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Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen Talk About 'SNL' and Their Other Shows for 'Variety'

To celebrate both of their Emmy nominations, Variety recently sat down with Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen for a hybrid interview/conversation that covers everything from their thoughts on each other's shows Girls and Portlandia to what it's like to perform on SNL. Here's both of them talking about Lorne Michaels and his behind-the-scenes skills and power:

Armisen: Lorne gives the most valuable kind of notes. I don't know how he knows. I don't know if he has like some secret connection to my brain but he addresses questions that I haven't asked yet and then I feel better about a whole season. In a sentence, he can diffuse [...]

Andy Samberg and Kit Harington to Star as Rivals in a Tennis Mockumentary for HBO

Andy Samberg is about to play a tennis bad boy in an original HBO movie. According to Deadline, HBO is currently assembling the cast for 7 Days in Hell, a tennis-centric mockumentary written by Girls and American Dad! writer Murray Miller based on a concept by Miller and Samberg, who will star opposite Game of Thrones' Kit Harington. The mockumentary will tell the tale of rivaling tennis players during their legendary seven-day match at Wimbledon, with Samberg as "tennis' superstar bad boy" Aaron Williams and Harington as Charles Poole, "a tennis prodigy and certified truck driver." Rounding out the cast will be Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Will Forte [...]

John Oliver Breaks Down America's Income Inequality Problem

From Last Week Tonight, here's a clip of John Oliver breaking down everything that's wrong with income inequality in the US, from the stigma behind the term "class warfare" to the wealth gap to the estate tax to America's obsession with being cut down to size by British talent show judges. Oliver ends the segment by playing two fun games of "America Ball" — one for the top 1% and another for the rest of us.

John Oliver Talks Uganda's Harsh Anti-Gay Laws with LGBT Activist Pepe Julian Onziema

Here's a segment from last night's Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver explores the recent rise of persecution against homosexuals in Uganda and how the country's extreme homophobic attitude can be easily traced to a few idiots back here in the states. Be sure to watch the end of the clip, in which Oliver interviews Ugandan LGBT activist Pepe Julian Onziema about working for equality where homosexuality is illegal and why the harsh laws would've never been enacted without interference from the US. Click through for Oliver's extended interview with Onziema.

Diving Deep Into the Legendary 'Mr. Show' Season 3 Writing Staff

Writing Staff Breakdown is a new Splitsider column that takes a writing staff from a beloved TV comedy, examines their individual contributions to the show and collaborations between the writers before and after. This week, we're looking at the writers for the third season of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross's Mr. Show.

"Mr. Show was certainly from a writers perspective, the best show to work for on TV. Which is to say, you have the most freedom." – Bob Odenkirk, in the book Mr. Show What Happened?!

One of the most influential and revered sketch shows ever on television, Mr. Show amassed a devoted following amongst comedy fans and [...]

John Oliver Reveals How Embarrassingly Bad the US Is at Storing Nuclear Weapons

While most Americans might worry about the possibility of getting annihilated by another country's nuclear warheads, last night's Last Week Tonight proved that what we should worry about most are our own nuclear weapons, which it turns out aren't stored with the level of security and up-to-date technology you might think. If that scares you, just wait until Oliver breaks down some of the men in charge of these weapons and America's many "Almostgeddons"– it only gets worse.

Maude Apatow to Make Her Television Debut on HBO's 'Girls'

Maude Apatow is set to make her TV comedy debut. TVLine reports that Maude will appear in the next season of Lena Dunham's hit HBO series Girls, which her dad Judd Apatow executive produces. Few details about Maude's character have been released, but she'll reportedly play a girl named Cleo "who could potentially appear in several episodes." Maude has shown up in her father's films Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40, but Girls will make her first time on the small screen. Zachary Quinto, Gillian Jacobs, Jason Ritter, and Natasha Lyonne are also set to show up next season, which is slated to premiere early [...]

HBO Is Waiting Patiently for Larry David to Bring Back 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

Curb Your Enthusiasm might come back to HBO, but not until at least next year. According to a Vulture, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told reporters yesterday that he had recently run into Larry David and asked about a possible Curb return. Though David said he had no plans to bring it back this year, after Lombardo asked him "So David, should I emotionally get Curb out of my head?" he responded with "No, no, no, no, no." There aren't any more specifics about Curb's future on the pay network yet, but Lombardo told reporters yesterday that "as long as he's thinking about it, we still have a [...]

Paul Scheer Has Put 'NTSF' on Hiatus; Is Developing New Shows at Adult Swim, HBO

Paul Scheer did an interview with Yahoo out today, in which he gave updates on his various TV projects. First, he's decided to put his Adult Swim crime procedural comedy NTSF:SD:SUV, which wrapped its third season in December, on hiatus indefinitely. Scheer said:

We took a break on NTSF this season… I felt like it was a good run. It was super fun: We did 38 episodes and we finished up in London, and I was super psyched about that. And now I wanted to try something different … We may revisit NTSF, but right now it's just kind of… it's not over, but I have no plans to [...]

Mike Judge Says 'Office Space' Made TGI Fridays Get Rid of Their "Flair"

"About four years after Office Space came out, TGI Fridays got rid of all that (button) flair, because people would come in and make cracks about it. One of my ADs asked once at the restaurant why their flair was missing and they said they removed it because of that movie Office Space. So, maybe I made the world a better place."

- Mike Judge in an interview with Deadline, in which he talks about the cult success of Office Space, when King of the Hill won an Emmy, and working for HBO with Silicon Valley.

Thailand's Military Government Is Not a Fan of 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'

Thailand's military government apparently caught wind of a segment Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did on their Crown Prince last month, and they're not taking his satire lightly. VICE News recently got ahold of a "highly confidential" official document from Thailand's National Council of Peace and Order responding to, among other things, Oliver's June 22 segment on Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn in which he mocked the coup leader and his ridiculous "happiness campaign" and called him "buffoonish" and "an idiot." From the document, which focuses on Oliver and other "overseas activities that the junta regards as 'undermining the royal institution'":

Mr. John William Oliver, a comedy actor [...]

John Oliver and Some Puppets Break Down America's Prison Problem

Here's a clip from last night's Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver breaks down the many problems behind America's broken prison system and takes a page out of the Sesame Street playbook by singing a catchy prison-themed tune with a group of puppets.

John Oliver Recaps Every 4th of July Fireworks Display That Happened Last Week

Last Week Tonight was off the air last night due to the holiday, but that didn't stop John Oliver from releasing a comprehensive guide to every American's 4th of July fireworks ritual in this special online clip.

John Oliver Breaks Down the Dark Side of Dietary Supplements with Steve Buscemi, George R.R. Martin, and More

Dr. Oz recently got in some trouble for hawking some very questionably safe dietary and nutritional supplements on his medical talk show, so John Oliver took a note from Oz's history of pandering to his viewers with shaky medical information by doing some audience pandering of his own with the help of a very cute puppy, plot-teasing George R.R. Martin, tap-dancing Steve Buscemi, and more.