• Jay Leno to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

    The recently-retired Tonight Show host and legendary stand-up comedian, Jay Leno, has been tapped to receive the coveted Kennedy Center’s 17th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. “Like Mark Twain, Jay Leno has offered us a lifetime’s worth of humorous commentary on American daily life,” said Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein. “For both men, no one was too high or too low to escape their wit, and we

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    Margaret Cho, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins and many more join for musical comedy album benefitting OneKid OneWorld (Videos)

    The world of comedy takes on America’s past, present and future in the musical comedy album 2776. Created by Rob Kutner (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and the Levinson Brothers (The Tonight Show), the album is a collection of 28 original songs with all proceeds going to the OneKid OneWorld foundation. 2776 features an impressive lineup of comedians including Patton Oswalt, Reggie Watts, Ira Glass, Margaret Cho, Paul F.

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    Chris Hardwick’s ‘All Star Celebrity Bowling’ coming to AMC

    Chris Hardwick, he of Nerdist Industries fame, proves yet again that he is winning at television. Not only is he the host of @Midnight on Comedy Central,host of AMC’s episode wrap-up show Talking Dead (as well as 2013’s Talking Bad), creator and co-host of the Nerdist podcast, but wait for it…he’s getting another TV show! AMC has ordered All Star Celebrity Bowling, a TV adaption of Hardwick’s popular Web series

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    Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore and Issa Rae join forces for new HBO series

    Daily Show correspondent and severely underrated television writer Larry Wilmore and rising star Issa Rae are working together to co-write a comedy series for HBO. The comedy will star Rae, and similar to her popular webseries, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, the show will focus on awkward moments and the race-based adversity of a modern day African American woman, reports Deadline. Details of the cast and title of the

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    Soon you will own Lego versions of The Simpsons, so you’re welcome

    Seeing as The Simpsons have been transformed into everything from plush dolls to board games to books to a collectible Christmas village set to video games to lunch boxes to pillow shams (yes, pillow shams) to energy drinks to their own amusement park, it should come as no surprise that, by next year, you will be able to own your very own Lego version of your favorite animated family. Homer,

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    Tenacious D, Patton Oswalt, Kyle Kinane and many more set for Fun Fun Fun Fest

    The Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced the official comedy and music line up for the 8th annual festival going down between Nov 8 and Nov. 10 in Austin. Veteran comedy rock duo Tenacious D, Patton Oswalt, Craig Robinson, Rob Delaney, and a live version of Adult Swim’s series The Eric Andre Show will be part of the fun. Other notable names performing include Doug Benson, Janny Slate, Kyle Dunnigan,

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    Bill Burr, Anthony Jeselnik, Larry David among headliners at the 10th New York Comedy Festival

    The New York Comedy Festival has released its line-up with for its 2013 events, highlighted by performances from Wanda Sykes, John Mulaney, Whitney Cummings and a conversation between Larry David and David Steinberg. The festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary will run from Nov. 6 through Nov. 10 in association with Comedy Central and produced by Carolines on Broadway. Each day will feature series of live shows at venues

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    Donald Glover inks a deal with FX to develop his own series

    While Donald Glover is planning his exit from Community, he’s already lining up his next television project– and not surprisingly, he’s landed at FX, who has been relentless in their comedy programming the last few years. Glover is developing a half-hour series tentatively titled Atlanta, on which he’ll star, write and produce, reports Deadline. The show would center on the city’s music scene. Glover, an Atlanta native, is also a

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    Jim Gaffigan’s television show might still happen at CBS

    The television gods are working in our favor. CBS is resurrecting Jim Gaffigan’s series, which they passed over this past pilot season. Now, according to reports, the network is redeveloping the show for the 2014-2015 season. The semi-autobiographical single camera comedy will focus on Gaffigan raising his five kids with his wife in New York. It is unclear if any of the original cast, besides Gaffigan, will return for the

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    Josh Gad will play Sam Kinison in upcoming biopic

    A much-deserved biopic of late comedian Sam Kinison is finally on in the works and actor/writer Josh Gad has been cast as the legendary comedian. Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno) will direct and Rich Wilkes wrote the script based on the book Brother Sam, written by Kinison’s brother, Bill. Deadline reports the film will cover everything from the 1980s on, especially his transition from Pentecostal preacher to a manic stand-up comedian.

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    Seth Rogen tapped as roastmaster for Comedy Central roast of James Franco

    To pretty much everyone’s delight, Seth Rogen will be the roastmaster for Comedy Central’s roast of James Franco. Rogen announced the news via twitter saying, “I will be ‘Roastmaster’ at the Franco Roast on Comedy Central. It’s to help promote the Russian release of This Is The End.” Rogen and Franco have teamed up multiple times in the past, so we know what an awesome duo they are, making this

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    Comedy Bang Bang hits the road with Paul F. Tompkins and The Birthday Boys

    Comedy Bang Bang is hitting the road for the second year in a row. IFC announced that lead man Scott Aukerman is set to commence on a Comedy Bang Bang tour with special guest, Paul F Tompinks, and sketch group The Birthday Boys — whose own show (produced by Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller) on IFC premieres in October — will open. The two-week tour will hit several cities starting

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    Lucille Ball Comedy Festival begins Aug. 1 with Kathleen Madigan, Bill Engvall and more

    In celebration of one of comedy’s greatest legends, The Lucy Desi Center for Comedy is presenting the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival tomorrow, Aug. 1 through Sunday in Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, NY. The next four days are packed with events from live stand-up performances from the likes of Bill Engvall and Kathleen Madigan to memorabilia auctions and hometown bus tours. And for the first time in the fest’s history, a

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    The Simpsons may be headed to cable

    While new episodes of The Simpsons — the longest running scripted show in television history — will obviously still air on Fox, Twentieth Television is working on a deal to syndicate the show on cable networks. The Simpsons could find life on the likes of FX (or it’s spin-off network FXX) or TBS, which recently acquired Seth Macfarlane’s American Dad. According to reports, The Simpsons could bring in as much

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    Watch the preview for Dan Harmon’s animated series ‘Rick and Morty’ on Adult Swim

    Dan Harmon had nothing but positive things to say about his co-workers on his upcoming Adult Swim animated series, Rick and Morty. This is a change of pace considering Harmon is known for controversy as the fired-and-rehired Community creator and showrunner. Praising the “genius” of Adult Swim executive vice president Mike Lazzo by saying, “He has the autonomy, humility and mental power to take a script and recognize what it

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