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What the Critics Think About Good Boys

R-rated flick manages to be both sweet and funny

(Newser) - A trio of innocent sixth-graders (Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon) have a lot to learn before they attend their first kissing party in Good Boys . The R-rated flick from writers of The Office, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky—the latter also directing—and producers Seth Rogen and Evan... More »

Barr, Clay Plan Tour as 'Mr. and Mrs. America'

'She's an original, I'm an original,' he says

(Newser) - It's been a few decades since the Diceman's heyday, but he's still touring—and this time it's with Roseanne Barr. The two controversial comics, who performed together in Las Vegas in March, announced their "Mr and Mrs America" comedy tour Sunday, Variety reports. It will... More »

Man Calls 911 Over Comic's Middle East Joke

It 'really bothered me,' man told dispatcher

(Newser) - "I don’t think anyone has ever called 911 because they were offended by a joke," says Florida comedy club owner Brien Spina. Well, apart from on Sunday, when an audience member called 911 over remarks comedian Ahmed Ahmed made at Spina's Off The Hook club in... More »

4 Killer Slams of New Anne Hathaway Movie

'It's hard not to wonder why they've made it at all'

(Newser) - Chris Addison impressed in directing numerous episodes of Veep. Not so in his feature film directorial debut, The Hustle , facing an abysmal 16% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as rival con artists in a gender-switch remake of 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, itself... More »

Conan on Settlement of 'Stupid' Suit: It's Been 'Upsetting'

Late-night host insists he and his writers never stole anything

(Newser) - Great minds think alike. That's the gist of an essay penned by Conan O'Brien in Variety , in which he addresses the settlement of a four-year-old lawsuit accusing him and writers for his TBS late-night show of stealing jokes . Robert Alexander Kaseberg accused O'Brien and his staff of... More »

Amy Schumer: Hubby Is 'On the Spectrum'

Comedian says she 'knew from the beginning that my husband's brain was a little different than mine'

(Newser) - Amy Schumer loves her husband because of his autism, not in spite of it. Chef Chris Fischer, whom Schumer married last year , "has autism spectrum disorder. He's on the spectrum," Schumer says in her Netflix special Growing , which was filmed in Chicago in December and began streaming... More »

Louis CK Addresses Scandal in New Routine

He is unapologetic in San Jose

(Newser) - Louis CK just went there. The comedian has avoided talking about his own scandal as part of his controversial return to stand-up venues, but the Daily Beast reports that ended in San Jose on Wednesday. "I like to jerk off, and I don't like being alone," the... More »

What Louis CK, and His Critics, Keep Getting Wrong

Op-ed: People are too easily offended, but too many comics mistake offensiveness for humor

(Newser) - Leaked audio from a recent Louis CK comedy bit sparked an uproar on social media because he made the survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the butt of a joke. Why should we have to listen to these kids, he wondered. “You didn’t get shot, you... More »

Louis CK's Target in Leaked Set: Parkland Survivors

Though they have plenty of company

(Newser) - Since returning to stand-up after his #MeToo scandal, Louis CK has attracted a smattering of headlines, many of them unpleasant . A new entry in the category: TMZ reports on audio that was posted to YouTube on Sunday and subsequently deleted. It was labeled as being from a Dec. 16 set... More »

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Wins Twain Prize, Takes Kavanaugh Shot

Actress went to same high school as Christine Blasey Ford

(Newser) - Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best-known comedic actresses of her generation, and now she's been recognized with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for a lifetime in comedy. She is the 21st person the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has honored with the award. Jerry Seinfeld,... More »

Comedy Club Adds Disclaimer to Ticket as Louis CK Returns

Comedy Cellar patrons can leave and get a refund

(Newser) - Louis CK is apparently bent on rehabilitating his comedy career one surprise appearance at a time. The comedian performed his second unannounced set at the Comedy Cellar in New York City over the weekend, about a month after his first . The New York Post puts a negative spin on it,... More »

Kevin Hart Comedy Draws a Diverse Crowd

'Night School' beats 'Smallfoot' for top of the box office

(Newser) - The new comedy Night School overcame weak reviews and fended off an animated Yeti to grab top spot at the weekend box office, per the Hollywood Reporter . Drawing a multi-ethnic audience—37% Caucasian, 30% African American, 24% Latino, 5% Asian, and 4% other, says Universal—the Kevin Hart comedy domestically... More »

A Low-Key, Enraged Comic May Have Just Broken Standup

Hannah Gadsby unleashes in her new show, 'Nanette'

(Newser) - Hannah Gadsby is a quiet, tea-loving comic whose new Netflix show Nanette is being hailed as the next big thing. She's also simmering with rage and ready to quit the business, Indie Wire reports. Onstage in her homeland of Australia, the gay performer eases people in with a few... More »

Michelle Wolf Takes Aim at Sanders on New Show

Comedian launches 'The Break'

(Newser) - Michelle Wolf fans (and maybe a few detractors?) have been awaiting her new Netflix show The Break since she caused a political commotion at last month's White House Correspondents Dinner. On Saturday's debut—which mixed stand-up and a desk segment on a set that resembles "Ellen after... More »

What It Was Like to Make the Best Episode of The Office

Inside 'The Dinner Party' 10 years after it first aired

(Newser) - It was a day that went down in comedic history: "On April 10th, 2008, The Office topped itself with its best half-hour ever—and perhaps the best comedy episode of the decade," writes Andy Greene for Rolling Stone . He's referring, of course, to "The Dinner Party,... More »

Louis CK Allegations Are 'Best Thing' to Happen to Comedy

It's time for a 'full reckoning,' writes Lindy West

(Newser) - "This is the best thing that has happened to comedy in a long time," Lindy West writes in the New York Times regarding the allegations against Louis CK. And despite the headline "Why Men Aren't Funny," that's not coming from a longtime CK... More »

'Netflix Is a Joke' Billboards Confound Social Media

But the company behind them isn't surprising

(Newser) - Stark-white billboards with a single message—"Netflix is a joke"—written on them have been causing confusion among passers-by and on social media since popping up in Los Angeles and New York this week, the Hollywood Reporter reports. Mashable quotes some of the reactions on Twitter: "Who'... More »

This Joke Is the Funniest One-Liner of 2017

According to 'Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe'

(Newser) - If you haven't heard of Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, you may be part of the minority. The New York Times reports the arts festival is the largest "in the known world," with its organizers boasting that only the Olympics and World Cup have a bigger attendance.... More »

Daily Show Gives Sean Spicer a New Career

He's a natural at being a kindergarten teacher

(Newser) - Sean Spicer has already become the whipping boy for Saturday Night Live , but now another late-night show is taking a crack at him. Wednesday's Daily Show analyzed clips of the famously combative press secretary interacting with reporters and wondered : "Does @SeanSpicer treat the press like a bunch of... More »

F-Bombs Abound in Hawking Charity Skit

Gordon Ramsey is only partly to blame

(Newser) - At long last, Stephen Hawking has regained a British accent—sort of. In a Comic Relief skit for charity, Hawking explains he's bored of his computer-generated voice and is reviewing audition tapes from celebrities who might do as well. But he's not at all pleased with the applicants.... More »

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