• Awkwafina, Rory Scovel land Comedy Central shows as network hunts for hits

    Awkwafina and Rory Scovel are coming to Comedy Central with their very own scripted TV shows. Comedy Central announced in a press release that they are greenlighting eight episodes of Scovel’s Robbie and 10 episodes of Awkwafina’s self-titled series. Both Scovel and Awkwafina had break-out performances this year. Scovel became an indie darling on TruTV’s Those Who Can’t, but appeared on the big screen opposite Amy Schumer in I Feel

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    Conan O’Brien pop-up comedy club joins New York Comedy Festival line-up

    Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco and TBS are bringing TEAMCOCOHOUSE to this year’s 15th Annual New York Comedy Festival, a few months after premiering their hit pop-up comedy club at the San Diego Comic-Con this past July. Starting November 7 at Sony Hall, TEAMCOCOHOUSE will feature three days of stand-ups, podcasts, musical acts, magicians, and more all hand-picked by Conan O’Brien himself. Big names include Tig Notaro, Craig Robinson, Chris Gethard, and Sasheer Zamata.

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    Why SNL’s Black Jeopardy sketch with Tom Hanks was perfect (VIDEO)

    Depending on what side of the political fence you’re on, you may be thinking that Saturday Night Live has been killing it so far this season. Their comedy coverage of the three presidential debates starring Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump (the last of which dropped this weekend, naturally during the latest episode’s cold open) and one vice presidential debate has been, in my opinion,

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    Bonnaroo announces comedy: Hannibal Buress, Craig Robinson, Sasheer Zamata and more!

    While we’re moderately excited about Elton John, Jack White, Kanye, West and the 12,000 other music acts scheduled to hit the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, we here at Laughspin are supremely excited for the stellar comedy offerings, which were just announced. In its 11th year, Bonnaroo has snagged the likes of Craig Robinson, Hannibal Buress, Saturday Night Live stars Taran Killam and Sasheer Zamata and more, to perform in

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    Patton Oswalt, Emo Philips to headline 2nd annual Limestone Comedy Festival

    The Limestone Comedy Festival is ready to celebrate its second year as a five-venue stand-up and podcast weekend in downtown Bloomington, IN. The line-up features national headliners like Patton Oswalt, Jimmy Pardo and Emo Philips. Rising stars Ben Moore (The Bob & Tom Show), Cristela Alonzo (the Late Late Show), Erin Foley (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Carmen Lynch (Late Show), Ryan Singer (WTF with Marc Maron), and Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night

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    South By Southwest Comedy, day 2: Comedy Bang Bang, Fred Armisen, Sasheer Zamata

    AUSTIN – Okay, forewarning: there was too much legit Sunday night to be able to comprehensively share all of the laughs with you, dear readers, but I will do my damnedest to offer the highlights. Checked out three shows, all in a row, and lived to tell the tale. Mostly. Sunday kicked off with two back-to-back live tapings of Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang Bang podcast, now obviously also a series

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    Lack of racial diversity on Saturday Night Live throughout the years (Infographic)

    On the eve of newest Saturday Night Live castmember Sasheer Zamata’s debut tomorrow night, the fine folks at Huffington Post created this amazingly slick and very detailed infographic, which pretty much points out the lack of racial diversity on SNL throughout the years. In case you’re just waking from a weeks-long coma, Zamata (and two writers) are the first black females on staff of the iconic show in many, many

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    Sasheer Zamata is the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live

    Amidst controversy centered around Saturday Night Live’s lack of black women on its cast, comedian Sasheer Zamata has been hired as the iconic show’s latest addition. She’ll make her debut on Jan. 18 when Drake is the episode’s host and musical guest, according to Deadline. Zamata’s hiring comes after SNL reportedly auditioned multiple black women across the country, whittling the talent pool down to just three—Zamata, Natasha Rothwell and Kerry

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    Saturday Night Live auditions final three black female comedians today

    There was a lot of fuss over the weekend when Lorne Michaels revealed on Thursday that at least one new black female actress would join the cast of Saturday Night Live in January. The show had been under heavy scrutiny for its lack of diversity, especially with women of color, over the years. SNL has not had a black female on the cast since the bi-racial Maya Rudolph left the

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