Trevor Noah recruits baby in chicken costume to help him announce new Netflix standup special 

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah will return to Netflix next month for a new standup special, Trevor Noah: Son Of Patricia, which is slated to drop on November 20th. The follow-up to last year’s Afraid Of The Dark, the set will touch on issues of “racism, immigration, camping and more,” per a press release.

Chris Gethard on his new book, his old TV show, and not taking the “cult” part of “cult hero” literally

It’s always a good time to talk to Chris Gethard. Hundreds of people regularly vie for that opportunity, waiting for him to tweet the phone number for Beautiful/Anonymous, a podcast that is built entirely of Gethard taking calls from unidentified strangers. But now seems like a particularly good time to talk to the…

John Mulaney knows what’s keeping comedians away from colleges—and it’s not political correctness

College campuses have long been steady venues for touring comedians. The crowds, after all, are often triple the size of those you’ll find in most clubs, and the money’s good if you’ve yet to hit that elusive “arena stage” of stardom. It was curious, then, when, a few years ago, some of the world’s most successful…

Jimmy Kimmel laughs off idea that his new comedy club would even try to keep sexual harassers out

Few entertainment institutions have been more resistant to change in recent years than the humble comedy club, a series of privately owned, strictly controlled cash factories with little interest in anything beyond parading big names in front of two-drink-minimum audiences. Said clubs have faced unwanted attention in…

American Vandal graduates from dicks to poop in its 2nd-season premiere

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Last year’s brilliant first season of American Vandal didn’t just introduce the world to Baby Farting and the perfect comic timing of Jimmy Tatro (your biggest Emmy nomination snub of 2018). It also asked one of the most pressing questions of our time: “Who drew the dicks?” It was one-part mystery, one-part parody,…

Patton Oswalt regrets going for the “easy laugh” as a young comic

Everybody has stuff they regret saying. That’s probably doubly true if you’re a stand-up comedian and the majority of stuff you’ve said has been in front of rooms full of strangers. But, for a long time, comedians were hesitant to say they regretted any of their old material or thought it was in bad taste. A new…

Owner of the Comedy Cellar had no idea Louis CK was going on, calls set a "missed opportunity"

On Sunday night, Louis CK emerged from whatever hole he’s been hiding in to perform a surprise stand-up set at New York’s Comedy Cellar, just 10 months after rumors about him exposing himself to female comics and employees were confirmed in a New York Times article. CK had evidently decided that he had done enough…

YouTuber who says comedy shouldn't address racism, sexism booed off stage at Just For Laughs

Are YouTubers really the future of comedy? Not Darren Knight, a YouTuber and self-proclaimed “fastest rising comedian in American history” who blends the down-home condescension of Jeff Foxworthy and the kitschy misogyny of Tyler Perry’s Madea in a character he calls Southern Momma. Here’s his most recent video:

Catch up with streaming stand-up, from Nanette to The Comedy Lineup

Ah, summer—the hottest time of the year everywhere but in TV land. At least, it was until Netflix set a goal of 1,000 original releases by the end of 2018. But fear not: The A.V. Club is offering life preservers for those who are adrift in this sea of content, starting with the best of scripted and nonscripted series.…

Terry Gilliam is being predictably depressing about the BBC's push for diversity in comedy

You know what they say about heroes: They either die early, or live long enough to damn near kill themselves making a movie about Don Quixote, and then spout off a bunch of toxic bullshit about how they’re suddenly a trans black woman. That old axiom was never truer than in the case of director and Monty Python alum…

New comedy museum to place American humor safely behind glass

Back in 2016, we reported that George Carlin’s daughter Kelly Carlin had donated his “archives” to the National Comedy Center in New York for a “museum experience” that was still in the works at the time. Now, that museum experience has grown into an actual museum, and the National Comedy Center is preparing to open…

Mitch Hedberg’s widow says unheard material is coming soon

Prince’s archives are the stuff of legend, but what about Mitch Hedberg’s? We’ll soon find out, as in a guest column in today’s The Hollywood Reporter, Hedberg’s widow, Lynn Shawcroft, reveals that she’s spent the last eight months diligently digitizing a huge archive of unreleased material from the late comedy…

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