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What’s on TV This Week: Loads of Comedians on Late Night

This week Chris Pratt takes to the late night circuit to promote Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens on Friday — he'll be appearing on both The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Comedians Josh Wolf and Ron Funches, who frequent the Round Table on Chelsea Lately, will also be on late night this week. Other comedians to watch this week on late night include Scott Aukerman, Mike Birbiglia, Michelle Wolf, Aubrey Plaza, Paula Pell, Dana Carvey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Martin Lawrence.

Check out the week’s full comedy listings below:

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Star as Sisters in 'The Nest'

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are reuniting for their first starring film roles together since 2008's Baby Mama. According to Variety, Poehler is in final negotiations to join Fey in The Nest, a comedy by longtime SNL writer Paula Pell about two sisters "who decide to throw one last massive party in their parents' house before it's sold, and in the process they learn to mature." Pitch Perfect's Jason Moore is set to direct the film, with Fey, Poehler, and Jay Roach all serving as producers. The duo most recently shared a cameo in Anchorman 2 and cohosted the Golden Globes together in January, leading the awards [...]

'Pitch Perfect' Director in Talks for Tina Fey and Paula Pell's Movie 'The Nest'

Director Jason Moore, who made his feature debut with this summer's surprise hit Pitch Perfect, is in negotiations to direct a new comedy called The Nest from Tina Fey and Paula Pell, according to Deadline. The movie was written by Pell and will be produced by Fey via her company Little Stranger Inc. The Nest follows two 30-something sisters who, after finding out their parents' house is for sale, decide to spend one final wild weekend in their childhood home, bonding, feuding, and growing up. Tina Fey may star in The Nest as one of the sisters. This will be Pell's first screenplay, but she's been dipping her [...]

Paula Pell, Lauryn Kahn, and Jay Baruchel Named Screenwriters to Watch

She's so much more than Pete's sleepy wife on 30 Rock! SNL writer Paula Pell has been named one of Variety's Screenwriters to Watch. She's done punch-up work on Bridesmaids and Judd Apatow's upcoming This Is Forty, so she's already basically the silent ninja of screenwriting, and next year Tina Fey will produce Pell's own script based on her teenage journals.

Lauryn Kahn was also named a writer to watch, no surprise after selling a script to Adam McKay from her assistant's chair. And so was Jay Baruchel and his writing partner Jesse Cabot for their work on Goon and the upcoming Baseballissimo, which [...]

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Paula Pell Visits 'Employee of the Month'

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

Employee of the Month – Paula Pell

ZOE: There are plenty of podcasts out there that focus on “making it,” but what’s so great about Employee of the Month [...]

Watch the First Two Episodes of 'Hudson Valley Ballers'

Above Average released the first two episodes of the new web series "Hudson Valley Ballers" today, and they are as hilarious as expected (and feature a creepy disappearing doll, which is always a bonus). "Best Friends" features guest stars Kate McKinnon and Paul Rudd, and "Felize V. The Feminists" features Paula and James as a pair of outspoken feminists in what I can only describe as an older, wiser, upstate New York version of Portlandia. Click through to watch the second episode.

Talking to Paula Pell About Working at 'SNL' for 17 Years, Writing with Apatow, and Other Stuff

One of the longest-serving SNL writers of all-time, Paula Pell has been writing for the show since 1995. The past couple years have seen her splitting her time between the seminal sketch series and a burgeoning career as a movie writer, working on scripts for Judd Apatow and Tina Fey and pitching jokes on Apatow-produced projects like Bridesmaids and This Is 40 (which she also produced and helped rewrite). I recently had the chance to talk to Pell about her decade-plus experiences at SNL , what it's been like transition from sketch to features, and how writing for Tina Fey and Judd Apatow has changed her writing habits.

What's [...]

Parks and Rec Recap: "Ron and Tammys"

Early in Parks and Rec’s run, when it was revealed that Tammy was the name of both of Ron Swanson’s ex-wives and also his mother, it created more questions than answers.  Two years later, we finally got to meet the last of the important Tammys in Ron’s life.  Going off past episodes with Megan Mullally’s Tammy 2 turning Ron into an id-indulging deviant, I was prepared to see Ron hit some new lows in last night’s show, but nothing prepared me for the polite, moustache-less nerd Tammy 1 causes him to morph into.

In her second appearance as Ron’s ex-wife, Tammy  1, Patricia Clarkson fills her role well in [...]

Ike Barinholtz Cast as the Lead in Tina Fey-Amy Poehler Movie 'The Nest'

Mindy Project star Ike Barinholtz has landed a big movie role. THR reports that Barinholtz is playing the male lead in The Nest, an upcoming movie starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Written by SNL alum Paula Pell and to be directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), The Nest follows two dissimilar sisters who return to their childhood home to clean out their rooms before their parents sell the place, only to decide to throw one big party for their friends. Barinholtz, an alum of MADtv recently played a supporting role in the Seth Rogen hit Neighbors and is currently a series regular and writer on The Mindy Project.

'SNL' Writers Paula Pell and James Anderson Wrote a New Web Series Starring Paul Rudd and Kate McKinnon

Here's a trailer for "Hudson Valley Ballers," a new web series by longtime SNL writers Paula Pell and James Anderson costarring Kate McKinnon and Paul Rudd. The series follows Paula and James, "longtime best friends who have been SNL writers for years, and now are queerballin' through their days in the Hudson Valley." The first two episodes will be available on Above Average on Tuesday the 17th, so get ready to meet your favorite new upstate livin' couples.

Follow Friday: @PerlaPell

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Paula Pell (@perlapell) is best known for being an Emmy award winning writer for SNL. Paula's been writing there for so long [...]

Infinite Tammys: Paula Pell To Play Nick Offerman's Mom On Parks And Rec

Maybe now that Paula Pell is cast as Nick Offerman's mom Tammy on Parks and Rec, I can get the disturbing image of her getting sleep-boned as 30 Rock's Paula Hornberger out of my head. Oh no, it's still there. The SNL writer, actress and sometimes 30 Rock scribe is set to play Ron Swanson's extremely Ron Swanson-esque mother in the coming season. Considering that Pell and Offerman are roughly the same age, and Mama Tammy won't be turning up in a flashback, I hope they don't age Pell at all, and instead depict her as preternaturally young through sheer force of will. And she should have the [...]