Comedy

Patton Oswalt, You’re Not Helping the Trevor Noah Situation

Yesterday we pleaded with the Internet to use the Trevor Noah “old tweets” scandal to have a productive conversation about both what’s edgy vs. what’s just tired in comedy, and to what extent we should hold public figures responsible for their years-old social media posts. Throughout the day I saw some good responses about anti-Semitism, about comedy, and about forgiving ourselves for our past social media sins. … Read More

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How 10 of the Best Stand-Up Comedians Handle Hecklers

If we learned anything about stand-up comedy last fall, it’s that when a Hannibal Buress video goes viral, you should probably watch it. This time, his YouTube hit isn’t going to end an icon’s career; it’s just an enormously entertaining three-minute destruction of a boorish heckler. Said hecklers have been the bane of many a comedian’s existence — drunken assholes, bachelorette party morons, and would-be comics have been mistaking stand-up for interactivity since the form began. So on this April Fools’ Day, we thought we’d take a look at how Buress and a few other comic greats handled these particular fools. … Read More

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Trevor Noah’s Offensive Tweets Should Be an Opportunity for Learning — Not Outrage

Yesterday Trevor Noah was named the new host of The Daily Show, following in Jon Stewart’s very big and very obviously Jewish footsteps, and the Internet cautiously applauded the choice of a young, biracial South African. But by today, Comedy Central had to release a statement in his defense. … Read More

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Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig Are Incompetent Burglars in ‘Masterminds’ Trailer

After some more serious-ish turns for Zach Galifianakis in Birdman and Kristen Wiig in The Skeleton Twins, the two comedians are… Read More

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‘SNL’s’ Political Comedy Isn’t Too Conservative, It’s Not Conservative — Or Liberal — Enough

Reports of SNL‘s decline are, and always have been, greatly exaggerated; the comedy institution has its ups and downs, but 40 years in, the show remains a reliable source of talent and, more importantly, good sketches. It’s no secret, however, that the show’s political humor isn’t exactly at the top of its game. Of the recent highlights, like Mike O’Brien’s short films or Kate McKinnon’s Justin Bieber impression, few originated in the broadcast’s opening minutes, SNL‘s traditional home for topical bits. And in a recent interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons, alum Horatio Sanz offered his theory as to why. … Read More

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Horatio Sanz Discusses His Problems with ‘SNL”s Conservatism

Horatio Sanz spoke with Grantland’s Bill Simmons about having recently given a critical interview for the update of James Andrew… Read More

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Comedy Central Is Cutting Paul Walker Jokes from the Justin Bieber Roast

A plethora of insults were uttered during the taping of Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber Roast, but jokes about Bieber’s… Read More

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“People Don’t Know What the Word ‘Feminism’ Means”: Amy Schumer on Internet Trolls, Her Comic Persona, and ‘Trainwreck’

AUSTIN, TX: “Judd Apatow is like an oracle,” Amy Schumer says of the director of her new starring vehicle Trainwreck, which premiered Sunday at the SXSW Film Festival. “If you look at people that are huge stars now, he put them in movies before you knew who they were, and he just has a good sense.” Then, as she does onstage, she catches herself, hears herself, and continues, “Not that I’m saying, like, ‘Guys, this is the last time you’ll see me, I’m about to blow up,’ but I’m saying…” We laugh, and she laughs, but it’s not exactly a joke; based on Trainwreck’s gangbusters reception, Amy Schumer is about to be a major movie star. And we’re ready for it. … Read More

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Polls Show Americans Want Tina Fey to Host ‘The Daily Show’

The polls are closed and the votes are in: America’s choice to replace Jon Stewart once he departs from … Read More

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