After 16 years as host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart announced at a live-taping on Tuesday that he would be retiring from the show, The A.V. Club reports. In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said that Stewart will stay with The Daily Show "until later this year":
Arguably Kroll Show's most underrated sketch revolves around dueling pawn shops in the cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, where the accents are sharp and the deals are dirty. In the latest sketch, Murph and Don team up to make some cash for Murph's forthcoming wedding to Teresa. But there are troubles in the Schuylkill River.
The finale of Broad City's debut season aired about half a year ago, but if you've spent the entire interim in bed, watching torrented copies of every episode on an endless loop (what a weird thing to do!), it feels like it's been much longer. Today, Comedy Central gave us a precious taste of season two.
In the "Amy Goes Deep" segment from last night's Inside Amy Schumer, Schumer deftly walks the line of vibing with and mocking 106-year-old Downing, who's being interviewed precisely because she is 106 (no other reason is needed). I love that Downing regularly lets Schumer's smart-assed questions fall flat, sometimes to the point of ignoring them. If that isn't shade, it sure reads like it. I love Downing's one-liners (on not using Twitter: "I don't know any of the new things"; on social changes she's seen women go through: "Well, everybody's wearing pants").
James Franco is repeatedly telling the world that he's straight, but that didn't stop the likes of Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Natasha Leggero, Andy Samberg, and Jeff Ross from running the speculation about his sexuality into the ground during last night's Roast of James Franco on Comedy Central. All of the gay jokes are collected above.
Stephen Colbert has shed more light on last Tuesday's episode-long Colbert Report response to MTV barring Daft Punk from playing his show. On comedian Paul Mecurio's podcast, Colbert explained that there was trouble with booking Daft Punk from the start — they didn't want to perform "Get Lucky" or be interviewed (since part of the Daft Punk members Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter's schtick is that they are robots who do not speak). "I’m beginning to see why they don’t do TV," Colbert recalled thinking weeks ago, during the negotiations for the proposed appearance.
Above is a highlight reel of last night's Roast of Roseanne on Comedy Central. Its messiness was an aesthetic choice — many members of the panel, whose star power was repeatedly called out for being underwhelming, aired out their dirty laundry. Carrie Fisher talked about her addiction and its affect on her memory, but best of all was when she read Jeff Ross with drag queen's precision. Ellen Barkin talked about popping Valium and drinking several cocktails before taking the stage — good thing, because I wanted to get to the bottom of why she could barely open her eyes all night before that. Gilbert Gottfried joked about his tsunami joke that went awry and got him fired as the Aflac duck's voice last year. He wants his job back, of course.
The creators of aging animated relic
Beavis and Butthead Family Guy The Simpsons South Park just signed a deal to keep it ripping jokes from the headlines for five more years. Yes, Comedy Central will have Cartman and Co. until 2016. I should make a joke about killing Kenny or something, but I just don't care to.
Tonight's Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen featured jokes so offensive we almost felt guilty laughing at them, all told rapid-fire in one bit after another. That's probably why Sheen's more subdued remarks at the end balanced out the otherwise crazy 90 minutes.
In 2008, Kanye West loved Comedy Central's Crank Yankers so much that it inspired him to film the pilot for a hip-hop puppet variety show called Alligator Boots, but the episode never made it to air. After watching this recently discovered behind-the-scenes footage—which includes Stormtrooper Kanye acting on his Star Wars role playing fantasy with Kim Kardashian as Princess Leia and a puppet named Beary White—you'll wish it had. [via NYM]