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Jay Pharoah Brings His Jay-Z, Drake, and Kanye West Impersonations to the VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards aired last night, and the closest thing to a host was SNL's Jay Pharoah, who made several appearances during the show disguised as some of his best impersonations. Above watch him bring back his Kanye impression while Kim Kardashian watches from an awkwardly close distance, then click through to watch his segments as Jay-Z and Drake.

Conan O'Brien Announces He's Hosting the 2014 MTV Movie Awards

Conan O'Brien announced last night that he'll be hosting the MTV Movie Awards — the only awards show that matters — on Sunday April 13th at 9:00pm, which won't conflict with all the hot TV shows on Sunday nights (they checked). The nominees will be announced tomorrow morning at 7:00am via MTV's website. This makes Conan's first MTV Movie Awards hosting gig; he's hosted the Emmys twice in 2002 and 2006 and also co-hosted in 2003.

MTV Picks Up Comedies 'Happyland' and 'Faking It'

MTV has given eight-episode orders to two new comedy series, Deadline reportsHappyland will be "a soapy teen comedy which explores the underbelly of one of the country’s most popular theme parks and those who work there," while Faking It "revolves around two best friends who will do almost anything to fit in and be popular in high school — including pretending to be something they are not." The shows will join MTV's current comedy hit Awkward, which returns with the second half of its third season tomorrow night.

Recently, MTV has been attempting to reinvest in comedy, a genre it dominated in its early years with classics like [...]

'Nikki & Sara Live' Returns for Season 2 on MTV Tonight

MTV's weekly late night show, Nikki & Sara Live, is set to debut its second season tonight at 11. Hosted by comedians Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer, the series aired its first season in January and was quickly renewed for a second run of 12 episodes. For those unfamiliar with Nikki & Sara Live, the show is hosted from a Times Square studio by the two standups and features a mix of pop culture jokes, sketches, man on the street bits, and a celebrity interview in each episode.

Check out a sketch from season one below:

Video: Eric Andre Wants to Be Your MTV VMA Host

Comedian Eric Andre (Don't Trust the B, Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show) released this video today via the YouTube channel JASH. It's his audition to be host of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (or the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, as he jokes in the video), and you can use the hashtag #Andre4hostVMA13 to support the cause. It would lead to the most unpredictable VMAs ever, if this video, his Adult Swim series, and his captivating appearance on Attack of the Show! last year are any indication.

'Community's Ken Jeong to Play Himself in MTV Comedy Pilot

Community favorite Ken Jeong is about to star in his own show. THR reports that Jeong has been cast in an in-the-works coming-of-age comedy pilot for MTV now titled Ken Jeong Made Me Do It. Jeong will play himself in the show, which centers on a 22-year-old named Andy, "who, after catching his girlfriend cheating, accidentally rear-ends Jeong's fancy car. Taking pity on Andy, Jeong takes it upon himself to teach him how to man up." The project — co-written and produced by Arrested Development's Andy St. Clair and Paul O'Toole — will thankfully not get in the way of Jeong's return to Community on Yahoo Screen [...]

Bill Lawrence Says He's "Been Trying to Reboot 'Clone High' for Years"

"I’ve been trying to reboot [Clone High] with the other two creators for years. The two guys I created that with are the two biggest young guys in Hollywood right now, Chris Miller and Phil Lord. They wrote and directed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and they did 21 and 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie. They’re big hot shots now. The three of us always talk about trying to get Clone High back. We’d have to find a way to purchase and excise it from MTV. It still kills me when I see those episodes. They’re subversive and ridiculous."

-Bill Lawrence, who co-created MTV cult hit Clone [...]

Talking to Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer About Season Two of 'Nikki & Sara Live'

Co-created and co-hosted by standups Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer, MTV's late night talk show Nikki & Sara Live debuted its second season late last month. The series is a mix of topical jokes, sketches, on the street bits, and celebrity interviews that quickly found an audience and earned a renewal from the network after premiering this spring. I recently had the chance to speak with Glaser and Schaefer about the new season, how they go about hiring writers, and why they're not doing their show live anymore.

MTV Is Premiering 'Hey Girl,' a New Sketch Show from Julie Klausner This Sunday

This Sunday at 9, MTV is premiering four back-to-back episodes of a brand new sketch show called Hey Girl. Head written by Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week) and directed by Michael Showalter,  Hey Girl is coming from a network with a pretty good track record for sketch comedy (The State, Human Giant) and it features a talented all-female cast that includes Sara Schaefer, Shelby Fero, JC Coccoli, Sasheer Zamata, Ali Wong, Emily Axford, Esther Povitsky, Laura Willcox, and more.

MTV also ordered two comedy pilots for shows called Faking It and Happy Land today.

(via The Comedy Bureau)

Watch a Promo for Season 2 of 'Nikki & Sara Live'

Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer's MTV late night show Nikki & Sara Live is set to return for a second season on Tuesday, July 30th, at 11pm, and the duo put out this funny new promo for the show this week. Hopefully, Sara Schaefer keeps that sweet goatee for the entire season.

'This Is the End' and 'Anchorman 2' Earn MTV Movie Award Nominations

MTV unveiled their list of Movie Awards nominees this morning, and because MTV is fond of including a bunch of silly categories like "Best Shirtless Performance" and "#WTF Moment," the comedy world had a much bigger presence on the list than the typical awards show. Both This Is the End and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues scored four nominations, including for cameo scenes from the Rihanna and the Backstreet Boys (This Is the End) as well as Anchorman's Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Kanye West. The Best Comedic Performance category has only one lady — Melissa McCarthy for The Heat — paired with Jason Sudeikis (We're the Millers), [...]

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Are Down for a 'Clone High' Movie

When Will Forte fielded Reddit AMA questions back in December, he addressed the idea of a reunion of the short-lived animated MTV series Clone High, saying "I hope one day we'll get another crack at Clone High so we can answer these unresolved questions. I loved that show and thought it ended too soon!" Now, Clone High co-creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller have added to that sentiment in a recent interview with Grantland:

Would you ever consider doing a [Clone High] movie?

Lord: We’ve been talking about it a little bit. We would just have to convince Viacom that it was worth reopening that world.

Miller: [...]

Watch the First Episode of MTV's New Sketch Show 'Hey Girl'

Here's the entire first episode of Hey Girl, a new sketch/talking head show for girls that MTV premiered last night. The network aired four back-to-back episodes yesterday with little promotion, apparently burning it off fast, but it's directed by Michael Showalter, head written by Julie Klausner, and features a cast that includes Emily Axford, JC Coccoli, Shelby Fero, Laura Willcox, Ali Wong, Sasheer Zamata, and plenty of other funny people.

Human Giant Fires T-Shirt Guns at Audience (Then Sits Down for Panel Discussion)

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.)

In the past I’ve covered a number of panel discussions held at the Paley Center for New Media ranging from 30 Rock to [...]