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How the Internet and a New Generation of Superfans Helped Create the Second Comedy Boom

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“What's up, people of the sex shop?” asks Hannibal Buress into an overdriven microphone at 9:30 p.m. on a recent Tuesday in L.A. He’s standing in front of a wall of crotchless panties, and next to a black curtain that divides the part of the West Hollywood sex-toy shop where a customer is examining Fleshlights from the part where the bi-weekly comedy show Performance Anxiety is taking place. Buress is in town for the roast of Justin Bieber, and he’s at the Pleasure Chest to rehearse his set for a small but enthusiastic audience that's doing its best to ignore the commercial for stainless-steel G-spotters playing on a TV to Buress’s right.The sex-toy shop was the second place in two hours where I saw Buress, whose upcoming Comedy Central show had just been announced that morning. Earlier, he made a surprise appearance at Put Your Hands Together, »


- Jesse David Fox

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The Fosters’ Gavin MacIntosh Got YouTube to Unblock Gay Kiss

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YouTube's age restrictions exist to keep any young user from stumbling across any uploaded content with sexually suggestive scenes — ranging anywhere from user-uploaded vlogs to artist-uploaded music videos. These parental controls backfired, however, when the site restricted a clip from ABC Family's The Fosters depicting a gay kiss between Jude (Hayden Byerly) and Connor (Gavin MacIntosh). The kiss, which originally aired on March 2, has been praised as one of the youngest same-sex kisses in U.S. TV history — their characters are 13 — which left Macintosh confused when he discovered a user had to verify being 18-plus to view the scene on YouTube. On Sunday, he slammed YouTube in a series of tweets that have since been deleted, saying, "What?! YouTube blocking #jonnor scene w/ age restrictions? 100% discrimination & homophobia! So innocent compared to what's on YouTube!" It seems YouTube took notice of his complaints. As of Monday, the »


- Dee Lockett

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The 50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015

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Two years ago, Vulture assembled a list of "The 50 Comedians You Should and Will Know." It included names like Broad City, Hannibal Buress, Amy Schumer, John Mulaney, Chelsea Peretti, Michael Che, Tig Notaro, and Katie Dippold — all of whom are now dominating the comedy world. (In case that sounds too much like tooting our own horn, we acknowledge that we missed people like Sasheer Zamata, Pete Davidson, and new Daily Show host Trevor Noah.)Could there possibly already be another generation of exciting young comics coming up behind them? There could be, and there is, which is all the proof you need that we’re in the middle of a comedy boom. With assistance from an expert panel of managers, agents, club owners, late-night bookers, and network executives, Vulture scoured the worlds of stand-up, sketch, improv, writing, acting, and general comedy nonsense to find the following 50 comedians. We steered »


- Elise Czajkowski,Nate Jones,Jesse David Fox

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How Trevor Noah Became the Next Host of The Daily Show

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Earlier today, Comedy Central announced that Jon Stewart's successor as host of The Daily Show will be Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who joined the show as a correspondent last December. It's a surprising choice given his lack of experience on the show and his modest fame in the U.S., but he shows a lot of promise based on his previous work and his unique takes on the world. So, how did he get here? Here's a timeline of Noah's life and career thus far.1984: Noah is born on February 20, and grows up in Soweto, South Africa, with a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father. Because of apartheid, their marriage was illegal, leading Noah to later joke he was "born a crime." His father couldn't acknowledge their relationship in public, and his mother was jailed for having a mixed-race child. 2002: Noah »


- Dan Reilly

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Deadline’s Editor Finally Apologizes for That Awful ‘Ethnic Castings’ Article

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Five days after Deadline ran a publicly ridiculed piece about whether or not "ethnic castings" in Hollywood were becoming "too much of a good thing," the site's editor has issued a formal apology. Mike Fleming Jr., in a Sunday column, wrote: My co-editor-in-chief Nellie Andreeva’s goal was to convey that there was such an uptick of TV pilot casting of people of color that it pinched white actors who’ve historically gotten most of the jobs, and to question if this could last if it was being treated as a fad. All this was undermined by that headline (which we changed after the fact) and a repetition of the word "ethnic" that came off cold and insensitive. The only appropriate way to view racial diversity in casting is to see it as a wonderful thing, and to hope that Hollywood continues to make room for people of color. The »

- Dee Lockett

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Ben Gibbard Picks the Best Death Cab for Cutie Songs

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In the early '00s, the band Death Cab for Cutie became synonymous with a sort of muted adolescent angst. Lead singer Ben Gibbard, whose gentle voice lends a childlike quality to the music, often used opaque lyrics to capture the mystifying passions of young love. The new Death Cab for Cutie album, Kintsugi, is somewhat of a departure. Gibbard's lyrics are more direct and authoritative. It's an album for adults. That said, at 38, Gibbard looks back fondly at the songs from those early Death Cab years. Vulture spoke with him recently about his favorite tracks from the band’s catalogue. It wasn't easy to pick just one song from each record, he said. "They're all my children," but these are a few of the highlights."The Face That Launched 1000 Shits," Something About Airplanes (1998) It’s a song that was written by our friend Jay Chilcote from the Revolutionary Hydra, »


- Lauretta Charlton

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What You Missed at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards

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Missed the iHeartRadio Music Awards? Pat yourself on the back! For a show that's about as haphazard as YouTube's Music Awards were in their inaugural year, it has somehow made it into its second year. At last night's ceremony, hosted by Jamie Foxx, Taylor Swift walked away the big winner (no surprise there), picking up awards for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for "Shake It Off," and Best Lyrics. Another big winner? Justin Timberlake, who received the Innovator Award (a.k.a. the award that networks bribe legacy artists with when they're in desperate need of high-profile faces not named Taylor Swift to cut to during performances and things). But, like any awards show, the night was all about the performances, unfiltered moments, and, of course, Taylor Swift dancing in the audience. Let's run through the highlights first. Rihanna: For the debut performance of her new single, »


- Dee Lockett

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The 16 Best Comedy Central Roast Sets Ever

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A different version of this post ran on August 28, 2013, before the James Franco Roast. We have updated it with the Justin Bieber Roast premiering tonight. A good roast joke is undeniable; it’s comedy at its most immediate and visceral. Cruel, harsh, and tasteless, sure, but also very, very funny. So with Justin Bieber getting roasted tonight on Comedy Central, we wanted to look back at the sets that set the roast bar at its highest. We went back through all 18 previous Comedy Central roasts (which were televised Friars' Club Roasts through 2002) and picked the 16 absolutely funniest single sets. (We limited it to one per comedian, so the list didn’t end up being half Greg Giraldo.) Be warned, the language is super Nsfw, unless you're a sailor, truck driver, or Jeff Ross. Enjoy, and remember they only roast the ones they love ... and Donald Trump. »


- Jesse David Fox

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How Girl Meets World Successfully Built on Boy Meets World’s Legacy

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Remakes, comebacks, and sequels are rarely good, but that doesn't mean we'll ever stop making them. Nostalgia (not to mention money) is a powerful force, one that can pull any well-meaning creative bringing back beloved characters for another go. That's why it was rather surprising when Girl Meets World, the Boy Meets World sequel that debuted on Disney last year (14 years after the original ended its seven-season run), turned out to be so wonderful. We might never know exactly how Girl Meets World managed to capture the magic of its forefather, but with the show wrapping up its first season last Friday, here are a few educated guesses (and reasons why you might want to give it a shot):  The original Boy Meets World writers. Perhaps the biggest factor here is that Boy Meets World writers and co-creators Michael Jacobs and April Kelly both came back to write and »


- Lindsey Weber

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‘The Vulture TV Podcast’: Revisiting Mad Men

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A new episode of “The Vulture TV Podcast” has arrived! TV columnist Margaret Lyons, TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, and TV editor Gazelle Emami discuss Mad Men episodes that deserve a repeat viewing before the premiere of the final season on April 5, Netflix's latest drama Bloodline, and how much awards shows matter when it comes to TV.Note: This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions: 0:33–2:20: the season finale of The Fosters, the most recent episode of Better Call Saul, the season finale of The Mindy Project. 2:36–21:10: Mad Men season two, episode five, "The New Girl"; season three, episode four, "The Arrangements." 21:22–26:00: Bloodline. Further reading: Matt Zoller Seitz's piece on why "The Arrangements" is the quintessential episode of Mad Men. Tune in to “The Vulture TV Podcast,” produced by the Slate Group’s Panoply, every Monday, on iTunes or SoundCloud. »


- Vulture Editors

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Will Forte Talks The Last Man on Earth, the Toilet Pool, and Why His Character Has Become So Unlikable

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Will Forte is known for being one of the kindest, humblest people in the business, and after interviewing him, I can safely say that's all patently untrue. (Just kidding, he's the nicest. I only wanted to throw you off for a second.) He's also the star and creator of one of the best new comedies on television, The Last Man on Earth, which has made waves for taking risks previously unseen on network TV. Vulture spoke to the SNL alum about how he and his team came to make many of the decisions that have shaped the show, Sunday night’s episode, and why people should lay off Phil about that toilet pool. [Warning: For people who haven't been watching the show, there are spoilers ahead.]Do you have to work on this Sunday morning? I'm actually heading to work to do some postproduction right now. What a day today, though. L.A. »


- Lucas Kavner

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Meet The Daily Show’s New Host

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Trevor Noah! You know Trevor Noah, the 31-year-old South African comedian who only made his first appearance on The Daily Show in December. The rumor had been going around all weekend and was confirmed by Comedy Central this morning. Noah, who speaks six languages, has been doing stand-up internationally for years, and his act tends to focus on issues of race and international relations. His first segment on The Daily Show was about America's perception of Africa, emphasizing that many American cities are in worse shape than African ones, joking, “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa.”This news comes a little less than two months after Jon Stewart's announcement he'd be leaving the show he's been hosting since 1999. For anyone following the story, it seemed Comedy Central didn't have an easy time finding a replacement. John Oliver, the correspondent most prepared to take over, »


- Jesse David Fox

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The Last Man on Earth Recap: Finders Keepers

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Last night’s Last Man double-header may not have had any of the fireworks or stunts we’ve seen so far in the series, but watching the characters settle into the show’s reality was certainly preferable to the crass humor we stomached last week. Much like the developing society it depicts, Last Man is starting to pay attention to the details and long-term effects of its plot points. And we finally see Phil grapple with the shittier aspects of his personality — literally.For starters, Phil’s poo-filled pool is starting to stink, and Carol is tired of shoving dryer sheets up her nostrils to cope. And that’s not the only issue in Tucson: Todd and Melissa’s relationship is far friskier than Carol and Phil’s, and the new couple scores their bedroom romps to the Fine Young Cannibals song the episode’s title references. Turned up to »


- Lauren Leibowitz

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: No Booze, No Meat, No Drama

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I would generally recommend therapy for any and all involved after any Real Housewives vacation (including hotel staff, shuttle drivers, and airline pilots), but since therapy is what brought them to the Philippines, we only have psychology to blame for whatever happens in the next two episodes.But so far, so good! It’s a miracle, right? There wasn’t even drama during the 15-hour trip! Even I’m willing to throw elbows on a two-hour flight. Demetria is there, and yes, I’m going to mention it again for the 50th time this season that I do not understand why she’s always hanging around! Demetria is like the shingles virus come to life: If you’ve already watched an episode of The Real Housewives, you might already have Demetria inside of you. I don’t even dislike her; she’s just distracting. It’s fine — everyone packed 900 bags »

- Danielle Henderson

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The Good Wife Recap: All Options Are Open to Me

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Many of the questions that have shaped — or perhaps plagued — The Good Wife in the year since Josh Charles left have been "Now what?" questions. After Will left the show, we wondered how Alicia would move forward in the face of that grief. After Cary and Alicia struck out on their own and started a new firm (and were later joined by Diane), we wondered how they'd function as partners. We wondered whether Cary really would go to prison, and then wondered how the experience and his eventual exoneration would change his life. And most of all, we've spent this season wondering how the show might change if Alicia actually won the state's attorney's race.One of the main reasons this season has felt so uneven is that broadly speaking, the show's been more successful in teeing up those questions than it's been in answering them. Fortunately, last night's episode »


- Lauren Hoffman

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The Walking Dead Finale Recap: Wolves at the Door

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Was this the best Walking Dead finale ever? Fresh off watching these 90 minutes of mayhem, it’s tempting to holler, "Hell yeah." But remember, season two’s conclusion set the bar high. Consider all its game-changing moments — the revelation that everyone turns into a brain-eater when they die, the first appearance of Michonne as she and her pets saved Carol, the establishment of the Ricktatorship, and the glimpse of the prison where so many very bad things would eventually go down. Still, last night’s episode ranks a close second. Morgan returns with some new skills, the mystery of the W marks is revealed (sort of), people die, and Alexandria’s future seems to be in Rick’s hands. Also: Morgan returns!The opening scene is almost too much to process, as we reunite with Morgan and meet the Wolves — the guys responsible for the W carvings, all those severed limbs, »

- Richard Rys

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George R.R. Martin Will Sit Out Season 6 of Game of Thrones

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George R.R. Martin revealed on his blog this weekend that he won't be contributing to Game of Thrones' sixth season on HBO. "Writing a season six script would cost me a month's work on Winds [of Winter], and maybe as much as six weeks, and I cannot afford that," he wrote. The author already said he was sitting out season five, which is a bummer, because he usually pens at least one episode per season. But hey, everybody kvetching about the guy's slow writing progress has finally gotten what they've wished for — no distractions. Or so it seems. It sounds like Martin's still juggling half a dozen projects, plus some appearances (which may or may not get canceled).  »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Report: Jon Hamm Wanted to Be in Gone Girl

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"Page Six" reports that Jon Hamm was vying for Ben Affleck's starring Gone Girl role, but Matthew Weiner said no way. Mad Men's shooting schedule and contractual obligations proved to be insurmountable obstacles. "Jon was really upset about it at the time — and is still upset, because he's thinking about the future of his career as Mad Men comes to a close," one source said. Hamm, who recently finished a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction, told GQ in the magazine's April cover story: "The one constant thing I've had in my career is now removed. ... And that's an eye-opener: Are people still going to take me seriously? Am I just going to do romantic comedies for the rest of my life? What's next?" Momentum from that lead role would've been nice. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Jay Z’s Tidal Just Got Very Big, Very Public Celeb Endorsements

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Early Monday morning, a glut of musicians changed their social-media avatars in a show of support for Jay Z and his newly acquired and relaunched streaming service, Tidal. Artists including Nicki Minaj, Jack White, Madonna, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Beyoncé turned their avatars teal blue and used the hashtag #TIDALforALL to tease Jay Z's Tidal, which purportedly combines hi-fi sound, hi-def music videos, and expertly curated editorial (whatever that means). "Change your avi in support of what is fair, of what is the future," Minaj wrote on Instagram. "The tides have changed." Jay Z will shed more light on Tidal at a press conference Monday afternoon at New York's James A. Farley Post Office at 5 p.m. The service, available Monday, offers lossless sound quality for $20 per month, or standard quality for $10 per month. As Pitchfork points out, there's no free plan, but Taylor Swift (ouch, Spotify) and »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Superman Plus San Andreas Equals Supermandreas

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Evidently, illustrator Nick Acosta isn't a huge fan of the Rock (might've missed SNL). He noticed that some of the scenes from the forthcoming San Andreas movie looked similar to 1978's Superman — specifically the Hoover Dam and Golden Gate Bridge snippets. "They are almost shot for shot the same," he wrote on his Vimeo page. "I decided to re-edit the San Andreas trailer to take out The Rock and his wooden acting and put in a 27-year-old Christopher Reeve as Superman. I even rotoscoped him flying from the 1978 film into San Andreas." The recut trailer is appropriately titled Supermandreas. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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