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April 1st, 2015

Chris Hardwick, Cameron Esposito, Reggie Watts, and More Join Bonnaroo's 2015 Comedy Lineup

The Bonnaroo Music Festival announced its 2015 comedy lineup today, and it's packed with funny people: Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, Ron Funches, Moshe Kasher, Ralphie May, Nick Thune, Ian Edwards, Ari Shaffir, Kurt Braunohler, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Jamie Lee, Cameron Esposito, Matt McCarthy, and Mark Normand. The festival runs from Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 in Manchester, Tennessee, and more comedians will be announced in the coming months. Head over to Bonnaroo's website for more information.

Watch Mike Myers and Richard Kind Try to Out-Prank Each Other in a 1987 Pilot

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

As a tribute to the confusing mess that is April Fools' Day, this week's unearthed Second City clip comes from the 1987 television pilot 110 Lombard starring Ryan Stiles, Bob Bainborough, and Mike Myers and featuring Dana Andersen, Bonnie Hunt, Linda Kash, Richard Kind, Jane Morris, Bruce Pirrie, Audrey Webb, and Mark Wilson. In the above excerpt, Myers visits his wealthy potential father-in-law to ask for his blessing, but the visit quickly escalates into a ridiculous prank competition. Check out the full pilot here.

Tom Papa Micromanages the Latest Episode of 'Cop Show'

Here's the newest episode of Colin Quinn's Cop Show featuring special guest Tom Papa, who seems more interested in sabotaging the production than focusing on his role. Sorry Mr. Hollywood, but in New York, micromanaging control freaks aren't welcomed with open arms.

Funny or Die Is Changing the Comedy Game with Their New Venture 'Dips'

Just in time for April Fools' Day, Funny or Die launched a brand new venture today called Dips, a cutting-edge 1.5 second looping video platform that they seem confident will completely change the online comedy content game. Check out the official launch video above, then head over to the Dips page to watch some contributions from Will Ferrell, Bob Odenkirk, Lena Dunham, Andy Samberg, and tons more.

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham's 'Womp It Up!' Premieres on Earwolf April 20th

Wompler fans, rejoice, because Earwolf has some big news. The podcast network announced today that Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham are set to debut their brand new bi-weekly podcast Womp It Up! on Monday, April 20th featuring the Playing House stars as their beloved Comedy Bang! Bang! characters Marissa Wompler and Charlotte Listler. The podcast is framed as Marissa's "brand new school project podcast," with Charlotte on hand to DJ and offer love advice. For more on the Wompler universe, check out our comprehensive "Wompler Files" guide here.

UPDATE: The Womp It Up! page is now live on Earwolf.

Coming Up Twice with Joe List

joelistJoe List is the comedy underdog everyone seems to root for. A longtime fixture in the New York comedy scene, List had the reputation as the gifted standup comic who could never catch a break.

But to paraphrase Seinfeld, a List obsession, 2015 could be the Summer of Joe.

After a killer debut on Letterman last year, List is finally getting his due. He’s headlining more clubs, co-hosts the popular Tuesdays with Stories podcast with Mark Normand, and his peers recently named him a comedian to look out for in 2015.

I recently caught up with List to talk about his start in comedy, the mistakes he made when he first moved to New York, and why the idea of the tortured comedian is a myth. READ MORE

Reggie Watts Singing "A New Ending" Is Your Safe Space for the Day

Today is April Fools' Day, the one day of the year when the internet is so infested with tricks, pranks, and lies that the only way to avoid getting scammed is to stay offline altogether. Fortunately, Reggie Watts has created the perfect safe space where you can come and relax in a comforting, prank-free environment through his song "A New Ending," which James Corden invited him to sing at the end of last night's Late Late Show. No tricks, people — just some beautiful vocals, soulful lyrics, and handy tips to get you through the day.

Conan O'Brien Speaks with Indiana's Religious Freedom Czar Don Beederman

Indiana has been making headlines for the awful discriminatory "religious freedom" bill they passed last week, so during last night's Conan, O'Brien reached out to Indiana's very own self-appointed religious freedom czar Don Beederman for more context. Beederman has conducted extensive, hands-on research on homosexuals, so you can rest assured he knows what he's talking about.

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Michael Keaton Charms Cecily Strong in This Week's 'SNL' Promos

Michael Keaton returns to host SNL for the third time this weekend, and NBC just released the first round of promos featuring Keaton and Cecily Strong. Thankfully Strong is there to remind him about the famous "third time's a charm bracelet" rule.

Melissa McCarthy Transforms Into a Cat Lady in the Latest 'Spy' Trailer

Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy's latest collaboration Spy hits theaters this summer, and 20th Century Fox dropped a brand new trailer today featuring McCarthy as a CIA employee who finally gets to leave the office for some good old fashioned spy work. Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, and Miranda Hart costar in the film, which hits theaters June 5th.

Hannibal Buress to a Heckler: "You, Sir, Are a Social Terrorist"

Why do we love heckler videos so much? Is it because it's fascinating to see experienced comedians bounce back from unexpected interruptions, or is it because watching a drunk, selfish idiot get humiliated in front of thousands of people is always a good time? In this new clip from Hannibal Buress on tour in Delaware, it's the perfect combination of both. Plus, it's impossible to listen to Buress's belly laughs and not smile.

Natasha Leggero Plays a Flirtatious Widow in This 'Another Period' Sneak Peek

Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome's new Comedy Central show Another Period premieres this summer, and today the network released the first sneak peek featuring Leggero as a widow who flirts with a rich Newport man played by Tim Heidecker and Michael Ian Black as a butler who always knows when to bring the custard. Another Period debuts on Comedy Central Tuesday, June 23rd.

Jack Black and James Marsden's 'The D Train' Premieres on May 8th

Jack Black and James Marsden recently teamed up for a new indie film called The D Train, and after a successful run at Sundance, the film is now headed to theaters on Friday, May 8th. According to Vanity Fair, the trailer has been edited to present the film as more of a high school reunion comedy rather than show its "darker sexual fixation undertones," so if you really want to know what The D Train is about you'll have to see it for yourself (or go for the spoilers here and here).

'Inside No. 9' Takes the Bottle Episode to Claustrophobic New Heights

insideno9‘Genie in a Bottle’ is a recurring feature where each week a different bottle episode (an episode set entirely in one location, often designed to save money) from a comedy series is examined

“Oh there’s not very much space, is there?”
“That’s what makes it fun, apparently.”

You may not be familiar with talents Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, who hail from the UK and are some of the sharpest most versatile comedic performers of the nation. The duo have put together some truly impressive programs, such as The League of Gentlemen and Psychoville, but their latest — and current — series, Inside No. 9, is perhaps their most stylistic and daring yet. It’s also the perfect series to focus on here, considering every episode of the show is a bottle episode.

Inside No. 9 is the blackest of comedies, and a virtuoso anthology series, with each episode having an entirely new cast, and that cast trapped in some entirely new setting and situation (which somehow involves the number nine). With the series having just started up its second season overseas, it seems only fitting to look at the series’ pilot episode, “Sardines,” which is perhaps their bottle-iest of all their bottle episodes. And this is achieved by the whole episode nearly taking place entirely inside of a wardrobe. Wisely, an incredibly mundane event is chosen here to base everything around, as the episode watches what happens while people wait to be found in the British equivalent of hide-and-seek. READ MORE