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  • From Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Lucifer: TV shows have become unkillable

    Where once cancellation meant the end for a TV series, now streaming services are ensuring a second life for all shows great or small. But some things should be left to rest in peace One of the best things about the current television climate is that shows don’t really die any more. They are cancelled, yes, but only for a matter of hours. Just when you have dug out your best mourning gown, bam; a competitor has bought the rights and dragged it back to life as if nothing had happened. Fox...

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  • Adult Swim is editing stock footage into horrifying short films

    The sanitized, dead-eyed milieu of corporate America will never not be a prime subject for satire, as evidenced by the enduring legacy of comedies like The Office and Office Space. Still, no amount of satire can capture the numbing mundanity of the office better than stock photography, which is, like any corporation, a repository of darkness clad in silk ties and bleached smiles. Comedian Ryan Mazer drew upon that darkness in collaboration with Adult Swim, relying almost exclusively on stock...

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  • Hereditary takes advantage as World Cup scares off major Hollywood releases

    Fright fans land the acclaimed horror yarn starring Toni Collette at No 2 in first week of release in the UK, as the Jurassic World sequel stays put at the top After a succession of sunny weekends affected cinema-going across the UK, theatre owners were thankful for the return of greyer skies. In the Top 10, no film fell by more than 32% from the previous session. Just a week ago, there were box-office slumps of up to 68%. Continue reading...

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  • Trevor Noah: 'The federal government is stealing kids from their parents'

    Late-night comics addressed the Trump administration’s policy of forcibly separating migrant children from their parents Late-night hosts on Monday discussed the Trump administration’s crackdown on prosecuting undocumented migrants, which has led to more than 2,000 children being separated from their parents at the border and held in federal detention facilities. Related: Families divided at the border: 'The most horrific immigration policy I've ever seen' Continue reading...

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  • Will Ferrell is making a Eurovision comedy movie for Netflix

    After lampooning newsreaders with Anchorman and Nascar drivers with Talladega Nights, Will Ferrell has a new target:

    The Telegraph
  • Will Ferrell to star in Netflix comedy about Eurovision Song Contest

    The script is penned by the actor and his former collaborator Andrew Steele

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  • Will Ferrell to star in Eurovision song contest comedy for Netflix

    Actor is writer and star of feature based on the international singing competition Will Ferrell is set to star in a Netflix film based around the Eurovision song contest. Related: Eurovision 2018: five things we learned Continue reading...

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  • John Oliver calls deal between US and North Korea 'close to meaningless'

    On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver addressed Donald Trump’s deference toward Kim Jong-un at their summit in Singapore On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed the historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un and the former’s deference to the North Korean dictator. Related: John Oliver on Mueller investigation: 'If this is a witch-hunt, witches exist' Continue reading...

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  • Roseanne spinoff in the works, as Barr agrees to 'walk away' from the character

    The producers of US sitcom Roseanne are in talks to create a sitcom based on the pro-Trump protagonist's daughter, Darlene Conner.

    The Telegraph
  • New comedy museum to place American humor safely behind glass

    Back in 2016, we reported that George Carlin’s daughter Kelly Carlin had donated his “archives” to the National Comedy Center in New York for a “museum experience” that was still in the works at the time. Now, that museum experience has grown into an actual museum, and the National Comedy Center is preparing to open it up to the public on August 1. That comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which says the museum has collected artifacts from Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Tyler...

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  • Tim Minchin: ‘These days I’m a hypocritical philosophical vegetarian’

    The comedian and actor on childhood barbecues, hockey, and the power of cheese My mother insisted we got permission before opening the fridge. She had a preternatural ability to know where I was heading. She would be upstairs, 30 metres away, and shout out, “Timothy, are you pouring orange juice from a carton?” I just didn’t understand how she knew. Dad was known for his barbecues at weekends and bubble and squeak on Sundays. We’d all have to set the table and clear the table. We had our own...

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  • Marc Maron: ‘I’m familiar with coke, anger, bullying, selfishness’

    The Glow star and hit podcaster talks drugs, divorces and his ‘horrible’ feud with Jon Stewart The night before I meet Marc Maron, I go to his standup show in London. These days Maron is best known for his hugely popular podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, which he started in 2009, and on which he has interviewed everyone from Barack Obama to Keith Richards and Chris Rock. He conducts most of the interviews from his garage in LA, and they are almost always revealing and always entertaining. In 2010,...

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  • Paul Whitehouse: ‘Sneezing is an affront to mankind’

    The actor, writer and comedian on not arguing enough and why he admires Bob Mortimer Born in Wales, Paul Whitehouse, 60, began writing comedy in 1982. He co-created BBC’s The Fast Show with Charlie Higson in the 90s and has a long-running comedy partnership with Harry Enfield. His film roles include recent hits Ghost Stories and The Death Of Stalin, while his new series, Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, starts next week on BBC2. He is divorced with four daughters and lives in...

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  • Stephen Colbert: James Comey 'wasn't corrupt, just super dumb'

    Late-night comics discussed the DoJ report on James Comey’s investigation of Hillary Clinton and the World Cup Late-night hosts discussed the start of the World Cup and the findings of the Department of Justice inspector general’s report about James Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Related: Samantha Bee: Kim 'left the summit glowing brighter than enriched uranium' Continue reading...

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  • Derry Girls actor offered apology for 'overweight girl' review

    British Theatre Guide apologises to Nicola Coughlan after Miss Jean Brodie review The British Theatre Guide has apologised to the Derry Girls actor Nicola Coughlan after one of its reviewers described her as an “overweight little girl”. The offending description, which has since been removed, appeared in Philip Fisher’s review of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden, London. Continue reading...

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  • Mitch Hedberg's widow says unreleased material is coming soon

    'At some point soon, all of you will be hearing and seeing Mitch again'

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  • Mitch Hedberg's widow says unreleased material is coming soon

    'At some point soon, all of you will be hearing and seeing Mitch again'

    www.independent.co.uk
  • The Hippies Were Right After All

    From yoga to biodynamism to sustainability to weed, the slow march of progress has revealed an inarguable truth: The hippies won.

    GQ