• Adam Sandler will host SNL for the first time despite previous reluctance

    Adam Sandler will come home to 30 Rock on May 4 to host SNL for the first time. Sandler was a Saturday Night Live cast member for five years after coming on board as a writer in 1990. Though the Grown Ups star has made multiple appearances on the show since Lorne Michaels fired him (and Chris Farley) in 1995, he has never done a classic SNL monologue. Sandler previously

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    Comedy Central is all-in on Roy Wood Jr.; orders new comedy special, TV show, web series

    Comedy Central wants a whole lot more of Roy Wood Jr. The network announced Thursday a comprehensive “first look” development deal with the comedian. The deal includes plans for a pilot, a new one-hour stand-up special, and an original digital series. The veteran stand-up and former Daily Show correspondent’s deal includes production on Wood’s new pilot, Jefferson County: Probation, which shoots in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama this May. Wood wrote the pilot with Boondocks

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    The Joker trailer has comedians relating so hard

    The new Joker trailer ends with Joaquin Phoenix’s character stating, “I used to think that my life was a tragedy, but now I realize it’s a comedy.” The film revolves around the origin story of the famed comic book villain as a failed stand-up comedian. Now (actual) comedians are taking to Twitter to share their opinion on the trailer, which comes just after Fox revealed their Joker character for the

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    Comedy Central adds Chris Distefano, Julian McCullough to podcast roster

    Comedy Central is pulling from its talent base to expand its reach in podcasting. On Wednesday, the network announced two new podcasts: Stand-Up w/ Chris Distefano and Your 2 Dads w/ Sean and Julian. DiStefano previously signed an overall deal with the comedy cable channel. The two shows will add to CC’s global podcast network. That platform originally launched in 2017 with The Jim Jefferies Show Podcast. Despite a wealth

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    Netflix renews Ricky Gervais dark comedy After Life for Season Two

    Netflix renewed Ricky Gervais’s dark comedy After Life for a second season. The little show that could, with only six half-hour episodes, was renewed by the streaming giant less than a month after the first season’s premiere. Gervais created and directed the series. Gervais plays Tony, a man who had a perfect life until his wife dies of breast cancer. Now, he is on a mission to punish the world.

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    Kumail Nanjiani cast to go back in time in new movie

    Kumail Nanjiani will star in the upcoming comedy-adventure film Any Person, Living Or Dead. Nanjiani will lead the history-based laugher as a reclusive scientist with a homemade time machine. Despite his best efforts to use the device to solve the world’s problems with the help of historical leaders, things go very, very poorly. Unfortunately, great thinkers like Shakespeare and George Washington and medieval men are not accustomed to modern ways

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    Nipsey Hussle: Kevin Hart, Michael Che, and more comedians mourn rapper’s death

    Slain rapper Nipsey Hussle’s influence went beyond hip hop and reached deep into the comedy community. Many comics are remembering the artist and paying tribute to his life on social media. The Los Angeles-based rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, and activist was killed by apparent gang-related gunfire on Sunday. The 33-year old Grammy-nominated artist was scheduled to appear at an anti-gang violence meeting with the LAPD on Monday. Hussle turned his life

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    The Joker shows his face in Gotham teaser video

    Gotham fans can now get a sneak peek at guest star Cameron Monaghan as The Joker—just in time for April Fool’s Day. The Fox show will air its two-part series finale on April 18 (titled They Did What?) and April 25 (titled The Beginning…). The Joker will appear in the final episode of the show, as it ends its fifth season with a bang. The terrifying, scarred, and balding Joker,

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    Ilana Glazer’s horror movie just started filming

    Broad City star Ilana Glazer must not believe in vacations because the Comedy Central darling is already off to her next gig. Glazer ended her fifth and final season on the massively popular comedy series on Thursday. She will now star in her own horror movie, False Positive. How will her unique sense of millennial humor and strong visual gags translate to the horror genre? Glazer also co-wrote the horror

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    WWE, Vince McMahon get the John Oliver treatment on Last Week Tonight (UPDATE)

    Update: WWE responds to John Oliver The WWE has responded since John Oliver tore the corporation, and its CEO Vince McMahon, to shred on Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight. In a statement to Deadline, WWE reps wrote, “John Oliver is clearly a clever and humorous entertainer, however the subject matter covered in his WWE segment is no laughing matter. Prior to airing, WWE responded to his producers refuting

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    Chris Rock jokes on Jussie Smollett: What the hell was he thinking?

    Chris Rock is making headlines for his jokes at the 50th NAACP Image Awards Saturday Night. While black-ish’s Anthony Anderson hosted the awards show, Rock stole focus with his jokes about Jussie Smollett. Smollett received a nomination this year for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role on Empire. However, after recent news broke that Smollett allegedly reported a hate crime that never took place (charges have

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    SNL stars Michael Che, Colin Jost tag team for WrestleMania 35

    Saturday Night Live stars Michael Che and Colin Jost are moving from behind the Weekend Update desk into the WrestleMania ring. At the WWE Monday Night Raw event in Boston, the two comics appeared via satellite video for a five-minute chat with Braun Strowman. The wrestler challenged the pair to a match at the upcoming event in April and the comics—possibly fearing for their lives?!— promised they would join him

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    Comedy Central gives Jordan Klepper another chance with new docuseries

    Jordan Klepper is coming back to Comedy Central with a brand new docuseries that takes him out from behind the news desk and onto the front lines. His new show, Klepper, debuts May 9 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT and Comedy Central just released the first trailer. Klepper previously hosted Comedy Central’s The Opposition which featured Klepper playing an alt-right talking head in the style of The Colbert Report. Comedy Central

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    Tiffany Haddish, Netflix highlighting diverse comedians in stand-up showcase series

    Tiffany Haddish is partnering with Netflix for a new curated stand-up series. The series, called Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready, will feature six half-hour sets from up-and-coming stand-up comedians. Haddish hand-picked the group of comics: Chaunté Wayans, April Macie, Tracey Ashley, Aida Rodriguez, Flame Monroe, and Marlo Williams. After each set, Haddish shares stories about how she met the comedian in the scene or while working in TV. She’ll also

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    Adam Sandler feeling 100% fresh; will tour 18 cities in one month

    Adam Sandler made waves last year with his first stand-up release since his 2004 studio album Shhh…Don’t Tell. 100% Fresh, which Laughspin named the best stand-up special of 2018, will now go on a North American tour. The 100% Fresher tour kicks off May 31 in Minneapolis. 100% Fresh hit Netflix in October and instantly caught people’s attention with Sandler’s whacky non-sequiturs and goofy songs. Phone, Wallet, Keys, a hip

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