A New Upstate NY Comedy Club Will Feature Creepy Holograms of Dead Comedians

DangerfieldHere's some creepy news: According to The New York Times, a new comedy club will open in Jamestown, New York next near called the National Comedy Center, and they're hoping to attract crowds with their plans to feature a bunch of dead comedian holograms.

National Comedy Center chairman Tom Benson said the club will feature 10 to 12 five-minute routines from comedians and comedic actors of the past, and his hope is to secure rights to performances from comics like Milton Berle, Bob Hope, George Carlin, and Rodney Dangerfield so audiences can "go back in time and witness a classic routine in a setting – God knows where it might have been – and experience that as if they were really there." Well, almost — they'll only be missing the parts where the comedian can hear, feel out, and respond to the audience, and that whole thing where they have actually been dead for years. On the bright side, one comedian you can count on not seeing at the club is Robin Williams, whose will restricts his image from appearing in any form, including holograms, until 2039. Smart move, Williams.


Jack Black Saves Seth Meyers During a Failing 'Late Night' Desk Bit

During last night's Late Night, Seth Meyers debuted a brand new segment called "Seth the Snoop" that he quickly realized was a total dud. But the show must go on, and thankfully Jack Black was waiting in the wings to guide Seth and the audience through the rest of the subpar jokes.


Nathan Lane Says Goodbye to Letterman Through a Musical Tribute

Here's a clip from last night's Late Show with guest Nathan Lane, who teams up with award-winning composer Marc Shaiman to say goodbye to Letterman through song. It gets a little emotional — or not emotional at all, depending on how you look at it.


Reese Witherspoon Finds Her Smash Mouth CD in This Week's 'SNL' Promos

The second-to-last episode of SNL season 40 airs this weekend with host Reese Witherspoon, and NBC just released the first round of promos. It's been a long time since Witherspoon last hosted the show back in 2001, but hopefully finding her Smash Mouth CD made the long wait worthwhile.


Jay Pharoah Plays the County Clerk in the Latest Episode of 'Notary Publix'

Here's the newest installment of Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne's Above Average series Notary Publix featuring special guest Jay Pharoah, who plays the County Clerk sent to thwart the ladies' plans to unionize. As usual, Gina and Teresa's rival Erin Oatmeal is up to no good.


Conan O'Brien Is Doing a Week of Shows from Comic-Con This Summer

During last night's Conan, O'Brien revealed some big news: His show is officially headed to San Diego to tape a week of shows at Comic-Con in July. The shows will run from July 18th through the 11th at Spreckels Theater and include special Friday and Saturday night episodes. Watch O'Brien make the big announcement above.


A Comprehensive Collection of Comedians Tweeting About Their Flights

airplaneWhether we're missing a flight, sitting next to an annoying passenger, or enduring bad customer service, flying is full of aggravations we're usually powerless to avoid. Comedians, with their hectic schedules and tour dates, have it worse than most, and thanks to Twitter we know all about it. You've probably seen at least a few of your favorite comedians express their travel-related stress and frustrations 140 characters at a time — sometimes they get a good joke out of it, but other times it's just pure anger, annoyance, and good old-fashioned whining. Really, it all comes down to this:

Nothing puts off one's judgment like anger, so oftentimes comedians end up posting airline tweets without the kind of mental editing or restraint they give their usual punchlines. The result is a sometimes hilarious and sometimes shameless look at which comedians perform best under pressure — and not the kind of pressure they're used to onstage. With that in mind, we decided to collect 350 airline-related tweets by some of our favorite writers, comedians, and filmmakers. So fasten your seat belts, turn off all electronic devices, and get ready for a lot of turbulence. READ MORE


Dave Chappelle, Patton Oswalt, Bill Burr, and More Join the 2015 Just For Laughs Lineup

jfl2015The Just For Laughs Festival returns to Quebec this summer, and the full lineup has been revealed. In addition to headliners Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Mike Myers, Neil Patrick Harris, Trevor Noah, Jane Lynch, Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt, Weird Al, Chris Hardwick, Jason Reitman, and Ellie Kemper, a ton of funny people are slated to show up during the festival's run from Wednesday, July 8th through Tuesday, July 28th, including:

T.J. Miller, Chris D’Elia, Jerrod Carmichael, Sebastian Maniscalco, Reggie Watts, Natasha Leggero, Danny Bhoy, Margaret Cho, J.B. Smoove, Pete Holmes, Rob Schneider, Mike Ward, Rachid Badouri, Gilbert Gottfried, Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican, Russell Howard, Tom Papa, Omid Djalili, Janeane Garofalo, Harland Williams, Colin Jost, Wyatt Cenac, Eric Andre, Kyle Kinane, Brian Posehn, Ari Shaffir, Brent Morin, Andy Kindler, Hasan Minhaj, Rhys Darby, Jen Kirkman, Alonzo Bodden, Orny Adams, Duncan Trussell, Dana Gould, Moshe Kasher, Tom Segura, Jake and Amir, and Sabrina Jalees

Check out the full schedule over at the Just For Laughs website.


Here Are the Comedians Getting Comedy Central 'Half Hour' Specials in 2015

comedycentral_halfhour2015Every year, Comedy Central selects a handful of rising comedians to star in their own 30-minute standup specials for The Half Hour, and the network just gave us an exclusive look at the 14 comics chosen for The Half Hour's fourth season set to air sometime later this year. The specials will tape at Royale in Boston from June 9th to 12th, and this year's lineup features SNL alum Brooks Wheelan, Liza Treyger (who made our 2015 list of up-and-coming comedians in New York), Twitter prankster Randy Liedtke, former Best Week Ever cast member Michelle Buteau, and more. Check out the full list below: READ MORE


IFC Renews 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' for a 20-Episode Fifth Season

aukerman_cudiMore Comedy Bang! Bang! is on the way. IFC just revealed that it's renewed Scott Aukerman's series for a 20-episode fifth season set to air sometime next year. "Scott has created an absurd world that attracts the biggest names in pop culture," said IFC president Jennifer Caserta on the news. "They show up, do insane things and oftentimes come back for more. We have no idea how he does it, but we’re not about to start asking questions now." Comedy Bang! Bang! is currently in the middle of its 40-episode fourth season, and Kid Cudi will take over for Reggie Watts as the new musical co-star this July.


T.J. Miller Gives Conan O'Brien a Crash Course in Negging

Silicon Valley's T.J. Miller stopped by last night's Conan, where he taught O'Brien how to properly neg someone to win their love and affection, getting in a particularly amazing insult about Conan's hair in the process. Watch more from Miller's interview below. READ MORE


Will Ferrell Visits 'Late Show' as Harry Caray

Here's a clip from last night's Late Show, in which Will Ferrell gives David Letterman a surprise visit as the late Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray, who tells Dave (or as he calls him, Ed), that his plan to leave the show "is a good call." Later in the show, Letterman was also joined by President Obama for one last Late Show interview, which you can check out below: READ MORE


Louis C.K. to Write, Direct, and Star in 'I'm a Cop'

louis ck oh my godLouis C.K. is headed to the big screen. According to THR, C.K. has signed on to write, direct, and star in an upcoming Scott Rudin-produced film called I'm a Cop. The movie will center on C.K. as "a depressed middle-aged man who is a volunteer police officer living in the shadow of his mother, a highly decorated retired officer. When she dies, her continued influence forces him to become a real police officer, which is something he never wanted to be." For more on C.K.'s film work, check out our guide to his early short films and breakdown of his experimental directing style.


Fox Renews 'The Simpsons' for Two More Seasons

the-simpsonsThe Simpsons isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Entertainment Weekly reports that Fox has officially given the long-running series a double, 22-episode season renewal for a 27th and 28th season, which will bring the total number of Simpsons episodes to 625. The Simpsons debuted on Fox back in 1989 and is the longest-running scripted primetime show in US television history, and it had a big year in 2014 between the launch of the Simpsons World app, live 25th anniversary show, and FXX's 12-day marathon.