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Paul Scheer Is Hosting an Interactive Improv Sketch Show for CC:Studios

Comedy Central's digital wing CC:Studios has greenlit a new improv sketch show that will take audience suggestions via Twitter. Titled CC: Social Scene, the six-episode series is hosted by Paul Scheer and features improv performers from both The Groundlings (Lee Newton, H. Michael Croner) and UCB (Lilan Bowden, Jacob Womack, Jeff Sloniker, Barak Hardley), who improvise scenes based on Twitter suggestions using the hashtag #CCSocialScene. CC: Social Scene will debut a new episode each week, and you can catch the first installment "Worst Breakup Lines" below:

Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Forte Are '80s Chic in the 'Moonbeam City' Trailer

Back in January, Comedy Central announced that they had picked up Moonbeam City, an animated Miami Vice-style parody from Funny or Die and Conan writer Scott Gairdner, and the first trailer is now online. Starring Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte, and Kate Mara as a team of undercover cops with wonderfully tacky names, Moonbeam City looks like the perfect show for Lisa Frank fans and gritty cop drama fans alike and is slated to premiere in spring 2015.

Nathan Fielder Describes a Cut 'Nathan for You' Bit Involving Reiki and Yogurt

"[Reiki]'s like a massage, but you don't touch the person … It's strange. My idea was after the person would remove the energy from people, she could charge people a fee to dispose of it. Maybe she could convince them it was bad for the environment. She did it. She was able to put the energy into a yogurt container. The thing did work, but it was just difficult to convey on tape."

- Nathan Fielder describes a very bizarre-sounding Reiki-themed Nathan for You bit that didn't make the final cut in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

Preview Next Week's Dumb Starbucks Episode of 'Nathan for You'

After much anticipation, Nathan Fielder's epic Dumb Starbucks prank from earlier this year will finally be featured in next week's Nathan for You, and Comedy Central just released the above sneak peek. It turns out that Dumb Starbucks wasn't a prank at all but an "artistic experience."

Joe Zimmerman on His Comedy Central 'Half Hour' and Staying in NYC

Self-proclaimed "ambassador of joy" Joe Zimmerman is in a New York state of mind. The comedian is putting down serious roots in what he callsthe place to go if you want to be a standup comic.” And who can blame him? The city is treating him and his career quite well. After making his Comedy Central debut last year on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Zimmerman is now preparing for the release of his Comedy Central Half Hour special this Friday. I talked to him about his comedy roots, the NYC scene and how West Virgina is kind of like Ireland.

Stephen Colbert Unveils His New iPhone Game 'I'd Tap That!'

After learning about the ridiculous amount of money Kim Kardashian is making off her new celebrity-themed iPhone game, Colbert decided to create his own app last night called I'd Tap That!, which doesn't seem as addictive as Kardashian's app but at least is more up front about its money-grubbing.

The Good, the Bad, and the Deeply Strange: Comedy Central's One-Season Wonders

Comedy Central cancels a lot of shows. Enough that Daniel Tosh was able to shout one out in every episode of the first five seasons of Tosh.0 (“We’ll be right back with more Michael and Michael Have Issues”). Tosh’s show has thrived, but what about the supposedly failed shows he mocked? Were any of them good? Why did so many of them only last one season? What if they were supposed to only last one season? Over the next few weeks, I’ll be taking a look at all the Comedy Central shows that lasted just one season.

First up: the reality and mockumentary genre. 

Jordan Peele Plays Stan Lee in This Sneak Peek of 'Key and Peele' Season 4

At Comic-Con yesterday, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele revealed one of their sketches from the upcoming fourth season of Key and Peele premiering on September 24th, which — fittingly for Comic-Con — shows Peele as Marvel's Stan Lee. They duo also revealed that they're developing a movie (aside from their project with Judd Apatow) called Keanu, and Peele gave only one hint about what it's about: "Keanu is a kitten."

Talking to Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray About 'The Meltdown'

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail premieres on Comedy Central tonight as an eight-episode, half-hour standup showcase based on the very popular weekly alt show hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray in Meltdown Comics’ NerdMelt Theater and produced by Emily Gordon. The show will feature a range of comedians many of whom have appeared on the live show in the four years it’s been a part of the Los Angeles comedy scene including Marc Maron, Jim Gaffigan, Adam Scott, Maria Bamford, and Moshe Kasher.

I caught up with Nanjiani and Ray and talked with them about translating their show to TV, working with director Lance Bangs, and making [...]

Joe Wengert on His 'Half Hour' Special and Writing for Three Very Different TV Shows

With a half hour special under his belt, Joe Wengert's standup career is taking off, so it’s not hard to believe that he's also an accomplished improviser. Wengert ran the UCB Theatre's school in New York and then in LA and still regularly performs improv at the LA theater with the team The Smokes in addition to the long-running show ASSSSCAT. His TV writing credits are impressive as well: Wengert has written for Kroll Show, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Playing House. You can catch his episode of The Half Hour this Friday, July 18th, at 12:30 am.

I got to talk to Joe about preparing for The Half Hour, writing [...]

Larry Wilmore Drops in on 'The Daily Show' to Talk Police Brutality

After The Colbert Report ends at the end of the year, Larry Wilmore will be taking over the time slot with his new show The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore. While none of this was mentioned when he returned for a brief police brutality commentary as Senior Black Correspondent on last night's Daily Show, it's still a hint at the kind of coverage we can expect from Wilmore next year — and also worth watching for Jon Stewart's uncomfortable laughter.

Comedy Central Renews 'Nathan for You' and 'Drunk History'

Comedy Central has just announced that they've renewed both Nathan for You and Drunk History for third seasons. These renewals come on the heels of recent renewals for Broad City, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Review, and TripTank, giving the network a seriously impressive lineup of critically acclaimed comedies that are being given chances to grow across multiple seasons. Hey, keep it up, CC!

Both Nathan for You and Drunk History are in the middle of their second seasons now, with new episodes airing on Tuesday nights. Check out our recent interviews with Nathan Fielder and Drunk History creator Derek Waters.

Harnessing Absurdity to Help Others with Kurt Braunohler

You can catch Kurt Braunohler’s new episode of The Half Hour this Friday, July 25, but he’s been focused on a lot more than just standup lately. In June, the comedian jet skied the Mississippi River from Chicago to New Orleans as part of his Indiegogo campaign to raise $50,000 to provide 500 goats and 1000 chickens to African families in need. The quest is documented in his Comedy Central web series Roustabout, coming out this fall.

On top of that, Kurt is starring in the upcoming film B Roll, has plans to release a compilation album from his standup/variety show Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal, and continues [...]

The Inside Story of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

“I’ve always been fascinated with the moment people go from being a just a group in a room to one unit – for me, that’s the most interesting thing on the planet,” says Emily Gordon, co-producer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. “Movies do that, and church does that, and comedy shows do that, and I always wanted to make an environment where that happens.”

Every Wednesday night, it happens in an unlikely place: the dim, unfinished back room of a comic book shop on Sunset Boulevard. 

Just a few blocks east of Los Angeles’ biggest comedy clubs, the NerdMelt Showroom is home to one of [...]