• Netflix lands Ricky Gervais satire starring Eric Bana, reaffirming commitment to comedy

    Netflix landed the rights to Ricky Gervais’ comedy flick Special Correspondents. Gervais wrote the script and will direct the film starring Erica Bana as a struggling New York-based radio journalist. In classic War of the Worlds fashion, he fakes front-line war reports from his Manhattan hideout in an attempt to save his job. The movie is due out some time in 2016. Netflix has shown a growing commitment to comedies, recently snagging Tina

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    Robin Williams Trust Restricts use of comedian’s likeness for 25 years

    While absolutely everyone is still mourning the hell out of Robin Williams, this bit of news is perhaps the one instance where fans might feel relieved that they won’t be seeing more of the comedian any time soon. As reported earlier last week, it was revealed that the Robin Williams Trust has imposed very strict control over the likeness rights of the beloved late comedian and actor. Specifically, no commercial

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    Denis Leary ‘Benders’ hockey comedy headed to IFC

    Denis Leary gets another TV show greenlit as IFC has ordered eight episodes of Benders. The half-hour hockey comedy developed under the title Uncle Chubby’s follows a group of friends bonded by an undying obsession with their amateur hockey league. None of the members are near-professional or even truly amateur athletes but that doesn’t stop them from playing slow, out-of-shape, “Hey guys, hold on a second!” hockey. IFC president Jennifer

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    Comedian Damienne Merlina responds to Ari Shaffir after he blasts her in Comedy Central special (Video)

    When Comedy Central fans tuned in to watch Ari Shaffir’s one hour special, Passive Aggressive, they may have been taken aback by the smattering of nervous laughter that greeted the comedian during his set. Nervous because opening your big moment as a comedian, your hour-long special, with a prolonged, left-field attack on a relatively unknown fellow comedian is, um, certainly an interesting choice. Not to mention an antagonistic, off-putting and

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    Did the Daily Show make a mistake hiring Trevor Noah instead of me? Yes.

    I haven’t slept in over a week purely in anticipation for that one phone call. That one phone call that would change my life even more than Frozen did. You see, with Jon Stewart’s recent announcement of leaving Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, I thought I was a clear front-runner for the role – and so did America, I have to assume. Especially as I further developed my passion for

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    Lena Dunham’s New Yorker ‘Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?’ quiz isn’t anti-Semitic, it’s just not funny

    In an effort to appeal to readers under the age of 106 and to make Passover cool, The New Yorker enlisted the help of Lena Dunham, the 28-year-old writer, actress, author, director, producer, Jewish human and hipster goddess who has found massive success since the debut of Girls on HBO in 2012. To push The New Yorker to palatable status, Dunham penned a humor column titled “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?

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    Bill Hicks mega-anthology set for release

    Comedy Dynamics, the massive California-based comedy publisher, has teamed up with the Hicks estate to release a mega-anthology of every piece of Bill Hicks’ creative material ever created, including recordings of his stand-up performances and candid photos never before seen by the public, according to the Houston Chronicle. “Our goal is to have everything,” Brian Volk-Weiss, president of Comedy Dynamics told the Chronicle. “It’s designed give a Hicks fan or

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    Sarah Silverman rape prevention tips backlash on Twitter is absurd

    Another day, another troll-explosion on Twitter. This one, in particular, was aimed at a very public and well-known female figure with the audacity to make jokes or have an opinion. Next thing you know, they’ll be wanting the damn vote. But this time, those who have their panties in a bunch (if you’ll pardon the expression) are those who usually find themselves on the giving, not receiving end of jokes

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    Kevin Smith confirms Mallrats sequel with cast preview (Photo)

    Kevin Smith made waves last week when he announced the shooting schedule for his next slate of films: Clerks 3 in May, long-pondered hockey flick Hit Somebody this fall and Tusk spin-off Moose Jaws in February 2016. At the end of the announcement he teased a project no one suspected and most people don’t even want. Smith hints, “But after that? I smell a rat…” Yes. 1995 stoner comedy Mallrats

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    Chelsea Handler: Bill Cosby ‘tried to Cosby me’

    Why does it sometimes seem like almost no one is safe from the claws of the Cosb-er these days? In a new interview with Esquire, cover girl Chelsea Handler (buck-naked, alongside cover boy Nick Offerman, in the mag’s “Women and Men” issue) shared a particularly creepy experience from her past in which she almost became another notch on Bill Cosby’s alleged victim belt. “Not poor guy!” Chelsea rebuked the writer,

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    50 Weirdest Photos On The Internet Compilation (Video)

    If there’s one thing the Internet is good for, it’s for finding the weirdest photos in the world. Before the Internet we had to revel in our own photos—or, at best, our friends’ or family’s photos. But now, especially with the help of the fine folks at World Wide Interweb, we can enjoy the oddest, weirdest and most bizarre photos from the oddest, weirdest and most bizarre people in the

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    Humble Bundle releases comedy bundle with Bill Hicks, Marc Maron, Doug Stanhope, Iliza Schlesinger…get the details!

    You’ve asked for it and Comedy Dynamics has finally answered! Between Thursday, March 26 and April 1, the two-time Grammy Award nominated production company is putting up for sale a “humble bundle” that will feature comedy video or audio specials from some of the industry’s greatest stand-ups. (See the full list of what’s available below.) For those who are unfamilar, Humble Bundle is a website that offers flash sales of

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    Maysoon Zayid wants to kill Internet trolls with kindness, and comedy (Video)

    Comedians and Internet trolls seem to have a peculiar relationship. While nobody relishes getting dumped on by some anonymous shithead on Twitter, Reddit, or anywhere else the subhuman roam, comedians are in the unique position to craft their art around troll fuel. Well respected and beloved comedians like Patton Oswalt and Marc Maron routinely engage with their trolls on Twitter, often to hilarious and devastating effect. But Maysoon Zayid, a

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    Will Ferrell: Down with fraternities and Greek life!

    Question: What do fraternity brothers love more than crushing aluminum cans on their foreheads and shoving pine cones up new pledges’ rectums? Answer: A very good guess would be Will Ferrell movies. After all, it’s hard to forget Ferrell’s hilariously sloppy, scene-stealing performance in 2003’s Old School, and even easier to understand why the Alpha Epsilon Whoevers might latch on to Ferrell as a sort of beer-bonging icon. Which is

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    Eddie Murphy did NOT perform stand-up at the Comedy Store last night

    Despite, multiple reports implying he did Eddie Murphy did not make a return to stand-up comedy for the first time in over 25 years last night. Murphy didn’t perform at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles on Thursday night– but that didn’t stop a flurry of excited Twitter users and Web sites to report it anyway. It all started when Arsenio Hall tweeted out the following: Yo @Eddiemurphy … just went on

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