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Friday, December 13th, 2013

This Week in Comedy: 'SNL' Auditions Two Dozen Black Women for the Cast, Will Add One or Two in January

-After months of diversity criticism, SNL held auditions on both coasts consisting entirely of black female performers. Lorne Michaels said one, or possibly two, will be added to the cast in January.

-Premiere dates were announced for a ton of shows, including Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Jan. 2)Broad City (Jan. 22), Workaholics (Jan. 22)Portlandia (Feb. 27), and Andy Daly's Review (Feb. 27).

-Remakes of Naked Gun (with Ed Helms) and The Odd Couple (with Matthew Perry) are in the works.

-We interviewed Key & Peele showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, writer and standup Dana Gould, and published an old archived interview with George Carlin, and Anchorman 2 star David Koechner.

-Prince is set to make his sitcom debut, playing himself on an episode of New Girl.

-We looked at why Anchorman 2 is being promoted so hard.

-We looked back at Buddy Hackett, Carol Burnett, and Woody Allen's early days, John Goodman's best SNL sketches, the bluntness of Mel BrooksRobert Smigel's short stint as an SNL cast member, and the worst Christmas special ever.

-Rob Corddry is starring in a pilot for HBO, and Rob Huebel is starring in one for IFC.

-NBC is developing a show with stand up Jerrod Carmichael.

-Paul Rudd hosted SNL, which feature a "Bill Brasky" reunion. We made a videolist of all of the "Bill Brasky" sketches, and Tim Meadows was upset he wasn't invited back to do the new one.

-We recommended the week's best podcasts, the web video The Usual Tornado, and the Twitter feed of Gabe Delahaye.


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


Comedy Central's Strong Island – "Pool Volleyball"


Randy Liedtke – "Kyle Kinane finds out Pace Picante was Randy Liedtke the whole time"


Jake Fogelnest – "I told Grumpy Cat a joke"


Brent Weinbach – "Carol of the Balls"


Muddleberry (via UCBComedy) – "Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale"