This Week in Comedy: HBO Is Developing a Show Created by and Starring Bill Hader, and ‘SNL’ Ends Its 39th Season
In case you missed it, here’s all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:
-After the SNL season 39 finale, we created a bunch of guides for the season: We broke down each cast member’s contribution, looked at how this season addressed race, ranked the episodes, and listed the 24 best sketches.
-A year after leaving SNL, Bill Hader is set to create and star in his own HBO series.
-After seven months, two seasons, and 73 episodes, TBS canceled The Pete Holmes Show, effective in June.
-We released A Night at Whiplash, the second movie in the Splitsider Presents series. The standup film features sets by Sheng Wang, Carmen Lynch, Eugene Mirman, Janeane Garofalo, Jared Logan, Michael Che, Sean Patton, and host Leo Allen. Here’s the history of Whiplash, one of New York’s most influential standup shows.
-In the first installment of our new column Sketch Academy, Bill Oakley looked at “Dr. Tongue’s Evil House of Pancakes” from SCTV.
-We talked to J.B. Smoove about hosting this season of Last Comic Standing, which premiered this week.
–Rachel Dratch, Andrea Martin, and James Urbaniak joined Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner’s USA pilot.
-We compared the ratings and reviews of today’s comedies.
–The Maya Rudolph Show premiered with pretty good ratings on Monday.
-We looked at the work of comedy director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Neighbors).
–Always Sunny‘s Charlie Day gave a great commencement speech.
-We gathered up the 15 harshest quotes form reviews of Adam Sandler’s Blended.
-Here’s the list of the 100 comedians competing on the new season of Last Comic Standing, which premiered this week.
–Norm Macdonald showed he’s capable of hosting The Late Late Show while on Conan.
And here are your Top Five Web Videos of the Week:
Funny Or Die – “Austin Mahone’s New Manager”
SuperEgo – “H.R. Giger at Home” (via Nerdist)
Medium Friends – “Channel Surfing”
The Onion – “Christ, Article a Video”
CollegeHumor – “Batman of the Office”