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  • Andy Samberg and tennis greats star in the fictional sports documentary 7 Days In Hell on HBO July 11

    SandbergThis outrageous sports pseudo-documentary brings together Andy Samberg and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) for a look back at a pair of fictional players from the not-too-distant past, who played on the longest and greatest tennis match of all time. A seven-day, five-set marathon to be exact that took literally everything out of them. In addition to highlights and lowlights from the match, the special looks back at the lives and careers of the competitors: Aaron Williams (Samberg), a hyper-malcontent, and Charles Poole (Harington), a dim-witted prodigy who carried England’s hopes for a tennis champion on his shoulders. 7 Days In Hell will also star Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), Michael Sheen (Underworld, Masters of Sex), Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth, American Dad), Fred Armisen (Portlandia, Zoolander 2) and Lena Dunham (Girls). Tennis stars John McEnroe and Serena Williams will also appear. Love-Love.

    CollegeHumor’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame special with Paul F. Tompkins premieres June 19

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    Comedy Music fans rejoice! The medium is finally getting it’s due. IFC is teaming up with CollegeHumor to celebrate CollegeHumor’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame. The hour-long special will honor this form of music and will be hosted by comedy music super-fan Paul F. Tompkins (Bojack Horseman, No, You Shut Up!, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Curb Your Enthusiasm). The show will premiere on Friday, June 19 on IFC on CollegeHumor.com immediately following the first broadcast. Tompkins will guide viewers through the best of comedy music and debut exclusive new videos featuring some of the genre’s latest up-and-coming stars. He will also be joined for sketches and interviews by some of the best names in comedy music including Tenacious D, The Gregory Brothers, Trevor Moore, CDZA, Rachel Bloom and Patrick Noth, as well as comedian Scott Aukerman. The special will also pay tribute to the godfather of comedy music himself, “Weird Al” Yankovic, who will be honored with an absurd induction into the Comedy Music Hall of Fame. Read More

    This Week on TV: Letterman’s last show, Jen Kirkman’s special premieres, and here comes Red Nose Day USA

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    It’s going to be a bitter-sweet week on television with the end of an era. This week we say goodbye to the Late Show with David Letterman. The show started in August of 1993 on CBS in lieu of Late Night with David Letterman ending on NBC after it was thought Letterman would take over for Johnny Carson on The Tonight show. Late Night, the former of the two shows, premiered in February of 1982 with Bill Murray, who will be appearing on Late Show this Tuesday, as the first guest ever. During David Letterman’s career in late night television, he started his own production company known as Worldwide Pants. His influence not only has host, but with his company has stretched far and wide. Worldwide pants has produced shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond, The Late Late Show, Ed, and also the feature film Strangers With Candy. In his capacities as either a writer, producer, performer, or as part of a writing team, Letterman is among the most nominated people in Emmy Award history with 52 nominations, winning two Daytime Emmys and ten Primetime Emmys since 1981. Read More

    Ed Helms takes a few jabs at Rolling Stone as he delivers UVA graduation speech

    On Friday, Ed Helms gave a graduation speech at the University of Virginia However. During that time the actor/comedian took more than a few pot shots at Rolling Stone and the fallout from it’s article it posted about the a false rape story. “It has been said that a rolling stone gathers no moss… I would add that sometimes a rolling stone also gathers no verifiable facts or even the tiniest morsels of journalistic integrity.” Helms stated to the graduating crowd. But he wasn’t finished there, peppering his speech with other RS metaphors about rush to judgement, defining people, and labels.

    Louis C.K. is accused of joke thievery in this cut Saturday Night Live sketch

    For some reason Kyle Mooney’s Bruce Chandling sketch always seems to be cut from Saturday Night Live. But that’s okay, because we have the internet where we can see the failed comedian character at work. Case in point, last night’s sketch where Louis C.K. accidentally ends up stealing Chandling’s material. Resulting in another great re-imagining of Louie’s opening sequence. Oh, and Bobby Moynihan drinks ketchup.

    Louis C.K. hosted Saturday Night Live: Season 40 ended on a high note

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    Season 40 of Saturday Night Live must’ve been a particularly grueling one for the cast and writers of the show. Not only managing to actually churn out the show every week, but the super grand SNL 40 episode that by the time this season came to an end, it’s very easy to see them gas out in the final episode. Rather than do that, they knocked it out of the park with easily one of the strongest episodes of the season. The relied on Louis C.K. who has been a super strong host in the three times he’s helmed the wheel. Last night was no different, delivering a monologue most thin skinned will be groaning about the next day and some of the edgiest moments we saw all year. Read More

    Norm MacDonald issued a tearful “I love you” farewell to David Letterman (video)

    Who knew Norm MacDonald was so sensitive? During his final appearance on Late Show with David Letterman last night, Norm performed some stand-up. He then ended his set by stating just how much Dave meant to him. Norm then told a joke he heard Letterman tell when he was 13 that became his favorite joke. Then, while barely being able to fight back the tears, Norm fired off a heartfelt, “I love you.” Read More

    This week in comedy: Awards were won, and Mr. Burns is in limbo

    Louis CK Moth AwardAlthough there were lots of developments in the comedy world this week, Louis C.K. in particular had a pretty stellar seven days. He started by talking about his time as one of Conan O’Brian’s writers; check out this video of his trip to Late Night With Seth Meyers for the full scoop. C.K. will also host SNL this weekend, and you can watch promos here. But neither of these is the biggest news in his week: he won an award! He received the surprisingly obscure Moth Award for his excellent storytelling skills. Congratulations are in order!

    Elsewhere in the comedy world this week:

    – Who better than stand-up vet Brian Regan to be the focus of Comedy Central’s first ever live stand-up special? Not your typical pre-recorded jaunt, this one’s got everyone taking note. Regan also swung by Letterman for his last set ever there.

    – For Mother’s Day, Reese Witherspoon hosted Saturday Night Live, and it was mostly good.

    – The NBC fall comedy lineup is notably short on Friday primetime slots.

    – It’s almost summer, so you know what that means: a new season of Orange Is The New Black is just moments away.

    – NBC is recruiting some big names from its hit sitcoms for a new project: Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally, and Jenna Fischer will appear together in You, Me, and the End of the World. Read More

    Nightmare Gig: Big Jay Oakerson performs at Sweet Cheeks

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    Every working comedian has at least one of those moments in their career. That moment when they take the stage and things just do not go as they wanted. Weather it be a bad venue, audience, or bad jokes, the show turns from bad show to a nightmare. Nightmare Gig is when The Laugh Button asks a comedian to describe their most horrific stand-up moment. We asked Big Jay Oakerson to tell us about the story we heard about Sweet Cheeks, a comedy show in Atlantic City that Kevin Hart used to run that had notoriously tough to impress crowds. Jay and his comedy peers (particularly Kurt Metzger) have spoken about this show before. So we asked Jay to tell us about his nightmareist encounter at the show. Read More

    Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow are kicking off a Trainwreck Comedy Tour for charity and to promote their new movie

    Trainwreck Comedy TourThis summer is the summer that Amy Schumer might just take over the world. Not only is her new season of Inside Amy Schumer inspiring countless thought pieces on how awesome she is (which are true) but her hotly anticipated Judd Apatow movie Trainwreck is poised to make her a star.

    Schumer and Apatow are hitting the road this June for a string of A-list comedy stand-up shows featuring her Trainwreck co-stars Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Mike Birbiglia and Vanessa Bayer for a series of shows benefiting various charities.

    It’s something Apatow wanted to make happen for a while now. He he recently said in Vulture, “It was always a dream of mine to do those types of shows. All I really want is, for when I’m onstage, the audience continues to think a comedian is onstage.” Read More