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What to expect from 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' -- VIDEO

John Oliver has already promised to give viewers insight on major news stories happening around the world…“eventually.” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which eschews the 24-hour news cycle for a weekly series that curates the top stories — or at least those with the best punch lines — from the previous seven days, is set to premiere April 27 at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.

Until then, the show has posted a few new clips that provide a glimpse at the kind of humor we can expect from the Daily Show alum’s new venture. The two videos feature Last Week web producer Josh Gondelman and parody the GOP’s recent ad campaign targeting hipsters, women and minorities:

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Fred Savage to direct, produce IFC's 'Garfunkel and Oates'

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Who’d have guessed that Kevin Arnold would grow up to be a director?

Fred Savage — erstwhile star of The Wonder Years and, more recently, a prolific TV director who’s helmed episodes of everything from 2 Broke Girls to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — has signed on to play a major role in IFC’s Garfunkel and Oates. The network announced Wednesday that Savage will executive produce the scripted comedy series, as well as direct all eight episodes of its first season.

“Fred is one of today’s hottest comedy directors and he’s a huge addition to Garfunkel and Oates as both series director and executive producer. We’re thrilled to have him at the helm of this smart new comedy,” said IFC President Jennifer Caserta said in a release.

Garfunkel and Oates — named after Art Garfunkel and John Oates — stars Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, who have performed together as a folk-comedy duo since 2007. According to IFC, the series will “chronicle the pair’s humorous misadventures and how they rely on each other — and a few clever songs — to get them through their personal and professional stumbles.” Think Broad City plus Flight of the Conchords, perhaps with an extra dash of Portlandia quirk as well. Production begins in Los Angeles on Wednesday; IFC will premiere the series late this summer.

Starz greenlights half-hour comedy from LeBron James

And it’s a slam dunk for executive producer LeBron James.

Starz has officially picked up Survivor’s Remorse, a half-hour comedy from James, Tom Werner, Mike O’Malley, Maverick Carter, and Paul Wachter. Written by O’Malley, Survivor’s Remorse will explore what happens when an athlete leaves the world of professional basketball behind.

“Ever since I got cut from the freshman hoop team at Bishop Guertin High School in 1980, I’ve wanted to write about my love and hatred of basketball,” O’Malley said in a press release. “Starz has given us great freedom to explore an authentic world inspired by Maverick and LeBron. Tom’s legendary TV career and his experiences as a professional sports owner combined with Paul’s wealth of business and entertainment industry relationships have given this team a truly strong foundation to build a successful series.”

The series will focus in on Cam Calloway, a young 20-something who’s thrown into the basketball world with a multimillion-dollar contract. From “opportunistic family members” to the ups and downs of stardom, Cam and his cousin Reggie will have to face everything that comes along with being a well-known professional athlete.

Survivor’s Remorse is set to debut its six-episode first season in the fall.

'Walking Dead' star to appear on 'Archer' for multi-episode arc -- EXCLUSIVE

The survivors on The Walking Dead haven’t had a lot to laugh about lately, what with one of their own being executed and the loss of the prison fortress they called home. However, one of the actresses on the show recently had an opportunity to explore her comedic side when she went in to record a multi-episode arc for FX’s Archer. Who is that mystery actress? Well, judging by the photo above you’ve probably already figured it out: It’s Lauren Cohan, who plays farmer’s daughter turned complete badass Maggie Greene on the zombie drama. READ FULL STORY

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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'Saturday Night Live': Inside its search for black female voices

On November 8, New York-based comedian Kerry Coddett (pictured, left) fired shots at Saturday Night Live with an editorial published on the Atlantic‘s website. In it, she blasted the notion that the show’s cast hadn’t featured a black woman in years because — as longtime repertory player Kenan Thompson said in a widely-circulated interview last fall — “in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.” Coddett contended instead that SNL‘s diversity problems were endemic and ingrained. “Perhaps it’s not that black women aren’t ‘ready’ for SNL; it’s that SNL isn’t ready for a black woman,” she wrote.

Less than a month later, a rep from Saturday Night Live invited Coddett to audition for the show.

“I didn’t know anything about the audition until I got there,” she told EW in an interview Wednesday. “Going into it, I was like ‘Ha, wouldn’t it be funny if there were only black women here?’ And that’s what it was.”

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InsideTV Podcast: Gillian Jacobs on why 'Community' is peaking in season 5

Rejoice, human beings! Community is back, inching ever closer to actually fulfilling its “six seasons and a movie” destiny. Yet even as rabid as some fans may be, and even as exciting as the news is that show creator Dan Harmon has returned, there are still many who have yet to give the off-the-wall NBC comedy a chance. Rather than conduct an Inspector Spacetime investigation into this ongoing mystery, we enlisted Community cast member Gillian Jacobs to explain exactly why people should be tuning into season 5. And she did just that when she stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studios.

Now you can hear the entire conversation right here on the InsideTV Podcast. Jacobs talks all about the return of fired showrunner Harmon, discusses how her character of Britta has evolved (devolved?) since the show began, and reveals how much she actually understands when she first picks up a Community script. There is also a tangent about “stolen touchdowns” that is most certainly worth your time. It’s a must-listen for any fan of either Community or Torg the troll.

But that’s not all, because we then step into whooooooooose house? Run’s house!!!! (Sorry, 1980s rap reference there.) Rev Run himself stopped by the EW Radio studios with his lovely wife Justine to talk all about their new DIY show, Rev Run’s Renovation. Does the master M.C. know anything about home renovation? And can his marriage survive a house being turned upside down in order to install such things as a princess bed with a slide in his daughter’s room? I chat with hip-hop royalty about all that and more. READ FULL STORY

'SNL' adds LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones to writing staff

More signs of progress at Saturday Night Live: EW has confirmed that the sketch show has added comedians LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones to its writing staff. Their hiring comes two days after SNL announced that New York-based comedian Sasheer Zamata will be the show’s newest featured player. All three women are black — a rarity for SNL, which has featured just four black female cast members in its 39-year history. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

Tookes (pictured at right), a former news reporter, was one of the 11 black women who auditioned for SNL during a secret showcase held in Los Angeles last December. She’s trained at Improv Olympic’s iO West theater. A character reel posted on YouTube shows her performing impressions of celebrities like Oprah, Paula Deen, and Nicki Minaj.

Jones is a veteran comedian and actress who has opened for Jamie Foxx and appeared on programs including Showtime at the Apollo, Chelsea Lately, Mind of MenciaGirlfriends, and Problem Child, an hour-long Showtime special. She auditioned at SNL‘s secret New York showcase in December.

Though the show currently has no plans to feature Tookes or Jones onscreen, that could easily change: Several past cast members, including Jason Sudeikis and Tina Fey, started out as writers before transitioning to on-camera work. And just this year, longtime writer Mike O’Brien was brought into the show’s cast as a featured player.

Patton Oswalt takes on Lean Cuisine in new stand-up special -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Patton Oswalt has popped up on some of your favorite shows this year (Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Justified, Portlandia). And he’ll hop back onto the big screen on Christmas Day in Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. But let us not forget what he does best: Grab a mic and drop comedy truth nuggets.

Oswalt returns to the stage with a new stand-up special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, which debuts on EPIX on Jan. 17. (Comedy Central will give it a basic-cable premiere in April.) Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and filmed in San Diego, the 60-minute performance features the cunning comedian tackling topics “ranging from frozen food to the future of America.” Want to see the man who coined the phrase “failure pile in a sadness bowl” while describing a KFC concoction turn his attention to Lean Cuisine? Press play and eat up. READ FULL STORY

Niecy Nash on her new HBO comedy 'Getting On': 'We are not doing 'Scrubs,' okay?'

Niecy Nash is trying something new. The comedic actress and author is currently starring in HBO’s latest half-hour comedy Getting On, a far cry from her days as the loud-mouthed Raineesha Williams on Reno 911!

From the writers of Big Love, Getting On tells the story behind the doctors and nurses of the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of Mt. Palms Hospital in Long Beach, California. A remake of the BBC series by the same name, the comedy stars Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, and Nash as three women who spend their days helping the elderly live their day-to-day lives.We caught up with Nash to talk about her latest career choice, and Getting On‘s pilot, which aired Sunday.

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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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'Raising Hope': The Chances throw down a musical hoedown to jog Maw Maw's memory -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

With all the twists and turns leading up to Raising Hope‘s fourth season premiere, it’s understandable that Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) might get a little confused from time to time — even if she weren’t already pretty loopy to begin with. But fans of the off-the-wall octogenarian needn’t fear because the Chances have a new antidote: music!

In an exclusive clip from Hope‘s two-episode premiere, the whole gang launches into a ukulele-pluckin’, guitar-strummin’ recap of the series so far so Maw Maw can get her bearings. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': Ron Howard says 'everybody wants to do more'

What’s the latest on the Arrested Development front? Is the movie finally happening? What about more episodes on Netflix? WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON? WE NEED TO KNOW! Well, we asked the show’s humble narrator/producer/actor Ron Howard when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studios today for the latest update, and there is both good news and bad news. READ FULL STORY

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