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October 31st, 2014

This Week in Comedy: Something Something Spoooooky

jimcarreyhelvis-Maria Bamford gave us a look inside her weird and wonderful world.

-Amy Poehler’s new book Yes Please came out this week and we declared it the best non-self-help self-help book ever.

-Our Second City archives had Bob Odenkirk and David Pasquesi facing off in a heated political debate in 1990.

-Our SNL review broke down the best and worst sketches of a night where host Jim Carrey danced like everyone was watching.

-Phil Lord and Chris Miller are set to write The Lego Movie 2.

-We went behind the scenes of Friends of the People, truTV's new sketch show. READ MORE

Check Out UCB's Special Halloween Series 'Gary Saves the Graveyard'

Here's the first episode of Gary Saves the Graveyard, an equally spooky and hilarious web series by UCB that marks their largest production to date. The series follows a man who takes up a new job at a cemetery only to make some unlikely friends inside the gates. Gary Saves the Graveyard stars Jim Santangeli, Nate Dern, Nicole Byer, TCGS's Shannon O'Neill, and more; watch the rest of the series below: READ MORE

The John Oliver Video Sweepstakes

Each week, the ᴄᴏɴᴛᴇɴᴛ industry observes a sacred ritual: Together, but not quite in sync, dozens of websites embed and then post the longest segment from John Oliver's HBO show, Last Week Tonight. This video is made available by HBO shortly after the show airs—this week's, about the sugar industry, is timestamped October 26th.

That John Oliver's weekly video(s) will go viral is, at this time, a given. Whether or not the posts that embed those videos will go viral is another matter altogether. Each time around there are winners, losers, and mere participants. Here's what happened this week. READ MORE

Noël Wells Plays a Monster Manager in 'Cracked's New Halloween Web Series

Cracked premiered a new web series this week called Monster Managers featuring Soren Bowie and SNL alum Noël Wells that's the perfect way to celebrate Halloween. In the above episode, the PR managers reveal the true secret to sustaining a career as a working zombie. Click through to watch two more episodes from the series. READ MORE

Paul Reubens Gives Some Unqualified Advice for 'The Tonight Show'

Recent Tonight Show guest Paul Reubens sat down for the latest installment of "Unqualified Advice," where he offers up tons of tips for convenient vacation spots, appropriate birthday party venues for 40-year-olds, and a very Pee-wee's Playhouse-style Halloween costume suggestion.

Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana to Star in French Comedy Remake 'Special Correspondents'

Legendary comedic duo Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana have teamed up for a new film. THR reports that the pair will star in a remake of the 2009 French film Envoyés très spéciaux. While the original film focused on the war in Iraq, Special Correspondent centers in Ecuador:

The story tells of a once-hot radio journalist (Bana), and his technician (Gervais) who, when tasked with reporting on a rebel uprising in Ecuador, fake their own kidnapping, pretending to be on the ground while actually “reporting” from the comfort of a hideout above a New York City restaurant across the street from their station. As their false reports of the conflict escalate, so does the world’s response to their situation, which ultimately forces them to sneak into Ecuador and find the rebels they’ve been reporting on.

In addition to starring with Bana, Gervais will also direct the film, making it his solo feature directorial debut. Producers of the original film Chris Coen, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Manuel Munz are also onboard, and the project is slated to begin filming in Vancouver and New York in spring 2015.

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"I mean we're definitely aware of it. We hear things. Some of us read more and some of us don't. One of the things we talk about a lot within the cast is how much the show now is broken down into three-minute chunks and dissected. I don't think that happened in the '90s and the '80s and I wonder if there's a purity to that that I envy sometimes. I think that if you went to go see a stand-up show or a sketch show live, you'd take it for what it is and just enjoy it … But it's become such a math problem of 'who has the most to do this week,' or 'who had the most screentime?'"

- Aidy Bryant shares her thoughts on the rise of SNL reviews in a new interview with The Daily Beast. Sorry, Aidy.

Veronica Osorio (@vaov) on People-Watching and Reading Tweets Out Loud

vaovVeronica Osorio is a comedian, writer, and actress raised in Venezuela and living in New York City. She performs regularly at the UCB Theater in New York with her Maude team (212), and she’s made and starred in a variety of web series and videos that you can find on her Youtube channel. On Twitter, Osorio writes under the handle @vaov. I recently spoke with Osorio about three of her favorite tweets plus capitalizing on trends, reading tweets out loud in a person's voice, and naps.

Osorio: Well, I tried everything to get my boyfriend to look away from this game in which he is a band of bugs swarming around or some crap, and he wouldn't. I showed him my best sexy dances and made little noises and bigger noises… nothing! Eventually, I thought if he was ignoring me so I feel like I got a free pass to tweet about it. He saw it later and I think he thought it was funny and got the message… not that he applies it. READ MORE

Ken Marino's Kids Have Learned His Famous Catchphrase from 'The State'

Marry Me star Ken Marino was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he admitted to teaching his five and seven-year-old children that his famous The State catchphrase is just how adults greet one another. So there you have it: Somewhere out there there's a mini Ken Marino saying "I wanna dip my balls in it" on the playground, which is the kind of enduring legacy we can all believe in.

'Conan' Prop Master Bill Tull Offers Some Budget-Friendly Halloween Costume Ideas

Fancy Halloween costumes can be a drain on the wallet, but during last night's Conan, prop master Bill Tull made another appearance and offered up some costume ideas that are more potentially offensive, dangerous, and/or deadly than they are expensive.

Stephen Colbert Announces His Last 'Colbert Report' Episode Will Be December 18th

During last night's Colbert Report, Stephen took a moment to shamelessly hawk the paperback edition of his 2012 book America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't, but not without good reason: Colbert announced that the official date for the final episode of the show is now Thursday, December 18th. "Stephen Colbert, the guy you've seen here every night for nine years, will be gone. All you'll have left of me is this book."

Today's Funniest Tweets

Michael Showalter Is Producing a Sci-Fi Comedy for FX

FX might add a science fiction company with Michael Showalter onboard as producer. Deadline reports that the network has put a series in development written by 1600 Penn and Super Fun Night writers Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit called Daedalus 6. No plot details have been revealed yet other than Daedalus 6 will be "set in the distant future." Hernandez and Samit will co-executive produce with Showalter and are also writing the Gilligan's Island movie reboot starring Josh Gad for Warner Bros.

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Joel McHale Extends His Contract with E! Through 2016

Fans of Joel McHale as host of E! show The Soup don't have to worry about him leaving anytime soon — at least not for the next two years. Deadline reports that McHale's contract with the network has been renewed through 2016. As part of the deal, McHale will continue to host The Soup and pitch unscripted series to the network via his own company Free Period Productions. McHale said in a statement: "Although I narrowly beat Mitt Romney out for the job in a number of states, I’m confident that I can keep up the same quality of humorous observation of shows like Naked Dating and Bad Girls Club Season 12 Reunion Part 2 that the American people age 18-49 have come to expect and deserve."