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10 Comics to Watch: Pete Davidson Hits Fast Track With Nick Cannon

22 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Still not old enough to buy beer, Pete Davidson delivered his first routine at age 16 after hours of watching other comics on stage.

“I only had like one friend in high school, so I wasn’t invited to the parties on the weekends. So instead of going to parties, I just went to comedy clubs,” says the Staten Island native, who found himself experimenting with his own material at open mic nights, learning as he went.

Davidson’s big break came after landing appearances on MTV’s “Guy Code” and Nick Cannon-fronted “Wild ’N Out,” which gave him a chance to try sketch work as well.

See Also: Gallery: Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch

“I owe a lot to Nick Cannon, who took me on the road with him when I was 17. I learned a lot about the business of standup, TV and film from him. He’s been a positive influence even now. »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Meet Chris Distefano, the Funniest Guy on MTV

15 May 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Chris Distefano is all over MTV right now, starring on their programs Guy Code, Girl Code, and Off the Bat From the Mlb Fan Cave. He recently stopped by our New York studio to chat about his trio of shows and reveal the one big dream he's still hoping to accomplish on the small screen. On Allie: Tracy Reese skirt, Metaphor top, and Bcbg blazer »

- Allie Merriam

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Meet Chris Distefano, the Funniest Guy on MTV

15 May 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Chris Distefano is all over MTV right now, starring on their programs Guy Code, Girl Code, and Off the Bat From the Mlb Fan Cave. He recently stopped by our New York studio to chat about his trio of shows and reveal the one big dream he's still hoping to accomplish on the small screen. On Allie: Tracy Reese skirt, Metaphor top, and Bcbg blazer »

- Allie Merriam

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Comic Jb Smoove's Converge Media Group Inks First-Look TV Deal w/ Storyville Entertainment

7 April 2014 9:24 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Comedian/writer Jb Smoove, who launched Converge Media Group (management, production and branded entertainment company) along with Rick Dorfman, Conan Smith and Adam Benowitz, has signed a first-look reality TV co-production deal with Storyville Entertainment, spearheaded by reality TV producer Betsy Schechter.  This first co-production deal for Converge and Storyville will allow the latter access to develop and produce content that is unscripted and branded, and will center around Smoove and other clients that include the likes of comedians Rich Vos, Lynne Koplitz, Pete Dominic, Carly Aquilino, Chris Distefano, and producers Ryan Ling (Guy Code, Girl Code) and P.J. Morrison »

- Vanessa Martinez

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Jb Smoove’s Converge Media Inks First-Look Deal With Storyville

4 April 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Converge Media Group, the management, production and branded entertainment company founded last year by actor/writer/comedian Jb Smoove, Rick Dorfman, Conan Smith and Adam Benowitz, has signed a first-look reality TV deal with newly launched Storyville Entertainment. This is the first co-production deal for both companies and will give Storyville access to develop and produce unscripted and branded opportunities for Converge’s comedic clientele. That list includes Smoove, Rich Vos, Lynne Koplitz, Pete Dominic, Chris Distefano, Carly Aquillino as well as producers Ryan Ling (Guy Code, Girl Code) and P.J. Morrison (Impractical Jokers, Restaurant Stakeout), and writers such as Frank Santopadre (The Joy Behar Show, The View). Storyville’s Betsy Schechter and Converge’s Smoove, Dorfman, Smith and Benowitz will serve as executive producers for all sales. Since its launch last year Converge has produced Four Courses With Jb Smoove and utilized their talent in marketing campaigns for Pepsi, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Comic Jb Smoove’s Company Signs First-Look Reality TV Deal With Storyville

4 April 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Converge Media Group, the management, production and branded entertainment company launched by comedian-writer Jb Smoove, Rick Dorfman, Conan Smith and Adam Benowitz, has inked a first-look co-production deal with reality TV producer Betsy Schechter’s Storyville Entertainment.

This is the first co-production deal for both companies (Coverage was founded in 2013 and Storyville launched last month) and will give Storyville access to develop and produce unscripted and branded content around Smoove and other clients, including comedians Rich Vos, Lynne Koplitz, Pete Dominic, Chris Distefano and Carly Aquillino, producers Ryan Ling (“Guy Code,” “Girl Code”) and P.J. Morrison (“Impractical Jokers,” “Restaurant Stakeout”), and writer Frank Santopadre (“The Joy Behar Show,” “The View”).

Storyville’s Schechter and Converge’s Smoove, Dorfman, Smith and Benowitz will serve as executive producers for all sales.

“It’s an ideal business venture for both parties,” said Schechter. “Converge brings to the table brand-name comedic talent and in »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Lena Dunham hosts 'Saturday Night Live': Watch the best and worst sketches

9 March 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Lena Dunham took over hosting duties for "Saturday Night Live" on March 8, so how did the "Girls" star do?

It was clear from the beginning that nothing was off limits for Dunham, from making fun of her constant nudity on the HBO hit show, to spoofing pop culture favorites like "Scandal," and even allowing some surprise guest stars steal the show. Check out her best (and worst) sketches below:

Best: Cold open -- Obama gets help from Liam Neeson to threaten Russia

Nothing spices up an Obama impression like Neeson's signature gravelly voice, threatening Vladimir Putin that the action star doesn't like it when things like Crimea get "taken."

Worst: Lena Dunham's monologue

We all knew it was coming -- making fun of all the nudity on "Girls." So why did that have to be the focus of Dunham's monologue?

Best: Biblical "Girl"

Now this was a fresh take on the nudity joke. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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MTV Star -- Andre Drummond Got Played By 'Ratchet Ho' From 'iCarly!'

5 March 2014 3:56 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

"iCarly" star Jennette McCurdy is nothin' but a "ratchet ho" who played NBA star Andre Drummond like a fiddle to boost her own celebrity status ... so says MTV star Charlamagne tha God.Charlamagne -- who stars on "Guy Code" and "Charlamagne & Friends" -- tells TMZ Sports ... the "ratchet ho" proof is in the fact that she publicly engaged Andre on Twitter after he named her as his "Woman Crush Wednesday."  "She’s clearly a ratchet »

- TMZ Staff

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TruTV Greenlights Sketch Comedy Series

4 March 2014 7:19 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Reality-focused truTV is expanding into scripted programming with a green light to its first-ever sketch-comedy series: Friends Of The People, for a launch this summer. It stars comedians Kevin Barnett (Guy Code), Jennifer Bartels (In Living Color reboot), Jermaine Fowler (Comedy Underground With Dave Attell), Lil Rel Howery (In Living Color reboot), The Lucas Bros. (22 Jump Street) and Josh Rabinowitz (I Just Want My Pants Back). The network has ordered 10 episodes, including the pilot, for Friends Of The People scripted sketches and man-on-the-street segments. The sketches in the pilot include a previously-untold story from television history, and the adventures of “Tracy Morgan Freeman.” 3 Arts Entertainment and Marobru Productions (Chappelle’s Show) are producing, with 3 Arts’s Michael Rotenberg and Avi Gilbert and Marobru’s Michele Armour executive producing alongside the series’ and showrunner/director Neil Punsalan (The Pete Holmes Show). The cast members also serve as writers and executive producers, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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LILFs: Links I'd Like To...

28 February 2014 7:50 AM, PST | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

LILFs: Links I'd Like To... This week: The scientific reasons why pickup lines don't work. by Liam Mathews Why Pick-Up Lines Don’t Work, According To Science MTV's Guy Code Blog uses science to explain why men should be less corny. Your Dating Style, According to 2014′s Oscar-Nominated Movies If you like American Hustle, you're into kinky mind games, and other such observations, from Em & Lo. A (Secret) Oscar Voter Shares What Goes On Behind The Scenes According to The Frisky, Hugh Jackman is a dick to work for.  Can You Really Have Multiple Orgasms? "You’ve heard that the watched pot never boils. Now think of your double orgasm as that pot," advises Refinery 29.  Porn's Behind-the-Camera Feminists The Daily Beast's incisive look at Kelly Holland and the women who are changing our typical notions of what ladies enjoy in [...] »

- Liam Mathews

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MTV2, Mlb Partner for New Weekly Show ‘Off the Bat From the Mlb Fan Cave’

26 February 2014 1:18 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

MTV2 and the Mlb have teamed up for weekly half-hour talk show called “Off the Bat from the Mlb Fan Cave,” which will premiere in April. The Viacom company has ordered 30 episodes of the series, with Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz serving as the series’ executive producer. MTV personality Sway and hip-hop star Fat Joe, as well as “Girl Code” and “Guy Code” stars Chris Distefano and Melanie Iglesias will serve as the show’s hosts. The series is described as a mix of behind-the-scenes baseball talk and access for fans and entertainment/pop culture commentary from various players and celebrity guests. »

- Jethro Nededog

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Fat Joe and Sway to host MTV2's David Ortiz-produced series 'Off the Bat from the Mlb Fan Cave' -- Exclusive

26 February 2014 10:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

MTV2 is sending Fat Joe and Sway to the plate to take a swing at mashing up the worlds of Major League Baseball and pop culture.

The “What’s Luv?” rapper and MTV personality — along with Girl Code and Guy Code stars Chris Distefano and Melanie Iglesias — have signed on to host Off the Bat from the Mlb Fan Cave. The network has ordered 30 episodes of the weekly half-hour show, which will feature players like Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (seen above, with Fat Joe) and Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano talking about all things entertainment while offering »

- Dan Snierson

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LILFs: Links I'd Like To...

21 February 2014 9:11 AM, PST | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

LILFs: Links I'd Like To... This week: Proper Googling etiquette. by Liam Mathews A New Take on Online Dating: "Jess Meet Ken" An interview with the creators of a new dating service that allows women to post recommendations for their male friends, from Em & Lo. Cuddling: The Wonder Drug (That You Can Do In Public) Because cuddling is awesome, and YourTango knows it. What You Expect Will Make You Grow Up Vs. What Actually Does Unexpectedly wise advice from MTV's Guy Code Blog. Date-Ade Episode #11: Of Sandwiches & Seatmates The Frisky breaks down how to tell someone you love that you hate the way they chew. How To Google Someone (& Not Feel Like A Stalker) I just have one thing to add to this great guide from Refinery 29, from personal experience: not Googling everyone who knows your crush will save you many, many [...] »

- Liam Mathews

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Fox Grooms 20-Year-Old Comedian Pete Davidson As Primetime Breakout With ‘Sober Companion’ Role: Video

20 February 2014 3:15 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Fox‘s Night of Comedy showcase at the Improv last fall featured then-19-year-old comedian Pete Davidson. The network brass loved him and quickly signed him to a talent holding deal. After a small guest-starring role on Fox’s freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which marked his first TV acting gig, Davidson got his first network test for Fox’s comedy pilot Sober Companion and landed the role on the spot, with Fox casting executives bullish on his breakout potential. A native of Staten Island, NY, Davidson started his career in comedy at a young age, using it as a therapeutic outlet after losing his father, a New York City firefighter, on 9/11. Making his rounds in the New York comedy scene, he was spotted by Nick Cannon who took him under his wing. Davidson was a semi-regular on the revival of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out improv comedy series on MTV2 last year, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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'Downton Abbey,' puppies and zombies: Super Bowl TV alternatives

2 February 2014 9:30 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

If recent viewing trends hold, about 100 million people -- more than a quarter of the entire population of the country -- will watch Super Bowl Xlviii on Sunday (Feb. 2) and then talk about it for days afterward.

But though it may seem that way, it's not the only thing on TV Sunday. The other broadcast networks are taking the night off, but there are marathons and stunts aplenty elsewhere on your channel guide -- and even a couple of original shows. If you're not watching the game, consider these options (all times Eastern).

The originals

PBS: "Downton Abbey" (9 p.m.) and "Sherlock" (10 p.m.). PBS has aired new episodes of "Downton" each of the past three years opposite the Super Bowl and pulled in respectable ratings each time. "Sherlock" has its Season 3 finale.

TCM: "And the Oscar Goes to ..." (10 p.m./7 p.m. Pt). A history of the Academy Awards »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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TCA: MTV Sets Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series; MTV2 Unveils 2014 Slate

10 January 2014 11:47 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The fourth season of MTV‘s Awkward returns with a special one-hour episode at 10 Pm on April 15. Season 4 picks up with even more complications for Jenna as senior, including more boy trouble, drama with her friends, a new girl in town who has eyes for Matty and even some cat fishing. New coming-of-age comedy series Faking It from Carter Covington premieres April 22 at 10:30 Pm. It’s slated to air globally on MTV’s channels around the world beginning with its U.S. debut on April 22. Each episode of “Faking It” will air across MTV’s international channels beginning in June. New reality series House Of Food debuts at 10 Pm on March 31 and will air across MTV’s international channels beginning in May. MTV also announced today at TCA that the second half of Teen Wolf season three returned as Monday’s No. 1 original cable series. The most watched telecast in the series’ history, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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MTV2 Greenlights New Series ‘Jobs That Don’t Suck’

10 January 2014 10:18 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

MTV2 is getting into business with “Jobs That Don’t Suck,” a new unscripted comedy series featuring stand-up comedian and “Guy Code” regular Andrew Schulz.

Halfhour program will focus on the innovative ways that young Americans are getting rich by doing what they love. Show features restaurant mogul Eddie Huang, “Girl Code’s” Nessa, and Schulz as they break down what makes these jobs great and how viewers can find their dream job.

MTV2 will debut “Jobs That Don’t Suck” in April.

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- AJ Marechal

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