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'The New York Times' Says Jerry Seinfeld Is Failing to Pay It Forward

"Mr. Seinfeld, more than most, could use his show to give a platform to comics needing discovery. Instead, he packs it with fellow stars. They reminisce together about the days when they were nobodies and given glorious breaks, and seem almost unaware that there are nobodies today who could benefit from breaks of that very kind."

- The New York Times in a new piece comparing the "everyman scrutiny" of Seinfeld to the comedian's web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which has drawn criticism for its lack of guest diversity.

'Late Night' Writer Amber Ruffin: Key and Peele Are "Destroying Black Stereotype Character Humor"

"Key and Peele have done more for black America than anyone would be willing to give them credit for. They forced the people who see black people as less than to see them as equal. … They are destroying black stereotype character humor."

- Late Night with Seth Meyers writer Amber Ruffin in a new interview with WNYC on race and comedy.

Scott Thompson Describes a Cut 'Kids in the Hall' Sketch About Big Packages

"Yes, one called 'Baskets' by me and Kevin. We were reporters with enormous genitals who worked for a newspaper that was only concerned with issues affecting the big packages community. It took place at a press conference. Bruce was the politician, Dave was his saxophone playing wife and Mark was Peter Allan the Australian singer/songwriter for some reason."

- Scott Thompson in his Friday Reddit AMA, in which he describes his favorite cut Kids in the Hall sketch and also teases about a possible Buddy Cole movie idea.

Amy Poehler: "Movies Are Dumb, and TV Is Awesome"

“Movies are dumb, and TV is awesome. If we take away anything from the night, let’s all remember that TV is better than film and everybody knows it.”

- Amy Poehler preaches to the choir while introducing inductee Julia Louis-Dreyfus at last night's TV Hall of Fame ceremony.

Patton Oswalt Names His Dream Comedy-to-Drama Crossovers

"Something gritty. Something early-70s. Boston. Icy grime. Low-stakes larceny, with her psyche as collateral. I don’t think there’s anything Amy can’t do."

- Patton Oswalt in a new piece for New Republic, in which he nominates Maria Bamford, Kevin James, Martin Short, Amy Poehler (above), and Eric Idle as the comedy actors he'd most like to see make the jump to more dramatic roles.

Ivan Reitman on How 'Ghostbusters III' Will Compare to the Original

"Generally, people are always cynical about these things because at their heart they start as financial desires by a studio. But there are really good creative people behind this that are trying their best. It doesn't mean it will be as great a movie as the first one. I hope strangely that it isn't. [laughs] And strangely I hope that it is."

- Ivan Reitman in a new interview with Ain't It Cool News, where he insists that the forthcoming Ghostbusters III film will be more like the original than Ghostbusters II.

John Oliver Calls Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert the "High-Water Mark for Satire"

"One of the laziest stereotypes that British people have of Americans is that they don’t get irony. And that has never been true and it’s definitely not true now. … It’s very hard to make that case when Jon [Stewart] and Stephen [Colbert] are doing what they’re doing. They’re the high-water mark for satire now."

- John Oliver in a new interview with the Washington Post ahead of the premiere of his HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which airs on HBO on April 27th.

Louis C.K. Says He Doesn't Intend to Be a Wholesale Comedy Mogul

“I’m not going to become some mogul, putting out wholesale chunks of comedy. If I find something I haven’t seen, that’s unique, and I could get it out the right way, then I’ll do it.”

- Louis C.K. in a New York Times piece about the release of Todd Barry's new standup special Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour, which is now available via C.K.'s website.

Paul Feig on Producing the 'Peanuts' Movie: "It's My 'Star Wars'"

"This one is really exciting for me. I like to say it’s my Star Wars. To get the opportunity to help guide that along is really a thrill … Charles Schulz’s son and grandson and writing partner are writing the script so we’re being very slavish to the original material. I’m of the mind that we don’t need to modernize these characters. I liked what these characters represented and the tone of what they had … We are finding ways to bring in modern technology too, but in a way that doesn’t break the purity of it."

- Paul Feig on producing the upcoming animated Peanuts movie in an [...]

Check Out a Complete Retrospective of Bill Murray's Career

"Murray contains multitudes, and at least one of those multitudes is a sad old man. It’s also further evidence that time has not diminished Murray, it’s only enriched him."

- from "The broken-down grace of Bill Murray," Nathan Rabin's painstakingly thorough retrospective of Bill Murray's entire career for The Dissolve that spans from the actor's SNL days to his most recent film Monuments Men.

David Letterman Gives Stephen Colbert His 'Late Show' Blessing

"Stephen has always been a real friend to me. I'm very excited for him, and I'm flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses."

- David Letterman gives his Late Show successor Stephen Colbert his blessing in a statement.

Pamela Adlon Looks Back on Louis C.K.'s TV Marriage Proposal

"I remember Louie called me from a comedy club in Peoria, Illinois, and he said, 'Please don’t do that other show. You have to play my wife on television. I need you to. This has to happen.' Even though I was married at the time, I remember hanging up the phone, thinking, 'Okay, I think I was just proposed to.'"

- Pamela Adlon on being cast as Louis C.K.'s wife on Lucky Louie in the newest installment of A.V. Club's series Random Roles.

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.

President Obama Pays Tribute to Fellow Chicagoan Harold Ramis

“When we watched his movies … we didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings."

- President Barack Obama in a written statement released today on yesterday's passing of filmmaker and comedy pioneer Harold Ramis.