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Netflix to Release Extended Cut of Chris Rock Tamborine

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Chris Rock’s 2018 Netflix stand-up special, Tamborine, is getting extended is said to include never-before-seen jokes, interviews, and behind the scenes footage that was not in the original special. This new release will clock in at over 90 minutes.

The new version of the special, titled Chris Rock: Total Blackout: The Tamborine Extended Cut, makes its Netflix debut on Tuesday, January 12. Rock first revealed the news of the special on Twitter and Instagram on December 23, and today Netflix announced the premiere date.

Rock inked a two-special deal with Netflix back in 2016 for a reported $40 million, and Tamborine — released ten years after his 2008 HBO special Kill the Messenger — was the first.

Here is the teaser trailer of the upcoming special.

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Coming 2 America Trailer!

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Sequel of the 1988 comedy is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on March 5, 2021. Check out the trailer!

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall return to a new Zamunda-to-New York City adventure. Coming 2 America sees Prince Akeem (Murphy), now set to become king, discovering he has a son he never knew about, a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler). Honoring his father’s dying wish to groom his son as a newly crowned prince, Akeem must return to America.

Nearly all the characters (played mostly by Murphy and Hall) will return and many actors from the 1988 movie. They include James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos and the memorable barbershop crew. Newcomers include Jermaine Fowler, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne and Teyana Taylor.

Coming 2 America global premiere on Amazon Prime Video will be available in more than 240 countries worldwide.

Below are some funniest moments from original movie. Get ready to laugh!

All barbershop scenes

Randy Watson & Sexual Chocolate

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Jim Carrey Exits SNL Joe Biden Role

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Jim Carrey tweeted just before the final live 2020 SNL telecast hosted by Kristen Wiig announcing that he is retiring his role as President Elect Biden.

“Though my term was only meant to be 6 weeks, I was thrilled to be elected as your SNL President…comedy’s highest call of duty,” Carrey tweeted. “I would love to go forward knowing that Biden was the victor because I nailed that s***. But I am just one in a long line of proud, fighting SNL Bidens!”

Carrey played Biden for six episodes leading up to the 2020 presidential election and first episode after the election. Carrey was a surprising choice to play Biden considering efforts from others like Woody Harrelson and former cast member Jason Sudeikis.

All the excitement of Carrey playing Biden was there, but his performance garnered mixed reviews despite Carrey’s comedic chops. He just didn’t click into the role. It’s unfortunate but sometimes that happens.

“It sounded like a great get at first. Here was a big-time star that could balance out the heft of Alec Baldwin’s Trump. But after three episodes, Carrey still hasn’t managed to break through,” Vanity Fair wrote in October. “Maybe he’s too physical a performer, or too needy a showman, to capture the flapjack earnestness of the former vice president.”

The L.A. Times concurred writing in November that “despite the aviator glasses, silver hair and ‘here’s the deal’ phraseology, the gregarious Carrey has had a hard time exploiting Biden’s demeanor on the national stage this year — deliberate, controlled and understated.”

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Dave Chappelle Gets Netflix to Remove Chappelle's Show

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Earlier this month, Chappelle hosted the SNL right after the 2020 election just like he did in 2016. In his 2020 SNL monologue, Dave Chappelle talked about his great-grandfather, who was a slave until he was 10 years old. “I wish I could see him now and I wish he could see me. I wonder what he would say. This week I flew to New York on a private jet to host Saturday Night Live. Netflix started streaming a show that bears his name, Chappelle’s Show, and HBO Max is streaming it. And I didn’t get paid for any of it,” Chappelle said. “If he could see me now, he’d probably be like, ‘This n—a got bought and sold more than I have.’”

The joke drew some gasps from the show’s live audience, but his most recent Instagram posting goes even further as condemns ViacomCBS for licensing his former series without allegedly compensating the comic for his work.

As Chappelle explained in the monologue, he initially signed a contract to host Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central as a “28-year-old expectant father that was broke.” “I was desperate, I needed a way out. It wasn’t good money, it wasn’t good circumstances, but what else am I going to do?” he asked.

According to the comic, he had previously approached HBO about the series but was turned down, Chappelle said in the video posted Tuesday, he was reminded of when HBO Max began streaming Chappelle’s Show this month through a licensing deal with ViacomCBS.

“Now, these are executives, all they have to do is say, ‘Yeah we’ll take it,’ or, ‘No, thank you, we won’t,’” Chappelle said of meeting with HBO years prior. “They didn’t say either of those things, they went too far. They said, literally, ‘What do we need you for?’ That’s what they told me as they kicked me out of the office, ‘What do we need you for?’ And here we are all these years later and they’re streaming the very show I was pitching to them. So I’m asking them, what do you need me for?”

Chappelle hosted his eponymous show for three seasons, but famously left after signing a huge $50 million extension with Comedy Central in 2005. After he exited Chappelle’s Show, however, Chappelle claimed he “never got paid.” “They didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract. But is that right?” he asked. “I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never had to tell me. Perfectly legal because I signed the contract. But is that right?” As the crowd said it was not, Chappelle added, “I didn’t think so either.”

Chappelle signed a major deal with Netflix in 2016, and has worked almost exclusively with the streaming platform in the years since. But according to the star, when he found out Netflix had also licensed Chappelle’s Show for its platform, he was left “furious.”

So, you know what he did? Check out his Instagram video.

Obamas to Produce Netflix Anti-Trump Sketch Series

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The former president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, acquired the rights to Michael Lewis' book “The Fifth Risk” back in 2018 as reported by Deadline. The show will be based on the book.

Barack and Michelle Obama will produce a Netflix sketch comedy series, “The G Word,” expected to be loosely based on an anti-Trump book that portrays the chaos that reportedly erupted after President Trump won the 2016 election.

Comedian Adam Conover, who will partner with the Obamas for the series, confirmed the news on Twitter.

“Very happy to finally be able to share this news: I’m creating a new comedy series for Netflix about the federal government. It’s called The G Word, and I can’t wait to share it with you,” Conover wrote, quote-tweeting the Deadline report. The series, which does not have a release date, will feature comedy “mixed with documentary elements,” according to Deadline.

The Obamas, under the name Higher Ground Productions, have a multimillion-dollar Netflix deal. Their first Netflix documentary “American Factory” hit the streaming service in 2019 and was widely considered an attack on Trump. The documentary focused on a Chinese billionaire who opens a factory “in the husk” of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring 2,000 blue-collar Americans.

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Dave Chapplle's SNL Monologue After Trump Is Denied 2nd Term

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Chappelle returns to SNL to again its first live show after a presidential election. In both of his 2016 and 2020 monologues, he managed to encapsulate how many (based on popular vote) really felt after each election.

Chappelle is a seasoned comedian who is not afraid to share his perspective on today’s sensitive topics and issues. He’s one of those few comedians who can be funny, smart and thought provoking simultaneously. He’s my favorite comedian today because of his unique talent to expertly communicate his unique perspective in a way that will resonate with people who would otherwise never cross paths with anyone like him.

In his 2016 SNL monologue, Chappelle ended his monologue by extending an olive branch to our friends on the other side of the political aisle. He said, “I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. I’m going to give him a chance, and we the historically disenfranchised demand that he gives us one too.”

In his 2020 monologue, the tone was not that different. Yes, he took some strong jabs at Trump and his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Chappelle’s monologue was dark, but I believe better resonates with people regardless of their political affiliation. He urged Biden voters to consider the grievances of millions of voters on the other side and connected those feelings to the lived experiences of generations of Black Americans.

He ends his 16-minute set by suggesting that Americans to be more introspective and examine the root of their hate. It could be the hatred felt towards others of a different race or their own socio-economic status. He ends by confessing that’s what he hates. That feeling of not belonging or feeling hated by your own country because of the way you look or the way you’ve chosen to live your life. Chappelle said, “what I fight through; that’s what I suggest you fight through,” he said. “You gotta find a way to forgive each other. Gotta find joy in your existence in spite of that feeling.”

Check out his 2020 monologue when Trump loses.

Check out his 2016 monologue when Trump wins.

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SNL + Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

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Saturday Night Live will kicked off its 46th season on Oct 3rd, 2020 and has brought in Jim Carrey to play VP Joe Biden against Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump. In a Lorne Michaels interview with Vulture, Michaels revealed Jim Carrey signed on to play Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. “You’ll see the same people. I mean, Maya Rudolph is coming back, and Alec [Baldwin] will be back. And Jim Carrey is going to do Biden,” Michaels said, explaining that the casting started with Carrey expressing interest in the part and then “it came down to discussions of what his take was … He will give the part energy and strength, and [Laughs] hopefully it’s funny.”

Prior to Carrey stepping into the role, Biden has been portrayed by three different people throughout SNL’s 45th season. Woody Harrelson played Biden three times, starting with his hosting stint for the season premiere in September 2019. Jason Sudeikis, who played Biden on SNL during Barack Obama’s presidency, returned to play him during RuPaul’s episode in early February 2020, followed by a single appearance by John Mulaney during his episode later that same month.

Check out the season premiere opener

October 10, 2020 episode will feature comedian Bill Burr with muscial guest Jack White. Stay tuned.

Who is Bill Burr?

Other recent SNL news include Eddie Murphy winning his first Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series. Check out his acceptance speech below.

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Jamie Foxx: Dad Stop Embarrassing Me

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Jamie Foxx next Netflix project will be a father-daughter comedy starring and executive produced by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. The series is inspired by Foxx’s relationship with his daughter, Corinne Foxx, who produces alongside Alex Avant.

Kyla-Drew (The Good Doctor, Jessie) will play Foxx’s daughter, with David Alan Grier (A Soldier’s Play, Sprinter) also joining this multi-camera comedy cast.

This marks Foxx’s return to multi-camera comedy. Following his breakout turn on Fox’s In Living Color, his successful family sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show ran for five seasons.

Jamie Foxx Impressions with Jimmy Fallon.

Jamie Foxx heckles a not funny comedian

Jamie Foxx vs. Jay Pharoah Impressions

Jamie Foxx: Wanda In Living Color - Stay To End For Scene Blooper

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Michelle Obama: Pro-Voting Comedy Special on ABC

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Michelle Obama has partnered with ATTN: to bring some pro-voting comedy content in the lead up to the 2020 election. ABC announced that Obama and ATTN: will team for its primetime comedy special VOMO: Vote or Miss Out, hosted by Kevin Hart.

The hour long special set to air Sept. 14, will urge viewers to practice their civic duty and vote in the upcoming presidential election in November.

Set to make appearances during the one-time comedy special are Tiffany Haddish, Scarlett Johansson, Will Ferrell, Jay Leno, Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. Also joining in are Tim Allen, Whitney Cummings, Kaia Gerber, Charlamagne tha God, Cristela Alonzo, 2 Chainz and Lil Baby.

While a slew of entertainment personalities are set to appear, political figures will also stop by. Joining for the Michelle Obama comedy special are former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor Larry Hogan, Ann Romney and Cindy McCain.

VOMO feature a lineup of comedy bits, stand-up acts and a musical performance. Between the performances, guests will inform viewers about their role in the 2020 election, share additional information on voting and highlight changes to voting procedures.

VOMO will air on ABC from 10pm to 11pm on Sept. 14.

Letterman & Chappelle Hanging in Ohio

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David Letterman was spotted hanging with Dave Chappelle in his hometown, Yellow Springs, OH, sipping coffee and talking. This sighting suggests Letterman will interview Chappelle for the next season of his Netflix series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”.

Chappelle and Letterman, who had a Chappelle-branded face mask hanging off his ear, sipping coffee in the middle of Yellow Springs with a production crew.

Chappelle has been making news by hosting a series of socially-distanced comedy shows – which he’s dubbed ‘Chappelle Summer Camp’ – and Letterman popped up to see the show and maybe did a little stand up.

Chris Rock’s already flown in for one of Chappelle’s shows, which have featured Jon Stewart, Jon Hamm, Tiffany Haddish, Michael Che, Jim Carrey, Louis CK, Donnell Rawlings, Sarah Silverman and Michelle Wolf.

We hope Chappelle is taping these shows and drop them on Netflix. Seems likely because fans have shared online that there is a sign displayed for fans waiting to enter the show. It warned: “This performance is being recorded for future telecasts and other exploitation at the producer’s discretion and may include pictures of the audience or individuals in the audience and backstage. Attendance at this performance shall be deemed your consent to appear in such telecasts without compensation.” Hmm, sure sounds like a taping!

In any event, whatever Chappelle and Letterman are cooking up, it’s sure to be funny!!!

Check out some of the tweets from those shows.

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