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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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Ilana Glazer interviews strangers in the park about sex -- VIDEO

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Missing Broad City? Obviously.

This won’t quite fill the Abbi-and-Ilana-sized hole in your heart — but it’s good to know that Ilana Glazer is still being her goofy self, even in the off-season. The video, from Glazer’s recently revived “Chronic Gamer Girl” webseries, finds the comedian interviewing people in a New York City park about sex. From a woman who ruined a friend’s jeans during her first time to a dude who just really loves America (?), this video is super weird and perfect.

Watch, and learn that for some people, “friction is friction”: READ FULL STORY

You won't believe what amazing site The Onion is launching now

Praise the Internet Gods! The Onion — the best satire, well, anywhere — is taking on BuzzFeed et al, calling out their click-bait headlines, silly quizzes, and other attention-getting practices with a new website. (Full disclosure: EW.com’s editor, Kyle Ryan, worked at The Onion’s A.V. Club until last month.)

Called Clickhole.com, the venture will put “content and sponsored posts side by side, with barely any distinction between them. People will climb into this click hole and find content so interesting they won’t be able to keep it to themselves,” according to “Jim Haggerty,” an Onion News Network host played by Brad Holbrook. “Every post is engineered to be as shareable as possible, so it spreads like a deadly wildfire on social media,” he tells the New York Business Journal. READ FULL STORY

Michael Che: 5 things to know

Note: NBC revealed on Sept. 11 that Michael Che is headed to Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update desk when the series’ 40th season premieres on Sept. 27. Learn more about Che’s background in the post below, originally published April 28.

Who is Michael Che, The Daily Show‘s latest recruit? First and foremost, he’s a prolific workhorse of a standup known for performing in New York City comedy clubs seven nights a week, often in multiple venues each night. Secondly, he’s a writer for SNL whose work includes “12 Days Not a Slave” and that weird sketch where Zach Galifianakis plays a racist M&M. Thirdly, he’s a rising star who recently snagged a role in Chris Rock’s upcoming film Finally Famous, which sort of sounds like Rock’s take on Funny People. (Update: The movie is now called Top Five; it sparked a bidding war at the Toronto International Film Festival, eventually getting acquired by Paramount.)

But important as these tidbits may be, they’re also just lines on Che’s resume — and they don’t say much about what we might expect from him once he makes the leap from NBC to Comedy Central. Maybe these fun facts will be a little more revealing:

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