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‘A Star Is Born’ as a Comedy? ‘Silicon Valley’ Writers Punch Up Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga Scene

'Silicon Valley' writers Matteo Borghese and Rob Turbovsky are Hollywood's go-to guys when Phil ?Lord and Chris? Miller or Paul Feig need a script to be funnier, so THR had them take a crack at an…

So Long, Ice Queens and Gay Best Friends: Hollywood’s New Rules of Rom-Coms

Creators updating the rom-com genre as it makes a Netflix-assisted comeback say that "ice-queen" heroines and gay best friends are out, while gender swaps and grand gestures are in.

‘In Living Color’ Eyeing Reunion Tour, TV Special

Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Tommy Davidson and David Alan Grier are already on the road for the Off Color Comedy Tour, which gives fans a nostalgic blast of comedy nirvana, and are hoping to…

L.A.’s Black Stand-Up Comics and the Battle to Book the Big Rooms

From Sundays at the Laugh Factory to clubs like The J Spot and The? Comedy Union, African American comedy is booming, but crossover success stories like Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart are rare.

“We Were Warped Out of Our Minds”: ‘In Living Color’ Stars Recall Fox Censors, Spike Lee’s Disdain in Dishy Oral History

Twenty-five years after the groundbreaking sketch show left the airwaves in a blaze of controversy and conflict, The Hollywood Reporter reunites the 'In Living Color' cast to reflect on series.

“I’m an Amazing Comic Who Happens to Be Gay”: Meet Comedy’s New LGBTQ Breakouts

Comedy's new LGBTQ breakouts Joel Kim Booster, 'SNL' writer Bowen Yang, 'Daily Show' correspondent Jaboukie Young-White and 'SNL' scribe Sam Jay want queer audiences and everyone else to "just…

Jane Curtin on ‘SNL’ Sexism and That Infamous “Ignorant Slut” Line

Founding SNL cast member and legendary straight woman Jane Curtin weighs in on playing a SMILF before it was called that, and why she sometimes talks to Trump in the shower.

The Sad Final Days of a Very Funny Man: Inside Comedian Brody Stevens’ Tragic Death

For comedians like Zach? Galifianakis and Sarah? Silverman, ?Stevens wasn't just a friend, he was a comic savant, leaving them to wonder why he tragically took his own life.

From Pain and Tragedy to Global Empire: How Trevor Noah Became the Busiest Man in Comedy

In his Hollywood Reporter cover story, Trevor Noah talks replacing Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' and how he delivers news in the Trump era.

The 40 Most Powerful People in Comedy 2019

The Hollywood Reporter polls industry insiders and mines the data (because what's more hilarious than polling and data?) to assemble this second annual list of the artists and executives with the…

Can a MasterClass by Judd Apatow or Steve Martin Make You Funny?

The Hollywood Reporter asked writer Tom Chiarella to immerse himself in online courses to see if their comedic gifts can really be passed along.

Mitch Hedberg’s Widow: The Late Comic Isn’t Done Being Funny (Guest Column)

Mitch Hedberg's sweetly surreal stand-up made him a favorite of Steve Martin and David Letterman, among others. And now, 13 years after his drug-related death, his widow is finally ready to unpack a…