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Jerrod Carmichael's HBO Special 'Love at The Store' Premieres on October 4th

Back in April it was announced that Jerrod Carmichael was getting his very first standup special on HBO directed by Spike Lee, and today the network dropped the first teaser and October 4 premiere date for it, called Love at the Store. In addition to the HBO special, Carmichael is also working on a second pilot for NBC on a "quick turnaround," so you can expect to see Carmichael all over your TV screen in the near future.

Learn About Payday Loans with John Oliver and Sarah Silverman

Here's a clip from last night's Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver breaks down the corrupt payday loan industry — or as he describes it, the "recycling symbol of human misery" — with a little help from Sarah Silverman in the form of a counter campaign ad.

Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen Talk About 'SNL' and Their Other Shows for 'Variety'

To celebrate both of their Emmy nominations, Variety recently sat down with Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen for a hybrid interview/conversation that covers everything from their thoughts on each other's shows Girls and Portlandia to what it's like to perform on SNL. Here's both of them talking about Lorne Michaels and his behind-the-scenes skills and power:

Armisen: Lorne gives the most valuable kind of notes. I don't know how he knows. I don't know if he has like some secret connection to my brain but he addresses questions that I haven't asked yet and then I feel better about a whole season. In a sentence, he can diffuse [...]

Andy Samberg and Kit Harington to Star as Rivals in a Tennis Mockumentary for HBO

Andy Samberg is about to play a tennis bad boy in an original HBO movie. According to Deadline, HBO is currently assembling the cast for 7 Days in Hell, a tennis-centric mockumentary written by Girls and American Dad! writer Murray Miller based on a concept by Miller and Samberg, who will star opposite Game of Thrones' Kit Harington. The mockumentary will tell the tale of rivaling tennis players during their legendary seven-day match at Wimbledon, with Samberg as "tennis' superstar bad boy" Aaron Williams and Harington as Charles Poole, "a tennis prodigy and certified truck driver." Rounding out the cast will be Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Will Forte [...]

John Oliver Breaks Down America's Income Inequality Problem

From Last Week Tonight, here's a clip of John Oliver breaking down everything that's wrong with income inequality in the US, from the stigma behind the term "class warfare" to the wealth gap to the estate tax to America's obsession with being cut down to size by British talent show judges. Oliver ends the segment by playing two fun games of "America Ball" — one for the top 1% and another for the rest of us.

John Oliver Covers the Militarization of Ferguson Police and Beyond

Considering both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were off the air last week, John Oliver's Last Week Tonight segment on the tragic shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson cops — as well as the ridiculous level of American police militarization in Ferguson and beyond — was a much needed dose of sane coverage last night: "The point is, if you are a cop in the United States, you should dress for the job you have, not the job you want."

'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' Creates the Perfect Port Authority Souvenir

New York's Port Authority recently got in a dispute with kitchenware store Fishs Eddy over selling plates depicting the New York City skyline after claiming that they own exclusive rights and control of it, so John Oliver and Last Week Tonight decided to create a souvenir plate that celebrates the true image the Port Authority is best known for — the disgusting Port Authority Bus Terminal — with some help from NYC spokesman Colin Quinn.

John Oliver Reveals How Embarrassingly Bad the US Is at Storing Nuclear Weapons

While most Americans might worry about the possibility of getting annihilated by another country's nuclear warheads, last night's Last Week Tonight proved that what we should worry about most are our own nuclear weapons, which it turns out aren't stored with the level of security and up-to-date technology you might think. If that scares you, just wait until Oliver breaks down some of the men in charge of these weapons and America's many "Almostgeddons"– it only gets worse.

Maude Apatow to Make Her Television Debut on HBO's 'Girls'

Maude Apatow is set to make her TV comedy debut. TVLine reports that Maude will appear in the next season of Lena Dunham's hit HBO series Girls, which her dad Judd Apatow executive produces. Few details about Maude's character have been released, but she'll reportedly play a girl named Cleo "who could potentially appear in several episodes." Maude has shown up in her father's films Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40, but Girls will make her first time on the small screen. Zachary Quinto, Gillian Jacobs, Jason Ritter, and Natasha Lyonne are also set to show up next season, which is slated to premiere early [...]

HBO Is Waiting Patiently for Larry David to Bring Back 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

Curb Your Enthusiasm might come back to HBO, but not until at least next year. According to a Vulture, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told reporters yesterday that he had recently run into Larry David and asked about a possible Curb return. Though David said he had no plans to bring it back this year, after Lombardo asked him "So David, should I emotionally get Curb out of my head?" he responded with "No, no, no, no, no." There aren't any more specifics about Curb's future on the pay network yet, but Lombardo told reporters yesterday that "as long as he's thinking about it, we still have a [...]

'The Atlantic' Says 'Last Week Tonight' Is "Making a Difference in the Real World"

"This is the magic of John Oliver. It's been only 14 episodes so far (the show is slated for 19 this season) but the Last Week Tonight team has found a way to take a seemingly complicated issue, remove the talking points and cultural baggage surrounding it, break it into understandable parts—and then slowly rebuild it. It's an ingenious formula that's making a difference in the real world."

- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is showered with more well-deserved praise in a new Atlantic piece called "How John Oliver Beats Apathy."

Watch a Scary Deleted Scene from 'Ja'mie: Private School Girl'

The first season of Chris Lilley's show Ja'mie: Private School Girl comes out on DVD next week, but you can watch an exclusive deleted scene from the extras above in which our Hillford Girls Grammar School hero turns a scary movie date with Mitchell into the most physical flirtfest possible. The DVD will be available starting August 5th, and you can pre-order it now via the HBO website.

Thailand's Military Government Is Not a Fan of 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'

Thailand's military government apparently caught wind of a segment Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did on their Crown Prince last month, and they're not taking his satire lightly. VICE News recently got ahold of a "highly confidential" official document from Thailand's National Council of Peace and Order responding to, among other things, Oliver's June 22 segment on Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn in which he mocked the coup leader and his ridiculous "happiness campaign" and called him "buffoonish" and "an idiot." From the document, which focuses on Oliver and other "overseas activities that the junta regards as 'undermining the royal institution'":

Mr. John William Oliver, a comedy actor [...]

John Oliver and Some Puppets Break Down America's Prison Problem

Here's a clip from last night's Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver breaks down the many problems behind America's broken prison system and takes a page out of the Sesame Street playbook by singing a catchy prison-themed tune with a group of puppets.