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Comedy Central Orders a Jack Black-Produced Women's Basketball League Comedy

The team behind Yahoo's hit 2013 web series Ghost Ghirls have a new show in the works at Comedy Central. According to Deadline, the network has ordered a half-hour series created by and starring Amanda Lund, Maria Blasucci, and Angela Trimbur about "a group of misfit women in LA who find new leases on life through their less-than-stellar all-girls basketball team." Ghost Ghirls and Drunk History co-creator Jeremy Konner will direct, and Jack Black will serve as a co-executive producer.

Boxing Rants Are My New Favorite Genre of Comedy

The sport of boxing has been in the news a lot lately because of the upcoming Mayweather/(conspicuously correct Hispanic pronunciation) Pacquiao fight, and also because the public at large seems to be finally admitting to itself that when we watch people smash their heads in for entertainment, that might just be bad for their heads. In fact, I recently saw the great documentary Champs, which highlights how particularly dangerous the sport can be given the lack of any real medical oversight or support system for fighters.

But another thing I walked away with is a new appreciation for my new favorite genre of comedy/performance/public speaking: the post-fight rant. The latest [...]

Watch the 'NFL Honors' Opening Monologue with Seth Meyers

The fourth annual NFL Honors ceremony aired Saturday night on NBC, and Seth Meyers opened the evening with a monologue poking fun at pretty much every football player in the audience. Meyers is no stranger to hosting sports awards shows — he previously hosted ESPN's ESPY Awards in 2010 and 2011.

ESPN Recruits Hannibal Buress as an NBA Reporter

ESPN and Grantland sent Hannibal Buress to a Cavs/Pelicans game to try to report on unibrowed superstar Anthony Davis. Unfortunately, Davis was injured and left the game after only seven minutes, but Hannibal managed to make the most of his courtside access anyways. Even if Lebron refused to answer his questions.

Weird Al Reminds You That Your Team Sucks in "Sports Song"

It's a new day, which means there's a new Weird Al Mandatory Fun music video for your enjoyment. After "Tacky," "Word Crimes," "Foil," and yesterday's "Handy," today Yankovic dropped the video for the above original ditty "Sports Song" via Funny or Die, which is a pretty good summation of sports fans for those of us who find the whole thing pointless.

Chris Rock on HBO's 'Real Sports': "Baseball Is Dying. Literally."

Here's a new clip from HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel featuring comedian and longtime baseball fan Chris Rock, who takes on baseball's growing diversity issues, explains why most black people just don't love the sport anymore, and breaks down why this should be extremely troubling for those in the industry: "You lose black America, you lose young America," Rock warns. "And make no mistake: Baseball is losing."

Do You Like Sports? Because I Do Not Like Sports, by Pablo Goldstein

Touchdown! Oh, was that not the correct term to celebrate the tall man putting the ball through the hoop? My mistake. It's just that I don't watch sports and I want you to know that.

You're probably wondering why I'm at this Buffalo Wild Wings on the night of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game if I don't care for sports. Well, Maria's husband, I am joining the wing-gorging plebes who masquerade by day as my co-workers in order to celebrate my inevitable victory in our office tournament pool. With the help of statistician Nate Silver, I was able to construct a nearly perfect bracket by combining his empirical data and my sophisticated intellect that has [...]

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:

Court Jester: The Comedy of Blake Griffin

In the Venn Diagram of life, there have been a few people who meet in the middle of comedy and professional basketball. Michael Jordan was there, unintentionally, via Space Jam. Larry Johnson and Penny Hardaway had some moments in their 90s commercials. And for a long time, no one could touch Shaquille O’Neal both on and off the court.

And then there's Blake Griffin. A former number-one draft pick who has a quiet demeanor off the court, he's slowly built his comedy chops while no one was looking. While other athletes took to the gym in the off season, Griffin took an internship at Funny or Die. That, coupled [...]

Will Ferrell Gave a Pep Talk to US Soccer Fans in Brazil, Offered to Join the Team

The US is set to take on Germany in the World Cup very shortly down in Brazil, and it looks like they have a secret weapon on their side: Will Ferrell. He showed up at the US fan HQ down in Brazil and gave a rousing speech in which he offered to join the team, despite not being in the best shape. He knows that you don't need to be all that athletic to play soccer as long as you're willing to bite your opponent without remorse. U-S-A! U-S-A!

Yannis Pappas Couldn't Be a Professional Athlete, So He's Making Comedy About Them Instead

When describing a move from New York to Miami, comedian Yannis Pappas said, “I had a New York body. I was thirty pounds heavier. My body looked like yogurt with hair on it. I looked like a middle relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.” Sports references like these come easy for Pappas, a former wannabe pro athlete turned standup, who has been honing his specific brand of humor for some 15 years. Pappas' current role as the host of AOL's new sports-centric daily comedy series 2 Point Lead is a perfect marriage of his rabid love of sports and his razor sharp wit. I talked to Pappas [...]

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:

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele Share Their NFL Playoff Picks

Key and Peele are hosting Comedy Central's first-ever Super Bowl special on January 30th at 10:00pm, and to get you pumped they've made two clips as NFL commentators Bertram Skilling and Dante Pibb making their weekend playoff picks ahead of the big game. Watch their predictions for the Ravens vs. Patriots and the Panthers vs. Seahawks, above, then watch Sunday's round of picks below:

This Week In Web Videos: B1G Ten Trash Talk

There's like one month a year when I don't feel like a total misfit: late July/early August. Hockey fans have forgotten all about the Cup, we're weeks and weeks past the NBA Finals, and Sunday afternoon football is a distant fleck. Sure, baseball's happening but, as long as you don't live across the street from Yankees Stadium or the Green Giant, few people seem to give a fly ball fuck and, if they do, they're comparatively quiet about it. This is my time. It's when I feel good about humanity, about our collective ability to discuss things other than balls being thrown for money. But bliss is fleeting and [...]