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April 22nd, 2014

"You've got to embrace discomfort. It's the only way you can put yourself in situations where you can learn, and the only way you can keep your senses fresh once you're there."

- Louis C.K. in his new cover story for GQ, which names him "America's Undisputed King of Comedy."

Jay Chandrasekhar to Write, Direct, and Star in Amazon Pilot 'Really'

Amazon has added another comedy pilot to its lineup. Deadline reports that Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar will write, direct, and star in the new single-cam comedy Really opposite Sarah Chalke. Rounding out the cast is Selma Blair, Luka Jones (Up All Night), Travis Schuldt (It's Always Sunny), Lindsay Sloane (Weeds, Kroll Show), Hayes Macarthur (Go On), and Collette Wolfe (Young Adult). Really follows a group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago led by Chandrasekhar as a "happily, messily married neurologist Jed" and Chalke as "lawyer/mom Lori." Really joins newly added Amazon comedies Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent as well as a recent series order for the Whit Stillman dramedy The Cosmopolitans.

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Amy Poehler and Billy Eichner Play "It's Not Pitbull – It's Amy Poehler"

Here's a new clip from this week's Billy on the Street, where Eichner's guest Amy Poehler dons a Pitbull mask only to reveal her true self to a bunch of New Yorkers, while Eichner is sure to also reveal himself as a recurring character on Parks and Rec.

Watch Brian Williams Rap "Gin and Juice" on 'The Tonight Show'

NBC news anchor Brian Williams was a guest on The Tonight Show last night, and Fallon welcomed him back the only way he knows — by mashing up a bunch of his Nightly News clips into a full rap video of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice."

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What's on TV This Week: 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' Premieres

This week's big TV event is the premiere of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO's new weekly late night show hosted by the Daily Show alum, which premieres on Sunday. Oliver poached Daily Show head writer Tim Carvell to be his head writer and proved more than up to the task of hosting a satirical late night show when he subbed for Jon Stewart for a few months last summer, so expectations are high for this one.

Also premiering this week is Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends, a new half-hour Adult Swim special from Brett Gelman and Jason Woliner (Eagleheart), and CBS's new sitcom Bad Teacher, an adaptation of the 2011 Cameron Diaz comedy of the same name. The CBS version was created by Hilary Winston (Community, Happy Endings).

Other big comedy stuff this week includes Parks and Rec and Archer airing their season finales, The Boondocks returning to Adult Swim with new episodes after nearly a four-year hiatus (but without its creator, Aaron McGruder), and Stephen Colbert appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman for the first time since it was announced he'll be taking over the show next year.

Check out the week's full listing of comedy shows below:

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Watch the NBC-Mocking End to 'Community's Fifth Season


Community ended its fifth season Thursday, and the very end of the episode was this series of fake NBC promos making fun of the show's home network's programming and scheduling decisions with a promo for a slate of new fake shows starring B.J. Novak, Amber Tamblyn, Questlove, and more. If Community doesn't get renewed for a sixth season (which is still up in the air), this is one cool way to go out. (via Pop Culture Brain)

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"The last moments are really important. Big things happen that show you where we’re going … The end is pretty exciting and — dare I say — a very exciting last moment. I’m very excited for people to see it.”

-Amy Poehler teasing Parks and Recreation's season finale, which airs this Thursday, in a conference call to reporters, or rather, teasing the very end of the finale.

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham Are Back and Better Than Ever in USA's 'Playing House'

Over the weekend, the USA network debuted the first episode of its new show Playing House online ahead of its TV premiere next week. Playing House is the second show created by and starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair (preceded by their short-lived but critically-acclaimed 2012 NBC sitcom Best Friends Forever), and it's even sharper than the first with a pilot episode that's packed with jokes and an eclectic cast of busy, talented comedy people. READ MORE

HBO Renews 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley'

HBO announced today that they've renewed their Sunday night comedies Veep and Silicon Valley for another season each. This will mark a fourth season for Veep and a second for Silicon Valley.

This is an early renewal for both shows, meaning HBO has a lot of faith in them. Veep and Silicon Valley, which are both critically-acclaimed and do well in the ratings, are only three weeks into airing their current seasons.

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Watch Kevin Nealon Discuss His 'SNL' Beginnings with Paul F. Tompkins


Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's web talk show Speakeasy, with guest Kevin Nealon talking about his early days in comedy, starting in standup when everyone at his level was doing an impression of David Letterman, Richard Pryor or Steve Martin (he was doing Steve Martin), and Dana Carvey calling him from Lorne Michaels's back bedroom the summer before they both got hired for SNL to excitedly, quietly tell him what celebrities were there.

Our Son, The Asshole, by Noell Wolfgram Evans

My wife’s hand found its way to mine; in the corner of the overly lit room our five-year old son was blissfully unaware of cruel trick the fates had played upon him. We were in shock. Tears welled in my eyes as I looked at him enjoying perhaps his last happy moments, ripping the head off of one of the dolls in the bucket of toys that so many doctor’s offices place in the corner of their exam rooms as a way to offer “comprehensive” medical care.

I looked back at the doctor. I could see that her lips were moving but I could hardly discern the words that they were forming, everything was moving in slow motion. After what felt like an eternity of suspended action, I started out of the fog as she said, “Do you understand? I am sorry, but the tests are conclusive – your son is an asshole.”

Standing in front of the x-rays on the lighted walls, showing us charts and graphs and using doctor talk, she made a fairly convincing case. I knew Charlie wasn’t always the best kid, but an asshole?  I looked at him, drawing on the wall what was a pretty good representation of the doctor pooping and wondered…my wife, when she was pregnant, had eaten at a restaurant that soon after was closed due to a health code violation (in that they were not wearing pants in the kitchen because a broken thermostat made it “pretty toasty”).  I asked if there was a chance that this was something that had happened when he was in the womb; had we done something wrong? The doctor assured us that we had, in fact, done many things wrong. READ MORE

John Oliver and Matt Lauer Talk 'Last Week Tonight'

Here's a Today Show clip where John Oliver — whose HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver premieres this Sunday — talks with Matt Lauer about the new show, what it's like seeing his face blown up on NYC billboards, and whether or not he'll drop his friendly British Daily Show persona for the new talk show.

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Watch Patton Oswalt in the First Clip from 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Season 3


Here's the first clip IFC has released from the third season of Comedy Bang! Bang!, which premieres on Friday, May 8th. It's part of an interview in which Scott Aukerman and Star Wars enthusiast Patton Oswalt discuss J.J. Abrams's new Star Wars movie, which sounds like it'll be right up the fans' alley.