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What I've Learned About Comedy From Two Years of Hanging in the Archives

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When I started writing this column a little over two years ago, my intentions were pretty straight-forward: turn the time I was spending at the [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'I Remember Me' by Carl Reiner

Television pioneer and comedy mainstay Carl Reiner sparked the careers of numerous TV stars, created memorable sketches with his friend Mel Brooks, and raised a successful family. Now he’s written a book talking about it, and the autobiography, I Remember Me, is available in hardcover starting this week. In it, Reiner recounts stories from his life and over fifty years in comedy. In addition to hardcover, I Remember Me is also available on Kindle and on audiobook as read by Reiner himself.

Parks and Rec Recap: "Campaign Shake-Up"

It’s been a rollercoaster of a city council campaign so far for Leslie Knope, and this week, the ups and downs continue. While her incompetent opponent Bobby Newport has made things easy for Leslie by going into hiding, his costly new campaign manager Jennifer Barkley (played by guest star Kathryn Hahn) is making things hard for her. Newport fleeing the country also made things easy on busy movie star Paul Rudd, who plays the character, allowing him to sit this episode out. He’ll be back later on this season, relax.

Leslie and campaign manager Ben have made great strides to recover from the mini-scandal the two were involved in, [...]

Watch Carl Reiner Sing Opera on 'Conan'

Here's living comedy legend Carl Reiner making his opera singing debut on last night's Conan. Somebody's about to make a major career change at age 91.

Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks Eat Dinner Together Every Night

"[Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks] have this nightly dinner that they do at Carl Reiner’s house and they’ve been doing it for some years. They get together every night and eat together and watch TV together in the living room, and a lot of people have tried to come in there and film it and they weren’t comfortable with it so I was very flattered that they allowed me to do it." – Jerry Seinfeld on getting to film Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks's nightly get-together for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. I want to go to there.

Watch Judd Apatow Interview Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks

Judd Apatow moderated a discussion between Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner in front of a live audience this afternoon, and here's video of the whole thing. It's all centered on Mel Brooks joining Twitter, which just happened today. The talk was the first event in #ComedyFest, a five-day comedy festival that Comedy Central and Twitter are putting on together because Twitter doesn't have enough comedy on it already.

See below for the full #ComedyFest lineup, with events featuring Tom Lennon, Eugene Mirman, Hannibal Buress, and more:

Adam Sandler to Remake Summer School

Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company is set to remake 1987's Summer School, a Carl Reiner-directed comedy about a gym teacher stuck teaching English all summer long to a pack of "oddballs and rebels." Originally starring Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and a dog wearing sunglasses, this doesn't seem like the kind of remake that's going to upset too many people in love with the original. I mean, I'm just judging by the amazing DVD art and 6.1 IMDB rating; I haven't seen it. Should I have? Is Summer School a classic comedy that I've somehow missed out on? Is Sandler about to ruin Mark Harmon's finest [...]