This Week in Comedy: Saying Goodbye to Joan Rivers

- Legendary comedian Joan Rivers died at 81.

-We showed you the late night tributes to Joan Rivers from David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and more.

-Conan’s Brian Stack took us behind the scenes of his many late night characters, including the Traveling Salesman.

-Andy Zaltzman talked plumbing politics and the crazy state of the world for comedy.

-We highlighted the forward-looking comedians of Artistically Challenged, whose new 15-second “television” show is changing the medium of Instagram and Vine.

-The Humor Section featured an original piece by Blake Henderson titled "Letting My Parents Know."

-Jim Jefferies talked about his new special, Barethat is now airing [...]

This Week in Comedy: Losing a Legend

-The world tragically lost a comedy legend in Robin Williams.

-Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, and Seth Meyers paid tribute to Robin Williams.

-Sam Haft shared a personal story about trying to know Robin Williams.

-We unearthed three sketches of Robin Williams on SCTV in 1982.

-Neal Brennan talked about his transition from behind the scenes to in front of the camera with his new show The Approval Matrix.

-We explored Comedy Central’s graveyard of short-lived sketch shows.

-Netflix announced premiere dates for standup specials from Bill Cosby, Chelsea Peretti, Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr, and Chelsea Handler.

This Week in Comedy: Weird Al Hits #1 and 'The Meltdown' Premieres

-Former SNL cast member Gary Kroeger wrote about what it's like to be hired and then fired by the show.

-Seinfeld writer Andy Cowan told us about writing "The Opposite," one of the best Seinfeld episodes ever.

-We dug up Dratch & Fey, Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch's old pre-SNL stage show.

-We examined whether or not being a comedian is a sign of mental illness.

-Remember the time Jerry Seinfeld roasted Tommy Chong on the Playboy Channel? No?

-We looked at the inside story of LA standup mainstay The Meltdown, and talked to hosts Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray about bringing it [...]

This Week in Comedy: Yahoo Saves 'Community'; 'Drunk History' and 'Nathan For You' Return

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-Yahoo! resurrected Community at the last minute, ordering a 10-episode sixth season expected to premiere next year. Executives are insisting that a Community movie will happen, as well.

-Nathan For You and Drunk History returned to Comedy Central with the premieres of each of their second seasons. We ranked Nathan Fielder's best works from season 1 and interviewed Derek Waters about what to expect this year on Drunk History.

-We examined George Carlin and three other standups who completely reinvented their acts in the middle of [...]

This Week in Comedy: 'The Onion' Unveils Clickhole.com

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-We take a look inside The Onion's new click-bait-satirizing website Clickhole.

-Comedian and mentor of Tracy Morgan, James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair passed away after a fatal car wreck that also critically injured Ardie Fuqua, Harris Stanton, and Morgan himself.

-Beloved pioneer of British alt comedy, Rik Mayall has passed awayWe remember him fondly.

-Comedy Central renews Inside Amy Schumer and Review, and order two new shows, Idiotsitter and Another Period.

-Dave Chappelle this week made his first late night appearance in six years. Here he is talking to Letterman about Chappelle's Show's sudden end.

-Saturday night, Splitsider will be celebrating [...]

This Week in Comedy: Summer's End

-Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, and The Colbert Report won Emmys while Amy Poehler was snubbed for the 11th time.

-We had an inside look at the return of Superego with Matt Gourley, Jeremy Carter, Mark McConville, and Paul F. Tompkins.

-We discussed whether or not Modern Family really is the best-directed comedy on TV.

-Janet Varney shared what she’s learned from interviewing women in entertainment on her Nerdist podcast The JV Club and why you should keep your childlike enthusiasm.

-We dug up the many one-season sitcoms and news parodies of Comedy Central.

-Saturday Night’s Children featured Alan Zweibel, writer of famous SNL characters [...]

This Week in Comedy: 'The Late Late Show' Gets a New Host

-James Corden was revealed to be the new host of The Late Late Show, and we put together a video guide to introduce you to him.

-T.J. Miller talked to us about the craft of comedy at Just for Laughs.

-We found that Will Ferrell might play soft-core porn producer Russ Meyer in Russ & Roger Go Beyond.

-That Ghostbusters reboot will have female leads and might be directed by Paul Feig.

-We talked with Michelle Wolf about what it’s like balancing standup and writing for Late Night.

-Pete Davidson explained what it’s like being a rising standup at age 20.

-We unearthed [...]

This Week in Comedy: Weird Al's Still Got It

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-Broadway great and 30 Rock scene stealer Elaine Stritch passed away at 89.

-SNL has begun its change-ups for next season: Brooks Wheelan announced that he had been fired from the show, which was quickly followed with the news that John Milhiser, Noel Wells and Nasim Pedrad will also not be returning. SNL [...]

This Week in Comedy: North Korea Declares War on Comedy

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un declares Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new comedy, The Interview, an ‘Act of War’. Then they launched three missiles.

-Funny or Die releases the lineup for their second ever Oddball Tour — and it’s amazing

-FYI: Amazon is taking comedy series submissions again.

-We check out how the legal marijuana industry is helping to elevate Denver’s comedy scene.

-We take a look at Jason Sudeikis’s long and versatile career on Saturday Night Live.

-Even stranger than the Kim Jong-un/Seth Rogen standoff, here comes David [...]

This Week in Comedy: 'Silicon Valley' and 'Inside Amy Schumer's Wrapped Up Their Seasons

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-Silicon Valley and Inside Amy Schumer eached aired their season finales. We reviewed Silicon Valley's first year and rounded up the best sketches from this season of Amy Schumer.

-Following the success of Workaholics and Broad CityComedy Central has ordered a pilot from sketch duo BriTANick.

-NYC standup and former SNL writer Michael Che made his debut as a Daily Show correspondent. We interviewed him about his Comedy Central Half Hour, which airs tonight.

-John Oliver's net neutrality segment caused the FCC's comment section to crash.

-The UCB Theatre announced the amazing lineup for the 16th annual Del Close Marathon.

This Week in Comedy: The 'Simpsons' Marathon Begins

-The Simpsons marathon kicked off this week on FXX and we had the full schedule.

-We looked at why The Richard Pryor Special deserves a prominent placement in Pryor’s repertoire of greatness.

-The iconic voice of SNL Don Pardo died at 96.

-Alex Honnet and Caitlin Stephan, owners of the Upstairs Gallery in Chicago, shared about its closing and the upcoming independent comedy festival A Jangleheart Circus.

-Co-creator and executive producer of @midnight Alex Blagg explained why Key and Peele’s sketch "Insult Comic" is genius.

-Our Second City archive footage featured Adam McKay and Scott Adsit in their 1995 show Piñata Full of Bees.

-We broke [...]

This Week in Comedy: Successes and Failures

-Mike Birbiglia talked about the importance and power of jokes.

-We broke down Comedy Central’s one-season wonders.

-We highlighted memorable moments from Andy Kindler’s Just For Laughs keynote speech.

-Co-creator of Nathan for You Michael Koman talked about the show's success, and we looked at how the show blows up reality TV. And the Dumb Starbucks episode finally aired, living up to sky-high expectations.

-Saturday Night’s Children looked at Morwenna Banks's shortest SNL stint ever.

-We discovered the social media graveyard of canceled comedies.

-We unearthed a clip of Bill Murray’s 1980 show Bill Murray [...]

The Week In Comedy: The 2014 Emmy Nominations

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-Here are this year's comedy Emmy nominations.

-Homestar Runner co-creator says he wants to revive the popular web cartoon.

-We talked to Maria Bamford about smaller audiences, international comedy scenes, and how she develops her act.

-The cast and writing staff for NBC's new sketch comedy was revealed.

-Weird Al just released the full track list for his new album Mandatory Fun. We looked back at Weird Al's first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

-We listed the eight longest-lasting SNL cast [...]

This Week in Comedy: 'Louie' and 'Playing House' Wrap Up Their Seasons

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-Playing House and Louie both aired their season finales. We reviewed at Playing House's first season and Louie's more experimental fourth season.

-Ian Edwards talked to us about releasing his debut standup album through Conan O'Brien's Team Coco Records.