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  • Nick Thune, Kate Berlant, Ben Kronberg team up for February 2015 east coast tour

    Three of the most innovative comedians working today are going on tour together. Nick Thune announced today via Twitter that he is teaming up with Kate Berlant and Ben Kronberg for an east coast tour set for February 2015.

    Entitled the “Very Tour! Much Comedy!” tour, Thune, Berlant, and Kronberg will be hitting up thirteen cities over the course of two weeks. The tour will kick off on Febuary 4th in Portland, ME and conclude in Nashville, TE on the 16th.

    Thune has recently preformed on The Tonight Show, @Midnight, Conan, and released his special Folk Hero on Netflix, iTunes, and vinyl earlier this year. Upon earning a spot on countless other festivals and “comics to watch” lists, Berlant was named a “New Face of Comedy” at this year’s Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Kronberg recently performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Comic Standing, and had his own Comedy Central Half Hour special.

    You can purchase tickets now at (And I’d advise that you do. This is one crazy line-up you won’t want to miss. Seriously, we’re all going to make fun of you if you don’t come.) Read More

    Stephen Colbert reconciles with bears on ‘The Colbert Report’

    Stephen Colbert has long held a hatred of bears, or as he calls them “godless killing machines.” But bears are not the biggest evil Americans face. While Good Morning America opened up sweeps week with their bear attack survival guide, Colbert countered his his bucket and pail survival guide on The Colbert Report. Turns out buckets and pails injure way more people than bears or sharks. Colbert’s segment took a turn for the worse when he was attacked by a bucket, but he was quickly saved by… a bear. In that moment, Colbert reconciled with bears everywhere and got very friendly with his new savior.

    TBS renews ‘American Dad’ for a 12th season

    After ten seasons on Fox, Seth McFarlane’s animated series American Dad hopped over to its new home at TBS. According to THR, TBS is looking to keep the show around a bit more and has ordered a twelfth season. After less than a month at TBS, the network has ordered 22 new episodes.

    “We are thrilled with American Dad’s performance to date and are confident the show is going to continue its tremendous success,” said Turner executive vice president, head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing Deborah K. Bradley. “By ordering a new season while the current season is early in its run, we’re ensuring that Seth MacFarlane and his team will have the freedom to take the misadventures of the CIA agent Stan Smith and his family to a whole new level.”

    American Dad has been securing good ratings with TBS since its acquisition with both new and old episodes alongside re-runs of it’s sister show, Family Guy.

    NBC scraps plans for Bill Cosby sitcom

    Bill CosbyThings have gone from bad to worse for Bill Cosby. Hot on the heels of Netflix’s decision to postpone the release of Bill Cosby’s new stand-up special, NBC has followed suit and scraped plans for a new family based sitcom with the comedian set for 2015.

    The untitled NBC sitcom had Cosby starring front and center as the family patriarch patriarch and father of three married daughters with children. NBC committed earlier this year and already lined up Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement) and Mike O’Malley (Glee, Shameless) to write and produce the sitcom. O’Malley was also set to co-star.

    We feel like a broken record repeating this story but NBC’s comes on the heels of decades-old rape allegations resurfacing for Cosby which lead to accusers to come forth publicly, a bad NPR interview which he refused to answer questions, the cancellation of TV appearances, and now Netflix and NBC severing ties with the comedian.

    Cecily Strong will headline the 2015 White House Correspondents’ dinner

    The annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner always invites a comedian to perform. USA Today reports that the 2015 dinner will be headlined by Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong.

    Strong joins other past SNL alums such as Darrell Hammond and Seth Meyers. Like Meyers, Strong has a good background writing political humor thanks in large to her time on SNL including her short stint as a Weekend Update anchor. Strong will also be the fourth woman to headline the event. In the dinner’s 82 year history, only Wanda Sykes, Paula Poundstone, Elayne Boosler, have headlined.

    The 2015 White House Correspondents’ dinner will take place on April 25th.


    Let’s watch Cameron Diaz’s “Saturday Night Live” promos

    Did you know that Cameron Diaz owns New York City? She and Bobby Moynihan figure this out in the newly released promos for the Diaz-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live that’ll air this weekend. It also turns out that the musical guests, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, are exactly the names Diaz would’ve chosen if the decision were hers. We also get to learn a bit about Moynihan: he can’t pronounce the word “pasta” properly, and he writes cue cards in crayon. All very professional stuff. Let’s watch.

    Netflix postpones the release of Bill Cosby’s new stand-up special for the foreseeable future

    Bill Cosby 77Yikes!

    With Bill Cosby currently not winning in the court of public opinion stemming from the resurgence of sexual assault allegations, Netflix has decided to postpone the planned release of Cosby’s new stand-up special, Bill Cosby 77 for the foreseeable future. In a statement released today the company revealed, “At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special ‘Bill Cosby 77′.” The special was scheduled to premiere next week, on Black Friday. No further details are currently known when/if the special will premiere at a later date, or if it will be shelved completely.

    This announcement comes on the same day as two more women have broken their silence – including former model Janice Dickinson – and publicly told their stories about the comedian allegedly sexually assaulting them. This undoubtedly puts pressure on companies currently associated with Cosby. Netflix making this decision places added pressure on NBC in particular, who the comedian is working on a new family sitcom that’s set to launch summer/fall of 2015.

    Update: NBC has scraped the pilot development with Cosby.

    Jessica Williams investigates Detroit’s water shutoff program on “The Daily Show”

    Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams went to Detroit to investigate the city’s troublesome water shutoff program. In an effort to save the bankrupt city, Detroit has targeted poor residencies and shutoff their water for unpaid bills. While these affected are petitioning for income-adjusted water plans, the city doesn’t seem to mind that their football stadiums, ice hockey stadiums, and golf courses haven’t paid their water bills either and owe hundreds of thousands of dollars to the city. “Why would you pick a fight with poor people?” “‘Cause it’s easy to win.” Once again, Williams delivers a fantastic, yet infuriating, piece.

    Hulu picks up Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner’s “Difficult People” to series

    Hulu is stepping up its game by picking up Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner’s pilot Difficult People to series, according to Deadline. Eichner and Klausner originally wrote the show as a potential addition to the USA network, something I’m sure the heads at USA will regret not taking advantage of. The pair had previously worked together on Eichner’s Fuse series Billy on the Street for which Klausner was the head writer for.

    Eichner and Klausner will star in the series as “best friends living in New York City with the series centering on their typical, irreverent behavior that lands them in some very awkward situations.” The pilot was produced by Amy Poehler, who will continue to co-executive produce the series alongside Klausner. Production is set to start in early 2015.

    Difficult People will join Hulu’s other recent original comedy purchase, Casual by Jason Reitman.

    Michelle Wolf offers a female perspective on Kim Kardashian, catcalling, and body image on ‘Late Night’

    Seth Meyers may be the host over at Late Night, but sometimes it’s better to hear a female perspective about topical subjects. LNSM writer and comedian Michelle Wolf joined Meyers on set to deliver her take on trending topics such as Kim Kardashian’s Paper cover shoot, body image, and catcalling. “No, [I've never catcalled a guy] but I would if I could think of a single compliment to yell at them. The best I’ve been able to come up with is, “What are you smiling about? Your body is a mess!”