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Vanessa Bayer and Leighton Meester Talk Music, Love, and Loneliness on 'Sound Advice'

Here's the latest installment of Vanessa Bayer's Above Average web series Sound Advice featuring special guest Leighton Meester, who graciously takes Janessa Slater's advice on acting, music, her new album, and how lonely it is to be a beautiful and successful woman in show business. Slater also shares her reservations about the title of Meester's album Heartstrings: "I tend to think that women that are naturally beautiful don't really experience life."

Beck Bennett Seduces Kate McKinnon in the Latest Episode of 'Notary Publix'

Here's the latest episode of Kate McKinnon and her sister Emily Lynne's Above Average web series Notary Publix featuring Beck Bennett, who plays a handsome notary sent to seduce Gina with some not very romantic motives. As usual, the episode includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes look with master actors Ashlaheigh Braun-Samuels and Kulie Bishop.

Sketch Anatomy: Lucia Aniello Goes Behind the Scenes of Above Average's "Ghost Tits"

Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite comedy writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what separates a successful sketch from the rest.

For this week's installment of Sketch Anatomy we spoke UCB performer and Broad City writer/director Lucia Aniello for a behind-the-scenes look at her sketch "Ghost Tits." Starring Olivia Munn and Aniello's sketch comedy partner Paul W. Downs, "Ghost Tits" premiered on Above Average back in 2012 and currently has over six million views on YouTube. [...]

IFC Teams Up with UCB and Above Average for New Online Comedy Hub

IFC is getting into the online comedy game. The network announced today that they've launched the IFC Comedy Crib, an online hub for short-form comedy that will feature content from online comedy powerhouses UCB Comedy and Above Average, with four brand new web series premiering today and much more to come. Current web series include UCB's ClickBait Overload and Laurie starring Natasha Vaynblat, John Murray and Geoff Garlock's John and Geoff are Married, and IFC's own impromptu standup-themed web series Comedy Drop. Click through for the full description of IFC Comedy Crib's current lineup, then head over to the site to check them out.

Vanessa Bayer Puts Puss n Boots in Their Place on 'Sound Advice'

"Janessa Slater" is back with an all new episode of Sound Advice with musical guest Puss n Boots, which proves to be the perfect opportunity for Slater to show off her Jewel impression with the band and share her very own Sunday Night Football song.

Jay Pharoah Plays the County Clerk in the Latest Episode of 'Notary Publix'

Here's the newest installment of Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne's Above Average series Notary Publix featuring special guest Jay Pharoah, who plays the County Clerk sent to thwart the ladies' plans to unionize. As usual, Gina and Teresa's rival Erin Oatmeal is up to no good.

Watch Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne's New Web Series 'Notary Publix'

Sisters Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne are the creators and stars of the newest Above Average web series Notary Publix, and the first of the series' six episodes premiered today. Starring the sisters as notaries Gina and Theresa Fra Diavolo, the premiere features Aidy Bryant as their bitter rival Erin Oatmeal as well as a special behind-the-scenes look with Ashlaheigh Braun-Samuels and Kulie Bishop. McKinnon's SNL buddies Beck Bennett, Jay Pharoah, and Paula Pell are all slated to make appearances in the coming weeks.

Watch Alec Baldwin and Paula Pell Give Romantic Advice to New Yorkers

Above Average premiered a brand new web series today, and the concept is simple enough: Alec Baldwin's Love Ride follows "internationally recognized relationship expert" Alec Baldwin as he surprises couples with relationship advice in a NYC cab. Thankfully Baldwin gets some help from his "behind the scenes love advisor" Paula Pell for some of his more creative questions. Watch the second episode below:

Amy Sedaris Gives Tinder a Try on 'Seriously Distracted'

Above Average and PopSugar's new web series Seriously Distracted premiered its first two episodes today, and you can watch Amy Sedaris's debut as PR boss JD LeGrand above. LeGrand's first attempt to find a date on Tinder unfortunately results in a "Freudian swipe," but hopefully she'll find a way to recover from the humiliation. Watch the first episode with Orange Is the New Black star Kimiko Glenn below, then catch new episodes on Above Average every Tuesday at 11:00am.

Vanessa Bayer Has a Public Meltdown While Interviewing Sara Bareilles

Above Average released a new episode of Sound Advice today with Sara Bareilles, and it looks like Janessa Slater has finally found her match. Usually the guests on Sound Advice take her constant insults in stride, but Bareilles is not afraid to get edgy with some swear words if she has to.

Sasheer Zamata and Nicole Byer Turn into Garbage Monsters in 'Pursuit of Sexiness'

Here's the latest episode of Sasheer Zamata and Nicole Byer's Above Average web series Pursuit of Sexiness, which sheds some light on Zamata and Byer's extremely different financial situations. It turns out that Byer doesn't just have a habit of borrowing friends' money — she also borrows creative terms like "garbage monster." Check out more episodes here.

'Sound Advice' Is Back with Vanessa Bayer and Weird Al Yankovic

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// Above Average's web series Sound Advice now has a new home on IFC's Comedy Crib, and its latest season premiered today with Janessa Slater (Vanessa Bayer) offering some expert music tips to Weird Al Yankovic. More stars set to meet up with Janessa this season include Chromeo, HAIM, Nick Jonas, Jenny Lewis, Leighton Meester, Sleater-Kinney, The Vamps and more.

Vanessa Bayer Interviews St. Vincent for 'Sound Advice'

Vanessa Bayer (as media coach Janessa Slater) is back with an all new installment of Above Average's web series Sound Advice, this time to sit down with musician/alien St. Vincent. Slater gives St. Vincent tons of great tips for improvement, including some easy techniques for how to get fans to see her as a diva.

Amy Sedaris to Star as a PR Boss in Web Series 'Seriously Distracted'

THR reports that Above Average has teamed up with entertainment/lifestyle news site PopSugar to produce a brand new web series with Amy Sedaris set to star. Titled Seriously Distracted, the series follows Sedaris as JD LeGrand, "the head of New York publicity firm LeGrand PR. Although the firm is one celebrity client away from making it big, LeGrand's employees are constantly distracted by their pop culture obsessions, which range from Tinder and Scandal to James Franco and SoulCycle." The project makes PopSugar's first attempt at scripted comedy — a move inspired by the company's discussions with Above Average about potentially collaborating on a "female-driven comedy" together. Seriously [...]