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9 Rigorous Ways You Know You Went to School in the '90s, by Zack Bornstein

1. You remember that you did. Memory serves as a bank of perceptual information. Neural stimuli built up throughout years of schooling can provide sufficient evidence that you attended school in the 1990s. This confirmation method can be disregarded in cases of prolonged hypnosis, brainwashing, drug abuse, head trauma, electroconvulsive therapy, neuropsychiatric disease, and/or if you have ever entered an extended fugue state.

2. You are told explicitly by a trusted person. Trusted people could include your parents, siblings, mentors, the President, or a longtime friend. Asking the person to repeat him or herself, or to put the statement in writing reduces the possibility of an auditory hallucination. You [...]

'Seinfeld,' 'All in the Family' Top the WGA's List of the '101 Best Written TV Series of All Time'

The Writers Guild of America this weekend released a list of the "101 Best Written TV Series of All Time," and several comedies ranked high on the list, which was determined by online voting by WGA members. While The Sopranos took the top spot, the list also included comedies like Seinfeld (#2), All in the Family (#4), M*A*S*H (#5), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (#6), Cheers (#8), and The Simpsons (#11).

Check out the full list, which also included Freaks and Geeks, Larry Sanders, and Louie, below:

Rob Delaney, Megan Amram, and a Fake Prince Account Top 'Time' Magazine's 140 Best Twitter Feeds List

TIME magazine released a list of "The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013" this week, and a lot of comedians made it in this time around. The list features an entire comedy category and also a ton of boring non-comedy categories like "science" and "art." Amongst those who made the comedy portion of the list are Mayor of Twitter Rob Delaney, SNL writer Chris Kelly, Parks and Rec writers Chelsea Peretti and Megan Amram, and Jake Fogelnest's fake account for the musician Prince. Folks like Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein, Lena Dunham, and Apatow spawn Maude made it in under the "Celebrities" category, while stand-up and Parks and Rec star [...]

20 Great Coming of Age Characters: Part II

This post is brought to you by Out There, premiering tonight at 10:30/9:30c on IFC.

Yesterday we brought you Part I of our 20 favorite coming-of-age characters from movies and TV, spanning from 1985's Claire "The Princess" Standish to 2007's Seth from Superbad. Here are our ten remaining picks to further rouse your high school nostalgia and embarrassment, featuring everyone from the uptight best friend to the popular girl-turned-murderer.

Quarter-Life Comedy: What 50 Stars Were Doing When They Were 25

Being old enough to legally drive, smoke, buy booze, and rent a car can certainly indicate adulthood, but if you're anything like me, your 25th year on this planet was/is/is totally going to be as exciting as it is terrifying. In case you're in the midst of your quarter-life crisis (or you just need some motivation to keep up with your 2013 resolutions), here's a look at what 50 various comedy stars were up to at age 25. Though it turns out they were all at different points in their careers, they share one thing in common: whether it's making a television debut, manning the door at a comedy [...]

Rebel Wilson, Aubrey Plaza, Megan Amram, and More Make 'Forbes' 30 Under 30

Business magazine Forbes released its annual "30 Under 30" list today, and the list is full of comedy people, as usual.  Comedians and comedy writers who made the list this year include Megan Amram (26, Parks and Rec writer), Lena Dunham (27, Girls), Dave Franco (28, 21 Jump Street), Mickey Myer (29, cofounder of JASH), Aubrey Plaza (29, Parks and Rec), Issa Rae (28, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl), Heather Regnier (28, UCB), Simon Rich (29, SNL), Jason Ruiz (28, Murder Police), and Rebel Wilson (27, Super Fun Night). Dunham, Rich, and Wilson made last year's 30 Under 30 alongside comedy folk like Aziz Ansari and [...]

15 of the Best, Most Defining Episodes of 'WTF with Marc Maron'

This week, Marc Maron's show Maron premieres on IFC. The show is based loosely on the comedian's experience creating and hosting his WTF with Marc Maron podcast. Since the podcast's creation in 2009, Maron has interviewed everyone from Carrot Top to Bryan Cranston to Jonathan Winters, and Maron's candid conversational style paired with his signature blend of honesty, insecurity, and resentment has shone a light on the emotional backstories behind respected and despised comedians, actors, and musicians alike.

After nearly 400 episodes, it's hard to identify the absolute best of anything without leaving a ton of great stuff out, but here is a list of some of the most [...]

10 First-Time 'SNL' Hosts We'd Like to See

It doesn't matter whether it's an Oscar-winning actor or an athlete with no comedy experience – if you're willing to unapologetically look like an idiot on live television, chances are you're going to be a good SNL host. First-timers can go either way; in Louis C.K.'s case it's blowing a ram horn while yelling "ZOOOOG!" but for greener hosts like Kevin Hart, the heat of the experience can result in too many flubbed lines and nervous asides that chip away at an episode's momentum. As religious SNL fans, we kept that in mind while brainstorming which newbie hosts we'd be most excited to see grace the 8H stage.

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20 Great Coming of Age Characters: Part I

This post is brought to you by Out There, premiering tomorrow night at 10:30pm/9:30pm C on IFC.

While the fringe jackets and bell bottoms may have changed to purple leather, poofy hair, and shoulder pads and the soundtracks have evolved from The Partridge Family to Tom Petty to Simple Minds, transitioning from adolescence to adulthood is a universal experience, and you can learn a lot about someone (more specifically, which decade they grew up) based on their favorite coming-of-age films and television shows. In anticipation of IFC's new series Out There, here's a two-part look at 20 memorable characters who came of age onscreen, in no particular order.

The Next Wave: The Top 10 Up-and-Coming Comedians on Each Coast

It's no secret that we're in the midst of a great era in stand-up comedy, with thriving scenes in both New York and Los Angeles and tons of big cities in between experiencing a major boom and serving as homes to a lot of spectacular work. Splitsider readers are no doubt familiar with most of the established stand-ups in the country – ones who have risen up via TV appearances, podcasts, Twitter – but what about the newer names who will be popping up on everybody's radars over the next year or two?

We figured no one watches more comedy than the people who run the country's leading shows [...]

Jerry Seinfeld and Some Ventriloquist Top the List of 10 Highest Paid Comedians

Forbes put out its list of the "10 Highest-Earning Comedians," and Jerry Seinfeld topped the list, followed by some ventriloquist who won America's Got Talent six years ago. To be fair, though, the list only includes comedians who make the bulk of their income from live performances, so that takes everyone who has a lucrative TV or movie career out of the running, making the list significantly less meaningless than it otherwise is. Check out the mostly-depressing list below. There are some good people on it, and at least Jeff Dunham isn't #1 like the last time Forbes made one of these lists in 2010.

John Mulaney, Broad City, The Birthday Boys and More Make 'Vulture's Comedy List

Vulture made a list of "50 Comedians You Should and Will Know" (full disclosure: we at Splitsider contributed names to said list), featuring talented people like John Mulaney, Broad City, The Birthday Boys, Jerrod Carmichael, James Adomian, June Diane Raphael, Hannibal Buress, and Tig Notaro. Some of the blurbs about the "comedians you should know" were written by comedians you do know, like Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, Casey Wilson, Scott Aukerman, and Jenny Slate, so get over to that list if you enjoy comedians you do and/or do not know.

10 'SNL' Hosts We'd Like To See Again

What’s in an SNL host, really? Judging by the names on this list, a lot. SNL is a well-oiled machine at this point – regardless of who’s hosting – but a fun and memorable host can work wonders to breathe life into the show. As Splitsider’s resident SNL historians, we decided to look back on some of our favorite hosts from over the years and compile a list of ones we’re particularly jonesing to see make a comeback.

We gave ourselves a few guidelines. Firstly, no one who has hosted the show in the past three years (no hard feelings, Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy). We also tried to [...]

'Bob's Burgers' Writers Share Facts About Australia

McSweeney's has a list of abandoned jokes from the Bob's Burgers writer's room today. They're all facts about Australia that didn't make it an episode, like "If you’re having a waffle, you say you’re going on a waffle-bout" and "Paul Hogan personally awakens all Australian citizens each morning."