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The 91 Best Comedies Currently Streaming Online

As Netflix original shows such as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards made splashes at the Golden Globes, it’s easy to forget that Netflix started as a movie delivery service. But Netflix, along with Amazon and Hulu, still offers plenty of great comedy movies and TV shows across a range of sub-genres. We sorted through those absurdly specific categories, stoner-pandering straight-to-streaming movies, and frustrating-looking standup specials to compile the best 91 comedies available for streaming across the three services. (This is a guide just to streaming services, so great shows like Eagleheart and The Eric Andre Show which are both available via their network's [...]

Talking to Aziz Ansari About His New Special, 'Parks and Rec', and Why He Prefers Standup to Films

Beloved by many as the stylish Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation, Aziz Ansari has been amassing an impressive standup catalog for a young comic. At only 26, his first hour special, Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, debuted on Comedy Central in 2009. In the spring of 2012, he self-released his next special Dangerously Delicious, and tomorrow, his new hour, Buried Alive, premieres on Netflix.

His new material, which delves deep into the world of dating, romance, and children, shows a more introspective side to his personality. But he's not just talking about himself; talking to audience members and questioning them about their own romantic journeys is now a central part [...]

Talking to Kathleen Madigan About Her New Standup Special, How Her Shows Are Like Bar Conversations, and Why She's Not Part of the Scene

A 25-year veteran of standup, Kathleen Madigan may be one of the most consistently great storytellers in comedy. Her third standup special, Madigan Again, premiered earlier this month on Netflix and will be available for download later this the year. She can also be seen on The Late Show with David Letterman next Friday, Sept. 27. I got the chance to talk to her over the phone recently about getting invited over to people's houses, not knowing real jokes, and why she and Lewis Black have never been in the cool kids' club.

How do you approach putting together a new special? Do you set out with a focus for the [...]

Talking to Mitch Hurwitz About 'Arrested Development' and Why It's Okay If Comedy Is Confusing

It would be nearly impossible to overstate the influence of Arrested Development on today's TV comedy landscape. While the original three seasons of the Fox show inspired hundreds of imitators full of quick cuts and layered running jokes, the show's fourth season on Netflix completely altered the sitcom format by introducing a slow-building, novel-esque narrative arc culminating in a classic whodunit.

It's all down to the genius of the show's creator, Mitch Hurwitz. While in Montreal recently to collect his Just For Laughs Comedy Writer of the Year Award, he sat down with Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix for a conversation about AD, Running Wilde, and the [...]

'New Girl's on Netflix

Want to catch up on New Girl? Fox just struck a deal with Netflix to send all past seasons to the streaming service, starting today. The new season starts on September 17th, so you've got time.

Why Has Netflix Removed Most of Its 'SNL' Library?

Back in September 2010, Netflix made the amazing announcement that they'd soon begin streaming every single episode of Saturday Night Live for "at least the next three years." Well, those three years have come and gone, and over the past few months, huge chunks of classic SNL episodes have been slowly lifted from Netflix's streaming selection.

As of today, the 1970s episodes are available as discs only, all 1980s and 1990s seasons are completely unavailable, and only seven seasons are streaming between 2000-2013. While temporary removal of shows on Netflix is pretty common, going from a full 38-season database to a measly 7-season offering paints a worrisome [...]

Why Is 'The Simpsons' STILL Not Available to Stream Online?

Time called it the the best television show of the 20th century, and Vulture voted it the greatest sitcom ever. It’s the longest-running animated show, sitcom, and scripted primetime TV show in US history. It's won 28 Emmys and last year scored its first Oscar nomination. When its first season was released on DVD, it became the best selling television DVD of all time. At the end of its 25th season, which starts this Sunday on Fox, it will have produced more than 550 episodes.

But look for episodes of The Simpsons online and you’ll come up short. Only the most recent five episodes are available on [...]

Aziz Ansari Is Releasing His New Standup Special Exclusively on Netflix November 1st

Netflix recently announced that they're expanding into original comedy specials, and now, the streaming service is prepping to release its biggest standup special yet: Aziz Ansari's latest, Buried Alive, which debuts exclusively on Netflix November 1st, according to The NY Times.

Ansari's third special, Buried Alive is based on his tour of the same name and he calls it "a lot more mature" than previous specials, focusing on his friends starting families while he lives his life as a comedian avoiding commitment. The special covers similar topics to his recently announced book, albeit with different content/jokes. Ansari, whose previous two specials debuted on Comedy Central and direct-to-fans via his [...]

Netflix Will Start Making Original Standup Specials

Netflix is getting into the standup special game. "Beyond series, we will be expanding our Originals initiative to include broadly appealing feature documentaries and standup comedy specials," the company announced yesterday in a letter to shareholders. Standup specials are already a huge part of Netflix's streaming service, but so far, they've only showcased specials that were produced via networks like Comedy Central or independently and then sold to Netflix. Comedy Central and HBO now have a new competitor in the standup special game.

Someone in Georgia Has an 'Arrested Development'-Inspired "Anustart" License Plate

It's been less than a month since Arrested Development's fourth season debuted on Netflix, but somebody already hopped on it and became the first known person to get a license plate inspired by the one on Tobias Fünke's car, "ANUSTART." Here's a photo of a Virginia license plate that reads "ANU STRT" (damn that 7-character limit). The car was spotted in Helen, Georgia, so keep an eye out for it if you happen to be one of our three readers who lives there.

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Netflix's 'BoJack Horseman' Will Feature the Voices of Amy Sedaris, Will Arnett, and Aaron Paul

Next summer, Netflix will add a new animated series to its Originals lineup called BoJack Horseman, and the lead characters will be voiced by Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, and Amy Sedaris. According to a Netflix press release, the show centers around BoJack (Arnett), a washed-up former 90's television star (and horse) who "has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, with the help of his human sidekick Todd (Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Caroline (Sedaris), BoJack is primed to again make his mark on the world of entertainment." Arnett and Paul will also serve as executive [...]

Aziz Ansari and Seth Rogen Have Some Great Ideas for Cross-Promoting Aziz's New Special

The first trailer for Aziz Ansari's new standup special Buried Alive is up, in which he and Seth Rogen brainstorm the most innovative ways to release the new hour. Spoiler alert: Buried Alive premieres November 1 on Netflix.

Mitch Hurwitz Says the 'Arrested Development' Movie Is Next, Then Another Season of the Show

Mitch Hurwitz has big plans for the future of Arrested Development. The creator of the beloved series tells Rolling Stone he wants to do a movie next and another season of the show after that. Here's a quote from Hurwitz:

I'm working on the movie right now. I can't get into much more detail because I don't want to scare anybody off. I don't want to be presumptuous about it. I don't own the property outright – it's a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie …

A TV season is a six-month commitment, but I think it would [...]

Netflix in Talks to Pick Up Another Season of 'Arrested Development'

It looks like another Netflix season of Arrested Development may be in the future. Brian Grazer, Arrested Development producer and season 4 cameo-maker, revealed to Bloomberg Television in an interview yesterday that there have been talks with Netflix to make a fifth season. "We're in conversations with them to do another season," Grazer said. "They are interested in doing that. Mitch is ready to do it and so are the actors, so we're very excited about it.” News of Netflix officially being in talks for another season comes after the company's CEO Reed Hastings told CNBC in May that he was happy with the results of season 4 and [...]