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Just For Laughs Chooses Its 2014 New Faces

Every year, Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival chooses a bunch of up-and-coming comedians to highlight in their "New Faces" showcase, and this year's list has been released. Last year's list featured a bunch of comedians who enjoyed a breakthrough year including SNL's John Milhiser and Brooks Wheelan, standups Mark Normand and Aparna Nancherla, Late Night's Conner O'Malley, and more. Just For Laughs splits their choices up by categories New Faces (non-Canadian standups with managers), New Faces: Characters (sketch performers), Homegrown Talent (Canadian comedians), and New Faces: Unrepped (comedians without managers). Click through for the full list of this year's New Faces:

Bo Burnham, Eric Slovin, and Leo Allen Make This Year's Black List

The Black List, an annual ranking of the best-liked unproduced screenplays from a survey of studio and production execs, was released today, and as usual, the list is full of comedies. This year's list featured a few scripts from known comedians, like Eric Slovin and Leo Allen's Superbrat and Bo Burnham's Gay Kid and Fat Chick, as well as comedies from new writers.

Check out the full list of comedy scripts on this year's Black List below, accompanied by how many votes each one got:

8 'Parks and Rec' Side Characters Worthy of Being Bumped Up to the Main Cast

Yesterday, news broke that Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are leaving NBC's Parks and Recreation halfway through the upcoming sixth season. While we don't know if there are plans to introduce new characters into the main cast this year to take their places, the city of Pawnee is jam-packed with dozens of hilarious side characters who could stand to get more screentime. The Parks writers have done a great job of building Pawnee into a detailed, Springfield-esque world, introducing and re-introducing us to the town's elected officials, media personalities, local businesspeople, and citizens; and one or two of these beloved recurring characters could possibly end up coming into [...]

The 24 Best 'Mr. Show' Sketches, In Order

Believe it or not, the cult favorite sketch series Mr. Show will be having its 20th anniversary in 2015. The two years leading up to the milestone will be full of exciting stuff from Mr. Show stars/creators Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, who are working together again after a few years apart. Mr. Show writer Scott Aukerman announced this week that Odenkirk and Cross are performing a sketch together on his IFC show Comedy Bang! Bang!, set to air this summer. In addition to that, the duo is releasing a book of unproduced screenplays together, going on a mini-standup/book tour to promote it, and performing new [...]

15 of the Best, Most Defining Episodes of 'WTF with Marc Maron'

This week, Marc Maron's show Maron premieres on IFC. The show is based loosely on the comedian's experience creating and hosting his WTF with Marc Maron podcast. Since the podcast's creation in 2009, Maron has interviewed everyone from Carrot Top to Bryan Cranston to Jonathan Winters, and Maron's candid conversational style paired with his signature blend of honesty, insecurity, and resentment has shone a light on the emotional backstories behind respected and despised comedians, actors, and musicians alike.

After nearly 400 episodes, it's hard to identify the absolute best of anything without leaving a ton of great stuff out, but here is a list of some of the most [...]

WOMEN, Drennon Davis, Betsy Sodaro, and More Make 'LA Weekly's "10 Comedy Acts to Watch in 2014" List

LA Weekly put out its annual "10 LA Comedy Acts to Watch" feature last week. Ryan Singer, Power Violence, Ian Karmel, Cristela Alonzo, Bryan Cook, Andrés du Bouchet, Matt McCarthy, Betsy Sodaro, Drennon Davis, and the sketch group WOMEN all made the list in case you're looking for new comedy people to check out.

12 Rejected Pilots We Want to See Put Online

Over the past month, the creators of two rejected TV comedies released the pilots for their shows online with approval from the networks/studios who made them. First, CBS released its Rupert Grint superhero comedy Super Clyde after Greg Garcia asked them to, followed by YouTube network JASH releasing Sarah Silverman's NBC pilot Susan 313. Every year, TV networks pump millions of dollars into creating a bunch of pilots, with only a tiny fraction of these shows actually making it to air, but these are two rare instances of the creators of these passed-over pilots being able to debut the shows they worked hard on for the masses. [...]

Just For Laughs Chooses Its 2013 New Faces

Every year, Montreal's Just For Laughs festival picks a bunch of up-and-coming comedians to take part in their "New Faces" showcases, which puts them in front of a bunch of powerful industry types. This morning, they announced the 2013 New Faces, a list that includes folks like Funny or Die's Dan Klein, Totally Biased's Aparna Nancherla, Andrew Overdahl, who co-wrote/starred in the Amazon pilot Those Who Can't, and more. The New Faces are separated into categories for sketch performers (New Faces: Characters), comedians without managers (New Faces: Unrepped), Canadian comedians (Homegrown Comics), and regular New Faces, which is non-Canadian standups with managers.

Check out the full list of performers [...]

'Seinfeld,' 'All in the Family' Top the WGA's List of the '101 Best Written TV Series of All Time'

The Writers Guild of America this weekend released a list of the "101 Best Written TV Series of All Time," and several comedies ranked high on the list, which was determined by online voting by WGA members. While The Sopranos took the top spot, the list also included comedies like Seinfeld (#2), All in the Family (#4), M*A*S*H (#5), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (#6), Cheers (#8), and The Simpsons (#11).

Check out the full list, which also included Freaks and Geeks, Larry Sanders, and Louie, below:

John Mulaney, Broad City, The Birthday Boys and More Make 'Vulture's Comedy List

Vulture made a list of "50 Comedians You Should and Will Know" (full disclosure: we at Splitsider contributed names to said list), featuring talented people like John Mulaney, Broad City, The Birthday Boys, Jerrod Carmichael, James Adomian, June Diane Raphael, Hannibal Buress, and Tig Notaro. Some of the blurbs about the "comedians you should know" were written by comedians you do know, like Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, Casey Wilson, Scott Aukerman, and Jenny Slate, so get over to that list if you enjoy comedians you do and/or do not know.

Rebel Wilson, Aubrey Plaza, Megan Amram, and More Make 'Forbes' 30 Under 30

Business magazine Forbes released its annual "30 Under 30" list today, and the list is full of comedy people, as usual.  Comedians and comedy writers who made the list this year include Megan Amram (26, Parks and Rec writer), Lena Dunham (27, Girls), Dave Franco (28, 21 Jump Street), Mickey Myer (29, cofounder of JASH), Aubrey Plaza (29, Parks and Rec), Issa Rae (28, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl), Heather Regnier (28, UCB), Simon Rich (29, SNL), Jason Ruiz (28, Murder Police), and Rebel Wilson (27, Super Fun Night). Dunham, Rich, and Wilson made last year's 30 Under 30 alongside comedy folk like Aziz Ansari and [...]

9 Sitcom Actors Who Should Make a Comeback

Tomorrow night marks the premiere of two new half-hour comedies starring performers who have each been out of the sitcom world for over a decade. NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show sees the title actor, who got his start on Family Ties, in his first leading role since stepping down from Spin City to spend more time with his family following a Parkinson's diagnosis in 2000, while CBS's The Crazy Ones marks Robin Williams's return to the format and his first regular TV role since Mork & Mindy went off the air in 1982. While it's exciting to see Fox and Williams back doing the kinds of shows that gave them [...]

Jerry Seinfeld and Some Ventriloquist Top the List of 10 Highest Paid Comedians

Forbes put out its list of the "10 Highest-Earning Comedians," and Jerry Seinfeld topped the list, followed by some ventriloquist who won America's Got Talent six years ago. To be fair, though, the list only includes comedians who make the bulk of their income from live performances, so that takes everyone who has a lucrative TV or movie career out of the running, making the list significantly less meaningless than it otherwise is. Check out the mostly-depressing list below. There are some good people on it, and at least Jeff Dunham isn't #1 like the last time Forbes made one of these lists in 2010.

Our Very Favorite 'Arrested Development' Side Characters

Few sitcoms outside of The Simpsons have filled out a world of characters as well as Arrested Development. In addition to the nine fantastic regulars, the show’s secondary characters were insanely hysterical and ridiculous. While there are many more who made memorable contributions to the show, we've chosen nine of the series's best side characters (listed in order of first appearance), as well as nine runners up to the title. The descriptions span the entire run of the first three seasons of Arrested Development, so there are many, many spoilers ahead.