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The Official Robin Williams’ YouTube channel Will Launch On April 1

On April 1, the official Robin Williams’ YouTube channel will launch, featuring moments from his most memorable stand-up shows and interviews with his friends and family.

After his humble beginnings in the San Fransisco stand-up scene and a breakout role in Happy Days spin-off Mork and Mindy, Williams rose to greater fame in film roles like Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Jumanji. He won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing therapist Sean Maguire in 1997’s Good Will Hunting. In 2018, TimeLife, the same group that now brings us this YouTube Channel, came out with a massive 50-hour collection of the late comedian’s work. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, a documentary that dug deep into the trials and triumphs of Williams, came out that same year.

The YouTube channel is a partnership between Time Life and the Robin Williams Estate. A new clip of or about Williams will be uploaded each week through the end of June during the channel’s initial launch.

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Tom Segura Ball Hog Trailer  

The trailer for Tom Segura’s new Netflix special Ball Hog is here. The comedian scores laughs with uncomfortably candid stories about mothers, fathers, following your dreams — and other things you’d rather not think about.

The special debuts March 24th on Netflix.

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Amazon Prime Video To Bring Back The Kids In The Hall With New Episodes As First Canadian Amazon Original Series

Amazon today announced that the critically-acclaimed sketch comedy series, The Kids in the Hall, will be making a comeback on Prime Video. With the return of all of the original “Kids,” the 8-episode Amazon Original series, which will be a continuation of the original show, will be available to Prime members in Canada and around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.

First premiering in 1989, the original Emmy Award-nominated The Kids in the Hall starred Canadian comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson. All of the original “Kids” will be reprising fan-favorite characters (and assuming some new ones) for the series’ next iteration. The original series earned multiple Gemini Awards along with the cast being honored with the Canadian Screen Awards ICON AWARD in 2019. The series will be executive produced by Saturday Night Live creator, Lorne Michaels.

“We’ve been investing in Canada for several years and are excited to add to that momentum by making The Kids in the Hall the first Canadian Amazon Original series,” said James Farrell, Vice President of International Originals for Amazon Studios. “The Kids in the Hall is an iconic show with a deep-rooted fan base. Several of our global hits, including The Boys, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryanand The Expanse have been filmed in Canada and we are looking forward to continuing our work with talented producers and crew teams across the country to bring this series to our Prime members around the world.”

“Even after 30 years, The Kids in the Hall has retained its brilliance and originality,” said Executive Producer, Lorne Michaels. “We are happy to be bringing back all of the original ‘Kids’ for the new series.”

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Netflix Is A Joke Fest Coming To Los Angeles April 27 -May 3

Netflix Is A Joke, Netflix’s comedy brand, is throwing a week-long comedy festival, Netflix Is A Joke Fest. Produced by Netflix in association with Live Nation, the star-studded celebration of comedy will take over Los Angeles April 27th – May 3rd and feature live stand-up shows, special events and activations with Netflix comedians and artists from around the world. 

Featured Netflix talent include Ali Wong, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, Jamie Foxx, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence, Sebastian Maniscalco, the cast of Schitt’s Creek and more. The fest will also include Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration  with headliners Alan Carr, Hannah Gadsby, Margaret Cho, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Wanda Sykes and more.

Anchoring the Netflix is a Joke Fest is the May 3rd closing night inaugural edition of The Hall, a first-of-its-kind hall of fame honoring the greats of stand-up comedy.  Today’s biggest names in comedy including Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and more will pay homage to and induct comedy legends George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams. The Hall and induction ceremony special were created by award-winning director/producer Marty Callner and producer Randall Gladstein.  Callner will direct and executive produce through his Funny Business, Inc. shingle.  Gladstein and award winning producer/manager, David Steinberg will also executive produce.The Hall, which will have a physical home in a newly designed wing of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, will be taped at The Ace Theater in Downtown LA for streaming on Netflix later in May.    

Tickets for all events across the festival will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 6th at 10am PT at www.NetflixIsAJokeFest.com. Select pre-sales will be available beginning Tuesday, March 3. Eleven shows will be recorded and available in their entirety at a later date on Netflix. Highlights will also be available on Netflix Is A Joke’s SiriusXM channel and on Netflix Is A Joke social platforms.

Netflix is also proud to partner with Comedy Gives Back, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a safety net for comedians in need with mental health, medical and financial crisis support. During the Festival, Comedy Gives Back will provide onsite services and information for all interested Festival goers, free of charge. Comedy Gives Back is a 501(c)3 fiscally sponsored project through Road to Artdom Foundation, Inc.

The festival will take place across over 20 venues in Los Angeles, including the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre, Hollywood Palladium, The Largo and more, with much of the festival primarily centered in Hollywood.

The latest information and schedule will be available on www.NetflixIsAJokeFest.com.  

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Watch The Trailer For Pete Davidson’s Netflix Comedy Special Alive From New York 

Netflix has announced that Pete Davidson’s (SNL) first Netflix original comedy special, Pete Davidson: Alive From New York, is set to debut on February 25.

Comedian Pete Davidson is known for his unfiltered anecdotes, and he’s giving the audience more than what they asked for in his first Netflix original comedy special, Alive From New York. The special was filmed at the Gramercy Theatre in New York.

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Jerry Seinfeld’s New Book To Be Published By Simon & Schuster On October 6, 2020

Simon & Schuster is proud to announce the publication of Jerry Seinfeld’s first book of comedy in more than 25 years, to be released on October 6, 2020. The work will be published in hardcover, ebook, and audio editions by Simon & Schuster.

Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub “Catch a Rising Star” as a 21-year-old college student in the fall of 1975, Mr. Seinfeld has written all his own material and saved everything.

“Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders,” Seinfeld said. “So, I have every piece of stand-up comedy I thought was worth saving from 45 years of hacking away at this for all I was worth.”

For his book, Mr. Seinfeld has selected his favorite material and organized it decade by decade. “Not only is the book brilliantly crafted and laugh-loud loud funny on every single page, but readers will be able to see Jerry and his comedy evolve through the years,” said Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster. “We are honored to be Jerry Seinfeld’s publisher and expect his book to be both a highlight of 2020 and a lasting work for anyone who appreciates the thrilling but unforgiving art of stand-up comedy writing.”

Mr. Seinfeld’s previous work of comedy, Seinlanguage, was a #1 New York Times bestseller, selling over 2.5 million copies over multiple printings.

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Watch The Saturday Night Live Joker Parody, Grouch Starring David Harbour

Saturday Night Live brilliantly adapted the central theme of the Todd Phillips new film Joker with Grouch. 

Guest host David Harbour portrays a grumpy trash man who becomes more and more disenfranchised with the decaying society around him. After sinking into his own reality where he gets his revenge, he takes refuge inside the wretched trash cans that he emptied for a living.

Sesame Street will never be the same.

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Wild and Crazy Guys: How The Comedy Mavericks of The 80’s Changed Hollywood Forever

The behind-the-scenes story of the iconic funnymen who ruled ’80s Hollywood—Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Eddie Murphy—and the beloved films that made them stars, including Animal House, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters

Wild and Crazy Guys opens in 1978 with Chevy Chase and Bill Murray taking bad-tempered swings at each other backstage at Saturday Night Live, and closes 21 years later with the two doing a skit in the same venue, poking fun at each other, their illustrious careers, triumphs and prat falls. In between, Nick de Semlyen takes us on a trip through the tumultuous ’80s, delving behind the scenes of movies such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Beverly Hills Cop, The Blues Brothers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and dozens more. Chronicling the off-screen, larger-than-life antics of Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, John Candy, and Rick Moranis, it’s got drugs, sex, punch-ups, webbed toes, and Bill Murray being pushed into a swimming pool by Hunter S. Thompson while tied to a lawn chair. What’s not to like?

Based on candid interviews from many of the stars themselves, as well as those in their immediate orbit, including directors John Landis, Carl Reiner, and Amy Heckerling, Wild and Crazy Guys is a fantastic insider account of the friendships, feuds, triumphs, and disasters experienced by these beloved comedians. Hilarious and revealing, it is both a hidden history of the most fertile period ever for screen comedy and a celebration of some of the most popular films of all time.

Read an excerpt HERE and order the book HERE.

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Watch The Ellen DeGeneres Relatable Trailer

Ellen DeGeneres returns to stand-up later this month for her first special in 15 years, and the streaming network released the first trailer today. Filmed at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle in August during the final stops of her three-city tour, Relatable makes its Netflix debut on December 18 and follows her last stand-up special, the Emmy-nominated Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now, which aired on HBO back in 2003.

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Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening Of Stand-Up And Investment Tips

Conan O’Brien will hit the road for the first time since 2010 when he begins his Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips tour in Washington, D.C. on Friday, November 2. O’Brien will be joined by different groups of handpicked comics each night of the tour, bringing his unique comic sensibility and the voices of some of his favorite performers to venues all over the United States. 

The comedians featured on Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips have all worked closely with Team Coco over the years. From former and current CONAN writers to comedians who host monthly Los Angeles comedy shows with Team Coco, to CONAN: Without Borders travel partners, the tour will give fans a glimpse of the comedy ecosystem Team Coco continues to expand across all mediums, including a growing digital studio, merchandise, and many other new lines of business. 

The tour will feature O’Brien along with performances from Rory Scovel (I Feel Pretty), Deon Cole (Barbershop, Black-ish), Ron Funches (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Black-ish), Laurie Kilmartin (Conan, Last Comic Standing), Taylor Tomlinson (Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup), Marina Franklin (HBO’s Crashing), James Veitch (Conan), Moses Storm (Father of the Year), and Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect 2, Curb Your Enthusiasm). 

O’Brien added, “There are a lot of exciting changes coming up for me in 2019 and I wanted to kick it off this fall with an 18-city live tour. The idea that I hit the road for seven weeks was pitched by my wife, with the full backing of my children.” 

Building on the promise of a recently announced joint venture with Turner, Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips, will advance Team Coco’s philosophy of bringing comedy everywhere. The multi-city tour will allow O’Brien to intimately reconnect and interact with his passionate fanbase as he gears up for a leaner, more agile 30-minute show on TBS premiering January 2019. The tour, like the new format, gives O’Brien the flexibility to experiment and have fun with his audience in new ways. 

Samuel Adams will serve as a partner of the tour to help fans experience a world of comedy across all platforms. The brand’s sponsorship will span TV, digital, social and on-the-ground activations. As a local Beantown brew, Samuel Adams will also bring two special shows to Boston, and take Conan O’Brien along for a trip to the Boston Brewery in one of the show’s iconic custom remotes. 

The full Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips schedule is as follows: 

Featuring Rory Scovel, James Veitch, Marina Franklin, and Flula Borg.
Fri, Nov 2 – Washington, D.C. (Warner Theatre)
Sat, Nov 3 – Atlantic City (The Music Box)
Sun, Nov 4 – Detroit, MI (The Fillmore)
Tue, Nov 6 – Boston, MA (Wilbur Theatre)
Wed, Nov 7 – Port Chester, NY (Capitol Theatre)
Thu, Nov 8 – New York City, NY (Beacon Theatre)

Featuring Ron Funches, James Veitch, Taylor Tomlinson, and Flula Borg.
Thu, Nov 15 – Atlanta, GA (The Tabernacle)
Fri, Nov 16 – Houston, TX (Revention Center)
Sat, Nov 17 – Austin, TX (ACL Moody Theatre)
Sun, Nov 18 – Nashville, TN (War Memorial Auditorium)
Wed, Nov 28 – Chicago, IL (Chicago Theatre)
Thu, Nov 29 – Minneapolis, MN (The Orpheum Theatre)
Fri, Nov 30 – Milwaukee, WI (Riverside Theatre)

Featuring Deon Cole, Ron Funches, James Veitch and Flula Borg. Sun, Dec 9 – Los Angeles, CA (The Wiltern)

Featuring Ron Funches, Laurie Kilmartin, Moses Storm, and Flula Borg.
Tue, Dec 11- Seattle, WA (Moore Theatre)
Wed, Dec 12 – Denver, CO (Paramount Theatre)
Fri, Dec 14 – Vancouver, BC (Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
Sat, Dec 15 – San Francisco, CA (The Masonic)

Tickets for Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips go on sale Friday, September 28. Information is available at teamcoco.com/tour. 

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