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Watch Martin Short Hit The Streets With Billy Eichner

A special 'Billy on the Street' for Red Nose Day

You can’t say that Martin Short didn’t try to do his part to raise money for Red Nose Day. The comedy legend hit the sidewalks of Manhattan with Billy Eichner for a special episode of Billy on the Street, but unfortunately very few people were willing to cough up some cash for the charity.

In the video, which was part of NBC’s imported fundraiser, Red Nose Day, Eichner escorted Short through the city. While normally Eichner will give people a dollar if they recognize David Letterman, plan to watch the Emmy Awards, sing with Amy Poehler, or promise to sleep with Paul Rudd, for this video, Eichner asked for cash for a good cause.

While some people might consider it an honor to have Eichner yell at them, others seemed intimidated by the entourage of a yelling Eichner, Short, and a cameraman. Others simply refused to believe that Short was actually the Martin Short and wouldn’t make a donation to an imposter.

 

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Watch The Kardashians and The Real Housewives Get the Bad Lip Reading Treatment

Thank Red Nose Day for this

Kourtney Kardashian really wants to share her fish sticks with her sister, Kim. At least according to a bad lip reading of their conversation courtesy of Red Nose Day. Of course they weren’t the only members of the Keeping Up With the Kardashian crew saying strange things in the clip above.

“I put weird stuff in my ear,” “said” Bruce Jenner, according to the expert lip readers used in the video. “Like what?” asked Kris Jenner. “Like Doritos,” Bruce Jenner replied. “That’s where you put it,” Kris replied matter-of-factly.

Other highlights of the poorly interpreted conversations include Real Housewives stars NeNe Leakes, Kim Richards, and more talking nonsense (well, more nonsense than usual).

It’s all good fun for a good cause. Specifically, Red Nose Day a fundraising event that just debuted in the United States, decades after it launched in the U.K. in 1985. The special, which aired on NBC on Thursday, also featured the likes of Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jodie Foster, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Coldplay, Julianne Moore and the cast of Game of Thrones. And, of course, The Real Housewives.

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Watch Justin Bieber Sing Car Karaoke with James Corden

The Bieb also revealed how many times he wears his underwear in a row

While you were still crying over David Letterman’s late night departure, James Corden was asking Justin Bieber if he ever makes love to his own music. While the answer to that was a sad no, there were some other interesting revelations on Wednesday night’s Late Late Show.

In the clip, Corden and Bieber drive around Los Angeles, shouting out to fans on the street and singing along to Bieber’s hit songs “Baby” and “Where Are U Now.” In between all the singing and seat dancing, Corden managed to get some dirt on the singer, like the fact that he only wears underwear once before throwing it out. (As a Calvin Klein model, perhaps he feels he has to do his part to keep the company in business?) Bieber also showed off his impressive skills with a Rubik’s Cube, which has to be seen to be beliebed.

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Amy Schumer Knows Who the Bachelorette Is and Will Totally Tell You

Will you accept this rose?

Amy Schumer stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night pretty much just to gloat about the fact that she knows the identity of the next The Bachelorette.

As you may recall, The Bachelorette threw a wrench in its well-tested, very greasy works and decided that this season, which premieres on Monday, will feature not one, but two bachelorettes. Britt and Kaitlyn, who vied for the heart of Chris Soules on last season of The Bachelor, will have to face off in some sort of rose petal strewn Thunderdome while a selection of well-coiffed men choose which of the two will move forward on a journey to find love. Until the two-part season opener, though, no one knows which of the women will be the actual Bachelorette—except Amy Schumer.

While talking to noted Bachelor enthusiast Kimmel, the Trainwreck star revealed that not only did she get to go on a date with all the men (testing them out for the bachelorettes, of course), but she also absolutely knows whether Kaitlyn or Britt is the winner. Before you get too jealous of Schumer’s insider knowledge, turns out she will happily tell anyone who the winner is, NDA be damned. Don’t worry you can still be jealous of her wine glass.

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Jason Alexander To Star in New Comedy Pilot

Premiere Of "My Friend Ed" Documentary
Gabriel Olsen—Getty Images Jason Alexander attends the Premiere Of "My Friend Ed" Documentary at UCLA James Bridges Theatre on November 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

He'll play a shrink who has a mental breakdown

Jason Alexander will star in a new comedy pilot and no, it’s not a Seinfeld reprise.

The pilot will air on Adult Swim and feature Alexander as a famous psychotherapist who has a mental breakdown and starts using increasingly weird methods with his patients, Deadline reports, but no one wants to question the treatments of an award-winning doctor.

The show, still untitled, was created by Adam Lustick of Silicon Valley and The Office.

Alexander is best known for his nine-season run as George Costanza on Seinfeld.

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Upfronts Watch: NBC’s Schedule, Not Much to Laugh About

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Robert Trachtenberg/NBC Harris, host of NBC's new variety show Best Time Ever

Once home to Seinfeld, The Office and Cheers, the Peacock will air the fewest comedies in ages.

NBC, ancient, storied, its halls full of ghosts, is the network that benefits most from, and is burdened most by, its history. At events like this week’s upfronts–where networks announce their fall schedules for advertisers–it likes to remind us how many of our fondest TV memories started there. But it also means that when it slips up or runs into trouble, whatever it does is treated as a sign of The Troubles of TV Today because, well, it’s NBC.

So on the one hand, the fact that NBC announced a fall schedule with only two sitcoms–a live version of Undateable and the new People Are Talking–doesn’t sum up the state of comedy everywhere. ABC had a strong year with the debuts of blackish and Fresh Off the Boat, and there’s plenty of comedy on cable. On the other hand: only one measly hour of comedy, on the home of Seinfeld and Cheers, and that on the dead zone of Friday night.

A few years ago, NBC talked about how it was changing its tack with comedy, stepping back from clever-but-niche comedies (like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, now streaming on Netflix) to broader, more “mass” comedies (like Bad Judge, now airing nowhere). Now it’s mostly stepped back from doing comedy at all. (The network has several comedies for midseason, but who knows when they will air or how well the network will commit to them.)

The result is a fall schedule full of shows that work for NBC now (The Voice); shows that resemble shows that work for NBC now (Chicago Med, successor to Chicago PD and Chicago Fire, and precursor, I assume, to Chicago Gas & Electric and Chicago Dept. of Zoning); and shows that used to work for NBC in the past (Heroes Reborn). The other new series include Blindspot, a mystery-thriller with a bit of a Blacklist feel; Heartbreaker, another medical drama; and The Player, with Wesley Snipes in an action drama about a security expert in Las Vegas.

You can see trailers from the new series online. They may be very good or may be very bad, it’s hard, at first description, to get very excited about any of them.

And hey, can I blame them? NBC’s first job is to get ratings, not to excite me, and it has at least climbed out of the fourth-place subbasement it occupied when the network aired comedies that I watched. And while NBC’s sitcoms may be sparse in the fall, there is at least one new show that promises an intriguing experiment and ideally some laughs: Neil Patrick Harris’ variety show Best Time Ever.

Still, NBC’s bet on NPH and the variety format seems a little tentative. Rather than give it a primo spot on the schedule, say immediately after The Voice, it will air Tuesdays through November at 10 p.m.–an oddly late slot for variety shows, which have usually gone earlier to grab an all-ages audience. Maybe NPH’s comedy will be racier; maybe NBC feels Heartbreaker (which gets the Voice lead-in) is a better investment.

Either way, Best Time Ever may or may not laugh best, but NBC’s scheduling has ensured that it will at least laugh last.

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Amy Schumer Special Directed by Chris Rock Coming to HBO

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C Flanigan—FilmMagic/Getty Images Amy Schumer attends the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards on April 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.

It will air later this year

Amy Schumer’s big year just got even bigger.

Later this month, the comedian will tape her first comedy special for HBO, the network announced Thursday. The special, which tapes May 29 at the Apollo Theater, will be directed by Chris Rock. The pairing makes for a comedy dream team of sorts.

Schumer’s highly praised Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, is currently in the midst of its third season, and in July Schumer is set to put her stamp on the summer blockbuster season with the release of the movie she stars in and wrote, Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow.

The special is set to air later this year, according to HBO.

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Fox Cancels The Mindy Project — but There’s Hope at Hulu

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Adam Taylor—NBC/Getty Images The Mindy Project "Best Man" Episode with Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri

Hulu is a logical suitor

Fox is breaking up with The Mindy Project.

The network has canceled Mindy Kaling’s romantic comedy, EW has learned. The show, which boasts a cult audience but has been dogged by low ratings, wrapped its third season in March.

There may be second life for Mindy, though, with a big upside. The show’s producer, Universal Television, is currently in serious talks with Hulu for multiple additional seasons. Hulu is a logical suitor, as it already owns the streaming rights to all of the show’s episodes.

This article first appeared from our partners at Entertainment Weekly.

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‘I So Stunned Like Vegetable’ Could Become a Thing After This Video

Even better: “Please be the metal cable to my cable car"

Singaporean sitcom star Chen Tianwen is on course to becoming an Internet hit because of his kitschy music video Unbelievable.

The video was produced for Singapore’s Channel 5 sitcom Spouse for House 2 and is intended as a flashback to explain why Chen’s character always says “un-n-n-n-n-believable.”

Inspired by famous ’70s Singaporean singer Huang Qing Yuan, Chen dons a dodgy floral shirt, an enormous wig and sings a very badly dubbed Chinese-style karaoke song to serenade a girl who’s so un-un-un-unbelievable that she leaves him “stunned like vegetable.”

With other classic lyrics such as “Come be my coffee table and I’ll be your sofa … please be the metal cable to my cable car,” and some fantastically comical dance moves, this video is your instant mood lifter for the day. You’re welcome.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Will Reunite With Jerry Seinfeld on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Jerry and Elaine will grab a coffee just like old times

Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy talk show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is coming back for a sixth season — and this time Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be joining Seinfeld at the wheel.

The web series will be coming back to Sony Crackle on June 4, and Louis-Dreyfus is set to reunite with her Seinfeld co-star on a brief road trip to get a cup of coffee, according to the New York Times. Both Michael Richards (Kramer) and Jason Alexander (George) have got cups of coffee with Seinfeld on his web series — though Alexander’s segment was actually filmed for a Super Bowl ad, in which he appeared in character:

Other guests include soon-to-be-Late Show host Stephen Colbert, new Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Jim Carrey, and Bill Maher.

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