oscars 2019

What Happened to Oscars Dedicated to Comedy (and Should They Be Brought Back)?

Once upon a time, the Oscars (briefly) felt the need to acknowledge comedy as a separate category. Did it work? And why didn’t it last?
this week in late night

Why Can You Still Not F***ing Swear on Late Night?

Censorship on late night seems pretty f***ing arbitrary these days.
guides

A Beginner’s Guide to the World of Desus & Mero

All the best jokes, nicknames, catchphrases, and references you’ll need to learn as a Desus & Mero newbie.
  1. rip
    Comedian Brody Stevens Dead at 48Stevens was mourned by the L.A. comedy community on Friday.
  2. oscars 2019
    Not Just a Queen: A Beginner’s Guide to Olivia Colman’s TV Comedy WorkBefore playing monarchs, she was British comedy royalty.
  3. pilots
    CBS Orders Comedy Pilot Starring Jane the Virgin Alum Jaime CamilJane the Virgin showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman will executive produce.
  4. oscars 2019
    What Happened to Oscars Dedicated to Comedy (and Should They Be Brought Back)?Once upon a time, the Oscars (briefly) felt the need to acknowledge comedy as a separate category. Did it work? And why didn’t it last?
  5. trailer mix
    The Emmy-Winning Barry Returns to HBO Next MonthBill Hader and crew are back on March 31.
  6. trailer mix
    Ricky Gervais Has Terminal Pessimism in the After Life TrailerThe six-part series premieres on Netflix March 8.
  7. chat room
    Richard Karn on PEN15, Teen Awkwardness, and a Home Improvement ReunionThe ’90s sitcom actor is back in Hulu’s coming-of-age comedy. But he’d still love to find out where Al Borland is today.
  8. secrets
    John Mulaney’s Mom Knows Who the Mean SNL Hosts AreAfter every show, she would ask, “Were they nice?”
  9. behind the scenes
    Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show to Air a Larry Sanders–Inspired Special Next WeekFeaturing appearances by Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels, Ben Stiller, and more.
  10. this week in late night
    Why Can You Still Not F***ing Swear on Late Night?Censorship on late night seems pretty f***ing arbitrary these days.
  11. last night on late night
    Trevor Noah Finds a Shred of Good News in the Jussie Smollett Story“Even amateurs know if you commit a crime, you go all cash, people. No paper trail!”
  12. last night on late night
    Which Late Night Green Book Parody Is Right for You?Desus & Mero vs. Amber & Seth
  13. my single is dropping
    Watch: John Early Joins CupcakKe on a Horny Undersea Adventure“Squidward Nose” goes where no episode of Spongebob has ever gone.
  14. upcoming releases
    LeBron James’s Space Jam Gets 2021 Release DateThe original’s themes of athlete exploitation have never been more relevant.
  15. guides
    A Beginner’s Guide to the World of Desus & MeroAll the best jokes, nicknames, catchphrases, and references you’ll need to learn as a Desus & Mero newbie.
  16. trailer mix
    Your Years of Patience Are Finally Rewarded With a Fleabag Season 2 TrailerTear us apart, Olivia Colman!
  17. last night on late night
    Jaboukie Young-White Just Doesn’t Understand This Jussie Smollett Story“Actors should not write their own projects! This thing had way too many plot holes.”
  18. documentary now!
    Get to Know the Films That Inspired Documentary Now!Your guide to watching the major titles that the IFC series has parodied in the past and will spoof in its new season.
  19. schitt's creek
    Everything We Know About Moira Rose’s Career on Schitt’s CreekFrom Sunrise Bay to The Crows Have Eyes III: The Crowening.
  20. chat room
    On Their New Showtime Show, Desus and Mero Are Still Just Shooting the Sh*t“We shot a remake of Green Book that is amazing. And I can’t say any more than that.”
  21. this week in comedy podcasts
    This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Daniel Radcliffe on HDTGMRounding up our favorite comedy podcast episodes of the week.
  22. pilots
    Lena Waithe Producing How to Make Love to a Black Woman Comedy PilotThe project is part of Waithe’s first-look deal with the network.
  23. casting
    Zach Woods and Hugh Laurie Are Going to Space… in a new HBO comedy from Armando Iannucci, but still!
  24. snl
    Idris Elba to Make His SNL Hosting Debut Next MonthHe’ll be joined by musical guest Khalid.
  25. interview
    Carol Cleveland, the Seventh PythonTalking with the woman who appeared in all of Monty Python’s projects as their so-called “glamour stooge.”
  26. adaptations
    Amy Poehler to Direct Moxie Riot Grrrl Netflix FilmJennifer Mathieu’s 2017 novel is getting the big-screen Poehler treatment.
  27. pop culture
    Why Is TV So Obsessed With the Afterlife Right Now?From The Good Place to Miracle Workers, Forever to Russian Doll, a wealth of new shows are exploring what happens to us after we die.
  28. this week in web videos
    Pumbucha: Not for the Faint or ClassyYou’ll never look at influencers the same way again.
  29. tv review
    At Home With Amy Sedaris Is a Bizarre ComfortSedaris continues to be her delightfully weird domestic self in season two of her TruTV sketch-comedy series.
  30. on tour
    The Lonely Island Announce Their First-Ever Live TourComing at you in June.
  31. tv review
    Documentary Now! Is So Much More Than ParodyIn its third season, the IFC comedy goes beyond filmmaking karaoke to tell strange, poignant, mesmerizing stories.
  32. last night on late night
    Bernie Sanders Yells for PresidentDo you even realize how old he is??
  33. movies
    Danielle Macdonald, Jaboukie Young-White Might Be in the Next Bo Burnham MovieFaves, unite!
  34. reunions
    Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel to Star in Medical Police Netflix ComedyIt’s like if Childrens Hospital involved a “civilization-threatening virus” and global conspiracy!
  35. last night on late night
    Late-Night Hosts Mock Trump’s National Emergency“That’s like saying, ‘I’m having emergency surgery to get butt implants. I didn’t need to do this, but I hate doing squats.’”
  36. good one podcast
    The Most Autobiographical Character Seth Meyers Ever WroteOn this week’s Good One podcast, the late-night host discusses writing the Documentary Now! episode “Juan Likes Rice and Chicken.”
  37. the bluths are back in town
    Arrested Development Will Return to Netflix Next MonthPart two of the fifth season is coming our way on March 15.
  38. international affairs
    Conan O’Brien Is Petting Koalas in Australia for His Next TBS SpecialThanks to some shaming from Hugh Jackman, O’Brien is now Down Under.
  39. tv review
    Pamela Adlon’s Better Things Returns Stronger Than EverEven when the characters are making a mess of things, it’s a pleasure to watch because so much care and thought have gone into each frame and line.
  40. cancellations
    Friends From College Won’t Be Returning to Netflix for a Third SeasonBut you guys will definitely still hang out all the time, right?
  41. movies
    The Fake-ish Feud of Macaulay Culkin and Devon SawaThe former child actors on young stardom, Twitter rows, and what kind of cow they’d rather be.
  42. potus
    Celebrate Presidents’ Day With Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin’s Newest SNL FeudIt’s collusion vs. threats.
  43. last night on late night
    Now SNL Has Us Worried About the Mental Health of Ugly CakesThink Nailed It!, with added sentiency.
  44. last night on late night
    99 People in a Room Will Believe This Lady Gaga SNL Impression Is UncannyAnd the final Oscars push begins.
  45. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Don Cheadle Makes It Look EasyThe ever-versatile Cheadle pulls off his hosting debut with aplomb, but the writing doesn’t take full enough advantage of his comedic range.
  46. last night on late night
    Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer Discover Joys of Trash Talk During SNL Victory LapLet’s see those claps!
  47. last night on late night
    SNL’s Donald Trump to the Nation: I Can Has Wallz?“Wall works. Wall makes safe.”
  48. famous friends
    David Letterman Isn’t Hip to Jimmy Fallon’s Avocado ToastA gift-giving gone wrong.
  49. last night on late night
    Colbert Knows Fox News’ Kamala Harris Weed Exposé Is Just Their Opinion, ManWay deep.
  50. in development
    Ken Jeong to Star in Kevin Kwan’s CBS Comedy PilotTitled The Emperor of Malibu.
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