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‘Corporate’ Review: This Gloriously Weird Workplace Satire is the First Great Comedy of 2018

Don’t be fooled by the faint glow of the employees at Hampton DeVille. Though there might be a glimmer around the faces of the characters on the new Comedy Central series “Corporate,” that’s not the beaming of eternal optimism; it’s the fluorescent glimmer of souls slowly leaving the bodies of their hosts. And against all odds and human resources guidelines, it’s instantly one of the most fascinating comedic experiments on TV.

“Corporate” follows the exploits of Matt (Matt Ingebretson) and Jake (Jake Weisman), two Junior-Executives-in-Training. They’re anything but aspiring climbers of the corporate ladder, yet they keep getting pulled into some of the absurd hijinks at Hampton DeVille, from lower-level firings to ambitious craft beer integrated marketing schemes.

It’s remarkable that a show that ostensibly thrives on the monotony of office life has such energy and momentum below its surface. For every droll conversation
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Lilly Singh, Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart To Feature In YouTube Vr Series ‘The Confessional’

Leading virtual reality studio Felix & Paul and the Just For Laughs comedy festival have partnered with Google to create a brand new Vr comedy series that will live on YouTube and Google’s Daydream mobile Vr platform.

Titled The Confessional, the seven-episode series -- premiering today -- will feature comedians Lilly Singh, Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow, Howie Mandel, Jim Norton, Moshe Kasher, Natasha Leggero, Grace Helbig, and Mamrie Hart. Filmed during the 2017 Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal over the summer, each episode of the 3D, 360-degree series will feature comedians in an intimate confessional booth, sharing awkward stories with viewers. Tales will run the gamut from first dates gone awry to a nightmare car ride in Las Vegas.

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‘Hood Adjacent with James Davis’ is Comedy Central’s Most Exciting New Show in Years

‘Hood Adjacent with James Davis’ is Comedy Central’s Most Exciting New Show in Years
Comedy Central’s newest wave of programming has been built around individuals, doubling down on the past achievements of their comedian hosts. Moshe Kasher’s “Problematic” grew out of complex discussions in a public forum. “The Jim Jefferies Show” is an extension of his frequent call-outs of strange behavior both in America and abroad. One of the reasons the network’s newest series, “Hood Adjacent,” works so well is that it comes from host James Davis’ similarly distinct perspective, delivered with fast-paced, sly cultural commentary that’s heavy on laughs.

A blended mix of stand-up, monologue, “Daily Show”-style field pieces, genre parodies and interviews with notable figures, “Hood Adjacent” uses all of these comedic tools to look at different corners of the black experience, in the area of Los Angeles near where Davis was raised and beyond. Though the format approach changes by subject — ranging from food to police
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10 Great Fiction Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

10 Great Fiction Podcasts to Listen to Right Now
Perhaps your average idea of a podcast is a public radio news program, with longform journalism uncovering a hidden area of everyday life. Maybe it’s an interview show, where hosts dig into the personal and professional lives of experts in any number of fields. Your favorite might even be a show where a handful of people talk about their favorite bits of pop culture — of which IndieWire has a few! — every week.

Beyond those podcasting subgenres is an emerging world of quality audio fiction, scripted programming that follows a carefully crafted story arc. Sometimes these shows are episodic, stretching over years’ worth of episodes. Others are less straightforward spins on a theatrical premise. There are enough shows out there to flood your queue, but for now, here are 10 quality podcasts worth subscribing to (if you haven’t already).

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Some scripted podcasts use a lush production design to approximate a particular time and place.
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‘The Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay Gets Grilled By Comedian Paul Scheer And Tells All — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

‘The Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay Gets Grilled By Comedian Paul Scheer And Tells All — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
Last Week’S Podcast: Comedy Central’s Moshe Kasher Managed to Piss Off The Alt-Right ‘In a Hilarious, Lovely Way’ — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Rachel Lindsay made headlines as the first African-American star of ABC’s long-running “The Bachelor”/”The Bachelorette” franchise. But there’s even bigger news afoot: Lindsay found love on the show, became engaged – and is sharing details with her new Bff Paul Scheer.

That’s right: Comedian Paul Scheer, best known for his roles on shows like “The League,” as well as “Veep,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Ntsf:sd:suv” and “Human Giant,” is also a huge “Bachelor” fan. The guy knows his stuff. That’s why IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast brought him in to convince Lindsay to tell all.

Listen below!

Scheer isn’t just curious about Lindsay’s love connection, he wants to know how the show works. What really goes on in the fantasy suite?
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‘The President Show’ Has Been Renewed — Right After Its Best Episode Yet

‘The President Show’ Has Been Renewed — Right After Its Best Episode Yet
Everyone knew “The President Show” was going to have to adapt to a rapidly evolving political landscape. For a show that, to some, seemed like a one-joke premise, each new week was going to bring with it a chance to cover yet another angle of the ongoing White House upheaval.

Four episodes in, Comedy Central has given the show a seven-episode renewal, taking the Anthony-Atamanuik-as-Donald-Trump-led talk show through to the end of the summer. And it couldn’t have come at a better time: “The President Show” just aired its best episode yet. (And, in regard to that “one-joke” argument, there are few other shows on TV right now that could get away with hiding a video of a decomposing fox in plain sight during its opening credits.)

Read More: TV’s Newest Late Night Hosts Need to Follow Trevor Noah’s Advice in Order to Survive

Last Thursday’s episode,
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‘Jon Benjamin Has a Van’: Remembering the News Parody Show That Helped Launch Some of Best Comedies on TV

‘Jon Benjamin Has a Van’: Remembering the News Parody Show That Helped Launch Some of Best Comedies on TV
H. Jon Benjamin is one of the most prolific voice actors working in TV today. As the central character on “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers,” his growly baritone is as recognizable as it is an instant shot of personality for any character he voices. (Plus, how many actors can claim that their involvement in two shows led to a crossover scene that also doubles as a tribute to David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence”?)

Six years ago, Benjamin added to his string of title characters, this time playing a fictional version of himself on the criminally short-lived Comedy Central show “Jon Benjamin Has a Van.” Part sketch show, part investigative news team parody, it helped give birth to a wave of comedian-led metashows that yielded some of the best comedies of the decade. It took the “Daily Show” correspondent model familiar to many of the network’s viewers and
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Comedy Central’s Moshe Kasher Managed to Piss Off The Alt-Right ‘In a Hilarious, Lovely Way’ — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Comedy Central’s Moshe Kasher Managed to Piss Off The Alt-Right ‘In a Hilarious, Lovely Way’ — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
Last Week’S Podcast: ‘American Gods’ Producers and Stars on How A Nudity Gender Equality Mandate Led to So Much Penis — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Moshe Kasher calls himself the Phil Donahue of the Internet age. His Comedy Central series “Problematic with Moshe Kasher,” which wraps up its first season next Tuesday, follows a single topic each week that tackles something triggering outrage online. Kasher and his panelists, plus the show’s studio and online audience, find a way to take on heady subjects like Islamophobia and cultural appropriation.

Kasher is looking to have an honest dialogue, in a world that seems to thrive on the exact opposite. That first episode on cultural appropriation, for example, “was a big loud swing,” he said, and it got “people’s outrage juice flowing. The alt-right went apoplectic in a hilarious, lovely way. They lost their shit. Which was funny, the conversation is pretty balanced!
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Moshe Kasher’s ‘Racist Stephen Hawking’ Character Breaks Down Trump’s Wall (Video)

Moshe Kasher’s ‘Racist Stephen Hawking’ Character Breaks Down Trump’s Wall (Video)
Moshe Kasher doesn’t get to play characters on “Problematic,” his new talk show about all things online and debatable. But in a recent visit to TheWrap Studios, he committed hard to a not-at-all-problematic character named Racist Stephen Hawking. It was all for the greater good of explaining the potential flaws in President Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico. Many Kasher fans have met the character before, notably on Pete Holmes’ “You Made It Weird” podcast. But you don’t need any prior Kasher knowledge to thoroughly enjoy — or feel weird about thoroughly enjoying — his Racist Stephen Hawking character. All you need
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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 147) – New Documentaries and Horror Movies You Should See

IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 147) – New Documentaries and Horror Movies You Should See
The Cannes Film Festival is right around the corner, and soon, we’ll have a whole lot of new movies to discuss. But even before the big event kicks off in France, there are plenty of other niche festivals that introduce quality cinema on a smaller scale. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson share a few of those, including horror movies from The Overlook Film Festival in Oregon and documentaries from Hot Docs. Then, the pair turn to new films in release, debating both Laura Poitras’ “Risk” and James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Listen to the full episode above.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on and be sure to
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‘Problematic’ Host Moshe Kasher Tells Us Why Stephen Colbert’s ‘Cock Holster’ Joke Isn’t Problematic (Video)

‘Problematic’ Host Moshe Kasher Tells Us Why Stephen Colbert’s ‘Cock Holster’ Joke Isn’t Problematic (Video)
Moshe Kasher says his new Comedy Central show, “Problematic,” offers up “real conversations about the things and topics that make people outraged online.” So he seemed the perfect person to ask about the internet debate over Stephen Colbert saying Donald Trump’s mouth would make a good “cock holster” for Vladimir Putin. “They’re saying it’s homophobic right? But I don’t really see that,” Kasher told TheWrap. “I’m not really sure I get the homophobia in that. They’re basically saying Vladimir Putin is using Donald Trump as his like sex slave, right? I’m not seeing the leap into,
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‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Trailer: Celebs Score Points by Being Good Talk Show Guests — Watch

‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Trailer: Celebs Score Points by Being Good Talk Show Guests — Watch
Which celebrity will be win the coveted title of “Best Guest of the Night”?

That’s the question that TruTV’s “Talk Show the Game Show” asks when it premieres on April 5. When stars visit late-night talk shows to promote a project or themselves, they need to play nice to win over the host, Guy Branum (“Chelsea Lately,” “The Mindy Project”) and audience. “Talk Show the Game Show” awards them for these skills.

Read More: ‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Live: Wanda Sykes Judges Nick Thune at SXSW

For example, points can be awarded for getting applause by naming a city, flashing the host, singing, using a euphemism instead of swearing and making the audience go, “Aww!”

But beware. Being a bad guest is “grounds for sanction,” whatever that means. (Can we vote for pie in the face?) Bad behaviors include excessive name dropping, white male fragility, being boring, failure
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer Gets Suspended: As Twitter Rages, How Comedy May Already Be Changing

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer Gets Suspended: As Twitter Rages, How Comedy May Already Be Changing
Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich has disengaged with Twitter, and if you sift through her mentions right now, that’s probably a good thing.

Rich is under fire this week due to a joke she tweeted from her personal account on Friday during the inauguration of President Trump about his young son Barron, which many considered a clear example of crossing a line within the realm of comedy. She later apologized on Twitter, and was suspended from the “SNL” writing staff. (The New York Times has more info, including the joke itself.)

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: In Which Aziz Ansari Compares President Trump To Chris Brown

It’s interesting that most people didn’t hear about Rich’s tweet until after news of her suspension broke a few days after the post. But since then, the writer has been at the center of the internet’s ire,
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Margaret Cho Reveals She Is Residing in a Sober-Living House: Report

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Margaret Cho Reveals She Is Residing in a Sober-Living House: Report
Margaret Cho has reportedly been living in a sober-living facility for five months post-rehab.

The comedian revealed the news during a show at the Comedy Store in Hollywood on Nov. 3, reports The Hollywood Reporter. According to a tweet by the comedy club, Cho did perform that evening, though a rep for Cho has not yet responded to People’s requested for comment.

“I bring the real me and my truth to my work,” Cho, 47, reportedly said. “It’s not perfect, it’s not manufactured, it’s real.”

Performing that evening alongside fellow comedians Moshe Kasher, Jonathan Kite, Justin Martingale, Lachlan Patterson and Iliza Shlesinger,
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Problematic with Moshe Kasher: Comedy Central Orders New Talk Show

Can cable TV end internet outrage through comedy? The Problematic with Moshe Kasher TV show has been ordered to series by Comedy Central, and it aims to try. Kasher hosts the weekly series, and executive produces with Serious Business’ Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler and Jon Zimelis, as well as Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman of 3 Arts Entertainment. The show is slated to premiere in 2017.“I see myself as the Phil Donahue of the Internet Age except not as funny or dialed into millennial culture,” said Kasher. “This show will create a safe space for offensive comedy and more importantly engender conversations that will completely end all acrimony, racism, sexism, trolling and whatever else you find offensive online once and for all. I promise.”
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Newswire: Comedy Central green-lights a Moshe Kasher talk show about internet anger

Comedy Central announced today it has given the go-ahead to a new show from Moshe Kasher, and, for better or worse, it sounds like a internet comment section and/or Twitter brought to life. Titled Problematic With Moshe Kasher, it will apparently “crawl into the social media muck and put out flame wars and raise provocative questions,” according to a press release. In a statement Kasher said: “This show will create a safe space for offensive comedy and more importantly engender conversations that will completely end all acrimony, racism, sexism, trolling and whatever else you find offensive online once and for all. I promise.”

The Problematic pilot was picked up in March; the weekly series will feature a studio audience and various guests, and is scheduled to start sometime in 2017. Kasher, who hosts the Hound Tall podcast, has recently appeared on the network’s Another Period, which was created ...
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Comedy Central Greenlights ‘Problematic With Moshe Kasher’

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Comedy Central Greenlights ‘Problematic With Moshe Kasher’
Comedy Central has greenlit a new series starring comedian Moshe Kasher, who should look familiar to viewers already tuning in for “Another Period,” on which Kosher appears and produces. “Problematic with Moshe Kasher” will take on the most polarizing topics causing outrage, inviting audiences to log off their social media accounts and vent in the studio, along with experts and comedian guests. The weekly series, set to premiere in 2017, is executive produced by Kasher, Serious Business’ Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler and Jon Zimelis (“@midnight with Chris Hardwick”), as well as Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman of 3 Arts Entertainment. Also Read: Why Comedy.
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Moshe Kasher Weekly Talk Show Greenlighted By Comedy Central

Comedy Central has picked up to series Problematic With Moshe Kasher, a weekly talk show that tackles “today’s most polarizing topics” for premiere in 2017. The network had ordered a pilot for the project in March. On the series, Kasher will invite viewers to log off and bring their online outrage into the studio for a raucous discussion. Per the network, Problematic “will crawl into the social media muck and put out flame wars and raise provocative questions with the…
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Russo brothers producing new Showtime comedy series

Having just come off Captain America: Civil War before delving into the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, it’s surprising that the Russo brothers have time to sleep, never mind producing a new TV project for Showtime. However, Deadline is reporting that Anthony and Joe are making a return to the small screen, with the duo executive producing a new half-hour comedy series from writer Moshe Kasher (Zoolander 2) and writer and actor Zach Cregger (Miss March).

The untitled comedy “focuses on a larcenous family of pot dealers whose world is turned upside down when their illegal enterprise suddenly becomes legal in their home state. As the family struggles to adapt to the strange new world of legitimate business, they are forced to depend upon the business acumen of their son, whose straight and narrow leanings have always made him a “black sheep” in this clan of reprobates.”

The Russos are certainly no stranger to television,
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