalizing a deal with the network, wherein he would voice the lead character and executive produce an animated series centered around a family living in the Pacficic Northwest. This would be Martin’s second

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    Jane Kaczmarek joins cast of Whitney Cummings’ NBC sitcom

    Even with the Sept. 22 premiere of Whitney fast approaching, execs at NBC are shuffling around castmembers on comedian Whitney Cummings’ network star vehicle. And this time, it’s a big one. Former Malcolm in the Middle star Jane Kaczmarek has been tapped to play Whitney’s outspoken mother, who has been married and divorced three times. The series, created by Cummings, is centered around a happily unmarried couple (comedian Chris D’Elia

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    Laughspin interview: Catching up with Kyle Kinane

    Last year, comedian Kyle Kinane released one of the best albums of the year Death of the Party. And since then, he’s been quickly rising in the world of comedy, having made appearances on Conan, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show and his own Comedy Central Presents. Now he’s on tour opening for one of the biggest comedians today, Daniel Tosh. I caught up with him on opening night of

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    Kevin Smith looks to host his own, daily television talk show

    Clerks director and cult comedy legend Kevin Smith is set to host a talk show pilot. The show is planned to be a daily, half hour, syndicated program that would blend discussion with celebrities and comedy. The show is tentatively titled The Kevin Smith Project, and the show’s booking staff is pitching it as “a Regis and Kelly talk show at the opposite end of the day for the opposite

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