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Friday, January 10th, 2014

This Week in Comedy: 'SNL' Addresses Diversity Criticism with Three New Hires

-SNL responded to criticism over its lack of diversity by adding a black female cast member, Sasheer Zamata, and two black female writers, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie JonesWe also looked into how SNL has done so far this year and examined the show's recent diversity push.

-The new season of Archer is about Archer and company leaving spying behind to become cocaine dealers in Latin America.

-We interviewed Tracey Wigfield about writing for The Mindy Project and 30 Rock and Dave Hill about his new radio show on WFMU.

-Parks and Recreation celebrated its 100th episode, and we ran a deep investigative report into 10 different Parks and Rec writers who have played characters on the show.

-We analyzed the directing style of Lena Dunham and how she makes Girls.

-We made a videolist of the best Late Night with Jimmy Fallon sketches in honor of the show's five-year anniversary, a videolist of new SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata's web and TV work, and a videolist of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's best moments together just prior to their Golden Globes hosting stint this weekend.

-We reviewed IFC's new show The Spoils of Babylon, which premiered this week.

-We looked back at Bill Hader's time on SNL, German ambassador Hans Beinholtz's appearances on The Colbert Report, and a very special episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien where his audience was made entirely of children.

-Jimmy Pardo's groundbreaking podcast Never Not Funny is joining the Earwolf network.

-TBS ordered 13 more weeks of The Pete Holmes Show and HBO renewed Girls for another season.

-NBC ordered a new show from Craig Robinson, and Comedy Central ordered new ones from Scott Gairdner (Conan) and Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf (Next Time on Lonny).

-Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld are working on a new mysterious project together.

-We recommended the week's best podcasts and the Twitter feed of Conner O'Malley.


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


Jon Daly (via Funny Or Die) – "My Imaginary Friend is Kenny G."


Long Distance – "Noise"


Captain Hippo – "Brunch Time"


Eliot Glazer – "Reluctant Gay Dude's Guide to Modern Gay Vernacular"


The Onion – "The Onion Looks Back at E.T."

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