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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: 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 [...]

A Business-Like Week in Comedy

-We talked to Anthony Jeselnik about his upcoming Comedy Central show, standup, and quitting his writing gig at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

-We looked at the Lost Roles of Will Ferrell.

-We went to Montreal for the Just For Laughs festival and related some of the highlights. Patton Oswalt delivered an excellent keynote address.

-We found Arnold's goofy side in Total Recall.

-Bill Murray really, really isn't going to be in Ghostbusters 3.

This Week in Humorous Things

-Steve Carell said goodbye to The Office. We looked at all the roles he almost had but didn't end up with for one reason or another.

-We interviewed Norm MacDonald.

-The trailer for the Ghostbusters porn parody arrived, and it's as full as slime as you'd expect.

-Bill Maher accused The Onion of stealing one of his jokes. The only problem? They made it six months before he did.

-We dove deep into the archives of Spy magazine, one of the funniest magazines ever.

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 [...]

An Olympic-Less Week in Comedy

- Abby Elliott is leaving SNL.

- Michael J. Fox is coming back to TV.

- Christopher Guest is shooting a series for HBO.

- We talked to Rob Huebel about his Lost Roles. (DON DRAPER!)

- We got inside Chicago's untelevised late night show, The Late Live Show.

- We followed @Aparnapkin on Twitter.

- We talk to James Adomian about his new stand-up and the state of gays in comedy.- We spoke with Alan Spencer about Bullet in the Face.

- We looked at 9 famous (and adorable) comedy couples.

An Emmy Nominated Week in Comedy

- One of the original SNL writers Tom Davis died at age 59.

- Emmy Nominations were announced.

- Hulu to air new episodes of The Thick Of It.

- We traced the birth of the comedy podcast boom.

- We talked to Simon Amstell about telling jokes in America.

- We looked at Being John Malkovich's prediction of today's culture of celebrity obsession.

- We remembered Chris Farley's legendary time on SNL.

- We examined the coolness of TV's greatest nerds.

- We wondered what the Tosh situation meant for the state of comedy criticism.

The Week: A Comedy in One Act

-The first full trailer for The Hangover Part II was released.

-Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis CK and Ricky Gervais sit around and shoot the shit for HBO.

-We went behind the scenes of Community with writer Megan Ganz.

-Comedy Central renewed Futurama for two more seasons.

-The Lonely Island revealed the cover for their upcoming album, Turtleneck & Chain.

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 [...]

A Podcasty Week in Comedy

-We launched the Splitsider Podcast Network!

-Chris Gethard wrote about how liberating it is to fail.

-Humorist David Rakoff died, and we remembered him by watching this video of him being a jerk to Dave Hill.

-Arrested Development started shooting again! And we got some pictures from the set!

-In somewhat similar news, it looks like the Wet Hot American Summer prequel is set to start filming in January.

-We rounded up 23 web comedy videos about sex that are actually, you know, funny.

A Tiring Week in Comedy

-Daniel Tosh got himself in some trouble.

-We followed the deep vein of dark comedy throughout the entire career of Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan. Oh, and how does a Saul Goodman spin-off sound?

-Arrested Development starts shooting in one month!

-Nerd boners: Charlie Kaufman, Dan Harmon, and Dino Stamatopoulos started a Kickstarter for a new stop-motion animated film.

-We looked at the lost projects of John Hughes.

-We rounded up some videos of Fred Armisen's early, pre-SNL comedy.

-We asked you to please leave Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson alone.

Some Comedic Stuff Happened This Week

-We looked at 26 roles that Bill Murray almost played but didn't, for various reasons. -We talked about the potential in Steve Carell's Office replacement. -The excellent Portlandia got picked up for a second season. -The first annual Comedy Awards announced its nominations. -Rachel Dratch got herself a book deal.