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Stand Up Comedian and “SNL” Writer Michael Che Lands Gig as News Correspondent on “The Daily Show”

Michael Che Daily Show

According to Variety.com, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is hiring stand-up comedian and “Saturday Night Live” writer Michael Che as its newest news correspondent.

Che was the first stand-up comedian to perform on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” this year, and he also recently taped his first stand-up special, which will air on June 6 on Comedy Central as part of the new season of “The Half Hour” stand-up series.

Che is the first correspondent hire since it was announced earlier this month that Stephen Colbert would be leaving his “Daily Show” sister program to replace David Letterman on “Late Show.”   Che will start his new role in June.

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson

Hot Comedy Duo Key & Peele in Talks To Resurrect the “Police Academy” Franchise

Comedians (L) Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key attends The 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for ESPY)
Comedians (L) Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key attends The 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for ESPY)

If you’re of a certain age you may remember the unapologetically silly Police Academy movies — a comedy series which dominated the 1980s.  Now, rumor has it, Comedy Central stars Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele may produce a repeat of the beloved franchise.

According to Variety, New Line Cinema wants to reboot the films, nearly all of which starred Steve Guttenberg and featured Bubba Smith and Michael Winslow in supporting roles.  Winslow, whose character Sgt. Larvelle “Motor Mouth” Jones famously used vocal sound effects to play pranks and fool his foes, was a particular fan favorite.

No word yet on whether he, or any of the original stars, will be back for a new iteration.

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Key and Peele Land Cover of Time Magazine, Write Opinion Piece About Comedy

Key and Peele

Comedy Central duo Key and Peele are on a roll.  After landing on the cover of New York Times Sunday Magazine last year, this week they are cover boys for national weekly news magazine Time.  It’s the Ideas Issue, and Key and Peele offer an opinion piece about comedy that may or may not make you laugh, but at the very least will make you think.  Check it out below:

Would you make fun of a burn victim? Well, we did. Sort of… We’re comics. In the most recent season of our TV show, in a sketch titled “Insult Comic,” a traditional stand-up comedian professes that he is “going to get everybody” in his set (the guy toward the front with big ears, the fat guy, the woman with comically large breasts). That’s the phrase, isn’t it, when a critic wants to praise a comedian for the fearless nature of his or her comedy? That he or she “gets everybody”? That “nobody is safe”? One of the club patrons in our sketch, however, is a wheelchair-bound burn victim. “You skipped me,” he calls from the audience, with a robotic-sounding artificial larynx. “Go for it,” he says, “I can take it.”

But can we, as a society, take it anymore?

Today it seems that we live in a world of extremes. On one end of the spectrum, we have anonymous Internet trolls looking for opportunities to dole out cruelty with impunity. But in mainstream culture, it often seems we’re drowning in a sea of political correctness that lapped up on our shores a couple of decades ago and has yet to recede.

It’s amazing to think how popular television shows like All in the Family and Good Times might fare today in a Hollywood pitch meeting. Films like Blazing Saddles and Silver Streak wouldn’t make it past the development stage at a studio. Too edgy.

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“Key and Peele” Renewed For a 4th Season on Comedy Central

Comedians Key & Peele attend the 29th Annual Television Critics Association Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 3, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Comedians Key & Peele attend the 29th Annual Television Critics Association Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 3, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Key and Peele, the popular sketch comedy show starring biracial MAD TV vets Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael-Key, has been renewed for a fourth season.  The show has grown from a cult success to a bonfide hit, with fans tuning in Wednesday nights and consuming their online clips by the millions.

With breakout sketches like the East/West Bowl, Luther the Obama translator, Mr. Garvey (“A-aron!”) and the Liam Neeson-loving valet guys, they duo have become comedy legends in the making.  Tonight the hilarious tag team host their very first Halloween special airing on Comedy Central at 10:30 pm EST.

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Dave Chappelle Returns to Stand-Up, With Stories to Tell

Dave Chapelle (Andrew Oh for The New York Times)

In 2005, Dave Chappelle was merely the hottest comedian in America. Then he left his job and became a far more singular cultural figure: A renegade to some, a lunatic to others, but most of all, an enigma.  Now he is making a kind of comeback — Mr. Chappelle headlines the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, a new 15-city tour presented by the Funny or Die Web site that begins Friday in Austin, Tex. — and what makes it particularly exciting is how he’s using his hard-earned mystique to make more daring and personal art.

Mr. Chappelle didn’t just walk away from a $50 million contract and the acclaimed “Chappelle’s Show,” whose second season on Comedy Central stacks up well against the finest years of “SCTV,” “Saturday Night Live” and Monty Python. He did so dramatically, fleeing to Africa and explaining his exit in moral terms: “I want to make sure I’m dancing and not shuffling,” he told Time magazine. Since then, he has been a remote star in an era when comedians have never been more accessible.

Mr. Chappelle hasn’t done any interviews (aside from a radio appearance in 2011) or appeared on podcasts or talk shows. He doesn’t even have a Web site. He joined Twitter last year, then quit after 11 tweets.  But Mr. Chappelle has tiptoed back into the public eye over the last year. While he has stayed away from movies and television, he still drops in pretty often on comedy clubs and occasionally theaters, usually in surprise appearances that generate more rumors of a comeback. Beyond the Oddball Festival, Chris Rock has said Mr. Chappelle may join him on his stand-up tour next year.

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Dave Chappelle Headlines New ‘Oddball’ Comedy Tour Launching This Summer

Comedian Dave Chappelle attends the DVD signing of 'Dave Chappelle's Block Party' on June 13, 2006 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
Comedian Dave Chappelle attends the DVD signing of ‘Dave Chappelle’s Block Party’ on June 13, 2006 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)

Dave Chappelle is back in the spotlight and reclaiming his title as one of America’s favorite comedians. The stand-up legend is co-headlining Funny or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, a comedy tour launching late this summer. The comedy duo and music band Flight of the Conchords will join him in hosting and performing throughout the tour.

“The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival w/ Dave Chappelle & Flight of the Conchords is going to destroy your funny bone this summer!” says a descriptor on the tour’s official site. The 5-weekend tour will kick off its first show in Austin, Texas on August 23rd and will appear in 12 other cities through Sept. 20.

Although Chappelle has performed stand-up across the country over the years, his recent series of gigs with comedian Chris Rock had many speculating his big return to the limelight. Now, the tour marks the funnyman’s high-profile return to the center stage since his abrupt departure from Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show in 2003.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21. 

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Comedy Duo Key and Peele Grace Cover of New York Times Magazine

Key & Peele

Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele grace the cover of this week’s New York Times Magazine, entitled “Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?”  The Comedy Central duo illustrates the work of Wharton professor Adam Grant, and his theories on workplace dynamics.

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