Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard

Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Laura Linney lead an impressive cast for The Party and Orlando writer-director Sally Potter’s latest film. Production is underway in Spain on the untitled feature, which is being repped wor…

Javier BardemElle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Laura Linney lead an impressive cast for The Party and Orlando writer-director Sally Potter’s latest film. Production is underway in Spain on the untitled feature, which is being repped worldwide by HanWay and Bleecker Street. The pic will chart a wild day in the life of a man on the edge, held together by the unconditional love of his daughter. It will also shoot on location in New York in January. HanWay Films…

Jimmy Kimmel and His Celebrity Friends Sing ‘We’re Going to Hell’ to Help End AIDS (Video)

Jimmy Kimmel dedicated Monday’s show to raising money for AIDS-research charity (RED). That doesn’t mean the ABC late-night show ran a stuffy telethon, however.

The “Jimmy Kimmel Live” writers updated their ditty “We’re Going to Hell” for 2018, and the host called in some A-list favors to fill out his “RED Pack.”

Joining Jimmy this year were Bono, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Brad Paisley, Zoe Saldana and Chris Rock. Together, they belted out anti-Trump verses and this catchy chorus: “If we don’t help people with AIDS/we’re going to Hell.”

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Watch the video above.

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Jimmy Kimmel dedicated Monday’s show to raising money for AIDS-research charity (RED). That doesn’t mean the ABC late-night show ran a stuffy telethon, however.

The “Jimmy Kimmel Live” writers updated their ditty “We’re Going to Hell” for 2018, and the host called in some A-list favors to fill out his “RED Pack.”

Joining Jimmy this year were Bono, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Brad Paisley, Zoe Saldana and Chris Rock. Together, they belted out anti-Trump verses and this catchy chorus: “If we don’t help people with AIDS/we’re going to Hell.”

Watch the video above.

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Chris Rock to Direct Kevin Hart-Led Film ‘Coparenting’ for Universal

Comedian Chris Rock is on board to direct an original comedy, “Coparenting,” with Kevin Hart attached to star.

The film is based on an original idea from Rock. “Black-ish” writer Yamara Taylor will pen the script about a stay at home dad raising the kids while his CEO wife serves as the family’s breadwinner. He finds himself in emotional turmoil when his wife kicks him to the curb, and they engage in a bitter divorce and custody battle.

Powerhouse producer Will Packer (“Night School,” “Girls Trip”) will produce the film for his company alongside Rock’s Chris Rock Enterprises. Universal Pictures is in negotiations to acquire the film.

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The last time Rock directed a film was 2014’s “Top Five,” which pulled in $26 million at the box office worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, on a $12 million production budget.

Packer’s “Night School,” which Hart also starred in along with Tiffany Haddish, had the highest opening weekend for a comedy since his last big project “Girls Trip.”

Hart and John Cheng will produce, with Cheng and Carli Haney overseeing via HartBeat Productions. James Lopez will also serve as a producer for Will Packer Productions. And executive vice president of production Kristin Lowe will oversee production on behalf of Universal.

Rock is represented by ICM Partners, Untitled and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman. Hart is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams. Taylor is represented by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Comedian Chris Rock is on board to direct an original comedy, “Coparenting,” with Kevin Hart attached to star.

The film is based on an original idea from Rock. “Black-ish” writer Yamara Taylor will pen the script about a stay at home dad raising the kids while his CEO wife serves as the family’s breadwinner. He finds himself in emotional turmoil when his wife kicks him to the curb, and they engage in a bitter divorce and custody battle.

Powerhouse producer Will Packer (“Night School,” “Girls Trip”) will produce the film for his company alongside Rock’s Chris Rock Enterprises. Universal Pictures is in negotiations to acquire the film.

The last time Rock directed a film was 2014’s “Top Five,” which pulled in $26 million at the box office worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, on a $12 million production budget.

Packer’s “Night School,” which Hart also starred in along with Tiffany Haddish, had the highest opening weekend for a comedy since his last big project “Girls Trip.”

Hart and John Cheng will produce, with Cheng and Carli Haney overseeing via HartBeat Productions. James Lopez will also serve as a producer for Will Packer Productions. And executive vice president of production Kristin Lowe will oversee production on behalf of Universal.

Rock is represented by ICM Partners, Untitled and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman. Hart is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams. Taylor is represented by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Inside How ‘Fargo’ Creator Noah Hawley Signed Chris Rock for Season 4

FX raised a few eyebrows Friday morning when it announced that comedian Chris Rock would headline the fourth season of its anthology crime series “Fargo.”

FX CEO John Landgraf told TheWrap that Rock — who hasn’t had a regular TV series gig since narrating “Everybody Hates Chris” a decadea go — signed on “pretty soon” after series creator Noah Hawley finally figured out the idea for the fourth season.

“[Noah] took upon himself to seek out Chris and take him to lunch and talk to him about it,” he said. “After that lunch, everything came together really fast.”

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The fourth season, which will be set in the 1950s, centers on two Kansas City-based criminal syndicates that have struck an uneasy peace: one Italian American, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy of exploitation, graft and drugs. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons.

Rock will star as the head of one of the families. He is the only cast member who is attached as of now. The series will begin production in early 2019, meaning it will be at least two years — and probably more — between seasons.

The show has always operated on a very loose time frame and after three seasons, it just took Hawley longer this time to come up with an idea that he liked for the next installment.

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Any new season of “Fargo” was always up to Hawley and Hawley alone, Landgraf explained. Plus, Hawley certainly has a lot on his plate.

“Legion” was renewed for a third season in June, he’s working on two films (“Pale Blue Dot” and “Doctor Doom“) and he’s also adapting Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle” as a limited series for FX.

“The minute Noah doesn’t have another idea that he believes in, the show is over,” said Landgraf.

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FX raised a few eyebrows Friday morning when it announced that comedian Chris Rock would headline the fourth season of its anthology crime series “Fargo.”

FX CEO John Landgraf told TheWrap that Rock — who hasn’t had a regular TV series gig since narrating “Everybody Hates Chris” a decadea go — signed on “pretty soon” after series creator Noah Hawley finally figured out the idea for the fourth season.

“[Noah] took upon himself to seek out Chris and take him to lunch and talk to him about it,” he said. “After that lunch, everything came together really fast.”

The fourth season, which will be set in the 1950s, centers on two Kansas City-based criminal syndicates that have struck an uneasy peace: one Italian American, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy of exploitation, graft and drugs. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons.

Rock will star as the head of one of the families. He is the only cast member who is attached as of now. The series will begin production in early 2019, meaning it will be at least two years — and probably more — between seasons.

The show has always operated on a very loose time frame and after three seasons, it just took Hawley longer this time to come up with an idea that he liked for the next installment.

Any new season of “Fargo” was always up to Hawley and Hawley alone, Landgraf explained. Plus, Hawley certainly has a lot on his plate.

“Legion” was renewed for a third season in June, he’s working on two films (“Pale Blue Dot” and “Doctor Doom“) and he’s also adapting Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle” as a limited series for FX.

“The minute Noah doesn’t have another idea that he believes in, the show is over,” said Landgraf.

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‘Fargo’ Season 4: Chris Rock to Play a Mafia Godfather in 1950s Kansas City, as FX Officially Orders ‘Year Four’

Production on the new season is slated to begin in 2019.

They made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Chris Rock has joined the cast of “Fargo” Season 4 — or “Year Four,” as creator Noah Hawley prefers. The stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and director will play the head of an African American crime syndicate who goes to war with the Italian mafia in Kansas City, Missouri during the 1950s.

“I’m a fan of ‘Fargo’ and I can’t wait to work with Noah,” Rock said in a statement.

John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, announced the official renewal at the Television Critics Association press tour Friday morning. The release stated production on Season 4 will begin in 2019 and also provided the first synopsis for the new episodes:

In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream. In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons.

Chris Rock plays the head of one family, a man who — in order to prosper — has surrendered his oldest boy to his enemy, and who must in turn raise his son’s enemy as his own. It’s an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes. It’s a story of immigration and assimilation, and the things we do for money. And as always, a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, Fargo.

Rock, who previously worked with FX as an executive producer on “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” follows in the footsteps of Billy Bob Thornton, Kirsten Dunst, and Carrie Coon (or Ewan McGregor, if you prefer to be wrong) as the “Fargo” leads. Though actors like Bokeem Woodbine, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele have all left quite a mark on Hawley’s fictionalized Midwestern world, Rock is the first black lead of the series.

During Landgraf’s panel, he said Hawley reached out to Rock about the part because he “really wanted to work with Chris.”

Hawley, meanwhile, has been busy. The creator of “Fargo” and “Legion” is in the midst of shooting his feature directorial debut, “Pale Blue Dot,” with Natalie Portman, and he’s currently developing “Doctor Doom” as a Marvel film as well as his 2016 novel “Before the Fall.” Credited as the showrunner, writer, and director of “Fargo,” Hawley will, per the release, “lead the creative team” on “Fargo” Season 4.

That could be important considering the significance of Kansas City to “Fargo” lore. The western Missouri metropolis was the base of operations for Season 2’s interloping antagonists, simply titled “The Kansas City Mafia,” which employed none other than Mike Milligan, played by fan-favorite Woodbine. Could the new season tie into his origin story as well as others? Only time will tell.

“We think of crime as being Las Vegas or New York, but Kansas City was the center of power for organized crime during this time,” Landgraf said. “The tentacles of these organizations stretch out from Kansas City into the upper midwest, and we’ve seen [Hawley show that in past seasons]. Now he’s going more to the source.”

No other casting was announced. “Fargo” Season 4 has not been given a release date.

Chris Rock to Star in ‘Fargo’ Season 4

Chris Rock is moving to “Fargo.” The comedian will star in season four of FX’s hit limited series “Fargo,” the network announced Friday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. The critically acclaimed series will begin…

Chris Rock is moving to “Fargo.” The comedian will star in season four of FX’s hit limited series “Fargo,” the network announced Friday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. The critically acclaimed series will begin production next year, for a targeted air date next year as well. Described as a story of “immigration and […]

‘Fargo’ Season 4 Set at FX With Chris Rock to Star

FX is heading back to “Fargo” for Season 4, and showrunner Noah Hawley is bringing Chris Rock with him to star when production commences next year.

In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the U.S. at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream. In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace, per FX’s description. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons.

Rock plays the head of one family, a man who — in order to prosper — has surrendered his oldest boy to his enemy, and who must, in turn, raise his son’s enemy as his own, the cable channel said. It’s an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes. It’s a story of immigration and assimilation and the things we do for money. And as always, a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, “Fargo.”

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Noah Hawley will showrun, write, executive produce and direct. Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron are legacy executive producers. “Fargo” is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio and international distributor.

“I’m a fan of ‘Fargo’ and I can’t wait to work with Noah,” Rock, who will return to FX after executive producing “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” said in a statement.

Rock recently wrapped his international Total Blackout stand-up tour.

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FX is heading back to “Fargo” for Season 4, and showrunner Noah Hawley is bringing Chris Rock with him to star when production commences next year.

In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the U.S. at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream. In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace, per FX’s description. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons.

Rock plays the head of one family, a man who — in order to prosper — has surrendered his oldest boy to his enemy, and who must, in turn, raise his son’s enemy as his own, the cable channel said. It’s an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes. It’s a story of immigration and assimilation and the things we do for money. And as always, a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, “Fargo.”

Noah Hawley will showrun, write, executive produce and direct. Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron are legacy executive producers. “Fargo” is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio and international distributor.

“I’m a fan of ‘Fargo’ and I can’t wait to work with Noah,” Rock, who will return to FX after executive producing “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” said in a statement.

Rock recently wrapped his international Total Blackout stand-up tour.

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‘Fargo’ Season 4 Is Happening With Chris Rock Starring – TCA

Fargo creator Noah Hawley, as he promised, has found a date on his calendar and is moving forward with a fourth season of his Emmy-winning series toplined by Chris Rock who’ll play the head of a crime family. FX Networks and Productions CEO John …

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Chris Rock Tweets Article About Comedy’s ‘Insufferable Wokeness,’ Is Accused of Insufficient Wokeness

Chris Rock has been criticized by some of his followers for tweeting an essay from the online conservative magazine The Federalist on Wednesday.

The essay, titled “Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians In Cars’ Is A Welcome Respite From The Insufferable Wokeness Of Comedy,” argues that Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix talk show transcends the work of other popular comedians by avoiding the “Daily Show” style of politically-tinged commentary.

“Tragedy-laced pleas for social action may be having their moment in comedy, but Jerry Seinfeld and “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” are, mercifully, not part of it,” the piece reads.

Rock shared the post on his Twitter account on Wednesday, adding “Thank God for Jerry.”

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His replies were quickly inundated by people either praising him for sharing the review or criticizing him for linking to The Federalist, a site founded and published by the outspoken conservative commentator Ben Domenech.

“The Federalist? Really?” one user wrote. “Chris, don’t tweet out articles from this garbage blog,” wrote another.

“Wow, humorless, woke leftists are really pissed off that Chris Rock tweeted an article from @FDRLST,” noted a user coming to the article’s defense.

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Some compared the criticism that Rock received to the backlash faced by Mark Duplass when he encouraged his Twitter followers to follow right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro last month.

Duplass’s tweet was swiftly renounced by those who remembered Shapiro’s long history of making inflammatory statements, including saying transgender people suffer from “mental illness” and suggesting that Trayvon Martin deserved to be shot.

See some of the responses to Rock’s tweet below.

The Federalist? Really? pic.twitter.com/jfH4h3Ow7P

— Chris Beasley (@logan48227) August 1, 2018

GASP! He is reading from one of the unapproved publications! SJW Twitter Mob, activate! Attack until the apology tweet!

— Fishing With Fredo (@FishingwFredo) August 1, 2018

pic.twitter.com/T8LrjgOK8c

— good tweets doer (@amcnal) August 1, 2018

Seinfeld’s show is great, and needs no defense. But this article claims that the left ‘took over’ all the late night comedy shows, as though George Soros gathered the clans and told them to insert themselves into the media. I’m afraid not.

— Batmensch (@Batmensch) August 1, 2018

You’re quoted the Federalist. Pretty sure they are pro lynching

— This too shall pass (@zotts) August 1, 2018

Dude not the best source

— jeebus (@jeebus78) August 1, 2018

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Chris Rock has been criticized by some of his followers for tweeting an essay from the online conservative magazine The Federalist on Wednesday.

The essay, titled “Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians In Cars’ Is A Welcome Respite From The Insufferable Wokeness Of Comedy,” argues that Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix talk show transcends the work of other popular comedians by avoiding the “Daily Show” style of politically-tinged commentary.

“Tragedy-laced pleas for social action may be having their moment in comedy, but Jerry Seinfeld and “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” are, mercifully, not part of it,” the piece reads.

Rock shared the post on his Twitter account on Wednesday, adding “Thank God for Jerry.”

His replies were quickly inundated by people either praising him for sharing the review or criticizing him for linking to The Federalist, a site founded and published by the outspoken conservative commentator Ben Domenech.

“The Federalist? Really?” one user wrote. “Chris, don’t tweet out articles from this garbage blog,” wrote another.

“Wow, humorless, woke leftists are really pissed off that Chris Rock tweeted an article from @FDRLST,” noted a user coming to the article’s defense.

Some compared the criticism that Rock received to the backlash faced by Mark Duplass when he encouraged his Twitter followers to follow right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro last month.

Duplass’s tweet was swiftly renounced by those who remembered Shapiro’s long history of making inflammatory statements, including saying transgender people suffer from “mental illness” and suggesting that Trayvon Martin deserved to be shot.

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After spending heavily on high-priced comedy talent, from Chris Rock to Jerry Seinfeld to Dave Chappelle, Netflix and SiriusXM are planning to package the jokes in audio form.
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After spending heavily on high-priced comedy talent, from Chris Rock to Jerry Seinfeld to Dave Chappelle, Netflix and SiriusXM are planning to package the jokes in audio form. Few details were included in a SiriusXM blog post announcing the venture, but the company said it was the first time Netflix content will be heard on any audio platform. The channel will be exclusively available to SiriusXM subscribers. No launch date has been specified, with the announcement saying…

LeBron James Gets Big Hollywood Welcome From Schwarzenegger to Snoop Dogg

Hollywood rolled out the red carpet to welcome LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday following the announcement that the NBA superstar had signed a four-year contract with the one-time championship team.

“This is so exciting that you are coming to the city of stars,” Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a video post. “You, without any doubt, are going to be the biggest star of all, on and off the court.”

Welcome, @KingJames. pic.twitter.com/Gy7JywiUwu

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) July 2, 2018

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Chris Rock joked, “Congratulations to the Boston Celtics next years eastern conference champions.”

Congratulations to the Boston Celtics next years eastern conference champions.

— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) July 2, 2018

Here are a handful of the other celebs applauding the deal:

Welcome home @KingJames ???? pic.twitter.com/sq6NrloqXu

— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) July 2, 2018

Lakers got LeBron, congratulations LA & Congratulations Magic Johnson remember when Dick Stain Dan LeBaTard questioned if Magic was “qualified” for the job?The DickStainDan who’s Father is on TV daily? Fire Yourself & Fire Poppy NOW. You know Jack Shit @LeBatardShow @Stugotz790

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) July 2, 2018

There is a God! Must be Magic! #happydaysarehereagain https://t.co/HUC9QIzzle

— Ice Cube (@icecube) July 2, 2018

told youuuu https://t.co/ENTrEuq0NC

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 2, 2018

YESSSSSS!!!! @Lakers #LA pic.twitter.com/Y3SwnJOg5U

— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) July 2, 2018

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Welcome to LA, Mr. James. @KingJames @Lakers

— Larry King (@kingsthings) July 2, 2018

Ummmmm. Greatest news ever? #Lakers #NBA #TeamTouch https://t.co/PE11XP6Ke4

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 2, 2018

Honestly, this LeBron news is the best birthday present my husband could have possibly gotten.

— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) July 2, 2018

BREAKING NOW!!!!!!!!LEBRON TO THE LAKERS 4 YEAR CONTRACT.

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) July 2, 2018

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WOWZERS!! Just left a VICTORIOUS game for my @la_sparks and just found out @magicjohnson got us da KING @kingjames to sign to @lakers WHAT?? Getting my season seats NOW!! #LifeIsGoodhttps://t.co/EpEpDItxGX

— Vivica A. Fox (@MsVivicaFox) July 2, 2018

The feel-good story would’ve been LeBron finishing his career in Cleveland. I feel sorry for all the great Cavs fans. But LeBron was born to be a Laker playing for the original LeBron, Magic Johnson. Can’t fault LeBron for finishing his career in Hollywood. #StriveForDrama

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) July 2, 2018

Kathy Griffin not only welcomed James to the Lakers, she simultaneously jabbed conservative commentator Laura Ingraham for telling The King he should “shut up and dribble.”

cc: @IngrahamAngle he’s still dribbling but thankfully he’s not shutting up. https://t.co/4UEwatoUPG

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 2, 2018

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Current and former Lakers stars joined in on the excitement.

Welcome to the family @KingJames #lakers4life #striveforgreatness @JeanieBuss @MagicJohnson and RP well done!!! ????????

— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 2, 2018

I am sure the Lakernation is rejoicing The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders. Congrats to @MagicJohnson & @LALakersLive et al. Cross your fingers for news from San Antonio.

— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) July 2, 2018

YES Thank you @KingJames Welcome to LA ! Congratulations to the @Lakers Owners @MagicJohnson and his Front Office and all of LakersNation https://t.co/Clv29BrTBu

— Rick Fox (@RickFox) July 2, 2018

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Hollywood rolled out the red carpet to welcome LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday following the announcement that the NBA superstar had signed a four-year contract with the one-time championship team.

“This is so exciting that you are coming to the city of stars,” Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a video post. “You, without any doubt, are going to be the biggest star of all, on and off the court.”

Chris Rock joked, “Congratulations to the Boston Celtics next years eastern conference champions.”

Here are a handful of the other celebs applauding the deal:

Kathy Griffin not only welcomed James to the Lakers, she simultaneously jabbed conservative commentator Laura Ingraham for telling The King he should “shut up and dribble.”

Current and former Lakers stars joined in on the excitement.

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Inside Kanye West’s Album-Listening Extravaganza in Wyoming

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — “After all this,” said one fellow traveler as we walked off of our unexpected Gulfstream G400 private jet to Wyoming for Kanye West’s album-listening event, “we gonna HAVE to say the record is fire!” While that doesn’t begin …

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — “After all this,” said one fellow traveler as we walked off of our unexpected Gulfstream G400 private jet to Wyoming for Kanye West’s album-listening event, “we gonna HAVE to say the record is fire!” While that doesn’t begin to unpack the mixed feelings many people brought to this luxurious adventure, centered […]

‘SNL’ Finale: Tina Fey Takes Questions From Jerry Seinfeld, Benedict Cumberbatch, Donald Glover

Tina Fey hosted the May 19 season finale of “Saturday Night Live” and she brought with her some of her famous friends. For her opening monologue, the former “SNL” writer and actor said she was told she was allowed to do anything…

Tina Fey hosted the May 19 season finale of “Saturday Night Live” and she brought with her some of her famous friends. For her opening monologue, the former “SNL” writer and actor said she was told she was allowed to do anything because it was her birthday yesterday, and what she wanted to do was […]

Film Review: Adam Sandler in ‘The Week Of’

Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, together again? When it comes to combined star power, Netflix’s “The Week Of” can hardly compete with “The Avengers” (heck, it’s not even as glitzy as Sandler’s recent “Grown Ups” movies), and yet this latest re-teaming of …

Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, together again? When it comes to combined star power, Netflix’s “The Week Of” can hardly compete with “The Avengers” (heck, it’s not even as glitzy as Sandler’s recent “Grown Ups” movies), and yet this latest re-teaming of the two former “Saturday Night Live” comedians should earn its share of eyeballs […]

19 Netflix Stand-Up Comedy Specials of 2018 Ranked, From Ricky Gervais to Chris Rock (Photos)

Last year, Netflix went all in with stand-up comedy, managing to talk Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle and Tracy Morgan into doing their first specials in years. This year, they’ve already done the same with Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and coming soon, Ellen DeGeneres. But it’s still an incredible amount of comedy to wade through. We’re here to help, ranking each special from worst to best.

  1. Harith Iskander – “I Told You So”

Malaysian comic Harith Iskander endlessly pats himself on the back just for landing an international stand-up special. He asks, what am I going to wear on stage? How should I do my hair (he’s bald)? Should I call my special, “The Funniest Comedian in the World?” Check out my hot wife! Throw in some pointless crowd work and a hacky rimshot, and this is just painful.

  1. Fakkah Fuzz – “Almost Banned”

Another Malay comedian, Fakkah Fuzz’s standup is strictly limited to differences between Malaysians and people from Singapore, which would be even more reductive if international audiences had any idea what he was talking about.

  1. James Acaster – “Repertoire”

The pale, scruffy haired London comic James Acaster has not one, but four stand-up specials on Netflix. They’ve been framed as part of a comprehensive series, each color-coded and with a supposed theme. But after kneeling down for 15 minutes as a “loophole” to avoid actually starting the show, his childhood life story quickly unravels into goofy nonsense. He’s wacky, off-kilter and unusual, sure, but who has the time?

  1. Katt Williams – “Great America”

Is Katt Williams even telling jokes anymore or just pimpin’? His cranky exuberance feels awfully tired when aimed at Trump. He’s performing to a Jacksonville, Florida crowd (and he unwisely opens with material that only plays to that room) that likely is pretty split politically, and his bland observations barely cut left or right.

  1. Ricky Gervais – “Humanity”

Ricky Gervais’s special is called “Humanity,” but it’s all about him. Not ashamed of comparing himself to Jesus to start the show, Gervais spends the remainder of his time scoffing at his critics and explaining away already bad and tasteless jokes about Caitlyn Jenner he made at the Golden Globes years ago. “People get offended when they mistake the subject of the joke with the actual target,” he says, writing off any online backlash as just a misunderstanding. Inflating his ego is part of what you’re paying for with Gervais, but this is irritating even for him.

  1. Rachel Feinstein – “The Standups” Episode 4

Neurotic, overly personal, loud and far too familiar to be surprising, Rachel Feinstein’s routine falls into cliche awfully quick. Why so many accents? And wow, you have parents who are bad on Facebook too?

  1. Gad Elmaleh – “American Dream”

Gad Elmaleh’s material is inoffensive and pleasant, but rarely surprising. Some of his weaker gags can be boiled down to, “Americans tip like this, and French people tip like this.” He’s smart at deconstructing language. But what should’ve been fresh for Elmaleh, his first special entirely in English, results in some recycled gags about “em-PHA-sis” and French doors from his 2017 Netflix special.

  1. Gina Yashere – “The Standups” Episode 2

Gina Yashere observes that most people in Hollywood think black women look either like Halle Berry or Precious. Yashere is neither, a Nigerian woman from London, and she’s uniquely funny. But you wish her material would focus more on her own life rather than on clichéd, outdated observations of American culture. One joke stops just short of insights about why racism is far subtler in Britain and defaults to an easy swipe at the South. “I treated Alabama the way white people treat Africa the first time. Wow, they have cars and shoes and s—,” she says. And how many times does she have to sing the “Team America” theme song?

  1. Brent Morin – “The Standups” Episode 5

Brent Morin is that bro who dominates the conversation at a party rattling off a story you lost track of hours ago. He’s got great little callbacks and one-liners and a hilarious observation about how if you’re a white guy, how flattering it is to be complimented by a black or gay guy. But is he still doing that butler impression of his Uber driver? How did he start complaining about bread at Italian restaurants? What’s a “sunshine hand?”

  1. Marlon Wayans – “Woke-ish”

This is Marlon Wayans’s first ever stand-up special in a three decade career, and yet you know what you’re getting with him. It’s fun, raunchy and stupid, and it isn’t long before he crosses more than a few lines, thus his special’s title “Woke-ish.” Like Gervais, Wayans also has a tone deaf Caitlyn Jenner joke. “I ain’t seen a white chick that ugly since me and Shawn did the f—in’ movie!” But you might consider sticking around for his impression of Designer’s “Panda” or an amusing, if stereotypical, bit about white people going through customs to earn the privilege to say the N-word.

  1. Joe List – “The Standups” Episode 1

White guy insecurities, childhood name calling and nearly 10 minutes about being awkward at the gym are a dime a dozen, but Joe List does it justice with a deadpan delivery and relatable awkwardness. List’s best story is about how as a kid, a girl said his big forehead looked like a “fivehead.” Yeah, that’s a pretty good burn.

  1. Kavin Jay – “Everybody Calm Down”

The best of the three Malaysian comedians, Much of Kavin Jay’s charming material comes at the expense of his weight. But he acknowledges he’s not playing just to the room he’s in. “In Asia, parents use [my weight] to discipline children,” Jay says. “In America, I’m a medium.” At one point he even talks to some New Yorkers in the crowd. “I don’t know where that is. And now you know how that feels.”

  1. Greg Davies – “You Magnificent Beast”

“The more upset you are, the funnier I find it,” Greg Davies says to someone in his crowd. This Welsh comic takes glee out of telling charming stories about his parents and his childhood before turning them disgusting. He has one routine about getting a giant teddy bear as a kid. He named it BT, like the alien ET. Aww, how sweet. He makes us think that’s the end of the story before revealing that as a teenager, “I f—ed that bear.” He couldn’t go out with friends because he was “too busy knocking the back end out of it!”

  1. Fred Armisen – “Standup for Drummers”

Every word out of Fred Armisen’s mouth sounds like the start to some absurd, rejected “Portlandia” sketch, and I love it. Armisen is literally performing to a room full of people who know how to drum (Green Day’s Tre Cool pops up in the audience). Isn’t putting together a snare so annoying? I know! Sometimes his observations may genuinely be for an audience of one. But anyone will love his mini impressions of accents around the country and drumming impressions of Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, U2’s Larry Mullins Jr., Stewart Copeland and Meg White.

  1. Tom Segura – “Disgraceful”

Those who want a replacement for Louis C.K. in the schlubby, cynical and brutally honest middle-aged white guy department can look to Tom Segura. But Segura isn’t trying to challenge social norms in the way C.K. used to; he’d rather troll people in the parking lot or talk up how great it is to never have to leave the house. One of his best gags makes a smart comparison to show how future generations will never understand how hard it once was to buy weed. Pigeons used to deliver messages? Are you crazy?

  1. Aparna Nancherla – “The Standups” Episode 6

At first, Aparna Nancherla stands out as a socially awkward goofball, her cartoonish voice enhancing silly anxieties like what to say to a pilot upon leaving a plane. But she soon hauls out a PowerPoint presentation and brilliantly manages to translate Internet humor to the stage. Nancherla deconstructs emojis that look like a “multicultural boy band” or bullet points she grabbed from a Ted Talk random name generator, and she does it all in a deadpan weirdness that should make her a star.

  1. Todd Glass – “Act Happy”

Todd Glass has put together a truly strange and subversive hour of comedy. More performance art than strictly jokes, Glass has a big band playing only public domain songs to put a button on his ironically hacky gags. He’s playing to a tiny room of 75 people, but he’s giving rants and monologues that he presents as larger than life, even asking the sound guy to give some reverb on his voice. The band taunts his “bragging” and the audience seems to be in on the joke. He even twice busts out into “song,” singing a time-killing anthem that he wrote in case he didn’t have enough material. But I could watch him for hours.

  1. Chris Rock – “Tamborine”

For his first special in nearly a decade, “Tamborine,” Chris Rock immediately comes out swinging. His practical takes on the shootings of black kids, gun control and poverty are vintage Rock. But his material now reflects his middle age. You may disagree with some of his more Millennial-bashing takes, but he shows remarkable candor and great wisdom when he addresses his divorce and what it takes to keep a relationship going. The secret is to approach it like a tambourine player in a band. “You play that motherf— right!” Rock sure does.

  1. Kyle Kinane – “The Standups” Episode 3

Kyle Kinane may be from my hometown of Addison, Illinois, but that’s not the only reason I can relate. His material has been bleak in the past, but in this set he speaks to the moment with insightful material about why he’s still recycling in the face of an apocalypse, Kurt Cobain’s Christmas album and a theory that the Ku Klux Klan has a great chef (“same outfits, different hats”). His finest gag takes full advantage of the pulse of the country and even plays on knowing he was taping this in advance for Netflix: “What if by the time this airs, there’s no mass shooting,” he asks. “This is America.”

Last year, Netflix went all in with stand-up comedy, managing to talk Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle and Tracy Morgan into doing their first specials in years. This year, they’ve already done the same with Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and coming soon, Ellen DeGeneres. But it’s still an incredible amount of comedy to wade through. We’re here to help, ranking each special from worst to best.

  1. Harith Iskander – “I Told You So”

Malaysian comic Harith Iskander endlessly pats himself on the back just for landing an international stand-up special. He asks, what am I going to wear on stage? How should I do my hair (he’s bald)? Should I call my special, “The Funniest Comedian in the World?” Check out my hot wife! Throw in some pointless crowd work and a hacky rimshot, and this is just painful.

  1. Fakkah Fuzz – “Almost Banned”

Another Malay comedian, Fakkah Fuzz’s standup is strictly limited to differences between Malaysians and people from Singapore, which would be even more reductive if international audiences had any idea what he was talking about.

  1. James Acaster – “Repertoire”

The pale, scruffy haired London comic James Acaster has not one, but four stand-up specials on Netflix. They’ve been framed as part of a comprehensive series, each color-coded and with a supposed theme. But after kneeling down for 15 minutes as a “loophole” to avoid actually starting the show, his childhood life story quickly unravels into goofy nonsense. He’s wacky, off-kilter and unusual, sure, but who has the time?

  1. Katt Williams – “Great America”

Is Katt Williams even telling jokes anymore or just pimpin’? His cranky exuberance feels awfully tired when aimed at Trump. He’s performing to a Jacksonville, Florida crowd (and he unwisely opens with material that only plays to that room) that likely is pretty split politically, and his bland observations barely cut left or right.

  1. Ricky Gervais – “Humanity”

Ricky Gervais’s special is called “Humanity,” but it’s all about him. Not ashamed of comparing himself to Jesus to start the show, Gervais spends the remainder of his time scoffing at his critics and explaining away already bad and tasteless jokes about Caitlyn Jenner he made at the Golden Globes years ago. “People get offended when they mistake the subject of the joke with the actual target,” he says, writing off any online backlash as just a misunderstanding. Inflating his ego is part of what you’re paying for with Gervais, but this is irritating even for him.

  1. Rachel Feinstein – “The Standups” Episode 4

Neurotic, overly personal, loud and far too familiar to be surprising, Rachel Feinstein’s routine falls into cliche awfully quick. Why so many accents? And wow, you have parents who are bad on Facebook too?

  1. Gad Elmaleh – “American Dream”

Gad Elmaleh’s material is inoffensive and pleasant, but rarely surprising. Some of his weaker gags can be boiled down to, “Americans tip like this, and French people tip like this.” He’s smart at deconstructing language. But what should’ve been fresh for Elmaleh, his first special entirely in English, results in some recycled gags about “em-PHA-sis” and French doors from his 2017 Netflix special.

  1. Gina Yashere – “The Standups” Episode 2

Gina Yashere observes that most people in Hollywood think black women look either like Halle Berry or Precious. Yashere is neither, a Nigerian woman from London, and she’s uniquely funny. But you wish her material would focus more on her own life rather than on clichéd, outdated observations of American culture. One joke stops just short of insights about why racism is far subtler in Britain and defaults to an easy swipe at the South. “I treated Alabama the way white people treat Africa the first time. Wow, they have cars and shoes and s—,” she says. And how many times does she have to sing the “Team America” theme song?

  1. Brent Morin – “The Standups” Episode 5

Brent Morin is that bro who dominates the conversation at a party rattling off a story you lost track of hours ago. He’s got great little callbacks and one-liners and a hilarious observation about how if you’re a white guy, how flattering it is to be complimented by a black or gay guy. But is he still doing that butler impression of his Uber driver? How did he start complaining about bread at Italian restaurants? What’s a “sunshine hand?”

  1. Marlon Wayans – “Woke-ish”

This is Marlon Wayans’s first ever stand-up special in a three decade career, and yet you know what you’re getting with him. It’s fun, raunchy and stupid, and it isn’t long before he crosses more than a few lines, thus his special’s title “Woke-ish.” Like Gervais, Wayans also has a tone deaf Caitlyn Jenner joke. “I ain’t seen a white chick that ugly since me and Shawn did the f—in’ movie!” But you might consider sticking around for his impression of Designer’s “Panda” or an amusing, if stereotypical, bit about white people going through customs to earn the privilege to say the N-word.

  1. Joe List – “The Standups” Episode 1

White guy insecurities, childhood name calling and nearly 10 minutes about being awkward at the gym are a dime a dozen, but Joe List does it justice with a deadpan delivery and relatable awkwardness. List’s best story is about how as a kid, a girl said his big forehead looked like a “fivehead.” Yeah, that’s a pretty good burn.

  1. Kavin Jay – “Everybody Calm Down”

The best of the three Malaysian comedians, Much of Kavin Jay’s charming material comes at the expense of his weight. But he acknowledges he’s not playing just to the room he’s in. “In Asia, parents use [my weight] to discipline children,” Jay says. “In America, I’m a medium.” At one point he even talks to some New Yorkers in the crowd. “I don’t know where that is. And now you know how that feels.”

  1. Greg Davies – “You Magnificent Beast”

“The more upset you are, the funnier I find it,” Greg Davies says to someone in his crowd. This Welsh comic takes glee out of telling charming stories about his parents and his childhood before turning them disgusting. He has one routine about getting a giant teddy bear as a kid. He named it BT, like the alien ET. Aww, how sweet. He makes us think that’s the end of the story before revealing that as a teenager, “I f—ed that bear.” He couldn’t go out with friends because he was “too busy knocking the back end out of it!”

  1. Fred Armisen – “Standup for Drummers”

Every word out of Fred Armisen’s mouth sounds like the start to some absurd, rejected “Portlandia” sketch, and I love it. Armisen is literally performing to a room full of people who know how to drum (Green Day’s Tre Cool pops up in the audience). Isn’t putting together a snare so annoying? I know! Sometimes his observations may genuinely be for an audience of one. But anyone will love his mini impressions of accents around the country and drumming impressions of Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, U2’s Larry Mullins Jr., Stewart Copeland and Meg White.

  1. Tom Segura – “Disgraceful”

Those who want a replacement for Louis C.K. in the schlubby, cynical and brutally honest middle-aged white guy department can look to Tom Segura. But Segura isn’t trying to challenge social norms in the way C.K. used to; he’d rather troll people in the parking lot or talk up how great it is to never have to leave the house. One of his best gags makes a smart comparison to show how future generations will never understand how hard it once was to buy weed. Pigeons used to deliver messages? Are you crazy?

  1. Aparna Nancherla – “The Standups” Episode 6

At first, Aparna Nancherla stands out as a socially awkward goofball, her cartoonish voice enhancing silly anxieties like what to say to a pilot upon leaving a plane. But she soon hauls out a PowerPoint presentation and brilliantly manages to translate Internet humor to the stage. Nancherla deconstructs emojis that look like a “multicultural boy band” or bullet points she grabbed from a Ted Talk random name generator, and she does it all in a deadpan weirdness that should make her a star.

  1. Todd Glass – “Act Happy”

Todd Glass has put together a truly strange and subversive hour of comedy. More performance art than strictly jokes, Glass has a big band playing only public domain songs to put a button on his ironically hacky gags. He’s playing to a tiny room of 75 people, but he’s giving rants and monologues that he presents as larger than life, even asking the sound guy to give some reverb on his voice. The band taunts his “bragging” and the audience seems to be in on the joke. He even twice busts out into “song,” singing a time-killing anthem that he wrote in case he didn’t have enough material. But I could watch him for hours.

  1. Chris Rock – “Tamborine”

For his first special in nearly a decade, “Tamborine,” Chris Rock immediately comes out swinging. His practical takes on the shootings of black kids, gun control and poverty are vintage Rock. But his material now reflects his middle age. You may disagree with some of his more Millennial-bashing takes, but he shows remarkable candor and great wisdom when he addresses his divorce and what it takes to keep a relationship going. The secret is to approach it like a tambourine player in a band. “You play that motherf— right!” Rock sure does.

  1. Kyle Kinane – “The Standups” Episode 3

Kyle Kinane may be from my hometown of Addison, Illinois, but that’s not the only reason I can relate. His material has been bleak in the past, but in this set he speaks to the moment with insightful material about why he’s still recycling in the face of an apocalypse, Kurt Cobain’s Christmas album and a theory that the Ku Klux Klan has a great chef (“same outfits, different hats”). His finest gag takes full advantage of the pulse of the country and even plays on knowing he was taping this in advance for Netflix: “What if by the time this airs, there’s no mass shooting,” he asks. “This is America.”

Every 2018 Netflix Stand-Up Special, Ranked

An updated look at this year’s best on-stage comedy that’s available to stream right now.

One day the algorithm will swallow us whole. Until then, while we’re still able to keep our heads above the sea of content flooding the Netflix servers, there’s one constant anchor in the storm: Every week, Netflix adds a new standup special.

Some of them take on different shapes in front of different audiences. The return of the Netflix half-hour collection “The Standups” gives a more condensed alternative to some of its larger, longer counterparts. Giant names in the business have taken something close to a blank check approach to make something that doesn’t look, sound, or feel like the other titles next to it on the home menu.

That said, time is precious. Even the biggest comedy fans probably can’t keep up with every weekly addition. (Now that some comedians are dropping multiple specials simultaneously, they’ve become small seasons of television all their own.) To help, we’ve ranked every new 2018 standup special that has come to the service over this calendar year. Comedy is subjective, but this is one way of helping make sure your comedy time is well-spent.

As the year goes on, we’ll keep this updated with all the newest adds to the Netflix comedy lineup. In the meantime, if you’re looking for something to keep you busy for the next hour, here’s our ranked list of all that Netflix comedy has to offer in 2018.

[Note: Netflix has a collection of standup in a variety of languages, but for the sake of keeping this a judge of material from the performer and not just a translator’s subtitles, we kept this list to primarily English-language specials.]

17. “Harith Iskander: I Told You So”

A surprising portion of the early part of “I Told You So” is Iskander marveling at his ability to have a standup special. Rather than plunge right into his set, there’s a lot of buildup around the fact that he even gets to do this. Overall, it’s a harmless hour that feels more designed for the people in the room when it was recorded than the people who are watching it however many months later. Iskander gets a lot of goodwill from being a likable guy, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to much substantial comedy. Most of “I Told You So” is made up of the story of him as a teenager flying overseas to visit his girlfriend — on its own, it’s a charming enough monologue that’s more interesting than funny. Still, there is something valuable in a moment of forgiveness near the special’s end.

Joke Worth Watching For: The personal stories are the most compelling, but Iskander’s impression of a bag waiting to be picked up at Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the show’s biggest laugh. (Airport material plays in any country.)

16. “Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish”

Marlon Wayans Woke-Ish Netflix

“Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish”

Cara Howe

Wayans took three decades into his career to release his first standup special and it shows. Not because “Woke-ish” contains a nonstop stream of carefully crafted material honed over decades (it doesn’t), but because it feels mostly like a collection of stray observations and film script B-sides. The best parts of “Woke-ish” are when Wayans taps into things that feel his own, particularly his physical comedy stuff. But when he takes a broader view of the world, it’s delivered with the same spirit of reactive toothlessness that guided two different “A Haunted House” movies. Any half-hearted attempts at sincerity or introspection immediately get undercut by a cheap gag. Wayans has to go big to please a giant MGM crowd, and in the process he loses a lot of what would make this a distinctive debut worth waiting for.

One Joke Worth Watching For: Again, not so much a joke as it is repeating something that happened to someone else, but his recreation of the Wendy Williams fainting GIF is a crowd-pleaser for a reason.

15. “Katt Williams: Great America”

Katt Williams Great America

“Katt Williams: Great America”

The best parts of “Great America” are when Katt Williams plays to his Jacksonville, Fla., crowd. The jokes and references meant mostly for the people in the room somehow work even better because of how well you can tell he’s tapping into what’s getting a big response. But as soon as Williams loses that specificity, that charm devolves into tired Trump jokes and recycled observations about relationships that are whispers of some of Williams’ more magnetic stuff from specials past. If the photos of him hanging on the wall on either side of a fake Oval Office are any indication, most of this is designed to bring back memories of sharper things he’s done elsewhere.

Joke Worth Watching For: Williams covers plenty of ground in a short timeframe, so blink and you’ll miss some of the better stuff here. Some strong candidates? Unveiling the Jacksonville Jaguars new uniforms and trying to figure out what mesothelioma is.

14. “Fakkah Fuzz: Almost Banned”

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“Fakkah Fuzz: Almost Banned”

Netflix

Building an entire set around a “some people are like this, and other people are like that” group of premises is a tricky proposition. Fuzz makes the most of relaying his experiences as a Malay man in Singapore, turning it around on some of the different groups that make up his audience. Most of it is limited to some surface-level comparisons, but Fuzz also gets the chance to point out how many people (not just Americans) can be condescending when they come across a culture they think they understand but they don’t.

Joke Worth Watching For: There’s a great payoff to Fuzz’s story about reconnecting with someone from his past via Instagram DMs.

13. “Ricky Gervais: Humanity”

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“Ricky Gervais: Humanity”

Ray Burmiston

Even when a few genuine spontaneous smiles sneak through, “Humanity” has the air of something Gervais feels obliged to do, either to feed some nonexistent need to bolster his cred as Bad Boy of Comedy or as a self-appointed crusader for insufferable people everywhere. A large portion of the special is an exercise in bad faith, especially when his coda tries to have it both ways by insisting he has permission to joke about his adopted targets. Getting there is a parade of recycled Twitter material and insistent jokes about how there is no God. (Have you heard he’s an atheist? Surprisingly, it’s never come up before.) Those parts are all the more frustrating, because when you strip those away, there’s a chunk of “Humanity” that feels fine-tuned. Some selective carving leaves a few slivers of bits that let Gervais poke fun at his own assholery. But whenever it seems like he’s finally figured out a way to peel back the top layer of faux outrage and get at what’s wrong with a “we’re just too PC these days” premise, he turns his focus to people who he thinks have unfairly maligned him. He’s slavishly committed to exposing people who trolls see as trolls, which occasionally does work to his benefit, but that doesn’t leave much room for honesty.

Joke Worth Watching For: The story of a relative going bald but continuing to wear a toupee is an ideal example of what Gervais can do with a great story — when he’s not sidetracked by outsized pettiness.

‘The Week Of’ Trailer: Netflix Unveils Extended Look At Adam Sandler & Chris Rock Starrer

We got a first a look at The Week Of in a teaser released earlier this month, and now Netflix has unveiled the full trailer for the comedy starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.
In a re-teaming of the two Saturday Night Live alums, The Week Of tells the story of a devoted, middle class father (Sandler) determined to pay for his daughter’s wedding despite the prodding of the wealthier father of the groom (Rock). A series of calamities forces the dads (and their families) to…

We got a first a look at The Week Of in a teaser released earlier this month, and now Netflix has unveiled the full trailer for the comedy starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. In a re-teaming of the two Saturday Night Live alums, The Week Of tells the story of a devoted, middle class father (Sandler) determined to pay for his daughter’s wedding despite the prodding of the wealthier father of the groom (Rock). A series of calamities forces the dads (and their families) to…

The Last 15 Oscar Hosts Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

1. Steve Martin (2001, 2003)
He’s smart, classy and relaxed, an effortless performer with a sharp wit who knows how to hit the right tone, even when he hosted a show that began a few days after the Iraq war began. Plus the crew all say he’s the most low-maintenance host imaginable.

2. Hugh Jackman (2009)
When it seemed as if the standup-comic-as-Oscar-host tradition was becoming awfully tired, producers Bill Condon and Lawrence Mark brought in a singing, dancing, charismatic movie star to show what a new kind of host could do. Since then, no other star has come close to doing what Jackman did, maybe because none could.

10. David Letterman (1995)
You have to feel bad for Letterman, who followed his idol Johnny Carson onto the Oscar stage but didn’t adapt to the job the way Carson had. Some of his stuff was actually pretty funny, but his Oscarized version of the “Late Show” was a bad fit, and you could tell that he knew it.

5. Jimmy Kimmel (2017, 2018) Before his first Oscars hosting gig was overshadowed by that envelope fiasco, Kimmel was smart and entertaining enough that we forgave him for a few too many Matt Damon jokes. Hosting this year will be a trying task, but his heart should make him the right man for the job (though you could argue that maybe they should have hired a woman).

1. Steve Martin (2001, 2003)
He’s smart, classy and relaxed, an effortless performer with a sharp wit who knows how to hit the right tone, even when he hosted a show that began a few days after the Iraq war began. Plus the crew all say he’s the most low-maintenance host imaginable.

2. Hugh Jackman (2009)
When it seemed as if the standup-comic-as-Oscar-host tradition was becoming awfully tired, producers Bill Condon and Lawrence Mark brought in a singing, dancing, charismatic movie star to show what a new kind of host could do. Since then, no other star has come close to doing what Jackman did, maybe because none could.

10. David Letterman (1995)
You have to feel bad for Letterman, who followed his idol Johnny Carson onto the Oscar stage but didn’t adapt to the job the way Carson had. Some of his stuff was actually pretty funny, but his Oscarized version of the “Late Show” was a bad fit, and you could tell that he knew it.

5. Jimmy Kimmel (2017, 2018) Before his first Oscars hosting gig was overshadowed by that envelope fiasco, Kimmel was smart and entertaining enough that we forgave him for a few too many Matt Damon jokes. Hosting this year will be a trying task, but his heart should make him the right man for the job (though you could argue that maybe they should have hired a woman).

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Chris Rock Drove Home a Gun-Control Argument on the Day of the Florida Shooting

If you spent Wednesday shaking your head at the horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, then sat down to watch Chris Rock’s new Netflix special, “Tambourine,” you may have been stunned at the timing of one of his first jokes.

Rock addressed mass shootings in America, saying there will never be gun control. He pointed out that every time there’s another mass shooting, someone goes on TV to make the case that guns don’t kill people, people kill people — and that people could just as easily commit mass murders with knives. The comedian recorded the special at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last November.

“If a 100 people ever got stabbed at the same time, in the same place by the same person, you know what that would mean?” Rock said. That “97 people deserve to die.”

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After an applause break, he added: “What, you’re just watching this s—?”

It isn’t the first time Rock has pointed out flaws in First Amendment arguments. In 2012, he told “CBS This Morning”:

We got to figure out how to stop this gun stuff. We do. Whenever people try to defend their guns, they always say, “I’m protecting my property. I’m protecting my property.” Every time there’s a mass shooting, it’s a guy who lives with his mother. He owns no property.

He later elaborated to TheWrap:

The gun lobby always says, well, people need the right to protect their property. Every mass shooting is done by a guy who lives with his mother. I honestly believe you should have to have a mortgage to buy a gun. No one with a mortgage has ever gone on a killing spree. … A mortgage is a real background check … And you know if you go to jail for 30 years you still have to pay your f–ing mortgage.

And then there was his classic “bullet control” riff from “Bigger and Blacker”: “I think all bullets should cost $5,000 dollars… if a bullet cost $5,000, there’d be no more innocent bystanders.”

“Tambourine” is now available on Netflix.

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If you spent Wednesday shaking your head at the horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, then sat down to watch Chris Rock’s new Netflix special, “Tambourine,” you may have been stunned at the timing of one of his first jokes.

Rock addressed mass shootings in America, saying there will never be gun control. He pointed out that every time there’s another mass shooting, someone goes on TV to make the case that guns don’t kill people, people kill people — and that people could just as easily commit mass murders with knives. The comedian recorded the special at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last November.

“If a 100 people ever got stabbed at the same time, in the same place by the same person, you know what that would mean?” Rock said. That “97 people deserve to die.”

After an applause break, he added: “What, you’re just watching this s—?”

It isn’t the first time Rock has pointed out flaws in First Amendment arguments. In 2012, he told “CBS This Morning”:

We got to figure out how to stop this gun stuff. We do. Whenever people try to defend their guns, they always say, “I’m protecting my property. I’m protecting my property.” Every time there’s a mass shooting, it’s a guy who lives with his mother. He owns no property.

He later elaborated to TheWrap:

The gun lobby always says, well, people need the right to protect their property. Every mass shooting is done by a guy who lives with his mother. I honestly believe you should have to have a mortgage to buy a gun. No one with a mortgage has ever gone on a killing spree. … A mortgage is a real background check … And you know if you go to jail for 30 years you still have to pay your f–ing mortgage.

And then there was his classic “bullet control” riff from “Bigger and Blacker”: “I think all bullets should cost $5,000 dollars… if a bullet cost $5,000, there’d be no more innocent bystanders.”

“Tambourine” is now available on Netflix.

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