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  1. Brie Larson to Direct and Star in Comedy ‘Unicorn Store’ Actress Brie Larson is set to make her directorial debut with indie comedy Unicorn Store. Larson, who’s also producing the project, will play […]
  2. Tawny Newsome Rounds Out Cast of BET’s ‘Comedy Get Down’ Earlier this year, BET announced Comedy Get Down, a new series from the standup supergroup of George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L […]
  3. Notaro, Morgan, Maron, Minchin, Maher and Many More to Headline New York […] The New York Comedy Festival has announced a handful of headliners for this year’s 18th annual event, and they’re big, with Tig Notaro at […]
  4. Here’s the First Trailer for Woody Allen’s Amazon Series, ‘Crisis In Six […]Woody Allen’s latest project, an episodic series exclusively available on Amazon Prime, premieres September 30 as part of the digital network’s […]
  5. Hulu’s ‘Limelight’ to Document ‘The Dana Carvey Show’ Another update from the seemingly never-ending Television Critics Association summer press tour: Hulu has acquired Limelight, a documentary […]
  6. Mark Normand Shows He’s Still Got It on ‘The Late Show’Mark Normand shows he’s still got it in his debut Late Show appearance, which aired last Friday. Normand’s ditched his favorite track jacket in […]
  7. Leslie Jones’ Infectious Enthusiasm For the Olympics Earned Her a Trip to […] Leslie Jones hasn’t let her recent brush with Twitter trash-talkers keep her down – not only is she still online, she’s been posting a […]
  8. Get a Sneak Peek at ‘Transparent’ Season 3The highly anticipated third season of Transparent is almost here, and we’ve finally got a trailer to tide us over til the award-winning show […]
  9. John Oliver Explains Exactly How You’re Ruining the NewsIn one of Last Week Tonight’s most enlightening monologues, John Oliver explains the rapid decline of both print media and journalistic […]
  10. UCB Comedy Travels Through Time to Review the Year 2016It’s “2016 Week” at UCB Comedy, a high-concept takeover by something called Stream H, “the premiere history channel of the 33rd century.” […]
  11. The Now Hear This Fest Brings 30+ of Your Favorite Podcasts Together The first annual Now Hear This podcast festival is taking over Anaheim October 28-30, 2016, bringing together 30+ of the biggest podcasts in […]
  12. David Alan Grier Has Created a ‘Massa Class’ For Black ActorsRecently on A&E’s Black And White – a talk show that explores racial politics through a no-holds-barred comedic lens – “legendary actor […]
  13. The Duplass Brothers Are Working on Yet Another HBO Show HBO may have cancelled the Duplass brothers short-lived sitcom, Togetherness, earlier this year, but they haven’t had enough of the […]
  14. Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy Are the ‘Life Of The Party’ Maya Rudolph has joined Life of the Party, Melissa McCarthy’s back-to-school comedy that’s slated for a spring 2018 release. Directed by […]
  15. Taran Killam’s ‘Brother Nature’ Trailer Is Finally HereBrother Nature, the highly anticipated film featuring a stacked cast of SNL favorites (Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Kenan Thompson), acclaimed […]
  16. Owen Ellickson’s Trump Parody Twitter Feed Almost Makes This Nightmare […] Over the past few weeks, writer/producer Owen Ellickson (The Office, Superstore, The King of Queens) has been Tweeting updates from the […]
  17. Fred Armisen Tells Us About His Favorite TV Show, ‘Tyrant’Admitted TV junkie Fred Armisen has blessed us with another one of his Extremely Accurate TV Recaps. This time, the Late Night with Seth Meyers […]
  18. A Few Observations From Last Night’s ‘Late Show’ MonologueA few observations from last night’s Late Show monologue: - The best way to explain things to Donald Trump – like why we’re not constantly […]
  19. Britney Spears Performs In Jimmy Kimmel’s BedroomFrequent target of celebrity pranks Jimmy Kimmel lived out millions of teen dreams when Britney Spears snuck into his bedroom to perform a very […]
  20. Bill Burr Narrates ‘Kardashians,’ Makes Reality TV Infinitely BetterEveryone knows that the best part of reality TV is making fun of reality TV – and who’s better at mocking things mercilessly than standup Bill […]
  21. Get a Quick Look at Nicole Byer’s New Sitcom, ‘Loosely Exactly Nicole’Finally! The trailer for Nicole Byer’s new show, Loosely Exactly Nicole, is here. The scripted comedy follows a loosely fictionalized version […]
  22. Check Out the Trailer for Michael Ian Black’s ‘Debate Wars’There’s no doubt, people love to argue. Trump vs Hillary, NYC vs LA, cats vs dogs – everyone’s got an opinion. So who better to settle such […]
  23. The 5th Annual LA Indie Improv Fest is This Weekend This Saturday, August 6, marks the fifth anniversary of the LA Indie Improv Festival, a gathering of teams from across Los Angeles set on […]
  24. Kyle Kinane and Dave Stone Launch a New Ghost-Inspired Podcast Two of the few remaining comedians without podcasts, Kyle Kinane and Dave Stone, have finally jumped on the bandwagon with the debut of their […]
  25. Jimmy Fallon and Jonah Hill Take a Nude Drawing ClassTake a quick culture break with this clip from The Tonight Show, documenting host Jimmy Fallon and guest Jonah Hill’s impressive art skills. […]
  26. Seth Meyers and a Perfect Wig Play Donald Trump in ‘Chicago President’Last night on Late Night, Seth Meyers wondered why Trump’s been so reluctant to release his tax records, coming to the logical conclusion that […]
  27. Jimmy Fallon Set to Host the 2017 Golden Globes Sorry, Ricky Gervais – it’s just been revealed that the 74th Annual Golden Globes is going in a new direction, tapping Tonight Show host […]
  28. Watch Tim Heidecker and Vic Berger’s Two-Part Convention SpecialOver the past few weeks, Tim Heidecker and Vic Berger have been road tripping across the country, visiting both political conventions to create […]
  29. Patton Oswalt Will Publish His Late Wife’s Unfinished Book It’s been 102 days since writer Michelle McNamara, wife of comedian Patton Oswalt, passed away unexpectedly. A gifted writer and the creator […]
  30. Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen Team Up For Dark Comedy ‘Ingrid Goes West’ Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen have signed on as co-leads in Ingrid Goes West, an edgy comedy that explores online obsession. Plaza will […]
  31. Stephen Colbert Delivers a New Edition of The Werd (and a New Definition […]Last night’s Late Show featured another stellar edition of The Werd – which, for legal reasons, is definitely not to be confused with The […]
  32. ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ to Offer Expanded Election Coverage Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has become an instant hit, with ratings skyrocketing since its February premiere. The show features beloved […]
  33. #1 Trump Fan Conner O’Malley Visited The RNCTrump enthusiast (and Late Night with Seth Meyers writer) Conner O’Malley – aka Truth Hunter Mark Seevers – recently visited the Republican […]
  34. Hear Andy Kindler’s 2016 State of the Industry Address Last week marked the 20th anniversary of Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry address, a keynote speech at the annual Just for Laughs […]
  35. ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Is Finally Coming Back in 2017 It’s been a long wait for fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David’s wildly popular, quasi-autobiographical comedy that’s been on hiatus […]
  36. Jon Stewart’s New HBO Series to Be an Animated Cable News Parody Since Jon Stewart exited ‘The Daily Show’ late last year, he’s been sorely missed by fans who spent 17 years ending their days with the […]
  37. ‘Billy on the Street’s 5th Season to Feature Jon Hamm, Seth Rogen, Aziz […]Billy on the Street returns this fall, and while the season 5 premiere doesn’t have an air date just yet (hey, ShondaLand wasn’t built in a […]
  38. Remembering Andy Ritchie This Thanksgiving was bittersweet for those with Andy Ritchie on their minds. An affable standup with strong ties to several comedy scenes, […]
  39. The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics Outside of NY and LAWelcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country. Though […]
  40. The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics in Los AngelesWelcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country. […]
  41. The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics in New YorkWelcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country. […]
  42. The Inside Story of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail“I’ve always been fascinated with the moment people go from being a just a group in a room to one unit – for me, that’s the most interesting […]
  43. Splitsider’s Guide to the 15th Annual Del Close MarathonIt’s that time of year again: the week when improvisers from across the globe gather in New York for 56 consecutive hours of shows (and […]
  44. Talking to Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts About His New Movie ‘The Kings of […]Chances are, at some point while you were in high school, you wished you could run away from home. And chances are, your escape fantasy was […]
  45. Go Backstage at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival with Andy Peters’ […]The sixth annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival brought over 200 comedians (and about as many shows) to Portland, Oregon, last weekend, but don’t […]
  46. Talking to Craig Rowin About ‘Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell’Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell, which premiered last night at midnight on Adult Swim, is the first live-action offering from Dave Willis and […]
  47. Checking In with Parks and Recreation Halfway Through Season 5Consistently one of the funniest shows on TV (based on a scientific method averaging laughs per minute over well-placed callbacks per episode), […]
  48. Checking In with ‘New Girl’ Halfway Through Season 2Back in 2011, I was skeptical about New Girl. It’s no surprise that a sitcom built to showcase Zooey Deschanel’s cutesy-cool charm might suffer […]
  49. The Year in Comedy MoviesA year ago, we reflected on a raunchy, female-dominated, fairly diverse year in comedy and concluded that 2012 would likely bring a similarly […]
  50. Talking to Eric Idle About the Absurd World of ‘What About Dick?’Picture a cast of actors, reading from scripts on a stage — dressed in vintage gowns and dapper suits, some are settled into plush velvet […]
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