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Inside the Internet Outrage Machine with Jim Norton

After 2012's Please Be Offended and 2013's American Degenerate, standup Jim Norton returns to television tonight with his third Epix special Contextually Inadequate. Filmed at Boston's Somerville Theatre in January, the special dives deep into recent pop culture scandals and their internet backlash aftermaths, covering everything from the demise of Bill Cosby and Donald Sterling to his own personal experience after the firing of his friend and Opie and Anthony Show cohost Anthony Cumia last July. Ahead of Contextually Adequate's premiere, Norton spoke with us about hosting his own show on Vice, the difference between online criticism and outrage, and what projects he has planned for the year ahead.

'SNL's Pete Davidson Joins Comedy Central's 'Roast of Justin Bieber'

SNL cast member Pete Davidson is headed to the Roast of Justin Bieber later this month. The network revealed the news on Twitter today, and Davidson joins previously announced roasters Jeffrey Ross, Natasha Leggero, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Shaquille O'Neal, Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia, Martha Stewart, and roastmaster Kevin Hart. The special airs on Comedy Central Monday, March 30th at 10:00pm.

Hannibal Buress, Natasha Leggero, Martha Stewart, and More Join the 'Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber'

The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber airs at the end of the month, and Comedy Central announced the full lineup of roasters today. It's a mix of regulars, newbies, and the completely absurd: Kevin Hart will serve as roastmaster joined by Jeffrey Ross, Natasha Leggero, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Shaquille O'Neal, Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia, and the one and only Martha Stewart. The roast airs on Monday, March 30th at 10:00pm, so get ready for some trademark Martha Stewart burns.

The 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special Just Got 30 Minutes Longer

NBC just gave SNL's live 40th anniversary special an extra 30 minutes. The Wrap reports that the special will now air on Sunday from 8:00pm – 11:30pm, which makes sense considering the growing list of SNL alums and celebrity guests for the big event. Here's the list of guests SNL has officially confirmed so far:

Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, Chevy Chase, Kanye West, Adam Sandler, Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Paul Simon, Jerry Seinfeld, Molly Shannon, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Amy Poehler, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning, Dana Carvey, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Rock, Alec [...]

Oh Yeah, Sarah Palin Is Attending the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special Too

It looks like one of SNL's biggest political targets in recent years is attending the 40th anniversary special next week. People magazine reports that former Alaskan governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is headed to the SNL reunion show next weekend, and sources close to Palin confirmed that she will be "participating" in it as well, whatever that means. Check out the full list of guests that SNL has confirmed so far here, then watch arguably one of SNL's best segments featuring Palin — Amy Poehler's fantastic "Palin Rap" from 2008:

'David Letterman: A Life on Television' to Air on CBS May 4th

Before he leaves his longtime post at Late Show on May 20th, David Letterman will be the subject of a 90-minute tribute special on CBS. The network announced today that David Letterman: A Life on Television will air on Monday, May 4th from 9:30-11:00pm with host Ray Romano, who got his first big break on Letterman's show in 1995. Read CBS's full announcement below:

Will Ferrell to Play on Ten Different Baseball Teams in an Upcoming HBO Special

HBO is teaming up with Funny or Die and Major League Baseball for a new special starring Will Ferrell. The pay network announced today that the untitled special will begin filming in Arizona tomorrow during spring training, and Ferrell will honor Bert "Campy" Campaneris by playing every position on the field for ten different teams throughout the day. The special will be dedicated to the fight against cancer through charities like Cancer for College and Stand Up To Cancer and is set to air on HBO later this year. Check out Ferrell's full game schedule below:

Here's the Trailer for Aziz Ansari's New Netflix Standup Special

From writing a book to selling out Madison Square Garden to the final season of Parks and Recreation, Aziz Ansari has been a very busy man this past year. If you weren't in the audience for his Madison Square Garden shows, though, not to worry: Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden hits Netflix this Saturday. For more on Ansari's MSG shows, check out our interview with him from from last year.

Epix Announces Standup Specials from Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Breuer, and Jim Norton

Epix just revealed three new hourlong standup specials set to air this spring. According to THR, the network has added specials from Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Breuer, and Jim Norton. Norton's special Contextually Inadequate will air first on Friday, April 24th, Breuer's Comic Frenzy will air on Friday, May 29th, and Lampanelli's Back to the Drawing Board will air on Friday, June 26th. All three specials will debut at 10:00pm. Hopefully Epix doesn't have any problems releasing these specials after what happened with Patton Oswalt's Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time last year.

Spy on Matt Braunger in His Natural Habitat in This 'Big Dumb Animal' Promo

Matt Braunger's new Comedy Central special Big Dumb Animal airs this Friday at midnight, so Braunger released a new promo that gives a closer look at the "part-man, part beast" creature known as a Braunger with some help from Scott Aukerman, Kyle Kinane, and fellow comedian-in-the-wild Will Sasso.

Amy Poehler, George Clooney, and Maya Rudolph Join Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola's Christmas Special

Last year it was announced that Bill Murray was teaming up with Sofia Coppola for an upcoming Christmas TV special, and today THR reports that the project just added a few big stars. According to the report, George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Miley Cyrus will play versions of themselves in the special, which will follow the famously agent-less Murray as "he evades the advances of a shark dying to sign him." The project hasn't officially found a distributor yet, but it already sounds like the weirdest holiday special ever. Coppola told Variety in October that it won't be live and will be "like a [...]

Watch Amy Schumer's Fantastic 'Night of Too Many Stars' Standup Set

Comedy Central's annual charity event Night of Too Many Stars aired last night, and among the celebrity guests was Amy Schumer, who did a brilliant standup set about sexism in Hollywood, what she learned making her movie Trainwreck, and her love and devotion to drinking. Watch some more clips from the special below:

Justin Bieber Gets Egged in His First 'Comedy Central Roast' Promo

The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber airs on Monday, March 30th, and Comedy Central just released the first promo featuring Bieber (shirtless, of course) showing off how well he can take an egging just as well as he can dish it out. As for whether Bieber can take the cruel emotional abuse that insult comics do best, only time will tell.

The 'Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber' Airs on March 30th

Get ready for the biggest train wreck on Comedy Central next month. The network announced today that the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber is set to air on Monday, March 30th. The lineup of roasters has not yet been revealed, but Kevin Hart will serve as roast master. Recent roast masters include Seth Rogen (for the James Franco roast), Jane Lynch (for the Roseanne Barr roast), and Seth MacFarlane (for the 2011 Charlie Sheen roast). "I don't normally do roasts but I had to step out for my guy Biebs…It’s his big 21," Hart said in an announcement. "It's about to be operation roast everyone's ass."