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Will Forte Reunites with Wally the 'SNL' Cue Card Guy

Here's a sneak peek from Esquire Network's new series Car Matchmaker, in which comedian and former Seinfeld writer Spike Feresten uses his automobile knowledge to pair guests up with the perfect car. In tonight's hourlong episode, Ferensten's guest is his brother Wally — better known as SNL's cue card guy — who gets briefly kidnapped by a bearded Will Forte in a MacGruber-style Miata. Click through for another sneak peek with Jerry Seinfeld, then catch the rest of the episode tomorrow night at 9:00pm.

Bill Murray Discusses Baseball and Booze

The elusive Bill Murray did a rare interview with Esquire out today, but unfortunately, it's entirely focused on his love of baseball and vodka instead of on comedy or movie stuff. There's still plenty of interesting stuff, like Murray calling announcing a Cubs game "the peak of my performing career," if you're a big Bill Murray fan.

Albert Brooks and the Rise of "New Humor"

As noted in my recent piece on Bob Einstein's lost classic comedy book, the real comic genius in the Einstein family is little brother Albert, who took to the stage under the name Albert Brooks. A year after Bob's publishing debut, Albert made an even bigger splash in the print world in the February 1971 issue of Esquire magazine. (Side note: Oh, those truly were the glory days of publishing. The magazine was an astounding 10 1/4-inches wide and 13 1/8-inches tall — too big for my consumer-grade scanner to capture a whole page at once. How did it fit on a newsstand? And many of those enormous [...]

Jerry Seinfeld Tried to Convince Chris Rock to Take Over for Letterman

"I was talking to Chris Rock the other day about taking the Letterman job. I was trying to convince him to take it. He says, 'Absolutely no possible way.' Both of us are out when you hear 'makeup everyday.' You hear that and I'm out."

-Jerry Seinfeld in an interview with Esquire on why he doesn't consider being a celebrity a burden, the new season of Comedians in Cars, and why he wanted Chris Rock to take over CBS's Late Show.

Woody Allen Says He Has Nothing in Common with Mel Brooks But Is a Bob Hope Plagiarist

"I love Mel Brooks. And I've had wonderful times working with him. But I don't see any similarities between Mel and myself except, you know, we're both short Jews. That's where it ends. His style of humor is completely different. But Bob Hope? I'm practically a plagiarist."

- Woody Allen to Esquire in a great piece for their "What I Learned" series that also sees him discussing his dinner with Ingmar Bergman ("like a house painter sitting down with Picasso"), why he doesn't read any reviews, and the time a cabdriver taught him to shave as a kid.

Mel Brooks Comments on the "Questionable Taste" of Seth MacFarlane

"It would be hypocritical of me to take issue with anything in questionable taste, seeing that I invented bad taste in films. I'm sure Seth MacFarlane is pushing it a little further."

- Mel Brooks comments on the latest film work of Seth MacFarlane in a new interview with Esquire, in which he also talks about Richard Pryor, Blazing Saddles, and the possibility of finally making Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.

Ellie Kemper Explains the Importance of Proper Dental Hygiene

As part of their Valentine's Day coverage, Esquire asked some female comedians and writers to opine on the subject of romance. Included is this piece by The Office's and Bridesmaids' Ellie Kemper on the value of fresh breath. It's advice that's tough to argue with.