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Pardcast-A-Thon 2014 preview: Jimmy Pardo on Smile Train goals and celebrity surprises

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Why battle the maddening hordes at your local mall when you could be spending Black Friday laughing for a good cause?

That’s the pitch of Pardcast-a-Thon, the annual post-Thanksgiving extension of the Never Not Funny podcast hosted, as usual, by Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap, and Pat Francis. Once again, the team will welcome in a cavalcade of special guests over the course of the 12-hour show, which can be streamed via the official Pardcast website as well as watched via the YouTube channel JASH. READ FULL STORY

Dave Chappelle wants to play an Olivia Pope love interest on 'Scandal'

Comedian Dave Chappelle disappeared for a little while, but now he’s back—and he wants to make up for his absence by being on all your favorite shows.

“For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can,” Chappelle told GQ in its December issue. “I’d be a zombie in The Walking Dead. A corpse on CSI. I’d be the first black guy to f–k Olivia Pope on Scandal.” (For the record, Olivia Pope’s boyfriend season-two boyfriend, Edison Davis, was black.)
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Steve Carell in 'Foxcatcher' and the legacy of clowns who get serious

Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.

That’s the old showbiz adage, but it’s one the Academy has never quite learned to appreciate. Comedians and comedies are traditionally ignored by the Oscars, meaning that if a great talent like Robin Williams or Jim Carrey wants the Hollywood hardware and immortality that goes with it, he has to shed the image of the jester that has made him famous in the first place.

In the upcoming romantic comedy Top Five, Chris Rock’s character, a movie star famous for a series of silly comedies about a crime-fighting bear named Hammy, makes a play for respectability by starring in an Oscar-bait film about the Haitian revolution, titled Uprize. It’s funny because it’s true: comedians yearn to be taken seriously. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. READ FULL STORY

Chelsea Peretti held a book signing... without having written a book

Chelsea Peretti is having a busy week. Her stand-up special, One of the Greats, premieres on Netflix this weekend, and she has been doing some stand-up shows in anticipation for it. She even held a book signing to meet with fans after one of her sets.

The only problem is… Chelsea Peretti hasn’t written a book.

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Brett Favre was the third choice for his 'There's Something About Mary' cameo

Though Brett Favre’s film career begins and ends with his cameo in There’s Something About Mary, he almost never even had that role.

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Chelsea Peretti says no to fedoras in trailer for Netflix comedy special

Right now, Chelsea Peretti is most known as the always-weird Gina on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine—but she’s also a skilled stand-up comedian who has a special coming to Netflix in November.

In her hour-long set, Peretti covers a variety of topics ranging from intimidating dogs to fashion crimes: “Do you guys think it’s worse to wear a fedora or kill 15 people?” she asks the audience in the special’s trailer. She also demonstrates the polite way for a woman to eat a banana in public, which turns out to be not very polite at all. READ FULL STORY

Hear the debut single from 'South Park's' Lorde

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South Park already revealed that Lorde is actually the middle-aged father of Stan Marsh. But that doesn’t mean Lorde can’t make great music, as evidenced by “Push (Feeling Good on a Wednesday),” which has been released in full. READ FULL STORY

Watch a video from Cameron Esposito's new stand-up album, 'Same Sex Symbol'

Comedy nerds know her already, but it’s high time the rest of the world catch on: Cameron Esposito is one of the most exciting young stand-ups working today, which makes the release of her new album, Same Sex Symbol—out today via beloved indie label Kill Rock Stars—a big event. It’s Esposito’s second album, but first since she really started getting a lot of attention, from her attention-grabbing performance on Ferguson, to hosting the podcast and stand-up showcase Put Your Hands Together, to her column at The A.V. Club, and all the time she puts in on the road performing for audiences around the country.

Esposito closes out the 18-track Same Sex Symbol with a track called “Guacamole,” which is a meditation on how people’s differences enrich everyone’s life—only it’s much funnier than that serious-sounding description. To say any more would ruin the joke, but check out this exclusive video of it below.

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Chris Pratt plays Word Sneak, explains his first headshot on 'Fallon'

Chris Pratt stretched his improv skills ahead of his Saturday Night Live hosting duties this Saturday, Sept. 27 by appearing on The Tonight Show. And if his game of “Word Sneak” with Jimmy Fallon is any indication, Pratt is more than ready for any off-the-cuff moments Studio 8H might require of him.

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Key and Peele's ultimate comedy curriculum, from 'Who's on First?' to 'Veep'

What are the essential sketches, performers, and shows every comedy nerd should know? EW’s guest editors Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele offer a master class. Warning: Some of the clips ahead contain strong language.

1. Eddie Murphy
As Key says, “I don’t know if there’s ever been anybody in history working at a level like he was working at. To have that much talent, that much charm, that much discipline, all of that wrapped up into one. To think about 48 Hrs., Trading Places. Aw, man!” Adds Peele: “If I had a kid and I wanted to form him into a perfect comedy nerd, I would tell him to watch the Saturday Night Live sketch where he puts on whiteface and he goes on the bus, and the last [nonwhite] guy walks off the bus and everyone starts a party. They’re passing around cigars and sh–. That’s a huge one.” READ FULL STORY

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