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Is Late Night in Need of a "Severe Motherfucking Shakeup"?

Late last week, Conan writer Andrés du Bouchet took to Twitter to blow off some steam regarding what he views as the less than impressive state of late night comedy today. Most of his tweets have since been deleted, but Uproxx posted the relevant ones before they disappeared. Here are du Bouchet's thoughts in full:

Comedy in 2015 needs a severe motherfucking shakeup. No celebrities, no parodies, no pranks, no mash-ups or hashtag wars. I’m fat.

and shove your lip-synching up your ass.

Prom King Comedy. That’s what I call all this shit. You’ve let the popular kids appropriate the very art form that helped you deal. Fuck.

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Martin Sheen and 'Last Week Tonight' Make the Perfect Doomsday Video

Earlier this year, CNN's top secret doomsday video leaked online, but Last Week Tonight decided it was a little too depressing and in need of a more celebratory update. So with a little help from Martin Sheen, the show put together a doomsday video full of some of humanity's greatest accomplishments and an ending that's much more upbeat; it's a goodbye video we can all take pride in during our final few minutes on Earth.

Jordan Klepper Investigates Christianity's "Super Super Super Dope" Future

Last night on The Daily Show, Jordan Klepper took a closer look at the future of Christianity by interviewing two pastors — the super cool, Grand Theft Auto-playing Pastor Carl Lentz and the very less cool Reverend Dr. Christopher J. Benek — to find out more. For Lentz, the future of Christianity is all about old-school prayer, reading Bible verses on a cell phone, and selling out stadium venues all over the country, while Benek has something else in mind entirely: robots that "choose" to be Christian.

Bassem Youssef Stops by 'The Daily Show' to Explain the Middle East Proxy Wars

Here's a clip from "Egypt's Jon Stewart" Bassem Youssef's appearance on last night's Daily Show, where he expresses a little disappointment in not being considered for Trevor Noah's recent promotion and explains the complicated proxy wars in the Middle East using a metaphor Americans can understand: It's like March Madness, and the Great Satan (us!) already made it to the final round.

Larry Wilmore and the 'Nightly Show' Panel Explore Some Unconventional College Majors

Last night's Nightly Show took on the topic of of the value of a college degree and skyrocketing tuition costs, and during the panel, Wilmore (wearing a beautiful spandex suit) ran some unconventional degrees by guests Kurt Metzger, Fareed Zakaria, and Anya Kamenetz for a game of "B.A. or B.S." Watch another clip from the panel below:

Jon Stewart Explains Why He's Leaving 'The Daily Show'

A little over two months after Jon Stewart announced he's leaving The Daily Show this year, The Guardian has a new interview out with Stewart that reveals why he decided to leave his 16-year late night post and his thoughts on the show's future. Here's what Stewart said when asked why he ultimately chose to leave:

"It’s not like I thought the show wasn’t working any more, or that I didn’t know how to do it. It was more, 'Yup, it’s working. But I’m not getting the same satisfaction' … These things are cyclical. You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and [...]

Jessica Williams and Samantha Bee Hand Out the 2015 'Mercun Award on 'The Daily Show'

A lot of dumb news stories have happened so far in 2015, so during last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart welcomed correspondents Jessica Williams and Samantha Bee to hand out the 2015 'Mercun Award, which The Daily Show bestows upon one US news story that best encompasses the "true essence" of America. Spoiler alert: the winner involves Applebee's, which is about as 'Mercun as you can get.

Amy Sedaris Sings David Letterman a Goodbye Medley

Amy Sedaris made her 34th and final Letterman appearance last night, and to express her love and appreciation for Dave, she sang him a beautiful goodbye medley. She also thanked Letterman for welcoming her on the show for so many years and all he's done for late night: "You're like a New York staple! You're like the Turkish Baths on 10th Street! You're like scaffolding, you know?"

Eric Andre Announces 'The Eric Andre Show's Season 4 Renewal on 'Conan'

Eric Andre made a quick appearance during last night's Conan to make a very special announcement: The Eric Andre Show is returning to Adult Swim for a fourth season. No word yet on when the season will air, but Andre shared the news through the classic "bloody man with candy-covered underwear falls out of a piñata" method.

Amy Schumer Looks Back on Her Awkward Puberty on 'Conan'

Amy Schumer was a guest on last night's Conan, where she talked about her Entertainment Weekly cover, how she's feeling about hosting the MTV Movie Awards this Sunday, and her very awkwardly timed puberty as a kid, which made her look like a "jack-o-lantern with tits." Watch more from the interview below:

Alec Baldwin Tells Letterman About the Origins of His 'SNL' Tony Bennett Impression

Alec Baldwin paid a visit to David Letterman on Friday, where he looked back on the creation of the "Tony Bennett Show" sketch at SNL and eating lots of food backstage with the writers. He also gave Dave a special retirement gift just one month ahead of his big Late Show goodbye.

Conan O'Brien Gets Trapped with Jordan Schlansky in Escape Room LA

Here's the latest Conan remote segment featuring Conan O'Brien and his no-nonsense producer Jordan Schlansky, who take a trip to Escape Room LA and get trapped together in the 1940s-set "Detective" room. O'Brien might not be the best at solving all the intricate puzzles and clues inside, but he's definitely good at getting into his '40s jewel thief detective character. Jordan, as usual, is having none of Conan's nonsense.

Angela Kinsey's Grandmother Isn't a Fan of Her TV Shows

Here's a clip from Angela Kinsey's visit to last night's Conan, where she tells O'Brien all about her harshest critic, who happens to be her Southern grandmother Lena May. Whether it's Kinsey's work on The Office (Too vulgar!), her new TBS show (What's TBS?), or her time as a Conan, Lena May thinks Angela's comedy career is just a little too vulgar to bother watching. Check out another clip from Kinsey's interview below:

John Oliver and Michael Bolton Stick Up for the IRS Through the Power of Song

In anticipation of Tax Day this Wednesday, last night's Last Week Tonight took a closer look at the the one government agency everyone loves to hate: the IRS. It's been an uphill battle for IRS employees (or as John Oliver calls them, "the physical equivalent of Ambien") for the last several years between dramatic budget cuts and losing over 13,000 employees since 2010, and Oliver thinks it's time to give them a break: "We don't need to love the IRS or even like them, but after decades of us calling them Nazis and sending them mustard, I think they may deserve at least a few minutes of at least grudging [...]