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Late night round-up: Adam Sandler, Nathan Macintosh, Jenny Zigrino, Byron Bowers

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:11

Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day week on the late night talk shows. The lovey-dovey feelings even penetrated some of the stand-up sets this week. Jenny Zigrino shared some dating gaffes while Adam Sandler helped Jimmy Fallon celebrate five years on The Tonight Show with a little serenade. Nathan Macintosh and Byron Bowers, both late night vets, came in with great sets and tight jokes. All are certainly worth watching while your boss goes around offering leftover chocolates from his failed Tinder date.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Nathan Macintosh continues to make the rounds doing stand-up on late night with his set on The Tonight Show last Friday. Macintosh has been on Late Show. He’s been on Conan. He’ll probably be on whatever that David Spade late night show will be once it gets going. This set about food made me really want nuggets—and I’m not even drunk. (Macintosh’s album To The Point is out on Comedy Records March 29.)

Okay, so Adam Sandler didn’t go on The Tonight Show to do stand-up. But Sandler is standing up on a microphone in front of the blue curtain being funny, so we’re going to count it! Jimmy Fallon celebrates five years behind the desk at The Tonight Show and Sandler serenades the late night ahead of Valentine’s Day.

Late Night with Seth Meyers Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Byron Bowers is a frequent late night comedian with appearances on Comic View and The Pete Holmes Show—and it’s no surprise why. The funny Atlanta native impresses with his network television debut (we get it, Stephen, you wanna debut people) on The Late Show doing jokes about family and mental illness.

Late Late Show with James Corden Jimmy Kimmel Live! Conan

Jenny Zigrino celebrated Valentine’s Day with Conan O’Brien and the Team Coco crowd. Her Conan set goes into the finer points of ghosting and absurd online dating pictures. By the end of her set, you’ll want to chow down on some discounted V-Day chocolates with her as you compare inappropriate Tinder messages.

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Jimmy Carr lands second Netflix stand-up special

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:59

Jimmy Carr is coming out with a new Netflix special. The stand-up special, called Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits, will premiere globally on Match 12, 2019.

The special promises to showcase a collection of Carr’s best jokes and will feature the type of raunchy jokes and deadpan one-liners that audiences know and love from the British comedian. The special was filmed at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.

Jimmy Carr pulls double duties at Netflix

Carr currently hosts Netflix’s The Fix, which premiered last year. In The Fix, he is joined by comedians D. L. Hughley and Katherine Ryan, as well as journalist Mona Chalabi. Guest comedians join the group every episode as they try to offer a solution to an important world issue. Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits is his second Netflix special after  2016’s Jimmy Carr: Funny Business.

In the U.K., Carr also hosts 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and also The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

While Carr has made a name for himself as a TV host, he works just as hard as a stand-up. He’s toured as a stand-up since 2003 when he premiered his show Charm Offensive to sold-out crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He also wrote three books including The Naked Jape: Uncovering the Hidden World of Jokes a book on the history of making jokes.

Carr announced the new special via social media. Watch his announcement below.

My brand new special, The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits, lands on @NetflixIsAJoke on March 12th.#UltimateGoldGreatestHits pic.twitter.com/Fd3xNYyNsk

— Jimmy Carr (@jimmycarr) February 15, 2019

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Every comedian who ever sashayed down the runway

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:24

RuPaul’s Drag Race is an entertainment juggernaut. After ten seasons of the show, a lot of talent has sashayed their way down the mainstage. From Drag Race’s humble beginnings on Logo to the bright lights of VH1, hundreds of celebrity guests and judges joined RuPaul for a shot on the runway. While some celebrity appearances like Henry Rollins or Nancy Pelosi might have left viewers scratching their heads, comedians and Drag Race have always paired nicely together.

Every season of Drag Race and Drag Race All Stars has featured at least one “comedy challenge” and comedians have always been there to read the girls to filth. This list is only guests. So no: we are not including Ross Matthews, Todrick Hall, Bob the Drag Queen, or Bianca Del Rio or any other comedy queens that competed. With the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 4 airing tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST on VH1, Laughspin is here to let you know every comedian and comedic actor to grace the queens with their presence (or slay them with shade).

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 1 Debra Wilson

Everyone who watched the first season of Drag Race (before all memory of it was wiped from the internet) remembers it is was rough. Season 1 was funny for all the wrong reasons except for their inclusion of Debra Wilson. The longtime MADtv actress started a long tradition of comedians on the show.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin is a gay icon who found her way onto the show multiple times. The first fabulous occasion was on Season 2, but she would come back as one of the only comedians to appear on Season 7.

Kim Coles

Known for her roles on In Living Color and Living Single, Kim Coles is also a stand-up comedian. At the time of her Drag Race appearance, she hosted the short-lived game show Pay It Off on truTV.

Kathy Najimy

The second Kathy of the season, Kathy Najimy might be best known for playing Peggy Hill on King of the Hill. Season 2 of Drag Race came the same year as the final season of King of the Hill.

Niecy Nash

The same year Niecy Nash appeared on the show, she won an Emmy for Clean House. While she hosted Clean House for seven years, she might be better known for her role on Reno 911!—for which she received two Emmys.

Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman is a comedy icon. With a career that spans eight decades, she barely needs an introduction. She judged the episode where the queens dressed up elders in drag, which she got a kick out of sitting next to co-judge Debbie Reynolds.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 Bruce Vilanch

Early on, all of the comedians on Drag Race were women. Bruce Vilanch is the first male comedian to appear on the show. The comedy writer would come back to judge again on the fifth season.

Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin is another icon to flaunt it on Drag Race. The episode she came on for, Queens in Space, is now iconic for a fight between Mimi Imfust and Shangela backstage. The so-called “sugar daddy rant” has over one million views on YouTube. RuPaul has since appeared on Tomlin’s Netflix show Grace and Frankie.

Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler was an amazing judge for Season 3’s Snatch Game because of what seemed to be a genuine love of the show. In the episode, she seems to absolutely enjoy what she is doing!

Rita Rudner

Rita Rudner established herself as one of the top female comedians of the 1980s through her appearances on The Tonight Show and HBO specials. With Drag Race’s record of booking top female comics, she seemed like a natural fit as a judge.

Arden Myrin

Arden Myrin appeared on the same episode as Rudner. Fittingly, they both judged a stand-up comedy challenge where the queens had to write and perform jokes. As a stand-up and improviser before she became a comedic actor, the MADtv star gave the girls specific critiques to help them kill not just a runway, but a crowd.

Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady strangely judged a hair challenge on the show and not one of the many improv challenges that happened over the ten seasons (Brady is bald). Four years after this episode, Brady dressed in drag to play Lola in the Broadway version of Kinky Boots.

Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho appeared in the third season of Drag Race as a judge, but many remember her cameo playing Kim Jong-Un in a pre-recorded video message played for Kim Chi during the Season 8 finale.

OMG @margaretcho & @KimChi_Chic this endorsement is EVERYTHING

Did you see Mo’Nique and Steve Harvey get into it on Steve?

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 18:01

Mo’Nique has some real issues with Hollywood and those issues put her at odds with Steve Harvey on his daytime talk show, Steve, on Wednesday.

The comedian and actress went on Harvey’s show to discuss how she had been “blackballed” by Hollywood for the last 10 years since her Oscar-winning performance in the 2009 movie, Precious.

Steve Harvey calls out Mo’Nique’s Hollywood reputation

The interview begins with Harvey calling out that Mo’Nique, and her manager husband Sidney Hicks, have a reputation for being “difficult.” A rumor that, as Mo’Nique claims, began with her work on the film. “We got labeled as ‘difficult’ because I said one word — and that was ‘no’,” referencing her refusal to campaign for the film by attending the Cannes Film Festival without extra pay, according to Deadline.

But the issue for Mo’Nique, at its core, was that producers Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, as well as director Lee Daniels, seemed to understand her position in private conversations while still shaming her in public. “Y’all knew that I was not wrong. Each one of you said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’re not wrong’,” she said to Harvey. She added that she was “hurt” by certain comments the Steve host made himself in the press.

Harvey pointed out that Mo’Nique also invited Winfrey, Perry, and Daniels to “suck her private parts,” during a stand-up show, which did not help the situation.

Mo’Nique claims Netflix undervalued her for comedy special

Mo’Nique’s troubles with the Hollywood “game” only became worse in January 2018 when she was offered only $500,000 for a comedy special. Other comedians like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, and Amy Schumer were paid hundreds of thousands more, according to People. In response, she called for a boycott of Netflix “for gender and color bias,” People reported. Mo’Nique appeared on The View in 2018 to explain her point, saying Netflix told her, “We go by what we anticipate you’ll do,” when it comes to making an offer for her special.

The View reported that Amy Schumer received $13 million for her first special, The Leather Special, while Chappelle and Rock each received $20 million for their own specials. Netflix told Mo’Nique that Schumer was given an offer based on her audience draw. Joy Bahar asserted in the interview, “It’s about asses in the seats.”

Mo’Nique replied, “I totally agree with you, and when you look at the resume of Mo’Nique, that’s asses in the seats.”

Schumer just announced on Tuesday that her second Netflix special will be available for streaming March 19.

“Rich people problems” don’t get sympathy from Steve Harvey

Harvey did not lend Mo’Nique very much sympathy, saying her issues with Netflix are “rich people problems.”

She responded, explaining that her boycott was not about just receiving a paycheck. “[Inequality is] devastating. And it’s extreme. And people said, ‘Mo’Nique, do you think calling a boycott was extreme?’ You’re damn right. But isn’t inequality extreme?”

Harvey and Mo’Nique’s argument became heated as they continued. “When you tell the truth, you have to deal with the repercussions of the truth. We’re Black out here,” Harvey said, adding, “We’re out here in the game. This is the money game. This ain’t the black man’s game, this ain’t the white man’s game. This is the money game. And you cannot sacrifice yourself.”

He continued, “The best thing you can do for poor people is not be one of them.”

But Mo’Nique stood firm that she would never sacrifice her comedy to make others comfortable. “Before the money game is called the integrity game. And we’re lost the integrity, worrying about the money.”

Harvey, getting even more fervent, responded, “I cannot, for the sake of my integrity, stand up here and let everybody that’s counting on me crumble so I can make a statement.”

Mo’Nique, Steve Harvey remain friends through heated exchange

In the second part of the interview, the two comedians and longtime friends attempted to repair their differences. Harvey even admitted that he should have called her and spoke to her directly about the issues she was facing over the last few years.

“I hate what’s happening to you. I hate what they’re saying that’s not true. I want them to know that you’re caring, that you’re a great mother, that you’re an incredible talent. I don’t like the fact that you’ve been blackballed. You’re too talented to have to worry about all this,” Harvey said.

He then promised to “try and arrange — I’m going to do my best — to get the conversations that need to be had between you and these people so you can hear from them.” Harvey added that both Mo’Nique and her critics should apologize to each other in order to move forward.

Mo’Nique filmed five movies since Precious and currently has an artist residency at the SLS Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, making her the first black female comedian to have a residency anywhere in the city, according to The Washington Post. Despite those films and her residency, the Moesha star still claims Hollywood is out to get her.

While she does say she may have some regrets about her career, she asserts that she refuses to “back down” or “back up” for the sake of being considered easy to work with.

 

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Schitt’s Creek proves Pop TV is the next great comedy network you should be watching

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:21

Schitt’s Creek is the little comedy show that could. The Eugene Levy-led sitcom you’ve probably seen ads for on the subway wavers between a cult classic and a sleeper hit. However, after it was nominated last year for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series, the Canadian comedy seems to have finally found some love from the mainstream.

If you ever streamed Schitt’s Creek in the U.S., you know a reminder flashes on the screen that you are watching a “Pop Original” before seeing what’s new with the Rose family. In Canada, Schitt’s Creek airs on CBC Television, but since 2015, Pop TV has brought the show to the U.S.

What is Pop TV?

But what is the Pop TV network? The channel is hardly a household name and has gone through several rebrands since it started as a joint venture between the CBS Corporation and Lionsgate Entertainment in 1981. In the years since, Pop TV has quietly made some of the most inventive sitcoms on television.

Like most small networks, Pop airs reruns of hit shows like Gilmore Girls and Ghost Whisperer. Most of the channel’s original content revolves around half-hour comedies. However, these are not your dad’s sitcoms. The comedies on Pop TV are indie and Avant-garde. Their programming feels like it would be at home on a channel like IFC or the now-defunct Seeso.

Pop TV comedies experiment with unscripted television

Schitt’s Creek might actually be their most conventional sitcom. Their show Hollywood Darlings started in 2017. It is an improvised sitcom starring Jodie Sweetin, Christine Lakin, and Beverley Mitchell all playing themselves. Actors playing themselves is not the newest idea, but the way Hollywood Darlings does it brings it to the next level. They use their real families and friends in the show. These recurring and guest stars also play themselves and, with the improvisational nature of the show, it doesn’t feel like a typical sitcom.

Hollywood Darlings was made after they released another improvisational sitcom called Unusually Thicke starring the late Alan Thicke and his real family. However, with Unusually Thicke, the show billed itself as a reality-sitcom hybrid and the reality portion makes the show not work. Where Hollywood Darlings feels like The Office mixed with The Comeback, Unusually Thicke felt like an overproduced reality show. The same year they made Hollywood Darlings they made Return of the Mac, a show with a similar premise but staring Joey McIntyre.

Reality sitcom crossovers are not the only risky sitcoms Pop is making. Hot Date also came to the network in 2017. The show is based on a series of College Humor sketches of the same name.  The show, which was recently renewed for a second season, stars Emily Axford and Brian K. Murphy as they play multiple sets of couples each episode. The structure of the show feels a bit like Portlandia. Murphy and Axford put on different wigs and voices to play multiple characters every episode and the characters in Hot Date are usually interconnected or overlap with each other over different scenes. It doesn’t even feel fair to call Hot Date a sitcom. It is more of an experimental comedy experience.

Schitt’s Creek leads growing Pop TV comedy slate

Even two of their more conventional sitcoms, Swedish Dicks and Let’s Get Physical, don’t feel like shows you could see on any other network. While they don’t redefine what the structure of a sitcom is, the premises and humor feel outside of the ordinary. Let’s Get Physical follows a former Aerobic champion as he tries to win his own inheritance after his late father challenges him to return to the imagined cutthroat world of competitive aerobics. Swedish Dicks follows a DJ who, with help from a stunt man, starts his own P.I. business. Both shows are set in the modern day but have a nostalgic feel to them. Let’s Get Physical channels the ‘80s, while Swedish Dicks goes ‘70s. Both shows are also rooted in absurdist humor shoehorned into a sitcom format.

Their newest show is simply called Flack. While not much is known about the series, premiering February 21, it promises to be a dark dramedy about crisis PR starring Anna Paquin. From the trailers released, it will be another show that goes to new places with a half-hour comedy format. Pop TV also ordered two new comedy series late last month: Best Intentions from American Pie writer Adam Herz and Ride or Die. Best Intentions revolves around an awkward teenager and his guidance counselor father while Ride or Die is about a murder at an elite spin studio.

With the success of shows like Schitt’s Creek, Pop TV proves to be more IFC than IFC. Their shows are weird and new. Maybe not every comedy on Pop TV is perfect, but having comedies that are new and different pushing the structure of sitcoms is good for comedy overall. It’s strange that comedy nerds haven’t flocked to this channel the way they have in the past to Adult Swim or Seeso or even FXX. It’s time comedy nerds learn about Pop TV and their weird approach to half-hour comedies. So, who is watching the premiere of Flack with me?

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All That revival confirmed at Nickelodeon; Kenan Thompson will “be around”

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:41

Ready yet? Get set. All That is coming back to Nickelodeon! The hit kids sketch show will return with former cast member Kenan Thompson as executive producer.

All That ran from 1994 to 2005 on Nickelodeon launching the careers of many comedy actors. In addition to the SNL star, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kel Mitchell, and Gabriel Iglesias all got their big breaks on the tween version of Saturday Night Live. Many of its characters are considered classics among millennials born in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Variety confirms All That revival at Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins told Variety, who broke the story, “People are really fond of it,” noting All That “stayed in the zeitgeist for many years.” Robbins served as a co-creator and an executive producer of the original run.

Robbins is right that the sketch show remained a nostalgic favorite for adults under 40. Many were excited for the possibility of a Good Burger sequel when Thompson teased it on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in December. “We’ve been talking about it for a long time. We’ve had meetings about it,” he said on the show. “So it’s in the higher powers’ hands cause we’ve both said that we’re down to do it.” It appears those higher powers delivered something even greater to the 40-year-old father of two.

New kids will collaborate with All That legends

“We think there’s a great opportunity to find the next pool of stars,” said Robbins. Though Nickelodeon plans to start fresh with an all-new likely-unknown cast, adult fans of the show can expect former cast members to make appearances. The new All That will likely be a “mash-up” of the show’s old characters with a lot of new sketches. That bodes well for fans of Pizzaface, Milkman, Superdude, and Lori Beth Denberg’s Vital Information anchor.

Kenan Thompson on All That: It means everything to me.

Thompson is very vocal about what the program meant for him in his early years. “It was my first job that I ever had,” he told Variety. “It gave me an opportunity.” Hopefully, the series will do for a new cast of unknowns what it did for Thompson and many of his castmates. “I think it should be a staple show for Nickelodeon.”

Of course, with a new hosting gig on the horizon and a sitcom pilot up in the air at NBC, Thompson’s future as SNL’s most tenured cast member is called into question. As far as he’s concerned, he’s still showing up to 30 Rock every week. The Good Burger star is not delusional. He knows he has a lot on his plate right now. However, he still hopes to have a say over All That’s tone and casting. “If I’m not at the table read, I’ll be on the phone during the table read,” he assured. “I’ll be around.”

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Bill Cosby is developing TV shows from prison

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 17:33

Bill Cosby made some bizarre claims in his first public message from behind bars. The disgraced Cosby Show star said he is a political prisoner and a victim of entrapment. Cosby’s PR rep Andrew Wyatt emailed his client’s message on Wednesday morning to Philadelphia’s NBC10 anchor Erin Coleman.

On Monday and Tuesday, the news program aired an exclusive two-part interview series with Wyatt providing the first detailed insights at Cosby’s life in prison. Wyatt said that the message was transcribed from a conversation the octogenarian, who was found guilty last year of sexual assault, had with his wife Camille on Tuesday night after hearing about the telecast.

Bill Cosby rep says the star looks “amazing” in interview

In Coleman’s interviews with Wyatt, the spokesman said that Cosby told him that he is having an “amazing experience” in prison. Wyatt also said that Cosby is smiling and “looks really amazing.” Wyatt says that he’s not sad because “he did nothing wrong.” Wyatt, who visits the comedian every other week, is the only person to visit him in prison besides his attorneys. He was also by his side during trial. Cosby is housed at the new maximum security SCI Phoenix facility in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania as prisoner NN7687.

Mrs. Cosby has not visited him and Wyatt says that Cosby does not want her to visit him in prison. Wyatt explained that they talk on the phone for the maximum time allowed—three times a day for three minutes per call. According to Wyatt, the couple have dealt with the star’s infidelity in the privacy of their marriage.

Camille Cosby claims husband is in high spirits in prison

In reference to the dozens of women who accused Cosby of sexual assault, Wyatt remarked, “Women do lie.” Per Wyatt, his wife believes that he is more creative than ever right now and is developing show ideas. Apparently, she also appreciates discussions about Cosby during Black History Month and refers to him as a civil rights icon.

Cosby’s legal team is appealing his sexual assault conviction. He is currently serving a 3-10 year prison sentence.

We’re not sure he’ll get a chance to pitch these ideas to NBC anytime soon, but David Spade just got a late night show. So anything’s possible.

Read the complete statement from Cosby below:

“I heard about Ms. Coleman’s [NBC10] interview from the residents here. Here’s why I, [Mr. Cosby] have ‘no’ remorse and will never have remorse. I was given a deal; I settled out of court for $3.8 million dollars; I waived my 5th amendment rights; I was declared Not Guilty in 2005 by the Commonwealth – never charged. However, a low-life District Attorney and a corrupt Judge needed me Guilty now. Not for justice, but for their political aspirations. They say, Mr. Cosby you must attend these classes. Why? One word. Entrapment! My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing, a room made of steel and iron. So, I now have a temporary residence that resembles the quarters of some of the Greatest Political Prisoners – Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Randal Robinson, and Dr. Benjamin Chavis. I stand upright as a Political Prisoner and I Smile. The Truth is Strong!”

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Last Call with Carson Daly ending after 17 years; NBC ponders replacement

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 15:12

NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly is ending after 2,000 episodes. Carson Daly tweeted on Tuesday, “Yes, Last Call is wrapping up! I’m forever grateful & proud to all who have worked w us over the years.”

The show, which has aired at 1:30 a.m. for 17 years, will end this season, but NBC has not yet announced a final date. Last Call is a half-hour late night show featuring interviews with big talent and live music. Daly, who also has radio DJ on his active resume, helped break music talents on Last Call such as Maroon 5, Halsey, and Ed Sheeran.

Yes, Last Call is wrapping up! I’m forever grateful & proud to all who have worked w us over the years. So many have gone on to incredible success. I owe our EP Stewart Bailey & team a bottle of something expensive. They masterfully keep this train on the track for many years.

— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) February 12, 2019

The Last Call host further tweeted that he wants to focus more on his other hosting duties and other areas of passion within “our company.” The former MTV VJ continued, “The Golf Channel has always been a favorite of mine and we have a few exciting things in the works.” NBC Sports Group previously announced that he will co-host a podcast with professional golfer Rory McIlroy for their digital GOLFPASS platform.

Carson Daly lightens load as Last Call ends

Daly keeps a busy schedule from morning through primetime into late night with Last Call. In the mornings, Daly hosts the Today’s digital studio, the Orange Room. During primetime, he hosts The Voice.

With the newfound free time, Daly will be able to focus more on his family. “My family will always remain my top priority and greatest gig,” he shared. The late night host met his wife Siri Pinter on Last Call and the couple has three children.  

Will Chelsea Handler get NBC late night slot?

In a Tuesday video segment on Today, Daly explained that he felt like he was squatting on the time slot and wanted to pass it on to someone younger. NBC will reportedly announce a replacement for the 1:30 a.m. time slot. At least one source is speculating that Chelsea Handler could be a potential candidate. The talk show Later previously filled the time slot with hosts including Greg Kinnear and Bob Costas.

Unfortunately for NBC, David Spade is taken.

The final season of NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly airs weeknights at 1:35 a.m.

.@CarsonDaly is signing off from @lastcallcd after 17 years. He reflects on his time with the show, which is also where he met @siriouslydelish! pic.twitter.com/AVH75T13cm

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 13, 2019

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Samantha Bee revives Not the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 17:33

Samantha Bee is getting ready to roast President Donald Trump. No, she has not officially joined the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) and she is not hosting their annual gala dinner in April. Instead, she’s bringing back her Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on the same night because the WHCA “doesn’t have the balls to face a comedian.” In a video posted on Monday, Bee says, “Someone’s gotta roast that motherfucker and if they won’t do it, I will.”

On Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, she announced that her event will celebrate the First Amendment. According to a press release, the dinner will feature a combination of, “signature comedy, celebrity guests, and better food than last time.” The teaser shows the comic preparing a feast with the President’s favorite foods—including fried chicken nuggets, pizza, and of course, hamberders.

President Trump has avoided the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Trump broke with tradition when he did not attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2017 or 2018. The sitting president typically attends, with members of the press, and at least pretends to laugh at the jokes. Of course, Trump has a complicated relationship with the “fake news” media and has previously tweeted displeasure about being the butt of jokes.

In November, Trump tweeted that “for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian” and implied that he may attend this year. The day before that tweet, the WHCA announced that historical author Ron Chernow will be 2019’s featured speaker.

So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2018

The WHCA announcement came after last year’s event featuring Michelle Wolf, who slammed the president and his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The WHCA distanced themselves from her jokes and released a statement that her monologue was not in the “spirit” of the program’s mission.

Samantha Bee bucks back with Not the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Bee also held her own dinner program in 2017. That event aired on TBS on the night of the WHCA dinner, with an uncensored version broadcast on Twitter. Her event featured special guest Will Ferrell as George W. Bush and reportedly raised $200,000 for the Committee to Protect Journalists. This year’s event will benefit the same charity. The 2017 dinner featured a variety of segments including sketches, pre-recorded bits, and comedians such as Patton Oswalt and Kumail Nanjiani roasting President Trump.

Bee’s special will air on Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET on TBS. She is taping the special the day before at Washington, D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall—just blocks away from the White House.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee airs on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on TBS.

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Amy Schumer announces second Netflix comedy special

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:55

Amy Schumer is coming out with a new Netflix special. The comedian, who has proven she won’t be stopped no matter what’s growing inside her, will cover marriage and pregnancy in the new comedy special.

If you’ve been living under a rock: Amy Schumer is pregnant. The star has been very open about her pregnancy, morning sickness, and all of the issues surrounding her pregnancy on social media. The I Feel Pretty star announced Tuesday morning via Instagram that her new special, Amy Schumer: Growing, will be available for streaming March 19.

In the video, the Inside Amy Schumer star eats a donut while she talks about her pregnancy (again). She says, “I know it probably seems like I have been pregnant for 1,000 years.”

She then pretends that the video is a gender reveal saying, “What I wanted to announce was the baby’s gender.” She continues, “We are so excited to say what the gender is. However the baby identities is fine, whatever the baby’s sexuality is… any way the baby identifies is cool with us. As long as it doesn’t identify as a DJ.”

Amy Schumer surprises fans with Netflix special announcement

Schumer then clarifies that what she really wants to announce is her new Netflix special. She ends the video by saying, “It’s the best special I have ever done.”

Schumer made headlines this week for posting a photo of the Olsen twins on her Instagram and saying she had an announcement coming Tuesday. Many fans insisted the announcement would be that the comedian is pregnant with twins (she quickly debunked that rumor).

Did Netflix change its star system because of first Amy Schumer special?

Her first Netflix hour, The Leather Special, was seen as a flop after a sea of one-star reviews appeared on the platform. Vulture reported when the Leather Special came out in 2017 that the special was actually targeted by alt-right “trolls” via Reddit who tried to sink Schumer with bad reviews. Some suggested this was the reason Netflix ditched the star ratings altogether.

While one reviewer from Entertainment Weekly called The Leather Special, “pretty much 85 percent sex jokes,” Growing promises much more. In it, Schumer discusses pregnancy, marriage, and personal growth. She is confident in the material and hopefully, her trolls won’t come for this one too.

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Ahhhhhh I’m having a SPECIAL! March 19th @netflixisajoke #GROWING #TEACHYOURKIDSNOTTODJ

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Crank Yankers revived at Comedy Central; The Other Two renewed

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:34

Comedy Central announced Monday night that it will revive Crank Yankers with 20 all-new episodes. Crank Yankers ran from 2002-2007 on Comedy Central starring profane puppets making prank calls. The cable network also announced a full slate of projects for 2019.

In the revival, the titular Crank Yankers will target people not just on phones, but on social media, e-sport platforms, and “any venue where trouble can be made,” according to a press release. The new version is from Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, and Daniel Kellison, and will be Kimmel’s first project for his new production banner, Kimmelot. He will serve as showrunner and executive producer.

Jimmy Kimmel updates Crank Yankers pranks for social media generation

“Crank Yankers has always been my favorite show to make. Nothing is more fun or makes me laugh harder than a great crank call and I am thrilled that Comedy Central asked us to do it again,” said Kimmel. “At this time, I would like to ask all Americans to disable their caller ID. Thank you.”

Kimmel is well-known for epic pranks on his ABC late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! Every year, he makes headlines making children cry by encouraging parents nationwide to pretend to eat all the trick or treat candy and record their kids’ reactions (it’s schadenfreude at its best).

The Other Two gets renewed; South Side has a trailer

Comedy Central renewed The Other Two, a scripted 30-minute comedy from ex-Saturday Night Live head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider. The showbiz satire starring Drew Tarver and Heléne York focuses on two struggling siblings trying to make it in their respective professions when their 13-year-old brother becomes famous overnight. The show has only been on the air a few weeks—it debuted on January 24—but critics love it so far. Rotten Tomatoes already certified it ‘fresh’ with a 92% score.

Comedy Central also dropped a trailer for their newest offering, South Side. South Side features an ensemble cast that works together at a rental retail outfit in Chicago. Naturally, the show’s heroes want more out of life. With local Chicagoans behind and in front of the camera, South Side means to offer “an authentic portrayal at what life on the South Side is all about,” according the network’s release. Lil Rel Howery, Nathaniel “Earthquake” Stroman, Jeff Tweedy, LisaRaye McCoy, Kel Mitchell, and Ed Lover star.

Comedy Central announces development slate

Additionally, Comedy Central is developing How to Be A Couple, a scripted comedy based on the real lives of Broad City writers Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Bechman. It’s also working on a comedy called The Chameleon, featuring Matteo Lane as a talented entertainer whom the government taps as its newest, most fabulous spy. A series based on Samantha Irby’s book Meaty is in the works.

Aside from the Crank Yankers revival, the most shocking news from Monday night’s announcement is a new late night series hosted by…David Spade? Comedy Central hopes you’re excited by the selection because we’re still not sure if this is just a really elaborate Crank Yankers prank.

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Album Review: Greg Stone is blue, but charming, in The Amazing Greg Stone

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:00

According to many famous comedians, political correctness is suffocating the creativity of those within the comedy world. Most notably, Jerry Seinfeld said of today’s comedy climate, “There’s a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me,” going so far to say he had to change his set in order not to offend a younger audience.

However, there are many comics today that, despite the political climate, still throw caution to the wind when it comes to the content of their performances. The Amazing Greg Stone, set for release on February 15, does just so by offering an uncanny look into the overly exuberant (and often dirty) mind of Greg Stone.

Recorded at the Creek and the Cave in Long Island City, NY, Stone takes a creative mental jaunt with his audience in an attempt to help them understand what it means to be him. And from the audience’s reaction to this journey, his attempts resonate as a perfect example of how a stand-up can exercise his comedic muscles without the fear of someone taking offense.

From the get-go, one can see that Stone wants his entire audience to have a good time at his show, and he’ll go to any length to accomplish that mission—he delves into the highs and lows of relationships, his ignorance when it comes to pot, and other embarrassing episodes that ultimately make him look like the court jester.

Stone’s energetic and stellar storytelling, as well as his ability to keep his tales flowing in a coherent linear fashion, is no doubt due to his immense experience as both a radio personality (he is the co-host of The Rad Dudecast with Anthony Devito and Brendan Eyre and is featured on SiriusXM’s The Bennington Show) and as a comedy writer (he was on staff for Netflix’s The Break with Michelle Wolf). And while he works blue, his lack of reservation in doing so is refreshing, especially in the highly contrived and pre-constructed industry he works in. Honest storytelling is always better than contrived, even if the latter is more elaborate. But, in Stone’s case, he is charming, honest, and colorful, which affords him a unique opportunity to achieve complete success in his execution.

The upcoming Amazing Greg Stone immediately reminds one of hanging out with their best friend from college who has a knack for enthusiastically telling awesome stories over a beer—or 10. They are simply hilarious and a joy to be around, especially when they are honest about their lives. And when living in this kind of world, people need honesty and genuineness like they need a regular tropical vacation from a demanding work schedule.

The tales flow and interweave, and though it felt like minutes, you realize you’ve been at it for hours. But, you don’t regret any moment of it because it becomes a memorable experience, one that connects you to that friend for the rest of your life.

That’s how it feels after listening to The Amazing Greg Stone—like you just reconnected with an old friend who wants everyone to have a good time. It is honest, enjoyable, and leaves you looking forward to when you can meet up with each other again to get updates.

Overall, The Amazing Greg Stone is an album full of genuine, hilarious comedy in a time when such entertainment is so desperately needed. And the fact it arrives just now is, in itself, nothing short of amazing.

Greg Stone’s The Amazing Greg Stone, from Comedy Records, is available on February 15.

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David Spade gets Comedy Central late night show in haunted time slot

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 02:02

Comedy Central will let David Spade host a late night show in their seemingly haunted 11:30 p.m. time slot. Spade will follow The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Monday through Thursday in the half-hour series. Since Stephen Colbert left Comedy Central to host The Late Show on CBS, no show has quite solidified itself at 11:30 on the comedy network.

The David Spade late night show will feature the Saturday Night Live alum giving his unique take on the pop culture news of the day. Fans of the comedian’s Instagram stories will find his field segments very familiar. The yet-to-be-titled series will also include a rotating group of the 54-year-old’s celebrity friends. The show will premiere “later this year,” according to a release.

Spade tweeted a video Monday night announcing the news saying, “We decided to take a gamble on me. Comedy Central said, ‘Let’s get this guy.’” While describing the show like another podcast with three to four dudes talking about “whatever,” he promises there will be no politics—unless Cardi B runs for something. Instead, they’ll stick to the safe and appealing topic of popular culture. “We’re gonna cover everything…whatever’s funny, whatever’s stupid, whatever’s dumb. It’ll be me and my stupid friends.”

Comedy Central to try David Spade at late night

Colbert Report left Comedy Central in December 2014. Since then, various shows have followed the perennial Daily Show, now hosted by Trevor Noah, and none have lasted terribly long. Larry Wilmore lasted a couple of seasons with The Nightly Show. After that, @midnight operated @11:30 until former Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper launched his satirical nod to Colbert, The Opposition.

Colbert drew in over a million live viewers per night on average towards the end, but the same slot with the same lead-in could not seem to grab the excitement of viewers back home. The Nightly Show tended to hover around half-a-million viewers while The Opposition only managed a few hundred thousand. Sure, @midnight was fairly consistent—and received a bump in the ratings when it temporarily filled in during the slot—but even then, the show knew to call it quits after 600 trending episodes.

Now it’s Russel Dunbar’s turn to try and take advantage of the fake news lead-in. Spade has not had a regular TV gig since doing Rules of Engagement for seven seasons. The CBS sitcom shuttered in 2013. Since then, he’s bounced around to a variety of cameos and short recurring roles on one TV show or another, but he very often plays himself as a celebrity gag in shows like Lady Dynamite, Fameless, Entourage, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. His presence has often been a punchline.

However, the Tommy Boy star continues to work, mostly alongside longtime friend Adam Sandler. Nine of his last 10 films either starred the 100% Fresh comedian or were produced by his Happy Madison Productions shop.

David Spade choice keeps late night white

Comedy Central’s choice of Spade is curious in an era when demands for diversity are stronger than ever before. The late night mix-up of 2014-2015 left many excited for executives to tap some different faces. Between Late Show, Late Late Show, Colbert Report, and The Daily Show, only The Daily Show chose a replacement who was not a straight white man. Yes, Samantha Bee finally got her own late night show, but TBS gave it to her only after CBS and Comedy Central passed over the then-longest tenured correspondent at The Daily Show. (Bee is doing just fine as the patron saint of angry women, by the way).

Late night has always been a male-dominated space—and white. Very white. Yes, Chris Rock and Arsenio Hall got some shots behind a desk, but the person coming out of whatever-color curtains each night continues to be a white guy. Noah is the lone person of color in the current late night landscape. Busy Philipps and Bee are the only women, though Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is once a week and Busy Tonight is a comedy afterthought on E!

With 11:30 open at Comedy Central—a slot that should belong to Bee—the attention will be on this pop culture news show to see if Spade can be relevant not just one night of the week, but four.

Hey guys I’m going to do a new nightly show on @ComedyCentral right after the Daily Show. Coming soon. Here’s the official announcement above more deets to come. P.S. Order me a deet salad pic.twitter.com/aEKBve88Mx

— David Spade (@DavidSpade) February 12, 2019

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How to name your first comedy special

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 17:09

Every time I read about someone’s comedy special or see an ad on the side of a bus, immediately after spit-taking the hot beverage that I’m casually sipping with a burst of seething jealousy as if I’m an evil villain in a sitcom, I think to myself, “What would my comedy special be called?”

Obviously, I’d want to come up with an incredible name that would be so perfect it’d leave Colin Quinn biting his fist and other comedians whispering to themselves, “Fuck, that’s perfect.”

Here’s a name that popped into my mind: Just Hear Me Out—but a quick Google search shows that Kevin Nealon called his special that already. Screw you, Kevin. I think you’re really funny and all, but I hate it when someone beats me to an idea I put almost zero effort into.

Ooh, how about Hear, hear! I know it’s old-timey and old-timey stuff isn’t super “in” right now, but it might be again by the time I get around to recording this special. I’ll add that to the maybe list.

I’m about to toss another one out, get ready: You Don’t Say? It, too, is kind of old-timey, but it also almost works. Imagine it asked by an older woman in the 1930s or 40s responding to someone who just told her something boring. It’s a play on words which seems to do well in the comedy special arena, as in, You Shouldn’t Say…what this comedian is about to say, or the subtext being, “No one ever says anything this awesome!”

Or maybe, I Say! That’s almost the opposite of You Don’t Say? It’s more of a statement, versus a question, as in, “I say, my good man!”. The title must be uttered by all members of the media and ticket purchasers in a British accent in order to really work. I guess I can’t control how people pronounce the show’s title. Maybe my press agent could spread around to some cool people on whatever cool people list he keeps how it should be said (which is one reason why, in this fantasy, I pay him $2000 a week).

However, a comedy title should, generally, be a punchline or part of a joke from the special. So I’d have to write a special joke about the expressions, “You Don’t Say?” or “I say!” and that seems like a lot of work. Otherwise, it’s too forced, almost cheating, and the audience is going to know that and they’re going to hate the joke and it’s going to be cut out of the special, and it’d be very weird to have a special with the title being the main joke that got cut out.

Along the lines of I Say, I realize that I Do Declare could also work. It might be too weird. I don’t know if anyone would want to watch a comedy special called I Do Declare. It sounds like Southern belle-inspired porn, which my press agent might argue could help viewership. Thought, the people who’d watch I Do Declare because they think it might be Southern belle-inspired porn probably aren’t the folks who’d stick around after seeing it’s not porn. You never know. Maybe I would develop a totally new fan base of Southern belle-inspired porn and comedy-loving people.  I doubt I’d be the first, but maybe I could take it further by making t-shirts that say, “Jessica Delfino – The Comedian Whose Southern belle-inspired Porn Lovers Love Too”. Or, “If You Love Southern belle-inspired Porn, You’ll Love Jessica Delfino”. Wait, no, because that makes me sound like a Southern belle-inspired porn star. No offense to them; they work hard. But I prefer to show my vagina and rectum in the form of jokes.

If I were going to go that route, I could just call my show Southern Belle-inspired Porn. It’d definitely get some attention and I could easily write a joke about Southern belle-inspired porn for my title joke. In fact, I think I already have a few.

These can all go on my maybe list.

Maybe I could go with a made-up word, the way Phil Collins did with his album ABACAB. The problem, besides the fact that millennials don’t know who Phil Collins is and won’t get the twist, is that ABACAB wasn’t a made-up word. It’s the structuring of a song. A represents the verse, B represents the chorus and C represents the bridge. So maybe I could do that but with comedy. It’d be, SPLA ad nauseam. S = set up, P = punchline, L = laughter, A = applause. Even though it sounds like a very bad band name or the sound of vomit, there’s something interesting about it. It could make people curious, which would be good. It could also make them just not go, which would be bad.

Despite all of that, I can guarantee that Kevin Nealon never had a show with that name.

I could write a few random words and throw them into a hat, and then pick some out. I could ask my mom—she seems to have all the advice about exactly how I could be a hugely successful comedian.

I could hire a marketing company to name my comedy special, but I am a comedian. I should be able to come up with a name for my comedy special on my own or else I should quit comedy and go do anything else.

I’ve got it! I’m going to write my special first. And then I’ll name it later.

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Is Amy Schumer pregnant with twins? Mysterious post spawns rumors

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 16:10

Is Amy Schumer having twins? The pregnant stand-up comic teased her 7.8 million Instagram followers with a post on Sunday featuring iconic twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen wearing black coats and smoking cigarettes. Schumer posted, “Special announcement coming Tuesday! (It is unrelated to the Olson [sic] twins).” Schumer has not posted any mysterious messages on Twitter in the past day.

 

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Special announcement coming Tuesday! (It is unrelated to the Olson twins)

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As of this posting, Schumer’s mysterious social media post has gathered almost 60,000 likes and over 900 comments. Many of the comments speculated that the comic will announce tomorrow that she is having twins. Her fans could not agree on the sexes of the speculative twins, though. One follower commented, “AND…its twin GIRLS??” while another commented, “Twin boys?” and yet another guessed, “One boy and one girl.”

Amy Schumer addresses pregnancy rumors

Schumer, who does not currently have any children, announced her pregnancy in a low-key manner in October. She posted a Photoshopped teaser on her own page (including a plea to VOTE!!). She then officially announced on her friend Jessica Yellin’s Instagram account. The pregnancy announcement was at the end of a list of political candidates for the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.

Schumer has not been shy about posting about her pregnancy, including a candid photo in her underwear over the weekend. She also posted an ultrasound photo in January that could reveal further clues. Schumer is married to chef Chris Fischer.

Amy Schumer is not having twins

Finally addressing the rumors, Schumer posted on Sunday a movie poster for Twins, showing Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenegger in matching beige suits. However, Schumer captioned the post, “I am NOT having these. #justone,” squashing any rumors. So far, that post has almost 24,000 likes and almost 500 comments. One follower @tommiekay1 commented, “So then it must be that the Olsen twins will be your bambino’s nannies, teaching acting skills in tandem with diaper changes.”

Stay tuned for Schumer’s surprise announcement on Tuesday!

 

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I am NOT having these. #justone

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Dave Chappelle proves he’s the GOAT; wins Grammy back-to-back years

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 14:04

Dave Chappelle won his second Grammy Award on Sunday for Best Comedy Album. The Recording Academy honored the album-version of Chappelle’s Netflix double-feature Equanimity & The Bird Revelation with the coveted prize.

Chappelle beat out fellow nominees Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Fred Armisen, and of course, multiple-Grammy winner Chris Rock. Chris Rock won Best Comedy Album in 1998, 2000, and 2006.

Crossover recording-artist and comedian Donald Glover took home some of the most prestigious awards of the night under his Childish Gambino alias for This Is America. Childish Gambino won Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Music Video for the song. Glover did not attend last night’s ceremony, despite being one of the night’s biggest winners.

Chappelle also did not receive his award in-person during the Premiere Ceremony, prior to the main telecast.

Weird Al Yankovic and his two art directors won Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic. Yankovic now has five Grammys to his name, including Best Comedy Album in 2015. He has received 16 nominations over the years and beat out Guns N’ Roses and The Grateful Dead this year.

All four Dave Chappelle Netflix specials win Grammy

Chappelle’s Best Comedy Album was actually two specials that were released together on New Year’s Eve. The Bird Revelation was filmed in the intimate Belly Room of The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Equanimity was filmed in Chappelle’s hometown of Washington, D.C. Netflix reportedly paid at least $60 million for all four of his 2017 specials.

Last year, Chappelle won the Best Comedy Album Grammy for his March 2017 double-album The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas. That means that each of the four stand-up specials that Chappelle released in 2017 won a Grammy—but please, explain why you hate the Half-Baked star so much.

At the 2018 ceremony, he Chappelle also presented Best Rap Album and noted the absence of A Tribe Called Quest from the nominees. He even made an appearance in Kendrick Lamar’s performance. It would have been nice to see him again on the stage this year.

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Fuck Jerry account loses half a million followers after comedians call for boycott

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 13:21

Twitter and Instagram lit up last week with comedians urging fans to unfollow the popular Fuck Jerry Instagram account [Ed. Note: Due to the anti-comedy nature of Jerry Media, we will not be linking to Fuck Jerry or his other accounts]. But just what’s behind the boycott? Tired of creating content for free and having others use it for profit, comedians like Patton Oswalt and Judah Friedlander are banding together and calling for their fans to #FuckFuckJerry.

The catalyst for this was the hit Netflix Fyre Festival documentary everyone at your office won’t stop talking about. If one thing stood out, it was how such a shitshow got hyped to the proportions it did. Playing no small part in this was the social media team of “curators”—a title joke thieves adopted in defense to being called out—at the Jerry Media agency founded by Instagram bros Elliot Tebele and Ryan Ohliger. Better known as @fuckjerry and @krispyshorts, they made their names stealing tweets, videos, and content made by actual comedians and the documentary refocused the spotlight on how they profit from others’ work.

Fuck Jerry joke stealing exposed by Megh Wright

A quick glance at the Fuck Jerry Instagram account revealed it to be a goldmine of plundered content. From ads for Comedy Central created using stolen tweets to promote Broad City and Corporate to branded Fuck Jerry merchandise using stolen memes, Jerry Media has grown to a multimillion-dollar marketing company. Journalist Megh Wright uncovered examples of comedy writer and actor Ted Travelstead’s tweets being used on Fuck Jerry’s Cards Against Humanity knockoff game. Travelstead was initially flattered by the attention until he realized they were using it to make a profit and that none of the proceeds were going to him.

With countless examples of this surfacing, an experiment was in order. If Fuck Jerry was profiting based on its follower count, why not try and hit them where it hurts by encouraging people to unfollow through “incessant tweeting”? Suddenly there was an outlet for everyone’s common frustrations. Early on, Friedlander jumped in to suggest the hashtag #FuckFuckJerry and the movement quickly took hold.

Oswalt, Tim Heidecker, and comedy video artist Vic Berger rallied to the cause. Heidecker was so enthused he even penned a new song in support.

Berger took it one step further, creating one of the satirical video mash-ups that made him internet famous, with a focus on Tebele and his craft of curation—or as comedians call it, stealing.

hey @megh_wright figured you could use a jingle for your movement #fuckfuckjerry https://t.co/wbuO5M8Inp

— Just Tim Heidecker (@timheidecker) February 2, 2019

Jerry Media profited from stealing memes from comedians

Berger continued his campaign with an op-ed on Rolling Stone’s website where he detailed exactly how Fuck Jerry profits from their stolen content, earning up to $75,000 per post on their feed and $40,000 for a swipe up Instagram story. In the piece, he shares his own experience asking for credit for one of his Ted Cruz videos in 2016 and being told to “Shut Up” by @krispyshorts. He highlights the numerous other celebrities who have joined the conversation including comedian John Mulaney and Colin Hanks, with Hanks’ post a nod to the orange squares originally used to promote Fyre Fest.

 

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Been thinking about some things lately that I want to tell you guys. A couple of things. @fuckjerry isn’t just some guy. It started that way but now it’s actually a marketing agency that can command thousands of dollars for a single IG post. A company that has profited from stealing jokes and content from comedians and not giving proper credit. Do a quick Google search. They are hustlers. Con men. Not only that, they also helped bring you the Fyre Festival. That’s right. They ran the social media for that. They helped create content for that. They helped sell that. They profited from that. Not only did they profit from that debacle, they helped produce a documentary about it (the Netflix one) and profited off of that as well. So, to put it simply, unfollow @fuckjerry. Unfollow anything to do with @fuckjerry. Fuck those guys.

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Then he tackles Tebele’s apology on Medium, where he promised not to use anyone’s work in future without credit or permission. “I reached out to Jerry Media to find out about future payment for creators and if this no-theft policy was company-wide, encompassing all thirty accounts rather than just the main @fuckjerry account,” Berger noted. “But I never heard back.”

Comedians mobilize against Fuck Jerry, Jerry Media

It’s this lack of credit or compensation which has mobilized everyone, with comedians sick of seeing the results of their hard work plagiarised to line someone else’s pockets. The role of curators on a cluttered internet has become celebrated to an insane level with the act of “finding” content somehow more revered than the actual creation of it. Ironic that in this context, the term “curator” was originally coined to give The Fat Jewish a job description after he was called out for stealing jokes.

Berger believes there is a positive way to change this. “I urge everyone to seek out, follow, and support actual comedians and artists that are creating good and unique content every day.” It’s hard to measure if his words are blowing up follower numbers for comedians and creators across the internet, but what is evident is the steep nosedive in followers on the Fuck Jerry account.

a #FuckFuckJerry progress report for you, showing followers both before and after we got started pic.twitter.com/UqJxx3RTIc

— Megh Wright (@megh_wright) February 7, 2019

Fuck Jerry followers dropped by almost half-a-million, a statistic backed up by Joe Rogan on his podcast. Additionally, Comedy Central and Bumble have removed ads or vowed not to work with Jerry Media in the future.

The real win though is that fans are starting to learn that double tapping a screenshot of a funny tweet isn’t so harmless and that’s awesome for people who create things.

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Saturday Night Live recap: Halsey sings through stale SNL

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 13:54


You’ll love Halsey after this week’s Saturday Night Live. Halsey appeared last year as the musical guest when Sam Rockwell hosted, but she got to do a lot more this time around. The 24-year-old singer both hosted and performed as the musical guest. She even painted a giant picture live on the show. While Halsey was adorable and tried her best, she was stuck in some sketches that didn’t quite work. This week, in general, was very political, but some of that political commentary fell flat. Also, if you like ‘Jeff Bezos’s penis‘ jokes, this was really the week for you. As always, Laughspin is here to tell you what you can’t miss and what to skip using our totally super official Star Scale.

SNL Cold Open

This week’s cold open featured a Meet the Press parody where the press only talked about Bezos’s penis. The cast delivered surprisingly good impressions of Chuck Todd (Kyle Mooney), Eugene Robinson (Kenan Thompson), and Peggy Noonan (Cecily Strong), but it’s hard to appreciate these not-easily-recognizable pundits. This sketch started strong but went way too long. Having the only joke in this sketch be about the Amazon CEO’s dick pics works better than expected, but by the end, you will be bored.

Halsey SNL Monologue

Halsey’s monologue was adorable, but not necessarily funny. She does some jokes about New Jersey that are extremely safe and then turns the monologue into a sentimental, “I used to watch this show as a kid!” speech. While many hosts bring up “watching as a kid,” she gave her own spin to it and talked about the women on SNL. She doesn’t name names, but given her age, it would have been the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler years, most likely. It was sweet, but not funny.

Them Trumps

They did not need to make a second Them Trumps. The first one was funny because it was surprising, but the sequel goes nowhere the first one didn’t. We loved the original, so just watch that one again.

State Meeting

This sketch about Virginia politicians asking questions about when they could do blackface is funny, but it is very one-note. It’s a shame in a week like this where a lot of sketches were pretty one-note. That being said, this sketch will get you laughing. Often, hosts don’t get the best parts, but Halsey gets the funniest line of the sketch when she asks if blackface is ok if you are half-black and half-white, before the biracial singer reveals it was for a costume where she is both Michael Jacksons.

Valentine’s Day Song

Who doesn’t love a song bit? While this one seems to have just been filmed on the sound stage, it is one of the better ones we have seen in a while. It is hilarious for anyone who’s mom still buys them Valentine’s Day presents. Also, Halsey, Kate McKinnon, and Aidy Bryant look like they are having the most fun while making this.

Parents Call

Hosts often have to play the straight man, and if they get to be funny, it’s in a role that isn’t a stretch for them. So, Halsey doing a character in this sketch is really unexpected. She makes some great choices for the voice of the mom and the premise of the sketch is really relatable while still being absurdist.

Women of Congress

There is something about this Charlie’s Angels parody that does work. It has a super long intro and then just one joke. It might have worked better as just an intro and cut the next scene which makes the congresswomen look shrill and makes the Charlie’s Angels reference confusing. There are some laughs here, but not quite enough.

Weekend Update

Sometimes it is hard to rate Weekend Update because there are so many parts. There were three special guests this week plus all the jokes from Colin Jost and Michael Che. Che giggled a lot this week, which sometimes feels like breaking for breaking’s sake. SNL usually uploads all their segments to YouTube, but this week they did not upload a part of Weekend Update where Melissa Villaseñor plays Lady Gaga (potentially due to licensing a song). Her impression wasn’t amazing, which was surprising coming from the usually spot-on Villaseñor. It seemed like an excuse to let her sing. Weekend Update also featured Mikey Day and Heidi Gardner playing an Instagram couple, which was unmemorable.

Karaoke

SNL did not upload this sketch, but if you are watching on Hulu or have bought the episode, it is about 48 minutes in. It’s too bad they didn’t upload it, because it was a pretty funny sketch, but since it features a sorority pledge class singing the song What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes it might have been too expensive to post. In it, the pledge class does increasingly mean and absurd dares. The funniest line in this sketch features a racist macaw and we would recommend you watch it—that is if you can find it.

Black History Month

This is one of the smartest bits of the night. The black cast members continue to get interrupted by white cast members Mooney and Bennett as they try to give a speech about black history and SNL. The only issue with this sketch is that it is not self-aware at all. It does not remark on how the show has actually not had many black people on it for many years. The bit is funny, but the speech makes SNL itself sound like a more diverse show than it is.

Maurice

It has been quite a while since we have given something a one star, but this sketch isn’t great—especially if you care about homophobia or sex workers’ rights. The premise is the father of a family gets into cam modeling. The characters take an incredulous approach to the growingly-popular revenue stream, which leaves a bad taste in the mouth. There are funny lines, especially when the wife and the brother’s girlfriend start supporting him, but it just kind of ends.

Riverdale

Pete Davidson doesn’t do a lot of characters—and he especially doesn’t do characters that aren’t the chill guy—so it was great to see him get into one in the final sketch of the night. He breaks a lot in this sketch, but it’s nice to see him commit to an accent and a goofy premise. The sketch goes on a little long and their Jughead could have done a lot more, but the corpse premise is funny.

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Late night roundup: Joe List, Sam Morril, Matthew Broussard

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 15:23

It was a man’s week on the late night shows—but these dudes more than paid their dues and ground their way to respect in the comedy community. The Tonight Show, Conan, and Late Late Show all featured some stand-up this week worth watching. I’ve been watching Sam Morril and Joe List for the better part of a decade in New York City. Though I’m unfamiliar with the prominent jawline of Matthew Broussard, the artist-comedian impressed me with a vast self-awareness. I won’t be asking him for stock tips anymore, but I will be watching more of his stand-up.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Matthew Broussard is not on The Tonight Show to tell you the wonders of playing squash—even if he looks the part. The Monday Punday artist popped by 30 Rock to tell us about his upper-class facial structure and how men can stalk his partner’s exes, too.

Late Night with Seth Meyers Late Show with Stephen Colbert Late Late Show with James Corden

Joe List is a favorite amongst comedy nerds. The Tuesdays with Stories co-host was on Late Late Show with James Corden this week with his typically tight, relatable jokes. Few comedians can still cover mundane topics like airplane woes like List. You’ll enjoy watching his seamless segueways and witty observations wherever you see him (but while you’re here, watch him below).

Jimmy Kimmel Live! Conan

Sam Morril—whose Comedy Central special Positive Influence made our top 20 list—is a comedy powerhouse. Morril has been astounding the industry since his NYU days and this set on Conan is no exception. The set-up/punchline comic has a new perspective on why it’s so easy to be a man in 2019 and it has nothing to do with privilege. We also respect his nod to recently deceased comrade Kevin Barnett—Bird Luger forever!

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Jordan Peele YouTube series makes horror hilarious—and Awkwafina’s in it

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 14:05

Jordan Peele has a new show looks absolutely weird but in the best way possible. Weird City, a new half-hour sci-fi comedy show created by Peele and Charlie Sanders, seems like a continuation of Peele’s prolific career in bringing audiences inventive and terrifying science fiction combined with a biting sense of humor.

Peele received an Oscar for writing Get Out, and his new movie, Us, hits theaters March 22. On the small screen, Peele is also premiering a reboot of another sci-fi series, The Twilight Zone, on CBS All Access April 1.

And if you’re a fan of any of these things, Weird City is right up your alley.

Weird City is an anthology of stories set in a fictional town of Weird in the not-too-distant future. As with most good sci-fi, Peele uses the genre to not only entertain but also to make commentary on present-day society. It’s a lot like the original Twilight Zone or Black Mirror, but with a sense of humor.

Since the show comes out right before Valentine’s Day, it’s only fitting that the first episode revolves around love. In the clip below, desperately single characters in search of their perfect match go to Negari Labs, a futuristic facility that uses DNA testing and a specific questionnaire to help people find love. Of course, not all is what it seems.

Big stars join Jordan Peele on Weird City

On top of imaginative plot lines and sharp comedy, Weird City also has a huge roster of guest stars like Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Laverne Cox, LeVar Burton, Awkwafina, Steven Yeun, Gillian Jacobs, Mark Hamill, and many more.

Weird City will premiere on YouTube Premium on February 13. The service usually costs $11.99 per month, but new members can sign up for one month free.

Watch the full trailer below.

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