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Jon Daly Turns Dumb Joke Prompts to Comic Gold on 'Set List'

Here's the newest episode of the improvised standup series Set List featuring Kroll Show's Jon Daly, who has to riff on pun prompts like "blow jog" and "of corpse" then turns into a very ditzy "pretty pretty pretty pretty comedienne" alter ego whose entire family died in a triple murder-suicide all thanks to the concept of escalators.

Talking with Hannibal Buress About 'Broad City,' Preparing for Onscreen Roles, and His New Standup Special

Hannibal Buress has come a long way from being a writer for SNL and 30 Rock and sometimes a crazy homeless man, enjoying a steady rise to success as both a popular standup and hilarious supporting television player on The Eric Andre Show and more recently Comedy Central's Broad City. His newest Comedy Central project, an hourlong standup special Hannibal Buress: Live From Chicago, airs on the network tomorrow night at midnight, so ahead of its premiere I talked to Buress about how his standup has evolved, his experience acting on Broad City and Seth Rogen's Neighbors, his Comedy Central pilot, the power of "Hannibal's Hands," and how [...]

JB Smoove Is Hosting the New Season of 'Last Comic Standing', Premieres May 22nd

Last year, NBC announced they're resurrecting the standup comedy reality show Last Comic Standing after four years with Wanda Sykes producing, and now the reboot has a new host, new judges, and a premiere date. The network announced today that JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Millers) will be the host for the upcoming 13-episode eighth season, which will premiere on Thursday, May 22nd, at 10pm. Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Russell Peters will serve as judges. Keenen Ivory Wayans's presence is interesting as TBS is gearing up to host a comedy competition show called Funniest Wins hosted and produced by his brother Marlon.

Louis C.K. Says He Doesn't Intend to Be a Wholesale Comedy Mogul

“I’m not going to become some mogul, putting out wholesale chunks of comedy. If I find something I haven’t seen, that’s unique, and I could get it out the right way, then I’ll do it.”

- Louis C.K. in a New York Times piece about the release of Todd Barry's new standup special Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour, which is now available via C.K.'s website.

Watch Todd Glass Be Amazing at Improvised Standup on 'Set List'

Here's the latest episode of Nerdist's web series Set List, based on the popular live show of the same name, in which comedians do standup without having any material prepared and have to discuss topics that appear on a screen. Todd Glass is the guest this time, and he takes a rather unconventional approach to the show.

Mitch Hedberg Helped Out Hannibal Buress Early in His Career

Hannibal Buress did a Reddit AMA to promote his new standup special, and he ended up telling a pretty cool story about the late Mitch Hedberg being nice to him early on in his career:

"I started doing comedy in 2002 and I had a VHS tape of one of my first few sets. I took it to my RA, Open Mike Eagle. He watched it and said you sound like this dude, he played some [Mitch] Hedberg for me. I thought it was amazing.

Mitch played Zanies in Chicago in 2005. I was brand new and I went up to his green room and asked for [...]

Watch Joe Mande Do Standup on 'Late Night'

Parks and Rec and Kroll Show writer Joe Mande was the featured comic on last night's Late Night. In his set, Mande covers everything from Kendrick Lamar's obsession with crowd energy to the ungodly strength of west coast weed to his time as an intern at The Maury Povich Show, where he fielded calls from lots of women hoping for a maternity test.

Follow Friday: @KarlHess

A lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your RTs and favs. Each Friday we feature one person whose consistent short-form online humor deserves your attention and to be on your Twitter feed.

This week, we're recommending the Twitter feed of LA-based standup Karl Hess. Hess is featured on last year's album [...]

Watch Eugene Mirman Do Standup on 'Late Night'

Eugene Mirman was Late Night's featured standup last night, and if the concept of sad Gandalfs, "Get Out of Hell Free" cards, or Mirman's paintings tailored specifically for the Whole Foods crowd appeals to you, then you're in for quite the treat.

Watch Patton Oswalt's 'True Detective' Parody

Here's the internet's five millionth True Detective parody, but this one was made by Comedy Central and stars Patton Oswalt. Oswalt is the latest well-known comedian to release a parody of the HBO crime show, following in the footsteps of Joel McHale and Jim Rash and Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Rogen.

David Brenner Tells His Life Story

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.)

Earlier this month we lost legendary stand-up comic David Brenner. Since that time, much has been written about the man, favorite jokes have [...]

Watch Todd Barry Do Standup on 'Conan'

Todd Barry — who just released a new special via Louis C.K.'s website — did some standup on Conan last night, covering everything from cross-country red-eye flights to his three categories for all foods to his own First Annual Todd Barry Best Walgreens Awards, which he's not taking back from that store in Chicago just because of some police brutality.

Talking to Todd Barry About His New 'Crowd Work' Special

Todd Barry has a new crowd work standup special coming out on Louis C.K.’s website.

That’s the narrative we’ll be hearing over the next few weeks. Louie and Todd are friends, Louie thinks Todd is funny and offered to produce his special, Louie holds a lot of sway in the comedy world.

Just keep in mind Barry’s special isn’t some run-of-the-mill comedy special C.K. is producing as a favor.

A standup special consisting entirely of audience interactions hasn’t been done before, and Barry is definitely a master of the skill. This is going to be worth checking out.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Barry briefly about [...]

Hannibal Buress Talks About Impersonating Donald Glover in This Preview of His New Comedy Central Special

Here are two preview clips from Hannibal Buress's new Comedy Central standup special, Live from Chicago, which debuts on Comedy Central Saturday, March 29th, at midnight, and will be available on the 24th via CC: Stand-Up Direct. In the first clip (above), he talks about saying he's Donald Glover in order to get into an Eddie Griffin show in Las Vegas for free, and in the second clip (below), he tells a story about an ecstasy trip.