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This Week in Comedy: 'Parks and Rec' and 'Archer' End Their Seasons

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-We reviewed the latest seasons of Parks and Recreation and Archer, both of which wrapped up this week.

-Will Hines gave a strong defense of the practical implications of improv.

-We reviewed Brett Gelman's new Adult Swim specialDinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends.

 -We took a look at Rick and Morty, Bob's Burgers, and American Dad!, three cartoons in three different stages of life.

-Time magazine unveiled this year's list of the 100 most influential people, and Key and Peele made the cut.

-USA uploaded the pilot to Lennon Parham [...]

Paul Schneider Explains Why He Left 'Parks and Rec' and Won't Ever Go Back

Former Parks and Recreation star Paul Schneider, who played Pawnee city planner Mark Brendanawicz in the show's first two seasons, did an interview with Screencrush shedding some light on his exit from the show and whether he'll ever come back as a guest star as co-creator Mike Schur has suggested.

"That experience was very strange for me," said Schneider reflecting on Parks and Rec. "I signed up for a specific character that was changed in mid-season. And it became a character with a lot less to do. And, all of a sudden, I was kind of confused and kind of having a lot less to do." When [...]

Here's Bo Burnham's Country Song from 'Parks and Rec'

Bo Burnham guest starred on last week's episode of Parks and Recreation as super-American country singer Chipp McCapp, and here's a music video for his song, "Beautiful Like My Mom (Support the Troops)" that's sure to replace the national anthem in a few years.

Mike Schur on Overnight TV Ratings

"First of all, those overnight ratings are very silly, and we all need to stop reporting them and caring about them … Obviously, what matters is how networks can make money from ratings, but this is the system we have invented, where you can watch episodes of most shows on many different platforms at your absolute leisure, and yet we are still using a system that measures only the people who watched it the second it aired. It's like measuring album sales based on who bought the album within ten minutes of its release."

-Mike Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, to Hitfix on how meaningless overnight [...]

Aubrey Plaza to Play the Female Lead in Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle'

Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza has booked her next movie role. She'll be playing the female lead in Ned Rifle, the long-awaited dark comedy from writer/director Hal Hartley, Variety reports. Ned Rifle is the third and final chapter in Hartley's Henry Fool trilogy, which began with 1997's Henry Fool and continued with 2007's Fay Grim. The movie was funded by a Kickstarter campaign last year.

Here's Hartley describing the plot:

In this swiftly paced conclusion, Henry and Fay's son, Ned, played by Liam Aiken, turns 18 and leaves a witness protection program. ("Rifle" is his maternal grandmother's maiden name—he's incognito). His mom has spent the last [...]

Season Six of 'Parks and Recreation' Was a Love Letter to Pawnee

Leslie Knope has been through a lot since we first met her at Pawnee's Parks and Recreation office back in 2009. She's cycled through jobs, relationships, and personal challenges, always coming out with a hyper-optimism that is rarely displayed in modern sitcom characters. This season we watched her hit her highest highs and lowest lows, and, if the final minutes of last night's season finale are any indication, her struggles over the last six seasons were totally worth it.

Amy Poehler Says 'Parks and Rec's Season Finale Has a "Very Exciting Last Moment"

"The last moments are really important. Big things happen that show you where we’re going … The end is pretty exciting and — dare I say — a very exciting last moment. I’m very excited for people to see it.”

-Amy Poehler teasing Parks and Recreation's season finale, which airs this Thursday, in a conference call to reporters, or rather, teasing the very end of the finale.

Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, and More Are Doing 'Parks and Recreation's Rock Concert Season Finale

Parks and Recreation is doing a big rock concert episode for its April 24th season finale, and a lot of big names are slated to show up.  Co-creator/showrunner Mike Schur tells The A.V. Club that in addition to previously-announced musical guests like Jeff Tweedy and The Decemberists, the finale will also feature appearances from Yo La Tengo, Ginuwine, and Letters to Cleo. Best of all, Yo La Tengo will be playing a Night Ranger cover band called Bobby Knight Ranger. Here's Schur explaining more:

"It was really crazy. We basically threw a rock concert, with a giant stage and a thousand extras … [Yo La Tengo] showed up, [...]

Talking to 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Co-Creator Dan Goor

Network TV's best new sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, sure has had a successful first season. In its inaugural year, Brooklyn won two Golden Globes, received an early renewal for a second season, and got to air an episode in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot.

I recently chatted with Brooklyn Nine-Nine's co-creator and showrunner, Dan Goor, who got his start working on The Daily Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien before becoming one of Parks and Recreation's key writers and eventually co-creating Brooklyn Nine-Nine with Parks mastermind Mike Schur. Goor and I discussed the future of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, what makes a good sitcom pilot, and having your [...]

Talking to Joe Mande About His Standup Mixtape, Writing for 'Parks and Rec', and Buying a Million Twitter Followers

Joe Mande always seems one step ahead.

Whether it’s his Twitter stunts, multimedia shows, or stories about attending a live taping of The Mike Huckabee Show really high, the LA-based comedian and writer has a knack for getting out in front of trends.

It makes sense then that Mande’s latest project is a comedy mixtape he’s releasing in place of a traditional album, complete with DJ drops, comedy sketches, and cameos from Amy Poehler, A$AP Yams, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Jon Daly, Roy Hibbert, and more. The mixtape, which drops today, is called Bitchface and it's being released on former Das Racist frontman Heem’s record [...]

Mike Schur Gives a Spoiler-Filled Explanation of 'Parks and Rec's Season Finale and Future

Last night's Parks and Rec finale featured a lot of surprises, and Hitfix has an interview with Parks and Recreation co-creator/showrunner Mike Schur about what to expect from the show's seventh and possibly final season in the wake of what we saw last night.

If you haven't seen the finale yet and don't want to be spoiled, stop reading this now:

'Workaholics' Star Blake Anderson to Appear on 'Parks and Rec' Season Finale

EW reports that Workaholics star Blake Anderson is set to appear on the hourlong sixth season finale of Parks and Recreation next week. Joining Anderson will be a bunch of guest stars including Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Letters to Cleo, Jeff Tweedy, Michelle Obama, and a yet-to-be-revealed mystery guest. Anderson will play Mike Bean, a co-founder of Bay Area tech start-up Grizzle visited by Ben and Andy. "The only thing you need to know about him is that he's in the Grizzle office, and he's not wearing any shoes," Mike Schur told EW. "He just walks around barefoot all day."

Mike Schur Compares 'Parks and Rec', 'The Mindy Project', and 'The Office'

"We both came from the office-comedy world. You took the office-comedy world and said, 'I’m going to be a boy-crazy, high-achieving goofball, and the show is going to be like a second Office but the subject material is going to be much more about romantic life.' And then [with Parks and Recreation], I took the office-comedy world and just went into things that I was interested in, like government, public service, and high-minded achievements … we took the same setting and put our own spin on it."

-Mike Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation, in conversation with Mindy Kaling for Vulture, comparing his show to her show, The Mindy Project, and the [...]

Amy Poehler Calls 'Parks and Rec' the Best Job She's Ever Had

"Mike and I knew each other at SNL and he just said a very simple thing to me when he was pitching me the show and the idea of the show, which was: 'You will really like the way we do this show, and I promise you this will be, like, the best job you will ever have.' Something very simple and he was right."

- Amy Poehler on being approached by Mike Schur to join Parks and Rec during last night's Q&A panel at PaleyFest.