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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

This Week in Comedy: Craig Ferguson Is Leaving Late Night, Michael Che Joins 'The Daily Show', and More

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

-After nearly a decade behind the desk at the The Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson announced Monday that he'll be departing at the end of the year. Joel McHale, Aisha Tyler, Michael Ian Black, and more are said to be his potential replacements.

-The Daily Show hired SNL writer and NYC standup Michael Che as its newest correspondent; he'll start next month. Here's our video guide to some of Che's best work.

-The Onion announced plans to parody Buzzfeed and Upworthy with a new site, Clickhole.

-We interviewed Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham about their new show Playing House and Community and Happy Endings writer Hilary Winston about her new show, Bad Teacher.

-Starz ordered two seasons of a Blunt Talk, a comedy created by Bored to Death's Jonathan Ames, produced by Seth MacFarlane, and starring Patrick Stewart, Yahoo ordered a comedy called Other Space, the first show Paul Feig's created since Freaks and Geeks, and Xbox ordered a variety show pilot from JASH.

-We reviewed the fourth season of Portlandia and the first season of Andy Daly's Review, both of which aired their season finales this week.

-Jerrod Carmichael is getting an HBO standup special, which will be the first time he's ever done standup on TV.

-We dove deep into John Oliver's other weekly satirical show, The Bugle, and Get a Life co-creator Adam Resnick's new memoir, Will Not Attend.

-The Kids in the Hall are going on tour for the first time in six years.

-We examined how a camp classic becomes a cult classic, the serious foundations of David Gordon Green's comedies, and how baby boomers killed the  modern romantic comedy.

-Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has been renewed for six more seasons, Childrens Hospital has been renewed for one more season, and Lisa Kudrow's cult hit HBO comedy, The Comeback, is coming back for a limited run season.

-We looked back at Ellen DeGeneres and Mitch Hurwitz's short-lived sitcom The Ellen Show and made a guide to your favorite sitcom writers on Twitter.

-We recommended the week's best podcasts, including Comedy Bang! Bang!'s big fifth anniversary show, plus the Twitter feed of and Zach Broussard's web series Being a Better You.


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

Chicago Rats – "Condo Nights" (via Above Average)

James Adomian – "Jesse Ventura for President?" (via Funny Or Die)

Chronic Gamer Girl – "Stranger Exchanges: Sex in the Park!"

CollegeHumor – "Every YouTube Video Ever"

Dead Kevin – "Moving Out"

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