• Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg added to Roast of James Franco on Comedy Central

    Comedy Central is adding more heat to the upcoming Roast of James Franco. Aziz Ansari and Andy Samberg are joining roasters Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross and Sarah Silverman to skewer the actor/writer/artist/professor/student. Seth Rogen is set to act act roastmaster. The roast — use #FrancoRoast if you’re on Twitter — will air on Labor Day– Monday, Sept 2 at 10pm. Go here for previous

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    Tina Fey, Conan O’Brien, more comedians featured in Comic Genius portrait book

    Move over, National Geographic: The Image Collection! It’s time for a new coffee table book to reign supreme on our Ikea Klubbo. Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People, a series of more than 130 portraits of comedians from celebrity photographer Matt Hoyle, is being released on Oct. 15th and will help support Save the Children. The book follows the Aug. 21 release of Hoyle’s short sketches — which you can

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    Bill Burr, Al Madrigal will host All Things Comedy showcase on Aug. 28

    Attention, L.A based readers! All Things Comedy, the umbrella comedian and podcast network of which The Laughspin Podcast is a member, is putting on a show and ATC fan gathering at Largo. On Aug. 28, Bill Burr and Al Madrigal will be hosting an evening of stand-up featuring Brendon Walsh, Ian Edwards, Tom Papa, Christina Pazsitzky and Eddie Pepitone. Get discounted tickets at Largo-LA.com and use coupon code “ATC” at

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    Jim Gaffigan, Kristen Schaal, more announced for 6th annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

    Guess what folks? Your favorite wittily named Brooklyn based comedy festival is back. The 6th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival announced its seven-show lineup, and it’s safe to say that you’ll want to get your tickets now. Running from Sept. 26-29, the fest includes shows with Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Che, Kurt Braunohler, Leo Allen and according to the website,

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    Prince uses photo of Dave Chappelle as Prince for “Breakfast Can Wait” single (Video)

    They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. But what do you call it when the person who’s being imitated uses a screenshot of the impersonator as his single’s cover art? Prince, who just caught up with the rest of the developed world and joined Twitter, recently posted the “Breakfast Can Wait” cover which features not Prince, but Dave Chappelle. The image is from Chappelle’s Show sketch “Charlie Murphy’s

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    Mayor of Rio pretty much bribing Woody Allen to shoot his next film in Brazil

    Bribery isn’t just for slimy corporate executives or parents trying to lure their children into the dentist’s chair. No, it can also be used by the mayor of Rio to get Woody Allen to shoot his next film in Brazil. In an article published yesterday in O Globo, one of Brazil’s leading newspapers, Mayor Eduardo Paes said that he will hand over however much is needed to convince Allen. Vowing

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    Josh Gad joins Billy Crystal in FX pilot The Comedians

    Josh Gad (Broadway’s Book of Mormon, Love and Other Drugs) has just joined the cast of The Comedians, Billy Crystal’s comedy series in development at FX. He will play the up-and-comer who’s irked by his pairing with the aging superstar comedian (Crystal) on a late night sketch show. Hopefully, this show will have the talent and stamina to keep him on television unlike his last shows, 1600 Penn or Back

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    Rob Riggle, Wyatt Cenac return to Daily Show to blast John Oliver on his last day (Video)

    Last night we bid adieu to John Oliver as host of The Daily Show. Like saying goodbye to a much loved substitute teacher, the parting was bittersweet; we can’t deny our excitement at seeing our old leader return from paternity leave (a movie is kind of a baby when you think about it), but, well, shucks…we will sure miss our equally cool and much more British replacement. To mark the

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    Comedy Central launches nationwide search for the best new comedians

    Comedy Central is on the prowl, looking for the best unknown stand-up comedian. This week, the network announced its nationwide competition, Up Next: A CC Certified Talent Search. Held in conjunction with its Certified Club program, the competition will begin in September with the preliminary round, pitting local comedians against one another at each of the participating 26 clubs in order to find an individual to represent each joint at

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    Seasons two and three of ‘Burning Love’ headed to television

    Great news for Burning Love lovers– the Yahoo! Screen original Web series — just nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format, Live-Action, Entertainment Program — will be kept alive by bringing seasons two and three to the E! network this fall. Produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Digital, Abominable Pictures, Paramount’s Insurge Pictures and Ken Marino, and wife Erica Oyama, Burning Love is a highly accurate spoof

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    Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon dying of cancer, will give away his fortune to charity

    After being diagnosed with terminal colon cancer five months ago, Sam Simon, co-creator and current executive producer of The Simpsons decided to give all of his Simpsons earnings to charity. On the May 16 episode of WTF with Marc Maron (clip below), he shared that his doctor told him that he may have three to six months left and that he will donate the majority of the “tens of millions”

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    Paul Scheer graciously answers our absurd questions (Laughspin interview)

    You might know Paul Scheer as Andre from cult favorite series The League or Trent in NTSF:SD:SUV::, which just launched a new season last night on Adult Swim! Maybe you know him as Robby Z in last season’s Burning Love. And if the name doesn’t ring a bell, look him up. We’ll wait. Because you definitely know who he is. A few weeks ago, Scheer held a live taping of

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    30 Rock star Jack McBrayer lands leading role in animated series for Disney (Video)

    “Eternally-optimistic.” Check. “Constant do-gooder.” Check. If we didn’t know better, we’d say that Craig McCracken, (creator of Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) was describing Jack McBrayer’s character Kenneth Parcel from 30 Rock. He’s not, but he is describing McBrayer’s newest role, that of Wander in McCracken’s latest Disney Channel project, Wander Over Yonder. Playing opposite April Winchell (Phineas and Ferb), McBrayer will be making his Disney Channel

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    Henry Winkler will guest star on Parks and Recreation

    For fans of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Happy Days are here again. Henry Winkler (Arrested Development, Childrens Hospital) will be appearing on the show’s season premiere as Jean Ralphio’s (Ben Schwartz) father. This is the second family member to join the Saperstein mishpacha. Last season, we were introduced to Mona Lisa (Jenny Slate), a character that would fit in perfectly with the girls on Bravo’s Princesses: Long Island. Maybe now

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    Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband Kris Humphries will guest star on The Mindy Project

    And this week’s initially-puzzling-but-on-second-thought-not-actually-all-that-surprising guest star announcement is that Kris Humphries (Boston Celtics’ forward and former husband of Kim Kardashian) will be appearing on The Mindy Project as himself. This isn’t the first NBA player to stop by the show; Amar’e Stoudemire (Knick’s All-star forward) and Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers’ forward) partied with Mindy in episode four of the first season and revealed their romantic comedy of choice. Adam Pally,

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