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'The Interview' Screenwriter Dan Sterling: "Comedians Shouldn't Be Held Accountable for Acts of Violence"

"Comedians shouldn't be held accountable for acts of violence – and those we satirize shouldn't be silenced. Sarah Palin is hilarious, and I would never want her silenced. It informs the debate. The problem is the people who make the threats. If Iran made a comedy titled Eat Shit and Die, America, I’d be the first guy in line – but then again I have a Pollyanna view. If all countries made satirical movies about each other, and that was the only way we all fought – what a great world we'd live in."

- Former Daily Show co-executive producer and The Interview screenwriter Dan Sterling comments on the recent [...]

Billy Eichner: "People Who Are Not Watching 'The Comeback' Should Be Ashamed of Themselves"

"People who are not watching The Comeback should be ashamed of themselves. If you're into TV and pop culture, if you like quality, well-written, well-acted TV shows, do yourself a favor and watch it. Lisa Kudrow is really giving one of the great performances on TV ever. That is the No. 1 thing. That, and my usual combo of porn and Meryl Streep movies."

- Billy Eichner shares his love for HBO's The Comeback, Taylor Swift, Nathan Fielder, Meryl Streep, and more in a new interview with Vulture.

Chris Hardwick Reflects on the Unpredictable Success of '@midnight'

"You don't know how people are going to react to things. We can't control it. With the digital culture, you can spend a month crafting what you think is the most genius video to post on YouTube and it gets 1,000 views, and then off-handedly you capture, like, a duck sneezing, and it gets 20 million views. You just don’t know."

- Chris Hardwick reflects on the surprise success of his Comedy Central show @midnight in a new interview with The Guardian.

John Oliver on Confusing 'Last Week Tonight' with Journalism: "The Correct Term for What We Do Is 'Comedy'"

"We are making jokes about the news and sometimes we need to research things deeply to understand them, but it’s always in service of a joke. If you make jokes about animals, that does not make you a zoologist. We certainly hold ourselves to a high standard and fact-check everything, but the correct term for what we do is 'comedy.'"

- John Oliver rejects the idea that Last Week Tonight is "engaging in a new kind of journalism" in a new interview with The New York Times.

'McSweeney's' Highlights Sarah Silverman's Latest Album 'We Are Miracles'

"But unlike [Jack] Benny, Sarah is too often mistakenly taken at face value. Maybe because she goes to such frank and provocative places or maybe because she's an attractive woman, Sarah doesn't nearly get the credit she deserves and more than occasionally finds herself a lightning rod for misguided and undeserved controversy. Ironic to be sure, because like all great satirists, at her core, Sarah is an idealist."

- As part of his McSweeney's column on his collection of signed comedy LPs, IFC's former VP of development Dan Pasternack profiles Sarah Silverman and his personal connection with her most recent album We Are Miracles.

John Cleese Explains the Difference Between American and British Comedy Fans

"The Americans are more enthusiastic and more likely to engage in hyperbole. The British fans are liable to suddenly be talking to you about something that you don't know how you got into the conversation. I think it's something to do with the fact that they've been watching you for so many years, sort of you telling your story; they want to tell you their story … So the Americans I'd say are much more positive, they're much more in love with success. In Britain they're a fairly envious bunch and they love it if you fail."

- John Cleese talks American vs. British comedy fans, Fawlty Towers, and working [...]

Cameron Esposito on Taboo Joke Topics: "The Best Defense Against Criticism Is a Better Joke"

"IN THE END: Tell the jokes you want to tell. But know that feedback isn’t censorship or persecution, especially when it comes from a group more affected by the topic of your joke. The best defense against criticism is a better joke."

- Cameron Esposito explains how to joke about Bill Cosby and other taboo standup topics in her latest column for The A.V. Club.

Lorne Michaels Talks All Things 'SNL' with Bill Simmons

"The joke I used to do is I'd say 'You know, there will be a time when I realize that it can't be as good as it used to be, and that I don't have the focus or the passion to do it in the same way, and that the quality will suffer, and then three years after that I'll leave.'"

- Lorne Michaels comments on his SNL departure plans in an in-depth podcast interview with Bill Simmons, which covers everything from the creation of SNL to the early '80s years to Michaels's thoughts on recaps and reviews in the internet age.

Jon Stewart Says He Felt "Somewhat Herculean" Making Stephen Colbert Break Character on 'The Daily Show'

"My greatest joys on the show were trying to make Stephen break, or the other correspondents. Because you felt as though you had accomplished something somewhat Herculean. It's not easy to tickle those folks, but when it happens, you savor it."

- Jon Stewart looks back on making Stephen Colbert break character on The Daily Show in his Reddit AMA earlier today.

Christopher Nolan on Why He Won't Make Comedies: "There's No Hiding Behind the Art of the Film"

"I would try anything I think except comedy or romantic comedy. Those are very tough genres to work in. They rely on an unanimity of audience response. You screen a comedy for people, and if they don't laugh, you've got to figure out a way to make them laugh. There’s no hiding behind the art of the film. There's [no] 'Oh, you don't get it.'"

- Writer/director Christopher Nolan explains why he has no intention to make a comedy in a new interview with USA Today.

Larry David and Bill Simmons Talk 'Seinfeld,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' and Series Finales

"I think the thing about finales is everybody writes their own finale in their head, whereas if they just tune in during the week to a normal show, they’re surprised by what's going on. They haven't written it beforehand, they don't know what the show is. But for a finale, they go, 'Oh, well this should happen to George, and Jerry and Elaine should get together,' and all that. They've already written it, and often they're disappointed, because it's not what they wrote."

- Larry David looks back on the mixed response to the Seinfeld series finale and more in a new interview with Bill Simmons.

Former 'SNL' Writer Cindy Caponera on Molly Shannon: "She Was Scrappy and Relentless"

"Molly's path to SNL was impressive. She was scrappy and relentless. She did these crazy one-woman shows, and in between shows she would gather lists of names and phone numbers to ensure that when she did the next show she would have a full house. Again, pre-social media—that means thousands of tiny pieces of paper and business cards. She performed on these little stages in Santa Monica—climbing the rafters in characters she'd created. I'm still not sure how Lorne even found her."

- Former SNL writer Cindy Caponera looks back on Molly Shannon's stint as a cast member and the creation of her "licensed joyologist" character Helen Madden in [...]

'GQ' Highlights Dave Chappelle as One of 2014's "Men of the Year"

"I have to say that comedians by and large are some of the most sensitive people on earth. Even if they're socially callous. If you sat at the back of a comedy club and just heard the way we banter, you wouldn't know that these were sensitive people, 'cause it's such an open-air market of ideas. The other night, I was talking about Robin Williams with Bob Goldthwait, and people kept coming up to me saying, 'Hey, Dave! Man, thanks for coming. We loved the show, it was so good to see you, blah blah blah.' Real nice things. And I go, 'That's very kind of you. Thank you.' And [...]

Steve Carell on Never Getting That 'Office' Emmy: "What Can I Complain About? I've Won the Lottery"

"His journey also will likely include a trip down the red carpet at next year’s Academy Awards — talk that Carell finds flattering, but prefers not to dwell on. After all, this is the man who was zero-for-six at the Emmy Awards, despite creating an iconic character. 'When you start crying about not winning awards, you have to look at where you are, and all the good things that have occurred,' he says. 'And what can I complain about? I've won the lottery.'"

- Ahead of the premiere of his new dramatic role in Foxcatcher, Steve Carell reflects on his many Emmy nominations (and lack of wins) for playing Michael [...]