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  • Comedy Central lays out its fall schedule including Moonbeam City, Nathan For You, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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    Just as the leaves start to change colors, Comedy Central is changing the game up with their fall programming slate. Trevor Noah makes his debut as the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Monday, September 28, and the new animated cop extravaganza series Moonbeam City premieres on Wednesday, September 16. Also premiering this fall are all-new seasons of South Park, Nathan For You, and TripTank, as well as an original stand-up special from Steve Rannazzisi. In addition, Comedy Central will premiere several new short form series including Alternatino, Lucky Loser and White Flight, along with new seasons from returning short form series New Timers and Six Guys One Car. Here is your complete Fall lineup from Comedy Central: Read More

    “Glenn Has Idea$,” a new web series from Sexpot Comedy launches August 3rd

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    Beginning next week, the folks at Sexpot Comedy will launch a brand new web series called Glenn has Idea$. The series launches on August 3rd and will release three episodes a week for three weeks, that’s nine total episodes for your math wizards. Read More

    Twitter is beginning to crack down on stolen jokes

    TwitterJoke thievery in the internet age is not particularly a new concept, though still highly annoying. Just ask someone like Patton Oswalt.

    Back in May, comedian and writer, Rob Fee penned a lengthy breakdown of the phenomenon in which people running “parody” accounts steal jokes and just how rampant said problem is. If you think it’s an overblown reaction, you’d be wrong, as those behind popular Instagram and Twitter accounts are earning big bucks after building audiences on the backbone of stolen material passed off as their own. Most of these social networks that these empires are built on haven’t done much to control stolen material until now, as Twitter is beginning to crack down. Read More

    Jimmy Carr is your 2015 Roastmasters Invitational Champion at Just For Laughs

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    The location, L’Astral at Just For Laughs. The event, The Roastmasters Invitational presented by Jeff Ross. What is it you ask? Four days of head-to-head roasting amongst comics from around the Globe. The United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and Australia were all represented in the joke-for-joke slamfest that took place at this year’s JFL Festival. The show was hosted each night by Roast Battle staple and comedian Brian Moses. The tit-for-tat tournament kicked off this past Tuesday with the finale of the competition taking place on Saturday night just before midnight. Each showcase featured guest celebrity judges including director Jason Reitman, Gilbert Gottfried, Wanda Sykes, Moshe Kasher, Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah, director Jeremy Garelick, Artie Lange, Ari Shafir, Saturday Night Live‘s Michael Che and more. The list of competitors included your champion Jimmy Carr (UK), Wil Anderson (AUS), Mike Ward (CAN), Joe DeRosa (USA), Tony Hinchcliffe (USA), Luenell (USA), Tom Ballard (AUS), Randy (AUS), Sarah Tiana (USA), Katherine Ryan (CAN), Ashley Barnhill (USA), K. Trevor Wilson (CAN), Mark Forward (CAN), Sean Cullen (CAN), Jak Knight (USA) and finally 2nd place finisher Matthew Broussard (USA). Read More

    Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone are producing a new comedy series for TV Land

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    It looks like Melissa McCarthy and fellow Groundlings alum and husband Ben Falcone will be executive producing a new comedy for TVLand. It’s set to be a single-camera comedy with McCarthy guesting in the pilot. Tentatively titled Friends with Melissa, the comedy is written, executive produced and inspired by the real lives of Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras (Mike Tyson Mysteries), who watched as their friends from The Groundlings went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars, while they toiled away writing for children’s television. “We are so excited to be working with Hugh, Rachel & Larry – such funny people, who are great friends.” says McCarthy. She’s on fire right now with the success of Spy over the summer and the McCarthy forecast shows us her future will contain the upcoming 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters as well as Michelle Darnell, written and directed by Falcone. The two are quite the team. They are comedy’s new power couple.

    Marc Maron’s EPIX comedy special set for December release

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    20 years is a long time coming, especially for someone who is coming off an interview with the President of the United States. Well, the wait is over December 4 at 10p ET/PT 9p/C when Marc Maron: More Later hits EPIX. Maron, who made headlines last month when he interviewed President Barack Obama on his popular podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, which has been downloaded over 2.3 million times to date, has welcomed a long list of top tier talent to his show, including Louis C.K., Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham, Conan O’Brien, Janeane Garofalo and Chris Rock, among others. The special was ilmed this year at The Vic Theatre in Chicago and captures Maron tackling religion, relationships, rage, Skype sex and ice cream among other topics in the sheerly authentic way that only he can. “I’m really excited about this special,” said Marc Maron. “The Vic is an amazing theater and the crowd in Chicago was amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever been funnier and I should know.” The special was also directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. Read More

    “The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder” premieres on Comedy Central Radio tonight

    Bonfire Photo It’s about time. That’s what friends and fellow comics Dan Soder and Big Jay Oakerson must be thinking. But the time it takes from conception to completion instantly feels like only a second once it does finally get off the ground. And that’s been the case with The Bonfire, the new and first live staple to hit Comedy Central Radio on SiriusXM. “This radio show has existed since the day Soder and I met, now we finally get a chance to share it with a live audience,” said Oakerson. Soder adds, “Looking forward to having fun on the radio with Jay!” Oakerson and Soder are also each set to debut new stand-up specials for the network next year. So this is a great look moving forward for not only the two comics but the network. The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder will invite listeners and friends to come and hang out by the radio bonfire as the blunt and candid twosome discuss everything from comedy and entertainment to sports, sharing their funniest stories from the road and giving fans a chance to call in and get their opinions on the topics of the day. The show kicks off today at 8pm and will air live every Monday and Wednesday at the same time.

    Watch the new Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp featurette

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    You know where to be on July 31 for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a limited 8-episode series on Netflix. It’s the first day of camp in this outrageous prequel to the hilarious 2001 cult classic movie. And at Camp Firewood, anything can happen. Read More

    Key & Peele will come to an end after this season on Comedy Central

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    Keegan-Michael Key, one half of the smash hit Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele has been quoted as saying, “It was time for us to explore other things, together and apart.” This comes as shocking news. But I guess if you are going to go out, why not go out on top. Key continued on by stating, “The current season will be the series’ last.” The fifth, and now what will be the last, season of the show is already underway and will come to a close in September. The entire final season has already been filmed. The history of the two working together dates back to Mad TV when they spent 6 season working on the show before the launch of the Comedy Central powerhouse series. The show has been nominated for an Emmy 13 times over and has won a Peabody Award. Not a bad run. As for the future of Key and Peele as individuals, you can look to the big screen. Michael Key can be seen in the upcoming reboot of Vacation, the animated features Hotel Transylvania 2 and Angry Birds, and the recently announced Police Academy: Next Generation. Peele will be featured in the much anticipated Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Netflix series in addition to Keanu, the story of friends who hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen cat by posing as drug dealers for a street gang. Keanu will also star Michael Key. And the two are already working on return to Comedy Central in a fresh series that’s in treatment.

    This Week on TV: Review returns, Staten Island and Wet Hot are having a summer, and Jay Pharoah’s special premieres

    An exciting week on television if you are a fan of summer, that’s for sure. The wait is over and the return is finally upon us. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp hits netflix this Friday. The eight-episode sequel to the 2001 cult film returns the original cast including Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, Ken Marino, and Michael Ian Black and adds Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Jason Schwartzman, and Chris Pine just to name a few. And speaking of summer, Staten Island Summer, the Lorne Michaels produced coming of age comedy will be hitting Netflix this Thursday. The semi-autobiographical film written by Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost stars Graham Phillips (The Good Wife) and Zack Pearlman (Mulaney) as friends who work as lifeguards in the summer following high school graduation. Co-stars include Jim Gaffigan and SNL vets Bobby Moynihan, Will Forte, Fred Armisen, and Cecily Strong, along with Jost. Read More