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April 18th, 2014

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This Week in Comedy: 'Community' and 'Rick and Morty' Wrap Up Their Seasons

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-Both of Dan Harmon's shows, Community and Rick and Morty, aired their season finales. We reviewed both of their seasons.

-Fox is canceling its Saturday night animated block Fox ADHD, but it will continue on the web.

-SNL announced they're airing a 40th anniversary special next February.

-We made a videolist of Conan O'Brien's most memorable remote segments.

-CBS announced that Stephen Colbert will be a guest on Letterman next week.

-We ranked the recent slew of announced reboots and sequels in The Comedy Sequel and Reboot Tolerability Scale.

-Maya Rudolph's new variety special, The Maya Rudolph Show, will premiere May 19th and will feature a bunch of guest stars. Here's a videolist of her finest musical moments.

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'High Maintenance,' 'Getting Doug with High,' and More to Air on Pluto.tv's Channel 420 This Sunday

Pluto.tv, a new and free online television platform, is celebrating 4/20 by airing 24 hours filled with a bunch of stoner-friendly comedy and other entertaining eye candy on their Channel 420. The daylong block of programming starts right at midnight on 4/20 and includes episodes of High Maintenance, Getting Doug with High, and more. Click through for the full lineup per Pluto.tv's press release: READ MORE

Louis C.K. Visits the Doctor in a New 'Louie' Sneak Peek

In case the three previous and very mysterious promos weren't enough, here's a peek at the new season of Louie, where C.K. pays his doctor a visit to complain about back pain and gets a pretty basic diagnosis.

Follow Friday: @HamptonYount

A lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your RTs and favs. Each Friday we feature one person whose consistent short-form online humor deserves your attention and to be on your Twitter feed.

This week, we're highlighting the Twitter feed  of Hampton Yount. Last year, the LA standup appeared on Adam DeVine's House Party and was featured on Rooftop Comedy's album Holy Fuck. In addition to standup, he has written for MTV's Ridiculousness and Adult Swim's Loiter Squad. Yount was also named one of Comedy Central's top 10 comics to watch in 2012. Check out some of his best tweets below:

 

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"I'm a student of sequels and I know what they did wrong when you see them. Usually what they try to do is make them glitzier and broader and all that stuff. Our approach is not going to be that. If anything, the mustaches will be a little bigger, it'll be a little tougher maybe, but we're just going to make a second one. We're not going to dye our hair blond and spike it up or anything. This is going to be just another cop story."

- Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar on the in-the-works Super Troopers sequel in Rolling Stone's new oral history of the film.

'SNL' Will Celebrate 40 Years with a Live Three-Hour Special Next February

Saturday Night Live will be embarking on its 40th season on NBC next year, and according to NYT reporter Bill Carter the occasion will be marked with a live three-hour special next February 15th similar to the 25th anniversary special in 1999. News of the special joins the extended version of the oral history book Live from New York coming out this September as the first two of most likely many tributes to Lorne Michaels's groundbreaking sketch comedy show.

Click through to watch Bill Murray bring back his Nick the Lounge Singer character for the star-studded 25th anniversary show and read the official statement from NBC: READ MORE

'New Girl's Max Greenfield to Star in Michael Showalter's 'Hello My Name Is Doris'

New Girl star Max Greenfield has signed on to star in Michael Showalter's upcoming dramedy Hello My Name Is Doris, The Wrap reports. Greenfield recently appeared in Showalter and David Wain's Sundance film They Came Together.

"It's a story about Doris, this character, she's an older woman," Greenfield told The Wrap. "Her mother passes away and she's then forced to kind of find a new life in the city, and she meets this younger guy and thinks that he's the answer. It's very funny, but it kind of toes the line. It'll be different than what you're used to [seeing] with him." While the role of Doris has yet to be announced, between Hello My Name Is Doris and the Amy Poehler/David Wain-helmed Old Soul NBC pilot, it's a great time for funny old ladies onscreen.

Bearing Down on 'Community’s Triumphant, Challenging Fifth Season

Community’s return this year was one of the most anticipated comedy events of the season. The theme of redemption (always a deep part of the show) seemed especially prevalent, as this season had the tall task of establishing why this show still needs to exist. That it deserves to return after a lackluster (by previous standards) fourth season, that Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna returning as showrunners would be able to steer the show in the right direction, and that a Pierce and Troy-less Community wouldn’t feel like an imitation of itself; that this wasn’t a Scrubs season 9 sort of situation. Not only did the show stand up to all of these challenges, but it also managed to become even more confident and daring in the places it chose to go, giving it arguably its most ambitious, consistent season to date and the perfect "return" we could have asked for.

While much of this season (and the series as a whole) has been about maturing and moving on, one of the smartest things the fifth season does is also embed the topic of Harmon’s return into the show’s DNA in an organic way that largely provides the first half of the season with the tonal grounding that the show needed after such a confused previous year. Harmon’s return is subtly reflected through each character’s reactions and relationships. To lose your creator (or God, or lover) is traumatic, and to then have them come back to you is a complicated thing to try and process, for them and for us.

Dan Harmon’s other series Rick and Morty has a moment in one of its episodes where there is a television channel (albeit from an alternate reality) with us on it, and not unlike that idea here, we too are students of Greendale; afraid and excited about what it means to get back something we have already mourned. It’s remarkable that the first few episodes of the season don’t fumble more as they try to process this feeling. The only reason it even attempts such a radical thing is because Community understands that every show we let into our homes becomes a part of our family (or study group), like a living entity that can change us. Harmon is Greendale, we are the Save Greendale committee, and each member of the committee represents our emotions, and is calling us to come together and succeed through this year. We have returned to a place where we know we are loved. This Mk-II study room table isn’t just a table; it’s a time machine. READ MORE

Marc Maron Has an Unfriendly Backstage Meeting with Michael Ian Black and Chris Hardwick

Here's a clip from the new season of IFC's Maron in which Marc Maron has a very tense greeting with Michael Ian Black and Chris Hardwick backstage at Hardwick's AMC show Talking Dead, which is filled with as much thinly veiled contempt as you'd expect a clip from Maron to have.

Watching Rare Early Comedy from Jay Leno and Freddie Prinze

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When one thinks about the standup comedy boom of the 1980s you probably think about comedians with household names like Seinfeld, Ellen, and Ray Romano. You probably remember shows like Live at the Apollo, and An Evening at the Improv. And you probably think of hacky premises like airline food, the DMV, and observations about the differences between black people versus white people. Well all of those things have a connection back to Budd Friedman's Improv theaters in New York and LA. Today we look back at one of if not the first specials recorded inside this storied theater, and HBO's first ever comedy special: On Location: Freddie Prinze and Friends.

Now if you're a child of the nineties, you might think that I stopped typing Freddie Prinze Jr.'s name too soon, but today we're going back to 1976 when troubled comedian Freddie Prinze recorded the only footage of himself performing in front of a nightclub audience, creating a unique snapshot of the world of standup comedy in LA during this time. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Prinze's work, he started in New York after dropping out of high school during his senior year to pursue standup. In 1973, at the age of 19, he performed a star making set on Carson's Tonight Show and became the first guest to be called over to the couch during their first appearance. The following year he was cast in the title role of the NBC sitcom Chico and the Man. Unfortunately by January of 1977 he had fallen deeply into drugs, and committed suicide at the age of 22, ending an all-too-short career. READ MORE

'Workaholics' Star Blake Anderson to Appear on 'Parks and Rec' Season Finale

EW reports that Workaholics star Blake Anderson is set to appear on the hourlong sixth season finale of Parks and Recreation next week. Joining Anderson will be a bunch of guest stars including Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Letters to Cleo, Jeff Tweedy, Michelle Obama, and a yet-to-be-revealed mystery guest. Anderson will play Mike Bean, a co-founder of Bay Area tech start-up Grizzle visited by Ben and Andy. "The only thing you need to know about him is that he's in the Grizzle office, and he's not wearing any shoes," Mike Schur told EW. "He just walks around barefoot all day."

Watch Jamie Lee Do Standup on 'The Pete Holmes Show'

Pete Holmes Show staff writer Jamie Lee did a standup set last night, covering everything from being a special occasion drinker to her literal takes on pickup lines to her time on the acne medication Accutane, which doesn't have the best side effects for a single woman trying not to look insane and suicidal on first dates.

Tracy Morgan Tells Conan Why He Got Kicked Out of Prince's House

Ahead of the premiere of his Comedy Central special this weekend, Tracy Morgan told Conan all about the time he — more specifically, his insane and now retired alter ego Chico Divine — had the honor of getting kicked out of Prince's house.