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March 26th, 2015
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Taraji P. Henson and Michael Keaton Set as April 'SNL' Hosts

NBC just announced two upcoming SNL hosts. According to TV Line, Michael Keaton will host SNL for a third time on April 4th with musical guest Carly Rae Jepsen, then Empire star Taraji P. Henson will make her hosting debut on April 11th with musical guest Mumford & Sons. The show returns live this weekend with four-time host Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Hasan Minhaj Heads to Oregon to Meet Sugar Bob the Stoned Deer

Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj recently traveled to Oregon to investigate a once-in-a-lifetime story of how legalized medical marijuana is destroying society through a deer named Sugar Bob, who seems to enjoy getting high and eating stolen candy. It's a shame that marijuana is tearing our country apart one deer at a time like this, but hopefully Minhaj's report will shed some light on this growing problem.

James Corden Talks About His New 'Late Late Show' Job on 'Conan'

The Late Late Show's new host James Corden was a guest on last night's Conan, where he told O'Brien about how nervous he is about the gig, which he describes as "just a quest to not throw up on your own clothes." Watch more from Corden's interview below: READ MORE

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart Address 'Get Hard' Critical Backlash: "Funny Is Funny"

"If you’re disturbed by white-collar crime, but not quite as disturbed as you are by gay sex, then congratulations: You might possess just the right combo of social conscience and unexamined homophobia needed to fully enjoy Get Hard." That's the opening line from Variety's review of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's new buddy comedy, and it sums up much of the critical backlash since the film premiered at SXSW. Ferrell and Hart have responded to these accusations to varying degrees of success this week, but the most interesting coverage comes from HitFix's Louis Virtel, who confronted the guys about the issue head-on:

“You're both very smart, funny people. During the filming of the movie, between the scene where you [Hart] kind of do a mockingly effeminate voice and you [Ferrell] gag at the sight of a dick as if it's the worst thing that could happen to a straight guy — a gay situation — did you think this is mildly-mean spirited, or at the very least, a little bit dated?"

In response, Hart insists that "funny is funny" and Ferrell says the film is about a "societal norm" and earned a standing ovation at SXSW (which is true, but it happened before the film screened, so there's that). Get Hard premieres in theaters this Friday, so only time will tell whether or not viewers agree with the current critical backlash. To be fair, not all critics think Get Hard is an "absolutely horrible, amateurishly assembled comedy that is more offensive than just about anything we've seen lately" — some say that it's "just disappointing," "unimaginative," and "dumb and dated." Yikes.

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Plan Your 'Broad City' NYC Tour with This Handy Map

If you're sad that Broad City's second season is already over on Comedy Central, Thrillest has made it extremely easy for you to relive it all thanks to their handy interactive Broad City map. The map includes all the locations featured during season 2 — everything from Abbi's workplace Soulstice (Chalk Gyms in Williamsburg) to the manhole Ilana and her mom traveled to for top-notch counterfeit handbags. Check out the map below, then head over to Thrillest for a complete breakdown of all the hot spots. READ MORE

Broken Lizard's 'Super Troopers 2' Indiegogo Campaign Just Reached Its $2M Goal

Great news for Super Troopers fans: Super Troopers 2 is definitely happening. In just a little over one day, Broken Lizard's Indiegogo campaign to self-fund the sequel to their 2001 cult hit has already reached its $2 million goal with 30 days to spare, which guarantees that Super Troopers 2 will go into production this summer and hit theaters sometime next year. You can still head over to the Indiegogo page to make your own contribution from now through April 24th, but if you give $35,000, be warned that someone has already claimed the grand prize of owning the patrol car that will be used in the film.

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Dwayne Johnson Debuts His New Wrestling Catchphrase in These 'SNL' Promos

SNL is back this weekend with four-time host Dwayne Johnson and musical guest George Ezra, and NBC just released the first round of promos featuring Johnson and Bobby Moynihan discussing their porn star names, monologue jokes, and Johnson's new and much wiser wrestling catchphrase.

Nasim Pedrad to Create, Write, and Star in Her Own Fox Comedy

Nasim Pedrad might star in her very own Fox comedy. THR reports that Pedrad has signed a talent holding and development deal at the network with the goal of creating, writing, and starring in her own show. "Nasim’s an undeniable creative force in front of the camera and a brilliant writer/producer behind the camera," Fox exec Jonnie Davis said on the news. "We’ve long admired her work on SNL and Mulaney and we think she’ll be hugely valuable to us on the comedy side." In the meantime, Nasim already has a recurring role in the works on the upcoming Fox horror-comedy Scream Queens from Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan.

This Week in Web Videos: 'Happy Town'

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Happy Town could've been dead on arrival. Had creator/director/DP/editor/producer/Vitruvian film dude Jon Mayer not turned his passion papers into a passion project, this would've read like just another tale of Millennial ennui in the big city. "Great," every agent would've said. "Do you have anything a little more 'mainstreamy?'" Instead, Mayer worked to bring it off the page and onto MacBook screens the City over. It hasn't achieved tremendous view success and it likely won't. What it has done is demonstrate Mayer's ability to breathe life in to a beautiful tapestry of true, acutely relatable moments, as series star Anu Valia turns the banal into the essential with a poise that makes me wonder why she's not on HBO a whole lot more. Happy Town is the perfect justification for web series. More than a path to virality, the digital arena allows motivated, talented creators to prove themselves, potentially redefining genres and winning worth for undertakings that Courier New just can't justify. READ MORE

Jim Norton Plays a Rat in the Latest Episode of 'Cop Show'

Here's the newest installment of Colin Quinn's web series Cop Show featuring special guest Jim Norton, who plays a rat under interrogation by Quinn and his crew. The interns/writers behind Cop Show are clearly still relying on obvious metaphors to get their point across, but at least the metaphors Michael Che had to deal with were a little less insulting.

Bill Murray Finally Comes Home in This Rare Second City Clip from 1980

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

Now that there's officially a Bill Murray Christmas TV special in the works featuring stars like Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and George Clooney, here's a look back at a rare Murray special from 1980 called Bill Murray Live from the Second City. In this clip from the special, Murray finally returns home to his parents after six months in Denver only to be overwhelmed with questions by his father (played by Bruce Jarchow). Check out another clip from Bill Murray Live here.

Kristen Schaal Explains the Future of Gender Wage Equality on 'Daily Show'

Senior Women's Issues Correspondent Kristen Schaal made an appearance during last night's Daily Show to talk equal pay for women, and it turns out that America might figure out how to create human hearts from 3D printers before women are paid the same amount as men: "At this point, we'd be better off printing a 3D penis, slapping it on the bank counter and saying 'Hey society, fuck you. Pay me.'"

Inside the Secret Technology that Makes 'The Daily Show' and 'Last Week Tonight' Work

snapstreamWhen you’re watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, or Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, you often see these comedians contextualize their commentary with short, specific news clips, like John Oliver’s use of a 5-second clip from a Bloomberg TV news show — just long enough to catch a newscaster saying “March Madness now brings in over a billion dollars in TV ad revenue” — in his recent NCAA segment.

Have you ever wondered where these clips come from? Does one Last Week Tonight employee watch hours of TV in the hopes that someone will drop a reference to the annual March Madness ad revenue to fit in with what they're writing? What about the recent Daily Show Vine featuring “50 Fox News Lies in 60 seconds:” did somebody watch Fox News for days to get all of these clips?

The way these shows compile montages and search through the vast wastelands of cable news every day has changed over the years, with a new technology making the process exponentially easier and more streamlined. It's a tool that neither HBO nor Comedy Central were willing to talk about, not wanting to pull the curtain back on the magic behind what they do. It allows comedy shows to pull out the tastiest, most hilarious news and political clips for their nightly or weekly broadcasts like they never were able to before, and we’ve got an inside look at exactly how it works. READ MORE

Ben Stiller Plays Beastie Boys Lyrics Trivia on 'Late Night'

Having performed live with the Beastie Boys before, Ben Stiller considers himself a pretty big fan, so during last night's Late Night Seth Meyers put Stiller's fandom to the test with some on-the-spot Beastie Boys lyrics trivia. Check out another clip from Stiller's Late Night visit below: READ MORE