Comedy Central

‘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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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Review’ Gets 5-Star Renewal, ‘Now and Then’ TV Series

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Comedy Central renews everything great, Vincent D’Onofrio joins Netflix’s Daredevil, and Grumpy Cat is still popular. … Read More

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The Best 2014 Emmys For Your Consideration Ads

It’s Emmy season! Or, more specifically, Emmy nomination season. The ballots went out on June 9, and by the 20th, the TV Academy will place their votes for the 2014 Emmys. It’s a tough decision — even tougher than usual this year, with so many fantastic programs to choose from — and networks are pulling out all the stunts when it comes to For Your Consideration advertisements. Here’s are the funniest billboards, the oddest stunts, and the most passive-aggressive mailers. … Read More

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Stephen Colbert’s Replacement Matters Way More Than His Promotion

So, it happened: another white guy, albeit a talented one, will be joining the ranks of late-night TV hosts. Stephen Colbert’s been the frontrunner ever since David Letterman announced his retirement next year, exact date TBD; according to Mashable, he’s been in talks with CBS since before Letterman’s exit was set in stone, and his Comedy Central contract just so happens to expire at the end of 2014. Personally, I’m thrilled for Colbert even as I’m disappointed CBS didn’t go with someone who looks exactly like everyone else we see every night on every other major network. But I also don’t think I’m alone in being a regular viewer of The Colbert Report who has no intentions of tuning in to The Late Show, new host or no. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Mulder Hunts Manson, HBO Sends Women to Space

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, David Duchovny hunts Charles Manson, Martin Sheen hunts Moby Dick, and Rake hunts for a new time slot. … Read More

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