• T.J. Miller to host Comedy Central’s new stand-up series, ‘Mash Up’

    T.J. Miller — comedian, podcast chatterbox, and Jellystone Park ranger — is set to host a new stand-up series on Comedy Central. Mash Up started as a one-off special that aired last March and featured comedians performing their acts while filmed segments illustrated the material. The special included performances from Miller, Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, Kyle Kinane and Kumail Nanjiani (all of whom came out of the Chicago stand-up scene).

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    Writers from the Onion, Colbert Report and more team up for Pendulous Breasts Quarterly

    Woe to the comedy fan who insists that print is dead; he or she is going to miss out on Pendulous Breasts Quarterly, a new comedy zine (yes, a zine) helmed by John Harris of The Onion. According to Harris, Pendulous Breasts Quarterly takes as its primary inspiration Simpsons writer George Meyer’s Army Man, a comedy zine that ran for three issues in the late ‘80s and garnered a strong

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    Inspired by Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan announces he’ll self release his new comedy special

    Jim Gaffigan has announced that he will make a new comedy special available through his website as a digital download costing $5. The special — Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe — will go on sale in April on JimGaffigan.com. It seems that the Louis C.K. business model is catching on. Gaffigan directly acknowledges as much, stating that he was inspired by the success C.K. had in distributing Live at the Beacon

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    Aziz Ansari, Maria Bamford and more will headline new Austin comedy fest

    Do you love to go to Austin, Texas to see comedy at South by Southwest, but you could really do without the Pitchfork-approved, up-and-coming musicians that SXSW is really all about? If so, we have good news for you: Austin is about to be home to a new comedy festival with no indie rock in it! From April 25–28, you can attend the very first Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest

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    Meet the first two stars of Sarah Silverman’s new pilot for NBC

    The casting process has begun for Sarah Silverman’s upcoming, still-untitled single-camera comedy for NBC. Harris Wittels will play Harris Wittels, a tenant in Silverman’s character’s apartment building, and June Diane Raphael is set to play Chelsea, also a tenant in the same building and Silverman’s former best friend, reports Deadline. Wittels, who got his first major career break writing for The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central, also is familiar

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    Kathy Griffin lands her own talk show

    Bravo loves Kathy Griffin. For nearly 10 years, the comedian has been a constant presence on the cable network, with stand-up specials, a reality show and hosting duties. Now Griffin’s relationship with the network will continue with her latest project, a late-night talk show. Kathy will be a one-hour, weekly talk show with interviews and stand-up comedy and everything else you’ve seen on late-night talk shows for decades and decades,

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    The Laughspin interview with Dan Telfer

    Comedy fans know Dan Telfer from his stints as an opener for the likes of Maria Bamford, Patton Oswalt and Brian Posehn. He’s familiar to podcast listeners, particularly fans of Doug Loves Movies and The Benson Interruption. He also gained buzz from his debut EP, 2010’s Fossil Record, which contained his popular bit about “The Best Dinosaur,” a version of which became a viral YouTube hit. Telfer will perform this

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    Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Jim Carrey star in ‘Drunk History’ Christmas edition

    If you’re like us, you thought there would be no new installments of Drunk History, the web series created by Derek Waters, who last posted an episode to Funny or Die almost two years ago. But Waters has something to teach us all about hope. And that is that we should have some. Just in time for the holidays, Drunk History returns with its version of the immortal Christmas poem,

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    Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel give us a reason to watch Critics’ Choice Awards on VH1

    What would it take to make you, the typical Laughspin reader, watch a movie-awards show on VH1? What if it was hosted by two thirds of Human Giant? What if it was hosted by one quarter of Respecto Montalban? What if it was hosted by the tall guy from Children’s Hospital and the bald guy from The League and NTSF:SD:SUV::? Lucky for you, all of those dreams will come true,

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    Bill Maher will help launch Yahoo! comedy channel

    Bill Maher has a long-standing relationship with HBO, having made nine stand-up specials for the cable network since 1989, plus nine seasons and counting of his talk show, Real Time with Bill Maher. But for his latest special, Maher is moving away from television entirely, choosing instead to broadcast exclusively from the Web. Maher will perform CrazyStupidPolitics: Bill Maher Live From Silicon Valley on Feb. 23, 2012 at the San

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    Watch the teaser trailer for ‘Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie’

    Did you know that the new Tim and Eric movie cost a billion dollars to make? It’s true! That’s why it’s called Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. But you don’t have to take my word for it, or their word for it, or Jim Lipman’s word for it. Now you can watch this teaser trailer and get a glimpse at the mind-blowing production value the film has in store,

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    Watch comedian Owen Benjamin set world record for visiting most airports

    Comedian Owen Benjamin is getting on a plane. Actually, Benjamin will be boarding many planes– as many as he can in a month’s time in order to set a new world record for the most airports visited in 30 days by a passenger. His Funny on the Fly tour started today, and he’ll be documenting it with photos, videos, and tweets. “As a comedian, I like to inject the fun

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    Jennifer Saunders is writing “Absolutely Fabulous” movie, television specials to air also

    Absolutely Fabulous is coming back! Again! The cult-favorite British sitcom—which originally ran from 1992–1995, then from 2001–2003—will celebrate its 20th anniversary with three new television specials. And if everything goes according to plan, the specials will be followed by the very first AbFab movie, which creator and star Jennifer Saunders plans to write next year. The plot of the movie will open with perpetually booze-soaked main characters Patsy and Edina

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    Report: Dana Carvey in the running to replace Regis Philbin

    We haven’t heard very much from Dana Carvey in recent years, but rumors are flying that the all-star Saturday Night Live alumnus could be re-entering the spotlight soon as the new host of Live with Regis and Kelly, according to the New York Post. Many different celebrities’ names have been suggested as possible Regis replacements since Philbin announced his imminent retirement earlier this year, so Carvey is by no means

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    Russell Peters, Marc Maron, more join Transforming the World Through Comedy project

    Transforming the World Through Comedy is a new fundraising endeavor that will team with a different nonprofit organization each year to raise money through live comedy shows. For its inaugural event, TWTC is partnering with Off the Mat, Into the World, a nonprofit that’s “dedicated to bridging yoga and activism.” TWTC will take place on Nov. 16, and is set to include comedians Judy Gold, Dwayne Kennedy, Marc Maron, Ben

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