• Kumail Nanjiani, Tracee Ellis Ross to announce Oscar nominees Tuesday morning

    Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross will host the 2019 Academy Awards…nominee announcements bright and early on Tuesday, January 22. The pair will announce the Oscars nominations live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles, at 8:20 a.m. ET/5:20 a.m. PT. Set your alarms and your coffee timer now! The nominations will be available on The Academy’s digital platforms and local broadcasters. Tiffany Haddish crushed last year’s presentation

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    Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, and more raise money for comedian following severe spinal injury

    Comedian Jason Saenz suffered a tragic accident last week when he fell through an apartment building’s skylight, injuring his spine. Currently paralyzed from the waist down, Saenz required surgery and will need extensive rehabilitation moving forward. Comedians from across the country have pulled together to contribute to a GoFundMe on his behalf. The fundraiser is aptly named Saenz Spinez, and additionally provides updates on his recovery. Saenz, who had just

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    Comedy Central’s Kroll Show will end after third season, but this isn’t a time for mourning (Videos)

    While viewership remained consistent through its first two seasons and the quality of sketches only improved, Kroll Show will come to an end on Comedy Central after its third season, set to premiere Jan. 13 at 10:30 pm ET. But this is no time for mourning. Comedy Central promises that Nick Kroll’s best known characters will find a proper end to their fictional journeys. According to Comedy Central, “Bobby Bottleservice

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    Watch: HBO’s Silicon Valley, first full episode for free

    Silicon Valley, HBO’s newest original comedy series, premiered last night on the cable behemoth. But if you missed it or if you don’t have HBO, the network is offering the first episode for free viewing. And we’ve lovingly embedded it below. The series Silicon Valley comes from writer and director Mike Judge, the man who brought us Beavis and Butt-head and Office Space. Judge’s new project is partially based on

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    Bill Cosby, Aisha Tyler, Greg Proops, many more announced for SXSW Comedy 2014

    SXSW Comedy 2014 has announced its line-ups for the monster March festival. Rising stars and comedy legends will grace the stages of Austin, TX from March 8 – March 15. Funny or Die will host An Evening with Bill Cosby. The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater will bring their famous ASSSSCAT troupe, along with improv group Doppelganger (which includes Saturday Night Live’s Sasheer Zamata) and storytelling show Blackout Drunk. Chris Gethard

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    T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani launch tech start-up in HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ (Video)

    HBO has released the teaser for their upcoming show Silicon Valley from Office Space writer Mike Judge. The dark comedy takes place in the Bay Area where tech icons like Steve Jobs got their start. The show features comedians T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch in a tale of a new tech start-up. Silicon Valley premieres on Sunday, April 6. Check out the teaser trailer below: Sign up to

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    Nick Kroll, Penny Marshall and more poke fun at romantic comedies in Thanksgivukkah trailer (Video)

    With the help of Nick Kroll and an all-star cast, Funny Or Die has blasted every trope found within a certain sub-genre of romantic comedy, wherein the male protagonist is forced to deal with conflicting fundamental beliefs between his parents and his significant other’s parents. Of course, if you’re paying attention to these movies — 90 percent star Ben Stiller — you’ll realize the conflict is totally manufactured. Kroll is

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    Comedy album releases for July 30, 2013

    Editor’s note: This is a weekly feature on Laughspin.com in partnership with Pandora Comedy. Today is comedy album release day! These three albums are now available to the general public, much as Richard Nixon’s Watergate tapes were in 1974—only time will tell if these comics are as hilarious as America’s 37th president. • Stewart Huff: I Don’t Think I Believe Us (On Tour Records) • Jen Murphy: Size Does Matter

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 65: Jerry Seinfeld, Kumail Nanjiani, Kurt Braunohler

    On a new episode of The Laughspin Podcast, Mike and I listen to new tracks from comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Kurt Braunohler and we hear Jerry Seinfeld answer questions from the audience at Late Nigh with Jimmy Fallon. Also, we deliver some news on Donald Glover, Dane Cook, and we check out part of my new interview with Brian Regan– and so much more. This episode is brought to you

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    Hell Baby trailer with Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Michael Ian Black, more is here (Video)

    It’s not out in theaters until Sept. 6, but today we were gifted with the first official trailer for Hell Baby, the comedy horror flick starring Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb and feautring the likes of Michael Ian Black, Thomas Lennon, Riki Lindhome, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Keegan-Michael Key, Kumail Nanjiani and Robert Ben Garant. Lennon and Garant wrote and directed the feature, which centers on Corddry and Bibb, who

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    Comedy Central greenlights Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani series Meltdown, produced by Ben Stiller

    It looks like the work comedians Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani did on the pilot episode of a new stand-up comedy series back in February impressed Comedy Central. The network has officially announced it has picked up Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail, to be executive produced by the comedian duo and, wait for it…Ben Stiller, among others. The series will be based on the weekly live stand-up show held in

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    SXSW Comedy, Day 1: Comedy Bang! Bang! and Burning Love

    AUSTIN — Hey hey, everybody! I’m back for my third year of sharing some of the lovely comedic jewels of Austin, Texas’s South by Southwest with you friendly Laughspin readers. This year, the fest has bulked up its comedy offerings substantially: three different venues with simultaneous shows, podcast tapings, stand-up showcases, parties, mass hysteria. Get ready, because it’s about to get real. It seemed fitting to kick off the fest

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    Second season of Burning Love premieres: Watch the first two episodes (Video)

    The wait is over! Burning Love’s second season premiered today on Yahoo! Screen, boasting not one, but two episodes! For the uninitiated, Burning Love is a Bachelor-type parody created and written by Erica Oyama and directed by Ken Marino; the two are married in real life. While the first season (full season here) followed the Bachelor formula — with Marino playing bachelor Mark Orlando — this season features season one

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    SXSW Comedy Day 4: Judd Apatow crashes Pete Holmes’ podcast, Kumail Nanjiani and more!

    AUSTIN — For any comedy nerd, last night’s shows at South by Southwest were prettay prettay prettay good. Pete Holmes hosted the first ever live taping of his podcast, You Made It Weird. Joining the comic onstage was Kumail Nanjiani, who also performed in last night’s Funny or Die Showcase. The two are old friends – or, as Pete would say, long friends – so their witty repartee was quick

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    Portlandia’s ’80 Plates’ sketch is now a Cat Cora show on Bravo, sort of

    You may remember Portlandia’s current season premiere, which featured the sketch “Around the World in 80 Plates,” wherein comedian Kumail Nanjiani played a persistent waiter at an obnoxiously eccentric casual eatery. If don’t remember or haven’t seen it, you must check it out below. But the reason I’m mentioning it now is that Food Network star Cat Cora (one of my faves) is actually going to be hosting a show

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