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Larry Wilmore's Comedy Central show has a new name: 'The Nightly Show'

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Larry Wilmore’s upcoming Comedy Central show has a new name, and it rings a bell for fans of the network’s late-night offerings.

The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore will premiere on the network Jan. 19, taking the spot vacated by The Colbert Report, which ends its run on Dec. 18. In an interview with The New York Times, Wilmore, a former Daily Show correspondent, said they decided to toss The Minority Report moniker because “the last thing you want is brand confusion.”

“It was never intended to be a show only about minorities,” he told The Times. “It’s a show about underdogs, and that happens in a lot of different forms, whether it’s race, gender, or whatever.”

Chris Hardwick talks taking on New York with '@midnight'

Noticed anything different about the set of @midnight, Comedy Central’s meme-tastic late-night comedy game show, lately? That’s because the series has switched coasts for the week: It’s being taped in Manhattan in honor of the annual New York Comedy Festival, which officially kicks off today and runs through Nov. 9. The special four-show run features a spiffy upgraded set—featuring a big @midnight logo that host Chris Hardwick is convinced “Ninja Turtles are going to jump out of”—as well as big-deal panelists like John Mulaney, Hannibal Burress, Jim Gaffigan, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, and Stephen Colbert, plus an array of surprise guests (read: Jon Hamm, waxing poetic about bodega cats).

Tuesday evening, EW chatted with Hardwick about the challenges of moving his show across the country, his dream panel lineup, and what’s next on the horizon for the Nerdist himself.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I was just enjoying my burrito when I heard that you were ready to chat.
Hardwick: A literal burrito?

No, unfortunately. But I did really like the message that greeted me when I called in. [“Welcome to the Nerdist Industries conference line. Please hold until the host joins the conference. Enjoy the burrito.”]
Oh, nice! I forgot about that. [laughs] READ FULL STORY

Jonathan Katz on the legacy of 'Dr. Katz' and his new album 'Dr. Katz Live'

In between Mystery Science Theater 3000 and South Park, Comedy Central’s biggest breakout was a cheaply made animated show called Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Co-created by comedian Jonathan Katz and animator/producer Tom Snyder, it starred Katz as the titular shrink and his relationships with his receptionist (Laura Silverman) and his son (H. Jon Benjamin, now of Archer and Bob’s Burgers fame). The show was fleshed out by comedians like Ray Romano, Dom Irrera, Dave Attell, Louis C.K., Denis Leary, Jon Stewart, and Janeane Garofalo.

The show last aired in 2002, but a few years back, Katz dusted off his old Dr. Katz character to perform a live show, which is finally getting an audio release today as Dr. Katz Live. The special features Katz going through his own session with Snyder (who plays Katz’s therapist), then finds him welcoming Andy Kindler, Eugene Mirman, and B.J. Novak. “These live shows are very different,” Katz explains. “In the cartoon, I was essentially a straight man. In the live show, Tom Snyder plays my therapist, so I get to make jokes. Part of the deal is that he is there to sit in on sessions with my patients, and nobody gives him permission. We’re all sitting on the stage within earshot of each other, and we were pretending that Tom couldn’t hear us even though he’s ten feet away from us.” READ FULL STORY

Christina Hendricks joins Comedy Central's 'Another Period'

Mad Men star Christina Hendricks is going back in time once again for Another Perioda Comedy Central series set in the early 1900s.

Hendricks is the latest addition to the show, which is written and stars roast frequenter Natasha Leggero and Garfunkel and Oates’ Riki Lindhome. Leggero and Lindhome will play sisters, who, as members of the wealthy Bellacourt family, have a ton of money—and that’s about it. The Emmy-nominated Hendricks is set to play a servant with a secret identity. READ FULL STORY

Abbi and Ilana of 'Broad City' riff on classic Nickelodeon and gum

Yes, Comedy Central’s Broad City—the show that Girls would be, if Girls were funny—still isn’t returning until January 2015. The good news: In the meantime, you can whet your appetite for all things Abbi and Ilana with their new webseries, Hack into Broad City—which is basically the show itself, shortened and boiled down to its most essential elements (Abbi, Ilana, weed, friendship).

In the series’ second episode, premiering exclusively on EW.com, the broads do some housework (Abbi’s cleaning out her fridge; Ilana is… cleaning a pair of boobs?) and chat about everything from old spinach to Alex Mack to how gross gum is. Like, as a concept. Watch it here:  READ FULL STORY

Key and Peele fight off alien invaders in season 4 premiere clip

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have made a habit out of going big in the season premieres of Key & Peele—last season’s Les Miserables sketch being no exception. This year, it seems the comedy duo has decided to take on an alien apocalypse in the first episode.

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Watch 'Key & Peele' characters come together in 'Where You At' music video

Comedy Central’s Key & Peele has debuted a number of memorable characters over its first three seasons, but few are more memorable than Luther, President Obama’s anger translator. He and the president are taking a break from their regular addresses to the American people, however, to premiere “Where You At,” an exclusive new music video that brings some of Key & Peele‘s favorites together for the first time.

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Comedy Central orders animated pilot based on @DadBoner Twitter feed

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Comedy Central is beefing up its animation slate with a pilot order for an animated project based on the popular @DadBoner Twitter feed and the subsequent book it spawned, Power Moves: Livin’ The American Dream, USA Style.

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Comedy Central renews '@midnight'

The Hashtag Wars will rage on for at least another year.

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Comedy Central renews 'Inside Amy Schumer,' 'Review,' and 'Trip Tank,' picks up 2 new series

Amy Schumer can begin sketching out a third season of her series: Comedy Central announced Monday that it had renewed sketch comedy Inside Amy Schumer, along with second season go-aheads for Andy Daly’s Review and the animated series TripTank. All three shows will return with new episodes sometime next year.

The network also gave series orders to a pair of comedies, Another Period and Idiotsitter, which will premiere in 2015. Set at the turn of last century, Another Period stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as two sisters from a fabulously wealthy family in Newport, R.I., who “care only about how they look, what parties they attend and becoming famous, which is a lot harder in 1902.” The show’s executive producers include Ben Stiller and Jeremy Konner, the co-creator of Drunk History. The pilot also features such celebrities as Michael Ian Black, Jason Ritter, Tom Lennon, Bret Gelman, and Paget Brewster.

Idiotsitter chronicles the adventures of a straitlaced woman (Charlotte Newhouse) who is tapped to babysit a ridiculously rich “womanchild” (Jillian Bell) who is under house arrest in her father’s mansion. The show, which did a six-episode run as Comedy Central digital series, was created by Newhouse and Bell.

 

 

Watch Dave Attell riff on pothead arrests, cheesesteak perils in new Comedy Central special -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Dave Attell is making his R-rated way back to Comedy Central with a new stand-up special — and more. The underrated stand-up vet and former Insomniac host hits the stage(s) in Road Work, a one-hour special that is culled from gigs in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Minneapolis, New Brunswick, N.J., and Chicopee, Mass. Road Work boasts a lo-fi, guerrilla vibe and even features some camerawork by audience members. “This is the new normal. I’m broke,” Attell quips to EW, adding: “I’m a club comic and I just didn’t want to do a special that’s in a big theater. I wanted to do it kind of like I do the comedy itself — on the road, in clubs — and that’s a cool look. It’s refreshing.” And it sounds like Attell will be working in his creatively crude sweet spot. “I’m going to hit all the numbers — porn, drinking jokes, and more porn,” he says. “It is a win-win.” READ FULL STORY

Comedy Central orders pilot from 'Happy Endings' creator, writers

Happy Endings creator David Caspe is finding more joy in pilot season.

He has received his third pilot order, this time from Comedy Central, which has signed up for Duty, a single-camera cop comedy to be executive produced by Caspe and written by ex-Happy Endings scribes Matthew Libman and Daniel Libman. There will be a Happy connection onscreen, too: The show follows a former football stud named Kyle (Ugly Americans‘ Mike O’Gorman) who returns to his hometown after hitting hard times and joins the police force opposite his childhood best friend, Lonnie (Brooklyn Nine-Nine scribe Gil Ozeri, who previously wrote for Happy Endings). Kyle will also match wits with his ex-girlfriend (Draft Day‘s Laura Steinel). READ FULL STORY

'Inside Amy Schumer' creator and star: Five reasons to watch season 2

So, why should you tune in to the second season of Inside Amy Schumer, which premieres Tuesday night on Comedy Central? Simple: “You’ll laugh for 30 minutes,” Schumer tells EW. “I would say only watch it if you enjoy laughing.”

Point taken. When pressed, though, the sketch show’s creator and star did come up with a few more specific highlights — including season 2’s greatest guest stars (Paul Giamatti!), targets (Aaron Sorkin!), interviewees (a phone sex operator!), and, perhaps most importantly, its effect on Schumer’s own desirability. (Though clearly, that’s not the word she uses.)

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