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 Jones. We 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.
–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.
-Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld are working on a new mysterious project together.
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.“