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Rory McIlroy -- Can't Name The Beatles ... 'I Wanna Say George Lucas?'

  • TMZ
A former Comedy Central star is Blasting Rory McIlroy ... after the golfer said he thought George Lucas was one of the members of the Beatles. Seriously. It all went down last night ... McIlroy -- along with a bunch of other golfers including Bubba Watson -- did a segment for Espn and were asked to name all 4 of the boys from Liverpool. Rory's answer ... "I wanna say George Lucas."Nope. Still, closer than Bubba Watson ... who answered,
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Should Norm MacDonald Replace Craig Ferguson?

  • Hitfix
Should Norm MacDonald Replace Craig Ferguson?
In a new feature at Vulture, David Spade interviewed his old friend Norm MacDonald, and they bandied urgent issues like the demise of "Joe Dirt 2." (This actually upset me.) They also discussed Craig Ferguson's departure from "The Late Late Show" and how they both, at one point, turned down major talk show hosting gigs. Then Spade asked the hard question: Would you consider hosting The Late Late Show, the one that Craig Ferguson just stepped down from? That’s a good question. I don’t know. I think a talk show is tough. I don’t know if I could get it as a white, male host. I think I’m just too much of the same shit, you know? Chelsea [Handler] has a better chance. No, I think you have the quickest wit I’ve ever met, so I think you’d be just fine. Just as fine as Letterman.
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Comedy Central's Kent Alterman on Leno, Rape Jokes and a Jon Stewart-Free 'Daily Show' (Q&A)

This story first appeared in the May 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Spend time with Kent Alterman, and one can forget that he is not a comedian who appears on Comedy Central shows but rather the executive who programs them. And in a bid to stay at once competitive and differentiated in an increasingly fractured comedy landscape -- on TV and online -- Alterman, 56, is lining his male-skewing network with significantly more originals than ever before, including new offerings from Anthony Jeselnik (The Jeselnik Offensive), Nathan Fielder (Nathan for You), Ben Hoffman (The Ben Show) and Amy Schumer (Inside

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Ben Hoffman and Nathan Fielder on How to Do Cringe TV Without Getting Punched

  • Vulture
Ben Hoffman and Nathan Fielder on How to Do Cringe TV Without Getting Punched
It’s a damn near-miracle that Ben Hoffman and Nathan Fielder, hosts of the back-to-back Comedy Central shows The Ben Show and Nathan for You (which air Thursday nights starting at 10 p.m.), have never been punched in the face. Though their concepts are different — The Ben Show is a mix of sketches, interviews, and Skypes with Ben’s dad around a different theme, while Nathan for You is a mock business makeover show — both rely on disorienting and straight-faced on-camera interactions with real people that veer to the outrageous, scatalogical, and politically incorrect. They are like more deadpan Tom Greens, and that can make for hilariously cringe-y experiences as you wonder why their subjects never once ripped their mikes off and fled from the cameras.Both share the Daily Show approach of asking absurd questions in a traditional man-on-the-street or sit-down-interview format, and seeing how people’s desire to
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Comedy Central tonight: Workaholics, Ben Show, Walsh Brothers (Videos)

Tune in tonight on Comedy Central: The Season Finale of "Workaholics" and a Sneak Peek of "The Ben Show with Ben Hoffman." Tonight on the season finale of .Workaholics. at 10:00 p.m. Et/Pt, Alice introduces an automated calling system and Blake imagines a future where the machines have taken over. Trailer - The Future is Gnar Comedy Central In the year 2014, telemarketing as we know it comes to a horrific end. Following .Workaholics. is a sneak peek of .The Ben Show with Ben Hoffman. where .Ben Has a Blind Date;. we hear from the .The Retweeter;. listen to more .YoBitchuaries. and songs from the .Barbershop Quartet;. plus Norm Macdonald makes a return appearance. Comedy Central Cc:studios Presents
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Catching Up With Ben Hoffman of The Ben Show

Ben Hoffman is just another nice little Jewish boy from rural Kentucky with a Comedy Central show. After some stints as a writer (notably on Comedy Central’s Sports Show with Norm McDonald), he scored his own show The Ben Show, which premiered last weekend on the network. He sat down with us this week to talk about both shows, as well as Swamp People, The Big Lebowski, and why he’s a big fan of documentary film. You can catch The Ben Show Thursdays at 10:00 Pm on Comedy Central....
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Premiering Tonight: The Hilariously Raw 'Nathan For You' & 'The Ben Show'

  • TVology
Comedy Central's foray into producing shows that are actually awesome started with a trio of Workaholics and hasn't looked back. Personal disclosure: though the Workaholics pilot was one of the funniest things I had ever seen (back in 2010), I was wholly unsure that it'd actually catch on with viewers, added to the fact that the network was in the middle of a complete reinvention. Three seasons later (and a fourth on the way), Workaholics has led the way for a group of other pleasant surprises, like Key and Peele and latest success The Kroll Show.

Tonight, Comedy Central premieres two new expermients, but unlike their counterparts, The Ben Show and Nathan For You find the funny with an impressively raw honesty. Ben Hoffman channels his humor through awkward ambition and self-insulting, while Nathan Fielder heads around the country consulting companies on how to improve themselves, with hilarious ideas that
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New Shows Preview: The Ben Show & Nathan For You

Premiering Thursday night on Comedy Central are two new offerings featuring experienced comedians and new concepts. At 10pm is The Ben Show, with Ben Hoffman, followed by Nathan For You, with business expert Nathan Fiedler at 10:30pm. Take a look below at what to expect from the shows and their series premieres on February 28th. Ben Hoffman, who you may know from his guest appearances on Arrested Development and New Girl, has worked with Comedy Central before as a writer and correspondent for Sports Show with Norm Macdonald. Now, Ben steps in front of the camera to weave together a series of man-on-the-street segments and taped sketches with an underlining  [ Read More ]

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Comedy Central Launches Digital Production Unit Cc Studios

  • The Wrap
Comedy Central on Thursday officially launched Cc Studios, a production unit to develop web series, the network told TheWrap. Headed by Allison Kingsley, Comedy Central's new vice president of digital development, the web branch debuts with a selection of digital short series created while it was still in beta. One, "Couched," has comedian Ben Hoffman spending a weekend hanging out in a house full of college guys. "Bro-Dependent," created by Groundlings comics H. Michael Croner and Greg Worswick, takes on two goofy best friends. Forthcoming is a still-untitled sort-of morning show for sports,
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Comedy Central Announces Its Mid-Season Schedule

Comedy Central is going to be busy in 2013. The network announced yesterday twelve premiere dates for the first few months of the new year. The Burn with Jeff Ross, Workaholics, and Tosh.0 all return for brand-new seasons, and there are plenty of fresh original series to keep them company, with familiar faces hosting the network’s mostly unscripted offerings. Nick Kroll (The League) will host a new sketch series called Kroll Show, beginning in January. Esteemed roaster Anthony Jeselnik will spotlight “Train Wreck” news in The Jeselnik Offensive, premiering in February. Ben Hoffman will appear in a blend of sketch comedy and man-on-the-street interviews in The Ben Show, and business [ Read More ]

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TVLine Items: Watch Two New Walking Dead Promos, Svu Vet Joins 30 Rock Finale and More!

TVLine Items: Watch Two New Walking Dead Promos, Svu Vet Joins 30 Rock Finale and More!
Nearly two whole months remain between now and the return of the The Walking Dead, but fret not, because we have some spoilery treats to help tide you over.

First up is a sneak peek from the forthcoming premiere (airing in February), which seems to pick up where the Season 3 midseason finale left off: with doomed brothers Daryl and Merle in the middle of an angry mob. But will Woodbury’s newest inhabitant Andrea intervene? You’ll have to press Play to find out.

Related | Walking Dead Finale Post Mortem: Robert Kirkman Talks [Spoiler]‘s Return, Defends Andrea

We’ve
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Comedy Central Announces 2013 Premieres, Including Nick Kroll Series

Comedy Central on Tuesday announced its midseason schedule, including new offerings from Nick Kroll, Ben Hoffman and Roast comics Anthony Jeselnik and Amy Schumer. Kroll, who appears on FX's The League, will debut his sketch comedy series Kroll Show at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Jeselnik’s topical series The Jeselnik Offensive premieres at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, featuring the comedian’s “razor-sharp” take on each week’s “train wreck” news. Hoffman’s sketch/man-on-the-street hybrid The Ben Show debuts at 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, followed by Nathan Fielder's docu-reality series Nathan for You at 10:30

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Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer, Nick Kroll Shows Get Comedy Central Premiere Dates

  • The Wrap
Comedy Central has set premiere dates for new series starring comedians Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer, Nick Kroll, Ben Hoffman and Nathan Fielder. The biting Jeselnik and Schumer are familiar to fans of Comedy Centrals celebrity roasts: They reliably deliver some of the most scathing and best-assembled insults. Nick Kroll stars on FX's "The League." And Hoffman and Fielder will both lure unassuming, regular people into their shows, airing together on Thursdays. Comedy Central made the announcements as it released its midseason schedule Tuesday. The sketch series "Kroll Show" premieres Wednesday, Jan. 16 at
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'Mad Men' and 'Sex and the City' go big in Japan with Hulu

-- Hulu has struck deals with HBO and AMC to license content for "Sex and the City," "Mad Men," "The Sopranos," "Entourage" and "Band of Brothers." According to the streaming service, there are more than 29 million Hulu-enabled devices in the Japanese market. With the first three seasons of "Mad Men" already available to subscribers, how will it take for the retro fashion frenzy to hit Tokyo? [Variety]

-- "Burn Notice's" Michael Westen (the newly engaged Jeffrey Donovan) is about to face off against an especially nasty baddie of the week: "CSI" and "The Event" alum José Zúñiga has been cast as a "sadistic" cocaine smuggler in this season's 11th episode. We have a feeling Michael Westen will be the one bringing the pain in the end. [TVLine]

-- Erinn Hayes ("Childrens Hospital") is replacing Sara Rue as a regular castmember of NBC's upcoming "Guys With Kids." Rue played the character of
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TVLine Items: Lost Boss' Next Project Revealed, New NBC Comedy Adds Erinn Hayes and More!

TVLine Items: Lost Boss' Next Project Revealed, New NBC Comedy Adds Erinn Hayes and More!
Praise the Man In Black, Jacob and, heck, even Sawyer’s luscious locks! Damon Lindelof is officially putting to good use his new three-year deal with Warner Bros. TV and (finally) returning to television.

The former Lost boss is HBO-bound to develop The Leftovers, Deadline reports, a new drama based on the 2011 novel by the same name. The project centers on a post-Rapture world and the people coping with having been left behind.

Lindelof will co-write and executive-produce the pilot with Leftovers author Tom Perrotta, and will also act as showrunner should HBO move forward with the series.

Ready for
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Comics Amy Schumer, Anthony Jeselnik, Ben Hoffman land shows on Comedy Central

See, pitching in on those awkward Comedy Central celebrity roasts does help your career. Comedians Amy Schumer, Anthony Jeselnik and Ben Hoffman have all landed series on the cable network that will debut next year.

Details about the shows are pretty scarce. Jeselnik will star in an untitled weekly topical series. Schumer will star in an untitled sketch series that will feature “single-camera vignettes centered around a theme with Schumer playing heightened versions of herself.” Hoffman’s project has the most detail. His The Ben Show is a sketch/man-on-the-street hybrid where each week he’ll take “the viewers on a different life journey,
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Comedy Central Orders Series With Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer And Ben Hoffman

Exclusive: Comedy Central has ordered new series starring comedians Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer and Ben Hoffman for a 2013 launch. Jeselnik’s show is a weekly, topical series reflecting his dark and twisted point-of-view, Schumer will topline a sketch series, and Hoffman will star in a sketch/man-on-the-street hybrid. “These three shows have one thing in common, and I dare viewers to watch every single episode to find out what it is,” said Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s Head of Original Programming and Production. The untitled Anthony Jeselnik series is written and executive produced by Jeselnik and head writer Tom Johnson. Showrunner Krysia Plonka and Mosaic’s Christie Smith are also executive producers. Jeselnik is probably best known for his appearances on Comedy Central’s roasts of Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump. Jeselnik, who recently taped a one-hour stand-up special for Comedy Central, Anthony Jeselnik: Caligula, had this response to
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Comedy Central Picks Up Three New Series Starring Standups for 2013

  • Backstage
Comedy Central has picked up three new shows to add to its schedule in 2013, the network announced today. Rising comedians Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer, and Ben Hoffman will each star in and executive produce their own series."These three shows have one thing in common, and I dare viewers to watch every single episode to find out what it is," Ken Alterman. Comedy Central's Head of Original Programming and Production, said in a statement.Jeselnik's untitled weekly show is described as a "topical series filtered through the dark and twisted mind" of the comic, who is known for finding the funny in taboo, often offensive subjects and was described by the The A.V. Club as "the Satanic prince of standup." In response to the news of his series being picked up for next year, Jeselnik said, "Money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money."Jeselnik is a former "Late Show.
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George Clooney's fundraiser for President Obama a rousing success

  • Pop2it
The fundraiser for President Obama hosted at George Clooney's Hollywood-area mansion appears to have gone off without a hitch (pictured above is the Presidential SUV parked in front of Clooney's Tudor-style home, in case you've always wanted to know what kind of house George Clooney lives in).

The New York Times reports that among the celebrities in attendance were filmmaker Jeffrey Katezenberg (who helped organize the fundraiser), Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Barbra Streisand and her husband James Brolin, Salma Hayek, Tobey Maguire and designers Diane Von Furstenberg and Trina Turk, in addition to Clooney and girlfriend Stacy Keibler, of course.

The total raised was nearly $15 million for the $40,000-a-plate dinner, about half of which came from the celebrity donors and the rest from the campaign sweepstakes held online for small contributions, which chose two donors at random to attend the event.

President Obama made a veiled reference to
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AfterElton Briefs: Bryan Safi Plays Wingman, Barbra Clarifies, Kathy Griffin on the Red Carpet, and More!

Pauley Perrette and Neil Patrick Harris backstage at The Grammy Awards.

Here's a sad and eye-opening article about a Shanghai fake-marriage market in which gay men and lesbians choose opposite sex partners to marry in order to placate their families. Barbra Streisand wants to, um, clarify her remarks about not wanting to appear on Glee: "When asked if I would ever appear on Glee, I should have said, ‘You never know.’ It was wrong to say, ‘Not if I can help it.’ What I meant was that I’ve been overwhelmed preparing for my performance on MusiCares, the Grammys, recording a new album, and starting a new movie. So I couldn’t take on any more work, and besides that, I wasn’t asked.” Below you can see Bryan Safi play wingman for his Infomania co-hort Ben Hoffman. Ben thinks the best way to pick up straight chicks is
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