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Awesome: Movie References in 'The Simpsons' in Animated GIF Form

If you like The Simpsons — which I assume you do if you are reading this website — you are going to want to check out/follow Movie Simpsons, a new Tumblr that pairs animated gifs of movie references from The Simpsons with animated gifs of the original source material. It is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

The Original "Muppet Show" Pitch Video Is Damn Near Irresistible

Take notes, anyone hoping to someday sell a TV show of their own: this pitch video for the original Muppet Show, created and voiced by Jim Henson, is how you do it. As Slashfilm notes, this isn't exactly new, but I had never seen it so I figured you may haven't either. Its pacing and escalation is pretty much perfect, and it's no wonder that the show was indeed bought after this pitch was given. If only all shows had pitch videos like this.

Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch's Sons Are Going to Own the Comedy World

Fun! Amy Poehler interviewed Rachel Dratch about her new book, Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle, and it is every bit as great as eavesdropping on a conversation between Poehler and Dratch should be. They talk about gay ghosts, the best flavors to scoop at the ice cream shop they both worked at in Massachussetts, and how their sons wear each other's hand-me-downs. Those sons are gonna be a power team in 20 years, man. Good god, and if Penelope Fey starts hanging out with them…I can't even imagine.

Seth Meyers, Tina Fey, & Jon Glaser Check in on a Very Special Chris Gethard Show

As regular fans of The Chris Gethard Show know, "Checking in With Alyssa" features call-ins from 16-year-old Alyssa. On this week's episode, though, Alyssa was in town, and Gethard put together a fantastically star-studded hour just for her, including visits from Joe Mande, CollegeHumor's Jeff Rubin, Grizz Chapman, 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon, Zachary Levi from Chuck, Jack McBrayer, and SNL's Bobby Moynihan. Oh, and a letter and Subway footlong from Jon Glaser of Delocated, a call-in from Seth Meyers on the west coast, and a video tour of Liz Lemon's office from Tina Fey (how awesome is it that there's a picture of Amy Poehler in [...]

Riggle, Posehn, and Nanjiani Catapult To Hell and Back Beyond Great and Into Awesome

Only January and already there's a lock on R-Rated Stop-Motion Animated Comedy of the Year. To Hell and Back, starring TJ Miller and Nick Swardson, just added Rob Riggle, Brian Posehn, and Kumail Nanjiani to its cast, and their roles sound pretty perfect:

Riggle will voice a 20-year-old who is finally growing up. Posehn will play an aging heavy metal fan trapped in the 80s (naturally). And Nanjiani will play “Sal the Demon, an employee in hell.”

Thought experiment: if every viewing of this heavenly movie required you to spend one year in hell, how many times would you see it? More or less than five?

Here's How the New Arrested Development Season Will Play Out

Mitch Hurwitz and the cast of Arrested Development appeared together at a Netflix panel at the National Association of Broadcasters convention yesterday, and they gave up a whole bunch of details on just how this revival is gonna work. Vulture was there and captured all the juicy details.

Firstly, all 10 episodes are going to drop on Netflix streaming on the same day rather than them being released weekly like a traditional TV show. So that's good for the bingers: after this years-long wait, you'll be able to tear through the entire new season in less than five hours. As for what the episodes will actually be like: [...]

Friendly Reminder: You Really Should Watch BFFs Tonight

Hey, you! Comedy-loving person! A new network sitcom worthy of your attention starts tonight: BFFs, the show from UCB's Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. The pilot has been available online for a week or so already (that's it above), but in case you have one of those "real jobs" that don't allow "watching full sitcom episodes at work," it will conveniently air on NBC at 8:30pm tonight for your viewing/DVRing pleasure. Based on the pilot, it's one of the better new comedies to come along in a while, so you might as well get in on the ground floor, eh?

Is That Ellie Kemper Dancing Behind You Right Now?

Well, Ellie Kemper is the actual bomb. When she appeared on Ellen earlier this week, she gave that dancing host a run for her money with a series of sneak dance attacks as part of the show's "Dance Dare" segment. She grooved on the set of The Office; she grooved behind Ellen Degeneres' mom. She grooved with a mouse; she grooved in a house. She grooved in a box; she grooved on a fox. Minus the last four things.

Bill Murray, Steve Martin, and Bugs Bunny: The Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary Special

In the 1970s and 1980s, Warner Bros. did not take great care with its animation legacy. The studio spit out a new, clumsily assembled “special” for every remotely notable occasion, with a lack of care and inventiveness that would have shamed Bob Hope. The programs were comprised of 75 percent recycled old cartoons, strung together with unfunny, ugly looking new animation that contained none of the craft and anarchic humor of the source material.

Not so with the The Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary Special. Produced in 1986 to mark the titular occasion (and loosely tied to a Museum of Modern Art retrospective), it too made heavy use of classic [...]

Ron Swanson Is Drunk Dancing and Wearing a Tiny Hat Always in Our Hearts

If there were a trophy for "browser tab kept open longest," Infinite Drunk Ron Swanson would win it and then dance around drunkly with it.

"Who doesn't love being loved?"

In this month's Interview, Roseanne Barr sat down with Sandra Bernhard for an interview. It's pretty great. I mean: We went to see Hello, Dolly! at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit with Carol Channing, and I was just totally overwhelmed. I was 8 years old and this was the biggest thing that had happened to me. We started driving back to Flint from Detroit and I was crying the entire way home because my parents had not arranged for me to meet her. I would lie in bed at night and have full-blown fantasies about taking my bows on stage on Broadway. It was so embedded in me [...]

Al Madrigal Takes on an Obliviously Racist School Board Member on The Daily Show

Last night on the Daily Show, Al Madrigal travelled to Tucson, AZ, where the local high schools have just been banned from teaching Mexican-American Studies by the state. He sat down with the head of the school board who spearheaded the ban, and it's the quintessential Daily Show interview: a master class in setting someone up and then getting out of their way while they obliviously tear apart their own argument. By the time he has the guy trying to teach a black kid about slavery without him becoming resentful towards white people, it's a total trainwreck in the best possible sense.

Paul Rudd and Tina Fey to Pair Up and Give Us All Love Overdose Heart Attacks

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the only person more beloved than Paul Rudd is Tina Fey and the only person more beloved than Tina Fey is Paul Rudd. So what is going to happen when they star in a movie together as each other's LOVE INTERESTS? It's looking like we'll find out with Admission, a "dramatic comedy" in which Fey will play an Ivy League admissions officer, Rudd will play her former college classmate, and we will play Olivia Newton-John's "I Honestly Love You" over and over in our bedrooms as we stare at the poster for this movie and cry.

Wet Hot American Summer Has Been Recreated Ten Years Later

The cast of Wet Hot American Summer teamed up with some guest stars at San Francisco Sketchfest this week to perform the film as a live radio play and make everyone who wasn't there about as jealous as we were back when we read the oral history of the making of the film.

Most of the cast played their original roles, with the additions of David Wain as the narrator, Busy Phillips and David Cross in the parts originated by Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce, Bobcat Goldthwait as the can of vegetables, and Andy Richter, Gillian Jacobs, Jessi Klein and John Hodgman filling out various [...]