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This Week in Comedy: ‘Anchorman 2,’ A ‘Freaks and Geeks’ Reunion, Senator Stephen Colbert, and More

– Kristen Wiig might be playing Brick Tamland’s wife in Anchorman 2.

– The Freaks and Geeks cast reunited.

Albert Brooks and Bill Murray each made phenomenal Letterman appearances.

– Stephen Colbert celebrated Hobbit Week and has some Senate buzz.


– Scott Aukerman’s Los Angeles stand-up show Comedy Bang Bang ended its 10-year run with a night full of comedy superstars.

– The Grammy Award nominees for Best Comedy Album were announced and overlooked a lot of great stuff.

– Dennis Perrin looked back on the life of his friend, longtime SNL writer Tom Davis.

– Mike Judge is making an HBO show.

Vanity Fair released its Judd Apatow-edited comedy issue, which is full of excellent stuff.

– Fox ordered one cop comedy, and ABC ordered two, bringing the total number of cop comedies in development for next season to 7 (for now).

– We interviewed longtime Simpsons writer Matt Selman, Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner, “Tell Your Friends!”  host Liam McEneaney, and Looney Tunes voice actor Joe Alaskey,

– We analyzed the Oscar odds of this year’s comedies.

– We looked back at Dana Carvey’s stint on SNL, the Graham Chapman documentary A Liar’s Autobiography, a Louis C.K. interview from the archives, CBS’s short-lived sitcom Partnersand all the movie parts Chris Farley almost played but didn’t.

– We recommended the week’s best podcasts.

– We Follow Fridayed @AaronFullerton.

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

Funny or Die – “California’s Lost Gold with Huell Howser”

Elephant Larry – Elephant Larry’s Treehouse, Season 2, Episode 4

College Humor – “Look at This Instagram (Nickelback Parody)”

Adam Sacks – “Manic Pixie Prostitute”

Vice – All-Around Losing, Episode 2

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