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Amy Schumer I'm Fierce on the Drums

12/23/2015 9:41 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Amy Schumer got up on a super small stage and not only treated about 15 people to a comedy show, she even furiously played the drums.

Amy was performing in St. Louis a few days ago. After the performance, she went to Jazz at the Bistro, a local club and just grabbed the mic.

Eddie Murphy Comedy Stage, Here I Come!!!

10/18/2015 12:19 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Eddie Murphy has opened the door to a return to the comedy stage.

Eddie was arriving at the Four Seasons in Georgetown ... he's in D.C. to pick up the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

Prez Obama's sure to be there, and Eddie returned the flattery in advance.

But down to business ... our photog asked Eddie if he'd break the 28-year dry spell by returning to the comedy stage, and his time frame seems promising.

Tracy Morgan NO FEAR ... Of Stand-up Comeback

10/14/2015 10:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tracy Morgan catching a case of nerves about getting back onstage after a 16 month layoff? THAT'S CRAZY!

We got Tracy as he was leaving 'SNL' rehearsals Tuesday night, and asked if he had any concerns about shaking off the rust for his 2 stand-up gigs in NYC the other night.

Tracy's confidence is definitely not shaken ... check out his response.

Also cool to see him interact with some of the other cast members and fans outside 30 Rock.

#CantWaitForSaturday 

Steve Rannazzisi Comedy Central Airs Show Despite 9/11 Lie

9/20/2015 6:57 AM PDT

Steve Rannazzisi got a slice of good news in the wake of his 9/11 lie admission ... Comedy Central aired his special.

The network hedged after Steve disclosed he was not in one of the twin towers during the attack ... a story he propagated in vivid detail for years.

The special -- "Breaking Dad" -- aired Saturday night.

"The League" star wasn't as lucky with his lucrative Buffalo Wild Wings commercial, which was yanked off the air after he fessed up.

Prez Obama Upstaged by 'Angry' Key & Peele Star

4/26/2015 7:40 AM PDT

Barack Obama made, arguably, the best decision of his presidency when he jacked a "Key & Peele" skit for his standout moment at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

If you missed it -- 'cause like most Americans, you don't watch CNN or C-Span on Saturday nights -- the prez brought out 'K&P' star Keegan-Michael Key to play his "anger translator" ... who says what POTUS is really thinking during speeches.

The bit always killed ... like it always does. Check out the pot shots at the media (including the W.H. Correspondents), Ted Cruz, and even Hillary Clinton.

Good move, B.O. ... leave the comedy to comedians. 

Ralphie May Screw Ludacris ... Paul Walker Joke at Bieber Roast was Funny

3/28/2015 7:27 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ralphie May thinks non-comedians like Ludacris should leave comedy to the professionals, because Ralphie's indignant at Luda's indignation over that Paul Walker joke during the Justin Bieber roast.

Our photog got Ralphie at LAX Friday and he made no bones about it.  He thinks Luda's a "bad sport" for going ballistic when Jeff Ross cracked, "Move Bitch, get out of the way, is what Paul Walker should have told that tree."

You gotta hear Ralphie ... he does NOT mince words.  He thinks Comedy Central kisses the asses of stars and that's why they cut the Walker joke from the roast.

Justin Bieber Roast Comedy Central Axes Paul Walker Jokes

3/17/2015 5:39 AM PDT

The comedians at the Justin Bieber Roast crossed the line when they used the death of Paul Walker to mock the roastee ... so says Comedy Central which is cutting the jokes from the show.

Jeff Ross mocked Bieber, comparing his driving skills to Paul Walker's and then referenced Ludacris' song, "Move Bitch," saying, "Move bitch, get out of the way, is what Paul Walker should've told that tree. Too soon? Too fast? Too furious?"

Apparently the joke royally pissed off Luda and Bieber didn't like it either.

Comedy Central said the joke crossed the line and it will be 86'd from the show.

Shaquille O'Neal I'm Roasting Justin Bieber

3/5/2015 12:04 PM PST

He's burned Kobe ... He's burned Barkley ... and now Shaquille O'Neal has his sights on Justin Bieber -- 'cause he's been tapped to be an official flamethrower at the Comedy Central Roast

Shaq -- along with stars like Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Jeff Ross and Martha Stewart (what?!) -- will be tasked with ripping the Biebs to shreds in front of a packed house on March 30th. 

Shaq and Bieber have history -- they once had a dance battle back before Bieber turned heel.  

Justin Bieber I'm Gonna Get Hannibal Lectured At the Roast

2/16/2015 12:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Comedy Central is pulling out the big guns for Justin Bieber's roast ... and we've learned two comedians who don't hold back have signed on.

Sources involved in the roast tell TMZ ... the network has locked down both Jeff Ross and Hannibal Buress for the big show next month. You'll recall, Ross has already said he was ready to destroy.

As for Buress ... well, you can ask Bill Cosby about that.

Kevin Hart will officiate as Roast Master, and there are some huge names producers are now gunning to get.

Never say never Justin ... about backing out.

Jon Stewart I'm Done Doing 'The Daily Show'

2/10/2015 3:51 PM PST
Breaking News

Jon Stewart is leaving "The Daily Show" after nearly 20 years as a correspondent and anchor.

Comedy Central just announced Stewart would wrap up his duties on their hugely successful show later in 2015. There's been a lot of speculation about whether he would continue on the show when his contract ended this year. 

Stewart talked about his decision in November on "The Howard Stern Show."

Stewart took over as host in 1999 ... and under his lead "The Daily Show" won the Emmy for Best Variety Series every year from 2002 to 2012. All told it's won 18 Emmys.

Comedy Central did not give a specific date for Stewart's last day on the air.

Jeff Ross We're Gonna Destroy Bieber ... No Matter How Much He Begs

2/3/2015 7:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber's heartfelt video about changing his ways might melt the hearts of Beliebers, but comedian Jeff Ross could care less -- he's still gonna rip him to shreds at the roast.

The Roastmaster General was just getting back to L.A. -- fresh off roasting Terry Bradshaw at the Super Bowl -- when we asked him about Justin begging for forgiveness for all his d-bag antics. 

Let's just say Jeff seems unmoved.

As for what's off limits during Bieber's upcoming Comedy Central Roast ... Ross had a pretty surprising response -- especially considering JB's checkered past.

Watch this ... you can almost see Ross licking his chops.

Justin Bieber Comedy Central Roast is Therapy

1/21/2015 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber
ASKED to be skewered by Comedy Central because he wants to make a public declaration he's screwed up a lot in the past, but he's figured it out and has changed for the better.

TMZ first reported ... Justin himself asked to be roasted to celebrate his 21st birthday. We're told he views it as a form of therapy ... acknowledging hijinks from DUIs to pissing in kitchen buckets.

But here's the thing ... Justin definitely seems to have changed over the last 4 months. People around L.A. tell us he's polite again, respectful and extremely generous. He went to Mozza in L.A. Sunday night but the restaurant was full. Two guys saw him and gladly moved to the bar so he could have a table. We're told Justin walked up to thank them and then bought their dinner.

And Justin was in line at a restaurant a few days back and randomly bought a meal for some people behind him.

People who have regular contact with Bieber tell us they've seen a radical change. As one put it, "The person I knew is back."

As for why the roast will be therapy ... we're told Justin thinks the evening will end the chapter of his life where he messed up. He'll take his lumps, and then move on as a real adult.

'Seinfeld' Actor Checks Into Rehab for Pill Addiction

8/27/2013 3:00 PM PDT
Breaking News


John Pinette -- best known for his role as the fat guy who got mugged in the "Seinfeld" finale -- has checked himself into rehab after becoming addicted to prescription medication ... TMZ has learned.

A rep for the venue in Canada where John was set to perform in next month says Pinette had to postpone the gig because he was checking into a rehab facility for his addiction.

The rep says John -- who also had his own Comedy Central special in 2011 -- underwent surgery earlier this year and got hooked to the prescription medication he was taking.

John has since tweeted to his fans about the situation -- saying, "Thanks to everyone for your concern and well wishes.. Want to apologize for having missed shows last weekend, but I hope you understand!"

In case you're not a "Seinfeld" fan (WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?!?) ... Here's his famous scene from the super disappointing finale.

At least the reunion on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" kinda-sorta-not-really made up for it.

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