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Friday, November 2nd, 2012

A Stormy Week in Comedy

- Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman did their shows without audiences for a night because of Hurricane Sandy wreaking havoc across the Northeast, while Bill Hader and this weekend's host Louis C.K. promised that SNL will go on.

- Adult Swim picked up Dan Harmon's new series Rick & Morty, while his old series, Community, finally got a premiere date (February 7th).

- A premiere date for Arrested Development was also set (April 2013).

Letterman did Kimmel, Leno did Ferguson, and Stewart and Colbert also did Kimmel.

- NBC is turning Up All Night into a three-camera sitcom with a live audience and deciding against making a Dwight Schrute Office spin-off.

- We broke down the comedy of MST3K and the band Ween.

- We interviewed Kristen Schaal, stand-up Taylor WilliamsonHappy Endings stars Adam Pally and Casey WilsonDaily Show producers Tim Greenberg, Miles Kahn, and Stu Miller, women in comedy author Yael Kohen, and Nature Calls co-stars Patton Oswalt and Rob Riggle.

- We dug up Chevy Chase's weird 1980 musical comedy album and the Freaks and Geeks audition tapes.

- We looked at the technological advances of comedy trailblazers Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Jerry Lewis, and Louis C.K.

- We watched justly-canceled sitcom Work It and the comedy school documentary Finding the Funny.

- We examined 10 other sitcom spin-offs, besides Dwight Schrute's The Farm, including planned shows about Krusty the Clown, Phoebe from Friends, and Norm & Cliff from Cheers.

- We Follow Fridayed @Justin Shane.

And here are your Top Five Web Comedy Videos of the Week:

Benjamin Gibbard – "Teardrop Windows" (directed by Tom Scharpling)

UCB Comedy – "What's Your Favorite Scary Movie?"

Above Average Network – "Trick or Treat (Won't Use Mace)"

"Write Now! with Jimmy Pardo" – Premiere Episode

UCB Comedy – "Washington Senators for Washington"

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