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  • Comedians Chelsea Peretti and Jordan Peele announced they are engaged

    Jordan Peele - Chelsea Peretti

    We aren’t ones to get to swamped up with tabloid fodder, however, this one was too big to ignore. Stand-up comedian, actress, and writer Chelsea Peretti and actor, writer, comedian Jordan Peele have announced their engagement on social media. No words were used, simply a diamond ring emoji from Peele on his twitter account. Peretti then sent a tweet of her own, writing, “My fiance (lololol) #JordanPeele proposed to me last night during the family talent show lolol.” Oh how the times have changed. Peretti is currently enjoying a nice run as one of Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s stars while Peele recently ended his run on Comedy Central’s hit sketch show Key & Peele to focus on additional projects including upcoming horror flick Get Out where he’ll be directing. Also, on the way from Peele is the animated feature Captain Underpants and comedy Keanu, where he re-teams with Keegan-Michael Key. Read More

    Jennifer Lawrence to helm director’s chair for new comedy

    Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence is showing no signs of slowing down. She’s turning a new leaf in her career that is currently in full force. She’s been recently quoted as saying, “I’d also like to direct a comedy. I have wanted to direct as long as I’ve wanted to act. I just don’t talk about it because I’d rather just do it.” Lawrence, said she’ll be taking on Project Delirium, which is an adaption of an article, as director. She continues, “It’s based on this article about mental warfare in the ’60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong. It’s funny, I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that. If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready. Now I actually feel ready.” This comes to light after news spread quickly of a comedy screenplay she’s working on with Trainwreck star Amy Schumer. “We play sisters,” Lawrence told The New York Times “We’re almost done writing. It just flowed out of us.”

    Bob Odenkirk sells indie film, “Girlfriend’s Day” to Netflix

    Bob OdenkirkThe hardest working man in comedy Bob Odenkirk is headed back to Netflix again with Girlfriend’s Day. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Mr. Show mastermind sold his noir comedy film to the streaming service. In an attempt to ramp up their movie efforts, Netflix purchased the flick and another called Mercy from Chris Sparling (The Sea Of Trees, Buried). Following the success of With Bob and David, which is currently streaming now, the media giant scooped up Odenkirk and Eric Hoffman’s script. Michael Stephenson is set to direct the release, which will be made available the same day that it appears in theaters. In Girlfriend’s Day, Odenkirk plays Ray, a washed-up greeting card writer in a society that elevates greeting card writers to the status of artists. Ray ends up in a “web of deceit and murder” after collaborating with fellow good-natured wordsmiths to create the ultimate greeting card. Amber Tamblyn will co-star alongside Bob as a card-writer groupie intent on helping Ray reclaim his former glory.

    Hillary Clinton firing back against comedians, demanding jokes and video to be removed from web

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    Whenever we asked comedians in the past if anything in comedy is “off limits”, its always been a mixed response. Half of them will say no, with the other half claiming yes. The argument being that you can always find the “funny” in any situation and circumstance whether it is tragic or not. In this case, politics. Political comedy has been around since the dawn of the first joke and “making fun of” or “poking at” politicians is nothing new. Well, it seems the times they are changing. With the rise of the internet and dominate streaming video services such as YouTube ruling the roost, these jokes can live forever in the internet graveyard. A politicians worst nightmare. Well, guess who’s fighting back. Read More

    ‘The Soup’ is ending after 22 years of celebrity skewering

    The Soup

    When Talk Soup premiered in 1991, there was no sane voice to break through the clutter of television talk shows, soap operas, and celebrity drama. People were subjected to a whirlwind of popular culture, but no one was there to make sense of it. This was the triumph of Talk Soup, which later became The Soup in 2004 when the show was revamped. Despite quality content, the 22-year-old weekly comedy show is coming to an end on December 18. Those wanting their weekly skewering of the Kardashians will have to look elsewhere. Read More

    Rebel Wilson teaches us “How To Be Single” in new trailer alongside Alison Brie and Anders Holm

    There’s a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then… there’ is Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these “unmarrieds” all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun. Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann, Anders Holm, Damon Wayans Jr., and Jason Mantzoukas star in the upcoming comedy How To Be Single in theaters February 12 2016.

    T.J. Miller writing and starring in Dreamworks film, “Ex-Criminals”

    TJ MillerFans of Silicon Valley star, T.J. Miller, should be happy to know he is set to co-write and star in an upcoming film called Ex-Criminals. Miller is penning the action comedy project alongside his cousin, M. Miller Davis for Dreamworks. The plot involves a dysfunctional bank robbing couple, who part ways on the eve of their biggest heist yet. The film is aimed at launching the career of M. Miller Davis, who has worked as a production assistant on Tosh.0 and a researcher for Drunk History.

    Saturday Night Live announces the return of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler among other December hosts

    SNL December 2015Saturday Night Live has announced their December lineup for both guest hosts as well as musical performances for the month of December in a recent Instagram post. “Happy holidays! #SNL” it read. And Happy Holidays it will be. December 5 will see Ryan Gosling as host paired up with Leon Bridges as musical guest. Chris Hemsworth tackles hosting duties on December 12 with a musical performance from Chance The Rapper. And finally, December 19 sees the return of SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler with Bruce Springsteen as musical guest. Quite the lineup to close out the calendar year for the sketch show now in its 41st season. Read More

    Comedian Jonah Ray has been tapped to host reincarnation of “Mystery Science Theater 3000”

    Jonah RayAs we reported last week, the resurrection of the cult fan favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 is underway via Kickstarter from original creator Joel Hodgson. They are currently just under 10% away from fulfilling their goal. When said goal is reached, Hodgson has tapped comedian and nerdist podcaster Jonah Ray to host the new incarnation. Hodgson talked about how he started thinking about Ray for the position when the two of them were working on a gig together. Ray has been busy in his own right. His recent credits include TripTank, Uncle Grandpa, Maron, and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Head over to the Kickstarter page and let’s get this thing over 100% already!

    Kurt Braunohler on The Tonight Show, “Give it up for New York City, the windy city”

    Comedian Kurt Braunohler tells jokes about his disastrous hot-air balloon marriage proposal and PSA posters around New York City in his recent stand-up set on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.