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

When 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 [...]

Will Ferrell Advises Jon Stewart to Leave 'The Daily Show' as Soon as Possible

To promote his new film Get Hard, Will Ferrell visited last night's Daily Show (wearing an amazing Zach Galifianakis shirt) and was brutally honest with Jon Stewart about his decision to leave the show: "I just want to address the fact that you had the guts to look at yourself in the mirror and say 'Jon, it's not working' … Now you haven't announced when you're leaving, but don't take your time. I'd leave by if not the end of this week, by next week."

Check Out Two Sneak Peeks of Comedy Central's 'Roast of Justin Bieber'

The Roast of Justin Bieber is a week away, and today Comedy Central released two sneak peeks featuring expert roaster Jeffrey Ross and roastmaster Kevin Hart (below). For more spoilers from the Bieber roast, check out Variety's behind-the-scenes look with roasters Hannibal Buress, Natasha Leggero, Shaquille O'Neal, Pete Davidson, and more.

Key and Peele, Nick Kroll, Adam DeVine, and More Share Their Least Favorite Comedy Clichés

HitFix recently got the opportunity to interview a bunch of Comedy Central stars, and they posed an interesting question to all of them: "Which comedy clichés bother you most?" The responses are equally varied and hilarious — who knew Nick Kroll had such a low tolerance for pretty much everything?

Watch the Series Premiere of 'Big Time in Hollywood, FL' Two Weeks Early

Last year, Comedy Central ordered ten episodes of a new show from Next Time on Lonny's Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf called Big Time in Hollywood, FL about two brothers and aspiring filmmakers who get kicked out of their house. Ahead of Big Time's television debut on March 25th, Comedy Central uploaded the full series premiere episode this week so you can watch it two weeks early. The series is executive produced by Ben Stiller, who also has a big part in the first episode.

Inside the Big-Time Ambitions of 'Big Time in Hollywood, FL'

At first blush, Comedy Central's newest scripted series, Big Time in Hollywood, FL, may seem like another entry into the category of Young Slackers Getting into Wacky Daily Misadventures. But the show's creators, Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf, have a much grander scheme in play. With the successful web series Next Time on Lonny under their collective belt, Anfanger and Schimpf set out to finally create a show six years in the making. Big Time is a serialized comedy about two wannabe filmmaker brothers who get caught up in multi-layered plot that forces them into adulthood for the first time in their lives. The show boasts a heavy dose of [...]

Aidy Bryant and Conner O'Malley Appeared on Last Night's 'Broad City' Finale

Broad City's season 2 finale aired last night, and among the special guests were SNL cast member Aidy Bryant and Late Night writer Conner O'Malley as the last couple Abbi and Ilana would want to run into at a restaurant. It's probably safe to say that Aidy and Conner aren't this kind of couple offscreen considering they're a little too busy to get upset over things like unanswered Facebook event invites.

Ari Shaffir Runs Though a Typical Visit to His Pot Doctor

Standup and This Is Not Happening host Ari Shaffir has a new special premiering on Comedy Central tonight called Passive Aggressive, and the network released a sneak peek featuring Shaffir describing a typical visit to his pot doctor in California. Watch another clip from the special below, then catch the rest tonight at midnight.

Larry Wilmore and the 'Nightly Show' Panel Debate Banned Words and Political Correctness

From Sheryl Sandberg's campaign against the word "bossy" to Rick Scott's ruling to ban the term "climate change" in Florida to the University of Michigan's recent decision to ban terms like "illegal alien" and "crazy," there's been a lot of word policing in the news lately, which Larry Wilmore and his panel explored during last night's Nightly Show. Watch Wilmore give an overview above — which includes a list of offensive slurs he and his writers think deserve to be banned way more than "bossy" and "alien" — then check out his panel with comedians Lizz Winstead, Maz Jobrani, and Nick DiPaolo and The Daily Beast's John Avlon below:

Comedy Central Orders Eight Episodes of 'Why? With Hannibal Buress'

It looks like Hannibal Buress has finally landed his own Comedy Central series after all. According to The Wrap, Comedy Central has picked up eight episodes of a weekly half-hour series called Why? With Hannibal Buress, which will follow Buress "as he addresses major cultural issues through stand-up, filmed segments, man-on-the-street interviews and interviews with in-studio guests." The show is slated to debut this July, nearly a year and a half after Buress put his dreams out into the world by saying Comedy Central had ordered his last pilot Unemployable to series a little too soon.

'The Nightly Show' Responds to Starbucks' Canceled "Race Together" Campaign

Last night's Nightly Show took a closer look at Starbucks' recent attempt to start a conversation about race through their "Race Together" campaign, which the company canceled after one week. Going off Starbucks' misguided idea that coffee and awkward conversations always go well together, Nightly Show correspondents Ricky Velez and Mike Yard were sent out to a bunch of New York coffee shops to start up some awkward conversations of their own.

Read a New Oral History About the Birth of 'South Park'

Entertainment Weekly has a new South Park oral history out today, and it's a great look into how Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "The Spirit of Christmas" shorts evolved into a smash hit Comedy Central series. Here's an excerpt from former Comedy Central president Doug Herzog:

Anybody that tells you they knew it was going to be a hit—and the only people I would believe if they said that would be Matt and Trey—that’s just bullshit. Nobody knows, right? What we did know was it was really funny. We thought it was clever. And for a network that was still struggling to reach 50 million homes, we went, [...]

'SNL's Pete Davidson Joins Comedy Central's 'Roast of Justin Bieber'

SNL cast member Pete Davidson is headed to the Roast of Justin Bieber later this month. The network revealed the news on Twitter today, and Davidson joins previously announced roasters Jeffrey Ross, Natasha Leggero, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Shaquille O'Neal, Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia, Martha Stewart, and roastmaster Kevin Hart. The special airs on Comedy Central Monday, March 30th at 10:00pm.

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer Talk 'Broad City' on 'The Daily Show'

Here's a clip from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's visit to last night's Daily Show, where they talked with Stewart about how Broad City went from a web series to a Comedy Central show, how their parents have responded to their fame, and the special person who called just for Abbi during Sunday's Night of Too Many Stars.