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  • This week in comedy: SNL makes a lot of news

    As though there weren’t enough Saturday Night Live developments announced last week, this week held even more in store for the legendary show. We also announced an event of our own happening in a couple of months.

    – The SNL announcements kept rolling in, first with the news that comedian Pete Davidson will be the show’s newest featured player. Soon after, we learned that SNL alum Bill Hader will return to host the October 11th broadcast, with Hozier as musical guest. Even more satisfying news arrived shortly after, when it was revealed that Darrell Hammond will replace the late Don Pardo as the show’s announcer; Pardo had been a part of SNL since its beginning. Aside from casting and hosting news, an unaired sketch from the show appeared on Conan, in which Nasim Pedrad fulfilled her dream of portraying Aziz Ansari. Read More

    Jon Stewart gives Michael Che the proper send off as he departs “The Daily Show”

    Last night was Michael Che’s last appearance as a correspondent on The Daily Show. After being on the show for just 3 months, Che was hired as the new co-anchor of Weekend Update at Saturday Night Live. The segment, which started in a similar manner to how Jon Stewart and co. sent off John Oliver, it soon became a mockery of the idea, because frankly, that’s what you do with a correspondent that’s been on the show for only 3 months and appeared in about 3 sketches on the show. Stewart even sang a touching song as they recalled Che’s very few Daily Show moments. Michael Che, “We hardley used ye.”

    Aubrey Plaza will voice Grumpy Cat in new Lifetime movie

    The internet’s favorite cat is getting her own movie and voice.  In one of the greatest casting decisions ever made, Aubrey Plaza, aka the spirit of April Ludgate (Parks and Recreation‘s favorite grumpy assistant), will lend her voice to famous feline.

    According to Variety, Plaza and Grumpy Cat, who’s real name is Tardar Sauce (hence the attitude), will star in a new holiday movie for Lifetime. Entitled Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, Read More

    W. Kamau Bell announces “Oh, Everything” comedy tour

    W.Kamau Bell is hitting the road this fall. The comedian recently announces his “Oh, Everything” tour that will run from November up through January 2015.

    The name, “Oh, Everything” comes from Bell’s time spent on his short-lived (and unjustly canceled) talk show, Totally Biased. In the writer’s room, whenever Bell or a writer got a big laugh out of a dark and difficult subject, someone would sit back and say, “Oh, George Zimmerman!” of “Oh, Donald Trump.” Hence, the name.

    According the the socio-political comedian’s website, the tour promises to be an attack on everything. Read More

    Chris Rock’s movie “Top Five” will hit theaters this December

    Chris RockChris Rock’s new movie Top Five just got a theater premiere date not too long after it made a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival where it earned rave reviews. The film was picked up by Paramount who just set a limited release on the film for December 5th with it going nationwide a week later on the 12th.

    Rock stars in the film and is about a a comedian attempting to reinvent himself as a serious actor at the same time his reality-TV star fiancee talks him into broadcasting their wedding on television. Rock has a bit of experience with this situation as he and some of his comedian friends had their own ordeals with the transition into dramatic roles. Read More

    Carving Your Own Path: A conversation with Sara Schaefer

    There’s no one right way to carve out a career in comedy. Going off the beaten path can be risky, but it also has the potential to be the most rewarding. Comedian Sara Schaefer has made a name for herself doing things her way. We talked to Schaefer about her recent move to Los Angeles, starting a production company, and ups and downs of taking the road less traveled. Read More

    “Saturday Night Live” taps Darrell Hammond to succeed Don Pardo as announcer

    Darrell HammondSNL alum, and man of many voices has been tapped to succeed the late, legendary Don Pardo as the show’s official announcer. Pardo had been with the show since it began on the air, he passed away this summer at the age of 96.

    Hammond has acted as a substitute for Pardo when he was ill in the years past “He was a lovely person. When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him. It’s been a very improbable life; I didn’t expect something like this, but it feels real good.” stated Hammond.

    The show’s executive producer Lorne Michaels does not wish to have Hammond mimick Pardo’s voice stating, “I just knew it wouldn’t be anybody who sounded like Don or replicated him,” adding “It can’t be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition. Read More