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Everything you need to know about new 'SNL' player Pete Davidson

Saturday Night Live got a new addition Monday when it was announced that comedian Pete Davidson will be a featured player this season. But who is he?

First off, he’s only 20 years old. Staten Island native Davidson started performing when he was 16 and soon made his way onto shows like MTV’s Guy Code and Comedy Central’s Adam DeVine’s House Party. Here’s where you might have seen him: READ FULL STORY

Remembering Michael Che's too-brief 'Daily Show' run

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When word broke late Thursday that Saturday Night Live will shake up the Weekend Update desk once again this season, fan reaction was swift and decisive. The consensus: Lorne Michaels was replacing the wrong anchor.

Specifically: Cecily Strong, who took her seat at the Update desk last fall—and earned generally positive reviews for her work there—is out. SNL head writer Colin Jost, who joined Update in March after Seth Meyers’ departure—and has received, er, slightly less encouraging feedback—is staying put.  READ FULL STORY

Joan Rivers: A video tribute

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Joan Rivers’ career spanned several decades filled with dozens of hilarious film, television, and stage appearances. The comedienne and TV host, who died on Thursday at age 81, repurposed her own life experiences into biting, insightful, groundbreaking comedy.

From her early appearances on the Sammy Davis, Jr. Show to playing a robot in Spaceballs to her recent appearances on shows like Louie, Rivers imbued her jokes with energy and wit that few others have matched. In honor of her vast and memorable career, here’s a tribute featuring a few of the countless times Rivers made audiences laugh.

Tenacious D wants to sell you hard on its music and comedy festival

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There are many kinds of supreme worth your attention: Burrito supreme, chicken supreme, Cutlass Supreme… Oh, and let’s not forget a nacho supreme. But Jack Black and Kyle Gass—you know, the guys that formed a band, the likes of which had never been seen, and they called themselves Tenacious D—have concocted a special type of supreme, and it’s called Festival Supreme. READ FULL STORY

Watch Joel McHale and Tony Hale score drugs in 'Comedians in Cars Getting Cocaine'

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L.A.-area dealers, beware: Tony Hale will not pay for his drugs.

That’s one of the many takeaways from “Comedians in Cars Getting Cocaine,” The Soup‘s Joel McHale-hosted spoof of Jerry Seinfeld’s friendlier, Coffee-ier web series. The video shows the cult-sitcom star picking up the, um, other cult-sitcom star for a nice top-down ride around Southern California. They discuss Arrested Development, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and how Tony Hale likes to numb away his shameful past with the power of cocaine.

Funny stuff! And hey, it’s not a bad day for an on-point homage to Jerry’s work (complete with light jazz!), given that today marks the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Seinfeld.

Watch the video below to see if McHale and Hale inhale:

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Video: Who is our new favorite 'Jeopardy' loser?

That’d be American hero Ari Voukydis, a comedian and veteran improv teacher who found himself a distant second going into Final Jeopardy on Thursday’s episode. The clue category: “Science & Industry.” The answer: “In 1891, this European said, ‘Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your Congresses.'”

The correct question? That’d be “Who is Alfred Nobel?”—the Swedish armaments manufacturer who invented dynamite, then was inspired to create the Nobel Prize (for physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace) after reading his own obituary. (Truth: Stranger than fiction!) Unfortunately, none of the smartypantses playing in last night’s game could name him; fortunately, Voukydis came up with something even better.

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Video: Dana Carvey channels Johnny Carson on 'Letterman'

Yes, that headline might make the following video sound like one of the most exciting comedy clips of the early 1990s. However: There’s an undeniable retro charm in watching Master of Disguise Carvey embody the King of Late Night on a show hosted by the man Carson wanted as his heir—especially when Carvey takes aim at ever-so-slightly dated topics like Rob Ford and Justin Bieber’s poor abandoned monkey.

In short, this is dad humor at its best. Hike up your Dockers and watch below.

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Comic Ian Edwards launches Team Coco Records with debut album '100% Half-Assed'

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Tuesday marks the release of Ian Edwards‘ new comedy album 100% Half-Assed. It not only marks the first album for Edwards, a stand-up veteran, but it is also the first release on Team Coco Records, the new comedy label launched by Conan O’Brien. It’s the latest in a long line of collaborations between Edwards (who also wrote for 2 Broke Girls last season) and O’Brien. “I think I’m the only stand-up who has been on Conan’s show every time,” says Edwards, who made his debut on the old Late Night show back in 2007. “I did it when he was in New York, and then I did it when he had The Tonight Show, and I’ve done it on TBS. Conan always just wants you to be yourself. So why not go with the people who allow you to represent myself the way I really am?”    READ FULL STORY

Seinfeld, Stewart, Fey & more salute insult master Don Rickles: The night's best jokes

“On the Mount Rushmore of stand-up comedy, there are four faces, in my opinion: Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Cosby — and Don Rickles,” Jerry Seinfeld declared at the top of Tuesday’s all-star tribute to legendary insult comic Rickles. The show — taped two days before Rickles’ 88th birthday — will air on Spike TV Wednesday, May 28.

Clearly, the biggest names in comedy agree with Seinfeld’s assessment. The evening, filmed in Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater, included tributes and mini-roasts of “the Merchant of Venom” from Bob Newhart, Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and David Letterman, as well as some good-natured ribbing from Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro (who worked with Rickles on 1995’s Casino), and a truly bizarre, rambling reminiscence from Johnny Depp. (The general gist: When they first met, Rickles didn’t make fun of Depp — and the actor’s had a complex about it ever since.)

Give or take a few old-fashioned groaners — blame These Changing Times, which make the sort of racial humor Rickles often employed feel outdated — the event was packed with laughs from beginning (when Newhart, who’s been best pals with Rickles since the dawn of time, dropped in via video) to end (when Rickles finally got a chance to fire back). Even more impressive: The octogenarian, famous for improvising putdowns, apparently performed his final set  without the help of either notecards or the teleprompter. Here’s a preview of the night’s funniest gags, in roughly chronological order:

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'Saturday Night Live' writer Leslie Jones responds to criticism of slavery standup -- VIDEO

If you joke about slavery on TV, you’re going to get some backlash.

Leslie Jones, a writer for Saturday Night Live, made her onscreen debut during May 3’s Weekend Update segment. Jones performed a short standup routine about being single. The twist: Jones declared that she never would have been unattached in the days of slavery. In the bit, she calls herself a “number-one slave draft pick” and talks about how she’d be so popular that she’d be popping out babies every nine months. Naturally, these jokes got a few people upset — including Ebony senior editor Jamilah Lemieux, who blasted Jones on Twitter, calling her an “embarrassment.”

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