• Artie Lange heads back to rehab; cancels all stand-up gigs

    UPDATE 9:38 a.m.: Another tweet has been sent out from Artie Lange’s account. The tweet tries to clear up confusion caused by news that Lange was in jail. While Lange is being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J., it is allegedly to sober him up before sending him to a treatment facility. The tweet comes after multiple news outlets reported that he was being held. Variety also

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    Pete Davidson, Judd Apatow announce movie loosely based on SNL star’s life

    Pete Davidson and Judd Apatow are coming to a theater near you. Apatow is directing a yet-unnamed-comedy based on segments of Davidson’s life. The movie was co-written by Davidson, Apatow, and Dave Sirus—a stand-up comic and former writer for Saturday Night Live. On Tuesday, Apatow announced on Twitter that, “we are finally ready to shoot this summer. It’s been many years in the making.” Apatow and Barry Mendel, both of

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    Liza Treyger on Louis CK, TJ Miller: Being a comedian is a privilege, not a right

    Liza Treyger has a simple request to her colleagues: Stop touching women you barely know at work. She’s tired of dudes she doesn’t like kissing her on the cheek when she asks them not to or strangers rubbing her lower back. Treyger noticed a distinct shift in behavior after the 2016 election and was disappointed to learn that many of her comedy friends held some troubling positions on sexual abuse

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    Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen political comedy teases 2020 presidential election

    Charlize Theronand Seth Rogen are joining the presidential election buzz. No, the two actors are not on a split ticket. However, Theron will star alongside Rogen in a comedy about a long shot—the first female president of the United States. Long Shot, which also stars Bob Odenkirk and June Diane Raphael, premieres at SXSW this March. Lionsgate announced the new title Tuesday. Rogen will play an unemployed journalist, Fred Flarsky, who through

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    Barry is “most evil bad-ass person” in HBO trailer

    Bill Hader is back for Barry Season Two! HBO released a teaser for the second season of the award-winning smash hit. While there is no release date yet, the show returns this spring. In the short trailer, Barry is still caught struggling between his dreams of being an actor and his job as a former marine-turned-hitman. While Barry asserts “What I do is not who I am,” his acting teacher

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    Customs and Border Protection halt bus; call documented comedian ‘illegal’

    Portland-based comedian Mohanad Elshieky may not have been famous before Sunday, but according to his Twitter account, “Now the whole country knows that I’m a broke ass comedian who can only afford to ride smelly Greyhound buses.” Elshieky, originally from Benghazi, posted a dozen tweets yesterday about his harrowing experience dealing with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents on a bus ride from Spokane to Portland. Based on his

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    Mindy Kaling movie snags $13 million Amazon deal at Sundance

    Mindy Kaling is getting paid! Amazon bought the U.S. rights to the Office star’s movie Late Night for a record-breaking $13 million. This total exceeds any previous U.S. distribution deal for a movie from the Sundance Film Festival. The film was written and produced by Kaling, who also co-starred with Emma Thompson. Late Night premiered on Friday at Sundance and is already being called a crowd pleaser. In the movie,

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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel sweeps SAG Awards

    Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel swept Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Rachel Brosnahan won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series while Tony Shalhoub won the corresponding award for a male actor. The show’s nine-person cast also received Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the 25th Annual SAG Awards in Los Angeles. The three wins came as a shock considering the guild

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    Saturday Night Live recap: James McAvoy, SNL recycle old bits

    James McAvoy hosted Saturday Night Live this week. McAvoy isn’t known for his comedy, but as an actor, he was fully committed to this week’s show. Films like Split, Glass, and the X-Men franchise made McAvoy a major star since his indie film days. The Wanted actor took the SNL stage with a lot of confidence. Unfortunately, the perennial sketch show cursed him with a lot of repeat sketches that

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    Late night roundup: Adam Newman, Kellen Erskine (and Siri)

    It was a fairly quiet week in late night stand-up despite Conan’s return to TV. Adam Newman and Kellen Erskine did solid sets this week showcasing their talents to a national audience. Erskine can be seen on Amazon’s Inside Jokes docuseries and made his late night stand-up debut on Conan in 2018. He also performed on everyone’s favorite ‘what’s this person going to do?’ series America’s Got Talent. Newman is

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    Amazon picks Jim Gaffigan as first original comedy special

    Jim Gaffigan will release his next stand-up special, Quality Time, on Amazon Prime Video later this year. Gaffigan’s seventh taped hour will be Amazon’s first foray into producing comedy specials. The Jim Gaffigan Show star will record Quality Time at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on March 9. “I am so honored to be Amazon’s first original stand-up special,” said Gaffigan. “This is going to be exciting.” Amazon’s entrance into

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    Tig Notaro books Pittsburgh comic who sacrifices gig over Louis CK

    Louis C.K. is in the news again—though he hasn’t actually done anything this week. Comedian John Dick Winters made waves in the Pittsburgh comedy scene for canceling a gig at a venue that booked C.K. And Tig Notaro is giving him a big thumbs up. Winters canceled with the Pittsburgh Improv when the club announced it had booked the former comedy wunderkind on what could be called an unofficial comeback

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    Phoebe Robinson to New York Comedy Club: Do better than booking alleged abusers

    2 Dope Queens star Phoebe Robinson has had ‘enough’ of comedy clubs letting alleged rapists on stage. Robinson took to Instagram late Wednesday night calling out New York Comedy Club to “do better” after an “alleged rapist” was also on the night’s line-up. Robinson was booked to perform on the 9:00 show at New York Comedy Club’s 24th Street location on Wednesday evening. In the video, she shares that she

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    Netflix in February: Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History, Ray Romano stand-up special, more!

    Netflix just released its list of new shows coming for next month. The list came out in conjunction with a video hyping some of the new shows coming. The video does not show everything coming to the platform, but it does show some new original TV shows and new comedy specials. You can watch the announcement below, but Laughspin is here to break down all the comedies coming to Netflix

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    Jay Leno on Conan O’Brien Tonight Show transition: I wouldn’t change a thing

    Jay Leno shared his thoughts on the disastrous Tonight Show transition in a rare appearance on Tuesday’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. When asked by Cohen for “one thing” he’d redo about his controversial return to late night, Leno stated, “I can’t think of anything I’d do different.” Jay Leno’s Tonight Show debacle resurfaces In case anyone forgot the decade-old drama, NBC replaced Leno with Conan O’Brien—then the

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