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Friday, April 4th, 2014

This Week in Comedy: 'HIMYM' Ends and David Letterman Announces His Retirement


In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-David Letterman announced that he's retiring from late night in 2015 after 35 years of hosting TV shows and being one of the most influential hosts in the history of late night TV.

-We made a list of who we think are the top candidates to replace David Letterman. A report says that Stephen Colbert is the network's top choice and that he wants the job.

-As if losing David Letterman isn't enough for CBS in one week, the network said goodbye to How I Met Your Mother after nine seasons.

-Season 2 of Inside Amy Schumer debuted, and it scored absurdly impressive ratings.

-We interviewed Amy Schumer about the new season of her show, Rachael Harris about Bad WordsMike Nelson about RiffTrax's National Geographic TV special, and Flight of the ConchordsRhys Darby about his new Netflix show, Short Poppies.

-FXX renewed It's Always Sunny for two more seasons, keeping it on the air through 2017 and making it the longest-running live-action sitcom in cable history,  and ordered a new series starring Tracy Morgan, co-created by the Always Sunny guys.

-Key and Peele won a Peabody Award.

-Mike Judge's new show, Silicon Valley, premieres Sunday, and we reviewed it.

-Chelsea Handler announced plans to end her E! talk show after seven years.

-We review Peter McGraw and Joel Warner's new book on the science of comedy, The Humor Code.

-April Fool's Day, the unfunniest day of the year, happened, but some good stuff came out of it this time around. Most notably, Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey hosted each other's shows and Funny Or Die made some cool videos with The Flaming Lips.

-Steve Coogan is making another Alan Partridge movie.

-Syfy ordered 12 episodes of a weekly comedy show hosted by Wil Wheaton.

-We offered a beginner's guide to Canada's Trailer Park Boys and looked back at David Letterman's 360° episode.

-We recommended the Twitter feed of Hasan Minahj, the week's best podcasts, and chatted with Charla Lauriston about her web series 'Clench and Release'.


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


Jake Weisman – "Chit Chat: The Complete Series"


CollegeHumor – "How to Tell If You're a Basic Bitch"


Funny Or Die – "Fred Armisen Joins the Flaming Lips"


UCBComedy – "Real Girls with Sexy Secrets"


Terrible Babysitters – "Erika"