Tag: comedy

#BlackAF Is Getting Blacker AF With Season 2 Renewal at Netflix

#blackAF (2020)Photo: Gabriel Delerme (Netflix) What’s Blacker than Black AF? I guess we’ll find out because Kenya Barris’ Netflix comedy #BlackAF has been renewed for Season 2. Advertisement In case you’ve been living under a rock with no social media connections, Netflix breaks down the show: From Kenya Barris, the Emmy nominated creator of black-ish, […]

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Jimmy Kimmel Comes Under Fire for Unearthed Blackface Skit and N-Word Usage

Photo: Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images) Jimmy Kimmel has had a really interesting week, and it’s only Tuesday. The late-night talk show host announced Thursday that he will take a leave of absence from his ABC show starting in July in order to spend time with his family. While he’s on hiatus, different guests will rotate and […]

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Dave Chappelle Discusses Police Brutality, Candace Owens and More in Netflix Special 8:46

Netflix released a new Dave Chappelle comedy special titled ‘8:46,’ named in response to the death of George Floyd.Screenshot: Netflix (YouTube) Dave Chappelle discusses the national protests stemming from George Floyd’s death and a slew of other topics in a new Netflix comedy special titled 8:46, which was uploaded to YouTube for free on Thursday […]

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Dave Chappelle Quietly Dropped A Special On Netflix’s YouTube Titled ‘8:46’ That Focuses On Police Brutality

The murmurs started earlier in the week. Dave Chappelle was hosting impromptu comedy sets in Ohio. The performances, held in an outdoor theater, were said to be loose, follow social distancing protocols, and vaguely resemble the variety show format of Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. Thursday night, one of Chappelle’s sets from these shows was quietly […]

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Dave Chappelle Quietly Dropped A Special On Netflix’s YouTube Titled ‘8:46’ That Focuses On Police Brutality

The murmurs started earlier in the week. Dave Chappelle was hosting impromptu comedy sets in Ohio. The performances, held in an outdoor theater, were said to be loose, follow social distancing protocols, and vaguely resemble the variety show format of Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. Thursday night, one of Chappelle’s sets from these shows was quietly […]

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Momma, What Happens When You Make It? Yvonne Orji on Her Comedy Special and Friendships After Success

Yvonne Orji in Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It! (2020)Photo: Courtesy of HBO Yvonne Orji is not Molly, y’all. She just plays her on TV (on HBO’s Insecure, in fact). But, there’s a part of her that can relate to Molly and Issa Dee’s devolving friendship. Advertisement Writer’s Note: There are spoilers from Insecure Ep. […]

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Black Second City Alumni Demand Racism and Sexual Misconduct Investigation Within Comedy Industry

Chris Redd, left, on November 21, 2019, in New York City; Amber Ruffin, center, on February 28, 2020, in New York City; Sam Richardson, right, on July 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. Photo: Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images), Jason Mendez (Getty Images for The Town Hall), Rodin Eckenroth (Getty Images) As we watch the imploding of […]

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Does the Most Insecure President Ever Watch Insecure?

U.S. President Donald Trump shushes journalists before signing the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act June 05, 2020 in Washington, DC. ; Issa Rae in Ep. 409 of Insecure, “Lowkey Trying”Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images), Merie W. Wallace (HBO) Before I became an entertainment writer at The Root, I wrote general news for another publication. Writing […]

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First Look: Sherman’s Showcase Is Bringing Black History Month to June and Adding Kente Cloth to Everything

Sherman’s Showcase “Black History Month Spectacular” (2020)Screenshot: IFC (YouTube ) You thought Black History Month ended in February? Well, Sherman’s Showcase has some news for you. Advertisement The comedy sketch series will be bringing that same Black History Month energy to June with its special, “Black History Month Spectacular,” debuting on Juneteenth, of course. “Sherman’s […]

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Living Single’s Erika Alexander Reveals She Almost Wasn’t Cast in Role of ‘Maxine’

Photo: Lars Niki (Getty Images) “Maxine Shaw, Attorney-at-Law” is one of the beloved main characters from the hit ‘90s sitcom Living Single, as portrayed by Erika Alexander. The show would be entirely different without Max’s playful energy, and a new Facebook video interview with Alexander reveals that at one point, she wasn’t sure if the […]

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The Very-Weird, Often-Funny ‘Have A Good Trip’ Is Another Sign We’re Entering A New Psychedelic Era

The new documentary Have a Good Trip arrives on Netflix at an interesting nexus point in history. People are quarantined, creating a captive audience for streaming; the culture wars are ongoing but also sort of jumbled — with “plandemic” conspiracy theorists on both the liberal and conservative ends of the spectrum; and psychedelics (the topic […]

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Jerry Stiller, ‘Seinfeld’ Actor And Comedy Legend, Has Passed Away At The Age Of 92

Jerry Stiller, beloved Seinfeld actor and father to Ben Stiller, has died from natural causes at the age of 92. The news arrived through a tweet from Ben, who paid tribute to the veteran comic as “a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years.” Ben added, “He […]

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Club Owners Have No Idea What the Future of Live Comedy Will Look Like

The business of comedy clubs is a perfect combination of activities unthinkable during a pandemic: packing into tight, cramped spaces; enjoying dine-in food and drink services, and laughing while doing these things. In the past, a patron’s spit-take would be seen as a commendation; in the future, it might be seen as a biological attack. […]

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Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and More Slated to Perform During Feeding America’s Livestream Comedy Festival

Photo: Frazer Harrison (Getty Images), Matt Winkelmeyer (Getty Images) Laughter is some of the best medicine during trying times such as this, which is why some of the biggest names in comedy are coming together for a great cause. Advertisement Standup and sketch comedy stars like Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Marlon […]

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First Look Clip: A #BlackAF Dinner With a Side of White Gaze

Rashida Jones (l) and Kenya Barris (r) in #BlackAFScreenshot: Netflix Kenya Barris is Black-ish no more; now, he’s #BlackAF. Netflix breaks it down: Loosely inspired by Barris’ irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture, #blackAF flips the script on what we’ve come to expect a family comedy series to be. […]

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Per Usual, Black Women Tried to Tell Y’all: A Black Lady Sketch Show’s Apocalypse Sketch Was Ahead of Its Time

A Black Lady Sketch Show (2019)Photo: Courtesy of HBO Somewhere lying on a couch awaiting a kid to come hand her the remote that’s only a few inches away from her is a black woman twisting her face in an incredulous smirk because she knew this was coming—and she tried to tell y’all. Advertisement That […]

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Maria Bamford Was Doing Socially Distant Comedy Before Coronavirus

Maria Bamford’s normal voice sounds like what many of our inside, quarantined voices probably sound like: slightly erratic, grumpy at times, and then suddenly arguing with other people who aren’t actually there, playing both roles in the debate. She’s a fitting comedic narrator for our shut-in times. The 49 year-old’s comedy brain and style is […]

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T.C. Carlson Reveals He Was Fired From Living Single, Says He Served as Spokesperson When Cast Felt Disrespected

Terrence ‘T.C.’ Carson attends “Little” Atlanta red carpet screening on April 04, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia.Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images for Universal) This year will mark 27 years since the first episode of Living Single aired in August 1993. The popular comedy series starring Queen Latifah, Kim Fields, Erika Alexander and Kim Coles has ranked […]

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Middleditch And Schwartz Announce A Trio Of Netflix Specials Coming Your Way Soon

With demand for streaming content (and escapism) at an all time high, the comedy team Middleditch & Schwartz have announced that they’re dropping not one, but three improv comedy specials on Netflix in April. The duo, which is comprised of Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch and Sonic the Hedgehog voice actor Ben Schwartz, was originally […]

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Paul Scheer Was Too Good to Get Killed Off in ‘Black Monday’

On March 15, Showtime’s Black Monday returned to television in a two-episode premiere of its second season. The first season, starring Don Cheadle and Regina King, concluded with the 1987 stock market crash, which unfortunately feels hyper-relevant given the real-world market’s current reaction to the Coronavirus. “If you’re asking me, did Showtime make the stock […]

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Deon Cole Discusses ‘Self-Hate’ Over Some Damn Pants; Wishes Major Awards Shows Would Implement a Category for Standup

Deon Cole attends the 51st NAACP Image Awards, Presented by BET on February 22, 2020, in Pasadena, California. Photo: Leon Bennett (Getty Images for BET) Deon Cole just wanted to wear some damn bell-bottoms, y’all. The comedian and co-star of Black-ish and Grown-ish recently found himself in a tizzy after he rolled up to the […]

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CancelCon: Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx to Headline Netflix Is A Joke Fest

(L-R): Dave Chappelle arrives for the Mark Twain Award for American Humor on October 27, 2019 in Washington, D.C. ; Kevin Hart arrives for the World Premiere of “Jumanji: The Next Level” in Hollywood on December 9, 2019. ; Martin Lawrence attends ‘Bad Boys For Life’ photocall on January 08, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. ; […]

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Comedian Jesus Trejo On How Tacos And Comedy Merge On His Show ‘Tacos Con Todo’

Tacos are a cultural touchstone in this country. From Texas to New Mexico to Southern California — everyone loves them, everyone has their favorite styles, and everyone thinks their way is best. SoCal, especially the Los Angeles area, is also the epicenter for comedy in the U.S. right now. Stand up, improv, sitcoms, podcasts, and […]

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Bigger Is Better With a Season 2 Pickup, and You Should Be Watching It On BET+

Bigger (2019)Photo: Courtesy of BET You know that moment when you walk out of an experience and realize you’re still smiling much, much later? That’s the effect Bigger had on me. What is Bigger? BET can answer that, via their official press release: Season one of Bigger follows Layne, a single-black-woman and her close-knit group […]

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White House Correspondents’ Dinner Taps Kenan Thompson to Bring Back the Funny

Photo: Ilya S. Savenok (Getty Images for The New Yorker) Nearly two years removed from the spectacle that was the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the annual gala will return to its comedic roots. The Hill reports that Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson will host its 2020 dinner on April 25. And because you […]

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Kobe’s Death Is the One Thing You Can’t Joke About, According to Comedians

The most recent iteration of the joke plus controversy plus Notes apology equation comes from comedian Ari Shaffir, who recorded an Instagram video jubilantly remarking on the death of Kobe Bryant on January 26, the day that Bryant died along with eight other passengers, including his 13 year-old daughter, in a helicopter crash in Los […]

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