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Comedy Central greenlights Ben Stiller-produced comedy

Comedy Central has ordered a half-hour comedy series produced in part by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour productions. The network has also given the go-ahead to an animated series that features the voices of Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks and Will Forte.

The Stiller-produced scripted series, Big Time in Hollywood, FL, which follows two delusional filmmaker brothers, received a 10-episode order from the network. According to a statement from Stiller, the show “combines the directorial style of Hitchcock, the acting prowess of Streep, the budget of House of Payne, and the nutritional value of Velveeta. I think people’s minds will be blown wide open. For real.”

The animated series, titled Moonbeam City, is “an absurdist take on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s,” according to the network’s announcement. Lowe will lend his voice the project and will act as a producer as well. It is set to premiere in 2015.

Check out 'Broad City,' Amy Poehler's favorite new show -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

What’s on Amy Poehler’s must-watch list for 2014? (Hint: it’s not season 2 of Swamp Pawn.)

In this week’s issue, the Parks and Recreation star raves about Broad City, the new show she’s producing for Comedy Central. (It premieres Jan. 22 at 10:30PM.)

If that title sounds familiar, that’s probably because its creators and stars, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, have already earned a cult following for the web series that inspired it, which featured them riffing on their fabulously awkward lives as twentysomething New Yorkers. (You might also recognize Glazer from the viral video “S–t New Yorkers Say.”) Poehler and fellow funny people Kristen Schaal and Hannibal Buress have appeared in the web series, and Girls creator Lena Dunham counts herself among its fans.

“I remember seeing the episode [where] Ilana was sensual dancing for Hannibal,” Dunham tells EW. “I thought, ‘These girls are geniuses.'” READ FULL STORY

Comedy Central cancels 'The Jeselnik Offensive'

Anthony Jeselink won’t be saying Offensive things every week on Comedy Central anymore. The network confirmed today that it would not renew The Jeselnik Offensive for a third season.
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See a clip from Bill Cosby's first concert special in 30 years -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s been a few years since Bill Cosby filmed a concert special. Thirty, to be specific. Now, the legendary comedian/TV star returns to the stage in Far From Finished, a new Comedy Central stand-up special that debuts Nov. 23. In the 90-minute gig, which was filmed in Los Angeles over the summer, the 76-year-old Cos riffs on relationships, marriage, children and more. (And don’t worry, even though this is Comedy Central, he’s still working clean.) Want a sneak peek? Check out the following clip, in which Cosby rearranges the chess pieces on the marriage board. READ FULL STORY

Comedy Central to livestream James Franco roast

Watching a TV program on an actual television? That’s so passé — especially for any fan of modern-day renaissance man James Franco.

Thankfully, Comedy Central is coming to the rescue by livestreaming Franco’s upcoming roast on multiple platforms — including its website, mobile site, and Xbox 360 app CC:Stand-Up. The network announced today that it also plans to play a special “social version” of the roast as an encore, complete with “real-time tweets and Facebook posts on-screen.”
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Jon Stewart returns to 'The Daily Show' on Sept. 3

After spending a summer away directing his first feature film, titled Rosewater, Jon Stewart is ready to return to his rightful home: Our television screens.

On Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 11 p.m., Stewart will return as host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a post he takes back from John Oliver, who offered up many excuses for Stewart’s absence during his summer behind the beloved desk.

Watch the video below to find out if Stewart was actually filming a movie, or if he was really learning how to cobble shoes in a small Italian village: READ FULL STORY

'Key & Peele' would like to remind you that they're famous

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Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are kind of a big deal.

Their Comedy Central sketch show, Key & Peele, has been keeping audiences laughing with hilarious bits such as Substitute Teacher and Pizza Order for two seasons now. So you’d expect that for their third season premiere party (full of their iconic characters), they would certainly be VIPs. Of course, as viewers can see in this exclusive new trailer, that’s not exactly what happens.

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Amy Schumer on her show's first season and storming the comedy frat house

Comedy Central may not quite be the cable-channel equivalent of a dude adjusting his junk in the way that, say, Spike TV is, but it’s still generally pretty bro-centric. This is, after all, the same institution that brought us The Man Show and helped convince every college-age guy resting his Oakleys on the brim of a baseball cap to yell “I’m Rick James, bitch!” at any available moment.

That’s what makes Amy Schumer’s success all the more impressive: While you might expect the “ironic Patrick Bateman” stylings of her fellow showrunner (and ex-boyfriend) Anthony Jeselnik to do well among the network’s target demographic, it would have been hard to predict that Schumer’s sketch show would do even better. The first season of Inside Amy Schumer has aired to impressive ratings and appreciative critical murmuring, and its star is already holed up writing season 2. We caught up with her for EW’s New Hollywood Issue and chatted about her newfound success and where she plans to go from here.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Have you found it’s been easier working on the show now that you already have a season under your belt?
AMY SCHUMER: Now I don’t have that first-season anxiety of, “We have to make this good, this might suck.” I just trust myself and the writers and everybody more, and we know everyone all the way down to craft services. I waited tables for a long time, and opening a restaurant always sucked. Did you ever do that?

No. But I’ve eaten in restaurants, so…
You’ve eaten food, right. Being there when a restaurant first opens is so much work, it just sucks. And that’s what it was like. But now it’s a little more relaxed as far as the TV show goes, but what I realized is that when you do something that people respond to well, you get more work. So I have exciting opportunities going on, but that leads to more work and more stress.
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Seth Rogen will be Roastmaster for James Franco roast

Expect a ton of Freaks and Geeks jokes.

Seth Rogen will be Roastmaster of the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, Rogen tweeted today. “I will be “Roastmaster” at the #FrancoRoast on @ComedyCentral. It’s to help promote the Russian release of “This Is The End.”

Comedy Central also sent out its own tweet, “We’re pleased to announce @SethRogen as Roast Master for the #FrancoRoast, airing Labor Day!”

While no preview featuring the This Is The End costars together has surfaced, yesterday Comedy Central put out an ad featuring James Franco getting punched in the face by a mysterious arm. Perhaps that hand was Rogen’s? READ FULL STORY

John Oliver shares his best (and worst!) career decisions: 'I thought 'Ghost Rider 2' would be my big break'

John Oliver is in an enviable position. Many people who’ve watched Jon Stewart on The Daily Show over the past 14 years have thought to themselves, “Hey, that’s what I want to do when I grow up” — but Oliver is actually getting to do it.

So why is this 36-year-old British comedian in The Big Chair instead of you? We asked Oliver, one of the 50 stars featured in EW’s New Hollywood Issue (on stands now), just that.

EW: What’s the best career decision you’ve made?

John Oliver: I’ve said yes to everything that Jon Stewart has asked me to do. That’s been a pretty good career decision, I think. That rule has led me to move to America for him, guest host The Daily Show over the summer for him, and smuggle $3 million worth of cocaine out of Columbia for him. Hold on, forget I told you that last one. You’re not going to print that, right? READ FULL STORY

'Drunk History': Coca-Cola was just 'wine with cocaine and caffeine' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Did you know that John Pemberton, the man who invented Coca-Cola, was trying to create a new medicine? And the result was a delicious soft drink? Doesn’t that make you kind of wonder about what’s really going on in the popular soda?

Narrated by Jenny Slate and starring Bill Hader as the medicine man behind the soda, the “Atlanta” episode of Drunk History airs next Tuesday at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central. Watch an exclusive preview below:
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James Franco will be roasted for Comedy Central

James Franco managed to choose a surprising new project once again: The actor-director-writer will be the guest of honor at Comedy Central’s next roast, EW has confirmed.

“If only James Franco was a more successful, multi-hyphenated, incessant creative risk taker in different media, he’d be the perfect person to roast.  Oh well… I suppose we’ll just have to make do,” Kent Alterman, president of content development & original programming for Comedy Central, said in a release.

“I’ve dreamed about this Roast for as long as I can remember,” Franco added.

The roast, which will be taped in August and will air Labor Day, won’t be all the Franco on the network that weekend; Comedy Central has also acquired the rights to the Franco-directed documentary, Francophrenia, about Franco’s stint on General Hospital (playing a character named, what else?, Franco). Francophrenia will air immediately following the roast on Comedy Central’s digital and VOD platforms.

Kristen Wiig plays Patty Hearst on Comedy Central's 'Drunk History' -- FIRST LOOK

Want to learn about our nation’s past in an unconventional way? Here’s a tipsy tip: Comedy Central’s Drunk History — which debuts July 9 and is based on the popular Funny or Die video series — features an intoxicated person telling the story of a “historical event” that is reenacted by a cast of celebrities like Winona Ryder, Michael Cera and Jack Black. In an August episode of the show, comedian Natasha Leggero gets liquored up and narrates the true tale of kidnapped heiress–turned–bank robber Patty Hearst.

And as you can see in the photos below, Kristen Wiig assumes the role of Hearst. “Kristen played it in a way that will bring light to such a dark story,” says Drunk History co-creator and host Derek Waters, adding: “When Natasha came to set, she didn’t know what was going on. We got the pretty identical set to what the SLA [the Symbionese Liberation Army, which kidnapped Hearst in 1974] had in San Francisco and she just sees Kristen Wiig talking to herself using Natasha’s drunk voice in a corner. It’s got to be the weirdest thing for them.”

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