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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."

Lorne Michaels Says the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special Will Have More Live Performances

Ahead of the live SNL 40th anniversary special on February 15th, Lorne Michaels sat down for an interview with THR to talk about the history of the show, what we can expect from the big reunion, and what it's like to be the leader of a 40-year television institution. When asked if there's an SNL season he'd like to do over, Michaels picked his first season back as producer in 1985 after leaving the show in 1980: "I wanted to recapture [what we had] … We were just younger, and so I wanted to get back to that and I maybe went too young. I think it [...]

Eddie Murphy Confirms He's Attending the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

Huge news, SNL fans: Eddie Murphy is ending his 30-year SNL absence and is headed to the show's 40th anniversary special set to air on February 15th. Murphy revealed the news during a phone interview with News One when asked about why he's never returned to the show since leaving in 1984: "It's just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it … They're actually having a 40th anniversary I think in two weeks. I'm going to that, and that'll be the first time I've been back since I left."

John C. Reilly Is Returning as Dr. Steve Brule in Adult Swim Special 'Bagboy'

Great news for fans of John C. Reilly's Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule: Dr. Brule is getting his very own Adult Swim special next month. According to Entertainment Weekly, Reilly will return as Brule in a half-hour special called Bagboy set to air on Friday, February 20th at 12:30am. Here's what we can expect from the all-Brule special:

Several years ago, Brule starred in a sitcom pilot titled Bagboy about the employees and customers of Meyer’s Superfoods. In this pilot, he plays a bag boy who attempts to thwart a shoplifter while vying for the affections of a cashier named Daisy. Alas, Channel 5 ultimately shelved [...]

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:

The Standup Special Returns to Its Roots

Shortly after standup comedy burst free from the confines of Borscht Belt theaters and metropolitan nightclubs, cable television began its successful infiltration of the American living room, and the marriage between the evolving art and the expanding medium soon spawned a wholly new creation: the standup special. Many of these early performances were filmed on college campuses (Robert Klein at Haverford College, 1975; George Carlin at USC, 1977), evidence of the craft’s rapid transformation of character. Once relegated to a few shadowy corners of nightlife and the counterculture, standup had, by the mid-1970s, established itself unequivocally within the cultural firmament of the young, the intellectual, and the hip.

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Buy Louis C.K.'s New Standup Special 'Live at the Comedy Store'

Louis C.K. just dropped his latest standup special Live at the Comedy Store. As always, it's available to purchase via his website for just $5.00. Here's what C.K. says on what you can expect from the special:

I developed and prepared this material over the last year or so, mostly in comedy clubs. This special kind of goes back to when I used to just make noises and be funny for no particular reason. It felt right to shoot this special in a club to give it that live immediate intimate feeling. The show is about an hour long. The opening act, who is seen at the beginning [...]

Key and Peele Are Back with Their NFC and AFC Championship Game Picks

Key and Peele are hosting a Super Bowl special on Comedy Central at the end of the month, and this week they're back as NFL commentators Bertram Skilling and Dante Pibb with another round of playoff picks. Check out their predictions for Sunday's Packers vs. Seahawks NFC championship game above, then check out their picks for the Colts vs. Patriots AFC championship game below:

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.

Aziz Ansari's New Netflix Special 'Live at Madison Square Garden' Premieres March 6th

Aziz Ansari has a brand new standup special due out in March. In a press release today, Netflix announced that Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden will debut on Friday, March 6th. The special was taped at Ansari's sold-out Madison Square Garden shows last year and covers topics "ranging from the struggle of American immigrants to the food industry to relationships to gender inequality." Here's what Aziz had to say when we asked him about selling out Madison Square Garden back in September:

I couldn't imagine that I'd get to play the Garden or something like that when I started out doing comedy. I didn't even [...]

Matt Braunger's Comedy Central Special Airs on February 6th

Standup Matt Braunger has a new standup special out next month. Comedy Central announced today that Braunger's second hourlong special Big, Dumb Animal will air on Friday, February 6th at midnight. Big, Dumb Animal was filmed at The Bell House in Brooklyn and covers "why being 39 is lamer than being 40, the absurdity of a quiet Jägerbomb, why his hometown of Portland is too nice of a place, and what it is to be a big dumb animal with an anger problem. Also, how he got the nickname 'Peaches.'"