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Chris Rock thinks YouTube has ruined stand-up comedy

Chris Rock hates YouTube. The comedian stopped by The Daily Show last night to promote his film 2 Days in New York and discussed his reluctance to perform stand-up in the era of YouTube. Rock thinks the platform deprives comedians of small-stage practice time and prevents them from ever re-telling jokes. ”It’s hard to go to the clubs cuz’ people [videotape] your sh– all the time, like before it’s ready,” he said.

Jon Stewart compared YouTube’s effect on stand-up to the adverse impact of television on vaudeville, and Rock concurred. Unlike musicians who are encouraged by fans to perform old hits, he said comedians are booed for repeating old material: “[Audience members say] ‘How dare you say the same funny thing you said last year!'”

Watch the video below (scroll to the five-minute mark, if you’re in a rush): READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart blasts NBC for not airing Olympic tribute to terror victims

Some of the criticisms about NBC’s Olympics coverage aren’t entirely fair. No one likes watching tape-delayed sporting events with commercial breaks every three minutes. But NBC is a corporate entity whose purpose is to soak up advertising dollars — it’s not like another network would be any better. (Unless the Games moved to HBO, in which case all the athletes would be revealed as unlikable morally ambiguous narcissists who despise the world almost as much as they despise themselves, which would be awesome for all two million people watching.) But the network made one decision with their coverage that is indefensible: When Danny Boyle’s opening ceremonies featured an extended tribute to the victims of the 7/7 London bombings, NBC cut away to an interview between Ryan Seacrest and Michael Phelps.

Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart didn’t hold back from taking the network to task for this decision. READ FULL STORY

Louis C.K. weighs in on Daniel Tosh controversy on 'Daily Show' -- VIDEO

Louis C.K. went on fellow comedian Jon Stewart’s show last night to clear a few things up: Namely, that when he’s on vacation in the great outdoors of Vermont, he’s not reading the Internet.

That was C.K.’s explanation on The Daily Show for the controversy that erupted when he tweeted to Daniel Tosh: “your show makes me laugh every time I watch it. And you have pretty eyes.”

Because of the timing, people read the message as a show of support for Tosh, who came under fire last week after allegedly making a joke about rape. Tosh has since issued an apology. According to C.K., he had no idea the controversy was going on, and he was simply stating that he enjoys the program Tosh.0. Watch the video below.

Steve Carell returns to 'Daily Show' as an author -- VIDEO

Where can I buy 50 Shades of Yams?

That was my takeaway from Steve Carell’s appearance on his old stomping grounds. Carell, who committed to his “serious author” look with glasses and a five-o’clock shadow, visited Jon Stewart and The Daily Show to share that while he “dabbled” in acting, he was really a full-time author.

Kicking off with his work The Last Pharaoh: Egypt’s transition from the Mubarak era, Carell took Stewart through several of his books, ending with a callback to the popular Daily Show segment Produce Pete. If we’re putting in book requests for old Carell characters, I’m still holding out hope for Somehow I Manage.

Sure, the whole thing was a joke promoting Carell’s upcoming film, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, but note to Daily Show producers (and book agents!): I’d be interested in reading all of these stories — especially that Steve Jobs one.

Watch the interview below: READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: War arrives on 'Game of Thrones,' the return of Jon Stewart, and the MTV Movie Awards

All season, HBO has been pointing towards tonight’s Game of Thrones with promos promising, “War is Coming.” Well, the Battle of the Blackwater commences tonight with an episode written by George R.R. Martin himself. I can’t decide whether this specific show’s timing — on Memorial Day weekend — is forgivably unfortunate or somehow appropriate, but it seems at home during a weekend of classic war films that’s then followed by a star-studded trip back to the Spanish Civil War and a reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale that almost looks influenced by Thrones.

Game of Thrones, HBO, 9 p.m.

The season 2 finale is next week, but this is the episode fans of Martin’s second book, A Clash of Kings, have been waiting to see. Can it possibly equal the epic scenes they’ve imagined in their minds? The preview promo certainly doesn’t disappoint. READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart, Robin Williams, Amy Poehler and more: On the scene at the Comedy Awards' class photo -- EXCLUSIVE

Talk about a tough crowd. When comedians took the stage at the second annual Comedy Awards, a swanky trophy-fest that taped on April 28 in New York City and will air this Sunday at 9 p.m. on Comedy Central, they had to stare down comedic powerhouses like Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Joel McHale, and Kristen Wiig — and try to crack them up.

“So, they televise this, and they don’t do the Nobel Peace Prize?” joked Rock at the show’s opening, earning big laughs from the crowd. Other chuckle-inducing presenters included the cast of Happy Endings (one of whom ate a very hot pepper), Tracy Morgan (who vowed to quit comedy and join the Secret Service), and Parks and Recreation‘s Adam Scott (who got unintentionally — but hilariously — ignored by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig).

The night built up to two big awards. Robin Williams took home the Standup Icon Award and compared his silver microphone trophy to “platinum Ambien.” And later, the usually acerbic legend Don Rickles’ tearfully accepted the Johnny Carson Award.

Afterward, the gala’s celebrity guests assembled for a class photo backstage, which EW can exclusively reveal to you below. READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart goes toe-to-toe with evangelical activist David Barton -- EXTENDED VIDEO

When is Comedy Central’s biggest fake news program not a fake news program? When host Jon Stewart engages in a serious, nearly joke-free debate with one of his guests. These discussions aren’t as rare as one might expect them to be, given The Daily Show‘s status as a comedy program — and that’s a good thing, since watching one sort of feels like eating a meaty entree after sampling some delicious but light appetizers.

Last night, The Daily Show welcomed controversial Christian advocate David Barton. Ostensibly, Barton was there to plug a new book about Thomas Jefferson. But after his guest explained the tome’s basic premise — contrary to one popular belief, our third president was a religious man rather than a secularist –the discussion soon veered off in a different direction. Stewart began asking Barton why modern Christians often feel as though they’re being persecuted, despite the fact that the U.S. is still an overwhelmingly Christian country.

From there, Barton began talking about the work he’s done with Christians who have been targeted for what he calls exercising their free speech — things like handing out bibles and, in the case of one five-year-old kid, praying over his lunch at school. READ FULL STORY

Obama talks Jon Stewart, Mick Jagger, and his burgeoning musical career ('I can sing') in new 'Rolling Stone' interview

Barack Obama let loose with Jimmy Fallon last night, gamely slow-jamming the news and making cracks about not legalizing weed to a crowd stuffed with college students. But the president’s a bit more buttoned-up in a new Rolling Stone interview with Jann Wenner — well, at least until the conversation turns to a certain legendary soul singer.

The 6,500-word piece tackles everything from Obama’s views on marriage equality to the Keystone pipeline to turmoil in the Middle East. But we know what you’re really interested in: More scoop on 44’s famous take on Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Apparently, the singing was inspired by the president’s deep aggravation: “It was my fifth event of the day,” he explains to Wenner. “It’s about 10:30 at night, and we go up to the Apollo. I wanted to hear Al Green. The guys who were working the soundboard in the back, a couple of real good guys, they say, ‘Oh, man, you missed the Reverend, but he was terrific, he was in rare form.’ So I was frustrated by that.”

But just as searing post-breakup pain leads to awesome post-breakup jams like “Since U Been Gone,” Obama used his frustration to fuel his musical outburst: “I just kind of broke into a rendition of ‘Let’s Stay Together.’ And they’re like, ‘Oh, so the president, you can sing, man. You should do that onstage.'” Though senior adviser Valerie Jarrett was against the idea, press secretary Jay Carney told Obama to go for it.

Was he nervous about taking on a classic in front of the man who made it famous? Of course not — this is No-Drama Obama we’re talking about. “I can sing,” he says. “I wasn’t worried about being able to hit those notes.” READ FULL STORY

Obama visits 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' tonight: Examining his talk show history -- VIDEO

Tonight marks President Barack Obama’s first appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, but it’s not the first time POTUS has made stops on the late-night circuit. Until former actor Ronald Reagan moved into the Oval Office, it was unheard of for the president to debase his political capital by visiting the same talk shows that trade in celebrities and animal segments. These days, it’s a required a stop on the campaign trail and an extension of the State of the Union address (minus the drinking games).

Indeed, conservative website the Washington Free Beacon reported yesterday that Obama and First Lady Michelle — who appeared on Late Night in February — have overtaken the Reagans as the most televised presidential couple in history. Even after 2008 opponent John McCain dismissively referred to Obama as a “celebrity,” Obama has been unabashed about appearing on a number of talk shows, including The View, The Daily Show, the Today show, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He’s also filmed segments for programs ranging from The Colbert Report to American Idol and Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl. Below, we run down some of his notable appearances. READ FULL STORY

'The Daily Show' goes 'Inside the Political Curtain' with Herman Cain -- VIDEO

James Lipton, eat your heart out. John Oliver took his new assignment to host The Daily Show‘s “Inside the Political Curtain” segment very seriously. Perhaps more seriously than first guest Herman Cain took his own announcement to run for President of the United States in February 2011. Or, indeed, his entire campaign. For the record, Cain still doesn’t know the president of Beki-Beki-Bekistan’s name. Watch the clip below. READ FULL STORY

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