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Amy Schumer’s HBO Standup Special at the Apollo Gets Raunchy First Teaser

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick August 10, 2015 @ 4:14 PM
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The year of Amy Schumer has taken us Inside Comedy Central, straight through a Trainwreck, and may peak on October 17 with the arrival of the revered comedian’s first HBO special, Amy Schumer Live at the Apollo. The first teaser for the new special has arrived, previewing the one thing Schumer has yet to do, which probably isn’t so dirty as you might be thinking.

Amy Schumer’s HBO Special Gets a Fall Premiere Date

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by Britt Hayes July 30, 2015 @ 6:11 PM
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Between the brilliance of Inside Amy Schumer and the relatable hilarity of Trainwreck (you could swap adjectives to describe both, really), Amy Schumer is on top of the world. Her recent GQ Star Wars photo shoot only further cemented her status as an icon, and Schumer will soon follow in the footsteps of her fellow comedic icons with her own HBO special — which now has its very own premiere date.

Chris Rock Almost Took Over ‘The Daily Show,’ and Amy Poehler Gave ‘The Quickest No in History’

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick June 18, 2015 @ 7:34 PM
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We don’t yet have a clear sense of what The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will look like, and while we’ve heard a few big names suggested prior, our future Daily Show almost looked very different. Not only did the inimitable Amy Poehler (briefly) consider an offer to host, but so too did Chris Rock apparently mull over taking the chair for a time.

Bill Murray’s ‘Very Murray Christmas’ Special Heads to Netflix Full of Stars

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick May 22, 2015 @ 8:49 AM
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Granted, it’s May, but when have you ever known Bill Murray to pop up when expected? The revered and eccentric comedian has finally locked down his long-discussed Christmas special with Sofia Coppola sending holiday cheer to Netflix this December with A Very Murray Christmas.

‘Empire’ Season 2 Expands Episode Order, Ne-Yo to Write Music

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick May 11, 2015 @ 12:08 PM
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Considering how big FOX’s Empire surprisingly expanded over the first season, the hip-hop drama’s Season 2 swell is anything but unexpected. FOX has officially confirmed that Empire Season 2 will expand its run of episodes from the first year, also adding a new musical voice to the soundtrack behind the scenes.

Amy Schumer Headlining HBO Comedy Special Directed by Chris Rock

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by Britt Hayes May 7, 2015 @ 5:55 PM
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Amy Schumer is one of the smartest, funniest and most exceptional voices in comedy right now. Thanks to her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer and her upcoming film Trainwreck (directed by comedy king Judd Apatow), Schumer is off the charts right now — and when you’re that much of a big deal in comedy, an HBO special is inevitable. Schumer is set to headline her very first comedy special for HBO, and she’s landed someone to direct who’s more than a little familiar with the network.

‘Live From New York!’ Trailer: SNL Documentary Honors an American Institution

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by Britt Hayes April 9, 2015 @ 5:53 PM
Unlike James Franco’s Saturday Night, which took viewers behind the scenes of the making of just one episode of SNL, Live From New York! presents an audio-visual history of the whole series. With the help of lots of familiar faces, including those who have hosted the show throughout its run, the new documentary traces the existence of SNL from its early days to now. The first trailer for Live From New York! is here, giving you a little taste of what the doc has in store.

SNL 40 Monologue: Steve Martin, Tom Hanks and Everyone Else You Love Stops By

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by Jacob Hall February 15, 2015 @ 8:16 PM
We knew going in that the SNL 40th anniversary special would be chock-full of just about every famous person who has ever walked within spitting distance of 30 Rockefeller Plaza and the opening monologue was quick to make use of this genuinely insane temporary cast of stars. Things got started on the right foot when the always-welcome Steve Martin took the stage ... but then he was joined by Tom Hanks. And then things got really crazy.

‘SNL’ 40th Anniversary Special Confirms More Stars Than Possibly Fit in Headline [Updated]

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick February 1, 2015 @ 11:16 PM
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Merciful Zeus, if you thought Eddie Murphy returning to ‘SNL’ after 31 years for the 40th anniversary special on February 15 was big enough, wait until you get a load of the full roster. Rivaling turnout for the Emmys and Oscars combined, the upcoming ‘SNL’ reunion will feature everyone from legendary alumni like Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Chevy Chase, to favorite hosts like Alec Baldwin, and even Taylor Swift, why not!

‘Top Five’ Review: The First Great Chris Rock Movie

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by Matt Singer December 12, 2014 @ 10:29 AM
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Chris Rock has made movies before, but ‘Top Five’ is the first great “Chris Rock movie,” the one that feels like the product of the best and most important stand-up comic of his generation. ‘Top Five’ is infused from top to bottom with Rock’s voice, his humor, and also his love of movies. Rock, a self-avowed cinephile, has borrowed liberally from some of his favorite films (including Richard Linklater’s ‘Before Sunset,’ Preston Sturges’ ‘Sullivans Travels,’ and Woody Allen’s ‘Stardust Memories’) in creating the story of a disillusioned stand-up comic turned sellout movie star on the cusp of becoming a “serious” actor. The way Rock digests his inspirations, filters them through his own unique perspective, and spits them back out on the screen as something wholly his own recalls the way Quentin Tarantino turns exploitation obscurities into prestigious arthouse fare.