• Comedy icon Valerie Harper diagnosed with brain cancer

    Valerie Harper, who, along with Mary Tyler Moore, helped usher in an era of female-led television sitcoms, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and has as little as three months to live, according to a new cover story in People. “A battery of tests revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain,” the story reports. Harper,

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    Marc Maron, Weird Al, Moby and more all once tried out for The Postal Service (Video)

    In this brilliantly produced video, radio host, writer and champion of great comedy Tom Scharpling expands his ever-growing resume of music projects by incorporating comedians like Marc Maron, Weird Al Yankovic and DC Pierson into the imagined 2002 audition process for celebrated electronic duo The Postal Service. Music geeks will also delight in watching Helmet’s Paige Hamilton, Moby and Guns ‘n Roses bassist Duff McKagan (among others) audition for a

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    Harrison Ford joins Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and co. for Anchorman sequel

    As if the casting for Anchorman: The Legend Continues wasn’t already stellar – the entire original cast is back as well as Kristen Wiig! – Harrison Ford has now officially joined the shenanigans. Ford, who joins Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Luke Wilson and John C. Reilly, will be playing a Tom Brokaw-type television news anchor, according to reports. The sequel to the 2004 flick

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    Watch Joan Rivers interview Sarah Silverman for 25 minutes

    If you’ve been following the new season of WEtv’s reality show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, you’ll know that Joan Rivers has had plans to launch her own Web series. Well, tonight we see that come to fruition with the first episode of In Bed with Joan, which features the iconic comedian chatting with Sarah Silverman in bed. Over the course of the 25-minute interview, the duo talk about

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    Jon Stewart will take 12 weeks off from The Daily Show to direct his first movie

    Jon Stewart will take a 12-week sabbatical from The Daily Show this summer in order to direct a movie about a journalist who was captured and imprisoned by Iranian forces. Longtime Daily Show correspondent John Oliver will take Stewart’s place during that time. The movie, a drama titled Rosewater, is an adaptation of the memoir And Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival, which

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    Lewis Black, Ted Alexandro, Judah Friedlander and more team up for Teachers Lounge (Video)

    Here’s a little piece of exciting comedy news: comedian Ted Alexandro and longtime creative partner Hollis James have created a series called Teachers Lounge, wherein Ted and Hollis play best friends, a music teacher and janitor, respectively. In order to survive the repetitive nature of their jobs at a New York City elementary school, the two escape to the teachers lounge as often as possible. Sidenote: Both Ted and Hollis

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    Aggressively boring Taylor Swift implies ‘there’s a special place in hell’ for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

    UPDATE (3/6/13): 9:32 pm EST — Tina Fey told Entertainment Tonight the following: “If anyone was going to get mad at us, I thought it would be James Cameron. I did not see that one coming. It was a joke. It was a lighthearted joke.” UPDATE: 4:52 pm EST — Amy Poehler had this to stay to the Hollywood Reporter: “Aw, I feel bad if she was upset. I am

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    Fox renews its Tuesday night comedies

    Fox has thrown its support behind all three of its Tuesday night comedies. The network renewed freshman series The Mindy Project, starring former Office writer, star and producer Mindy Kaling as well as New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel and Raising Hope. New Girl will enter its third season while Raising Hope will return for its fourth. Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Laughspin Podcast on iTunes or on SoundCloud

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    Joel McHale on James Brolin, Gillian Jacobs and his Community character (Video)

    In this just-released video, Community star Joel McHale, who plays former lawyer-turned-smarmy-college-student, opines about the evolution of his character Jeff Winger, what a huge comedic force co-star Gillian Jacobs has become and why veteran actor James Brolin is the perfect choice to play Jeff’s dad. Check it out! There’s an all-new episode of Community this Thursday at 8 pm EST on NBC. Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Laughspin

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    Celebrate the release of ’21 & Over’ with a party-themed prize pack (Giveaway)

    If you haven’t seen 21 & Over as it opened in theaters nationwide this past weekend, might we suggest you treat yourself – and your favorite drinking buddies – to some quality laughs? You can find tickets here. From the writers of The Hangover, this younger-skewing flick centers around straight-laced college kid Jeff Chang, who we meet on the eve of a crucial medical school interview. The only thing is

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    Report: Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno on Tonight Show in 2014

    NBC will announce in May its plans to replace current Tonight Show host Jay Leno with the increasingly popular Jimmy Fallon. This, according to the Hollywood Reporter, who cite “two high-level industry insiders,” despite NBC’s denial and a rep for Leno who said, “we don’t speculate on rumor.” The Hollywood Reporter piece goes on to say the following: Sources believe the network will bring in Fallon partly out of concern

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    The Laughspin Interview with legendary comedian George Wallace

    Two minutes into a conversation with legendary stand up comedian George Wallace and it’s clear that even after thirty-six years the man still loves his job. Lucky for us he does. Not just because we still get to enjoy his rapid-fire brand of observational humor, but because the man has some crazy ideas about what he’d do if he were President of the United States. Trust us, the “I Be

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    Chris Rock will star as a struggling comedian in ‘Finally Famous’

    While Chris Rock has proven himself a competent actor, having mastered comedic and dramatic roles on screen – as well as on the Broadway stage – it seems that for his next gig, a movie titled Finally Famous, he won’t hurt himself stretching. The iconic comedian will portray a stand-up comic Andre Allen, a comedian-turned-movie-star. Sound familiar? The twist is that Allen has been coasting on his fans’ adoration and

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    Report: Aisha Tyler set to host revamped version of Whose Line is it Anyway? (Confirmed)

    Update: 4:40 pm ET — Aisha Tyler has confirmed to Laughspin that Whose Line is it Anyway? will return to television and she will, indeed, be the host of the revamped show. The CW will premiere 10 episodes this summer with former castmembers Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady. Each episode will feature a special guest. Like on the original show, a “winner” will be announced at the end

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    Watch Marc Maron onstage from the 1980s!

    Long before Marc Maron made the Internet his bitch by launching one of the most successful podcasts of all time, he was a wirey, long-haired, blazer-wearing comic talking about booze and drugs onstage. The folks at Official Comedy unearthed this vintage clip from the late 1980s from Rascals comedy club (in New Jersey, we think?). Enjoy! Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Laughspin Podcast on iTunes or on SoundCloud

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