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Fred Armisen, Marc Maron join Austin's Moontower Comedy Festival lineup -- EXCLUSIVE

The Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival announced their full headliner lineup this morning, adding Fred Armisen and Marc Maron to a billing that already includes the likes of Dennis Miller, Kids in the Halls, Mike Birbiglia, and Demetri Martin. The Austin-based festival, presented by the Paramount Theatre, will run from April 23-26. This is the third annual Moontower event, which celebrates the best and weirdest in stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy.

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On the Scene: Aziz Ansari grows up in 'Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive'

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Growing up is hard to do, as they say, and Aziz Ansari agrees, hilariously so, in his new stand-up special, Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive (available on Netflix on Friday at 3:01 a.m. ET).

Netflix screened Buried Alive on Wednesday night for a theater of fans, friends, and Netflix all-stars, including the ladies of Orange Is the New Black. Though they mostly stayed tight-lipped about the second season, currently filming in New York, Yael Stone promised it will have “a different energy. … We’re learning things about our characters, we’re getting pretty deep, and it’s a wonderful thing in terms of grounding the stories.”

Also departing from form, Ansari told EW that if you liked his other comedy, you’ll enjoy Buried Alive — but expect it to be “totally different” from his previous stand-up specials: “I wanted to evolve as a comedian and not just repeat myself.” The Netflix special, filmed live at Philadelphia’s Merriam Theatre in April, finds Ansari turning 30, “dealing with adulthood and what to do if you’re someone who’s not ready to have babies or get married.”
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Aziz Ansari and Seth Rogen brainstorm crazy ways to release comedy

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Aziz Ansari has already produced two successful stand-up specials: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening and Dangerously Delicious, so it’s no surprise he’s trying to think of a fun hook for his upcoming third comedy release. The answer? Product placement tie-in.

Joined by Seth Rogen, Ansari, inspired by Samsung-sponsored Jay-Z, flirts with Bugles chips and Toaster Strudel a.k.a. Pilsbury Toaster Tablet as comedy launching vehicles, before realizing they have some drawbacks. He finally settles with the much-less-exciting-but-much-healthier-to-binge-on Netflix.

This isn’t the first time a comedian has released a stand-up special straight to the streaming site, but Ansari is one of the most high-profile people to do so. The Parks and Recreation star’s special will explore “pending adulthood, babies, marriage, and love in the modern era,” similar topics to his recently-announced book deal.

Treat yo self to the trailer for Buried Alive below:

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Aziz Ansari new stand-up special coming to Netflix

Netflix subscribers will soon be able to treat themselves: Aziz Ansari’s new stand-up special, Buried Alive, will premiere exclusively on the streaming service, EW has confirmed.

As opposed to HBO or Comedy Central, Netflix will be the only place fans can first catch Ansari’s new material; the Parks and Rec star’s set will debut November 1. Currently, fans can stream Ansari’s old comedy specials, including 2009′s Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening and 2012′s Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious, on Netflix, although neither of those premiered there.

In June, Netflix presented a comedy special by John Hodgman, and last week it presented the premiere of one by Mike Birbiglia. Ansari’s show is unlike those, a Netflix spokeswoman told The New York Times, because “the company intends to put a significant promotional campaign behind Buried Alive, billing it as original programming.” READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black' star Tatiana Maslany to guest on 'Parks and Recreation'

Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany is about to play yet another character, but this one is not a clone. She will guest-star as a love interest for Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) on Parks and Recreation, NBC has confirmed.
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Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg added to James Franco roast -- EXCLUSIVE

Comedy Central is turning up the celebrity heat on its roast of James Franco: Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari and SNL vet/Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg have been added to the roster of comedians and actors who will take their best shots at the thespian/director/writer/producer/Oscar host. The network previously announced that Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, and Sarah Silverman will serve as roasters, while Franco’s This is the End/Pineapple Express/Freaks & Geeks co-star Seth Rogen emcees the festivities as Roast Master.

The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco will be filmed Aug. 25 and airs Sept. 2 at 10 p.m.

The network’s roast specials, which began in 2003, have celebrated/ridiculed the careers of celebs such as Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Charlie Sheen, and Roseanne Barr.

'The Getaway': Joel McHale, Aziz Ansari, and the full lineup of vacationing celebs -- EXCLUSIVE

Esquire Network (the re-branded G4 channel) debuts this fall with several original series. But the one I’m most excited about is The Getaway (Sept. 25 at 9 p.m.). From executive producer Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Zero Production, each hour-long episode features a revolving cast of travel-loving celebs who take viewers on a tour of some of the world’s greatest cities. And since it’s the closest I’ll ever get to actually traveling with Joel McHale, I’ll gladly live vicariously through my DVR. A few of the participating celebrities had previously been announced, but check out the full cast of season 1 and a first-look video after the jump:

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'Parks and Recreation' season finale: 11 hints from exec producer Michael Schur

It’s time to wrap up another season of Parks and Recreation, one in which new City Councilwoman Leslie Knope found herself in soda wars (of the 512-ounce variety) and jams (of the Councilman Jamm variety). Tonight’s episode, which airs on NBC at 9:30 p.m., will boast a different feel than last year’s celebratory send-off. “Last year’s finale was very much about ending something,” says series co-creator/exec producer Michael Schur. “It was the end of her campaign and it was her victory speech, and it put this great punctuation mark on the entire season. And what I like about this finale is that this also wraps up the year very explicitly. It’s about her first year in office. She gets revisited by a lot of people whose lives she affected in different ways, but the end of the finale is about throwing balls up into the air instead of catching them. It’s about throwing forward to next season and it feels very exciting.” Schur tossed EW a bunch of teasers for season 5′s farewell episode, which you can read and re-read below. READ FULL STORY

'The Getaway' vacations with Joel McHale, Aziz Ansari, Aisha Tyler and more -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to explore Belfast with Joel McHale, Hong Kong with Aziz Ansari, and Paris with Aisha Tyler, you’re in luck. On April 23, Esquire Network debuts The Getaway, a 10-part series from Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Productions that tails celebrities in their favorite cities. Watch an exclusive preview below. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation': Watch Tom (try to) play basketball -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) knows way too much about self-pampering and pick-up techniques, but far too little about basketball. In Thursday’s episode of Parks and Recreation (NBC, 8:30 p.m.), he drafts both nerd (Ben, played by Adam Scott) and jock (Andy, played by Chris Pratt) to teach him how to play the sport so he can better connect with the hoops-obsessed kids who frequent his Rent-A-Swag store. Let us head over to the gym where the trio are slated to tip-off against some area youths. As you will see in this clip, Tom is no Detlef Schrempf.

In other plot news from the episode, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and April (Aubrey Plaza) become garbage collectors for a day to prove a gender-equality-in-government point, and Diane (Lucy Lawless) asks Ron (Nick Offerman) to babysit her daughters.

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'Parks and Recreation': Jenny Slate to play Jean-Ralphio's twin sister -- EXCLUSIVE

Jean-Ralphio may be one of a kind, but we’re about to meet his twin sister on Parks and Recreation: Jenny Slate will guest-star in at least one episode as the same-age sibling of Ben Schwartz’s high-octane blowhard, EW has learned. READ FULL STORY
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