• Saturday Night Live recap: Jason Momoa is really hot, but is he funny? (Videos)

    We all know Jason Momoa is very hot. This week the Aquaman star hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time. It’s surprisingly more difficult when the host is a hot man. Not because hot men aren’t funny, but because the show often leans too heavily on the fact that they are stone cold hunks for jokes. Sometimes these jokes work, sometimes they don’t. It hinges on the host’s likeability.

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    Saturday Night Live recap: Claire Foy keeps SNL ship afloat

    This week’s episode of Saturday Night Live featured Claire Foy as the guest host. For a first-time host who isn’t known for her comedy chops, Foy did really well. She was often the best part of the sketches she was in. The Crown star showcased her range, committed to characters, and even showed off a multitude of accents she can do. While Foy shined, the episode overall had some hits

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    Mitch Hedberg – The Complete Vinyl Collection is a thing all comedy fans should have

    As is the case for any quality box set these days, it’s not so much about the origin material. After all, box sets don’t exist so that an artist’s biggest fans can have access to a slickly-packaged sentimental bundle of garbage bits. Inherent in the entire concept of such a release is greatness, right? Right! Well then the reasons Mitch Hedberg: The Complete Vinyl Collection exists are pretty damn obvious.

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    Inside Amy Schumer third season premieres tonight on Comedy Central. Prepare to be pleased.

    Oh, Amy Schumer, how will we ever stop having gi-normous comedy crushes on you if you don’t quit being so goddamn awesome? But actually, a better question probably is, why would we want to stop in the first place? After the smash success of Inside Amy Schumer’s first two seasons, a lot of pressure must be riding on the Schum crew to keep coming up with killer, bite-sized comedy that

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    Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi and Funny Or Die launch ‘Halal in the Family.’ Watch all four episodes now.

    Family sitcoms of the 80’s followed a tried and true formula: an out of touch but well-meaning dad, the peacemaker mom, cool but combative teenage kids and a corny but catchy theme song that tied it all together. While the recipe for a successful comedy has long since evolved, some modern day funnymen are using the old school technique to spread a message of tolerance. Halal In The Family, a

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    Seeing Other People: Hilarious web series probes the awkwardness of a BFF breakup

    It’s hard to think of anyone more qualified than a comedian to shed funny light on the painful process of enduring a friendship breakup. Luckily, with the launch of the new web series Seeing Other People, we get not one comedian, but four of them to mend our broken hearts while tickling our funny bones. The brainchild of writers and actors Brooke Van Poppelen and Giulia Rozzi (who co-star alongside Patrick

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    Bo Burnham, Brian Posehn at Gilda’s LaughFest deliver from opposite ends of the spectrum

    GRAND RAPIDS — By Saturday night’s end here at Gilda’s LaughFest I was happily bathed in classically executed musical comedy theatrics set inside a gorgeous 1,500-seat venue and alternatively a persistent stream of dick-and-fart jokes delivered from a stage housed in a gritty, few-hundred-seat rock club. The experience proved that, regardless of subject matter and presentation, comedy of any shape — so long as it’s in a master’s hands —

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    Patton Oswalt at Gilda’s LaughFest delivers a pristine, memorable performance (Review)

    GRAND RAPIDS — Before launching into his closing bit — a story about a disinterested, lazily-costumed clown at a child’s birthday he attended with his five-year-old daughter — Patton Oswalt admitted to an audibly appreciative crowd last night at the Fountain Street Church, “Thank you, guys. I needed this so bad.” Moments later when the veteran comedian began acting out the scene in which said clown emerged from the trees

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    Jim Jefferies at Gilda’s LaughFest: Bill Cosby, infant death, gun control all fair game for comedy (Review)

    GRAND RAPIDS — “Turns out Bill Cosby is a rapist….If I was going to be raped, I’d like to be raped by Bill Cosby. I’ve been a fan of his for years. And how else are you going to meet him?” And so began an evening with Jim Jefferies at the Fountain Street Church (yes church) as part of the fifth annual Gilda’s LaughFest. Throughout the better part of the

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    Tommy Ryman named Best of Midwest at Gilda’s LaughFest (Review)

    GRAND RAPIDS — Minnesota comedian Tommy Ryman was crowned Best of the Midwest — and was handed a check for $2,500 — late last night here as he edged out nine other comedians in what has become an annual highlight of Gilda’s LaughFest, now in its fifth year. A semifinalist during the most recent season of Last Comic Standing, the bespectacled,  buttoned-down Ryman presented a near perfect mix of unassuming

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    Jane Lynch sends off Glee with musical comedy showcase in Austin (Review)

    While Gleeks everywhere are singing funeral dirges over the loss of their beloved Fox franchise, at least one Glee cast member is experiencing sensational new life after TV death. But really, if anyone’s going to rise out of the ashes, guns blazing, of the mega-popular high school musical dramedy, why wouldn’t it be the indomitable Jane Lynch? Taking to the Paramount Theatre stage in Austin on Friday, March 6, Lynch

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    Thomas Middleditch, Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani make Fun Fun Fun Fest (even more) weird

    AUSTIN — On the final day of Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s Silicon Valley) performed a spontaneous impression of a Revolution-era judge shouting the name “John Quincy Adams!” He paused. He laughed. And he asked himself, “What the hell am I doing?” That moment on Sunday represented a crystallization of Sunday’s comedic performances: weird, unexpected, spontaneous. The afternoon featured a collective of three performers from Silicon Valley,

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    W. Kamau Bell, Jello Biafra inject thought into Fun Fun Fun Fest, Fred Armisen brings Ian Rubbish

    AUSTIN — If Friday’s comedians at Fun Fun Fun Fest contended with the low lows of celebrity and popular culture, Saturday’s theme might as well have been “Damn the man, save the Empire.” Politics, politics, and more politics. W. Kamau Bell’s set, for example, offered an appealing blend of his personal experiences and political critique that had the audience at once laughing and thinking carefully about how race works in

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    John Waters inspires at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Neil Hamburger, Rachel Bloom fit right in

    AUSTIN — Once upon a time, before Formula One racing came to roost, before South by Southwest lay at the feet of Microsoft and Doritos, before everyone and their mother moved to the city to catch a whisper of hipness before it vanished into commodity, Austin quietly celebrated the spirit of the weird. Although the city’s eccentric soul is maturing into a more measured—dare I say mainstream?—metropolis, we’re lucky to

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    Tig Notaro Live in Austin (Review)

    AUSTIN – In a paradoxical municipality like Austin, Texas, where small-town mentality seems to prevail even as the city itself continues to balloon, it’s easy to see how a personality like Tig Notaro’s would sell out tickets like a scalper on Super Bowl Sunday. To begin with, Tig is excessively weird – and of course, we mean that as the highest imaginable compliment. As a stand-up, her style has long

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