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Tom Segura on His Gummy-Guzzling Mom, “Universally Loathed” Ted Cruz and His New Netflix Special

Tom Segura is back in the spotlight. The comic and prolific podcaster is readying his fifth Netflix stand-up special. This one, titled Tom Segura: Sledgehammer, will roll out globally July 4. The Ryan Polito-directed hour, which he filmed before a sold-out crowd at Phoenix’s Celebrity Theater, focuses largely on Segura’s comedian wife, their two young […]

John Mulaney Addresses His “Star-Studded” Intervention, Rehab and Son in New Special ‘Baby J’

John Mulaney details the intervention that kicked off a personal reset and several years of “work on myself” in his latest comedy special, John Mulaney: Baby J. “The past couple of years I’ve done a lot of work on myself,” he says at the top of his fourth Netflix special and the first since his […]

There’s Something Funny About This Roundtable

New York-based comedy writers and actors Jeremy Levick and Rajat Suresh, who regularly satirize pop culture and the news in videos they share on Twitter, recently tackled a subject that hits close to home for us here at The Hollywood Reporter — the THR Actor Roundtable. In early March, before the Oscars, Levick and Suresh […]

Keith Johnstone, Improv Trailblazer, Dies at 90

Keith Johnstone, a pioneer in improvisation who trained a generation of actors and comedians in impromptu performance and creativity, on and off the stage, has died. He was 90. Johnstone died at Rockyview Hospital in Calgary on Saturday, according to his personal website, with no cause of death specified. The creator of Theatresports and co-founder of […]

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s’ Alex Borstein Sets “Deeply Personal” Comedy Special at Amazon (Exclusive)

Amazon is deepening its relationship with Alex Borstein. In fact, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star is readying her first Amazon Original comedy special, which she’s titled Alex Borstein: Corsets & Clown Suits. It’s slated to hit on April 18th, four days after Maisel debuts its fifth and final season on the service. Fittingly, it was […]

How Marlon Wayans Made an Hour of Comedy Out of “Slapgate” With New HBO Max Special

When Marlon Wayans answers the phone to talk about his new HBO Max special God Loves Me, clanking noises fill the background. “I just have a crazy day,” he admits. “I feel like the gym is the one hour I get to myself to just think about all the fucking work I have to do.” […]

Chris Rock’s Live Netflix Special Just Got Bigger — and More Star-Studded

Netflix is readying for its first-ever live, global streaming event, and it’s pulling out all the stops. On March 4, the streaming giant will air its first live stand-up special, Chris Rock: Selective Outrage, along with just-announced live pre- and post-shows. The former, now-titled The Show Before the Show, will stream live that evening at 6:30 […]

Dick Wolf, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Stars Remember the “Warm, Acerbic, Whip-Smart” Richard Belzer

Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Christopher Meloni, Laraine Newman and Billy Crystal were among the Hollywood notables paying tribute to Richard Belzer, longtime Law & Order: SVU star and beloved comedian, who died Sunday at the age of 78. Belzer, who writer and longtime friend Bill Scheft confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter had died at his home […]

Bert Kreischer Offered His Daughter $10K to Make a Joke at Her Expense

Less than a minute into Bert Kreischer’s latest special, he rips his shirt off. The move is met with thunderous applause in Omaha’s Orpheum Theater, where he shot the hour that’s dropping globally March 14 — though you get the sense that that’s the response wherever Kreischer goes. After all, the married dad of two […]

Fox Gives Roseanne Barr’s Comedy Comeback Special ‘Cancel This!’ an NFL Boost (Exclusive)

Roseanne Barr’s return to stand-up comedy is getting a boost from Sunday’s NFL NFC championship game. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Fox will use today’s NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles to launch a marketing campaign for Barr’s comedy comeback effort, which will be called Roseanne Barr: Cancel […]

Atsuko Okatsuka on Finding Levity in Scary Situations and Her First Comedy Special: “I See Stand-Up as a Service”

Even when she’s twerking produce into a grocery cart or dropping it like it’s hot, Atsuko Okatsuka has the unique ability to maintain a somewhat innocent sense of whimsy in everything she does. Her primary-colored comedy special, Atsuko Okatsuka: The Intruder, which premiered Dec. 10 on HBO Max, features perhaps the most heartwarming story of […]

John Oliver, Amy Schumer and More Sign Writers Guild DEI Pledge for Late Night and Comedy/Variety TV Writers

The Writers Guild of America East and Writers Guild of America West have crafted a pledge committing to improving diversity, equity and inclusion in late night and comedy/variety TV, signed by more than 50 supervisory scribes in the space. The diverse group, which includes John Oliver, Amber Ruffin, Amy Schumer and Charlamagne tha God, acknowledges […]