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  • Russell Brand rips apart Sean Hannity’s Israel-Palestine coverage

    Russell Brand used to be kind of a polarizing figure, but he had recently won over many people with his takedowns of the mainstream media. Since picking apart his rude interviewers on Morning Joe last June, Brand has continued to call out media’s frequent insensitivity, agenda-pushing, and sensationalism on his Youtube page. Yesterday, Russel Brand released a video calling out Fox News’ Sean Hannity’s terrible coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

    While Brand opens with, “I don’t mean to be petty or trivial but Hannity looks like the Ken doll from Toy Story 3,” he continues on to intellectually tear apart Hannity’s insensitivity and badgering of his guest (who he doesn’t let speak).

    “That’s amazing. One of the definitions of a terrorist is using intimidation to reach your goals, who in that situation is behaving like a terrorist, using intimidation, bullying, being unreasonable? Sean Hannity!”

    Too bad this video will not be viewed as much as Hannity’s show. Bravo, Brand.

    How Nathan Fielder got clever with Dumb (Starbucks)

    Last night, Nathan For You finally revealed the story behind Nathan Fielder’s viral “Dumb Starbucks” prank. The prank kicked off a media firestorm. While Fielder touched on the subject on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the behind-the-scenes workings had yet to be shown. As expected, it was another hilarious episode. The real story unfolded as Dumb Starbucks was originally intended to be a way to drive traffic to struggling coffee shop, Helio Coffee, before becoming a stand-alone project.

    Like a lot of “viral” projects, Dumb Starbucks was pretty boring… on the surface. It’s hard to talk about Dumb Starbucks and its impact without sounding like an art major who thinks a purple square on a blank canvas somehow represents apartheid. And that’s why it worked. Read More

    Hampton Yount is recording an album on August 15th in LA

    Again, this summer has been full of album recordings. Before the season ends, LA comedian Hampton Yount will be recording a new album at the NerdMelt Showroom. Via ASpecialThing records, the album, entitled Bearable, will be Yount’s second album after his first, Unbearable,which is available for free on his website. The new album is coming right off the heels of Yount being named one this year’s “New Faces of Comedy” at Just For Laughs Montreal.

    Yount also appeared on the current season of Last Comic Standing, and the first season of Adam Devine’s House Party. In addition to JFL, he has done the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SXSW, Gilda’s Laughfest, Comedy Central’s Miami Comedy Festival, and the New York Comedy Festival. Yount has also written for shows like MTV’s Ridiculousness, and Adult Swim’s Loiter Squad.

    Comedians Christian Duguay and Andy Haynes will join Yount for the recording on August 15th. The recording is free to attend and will offer free beer. Holy sh*t, go people, go!

    You can order your free tickets, here.

    Watch the red band trailer for “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″

    Picking off where the first film ended, the boys having drastically changed their lives with their advanced knowledge of music and the stock market. In the sequel, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, and Rob Corddry, travel to the future to stop a potential killer. Chevy Chase also returns for the sequel with Adam Scott and Kumail Nanjiani joining the cast as well. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 hits theaters on Christmas.

    Mandatory Fun: The Laugh Button interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic

    “Weird Al” Yankovic is having a moment. With the recent release of his fourteen studio album, Mandadory Fun, the iconic comedian/musician/satirist has once again displayed his incredible chops as a spoof songwriter with his finger on what people find funny. We got the chance to speak with Al very briefly just days before Mandatory Fun would hit #1 on the Billboard music charts. A feat that Yankovic had never done in his 30+ years of performing and no comedy album had done in 51. We spoke about the new album, his marketing plan to release eight singles/videos in eight days, and how he’s he felt about the success of the release. Read More

    TV Land picks up Jim Gaffigan sitcom with 10 episode order, Comedy Central to re-air show

    Jim GaffiganJust days ago we reported that there was a very real chance that Jim Gaffigan’s CBS pilot was going to be resurrected on TV Land. Fast forward 10 days or so and that chance is now a reality.

    After some rounds of negotiations, TV Land has landed a deal for a 10-episode order for Gaffigan’s show, which is now titled The Gaffigan Show. TV Land was able to bring the overall budget on the show down and work out a deal to have Viacom sibling channel Comedy Central, a longtime supporter of Gaffigan, to come on board to re-air the show within a week of its premiere on TV Land; exposing the show to a larger TV audience.

    Not much has changed with the show’s structure – it will remain a single camera show, based loosely on the comedian’s life as a stand-up, food fanatic, and raising small children in NYC. Gaffigan, his wife Jeannine, and Peter Tolan are all set as executive producers of the show. “I am thrilled that TV Land is giving us this opportunity to do this show that Peter, Jeannie and I have been fine-tuning for three years,” said Gaffigan

    In addition to Gaffigan, original cast members Ashley Williams who plays Jim’s wife, Adam Goldberg, and Michael Ian Black are all set to star in the show. The 2014 CBS pilot will air as the first episode and the show is expected to begin its run in 2015.

    Citi Comedy Series to launch with Larry David on September 28th

    Larry DavidCreated in partnership with Caroline’s on Broadway, Citi will launch a series of comedy events exclusively for cardmembers. To kick off the series, David Steinberg will sit down for a rare interview with Curb You Enthusiasm star Larry David, as reported by Billboard.

    David recently wrapped up his eighth season of Curb, with the blurry possibility of coming back for a ninth season. Since then he has appeared on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and wrote and starred in HBO’s Clear History.

    “Larry David and David Steinberg have helped shape a generation of comedy through their timeless work,” Jennifer Breithaupt, senior VP of entertainment marketing for Citi, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to kick off this unique comedy series with two of the greats and look forward to bringing Citi cardmembers more laughs in the future.”

    The event will take place on September 28th at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now.