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Samantha Bee Isn’t Thrilled to Be the Last Woman Standing in Late Night

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Samantha Bee Isn’t Thrilled to Be the Last Woman Standing in Late Night
Samantha Bee is now the only female host in late night, and that’s a stat she’s not happy about. “It’s a bit unsettling,” Bee recently told Variety. “It’s been a bad year to be a woman in this space. It’s not really a badge that I want to wear.”

Shows that have been canceled over the past year include E!’s “Busy Tonight,” hosted by Busy Philipps; Hulu’s Sarah Silverman series “I Love You, America”; Michelle Wolf’s Netflix show “The Break”; and Bet’s “The Rundown” with Robin Thede. Before that, Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show was also axed after two years.

“I don’t feel good being the last woman standing in this space currently,” Bee said. “It doesn’t fill my heart with gladness that Busy was canceled, Michelle Wolf’s show is gone, Sarah Silverman’s show is gone.
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Tiffany Haddish Cancels Atlanta Show Over Georgia Abortion Policy

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Tiffany Haddish Cancels Atlanta Show Over Georgia Abortion Policy
Actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish is the latest celebrity to take a stand against Georgia’s new restrictive abortion policy which known as the “heartbeat” bill. Haddish canceled an upcoming stand-up show a the Fox Theatre in Atlanta in response to the law. The Fox Theatre said that they will be offering refunds.

According to CNN, Haddish released a statement released to ticketholders saying: “After much deliberation, I am postponing my upcoming show in Atlanta. I love the state of Georgia, but I need to stand with women and until they withdraw Measure HB481, I cannot in good faith perform there.”

Under the new law signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp, which is expected to go into effect on Jan. 1, women would be banned from getting an abortion if fetal cardiac activity is detected — which happens within six weeks of a pregnancy. The bill says a women can receive
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Jimmy Kimmel Opens Las Vegas Comedy Club, Surprise Lineup Includes Sarah Silverman

Jimmy Kimmel Opens Las Vegas Comedy Club, Surprise Lineup Includes Sarah Silverman
Surrounded by friends and family, Jimmy Kimmel on Friday night hosted the grand opening of his comedy club at Las Vegas’ Linq Promenade.

Invited guests were treated to a surprise lineup at Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club, which included Sarah Silverman, Chris Tucker, Pete Holmes and Kimmel’s sister Jill. Longtime warm-up guy Don Barris opened the show, and Gina Brillon closed it.

"It's so exciting to be doing this," Kimmel said to the crowd under the marquee lighting as hundreds of fans gathered. "This is something I never imagined would happen growing up in Spring ...
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Emmys: Diy Campaigns On Shoestring Budgets Use Others’ Fyc Screeners To Draw Attention

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There are lavish Emmy campaigns with elaborate Fyc spaces, panels and food for TV Academy voters in addition to custom-made mailers. And then there are shows with little on no Emmy budgets, forcing their producers to get creative. That is the case with Comedy Central’s Corporate and the team from Funny or Die, who had a similar idea this year, using other series’ Emmy screeners to promote their shows.

Over at Funny Or Die, they used all the Fyc mailers they had received during the campaign to create Diy ads for Billy On the Street; Brockmire; Gay Of Thrones; I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman; No Activity; and American Vandal.

The folks at Comedy Central’s Corporate also thought of a way to help people rid of the ton of screeners they have piling up in their homes or offices — by setting up three pop-up recycling stations throughout Los Angeles.
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2019 Emmy Awards nominations ballot: See all 20 Variety Sketch Series contenders from ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ to ‘Who is America?’

2019 Emmy Awards nominations ballot: See all 20 Variety Sketch Series contenders from ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ to ‘Who is America?’
With the proliferation of both talk shows and sketch programs, the TV academy decided to split the variety series category at the Emmy Awards into two separate categories in 2015 to better recognize achievements in both these genres. There were 17 entries for Best Variety Sketch Series that year. This rose to 20 in 2016 before falling to 18 in 2017 and 19 last year. This year, it has moved back up to 20 such shows on the ballot. And with six series reaping bids, the odds for each entry are pretty good.

All 22,000 plus voting members of the TV academy have until June 24 to cast their ballots for their favorite variety sketch shows. In the past, voters were limited in the number of such shows that they could put forth; this year that cap (which was usually 10 per category) has been lifted. Unlike at the Oscars, voters for the Emmys do not rank their choices and nominees
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Sarah Silverman, Wayne Brady, Chris Gethard Tackle Depression in Comedy in Doc Trailer (Video)

Sarah Silverman, Wayne Brady, Chris Gethard Tackle Depression in Comedy in Doc Trailer (Video)
Comedians are often depicted in movies and TV as very depressed, unhappy people. In the trailer for the documentary “It’s Not That Funny,” Sarah Silverman is one of several comedians to share their own experience with anxiety and depression and reveal that this is a very real problem for all comics.

“All of us learn a skill set inherently as children that get us through childhood,” Silverman says in the clip. “100% of comedians become comedians because somewhere in their childhood, they needed to be funny in order to survive.”

“It’s Not That Funny” is a documentary short from Funny or Die and SoulPancake.com that presents conversations with comedians about the relationship between comedy and depression and the cost of bringing others joy. Among the famous and funny names featured in the film are Rainn Wilson, Neal Brennan, Wayne Brady, Rachel Bloom, Baron Vaughn, Chris Gethard, Rikki Lindholm and more,
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Sarah Silverman Says Comedians Use Laughter to 'Survive' in New Documentary It’s Not That Funny

Sarah Silverman Says Comedians Use Laughter to 'Survive' in New Documentary It’s Not That Funny
Being a comedian isn’t always full of fun and laughter.

In a new trailer for the upcoming documentary, It’s Not That Funny, a handful of comedians open up about struggling with mental health problems — and how they’ve used comedy as an attempt to mask their pain.

“All of us learn a skillset inherently as children that get us through childhood,” says Sarah Silverman. “100 percent of comedians become comedians because somewhere in their childhood they needed to be funny in order to survive.”

The documentary, from SoulPancake — a division of Participant Media — and Funny or Die, explores the
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Glenda Jackson’s ‘King Lear’ Ending Broadway Run On June 9

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Glenda Jackson’s ‘King Lear’ Ending Broadway Run On June 9
Many a true word hath been spoken in jest, but this is legit: Glenda Jackson’s King Lear will end its Broadway run on June 9. It originally was pegged to run through July 7.

Producer Scott Rudin announced the pending final curtain today.

Two-time Oscar winner Jackson starred as Shakespeare’s famous king of England who divides his realm among his three daughters and their spouses. She won an Olivier Award for the role when it played London’s West End in 2016, but this was an entirely new production. The Broadway cast also includes Jayne Houdyshell, Elizabeth Marvel, Aisling O’Sullivan, Pedro Pascal, John Douglas Thompson and Ruth Wilson, who is up for a Featured Actress Tony Award next month for her role as Cordelia.

In his review of the show, Deadline’s Greg Evans enthused: “So ferocious, so sinewy is [Jackson’s] take on Shakespeare’s lion in winter that those famously
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Sarah Silverman Musical ‘The Bedwetter’ Sets Off Broadway Premiere Date

Sarah Silverman Musical ‘The Bedwetter’ Sets Off Broadway Premiere Date
The musical based on Sarah Silverman’s 2010 memoir The Bedwetter will have its Off Broadway world premiere next May, the Atlantic Theater Company announced today.

Silverman herself announced the musical during the recent Tribeca Film Festival, but the premiere date had not been disclosed. The Bedwetter, with book by Silverman and Joshua Harmon, lyrics by Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and Silverman, and music by Schlesinger, will begin previews May 9, 2020, at the Atlantic’s Linda Gross Theater. Opening night is Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

Atlantic describes the musical: “Meet Sarah. She’s funny. She’s dirty. She’s 10. And she’s got a secret that you’ll never guess (unless you read the title).”

The Bedwetter was among the productions announced today for the Atlantic’s 2019-2020 season. Others include the world premiere of a new play, Sunday, by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne, and the world
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Why Sacha Baron Cohen Credits Donald Trump for ‘Who Is America?’

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Why Sacha Baron Cohen Credits Donald Trump for ‘Who Is America?’
Over the course of history, comedians have shared their take on current events with biting commentary on everything from class and gender to fashion and politics, and the current presidential administration is definitely no exception — with President Donald Trump regularly lampooned on shows like “Saturday Night Live” and by late-night TV hosts. But when does the current political climate in the United States become no laughing matter? On the red carpet at an Emmys For Your Consideration event, Variety asked “Who Is America?” star and creator Sacha Baron Cohen if there is a point when politics stops being funny.

“Yes. I think in many ways we are past that point. I think there is a danger [in not taking things seriously],” Baron Cohen replied. Though, he added, comedy “can release the pressure.”

“I think you need people to remain repulsed,” he continued. “Obviously, there are a lot of people who are supportive — but those who
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‘The Masked Singer’ Season 2 dream cast photos: Louis Tomlinson, Lindsay Lohan, The Hoff …

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‘The Masked Singer’ Season 2 dream cast photos: Louis Tomlinson, Lindsay Lohan, The Hoff …
The first season of “The Masked Singer” was a wild success, with such names as T-Pain, Donny Osmond and Gladys Knight performing while wearing extravagant costumes. With the second cycle just around the corner, it’s time for Gold Derby to make our predictions for who might be stepping onto the stage next. Below, get a sneak peek at six of our dream cast members for “The Masked Singer” Season 2 and then be sure to click through our gallery above to see all 20 photos.

Nick Cannon hosted the breakout first season, with the judging panel consisting of Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. While those episodes were all pre-taped, our hope for Season 2, due out this fall on Fox, is that the show goes live so that the at-home audience can have a say in who stays and who goes. Looking ahead to Season 3, the network has
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Lady Gaga Slams Alabama Abortion Ban: ‘This Is a Travesty’

Lady Gaga Slams Alabama Abortion Ban: ‘This Is a Travesty’
Related: How States Like Alabama Protect Rapists Over Women and Girls

Hours after the Alabama State Senate passed a measure that would ban abortion almost entirely in the state, Lady Gaga labeled the decision a “travesty” in a pointed tweet.

“It is an outrage to ban abortion in Alabama, period, and all the more heinous that it excludes those who have been raped or are experiencing incest, non-consensual or not,” she wrote. “So there’s a higher penalty for doctors who perform these operations than for most rapists? This is a travesty,
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Lunch With The Stars For The Adrienne Shelly Foundation

Dreaming of lunch with the stars? Here’s your chance.

The Asf Charitybuzz auction is an unprecedented curation of access to entertainment industry leaders, including lunches with Julianna Margulies, Paul Rudd, Sarah Silverman, Monica Lewinsky, Michelle Williams, Jon Hamm, filmmaker Ken Burns and many more.

The Adrienne Shelly Foundation is working with leading auction site for cause Charitybuzz to bring these exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to a community of high-net-worth bidders.

Asf supports the artistic achievements of female filmmakers through partnerships. Since its inception in 2007, Asf has awarded 90+ grants to talented women all over the world.

This collection of incredible celebrity lunches and other VIP experiences is up for auction until May 28th. Full details about all of the auctions and Asf can be found at charitybuzz.com/support/AdrienneShelly.

From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/19002-lunch-with-the-stars-for-the-adrienne-shelly-foundation

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Hollywood Slow To React To Georgia “Heartbeat Bill” Signing, But Some Production Companies Vow To Boycott State

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Hollywood Slow To React To Georgia “Heartbeat Bill” Signing, But Some Production Companies Vow To Boycott State
Hollywood has been slow in reacting against Georgia’s Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act, legislation known as the “heartbeat bill” that prohibits most abortions in the state once doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat.

Signed into law this week, the bill – now one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws – was earlier heavily criticized by many In Hollywood, whose interest In the state stems from the extensive film and TV industry presence thanks to Georgia’s production tax credits. Avengers: Endgame and the long-running TV series The Walking Dead are among the productions that have shot in the state.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who beat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s gubernatorial race last fall, made the bill’s passage one of his campaign promises. Like in other states that have attempted similar legislation, court challenges are expected. Barring any blocks, the law would take effect in January 2020.

Previously,
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Georgia Governor Signs Heartbeat Bill Into Law Amid Hollywood Scrutiny

Georgia Governor Signs Heartbeat Bill Into Law Amid Hollywood Scrutiny
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed into law the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act, legislation known as the “heartbeat bill” that prohibits most abortions in the state once doctors can detect a fetus’ heartbeat.

The bill, now one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws, has been criticized by abortion-rights groups as well as many in Hollywood (fetal heartbeats are detected as early as about six weeks of pregnancy). The film and TV industry utilize Georgia’s extensive production tax credits; Avengers: Endgame is among the recent pics to shoot in the state.

Kemp, who beat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s gubernatorial race last fall, made the bill’s passage one of his campaign promises. Like in other states that have attempted similar legislation, court challenges are expected.

Several Hollywood entities weighed in on the bill as it wound its way through the Georgia Legislature, including Alyssa Milano
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Sarah Silverman, John Mulaney Talk Environmental Protection and Comedic Exhaustion of Trump

Sarah Silverman, John Mulaney Talk Environmental Protection and Comedic Exhaustion of Trump
Comedians Tiffany Haddish, John Mulaney, Sarah Silverman, John Oliver, Hasan Minhaj and Mike Birbiglia shared the stage in support of environmental protection as part of the Natural Resources Defense Council's third annual "Night of Comedy" benefit, which took place Tuesday at the New York Historical Society.

Held in partnership with Discovery and hosted by Seth Meyers, the benefit raised more than $1.7 million for the Nrdc. While environmental protection and politics underscored the evening's purpose and messages, Nrdc president Rhea Suh described the event as "a chance to take an evening off and have a ...
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Sarah Silverman Says Comedy Is ‘Not Evergreen’: ‘I Have Done Things in Comedy I Wouldn’t Do Today’

Sarah Silverman Says Comedy Is ‘Not Evergreen’: ‘I Have Done Things in Comedy I Wouldn’t Do Today’
It’s only fitting that a conversation between two comedians — in this case, Sarah Silverman and Mike Birbiglia, who hit the stage together on Monday night for a Tribeca Film Festival chat — would be filled with plenty of laughs. But both Silverman and Birbiglia were also willing to delve into some tougher questions during the hour-long discussion at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, with Silverman gamely admitting that she’s got a few regrets when it comes to her earlier work.

Ever-honest, Silverman is hopeful that her continued work on growing and changing will help others recognize that moving beyond outdated modes of thinking shouldn’t be scary, and it is possible to rethink old mistakes in new ways. In short, no, some of the old jokes don’t work, but that doesn’t mean anyone should give up on the people who told them in the past, including Silverman herself.
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Sarah Silverman Musical Based On Stand Up’s Memoir ‘The Bedwetter’ To Open Within Year – Tribeca

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Sarah Silverman Musical Based On Stand Up’s Memoir ‘The Bedwetter’ To Open Within Year – Tribeca
At a Tribeca Talks tonight with fellow stand-up comedian and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia, Sarah Silverman mentioned that the musical based on her 2010 memoir The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee will premiere within the next year Off Broadway at The Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City.

“It’s a musical. I’m not in it,” said Silverman who described the theme: “it’s the year I’m 10 (years of age).” One song will be entitled “Cursed from the Start.” Silverman has been working on the musical for some time. She first mentioned on the Howard Stern show back in September 2014 and has been working with Cry Baby composer Adam Schlesinger since that time on the stage show. At that time, Schlesinger had written five songs. The Bedwetter follows Silverman’s childhood in New Hampshire –she was a bedwetter until she was 16 to her boom as a comedian and beyond.
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Tiffany Haddish Gets Emotional Recalling Her Homeless Past: 'I Am So Happy We Have Come This Far'

Tiffany Haddish Gets Emotional Recalling Her Homeless Past: 'I Am So Happy We Have Come This Far'
Tiffany Haddish is opening up about her homeless past.

In an emotional Instagram post on Friday, the 39-year-old actress shared a throwback photo of herself performing at a stand-up comedy gig wearing a blue headband and matching tank top.

“I look at this picture and want to cry tears of joy for this Girl,” she wrote. “I remember that night. She was homeless, hungry, scared, and hurt. I promised her if she kept faith in God and Herself, We will get to a place where we will be Housed, Over Fed, Less Hurt and Fear Free.”

The Girls Trip actress
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Comedy Store Documentary Series Set At Showtime, Ladies & Germs; Mike Binder Directs

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Coming to the stage next: a Showtime documentary series about the legendary Comedy Store. Mike Binder will direct the four-part project that’s eyed for 2020.

The untitled series from Showtime Documentary Films brings to life the legends, heartbreak and history created at the Comedy Store. As a Comedy Store alum, former stand-up comic Binder spotlights one of pop culture’s great laboratories with never-before-seen footage and incisive, emotional interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy.

Founded by Sammy Shore, Mitzi Shore and Rudy DeLuca in 1972, the iconic West Hollywood club has launched the careers of countless comics. A mere sampling Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Sam Kinison, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings, Iliza Shlesinger, Paul Rodriguez, David Spade, Bob Saget, Howie Mandel, Joe Rogan, Chris D’Elia, Tom Dreesen and Jimmie Walker.

“The Comedy Store is
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