May 22nd, 2015

A Letterman Superfan Broke Down the 'Late Show' Finale Highlight Reel Frame by Frame

At the end of Wednesday night's Late Show with David Letterman finale, the Foo Fighters closed out the show while a long photo and clip montage played featuring tons of memories from throughout Letterman's legendary run, most of which only appeared on the screen for a split second. Thankfully, one diehard Letterman fan decided to not only break down every single frame (537 total) used in the montage but contextualize every moment by the year or celebrity guest. It's a fascinating dive into just some of Letterman's best late night contributions from his 30+ year career, and it should at least be a good distraction while we're still mourning the careless destruction of the iconic Late Show set yesterday afternoon.

Check out the entire compilation here.

Here's the First Trailer for Fox's 'Golan the Insatiable' Starring Aubrey Plaza and Rob Riggle

Former ADHD series Golan the Insatiable is headed to primetime Fox later this month, and the network recently released the first trailer. Starring Aubrey Plaza and Rob Riggle as an unlikely pair of new friends, Golan is also set to feature the voice talents of Ken Marino, John DiMaggio, Maria Bamford, Rachel Butera, and Nick Rutherford. The show premieres on Fox Sunday, May 31st at 9:30pm.

Amy Schumer Is Teaming Up with Paul Feig for a New Movie

Amy Schumer is about to make her big screen debut in Judd Apatow's Trainwreck this July, and now she already has another starring film role lined up. THR reports that Schumer is set to star in a Fox comedy produced by Paul Feig that Schumer and her sister Kim Caramele will rewrite from a script by Feig's The Heat and Ghostbusters collaborator Katie Dippold to "put the main character in Schumer's voice." Few plot details have been revealed, but it's described as an "action-comedy in the vein of Feig's The Heat and centers on a mother-daughter duo trapped in a vacation gone wrong."

Watch the trailer for Schumer's starring film debut in Trainwreck below: READ MORE

Check Out the First Photos from 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp'

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp hits Netflix on Friday, July 17th, but in the meantime the streaming network released eight new photos from the prequel series today featuring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Ken Marino, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Meloni, Janeane Garofalo, and more in the trip back in time to Camp Firewood in 1981. Check out the rest of the photos below: READ MORE

@MeganMaileGreen on Hummingbirds and if People Like Her Tweets for the Same Reasons She Does

meganmailegreenMegan Maile Green is a contributing writer for The Onion and ClickHole, and a cast member on The Wheel Show, a sketch comedy show at the NerdMelt in LA. She and her friends made a TV pilot called Cowards, which won "Best Comedy" at the 2014 New York Television Festival, and they'll send you a VHS copy of it for only five dollars. She used to write for The Late Live Show in Chicago and used to co-write the Twitter account @PinterestFake until she forgot to keep doing it. This week I spoke with Green about three of her favorite tweets, her expectations when it comes to Twitter, and some of her favorite topics to write about.

Green: I am not a chill girlfriend at all. My needs are impossible to meet and I have to be reminded that I'm a special angel every day. So this just came out of my frustration with how women have to try so hard to appear accommodating and carefree in relationships. I think women who brag about being the chill girlfriend are the same ones who brag about not having any female friends and they make me very sad. That's the beginning of the tweet, and then, obviously, at the end of it I lost my mind. I really didn't think anyone would like this when I wrote it and I'm still kind of curious if people like it for the same reason I do. READ MORE

Watch a Special Edition of 'Billy on the Street' with Martin Short

Last night NBC aired a TV special for their charity event Red Nose Day, and the night included a brand new segment of Billy on the Street with special guest Martin Short. Instead of giving away dollars, this time Billy Eichner and Martin Short are looking for a round of on-the-street charitable donations, and at least one of them is worth it for the anecdote Short shares about working with Chevy Chase.

Breaking Down Each Cast Member's Contribution to 'SNL' Season 40

SNL Season 40 CastWith SNL's 40th season wrapped up, we're taking a look back at the past year to recall the highs, lows, and other memorable moments as the show ended its fourth decade on the air. In this final post, we discuss the cast members on the show.

Being in the cast of SNL for season 40 was a blessing and a curse. More of a blessing, obviously. For comedians Leslie Jones and Pete Davidson, it was a dream come true: they began 2014 as relative unknowns and ended it with reserved seats in history, joining the ranks of a legendary comedy institution right as it celebrated a significant milestone. The two of them even received a special distinction during the anniversary special, introducing the best part of the night: archive footage of cast members' audition tapes. But in many ways, this heightened nostalgia has made their task even more difficult — this season's cast had to overcome four decades' worth of expectations and impress viewers that are increasingly quick to judge. Arguably no cast member in the show's history had to endure the level of harassment Leslie Jones sees on Twitter every Sunday morning.

A judgmental viewership wasn't the only struggle for the season 40 cast. Despite having slimmed down to a more manageable size from last season, the current lineup still lacks the star power the show needs to command the respect of viewers and critics. Historically, that X-factor has taken the form of a single cast member — Chevy Chase, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell — or an endearing chemistry between team players — Bill Murray and Gilda Radner, Phil Hartman and Jan Hooks, the Lonely Island. There have been flashes of greatness within the 2014-2015 crew — Taran Killam, Cecily Strong, and Kate McKinnon often rise to the occasion, and the bromance between Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney has tightened since their Good Neighbor days — but many viewers continue to shrug off this cast as still in transition.

However, if we could stop comparing them to past generations and appreciate them solely for their work, suddenly this cast looks like one we shouldn't shrug off. Taran, Cecily, Kate, Kenan, and Bobby have become some of the most dynamic sketch comedians the show has ever seen, and Vanessa and Aidy have continued to be indispensable in sketches. Beck and Kyle have transitioned from rookies who only shined in their own off-beat shorts to dominant actors in live sketches. Jay and Sasheer remain expert impersonators that the show doesn't use often enough. And Leslie and Pete provided SNL with a breath of fresh air that the show seemed unable to locate last season.

Of course, it's hard to use words to accurately depict the state of affairs in the SNL cast, which is why we also use numbers. Creating a pie chart to depict SNL cast member screen time (which we did in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and below) is a huge, nerdy waste of time, but it also gives us a reasonable quantification of how much value the show's writers and producers place on each actor. Sure, it may seem cruel to reduce a comedian's hard work over nine months to a percentage and a tiny sliver of a pie chart, but this is the internet, and geeking out over TV shows is how we enjoy them. Also, we have way too much time on our hands. READ MORE

Here's the First Teaser for Bill Murray's Netflix Christmas Special

Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola have been working on a Christmas special since last year, and now it finally has a name, home, and very first teaser. A Very Murray Christmas is officially headed to Netflix this December, and George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Miley Cyrus are set to make appearances. Check out the first teaser for the special above.

Conan O'Brien Discovers His Entire Staff Wants Jordan Schlansky Fired

During last night's Conan, O'Brien debuted a brand new remote segment filmed in the Conaco offices in which he visits some of his production staff to give them a yearly performance review. While Conan's ultimate goal is to fire three employees, there's one Conaco worker who everyone seems to want to go away: non-essential associate producer and coffee snob Jordan Schlansky.

David Letterman's 'Late Show' Set Is Already Getting Thrown in a Dumpster

The Late Show with David Letterman finale ended less than 24 hours ago, but CBS is already hard at work moving most of the iconic late night set into its new home: a big dumpster outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. According to the New York Post, crews began hauling off parts of the Late Show set this afternoon, throwing out set pieces and theater chairs while shipping off key parts of the set — particularly the George Washington Bridge set piece — off in a truck.

“I was literally sitting in one of those seats last night,” said Stephanie Strausz, of Manhattan, who scored a second-row ticket to Wednesday’s star-studded finale.

“I can’t believe they’re just demolishing the whole thing. It’s shocking,” she said.

As stagehands stamped pieces of set into debris, the Letterman lover was able to snatch a bit of dilapidated bridge.

It belongs in the Smithsonian, not the dump, Strausz said.

“I’m ridiculously excited. Now I can leave in peace,” she gloated.

But workers were far less sentimental.

A stagehand said the piles of bridge pieces and particleboard were headed for the dump, adding: “It’s all junk now.”

Check out some photos of the set teardown below, if you can handle the literal and symbolic destruction: READ MORE

Get Your Life Back on Track with Tim and Eric's 'Zone Theory' System

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are writing their first book in the hopes of helping you elevate your horrible life to a happier and more enlightened place. Now available for pre-order, Tim and Eric's Zone Theory: 7 Easy Steps to Achieve a Perfect Life is described as a "brand new, inspirational, and game-changing life system that promises to instantly provide wellness, happiness, and total, absolute fulfillment." You can find peace and wellness of your own when Zone Theory is released on Tuesday, July 7th, and if you need any convincing that it works, check out the reviews on Amazon from (suspiciously, mostly male) superstars like Marilyn Manson, Aziz Ansari, Ben Stiller, and more.

This Week in Web Videos: 'The Very Real Dangers of Doing Drugs'

Didn't think you'd see a a D.A.R.E. sketch after 1999, did ya? Same. Also, same. Here's the thing: I clicked this one, sent to me by the fine folks at Stevedore Comedy and, holy hell, it's  quite good. It's also eye opening as a reminder that no premise is inherently hackneyed. If placed in the hands of capable and brave comedians, even the thing you thought you'd seen a million times could take on entirely new life.

Luke is a writer/director for CollegeHumor and a watcher of many web videos. Send him yours @LKellyClyne.

Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak Are Writing a Book About Their Complicated Relationship

Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor are getting back together in book form. According to the New York Daily News, former Office writers/stars and longtime friends and on-and-off romantic partners B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling are set to write a book together about their relationship in a $7.5 million deal with Random House. The title of the book will reportedly be revealed on Saturday, May 30th at the duo's scheduled appearance at BookCon. Kaling also has a new book of essays coming out this September, while Novak published his second book, The Book with No Pictures, last year.

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Greg Fitzsimmons Visits 'Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend'

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

Alison Rosen Is Your New Best FriendGreg Fitzsimmons Returns

alison_rosen_best_friendPablo: You can always tell Greg Fitzsimmons truly likes a guest on Fitzdog Radio when the conversation zooms past standard podcast topics to land on more honest repartee. This is also true when he's the guest, like on this week's ARIYNBF where he returns to talk about his (apparently) notoriously large penis and his penchant as a young man for masturbating with a pencil up his butt. The frankness doesn't stop there as they start off the episode with Greg's recent problem of having to book an unfunny comic on his podcast due to the future guest forcing himself onto the show. But the real honesty comes from the dual History/English major's admission that he graduated from Boston University without even applying because his dad wrote the application essay. BU didn't know that when it booked him to perform at its most recent alumni weekend, but the comic couldn't resist talking about it once he got on stage. READ MORE