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The Year in Comedy Movies

A year ago, we reflected on a raunchy, female-dominated, fairly diverse year in comedy and concluded that 2012 would likely bring a similarly strong crop of films. Coming out of 2011’s Bridesmaids-induced box office boost, 2012 promised eagerly awaited new works from Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Woody Allen; plenty of reboots and sequels (The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, The Amazing Spider Man, MIB3, 21 Jump Street); an end to Twilight; and the birth of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit.  Among all the action, young adult, and animated films rolling out each week, comedy fans didn’t have quite as many premieres to look forward [...]

The Complete Guide To Everything: The 2012 Presidential Election

Hey, let's get down to business here. Week after week, Tim and Tom spend an hour talking about a bunch of nonsense that, frankly, isn't all that important. Well, all that is going to change this week. Finally, we sit down and talk about something of substance: the 2012 Presidential Election, the most important election of any of our lives.

Of course, before getting into the issues, we talk about Tim's new health kick. Oh, and Tom getting slapped in the face on a subway. And also we talk a bit about a very interesting new costume he spent a lot of money on for Halloween this year. And [...]

49 Funny Things to Look Forward to in 2012

"Don't Look Back in Anger" is a song by either Bob Dylan or Oasis. I can't summon the strength right now to find out which one. In any case, "Don't Look Back in Anger" is definitely also my advice toward people bickering about Year-End Best-of Lists. Hey eggheads: nobody cares how anybody ever sequenced their top 10 anything. Instead of looking back in anger, let's look forth in mild curiosity toward the coming year. Will we laugh harder than we did in 2011—the year of the Arthur remake? (Actually, the Arthur remake is shockingly not terrible. Handle it!) The answer is yes, we will laugh harder in 2012 than [...]

A Year of Lost Roles: Looking Back at 12 Awesome, Weird, and Terrible Movies and Shows that Never Happened

Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring “what might have been” in movie and TV comedy, as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn’t get, and the projects that fell apart altogether. To close out 2012, we've put together a list of 12 of the most interesting movies, shows, or alternate casting choices that almost happened but didn't – some good, some bad, some just super weird. Read on for the best abandoned projects we've covered in 2012, including an SNL reality show in which comedians would have competed to be cast members on the [...]

John Hodgman Says the World "Might Not End" This Year

"Here we are, now approaching my predictive date for the end times, December 21, 2012, which is of course not my date, but the one the Mayans have been threatening us with for a long time. And as far as I can tell, it’s very disconcerting, but if you look at the signs around, I’d hate to break this to you, but the world might not end. I think my mistake was relying on the Mayans. I mean, those guys? Come on. If they were really that advanced, they would have made a calendar out of paper, not stone. What was I thinking?"

— Comedian and author John Hodgman to [...]

Colbert Cuts to the Bone(r) of the Denver International Airport Conspiracy

Well, this is incredible. In a new segment called "Mysteries of the Ancient Unknown – 2012 End of Times," the Colbert Report uncovers some very suspicious goings-on behind the harmless facade of the Denver International Airport. If you ask me, this whole video is a conspiracy. Right at the moment I was wondering how long it would take for someone to release a remixed version of Third Eagle of the Apocalypse William Tapley saying the word "phallic" over and over while playing a Casio in front of a gentle waterfall, IT HAPPENED (kind of). That's a little trick we in the conspiracy industry like to call MIND CONTROL. [...]

John Hodgman Gives Some Last-Minute Apocalypse Survival Tips

John Hodgman has been warning mankind about the impending apocalypse ever since his book That Is All came out last year, but things are getting close to his (and the Mayans') predicted date for the end times: December 21st. With just ten days left before we all meet our doom, check out this video of Hodgman's survival tips to make sure you know how much urine and mayonnaise to keep around the house.

Better Tape Nick Offerman & Chris Pratt's Apocalypse Guide to Your Bunker Wall Now

Parks & Rec's Nick Offerman and Chris Pratt have written a guide to surviving the 2012 Mayan apocalypse, and it's full of whiskey and bears and woodworking. In other words, it's exactly like Nick Offerman's regular life.

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Obedient, chubby team members? Finally Jerry will be useful for [...]

SNL's Zach Kanin's 2012 Predictions Are Great

New SNL writer and New Yorker cartoonist Zach Kanin drew up some pretty exciting predictions for 2012. (You know, in his spare time. I hear they keep a really lax schedule over at SNL.) According to Kanin, we can expect big surprises from Newt Gingrich and a sizable increase in young-adult novels written by rabbis. Perhaps the biggest news here, though, is that the season of Looking Back On 2011 has officially arrived, and before Halloween no less. Let the reflective blog posts and magazine top-ten lists commence!