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The Emmys Continue to Sort of Appreciate Good Comedy and Also 'The Big Bang Theory'

louieThe nominees for the 66th Emmy Awards have been announced, and as usual, it's a mix of quality nominees with some real groaners — yes, Ricky Gervais was nominated for playing a mentally disabled guy in Derek. But there are also some great surprises, like SNL's Kate McKinnon and Portlandia's Fred Armisen getting nominations. Also nominated are folks like Louis CK, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lena Dunham, Adam Driver, and Tony Hale. The Outstanding Comedy category has some surprises: Silicon Valley and Orange is the New Black were nominated, but Parks and Rec, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Emmy favorite Girls were not.

The awards ceremony will take place on August 25th. Here's the full list of comedy-related nominations: READ MORE

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Denver's High Plains Comedy Festival Unveils Its Huge Lineup

highplainsThe High Plains Comedy Festival is returning to Denver for its second year this August 22-23, and they've put together a pretty stellar lineup. Pete Holmes, TJ Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily Gordon, Cameron Esposito, Amber Tozer, Jonah Ray, Jared Logan, and many, many more will be performing. Passes for the whole weekend are $80 and on sale now, so get them while they're hot. Here's the full lineup: READ MORE

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Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, Gillian Jacobs, and Lesley Arfin May Be Developing a Comedy for Hulu

judd-apatowVulture is reporting that a pretty amazing-sounding comedy may be in development for Hulu. A pilot script for a show called Love has been written by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust (Super Fun Night, and Lesley Arfin (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, with an eye on Rust and Community's Gillian Jacobs co-starring. Apatow may direct the show, and Brent Forrester (The Simpsons, The Office, Undeclared) may be the showrunner.

As for what the show would be about:

A person familiar with the pilot script describes Love as a character-based comedy revolving around relationships, romantic and otherwise, with one (very messed-up) couple in particular at the center. And, because this is Judd Apatow, the pilot script has a couple of bad words and talks a little bit about s-e-x.

It all sounds very up in the air still — Sony has until Monday to find a new home for Community, and if they do that then Jacobs would be locked in and probably couldn't do this show. And obviously with so many moving pieces and in-demand people involved it could easily fall through. But if it all clicks into place, it'd be a huge get for Hulu, which is trying to compete with other streaming services like Netflix and Amazon with original content that gets people to sign up for a subscription. We'll see, but it certainly sounds promising to me.

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Sarah Silverman and Whitney Cummings Had a Wonderful, In-Depth Conversation About Comedy

silvermancummingsVulture had Sarah Silverman interview Whitney Cummings to help promote her upcoming special, I Love You (which premieres tomorrow night at 11pm on Comedy Central), and what resulted is a truly great and in-depth discussion of a wide range of subjects relating to comedy and being a comedian. Here's Cummings on how she became a comedian:

Honestly, I was like, such a serious kid. I wasn’t one of those kids who stole Richard Pryor records. I wasn’t a comedy-nerd kid. I had no concept of stand-up. Actually, the only inkling of stand-up I had was I read one of Paul Reiser's books, when I was like 12. I found it at a yard sale and I carried it around with me for six years. But to me, I was obsessed with justice, and I think a lot of comedians have that common denominator. I loved the elephant in the room. I loved the truth. I didn’t really know that I was kind of doing stand-up at the time, or what now has evolved into stand-up, but as a kid, I would like, beg my parents to like just tell me Santa Claus is not real. I was so obsessed with getting to the truth, 'cause as a kid, we’re lied to so much. My parents were constantly telling me, "It’s fine, everything’s fine," but I knew nothing was fine. That's kind of what we do as comedians: We try to get to the truth. And so I knew that kernel was there, but I didn’t do stand-up until I was like 21. I think I was annoying someone with what now I would call a bit, and they were like, "You should do stand-up." People kept suggesting that I do it as their way to get me to stop yelling at them about things that annoy me. And it just resonated. I was like, Oh, yeah, I’m a stand-up. Before I ever did stand-up, I was like, Oh, yeah, that’s what I’m going to do for a living.

They talk about everything from being vulnerable on stage to how brutal roasts can be to preferring standup over being in movies. The whole thing is really great and well worth a read, so get to it.

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Triumph Wraps Up His World Cup Coverage by Humping a Dog From Every Country


Triumph wrapped up his three-part World Cup coverage last night the only way he really could – by humping every type of dog he could possibly find.

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Jon Stewart Said Goodbye to the Longest Tenured 'Daily Show' Writer Ever Last Night


Daily Show writer JR Havlan has been a writer on the show since the very beginning. Not just the beginning of the Jon Stewart era, but a writer since the very first episode of the show, when it was hosted by Craig Kilborn. And after over 18 years on the job, yesterday was his last day. Because he's been a part of the show since its inception, Jon dedicated the Moment of Zen to him last night, showing a clip from the earliest days of the show that featured Havlan. It's not clear what he's doing next — he's also the host of The Writers Bloc podcast — but it seems like he's really earned a break before figuring it out.

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Joel McHale Officially Says He Isn't Interested in Hosting 'The Late Late Show' on 'Conan'


A picture tweeted by the wife of CBS President Les Moonves of the two of them with Joel McHale started a firestorm or rumors that the Soup/Community star would take over for Craig Ferguson when he steps down as host of The Late Late Show. CBS denied it, and now McHale has as well, saying "Who would do that? That is so much work, right?" to Conan. Let the wild speculation continue!

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David Hasselhoff Is Starring in His Own 'Curb'-Style Show and No This Isn't a Joke

davidhasselhoffDo you love Curb Your Enthusiasm, but daydream about it focussing on a different famous person other than Larry David? To get more specific, is that daydream about David Hasselhoff and is the show you've imagined called Hoff the Record? Well, for one thing, dream bigger. Also, that is exactly what's happening.

Those crazy Brits have ordered a six-episode mockumentary series that will focus on a hightened version of the Hoff, with a plot that "concerns the Knight Rider star moving to get his 'surreal' life back on track, after five divorces and 'some misguided career decisions.'" A Dave spokesman has this to say about it: "It is an ambitious project, blurring the lines between real life and improvisational comedy and it will be filmed in the UK, and overseas, with an ensemble cast of new and established comedy talent."

It'll air on The Dave channel in the UK and presumably on torrent sites in the US, if you're interested.

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Aubrey Plaza Is a Sassy Zombie Teen in the 'Life After Beth' Trailer


Here's the trailer for Life After Beth, a teen zombie comedy starring Aubrey Plaza and written and directed by I Heart Huckabees co-writer Jeff Baena. It looks like a fun and fresh take on a what's become a relatively overdone genre. It also stars Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Anna Kendrick and it's out on August 15th.

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Did North Korea Launch Three Missiles Because of Seth Rogen?

rogen_franco_interviewYesterday, North Korea said that the upcoming Rogen/Franco comedy The Interview, in which the two plan to secretly assassinate Kim Jung-Un, was an "act of war." Just a bunch of bluster from a famously blustery country, right? Uh, well…

North Korea fired three short-range projectiles off its east coast on Thursday, a day after it warned of retaliation against the release of an American comedy film involving a plot to kill its leader, Kim Jong-un.

That's from the New York Times. The missiles were a test, and landed somewhere in the water between North Korea and Japan. It's not clear what type of missiles they were just yet, but one thing is clear: Kim Jong-Un just took the Streisand effect to a whole new level. You're just giving them amazing free publicity, dude!

Check out the trailer for The Interview below: READ MORE

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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!

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Jordan Klepper and Jessica Williams Gave Some Solid Advice to College Partiers on Last Night's 'Daily Show'


On last night's Daily Show, Jordan Klepper and Jessica Williams highlighted the differences in advice you give to partying college men and women in light of the recent spate of sexual assault cases on campuses all across the country. It's one of those Daily Show segments that manages to be both funny and deadly serious at the same time, which one imagines is tricky as hell to pull off.

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Triumph Wonderfully Insults Four More Nationalities in Part 2 of His World Cup Coverage


On last night's Conan, Triumph returned with more of his World Cup coverage that involved him insulting Italians, the Brits, the Japanese, and folks from the Ivory Coast. Why is it that it's so funny to see a puppet insulting people's nationalities in a way that might be a little offensive if it was just a guy doing it? I don't know, and I don't care.

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Stephen Colbert Mourns the Imminent Outlawing of the Tiger Selfie


Apparently, New York is considering banning taking selfies with a tiger. Yes, taking a selfie with a tiger is now a thing, and our no-fun nanny state government is going to put a stop to our dangerous and exploitive behavior. Thanks, Obama! But luckily Stephen Colbert is on the side of justice and selfies.