May 20th, 2015

Show Amy Schumer's Doggy Daycare Sketch to Your Most Insufferable Dog-Owning Friend

Here's a sketch from last night's Inside Amy Schumer in which the dog owners dropping their pets off at doggy daycare compete to see whose dog is the saddest. I've got a soft spot for the dead one, myself.

Seth Meyers Recreated Letterman's 'Late Night' Opening as a Tribute

With Letterman's last show happening tonight, the tributes are rolling in for the late night legend. Last night, Seth Meyers and his team showed their tribute: a faithful, shot-for-shot recreation of Letterman's original opening titles for his Late Night from way back in 1982. Check out their version above and the original below: READ MORE

Bill Murray Jumped Out of a Cake for His Final Letterman Appearance

Bill Murray made his final appearance on Letterman last night, jumping out of a cake and then covering Dave in frosting before busting out the booze and taking a look back at his many, many appearances on the show. It's kind of hard to believe that this is the last time we'll be seeing these two old friends together on late night. READ MORE

Stephen Colbert Gave a Predictably Great Commencement Speech at Wake Forest

Stephen Colbert gave the commencement speech at Wake Forest yesterday, talking to the new graduates about what it's like to go through a major transition:

I just spent many years learning how to do one thing really well. I got so comfortable with that place, that role, those responsibilities that it came to define how I saw myself. But now that part of my life is over. It's time to say goodbye to the person we've become, we've worked so hard to perfect, and to make some crucial decisions in becoming who we're going to be. For me, I'll have to figure out how to do an hour-long show every night. You at some point will have to sleep. I'm told the Adderall wears off eventually. Good luck.

Check out an excerpt from the speech above and read the full coverage of it over at the Hollywood Reporter.


Watch "Rooftop Party", a Pretaped 'SNL' Sketch Cut From the Season Finale

Here's a pretaped short that was cut for time from this past weekend's SNL finale, "Rooftop Party," in which Jay Pharoah just wants everybody to give him everything, whether or not it makes sense.

Denver's High Plains Comedy Festival Unveils Headliner Anthony Jeselnik and Its Initial Lineup

""Denver's High Plains Comedy Festival, the event put on by outgoing heads of the Denver comedy scene class Grawlix, has announced its initial lineup for this summer's festivities. The festival, taking place from August 20-22, will be headlined by Anthony Jeselnik, with a slew of great comedians also signed on to perform. The lineup includes: Kurt Braunohler, Jonah Ray, Matt Braunger, Guy Branum, Emily Heller, Beth Stelling, John Early, Kate Berlant, Jay Larson, Sean Patton, Adam Cayton-Holland, Ben Roy, and Andrew Orvedahl.

More comedians, including a lineup of Denver locals, are expected to be added to the lineup in the coming months.

Photo by Evan Sémon.

The Dark Humor of Harry Nilsson

nilssonschmilssonThe cover of Harry Nilsson’s most critically acclaimed album, 1971’s Nilsson Schmilsson, shows a disheveled Nilsson wearing a robe, one hand in his pocket and the other holding a hash pipe. The album title and cover are perfect illustrations of the humor and apathy that encompassed Nilsson's musical career. Noel Murray of the A.V. Club wrote of Nilsson: "Nilsson became the musician’s musician, admired for his wild arrangements, his insistence on satisfying his own muse before making his record label happy, and his willingness to mock himself, the culture, and every notion of showbiz propriety."

Harry Nilsson liked nonsense. Though two of his most famous tracks, "Everybody's Talkin" and "Without You," are somber in tone, they aren’t emblematic of his career nor are they songs he wrote. It's not that Nilsson didn’t compose heartfelt songs, but so much of what actually represents Harry Nilsson is the nonsense, the humor, the randomness in his writing and performing.

Nilsson was famously close with John Lennon, Ringo Starr, The Monkees, and various other mainstream musicians of the '60s and '70s. But he never became the household name his contemporaries did—likely because of his erratic lifestyle (see his Lost Weekend with John Lennon) and increasing refusal to do something simply for commercial accessibility.

One constant in Nilsson's music was his humor — the subtle deadpan, blatant belligerence, and random wordplay in his records. His comedy may not have rivaled a Carlin or Pryor standup set, but for someone as proficient in music as Nilsson, it was a useful weapon in his arsenal. Musicians like Nilsson, Warren Zevon, and Randy Newman used satire and irony to assuage their somber side — like good comic relief in drama. READ MORE

Check Out Hannibal Buress's Webby Awards Monologue

Hannibal Buress hosted the Webby Awards last night, which are like the Oscars but much less relevant and with far fewer attractive people. But hey, an awards show is an awards show, so Buress kicked things off right with a great monologue that touched on such internetty topics as Tinder, Uber, and AOL.

'Frisky Dingo's Equalizing Bottle Episode Proves That Laughter is the Best Medicine

friskydingo‘Genie in a Bottle’ is a recurring feature where each week a different bottle episode (an episode set entirely in one location, often designed to save money) from a comedy series is examined

"I know, I know. Nothing hurts like a scrape."

Frisky Dingo might have been Adult Swim’s craziest program that you never saw. Lasting a mere two seasons, the series was created by rapid dialogue extraordinaires Adam Reed and Matt Thompson, fresh off the heels of Sealab 2021’s cancelation. While a much broader program than Sealab, Frisky Dingo was also the stronger indication of the voice that Reed and Thompson would so strongly cultivate and would later be the backbone to FX’s more-successful Archer.

Frisky Dingo is a weird, wonderful animated series set in the hyperbolic world of superheroes and space aliens. Xander Crews and his Xtacles are a sublime takedown on the Bruce Wayne/Batman archetype, and the array of villains introduced in the series only get increasingly ridiculous. While Frisky Dingo was interested in a very particular niche, what’s even more amazing than the silly subject matter that they got into is watching Reed and Thompson’s ability as storytellers completely evolve into a new species.

Frisky Dingo is an incredibly funny show where nearly every line is a joke that’s being bazooka-ed in your face, but it’s also a deeply meticulously constructed series that at any moment feels like its camel’s back is going to shatter if another callback is placed on top of it. The show is seriously a feat in editing as almost every scene will connect into the next one with the following scene’s characters completing the first scene’s sentence. It’s a very hard feat to pull off, but one that becomes commonplace by the end of the series and would wind up deep into Archer’s DNA later down the road. This all culminates in Frisky Dingo feeling more like a hit of Adderall than an episodic television series. Every episode so seamlessly segues into the next one, overlapping and never relenting, that it’s surprisingly easy to watch entire seasons in one sitting. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a series that is so dense and callback-heavy, but it completely works. READ MORE

Check Out a New, Unreleased Track From Kyle Kinane's 'I Liked His Old Stuff Better'

Comedy Central Records just released the vinyl/audio version of Kyle Kinane's standup special I Liked His Old Stuff Better, and it includes an brand-new 20-minute track not included on the televised special. We've got an exclusive stream of it below: READ MORE

The 25 Best Sketches of 'SNL' Season 40

With SNL's 40th season wrapped up, we're taking a look back at the past year to recall the highs, lows, and other memorable moments as the show ended its fourth decade on the air. Here, we list some of our favorite sketches from this season — both videos and live sketches.

Though many still criticize SNL of being in a creative slump, with sagging ratings and various anniversary specials reminding viewers how great the show used to be, the sketches we've seen on the show recently tell a different story. Yes, there are fewer stock characters fans can immediately identify with the show — the familiar personas we've seen from Cecily Strong or Taran Killam aren't yet on par with the beloved icons created by Kristen Wiig or Bill Hader — and hardly any moments have possessed the viral potency of the Lonely Island. But the unspoken truth is that the film unit's production quality has actually upped its game, with directors Rhys Thomas, Matt & Oz, and Dave McCary doing amazing work. This season's live sketches have also seen improvement, with an increase in original material (recurring sketches are down to 20% from 25%), and at least a handful of truly inspired concepts routinely making their way into the lineup. And this season's biggest success story has been Weekend Update, with hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che making a night-to-day transition into a pairing we now look forward to seeing. Critics tend to praise newer "underdog" sketch shows like Inside Amy Schumer and Portlandia, ignoring a hit-to-miss ratio that's roughly equivalent to the easy-to-kick network TV goliath that's in no danger of cancellation. But as hip as it may be to claim otherwise, some of the sharpest, cleverest, gutsiest sketch comedy we've seen in the past year has come from the same place it has for the past 40 years.

So below are 25 sketches — 13 videos and 12 traditional live bits, in order of appearance — that suggest SNL in 2014-2015 could be as funny as it ever was. As has been the case in recent years, pre-taped segments appear to have the comedic edge over live bits. That seems to be an industry-wide trend: it has become more practical for writers aiming for a polished product that can translate to YouTube to edit it with the best takes and perfectly-timed cuts, rather than letting actors read it from cue cards in front of an audience of tourists. That said, there have also been plenty of raw, visceral performances that have continued to make Saturday Night Live a show best watched live. READ MORE

Chelsea Peretti Talked to Seth Meyers About Growing Up with Andy Samberg

Chelsea Peretti was on Late Night last night, and she talked to Seth about growing up with Andy Samberg, her disappointment in not getting to see the people she beat at the Webby Awards, and her strat for shaming her coach-flying friends when she's sitting in first class. Below, hear her story of trying to just get a glimpse of Rihanna at the SNL finale after party. READ MORE

David Letterman Has His Staff Help Him Out with One of His Last Top 10s Ever

On last night's Late Show, Dave had 10 of his staffers help him out with one of his very last Top 10 Lists, with them running down the things they'll miss about their jobs. It was a bittersweet list, as many of the folks on staff have been working with Dave for decades, with an unclear future before them.


What's on TV This Week: David Letterman Says Goodbye

lettermanIt's a week of finales and a farewell. Monday, 2 Broke Girls ends season four on CBS followed by the season five finale of Mike and Molly. Wednesday, Modern Family wraps season six, and Blackish finishes season one. Wednesday, we also say goodbye to Late Show host David Letterman who ends his run after 30 years.

New this week, Showtimes' Inside Comedy on Tuesday has Bryan Cranston and Carol Leifer, and Sunday, HBO has new episodes of Silicon Valley and Veep.

In late night, Fallon has guests Nick Offerman and Jeff Foxworthy, Conan has Betty White and Jay Larson, and Letterman welcomes his final guest Bill Murray. Chelsea Peretti, Mike Epps, Nick Swardson, and Richard Lewis stop by Meyers.

Check out this week's full comedy listings below: READ MORE