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Here's an Infomercial for a Fake College Written by Ex-'Onion' Writers that Adult Swim Has Been Airing at 4AM

Adult Swim has been quietly airing this fake infomercial for "For-Profit Online University" all this week at 4am. FPOU is a one-off special from a conglomerate of former Onion writers called Wild Aggressive Dog, which is made up of Geoff Haggerty, Dan Klein, Matthew Klinman, Michael Pielocik, Chris Sartinsky, and Sam West. FPOU was written and directed by West, with some writing assistance from the other Wild Aggressive Dog writers, and it stars Nicole Byer, Nick Corirossi, and Brian Huskey, among others. The network has been airing faux-infomercial's late at night, like Michael Ian Black's series You're Whole or Rob Huebel's one-off Dragon Shumway knife infomercial, but FPOU is the [...]

Watch Lewis Black Give a College Commencement Speech

Of course, Lewis Black is the first person you'd pick to speak at a college commencement ceremony. (via Laughspin)

A Funny Thing #32: The Old College Try with Jon Gabrus

Jon Gabrus lived the quintessential Hollywood college experience, if Hollywood was the name of an alternate world where everyone thought it was super cool to walk around with a bee on a string, shit your Gap boxer-briefs in front of a freshman co-ed, and drive with your eyes closed, high on stolen, canned oxygen. Make sure you've still got all your teeth and buckle up. Jon Gabrus is taking you to school.

Jon Gabrus can be seen hosting MTV2's The Guy Code. New episodes start this January, but if you'd like to see his cherubic grin right now, just look over your shoulders, or more specifically at mtv2.com.

How College Comedies Are Watched by All Ages of Dudes

"College is the best time of your life," is something people like to say and believe. It’s also something that self-perpetuates itself: you approach college with that special time of your life vigor and demand nothing less. Accordingly, it's the college comedy film's obligation to capture this ethos from all angles: those looking forward to college, those in college, and those looking back at college.

Animal House came out on DVD around the time I was applying for colleges. My dad swiftly purchased it for me with the advice of, "You should watch this before you go to college." I am not unique in this; dads were buying their [...]

Jon Stewart to College Kids: "Don't Eat from the Salad Bar" and Vote, Please

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Shut up, Dad. I don't need to listen to you anymore; I'm at college. I'm going to live forever and Presidents are BORING and old. I'm never going to be that boring or old. Flawless college kid impersonation aside, how about we all vote. You'll get a sticker. [Via]

Fox Wins the Bidding War for Tina Fey's New College Sitcom

Next season, Tina Fey might end up having new comedies on two different networks. Last week, we told you that Tina Fey and her fellow 30 Rock writer/producers Robert Carlock and Matt Hubbard are developing a new sitcom and that multiple networks were in a bidding war for it. Now, Deadline reports that Fox has bought the project with a series commitment for 2014-15, beating out NBC.

The untitled series will be executive produced by Fey and Carlock and created by Hubbard. It follows an all-womens college that begins letting in men for the first time. This is the second show Fey has in the works for next season, following [...]

Every Advantage, by Nick Taylor

When I was five minutes old, my father gave my umbilical cord to a man in a pinstriped suit, who was waiting in the hall. “He’s going to bank your cord blood, son. It might be useful someday. God knows they want a king’s ransom, but your mother and I want you to have every advantage.”

“Ga,” said I.

My sainted mother fought thrush infections in both her breasts and cracked nipples that bled like open wounds in order to provide me with mother’s milk until I was two years old. “I want to tear my chest off,” she cooed in my ear, “but I can’t imagine not giving [...]

Nick Offerman Reveals the Secrets of Ron Swanson's Mustache

"Two weeks is a passable mustache. It’s like, 'Yeah, that’s a mustache.' But it takes longer for the upper nasal labial whiskers to reach the top lip. To grow the full ’stache is five to six weeks. Fun fact: facial hair is the provenance of the makeup department, not the hair department. We have this amazing makeup head named Autumn Butler, and she takes a lot of pride in maintaining Ron Swanson’s mustache."

–Nick Offerman, talking to The Believer, about his luscious lip fur.

Inside the Second City's Comedy Studies Program

C.J. Toledano is a familiar face in the Chicago comedy community. He’s a stand-up comedian, and has a natural ease that sets him apart from many other stand-ups his age. At 25, he’s already written for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and is currently a consulting writer for the O.N.N. He takes his craft seriously, and is hard working, imaginative, and focused. But that wasn’t always the case. “I was a punk,” Toledano recalls of his college years, and his academic record can verify that. His GPA was a rocky 1.8, and he had dropped out of film school only to enroll in a university right next to his old [...]

12 Colleges with Great Improv Groups

These days, it’s safe to say every college in the country has an improv group. Most of them perform “short-form” games, but several have also adopted the “long-form” style best known in cities like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. While many of these groups are located in those regions, or have Ivy League pedigrees, a good number have miraculously sprung up in the country’s unlikeliest of corners, from the swamps of Florida to a few miles from the Canadian border in Washington state.

Despite their regional differences, it’s interesting how similar many of these groups are. Most have around 9-12 members. All of them are extremely popular on [...]

Watch 'Community's Jim Rash in a Recruitment Video for Greendale

Here's a fun three-minute recruitment video for Community's Greendale College, starring Jim Rash as Dean Pelton. The video is a promotion for the fourth season of Community's upcoming DVD release, which I assume Dan Harmon won't be purchasing.

The Complete Guide To Everything: College Urban Legends

This week's episode is the first installment of our new series of Urban Legends themed episodes (which will appear monthly, or until we forget about them). This week we're talking about college.

Are sorority houses illegal under some states' brothel laws? Do you get straight A's if your roommate commits suicide? Did some nerd win a car for reading the small print in a textbook? Do you really get 200 points on the SAT for spelling your name correctly? Tim and Tom get to the bottom of these questions and more, with the help of the extremely informative website snoops.biz.

Also, we discuss mistakes we made on New Year's [...]

Listen to a Young Johnny Carson Explain Humor Writing

For his senior thesis at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Johnny Carson created an audio program that explained how to write comedy for radio. You can listen to the 45 minute thesis here. (Ignore the first completely unintelligible minute or so.) Using clips from popular programs, he analyzed how to perform things like running gags and comedy duo routines. Beyond being interesting for any fan of Carson's, he does do a really great job explaining the mechanics of certain types of bits. For example: "Step 1: Call your yourself something 'the Magnificent.' Step 2: Hold an envelope up to your head. Step 3: Say an ambiguous phrase. Step 4…"

A Reading List: The Best College Humor Publications

College humor magazines have been around for literally hundreds of years, with the oldest of these entertainment publications beginning in the late 1800s. For a long time they trafficked in fluffier fare such as innocent parodies, grandpa jokes like “Have you taken a bath?’ ‘No, why, is one missing?’” and other similarly nonsensical written gags that were funny and skillful, but still squarely on the lighter side of the humor spectrum. This shifted during the 1970s when many of these outfits began to satirize on-campus and off-campus events more heavily and inject a more cynical tone, or at least a heightened irreverence, that produced work worthy of the 1970s and [...]