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Conan O'Brien heading to New York

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Conan O’Brien is bringing his late-night act back to New York, where it first began. TBS announced today that O’Brien’s show will spend four nights at New York’s Beacon Theater, beginning Oct. 31, to celebrate his cable show’s one-year anniversary. In 2012, Conan will hit the road again, with a trip to Chicago.

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Ed Helms hosts 'Saturday Night Live': See an exclusive promo shot

No face tattoos. No missing teeth. No bowties or banjos. As you can see in this promo photo, it’s just good ol’ Ed Helms, star of The Hangover Part II and The Office, preparing to host Saturday Night Live this weekend, with musical guest and greeter Paul Simon.

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Nick Cannon discusses his Showtime comedy special and his newborn twins with wife Mariah Carey

Jack of all trades Nick Cannon has tackled movies (Drumline), TV (America’s Got Talent) and music (Nick Cannon). But now the multihyphenate is returning to stand-up comedy, the skill that initially led to him being discovered at a young age. Cannon is starring in his first stand-up special, Mr. Showbiz, which premieres this Saturday on Showtime at 9pm ET and was taped weeks ago at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. “I’m so excited,” says Cannon. “I’ve never done a stand up special and I’ve been doing this ever since I was 11 years old.” EW talked to Cannon about the hour-long special, his wife Mariah Carey, and the pair’s recently born twins, Moroccan and MonroeREAD FULL STORY

Letterman vs. Trump round 2: 'Celebrity Apprentice' host cancels 'Late Night' appearance

Less than a week after David Letterman labeled Donald Trump a racist on Late Show, the real estate mogul is reportedly fighting back. A rep for Trump confirmed to EW that the Celebrity Apprentice star had canceled a May 18 appearance on the show Friday, the day after Letterman’s not-so-kind words. Trump’s rep does not specify why Trump canceled, but The New York Post is reporting Letterman’s phrasing is behind it. According to the Post, Trump went so far as to write the late night host a personal note that said he was “disappointed to hear the statements you made about me last night on your show that I was a ‘racist.’ … In actuality, nothing could be further from the truth and there is nobody who is less of a racist than Donald Trump.”

Letterman’s words stem from an interview with Dr. Phil, during which the two discussed Trump’s claim that President Obama was unfairly accepted into Harvard Law School. Said Letterman: “It’s all fun, it’s all a circus, it’s all a rodeo, until it starts to smack of racism. And then it’s no longer fun.”

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David Letterman calls Donald Trump 'racist'

David Letterman accused real estate mogul, Celebrity Apprentice star and possible political candidate Donald Trump of being a racist on last night’s edition of CBS Late Show.

Letterman was talking to guest Dr. Phil, who’s apparently friends with Trump, when he said this about Trump’s suggestion that President Obama somehow unfairly got into Harvard Law School:

“It’s all fun, it’s all a circus, it’s all a rodeo, until it starts to smack of racism. And then it’s no longer fun,” Letterman said.

“So you thought it was racism?” Dr. Phil asks.

“Well, yes,” Letterman replied.  “Do you consider him to be a racist?” READ FULL STORY

Backstage at the Comedy Awards: Eddie Murphy on 'wrong turns' like 'Pluto Nash'; Louis C.K. on his 'sh--y' night

Hey Rob Corddry, what do you think about having comedians honor comedians?

“They should do that! I think that’s a great idea,” the former Daily Show correspondent told EW at the Comedy Awards. “Just get a bunch of comedians together in black tie.” Okay, somebody’s either being really snarky or hasn’t been paying attention, since Comedy Central’s first annual awards were just that — with Corddry himself picking up the Golden Microphone for Best Sketch Comedy/Alternative Comedy Series (Childrens’ Hospital).

EW caught up with a number of the winners and presenters backstage at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and, needless to say, others were more direct regarding how they felt about the evening. Like Louis C.K., who elaborated on his acceptance speech for Best Stand-Up Special (Louis C.K.: Hilarious), in which he declared the gala to be “the s—-iest night of my life.” “You know, I’m just exaggerating,” C.K. clarified. “But, yeah, pretty s—-y.” READ FULL STORY

The Comedy Awards: Jon Stewart talks 'vestigial' ceremony, Anne Hathaway and James Franco's Oscar-hosting gig

What happens when you fill a ballroom with comedians in black tie? The Comedy Awards, of course! Comedy Central’s first annual celebration of funny people by funny people rolls out tonight across the Viacom-verse, simulcast at 9 p.m. EST on Comedy Central, Spike TV, CMT, TV Land, and VH1.

Considering how little awards recognition comedy gets — you can count on one hand the number of (non-musical) comedies that have won the Oscar for Best Picture — it’s exciting to see comic artists honored by their peers. And lest you think this is some meaningless, self-congratulatory, People’s Choice-style ceremony, check out some of the names on the board that determined the nominees: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Seth MacFarlane, Conan O’Brien, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, and Ray Romano.

To get you psyched for the show, EW talked to Jon Stewart on the red carpet about what these awards mean to comedians and, well, if he thinks they’re even necessary. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon's FalPals deliver: Stephen Colbert to sing 'Friday'

Don’t ever underestimate the generosity of the American people when it comes to helping one late-night comedian force another late-night comedian to sing a 13-year-old girl’s song. On Monday night, Jimmy Fallon promised the world that if we could raise $26,000 for DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that gives money to schools in need, then his Best Friend For Six Months, Stephen Colbert would return on Friday to perform Rebecca Black’s “Friday” with the Roots.

Cha-ching. In less than 36 hours, the goal was reached. Fallon tweeted the news this morning, “Thank you, everyone!!! We did it!!! Stephen Colbert will (has to) sing “Friday” this Friday on our show!! Awesome!!” READ FULL STORY

Elton John and Helen Mirren kick off April for 'Saturday Night Live'

Elton John and Helen Mirren will host the first two April episodes of Saturday Night Live. John, who hasn’t appeared on the program since 1982, will host April 2, while sharing musical duties with Leon Russell. Mirren, who’s never hosted the show before, will appear April 9 with the Foo Fighters. Her movie, Arthur, opens the day before.

Jon Cryer: 'I am a troll.'

Jon Cryer went on TBS’ Conan tonight to address comments his former Two and a Half Men costar Charlie Sheen recent made about him, namely that Cryer is, among other things, a “troll.” Although Cryer did recently appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a receptionist because he “needed the work,” this marks the first time the actor has directly addressed the Sheen media maelstrom of the last two weeks. And frankly, his remarks are quite shocking. Check out the video below:  READ FULL STORY

CNN's Piers Morgan talks the royal wedding: 'I have connections that most American anchors can only dream of'

CNN anchor Piers Morgan is not worried about the ruthless competition for exclusives and access to the upcoming royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. In fact, the native Brit thinks he has a leg up on his American colleagues. “I think the accent will be a major weapon for me,” says Morgan. EW chatted with the host of Piers Morgan Tonight about the media frenzy surrounding the wedding, his plan for coverage, and the wedding’s cultural impact.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s your coverage plan?
PIERS MORGAN: The advantage that I have is that it’s obviously my hometown and I lived and worked in London for 25 years. I’ve also met and know quite well most of the royal family. I think it might be a homerun for CNN. READ FULL STORY

'Real Housewives of Late Night' return on 'Jimmy Fallon' -- VIDEO

Watch your back, Bravo: The Real Housewives of Late Night will return tonight during NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

EW obtained this clip of tonight’s season two return. For the uninitiated, the skits features Fallon and others in drag, as they play fictional wives of show staffers.  READ FULL STORY

Bell Biv Devoe to jam on 'Jimmy Fallon'

Bell Biv DeVoe, the early 1990s R&B offshoot of New Edition that scored with the 1990 album, Poison, will perform with The Roots tomorrow night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Fallon tweeted the official news today, after Billboard had reported the news previously. Though Fallon promoted tomorrow’s appearance as a reunion, Ricky Bell, Ron DeVoe and Michael Bivins have been touring for the last three years.

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