• Indecision 2000: How Jon Stewart made Fake News become real news

    Late night comedians have become the signal within the noise of information in today’s tsunami of 24-hour news coverage. They have the unique ability to follow the punches to the face from 2018’s outrageous midterm election headlines with the first aid of laughter.  Many television historians credit Jon Stewart with being the original comedy newsman. By the end of his tenure at The Daily Show, Rolling Stone had named Stewart  “the

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    Steve Carell returns to TV…Apple TV

    Nearly a decade after retiring his beloved Michael Scott character from NBC’s The Office, Steve Carell is returning to television. The Golden Globe winner is back, this time courtesy of Apple. He’ll star opposite Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in a currently untitled drama that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the competitive landscape of morning television. Carell joins the series inspired by CNN anchor Brian Stelter’s book Top of the

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    Conan O’Brien pop-up comedy club joins New York Comedy Festival line-up

    Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco and TBS are bringing TEAMCOCOHOUSE to this year’s 15th Annual New York Comedy Festival, a few months after premiering their hit pop-up comedy club at the San Diego Comic-Con this past July. Starting November 7 at Sony Hall, TEAMCOCOHOUSE will feature three days of stand-ups, podcasts, musical acts, magicians, and more all hand-picked by Conan O’Brien himself. Big names include Tig Notaro, Craig Robinson, Chris Gethard, and Sasheer Zamata.

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    Adam Sandler is 100% Fresh in Netflix comedy special trailer (Video)

    Netflix dropped its trailer for their latest Adam Sandler collaboration, a stand-up special titled 100% Fresh. This is the first special in 20 years for the comedy veteran who rose through the comedy ranks in the late ’80s. The trailer notably doesn’t contain jokes, but instead focuses on capturing the essence of the 52-year-old’s trademark sophomoric appeal through a series of live performances in comedy clubs, concert halls, arenas and even

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    Tiffany Haddish, Lena Waithe give powerful speeches at Variety Power of Women Luncheon (Video)

    Variety honored funny ladies Tiffany Haddish and Lena Waithe at their 10th Annual Variety Power of Women Luncheon in Beverly Hills this past weekend. The celebration, presented by Lifetime, also honored gun control activist Emma Gonzalez, Regina King (Seven Seconds), and Natalie Portman (Thor) for their humanitarian efforts. Haddish was recognized for her work with The Unusual Suspects Theater Company, an organization that helps underprivileged kids produce original stage productions. The

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    Issa Rae crowned American Princess in Paul Feig rom-com

    Issa Rae, co-creator and star of HBO’s Insecure is slated to play the lead role in Paul Feig’s upcoming romantic comedy American Princess. The 20th Century Fox production will star Rae as an American transplant in London who gets “drawn into a world of wealth and high society and falls in love in a very unexpected way.” Feig adds American Princess to his ever-growing list of female-fronted comedy productions, such

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    Adam McKay admits to Funny Or Die exit earlier this year

    Funny or Die co-founder Adam McKay confirmed that he parted ways with the comedy video powerhouse earlier this year. The acclaimed writer, producer, and director will still remain an executive producer on series like Sarah Silverman’s Hulu show, I Love You, America and No Activity on CBS All Access. McKay founded the site in 2007 with his friends, comedian Will Ferrell and screenwriter and producer Chris Henchy. His recent involvement with

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    Impractical Jokers comedy team land TBS game show

    The dudes who brought you Impractical Jokers have a new game show on TBS. Based off the popular card game Sh*t Happens, Misery Index will feature two teams competing against each other to “rank hilarious and miserable real-life events—from getting fired to accidentally sexting your grandfather on a scale of 1-100.” The cable network is ordering 10 half-hour episodes of the series from the truTV comedy troupe, The Tenderloins, made

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    Hulu Drops ‘Cosby Show’ but not because of all the rape stuff, say execs

    It seems Hulu is showing up late to the Bill Cosby party as the streaming service is reportedly finally dropping The Cosby Show from its roster, and joining the ranks of every other network that already stopped airing reruns of the 80’s family sitcom. As of Nov. 7, Cosby’s eponymous show will no longer air on Hulu after the network opted out of renewing its licensing deal with the series producer, The

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    Comedy Cellar Underground Debate Series is serious business

    There’s a table in the back corner of the Greenwich Village staple, Olive Tree Cafe, that’s marked, “Comedy Cellar Comedians Only.” A bold statement from a plain and unassuming dark brown wooden table. But if that table could talk, its words would be profane, fiery, brilliant, poignant, hilarious – and could probably do killer impressions of some of the best comedians in modern times. Co-founded in 1982, by the late

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    Doug Stanhope Seeso comedy special, co-produced by Johnny Depp (Watch a preview)

    Check out this just-released clip of Doug Stanhope’s new Johnny Depp-produced stand-up special, No Place Like Home slated to premiere September 15 on the online streaming comedy channel Seeso. Seeso is promoting the special with the advertising caveat, “Warning: Not For The Easily Offended,” as Stanhope keeps with his cynical, controversial, and poignant comedic style by covering trigger-worthy topics like Caitlyn Jenner, Gabrielle Giffords, The Duggar Family, mental illness, Vietnam vets and ISIS. The special was

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    Leslie Jones celebrates birthday, returns to Twitter after hack, says ‘thanks to my fans and friends!’

    Something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna tweet? Well, you can tweet Leslie Jones again, because the Ghostbusters star is back on social media. The Saturday Night Live favorite disappeared from Twitter and Snapchat following a website hack — currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — that revealed nude photos of the actress, along with passport and driver’s license information. Jones returned to Twitter with the

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    Katt Williams kidnapping, assault lawsuit dismissed

    News broke late last week that Katt Williams was slammed with another lawsuit, this time for $3 million for an alleged “gang-style” assault on a female comedian and kidnapping her when she tried to escape. TMZ reported the shocking claims from Williams’ former tour partner, Ashima Franklin, who says Williams has a history of abusing her going all the way back to 2012 when he hit her in the face and threw piping

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    Netflix releases Christopher Guest ‘Mascots’ trailer (VIDEO)

    After nearly 10 years away from directing feature films, Christopher Guest is back, this time on Netflix with Mascots, and he’s bringing his quirky, deadpan mockumentary style and brilliant troupe of comedic actors with him. Netflix just released the trailer for the film, a comedy about the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, a sports-team mascot competition featuring a bizarre and hilarious “group of unusual men and women,” including an anatomically correct

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