Comedy Central

The Spiritual Ennui of Stephen Colbert’s High-Wire Performance

Goodbye, “Stephen Colbert!” Hello Stephen Colbert, person and brand new host of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. On the occasion of the passing of “Stephen Colbert” — pronounced the French way, name always in scare quotes — a significant amount of ink has been spilled on his genius; however, we also noticed that when it came to the Flavorwire staff, a significant amount of us had, well, fatigue regarding the “Stephen Colbert” narrative as the rogue truthiness hero in the media. Can you keep well-honed satire sharp and dangerous for nearly a decade? Should you? While there’s no denying that “Stephen Colbert” was a performance for the ages, are we going to miss The Colbert Report? Here are some reasons why we’re ready for Stephen Colbert, the man. … Read More

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Watch Abbi Jacobson in Her Natural Habitat, Bed Bath & Beyond, in New ‘Broad City’ Clip

In which we learn that Lincoln has a blog called “The Al Dente Dentist” (as Ilana points out, “The… Read More

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‘Kroll Show’ Is Ending For the Most ‘Kroll Show’ Reason: The Character Circle Is Complete

Yesterday, Nick Kroll announced that his Comedy Central sketch comedy series, Kroll Show, would be ending after its third season, which premieres January 13. Of course, it sucks if you’re a Kroll Show fan to think that they’ll be no more new “Too Much Tuna” or “PubLIZity” after this year, but reading Kroll’s explanation, it’s hard to feel like there isn’t dignity in this move. Considering the meta and enmeshed world Kroll and his cohorts — like Jon Daly, Jenny Slate, John Mulaney, Amy Poehler, and Chelsea Peretti — have created in just two seasons so far, it seems like a graceful move that pays respect to the distinct characters that Kroll somehow connects and the viewers who love them. The Atlantic went as far as to deem the move noble, and a model for other showrunners. … Read More

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Amy Schumer and the ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Team Fought for and Won the Right to Say “Pussy” on Comedy Central

Ah, chivalry. Men holding doors, paying for the drinks, bleeping the word “pussy” on Comedy Central because it’s obscene, while… Read More

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‘Nathan For You’s’ “Dumb Starbucks” Episode Exceeds Expectations

A few months ago, everyone became temporarily obsessed with a “Dumb Starbucks” store that had popped up in Los Angeles. It was a blatant parody of Starbucks — the name, the logo, the drinks, the Norah Jones soundtrack — but with the word “dumb” in front of everything. No one was quite sure what it was: An actual coffee shop? A statement on consumerism? Banksy’s latest creation? As it turns out (and as a few people cleverly assumed), Dumb Starbucks was a creation of Nathan Fielder, for his brilliant show Nathan For You. The much-anticipated “Dumb Starbucks” episode finally aired last night and not only did it live up to the hype, but it went above and beyond.  … Read More

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‘The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail’ Tries to Cram Too Much Comedy Into Half-Hour Episodes — and Often Succeeds

For the past four years, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail has been the flagship show at Los Angeles’ NerdMelt Showroom. It’s a weekly comedy showcase (“alt-comedy” seems to be the preferred descriptor whenever the show is written up) hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani and featuring a nice mix of drop-ins from big names and great sets from “lesser-known” comedians. It’s an intimate show in an intimate setting, but Comedy Central recently took on the task of translating it to an eight-episode television series. … Read More

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“Everyone in the World Is Totally Nuts”: 16 Things We Learned From Nathan Fielder’s Reddit AMA

Canadian comedian (say that out loud, it’s fun) Nathan Fielder may be best known to the general public for his “Dumb Starbucks” prank to promote his show Nathan for You, but to his fans he’s one of the most under-appreciated comedians working today. At the start of Monday’s Reddit AMA, Fielder told fans, “We don’t only have to chat about the show though, we can chat about whatever. Because I’m super chill and easy going.” But even with all that “we don’t have to do what my publicist says” leeway, many fans actually did want to talk about the show — to learn how Fielder keeps a straight face when dealing with ridiculous characters, to understand what types of strangers are willing to participate in such a mysterious show, and mostly, how “real” certain scenes and episodes are. Read on for the highlights from Fielder’s AMA, Nathan for You-related and otherwise (unfortunately, he wouldn’t reveal which starter Pokémon he’d pick). … Read More

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Watch the First Episode of Comedy Central’s ‘The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail’

Comedy Central has put up the pilot for its upcoming series, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, for preview on … Read More

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TV’s Strangest Comedy Show, ‘Nathan For You,’ Is More Than Just Dumb Starbucks

In my favorite episode of Nathan For You, Season 1’s “Gas Station/Caricature,” comedian Nathan Fielder suggests that a gas station owner use a rebate promotion to increase sales. The twist is that it’s not a mail-in rebate. Instead, customers have to spend 90 minutes hiking to the top of a mountain and solve a series of riddles in order to find the hidden drop box. Surprisingly, people actually agree. It organically turns into a sort of camping session. These three strangers, and Nathan, begin to share secrets — one man even weeps about his divorce — and they form a makeshift family, both hugging and pranking each other. It’s surreal and mind-boggling, but Nathan sticks with it, listening intently with his always unreadable expression. … Read More

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The 10 Best Shows You Can Only Watch Online

This year, more than ever, television has provided plenty of shows to occupy our time during the summer months. Still, it’s not as much TV as we want (is it ever?), and there are often long lulls in television throughout the week — seriously, what’s with everything being packed into Sundays? Fortunately, there is the always-reliable Internet to tide us over. By now, you’ve definitely finished all of Orange Is the New Black, so here are ten other Internet-only series to watch this… Read More

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