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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.

Watch Nathan Fielder Attempt to Be a Hip TV Host

Here's a clip from last night's Nathan for You that's pretty fantastic if you like the idea of Fielder hiring a focus group to turn him into a hip, stylish, v-neck-wearing TV host then testing his new personality on last year's no-nonsense private investigator Brian Wolfe. Click through for the second clip.

Every Season of 'South Park' Is Coming to Hulu Plus

Good news for South Park fans but bad news for those without Hulu Plus: At the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday, Hulu announced that it's made a pact with Trey Parker and Matt Stone to stream the entire South Park library on Hulu Plus. All 17 seasons will be available on Hulu for free until South Park's 18th season premiere on Comedy Central come September 24th, when the library (including all new episodes) will switch over to Hulu Plus for subscribers only. All of South Park's episodes have always been available via the South Park Studios website, but once the show makes the switch to Hulu [...]

Here's a Preview for Next Week's 'Nathan For You,' in Which Nathan Fielder Desecrates Pet Cemeteries

Comedy Central's Nathan For You is currently in the midst of its second season, and here's an exclusive preview clip for next Tuesday's episode, in which Nathan Fielder helps a woman attract more customers to her pet store by advertising on a grave in a pet cemetery and she's reluctant to do that for some reason.

Nathan Fielder on Fascinating People, Social Awkwardness, and Taking 'Nathan for You' Abroad

Nathan Fielder might play a hopelessly awkward and highly unorthodox business consultant on his hit Comedy Central series Nathan for You, but it's a role he's mastered thanks to years of experience embracing and exaggerating what he once thought were the "terrible" parts to his personality — the compulsion to talk during awkward conversational pauses, a lack of finesse with girls, and the persistent insecurity that comes along with being a social outsider. Now that the second season of Nathan for You is in full swing, I recently talked with Fielder about what he's learned from last season, how he and Nathan for You co-creator Michael Koman make the [...]

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 [...]

Watch Kurt Braunohler Jet Ski the Mississippi in the Trailer for 'Roustabout'

Here's the trailer for Kurt Braunohler's new Comedy Central web series Roustabout, which found him jet skiing from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money to send food to Africa and hanging out with a bunch of cool comedians along the way.

Watch an Extended Scene of Bill Gates in Nathan Fielder's 'The Web'

From Tuesday's episode of Nathan For You, here's an extended scene from Nathan Fielder's fake movie, The Web, starring an incredible Bill Gates impersonator as Bill Gates dealing with asteroid/microchip issues.

Rachel Feinstein on Her Comedy Central 'Half Hour' and the Other Rachel Feinstein

Rachel Feinstein came to New York when she was 17. She did not go to college. She lived in Brooklyn. She shared her apartment with a band that called itself "Dicksister." When Feinstein entered comedy, however, she found an outlet and crowd that she grew to love. Since then, she's appeared on Last Comic Standing, had a Comedy Central Presents special, performed in Women Who Kill, produced an album (Thug Tears), appeared in numerous online sketches, done voices for Grand Theft Auto, and has begun to make more appearances on the acting scene.

Her second Comedy Central special, as part of their series, Half Hour, airs this Friday. I recently [...]

Watch the Pilot for 'The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail' on Amazon for Free

Comedy Central's new standup series The Meltdown doesn't premiere until July 23rd, but the pilot is already available for viewing on Amazon Instant Video for free. The episode's lineup includes Steve Agee, David Koechner, Neal Brennan, Moshe Kasher, and plenty of cuts to the backstage scene with Meltdown producer and Nanjiani's wife Emily Gordon, so get ahead of the curve by watching the free episode now over at Amazon.

Former 'Daily Show' Showrunner Rory Albanese Joins 'The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore'

Comedy Central's new Colbert Report replacement, The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore, just added The Daily Show's former showrunner. Rory Albanese will be an executive producer on Minority Report, which is set to launch in January 2015 after Colbert Report concludes its nine-year run in December so that Stephen Colbert can take over for David Letterman. Minority Report was created by Jon Stewart and will be EP'd by Albanese, Stewart, and Wilmore. Albanese spent 14 years on The Daily Show, starting as a production assistant in 1999 and rising through the ranks to executive producer/showrunner, a position he left last fall.

The Minority Report is currently in the early [...]

Mark Normand on His Eventful Comedy Central 'Half Hour' Taping and Bad Advice from Other Comedians

Mark Normand has slogged his way through the New York comedy scene since 2006. For years now, he's labored through open mics all across the city, played shows to half-filled rooms and drunk, distracted patrons, spent hours enticing passers-by to free comedy shows in the West Village, and balanced multiple careers, a relationship, and a social life.

But all of these have not been for nothing. Normand is now a Comedy Cellar regular, has appeared on Conan, Last Comic Standing, and Inside Amy Schumer. Most recently, Normand finally assembled his first album, Still Got It, and filmed his first Comedy Central special for their series The Half Hour, which [...]

Damien Lemon on His Comedy Central 'Half Hour' and How He Became a Comedy Cellar Regular

For years Damien Lemon was known as much for his comedic skills as his legendary beater Toyota Corolla. With the way his career is going now, he’s probably due for an upgrade if he hasn’t done so already.

Lemon is one of the rising stars in the NYC comedy scene and has become a regular at most standup clubs, including the famed Comedy Cellar. He’s a cast member on MTV2’s Guy Code, and made his film debut two years ago in The Amazing Spider-Man.

On Friday, you can see his new special on Comedy Central as part of their Half Hour series.

I recently caught up with Lemon while he [...]

Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant Look Back at 'Reno 911!' and a Possible Distant-Future Reunion

Entertainment Weekly ran an interview with Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant yesterday all about their beloved Comedy Central series Reno 911!, from the "Naked Jamaican" idea that didn't pan out to the movie sequel that never happened to which sketch is now used in an LA police training video. At the end of the interview they were both asked about the possibility of bringing back the show in some form — Lennon says they've had casual talks with Netflix in the past — and here's what Garant had to say of the idea:

It's not a hard show to do. There's a reunion that you can see [...]