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Netflix’s New Season of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee To Launch July 6

Netflix’s New Season of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee to Launch July 6.

Jerry Seinfeld’s roving talk show combines coffee, laughs, and vintage cars into quirky, caffeine-filled adventures with the sharpest minds in comedy. The series returns to Netflix for an all-new season on July 6th.

Guests include: the late Jerry Lewis, Kate McKinnon, Ellen DeGeneres, Hasan Minhaj, Dana Carvey, Neil Brennan, Tracy Morgan, Brian Regan, Alec Baldwin, Zach Galifinakis, John Mulaney, and Dave Chappelle.

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Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest of Your Life 

Longtime pals and showbiz icons Steve Martin and Martin Short share countless quips, catchy tunes and hilarious stories about their lives in comedy in their upcoming comedy special, Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest of Your Life.

Watch the premiere on May 25 on Netflix.

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Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up Trailer

You know him, you love him, and you’ve never seen him like this before. Never Don’t Give Up, a brand new Netflix Comedy special from Kevin James, premieres on April 24. 

Kevin James makes his long-awaited return to stand-up in this family-friendly special, dishing on fatherhood, fans, his disdain for allergies and more.

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Martin Scorsese Bringing SCTV Comedy Special To Netflix

Netflix has announced that Academy Award-winning director, producer, and screenwriter Martin Scorsese (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street) will direct an untitled Netflix original comedy special exploring the enduring legacy of Emmy-winning sketch comedy show SCTV.

Scorsese will reunite comedy legends and former co-stars Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, and Dave Thomas in front of a live audience for An Afternoon with SCTV, moderated by Jimmy Kimmel. This special will be held at Toronto’s historic Elgin Theatre on Sunday, May 13 at 3 pm. The filming will be part of the Netflix special, which is produced by longtime SCTV producer Andrew Alexander of Second City, Emma Tillinger Koskoff of Sikelia Productions, and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions.

SCTV (Second City Television) was a Canadian classic sketch comedy show that aired for six seasons between 1976 and 1984. It was created as an offshoot of Toronto’s Second City troupe and it quickly became one of pop culture’s touchstone comedies. The series’ stars include some of the most beloved and celebrated names in laughter, including the late John Candy and Harold Ramis.

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Showtime Presents Kevin Smith: Silent, But Deadly On May 11, 2018

On February 25, veteran comic Kevin Smith took the stage at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA to perform the first of two planned stand-up shows. But right after the first show ended, he suffered a near-fatal heart attack. Smith cheated death, and so the special shot that fateful evening, Kevin Smith: Silent, But Deadly, will make its world premiere Friday, May 11 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

In this hilarious set, Smith riffs on marriage, fatherhood, friends and his work (or lack thereof). Though unaware of Smith’s condition then, both he and the audience would later learn that Smith had suffered a massive heart attack caused by a 100 percent blockage of the artery known as “the widow-maker.” Lucky and happy to be alive, the award-winning comedian/filmmaker/writer/actor/podcaster now brings this death-defying special to his multitude of fans.

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The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

When Garry Shandling passed away in 2016, he was widely remembered as a top stand-up comic and the star of two of the most innovative sitcoms in TV history. But to those who knew him, the “real” Garry Shandling was a far more complex person. Now, Judd Apatow has created a remarkable portrait of this iconic comedian in the four-and-a-half-hour documentary The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.

Epic in scope and intimate in detail, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling features conversations with more than 40 of Shandling’s family and friends, including James L. Brooks, Jim Carrey, Sacha Baron Cohen, David Coulier, Jon Favreau, Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon, Conan O’Brien, Bob Saget, Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman, and four decades’ worth of TV appearances, along with personal journals, private letters and candid home audio and video footage that reveal his brilliant mind and restless soul.

“Give what you didn’t get,” wrote Shandling in a journal late in his life, the mantra of a self-proclaimed “spiritual warrior” still challenging himself to transcend his own insecurities, despite achieving so much in the face of loss, betrayal and tragic twists of fate. From childhood tragedy to heartbreak, professional betrayal and unexpected physical trauma, to his emergence as a powerful teacher, friend and guiding spirit for a new generation of talent, Apatow’s documentary not only chronicles one man’s ability to survive the ups and downs of a life in show business, but also offers a profound investigation into the power of comedy to elevate the human spirit.

Part two of The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling offers an extensive examination of The Larry Sanders Show, his landmark HBO comedy series. Colleagues remember the demands of producing material that met Shandling’s high standards, while his diaries reveal an ongoing struggle with complacency and search for authenticity.

A successful gig hosting the Emmys, creating unique extras for the DVD release of The Larry Sanders Show and an appearance with his friend Jerry Seinfeld on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (where Shandling opined about death and mortality) hinted at some of the lessons he’d learned in his lifelong quest for peace.

The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling is directed and executive produced by Judd Apatow and is currently available to watch on HBO.

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Showtime Releases I’m Dying Up Here Season 2 Trailer

Showtime has released the official trailer for the second season of its comedy drama series I’m Dying Up Here, showing the trials and tribulations that come with climbing the comic stand-up ladder of LA’s ’70s comedy scene. 

I’m Dying Up Here delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of a fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians mentored by Goldie, a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist but nurtures her comedians with tough love. The series takes viewers behind the curtain of the comedy scene that birthed the careers of legends such as Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and David Letterman, showing there’s truly no such thing as an easy laugh.

The show features an ensemble cast starring Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, All the Way) and Ari Graynor (The Disaster Artist, Bad Teacher).

Rounding out the cast are Clark Duke, Michael Angarano, RJ Cyler, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, Al Madrigal and Jake Lacy.

Dave Felbotte created the series and serves as executive producer along with Michael Aguilar, Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey, and Christina Wayne for Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment. It’s based on writer William Knoedelseder’s non-fiction book of the same name,

I’m Dying Up Here Season 2 premieres on May 6, 2018.

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Seth Rogen’s Hilarity For Charity Announces All-Star Cast

Today, Netflix has announced the all-star guest lineup for Seth Rogen’s upcoming special, Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity, where Rogen and friends combine stand-up, sketches and music into an outrageous comedy special that could only come from the mind of Seth.

Guests that will appear in the special include Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Wolf, John Mulaney, James Corden,The Muppets, Post Malone, Nick Kroll, Kumail Nanjiani, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Che, Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious.

This marks the sixth annual Hilarity for Charity event put together by Seth and Lauren Rogen. The event will be filmed Saturday, March 24 at The Hollywood Palladium and is the first time that is has been broadcast.

“We started the Los Angeles variety show six years ago in order to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, a disease that has touched so many families including my own. Our goal is to educate a younger audience and ultimately create the next generation of advocates for the cause,” said HFC Co-Founder Lauren Miller Rogen. “I am so thrilled to be able to share this year’s show with an even larger audience through our partnership with Netflix and are proud to have them as a partner.”

In 2012, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen founded Hilarity for Charity as a resource for the millennial generation, to help bridge the gap in understanding the landscape of Alzheimer’s disease. Using this unique approach, HFC aims to significantly improve outcomes for all family members contending with Alzheimer’s disease by 2020.

Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity will stream globally on Netflix in April.

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Patton Oswalt Answers The Web’s Most Searched Questions About Himself

Patton Oswalt sat down with Wired to answer the web’s most searched questions about himself during an Autocomplete Interview.

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Fred Armisen: Standup For Drummers Trailer 

n addition to the eighth and final season of Portlandia currently airing on IFC, Fred Armisen has another comedy project coming out next month. Netflix just released the trailer of Armisen’s new special called Standup for Drummers, in which Armisen “explores a variety of topics including his inability to truly understand jazz, the subtle differences in American accents from around the country, why great photography is overrated, and of course, his love of being a drummer.” Armisen also brings back his most masterful impression ever: a time-lapse of a decomposing fox. Check out the trailer for the one-hour special.

Standup For Drummers premieres February 6. 

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