Your Guide to Distracting Yourself From Your Family with Comedy This Weekend

It’s the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which means lots of travel and lots of family time. It’s a double-edged sword: it’s always nice to see family, for a time. But when you’re sleeping in your old bedroom for a few nights, waking up to and going to sleep after spending the day with the family with few opportunities to take a breather, things can get tense. Here, allow me to give you some things to do when you need a break from all of the forced family fun of Thanksgiving.


Late Night
The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are both in reruns this week.
Conan is new with Eva Mendes, Bob Saget, and Neon Trees tonight and new tomorrow night with Jim Parsons, Marisa Miller, and Brendon Walsh.
-Fallon is new tonight with Colin Firth, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, and N.E.R.D. and new tomorrow night with Bill Hader, Victoria Justice, and James Otto & Ronnie Milsap.
-Letterman is new tonight with Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and Sahara Smith before going into reruns tomorrow and Friday.
-Kimmel is new tonight with Paris Hilton, Dave Salmoni, and Metric tonight before going into reruns tomorrow and Friday.

Special Airings
-TBS is running a nine-hour Seinfeld marathon on Friday, starting at 11am with “The Contest” and ending with 7:30pm with “The Strike,” the Festivus episode. It’s basically like a best-of DVD, running in order.
-Fox is showing The Simpsons Movie on Thanksgiving at 8pm. In addition, they’re showing a preview of H. Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman’s new animated show Bob’s Burgers during that broadcast, whatever that means. It is probably just an extended commercial of some sort.
-Comedy Central is running the Roast of David Hasselhoff at 10pm tomorrow and the Roast of Pam Anderson at 11:30pm.


Netflix just added a few more past seasons of SNL to Watch Instantly, allowing you to relive some of the worst years in the show’s history: the early 80s.
-Also new to Netflix streaming this week: standup documentary I Am Comic, 48 Hrs. and Moonstruck.
-There have been a bunch of great web series out lately, so now is a great time to go back and catch up. Some of the better ones include Vag Magazine, Broad City, Full Benefits, Very Mary Kate, and Backwash.
-You can also go through every web video posted to this here site, which is a pretty nice selection if I do say so myself, by checking out the web videos tag right here.


If you escape to a bookstore, there have been some great comedy-related books out recently. Here are some to look out for:
-Bill Carter’s The War for Late Night
-Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me
-The Pleasure Syndicate’s Our Bodies, Our Junk
-Kristen Schaal and Rich Blomquists’s The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex
-Amy Sedaris’ Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People
-Judd Apatow’s I Found This Funny

Got more suggestions or info on stuff that is nice and distracting for this long weekend? Email ’em to me or leave ’em in the comments and I will update this post accordingly.

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