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A Guide to Your Favorite Late Night and Sketch TV Writers on Twitter

There are tons of great late night and sketch comedy shows on television these days, and behind each one is a staff of writers hard at work to ensure their respective late night host or starring cast puts on the funniest and most finely tuned performance possible. We're in the midst of a rerun week for shows like Conan, SNL, and The Daily Show, so with that in mind, here's a complete writing staff breakdown of some of the best sketch and late night shows on TV, including a handy guide to whose Twitter feeds you can invade to get your minute-by-minute comedy fix.

Paul F. Tompkins Cast in ABC Pilot with Molly Shannon

Paul F. Tompkins and Molly Shannon are on track to becoming network comedy's coolest new couple. According to THR, Tompkins has been cast to star opposite Shannon in the untitled single-camera ABC comedy created by Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan formerly called Bambi Cottages. Tompkins will play an overworked father who moves with his wife and six kids from the city to New Hampshire to run a group of tourist cottages. Here are some more details on Tompkins's character:

Tompkins will play the charming and likable Teddy, who describes himself as a dreamer — and there's little that can quash Teddy's child-like optimism and lively spirit. He [...]

Cristela Alonzo's Semi-Autobiographical Comedy Lands Pilot Presentation at ABC

Standup Cristela Alonzo — who got a Comedy Central half-hour special last year — has been given a pilot presentation for a semi-autobiographical multi-cam comedy she created and stars in. According to Deadline, Cristela follows the standup as "an American Latina straddling cultures while not fully belonging to either. Cristela, in her sixth year of law school and living rent-free with her sister and brother-in-law, hopes to land a prestigious law firm internship as her mother hectors her about getting a real job, her brother-in-law encourages her to move out and her sister runs low on patience." The show is co-written by Alonzo and Kevin Hench and [...]

Looking Back at Jon Lovitz's 1998 Sitcom Pilot, 'The Jon Lovitz Show'

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

Back in 1998, Jon Lovitz co-created and starred in a pilot for an ABC comedy called The Jon Lovitz Show that was passed over by the network. The pilot was a multi-camera sitcom in which Lovitz played a fictionalized version of himself, as an actor who's so self-obsessed that he's cartoonishly jerky to everyone around him. Coming just a few years after ABC canceled Lovitz's animated show, The Critic, he co-scripted The Jon Lovitz Show with Mike Langworthy, a writer/producer [...]

'Don't Trust the B—-' Creator Nahnatchka Khan Sells a Comedy Pilot to ABC

Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan has sold her second pilot following Fox's Fatrick with Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. Based on the memoir by chef Eddie Huang, the 1990s-set Fresh Off The Boat focuses on "a Chinese family that moves to suburban Orlando. It centers on hip-hop-loving Eddie, raised by an immigrant father who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother who is often bewildered by white culture. With his father owning and operating an All-American Steakhouse chain, this loving family of FOB ('fresh off the boat') Taiwanese Americans try to live the American dream while still maintaining their [...]

Jimmy Kimmel's Aunt Chippy Gets Attacked by Bats in Austin

It's always entertaining whenever Jimmy Kimmel sends his Aunt Chippy out for her aunt-on-the-street segments, but her visit to Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge — which doubles as a bat conservation site — has got to be one of the hot-tempered Chippy's most hilarious moments. Cousin Sal was also on hand to push things to the limit with some fake bats at the perfect point.

Jimmy Kimmel Grills Disgraced Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

What does it say about our society that we reward disgraced crack-smoking Canadian mayors by letting them have a huge chunk of interview time on our precious late night talk shows? Thankfully this was far from lost on Jimmy Kimmel last night, who grilled Rob Ford about everything from his awful reputation among his fellow Torontonians to allegations of his homophobia, his sweating problem, his carb-free diet, and just about every viral Rob Ford clip that's hit the internet in recent history. If you like Canadian accents, political train wrecks, or walking heart attacks, click through for the rest of Ford's Kimmel visit.

Molly Shannon to Star in ABC Comedy Pilot from 'Happy Endings' Writer

Molly Shannon is taking her first regular TV job in years. She's been cast as one of the leads in an untitled ABC sitcom pilot that was created by Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan, THR reports. The comedy, which has a working title of Bambi Cottages, follows a father who, sick of his teaching job, moves his wife and six kids from a big city to New Hampshire where they run a set of cottages for tourists. Shannon will play Cathleen Burke, the wife and mother who's caught off-guard by her husband's decision but decides to go along with it. The pilot, one of two Brian Gallivan [...]

A Guide to 2014's Network Comedy Pilots

We're in the midst of pilot season again, the time of year when the big four networks cast and shoot pilot episodes of potential shows for the 2014-15 TV seasons. One big change this year is that Fox — and to a lesser extent, NBC — are attempting to do away with pilot season and handing out straight-to-series orders or developing shows year-round like cable networks do instead. Fox is still ordering pilots for its comedies to test cast chemistry, but they're greenlighting pilots with more serious ambitions to turn them into comedies this season. Five new shows from Tina Fey, John Mulaney, Craig Robinson, and more have [...]

Here's Jimmy Kimmel's Amusingly Dysfunctional Family Cake Decorating Competition

Normally a friendly cake decorating competition could make for some great bonding memories between family members, but when Jimmy Kimmel took his mom, Aunt Chippy, Cousin Sal, and TV sidekick Guillermo to Duff's Cakemix to give it a shot, it turned out how a lot of family get-togethers do: Aunt Chippy gets angry, repeatedly screams "WHO TOOK MY BAWLS!?" and threatens everyone's good time.

Jimmy Kimmel Catches a Bunch of SXSW Music Fans in Their Web of Lies

Currently doing a week of shows at SXSW in Austin, Jimmy Kimmel resurrected his "Lie Witness News" segment to ask a bunch of music festival attendees for their opinions on bands that are so cool and obscure that they're actually not real bands at all. As if blatantly lying about knowing a musical act isn't bad enough, it's probably never a good idea to punctuate your responses with the phrase "to be perfectly honest."

Watch Jimmy Kimmel's Post-Oscars YouTube Movie Trailers

After last night's Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel hosted another star-studded live post-awards show episode. This year, Kimmel took on the theme of classic YouTube videos — from "Charlie Bit My Finger" to "Keyboard Cat" to "David After Dentist" — and enlisted some of Hollywood's top stars to reenact the viral scenes. Check out the cold open to Kimmel's special above with Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, then click through to watch the dramatic trailers for YouTube movies Sweet Brown: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That, Bitman Begins, Ameowdeus, and David After Dentist Double Rainbow Oh My God! in 3D. If you always wanted to see Christoph Waltz as Hamster on [...]

Romany Malco to Star in Kevin Hart's ABC Pilot

Weeds and 40-Year-Old Virgin star Romany Malco has been cast in a high-profile new TV pilot. He'll be playing the lead role in an untitled ABC multi-camera comedy co-created and produced by Kevin Hart, TV Line reports. Loosely based on Hart's own life, the show will star Malco as a newly-divorced man trying to stay friends with his ex-wife for the sake of their kids. Hart co-created the show, which ABC bought in October, with Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman, Dan Harmon's former Community co-showrunners. Hart is expected to play a recurring role if the pilot gets picked up. Malco and Hart starred together in the movie Think [...]

David Schwimmer to Star in Partially Improvised ABC Comedy 'Irreversible'

After making his switch from acting to directing films (Run, Fatboy, Run and Trust), Deadline reports that former Friends star David Schwimmer has signed on to return to television on the ABC comedy Irreversible. Based on the hit Israeli series Bilti Hafich, Irreversible will be semi-improvised "in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm." The show follows Andy (Schwimmer) and Sarah, "a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves." Segahl Avin, a co-creator on the original Israeli series, co-wrote the US adaptation and may also come aboard to direct the pilot in New York. Not counting his small roles [...]