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'SNL' Review: Seth Rogen Half-Baked

While watching Seth Rogen host SNL for the third time last weekend, I was reminded of two other three-peat hosts from earlier this season: Paul Rudd in December and Jonah Hill in January. Rudd's episode felt like extended promo for Anchorman 2, with the host failing to capture that lightning in the bottle with cast members that made his previous stints so memorable. Hill, however, seemed to enjoy himself every bit as much as he did his first two appearances.

Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Jonah Hill are, of course, hugely successful alumni from Team Judd Apatow, but their careers have taken diverging trajectories. Rogen and Rudd have [...]

Everybody From Comedy Is In This Arcade Fire Special

After Arcade Fire appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, NBC gave the band a half hour to debut some new material on the network. What aired was this surreal Roman Coppola special with the songs "Here Comes the Night Time," "We Exist," and "Normal Person." The video also includes giant masks and cameos from Rainn Wilson, Ben Stiller, James Franco, Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Bill Hader, Zach Galifianakis, and a Spanish-speaking Michael Cera.

Videolist: Highlights from Comedy Central's James Franco Roast

Last night, Comedy Central aired their Roast of James Franco. Taped a week earlier in Los Angeles, the event featured comedians and actors Seth Rogen, Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Sarah Silverman, Jeff Ross, Natasha Leggero, Nick Kroll, and Jonah Hill gathering to make fun of Franco and each other. While the centerpiece and the dais were filled with more respected celebrities than your usual Comedy Central roast, the 90-minute special was still just a collection of jokes on the same subjects being repeated over and over (this year's big topics were "Jonah Hill is fat" and "James Franco is gay maybe?"). The far and away highlight [...]

Here's What Happened at the James Franco Roast

Although it won't be airing until Monday, September 2nd, Comedy Central held its Roast of James Franco last night in Los Angeles. Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, and roast master Seth Rogen were all on hand to make jokes at Franco's expense, with most of them busting his balls over poorly-received Oscar-hosting performance with Anne Hathaway, his poetry and paintings, and the fact that he occasionally plays gay characters.

Jeff Ross showed up dressed as Franco's Spring Breakers character with a gold tooth grill and dreadlocks, according to USA Today. Onstage, Ross said, "The academy should have [...]

Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, and More to Roast James Franco

Comedy Central announced the first batch of comedians who will be performing at the network's upcoming roast of James Franco. Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, and Sarah Silverman are the first names announced, although additional roasters will be added shortly. It was previously announced that Seth Rogen will be the roastmaster for the event, which is drawing a lot of bigger names than Comedy Central's roasts usually do because this one has an Oscar-nominated actor at its center. The roast is set to film August 25 and will air September 2 at 10pm.

Check out a promo for the Franco roast below:

James Franco and Jimmy Fallon Talk All Things Cowbell on 'The Tonight Show'

During a commercial break on Friday, Jimmy Fallon and guest James Franco chatted about Horatio Sanz appearing in one of Franco's grad students' films, which naturally led to some reminiscing about Fallon's performance in the famous cowbell sketch from back in 2000. Jimmy's breaking and Will Ferrell's crazy eyes/voice quivering/glasses fogging are also covered.

Watch the Season 2 Premiere of 'The Mindy Project' with James Franco Right Now

Mindy Kaling's The Mindy Project doesn't start its second season until next Tuesday, but Fox released the season premiere online early this morning and you can watch the whole thing above. The premiere, entitled "All My Problems Solved Forever," picks up with Mindy and her minister boyfriend (guest star Anders Holt) living in Haiti, while Dr. Paul Leotard (guest star James Franco) becomes the practice's newest physician back in New York.

Comedy Central Made a Boxing Video Game for the James Franco Roast

Leading up to Monday's Roast of James Franco, Comedy Central has debuted a new online video game called Comedy Central's Franco Roast Fight this week. It's a boxing game where you beat up James Franco's character from Pineapple Express, Spring Breakers, and 127 Hours one by one, followed by Franco himself, only all the characters have different names because of copyrights and all that. Like all great video games, it is absurdly easy.

Andy Samberg and Aziz Ansari Will Also Be Roasting James Franco

The list of comedians performing at Comedy Central's upcoming Roast of James Franco keeps getting more and more impressive. Andy Samberg and Aziz Ansari have both been added to the lineup, EW reports, joining previously announced roasters Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, Sarah Silverman, and roastmaster Seth Rogen. All in all, due to have having an Oscar-nominated actor as its guest of honor, this year's roast is attracting way higher-profile performers than the Comedy Central event usually does, with movie and TV stars filling the dais. The James Franco roast is set to take place in Los Angeles this Sunday, August 25th, [...]

Seth Rogen Will Be the Roastmaster for Comedy Central's Roast of James Franco

You probably could have predicted this one, but Seth Rogen will be James Franco's roasmaster for his upcoming Comedy Central roast. Rogen made the announcement via Twitter today, writing, "I will be 'Roastmaster' at the Franco Roast on Comedy Central. It's to help promote the Russian release of This Is The End." The roast is set to be held in Los Angeles on August 18th and will air on the cable network on Labor Day (September 2nd). The network has yet to announce who the other roasters will be, but a lot of actors from the Apatow gang are likely to turn up with Rogen and Franco both [...]

James Franco and Seth Rogen Remade Kanye West's "Bound 2" Video

Here's a shot-for-shot remake of the Kanye West music video "Bound 2" that James Franco and Seth Rogen made while filming their new movie, The Interview. Franco is playing West and Rogen is playing Kim Kardashian, which is pretty perfect casting. Check out the original video below:

Bill Hader Says James Franco Had Never Seen a Roast Before His Own Roast

On Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, Bill Hader was discussing Monday night's Comedy Central's James Franco roast and said that Franco had never seen a roast before doing it. Hader recounted a conversation with Franco that occurred at the event seconds before going onstage. Hader said, "We're about to go out, and he's like, 'Hey, so what happens at these things?' He had never seen one before! And then he goes, 'Wait, are they gonna bust on you or they just bust on me?' I was like, 'You are the weirdest guy I know. You are so weird.'"

Check out Hader's Kimmel interview below, which also includes a fun story about [...]

Will James Franco Turn Comedy Central's Roasts Around?

"Do you think this is a bad idea?" James Franco asks Seth Rogen in the latest promo for his upcoming televised roast. "No, honestly, I actually think a Comedy Central roast is the perfect thing for your career right now," Rogen responds. He adds, "This is Rob Schneider, right?"

Although it's just a joke, the  ad does bring to light the fact that Comedy Central doesn't usually land stars of Franco's caliber for its roasts. In recent years, the network's roast victims tend to be respected comedy veterans in the twilights of their careers (Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr), celebrities who are walking punchlines already (Donald Trump, David Hasselhoff, [...]

This Week in Comedy: John Oliver's Final 'Daily Show' as Host and Tina Fey's New TV Projects

-John Oliver hosted his final Daily Show (for now). In honor of this, we listed our favorite moments from the Brit's time as interim-host. Jon Stewart returns with the show's next new episode on September 3rd.

-Tina Fey has two new shows in the works. One is a workplace comedy for NBC. The other is a comedy [...]