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How 'Inside Amy Schumer' Fought — and Won — to Get "Pussy" on TV

Over the weekend, Amy Schumer and the writers/producers of Inside Amy Schumer sat down for a Paley Center panel all about the show, and it turns out we have them to thank for finally reaching true gender equality on Comedy Central. Prior to the second season of Schumer's show, the network bleeped the word "pussy" but often allowed the word "dick" to air uncensored — a policy that struck the writers and executive producer Dan Powell as unfair. From Vulture's recap:

"Dan decided that it wasn't fair that they bleep the word 'pussy,'" said Amy Schumer. "Because you are allowed to say the word 'dick' on Comedy Central," [...]

Watch the Media-Conspiracy TV Funhouse Segment SNL Banned in 1998

Marc Maron just Tweeted the link to this video, a Robert Smigel-written TV Funhouse segment in which the educational program Conspiracy Theory Rock presents a catchy little ditty called "Media-opoly." The animation depicts the total control of the media by a few unregulated corporations – especially, yep, good old GE – who are also dumping nuclear waste directly onto playground woodchips. Big surprise, this clip was cut out from all but the first airing of its SNL episode. It's interesting to think about how far we've come in the last decade and a half, though, with 30 Rock casting GE's fictional parent company Sheinhardt Wigs as a [...]

The FCC Banned The Latest Episode of Fox's 'High School USA!'

Fox's new animated sitcom High School USA!, part of its Saturday night ADHD block, is running into trouble from the FCC. Creator Dino Stamatopoulos (Moral Orel, Community) posted on Facebook Friday, "FCC won't let us air this week's High School USA! this week. Pretty great." The episode did not air on Saturday. Titled "Best Friends Forever," the controversial episode involved teenage girl Amber (voiced by Zosia Mamet) getting upset when she learns that her mother is an amateur porn star, while her friend Marsh (voiced by Vincent Kartheiser) tries to get the two of them to make peace. Stamatopoulos added that if the episode airs (presumably with some [...]

Monty Python vs. the Censors

Before its release in 1975, Monty Python and the Holy Grail was viewed by someone from the British Board of Film Classification, the group that gives films ratings in Britain. He gave producer Mark Forstater some advice on getting the rating down to an A from an AA, which would allow kids under the age of 14 to see it. Forstater then sent a letter to fellow producer Michael White laying out the advice, and it's hilarious: "I would like to get back to the Censor and agree to lose the shits, take the odd Jesus Christ out and lose Oh fuck off, but to retain 'fart in [...]

Watch Stephen Colbert and Hugh Laurie Read a List of Every Term They're Allowed to Say on Cable TV

Here's Stephen Colbert and special guest Hugh Laurie on The Colbert Report last night, running through a list of naughty words that they're allowed to say on cable TV in order to stick it to broadcast TV's new relaxed standards.