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Lisa Kudrow Returns as Valerie Cherish in HBO's 'The Comeback' Trailer

2005 cult hit The Comeback is returning for a limited six-episode run next month, and HBO just released the first trailer. The show's return is being treated as a "standalone event series" but might get a full season renewal if the episodes do well, so the true future of The Comeback is up to you.

John Oliver Has a Word for Pumpkin Spice Lovers

Before you head to your local Starbucks to buy a pumpkin spice latte, watch this clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, in which Oliver breaks down Americans' love for the artificial seasonal flavor and the drink he calls "eggnog for morning people."

Jerrod Carmichael Has His First HBO Special, But Don't Worry — He's Not Nervous

At only 26 years old, he’s being called an “up-and-coming” comic, but Jerrod Carmichael knows who he is, knows what he’s good at, and thanks to his first television special (on HBO no less) directed by THE Spike Lee, soon everyone else will know who he is too.

He’s got a laid back vibe and comfort level of a much more seasoned comic, but when you know who you are and what you think, the confidence shines through like it does for Carmichael. And he’s not wrong. He may be chill, but he also happens to make you think while you’re laughing. Plus, the word is he’s one of the [...]

John Oliver Hosts a Beauty Pageant with Kathy Griffin on 'Last Week Tonight'

Here's a clip from last night's episode of Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver breaks down the Miss America Pageant — or as they prefer to be known, "the world's largest provider of scholarships for women." Oliver decided to investigate the pageant's claims of providing $45 million in scholarship money each year then decided to host his very own beauty pageant with a little help from Kathy Griffin.

John Oliver Breaks Down America's Problem with Student Debt and For-Profit Schools

If you're a college freshman this fall, John Oliver has a useful motivational message just for you at the end of the above Last Week Tonight segment on student debt and the many sleazy for-profit colleges in the US. If you're no longer a college freshman, many of the facts in the segment — for-profit schools using "pain points," taking advantage of wounded veterans, and using the trade group APSCU to lobby for the most student loans possible — might not be as important to you as your own mountain of student debt you'll be paying off for the rest of your life.

'Last Week Tonight' Created an All-Animal Supreme Court Reenactment Tool Kit

During last night's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver and crew created a solution for the longstanding rule against cameras in the Supreme Court by making an impressive 10-minute clip of an all-animal Court without audio. Check out the full clip below, then sync it up with your favorite Supreme Court case audio here.

Watching Roseanne's Early Standup and Secret Sitcom Pilot

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Before we begin, I must first make a confession. My knowledge of Roseanne Barr's comedy is based solely on my memories of [...]

'Last Week Tonight' Covers America's Mysterious Drone Program

Here's a clip from last night's Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver breaks down American drone strikes, the US's definition of an "imminent threat," the way the CIA counts civilian casualties, and US officials' ultimate lack of knowledge about who or how many innocent people they've killed through the drone program. If you like to start your week off with a dose of terrifying reality, this clip will definitely do the trick.

Here's a Sneak Peek of Jerrod Carmichael's HBO Standup Special

Jerrod Carmichael's very first (and Spike Lee-directed) standup special Love at The Store premieres on HBO on October 4th, and today the pay-network released the first full promo for it featuring a more inside look at Carmichael's material and influences.

HBO Has Ordered a Show from the Flight of the Conchords Guys

It's been nearly seven years since Flight of the Conchords left television, but according to Jemaine Clement, the musical comedy duo's break might be nearing its end. The Guardian recently interviewed Clement about his new vampire film What We Do in the Shadows, and when asked about any future plans with his Conchords partner Bret McKenzie he had this to say:

Are the Conchords, dormant at the moment, waiting to erupt again? “We talk about a movie every so often,” says Clement. “Sometimes it feels like we lost a lot of impetus over the last couple of years. But Bret, James [Bobin, lead director] and me, we [...]

HBO Will Offer a Stand-Alone Streaming Service Next Year

HBO has finally caved to the rising popularity of streaming services like Netflix. In a press release today, the pay-network announced that it'll offer a stand-alone streaming service starting in 2015 that will not require a traditional cable subscription. "It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO," network chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said along with the announcement. "So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all [...]

'Last Week Tonight' Explains Why Police Can Seize Your Stuff Through Civil Forfeiture

If you're considering taking a drive with a bunch of cash in your car soon, you might want to check out the above clip from Last Week Tonight all about civil asset forfeiture, a policy cops use to get away with taking citizens' property and money — or as they call it, a way to buy "toys" like kegs of beer and margarita machines with "pennies from heaven." At the end of the clip, John Oliver even imagines a hit new cop drama called Law & Order: Civil Asset Forfeiture Unit featuring a couch that gets arrested, a house that gets frisked, and a cameo by the one and only [...]

Jerrod Carmichael Promotes His HBO Special by Sponsoring a Pee-Wee Football Team

With the premiere of his HBO standup special Love at The Store just around the corner, Jerrod Carmichael decided to channel his influence and promotional needs by reaching out to today's youth to make a difference by sponsoring a pee-wee football team, as long as the name "CARMICHAEL" can be clearly read on their uniforms.

John Oliver Begs Scotland to Stay in the UK on 'Last Week Tonight'

This Thursday Scotland will be voting on a referendum to secede from the UK, and on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver broke down both sides of the debate in a segment that's full of references to haggis, Nessie, bagpipe music, and a special visit at the end from Scotland's national animal.