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Five 'SNL' Cast Members Who Were Also 'Daily Show' Correspondents

In its 40 years of scouting talent from The Groundlings, Second City, and standup clubs, SNL has never felt any competition in the major leagues of comedy star-making. When The Daily Show debuted on Comedy Central in 1996, however, Lorne Michaels and company finally met their match, with stars like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Rob Corddry, and Ed Helms all carving out their niches on the mock news show. Over the summer these two worlds officially collided when The Daily Show poached SNL writer Michael Che and elevated him to onscreen status as its newest correspondent, only to see Che swap back to SNL to [...]

'The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore' Adds Head Writer Robin Thede

Comedy Central's upcoming late night show The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore just hired its head writer. The network announced today that Robin Thede has joined the Minority Report staff as head writer following news that former Daily Show showrunner Rory Albanese will serve as executive producer. A graduate of Second City and iO, Thede recently served as head writer for The Queen Latifah Show and also wrote for Real Husbands of Hollywood and Chris Rock at the 2014 BET Awards, and she's appeared on Hot in Cleveland, Key and Peele, and The Goodwin Games. Thede's hiring is especially exciting considering that most of today's late [...]

Christina Hendricks Joins Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome's 'Another Period'

Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome's in-the-works Comedy Central show just added a Mad Men favorite to its cast. Deadline reports that Christina Hendricks has joined the Victorian-era reality show spoof Another Period — which follows Newport, Rhode Island's "first family" the Bellacourts starring Leggero and Riki Lindhome — as "a new servant on the estate who is not who she appears to be" named Chair. Hendricks joins previously announced regulars Michael Ian Black, Brett Gelman, David Wain, Paget Brewster, Brian Huskey, Beth Dover, David Koechner, Jason Ritter, Lauren Ash, and Armen Weitzman. Comedy Central hasn't announced a premiere date for Another Period yet, but Leggero and [...]

Check Out 'Key and Peele's Fantastic 'Family Matters' Sketch

Whether you're on Team Reginald VelJohnson or Team Jaleel White, this darkly hilarious sketch from next week's Key and Peele will change the way you look at Family Matters forever. VelJohnson definitely has some solid points here, but alas, the Urkel craze is more beyond his control than he could ever imagine.

Samantha Bee and Jason Jones Have a 'Daily Show' Host-Off

Jon Stewart was too sick to host The Daily Show last night, so husband/wife duo and newly made American citizens Jason Jones and Samantha Bee took turns filling in for him. Watch Bee's fantastic (but terrifying) report on the lack of national statistics on how many citizens are killed by cops each year above, then click through to watch Jones open the show as well as their shared interview with Wyatt Cenac, who comes with a pile of books to plug.

Google's Response to Stephen Colbert's Lawsuit Threat Is Pretty Perfect

Last week, Stephen Colbert took some time during an episode of The Colbert Report to call out Google CEO Larry Page for getting his height wrong, and it looks like Google has finally responded to Colbert and his lawsuit threats by revising his height — but not to the true 5'11 he demanded. A search for Colbert's height now results in "5' 10.5" (1.79m -ish)" with height comparisons to Jon Stewart ("Shorter"), "circus freak" Conan O'Brien, and of course Larry Page, who is still winning the height game over Colbert by that pivotal half inch. The Colbert Report is airing reruns this week, so it looks like Page [...]

Stephen Colbert and Neil Young Debate Environmental Issues Through Song

At the end of last night's Colbert Report, Stephen teamed up with guest Neil Young to perform a slightly altered version of his song "Who's Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth)." The result is a beautiful example of how a little acoustic jamming can unite even the most outspoken environmentalists with their ultra conservative, whale-hating enemies.

'The Daily Show' Hires Hasan Minhaj and Trevor Noah

The Daily Show just added two new correspondents. THR reports that both Hasan Minhaj and Trevor Noah have joined the show — Minhaj will be officially taking over for Michael Che, and Noah will begin his stint as a contributor in December.

Minhaj was featured as a New Face at this year's Just For Laughs festival and has appeared on @midnight, Last Call with Carson Daly, Arrested Development, and HBO's Getting On, while South African comedian Noah has appeared on The Tonight Show and Late Show and sold a sitcom pilot to Fox last November. For more on Noah, check out our [...]

Sketch Anatomy: Phil Augusta Jackson Breaks Down 'Key and Peele's "Alien Imposters"

Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite television 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 with UCB grad and The Chris Gethard Show's resident poet Phil Augusta Jackson, who was recently hired as a writer on Comedy Central's Key and Peele and also joined the writing staff of NBC's upcoming comedy Mission Control. Jackson took us behind the scenes of his very first [...]

Abbi and Ilana Lay Down Some Beats in 'Hack Into Broad City'

Here's the latest episode of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's ongoing web series Hack Into Broad City featuring the ladies throwing some beats down Stomp-style using the humble makeshift instruments in their bedrooms. It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

Let Stephen Colbert Run You Through a Typical 'Colbert Report' Workday

Slate just launched a new podcast called Working that explores the typical workdays of various celebrities, and the very first episode features Colbert Report host and Late Show successor Stephen Colbert. Colbert offers a detailed run-through of his average day (and night) on his Comedy Central show, and you'll learn a lot about his views on scripts that don't work out (he calls them "bad girlfriends") and how he greets all of his guests: "I always say the same thing: 'I do the show in character. He's an idiot, he's willfully ignorant of what you know and care about. Please honestly disabuse me of my ignorance and we'll have [...]

Stephen Colbert Promises That the Remaining 'Colbert Report' Episodes Will Be "Instant Classics"

During last night's Colbert Report, Stephen took a few moments to reflect on the show's future with only 32 episodes left to go — the same number of episodes Comedy Central ordered back in 2005 as an eight-week tryout — and gave the audience a personal guarantee that the remaining episodes will each be "instant classics treasured by generations for their deep poetic thoughts, heavy-handed symbolism, and massive foreshadowing." This led to an ominous cameo by Death, but Colbert clearly isn't getting the message.

Ben Stiller Will Appear in 'Workaholics' Season 5

Comedy Central's Workaholics got a double-season renewal back in 2013 and returns for a fifth season on January 14th, and TV Line reports that it's already lined up an impressive guest star. According to the report, Ben Stiller has signed on to appear in the third episode titled "Front Yard Wrestling" in the role of a landlord named Del. It's not known yet whether Stiller will appear in other episodes, but between his serious upcoming films, work on the Zoolander sequel, and role as executive producer on The Birthday Boys and current/upcoming CC shows The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, Big [...]

Kristen Schaal Makes a GOP Outreach Ad for the Dudes on 'The Daily Show'

Senior Women's Issues Correspondent Kristen Schaal paid a visit to the Daily Show desk last night, where she explored some of the Republican party's ridiculously sexist ads targeted to women and debuted her very own ad for men that's equally insulting.