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  • Louis C.K. set to host season finale of Saturday Night Live

    louisThere are only three episodes left in Saturday Night Live’s 40th season and now we know who will be hosting them. Scarlett Johansson is set to host the May 2 episode in lieu of Avengers: Age of Ultron out May 1. The musical guest for the episode will be Wiz Khalifa. Next up is Reese Witherspoon who will be hosting the May 9 episode. Like Johansson, Witherspoon’s latest movie, Hot Pursuit, also premieres the day before. The musical guest accompanying her will be Florence and the Machine. And finally, the season finale is in the hands of Louis C.K. on May 16. C.K.’s one of the best received SNL hosts of late, and his comedy special, Live at the Comedy Store, will be making its TV debut on FX on May 28. The final musical guest will be Rihanna, who has a couple of new singles and who is scheduled to release a new album some time this year.

    Here’s a sneak peak at Jim Norton’s new Epix special Contextually Inadequate airing tonight

    Norton talks technology and dick pix in this exclusive clip from Jim Norton: Contextually Inadequate airing tonight 10p on EPIX.

    Maron season 3 trailer features Andy Dick, Andy Kindler, Whitney Cummings, Patton Oswalt and more

    Marc Maron returns for an all new season of MARON. Season 3 premieres Thursday, May 14 at 10p. Here’s the trailer featuring Andy Dick, Andy Kindler, Whitney Cummings, Eddie Pepitone as a ghost, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, and of course Maron himself.

    Impractical Jokers to get U.K. version on Viacom’s Channel 5 and Comedy Central overseas

    impractical_jokers ukUsually it’s the other way around, British shows getting imported into the U.S. But this time, Britain will be doing the importing. Congrats are in order for the boys behind Impractical Jokers. The U.S. version of the hidden-camera series has been the British Comedy Central’s top show. Viacom-owned British broadcaster Channel 5 and Comedy Central U.K. have ordered a local version of U.S. hit hidden-camera prank show Impractical Jokers. Viacom recently took over Channel 5 and this will mark the first joint project between them. There will be a nine-episode season of the 30-minute series. The U.K. version will follow the format of the U.S. show and feature four British comedian friends. They are Lee Griffiths, Matt Ralph, Paul Biggin and David Moon. They previously worked together in sketch group Late Night Gimp Fight. In the show, they will challenge each other to “some of the most outrageous dares and uproarious stunts ever to be caught on hidden camera,” the network partners said. “During each prank, the joker must do whatever his three friends tell him via a secret earpiece and if he refuses, he loses.”

    Bob Nelson and Sacha Baron Cohen get an order from Amazon for comedy pilot

    BobN SachaAfter earning an Oscar nomination for his first screenplay, Nebraska, at age 57, the writer-performer has landed his first pilot order. The single-camera project, which is casting, centers on Highston Liggetts, a kind 19-year-old and perched on the edge of adulthood. When he encounters a world he doesn’t understand, like Elwood P. Dowd, he retreats into his vast imagination, where famous “friends” are his companions and mentors. Amazon is moving ahead with Highston, a half-hour coming-of-age comedy, written by Nelson, executive produced by Borat and Bruno‘s Sacha Baron Cohen and to be directed by the Little Miss Sunshine team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Nelson will executive produce and does have a comedy background before Nebraska. He was best known for his work on a local TV sketch-comedy show in Seattle. In his followup to Nebraska, Nelson wrote and directed the feature Confirmation starring Clive Owen. Cohen is currently working on his latest feature comedy, Grimsby, which he co-wrote, produces and stars in.

    Amy Schumer, Tina Fey, and Patricia Arquette celebrate Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her “last f**kable day” (video)

    Inside Amy Schumer - Ageism

    Did you happen to catch the season 3 premiere of Inside Amy Schumer last night? If you didn’t, you missed a tone set by the show’s star that was stronger and more overt about the female perspective than previous seasons. If this is the direction the season is headed, well count us in. ‘Cause it was funny as hell. Perhaps the most buzzed about sketchs featured some of the biggest star cameos the show has had to date. In this sketch Schumer welcomes Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patricia Arquette in this sketch that takes direct shots at Hollywood ageism, and it’s both painfully funny and accurate. It’s very NSFW, well only if work will have a problem with lines like, “Come talk about your pussy over here.” Read More

    Whitney Cummings scores HBO comedy pilot and stand-up special

    Whitney CummingsWhitney Cummings has landed an untitled pilot inspired by Maureen Dowd’s book Are Men Necessary? at HBO. Cummings will also shoot a stand-up comedy special this fall, set to air as well on the premium cable channel in 2016. The pilot is described as a comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior. Cummings, who’s credits include the creation of the CBS hit 2 Broke Girls and also NBC’s two-season sitcom Whitney, will serve as the writer, star and exec producer on her HBO pilot. Cummings was also recently seen in The Wedding Ringer with Kevin Hart and Josh Gad. She’s currently filming The Ridiculous 6 which also stars Adam Sandler, Will Forte, Terry Crews, Steve Buscemi, and David Spade. John Turturro, Steve Zahn, Luke Wilson, and Chris Parnell also appear in a cast of comedians too long to site here.

    Inside Amy Schumer gets renewed for a fourth season, season 3 premieres tonight

    Congratulations are in order for Amy Schumer with the announcement of a fourth season. The star, who recently hosted the MTV Movie Awards, announced Monday on Late Show With David Letterman that her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer has been renewed for a fourth just before the premiere of season 3 tonight. “I’m so happy to keep the Inside Amy Schumer family together,” said Schumer, who hits the big screen in this summer’s Judd Apatow-directed Trainwreck. “Excited and scared for everyone to see what we do next.” The series just won a Peabody Award last week. “We love being ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ and are thrilled our audience agrees,” Kent Alterman of Comedy Central said.

    Jon Stewart’s last day as host of The Daily Show will be August 6th

    We’ve known for a while now that Jon Stewart was ending his run as host of The Daily Show. But until this moment, the comedian’s timeline of departure wasn’t completely known, until tonight. As he signed off of Monday’s ep of The Daily Show, Stewart made the announcement as part of his promise to keep us up to date, and with said promise revealed that his last night as host will be on Thursday, August 6th.

    August is usually a hiatus time for the show, so more than likely the show will go on hiatus for a week or two then Trevor Noah will assume the role as host of The Daily Show. Mark the calendars.

    HBO picks up the hit Vimeo comedy series High Maintenance from husband and wife team

    High MaintenanceHigh Maintenance, which has been a break-out hit on the Vimeo service, is heading to HBO. The network has picked up the show for six new episodes and will make available the past 19 episodes via HBO, HBO Now, and HBO Go. The episodes are still currently available on Vimeo but its future on the platform isn’t clear; a Vimeo representative has told us, “We’re all in collaborative and active discussions on that right now.” Created and written by Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock) and Ben Sinclair (The Big C), High Maintenance is a comedy about “The Guy” (Sinclair), a pot dealer / delivery man in New York City. The show originally debuted November 2012 and has so far ran for five cycles, with the latest three episodes debuting this past February. Blichfeld and Sinclair won a WGA award for the episode entitled “Rachel”. Almost all of the episodes in this character-driven web series are named after an unseen peripheral character that someone in the episode mentions. Read More