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'Portlandia's Jonathan Krisel and Graham Wagner Set to Make 'Mermaids in Paradise'

jonathan kriselPortlandia writer/director Jonathan Krisel and writer Graham Wagner have just signed on to adapt Lydia Millet's comic novel Mermaids in Paradise into a movie, their first. Here's the synopsis:

On the grounds of a Caribbean island resort, newlyweds Deb and Chip — our opinionated, skeptical narrator and her cheerful jock husband who's friendly to a fault — meet a marine biologist who says she's sighted mermaids in a coral reef.

As the resort's "parent company" swoops in to corner the market on mythological creatures, the couple joins forces with other adventurous souls, including an ex–Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and a hipster Tokyo VJ, to save said mermaids from the "Venture of Marvels," which wants to turn their reef into a theme park.

Sounds pretty crazy, and squarely in the wheelhouse of two of the brains behind the delightful Portlandia.

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All of 'Seinfeld' Is Coming to Hulu on June 24th

seinfeld_theoppositeHulu announced earlier this month that every episode of Seinfeld would be coming to the streaming service in June, and now we have the exact date: June 24th. So mark your calendars and get ready to relive some of the very best sitcom comedy of the 90s. At a reported $700,000 per episode that Hulu is paying for the right to stream them, they're betting that a whole lot of you will want to do just that. Don't disappoint them!

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Netflix Is Releasing the Next Kevin James Movie

paul_blart_2Having already gotten into the Adam Sandler business, for better or worse, Netflix is doubling down on idiot manchild comedies by buying the rights to Kevin James' new movie, The True Memoirs Of An International Assassin. Here's the plot:

James, coming off the Paul Blart Mall Cop sequel, puts away the Segway and plays a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. He heads to Belize to escape his sudden celebrity, but gets entangled in an assassination plot. Thrown into a world of real danger, he must find a way to channel his lead character Colt Rodgers and save the day.

Sounds not toooooo dissimilar from the upcoming Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy action comedy Spy. But hey, I'm sure they'll both be great!!!

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Comedy Central Sets Premiere Dates for 'Review', 'Key and Peele', and More

Review-with-Forrest-MacNeilComedy Central has announced their summer schedule, with the highly anticipated seasons of Review and Key and Peele getting premiere dates as well as new shows Another Period and Why? With Hannibal Buress. Here's what to expect:

Tuesday, June 23:
Another Period (Series Premiere) – 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 30:
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (Season Two Premiere) – 12:30 a.m.

Wednesday, July 8:
Key & Peele (New Episodes) – 10:00 p.m.
Why? With Hannibal Buress (Series Premiere) – 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 30:
Review (Season Two Premiere) – 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 1:
Drunk History (Season Three Premiere) – 10:30 p.m.

Check out the full press release with show descriptions below: READ MORE

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Watch Jimmy Kimmel's Tearful, Heartfelt Tribute to David Letterman


Jimmy Kimmel grew up obsessed with David Letterman, and he says that he owes the man and his show his entire career. He's going to far as to run a rerun tonight so as to not compete with Dave's final show. Last night, Kimmel gave a heartfelt speech about just how much Letterman means to him. And if you'll excuse me, I have something in my eye.

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Show Amy Schumer's Doggy Daycare Sketch to Your Most Insufferable Dog-Owning Friend


Here's a sketch from last night's Inside Amy Schumer in which the dog owners dropping their pets off at doggy daycare compete to see whose dog is the saddest. I've got a soft spot for the dead one, myself.

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Seth Meyers Recreated Letterman's 'Late Night' Opening as a Tribute


With Letterman's last show happening tonight, the tributes are rolling in for the late night legend. Last night, Seth Meyers and his team showed their tribute: a faithful, shot-for-shot recreation of Letterman's original opening titles for his Late Night from way back in 1982. Check out their version above and the original below: READ MORE

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Bill Murray Jumped Out of a Cake for His Final Letterman Appearance


Bill Murray made his final appearance on Letterman last night, jumping out of a cake and then covering Dave in frosting before busting out the booze and taking a look back at his many, many appearances on the show. It's kind of hard to believe that this is the last time we'll be seeing these two old friends together on late night. READ MORE

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Stephen Colbert Gave a Predictably Great Commencement Speech at Wake Forest


Stephen Colbert gave the commencement speech at Wake Forest yesterday, talking to the new graduates about what it's like to go through a major transition:

I just spent many years learning how to do one thing really well. I got so comfortable with that place, that role, those responsibilities that it came to define how I saw myself. But now that part of my life is over. It's time to say goodbye to the person we've become, we've worked so hard to perfect, and to make some crucial decisions in becoming who we're going to be. For me, I'll have to figure out how to do an hour-long show every night. You at some point will have to sleep. I'm told the Adderall wears off eventually. Good luck.

Check out an excerpt from the speech above and read the full coverage of it over at the Hollywood Reporter.

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Watch "Rooftop Party", a Pretaped 'SNL' Sketch Cut From the Season Finale


Here's a pretaped short that was cut for time from this past weekend's SNL finale, "Rooftop Party," in which Jay Pharoah just wants everybody to give him everything, whether or not it makes sense.

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Denver's High Plains Comedy Festival Unveils Headliner Anthony Jeselnik and Its Initial Lineup

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Denver's High Plains Comedy Festival, the event put on by outgoing heads of the Denver comedy scene class Grawlix, has announced its initial lineup for this summer's festivities. The festival, taking place from August 20-22, will be headlined by Anthony Jeselnik, with a slew of great comedians also signed on to perform. The lineup includes: Kurt Braunohler, Jonah Ray, Matt Braunger, Guy Branum, Emily Heller, Beth Stelling, John Early, Kate Berlant, Jay Larson, Sean Patton, Adam Cayton-Holland, Ben Roy, and Andrew Orvedahl.

More comedians, including a lineup of Denver locals, are expected to be added to the lineup in the coming months.

Photo by Evan Sémon.

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Check Out Hannibal Buress's Webby Awards Monologue


Hannibal Buress hosted the Webby Awards last night, which are like the Oscars but much less relevant and with far fewer attractive people. But hey, an awards show is an awards show, so Buress kicked things off right with a great monologue that touched on such internetty topics as Tinder, Uber, and AOL.

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Check Out a New, Unreleased Track From Kyle Kinane's 'I Liked His Old Stuff Better'

kinaneComedy Central Records just released the vinyl/audio version of Kyle Kinane's standup special I Liked His Old Stuff Better, and it includes an brand-new 20-minute track not included on the televised special. We've got an exclusive stream of it below: READ MORE

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Chelsea Peretti Talked to Seth Meyers About Growing Up with Andy Samberg

Chelsea Peretti was on Late Night last night, and she talked to Seth about growing up with Andy Samberg, her disappointment in not getting to see the people she beat at the Webby Awards, and her strat for shaming her coach-flying friends when she's sitting in first class. Below, hear her story of trying to just get a glimpse of Rihanna at the SNL finale after party. READ MORE