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Eugene Mirman, Ira Glass, and Yo La Tengo Star in a Music Video for a Cool New Comedy/Music Album

Here's "Toymageddon," the first video from the upcoming comedy and music album, 2776. The album, from The Daily Show's Rob Kutner and the Levinson brothers, tells the story of America's past, present, and future with all proceeds going to the childrens charity OneKid OneWorld. The 2776 album is set for release on the 4th of July next year, and it features appearances from a whole slew of amazing people, including Will Forte, Ed Helms, Paul F. Tompkins, Maria Bamford, Patrick Stewart, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Andrew W.K., Martha Plimpton, The Sklar Brothers, Simon Helberg, Jonathan Katz, and more.

Why I Am Leaving the Human Centipede by Lindsay, by Rob Kutner

TODAY is my last day in the Human Centipede. After almost 12 hours in the project, first in the front, then in the middle – I believe I have helped form it long enough to understand the trajectory of its poop. And I can honestly say that that poop is as toxic and disgusting as, well, poop.

To put the problem in the simplest terms, the nutritional interests of the Centipede’s members continue to be sidelined in the interest of sustaining the maniacal Dr. Josef Heiter’s erection. The Human Centipede is one of the world’s largest and onliest experiments in homo-entomology, and is too integral to science to continue [...]

Survive the Rapture with Help From Conan Writer Rob Kutner

With the rapture happening tomorrow, there's still time to prep for what I am sure will be something that will actually happen. Conan writer (and former Daily Show writer) Rob Kutner is here to help with his book Apocalypse How. Above, he coerces John Oliver into explaining/plugging the book in a Literature Rodeo, just one of the many things I will miss dearly when I am having my skin eaten by fire-tongued imps, or whatever the fuck else those insane people think I'm in for.

What It's Like to Write For a Late Night Talk Show

Comedy is an industry. For every performer on stage, there are hundreds of people working behind-the-scenes. These creative and business jobs, which exist in all disciplines and levels of comedy, collectively make up the comedy scene. In this column, we're looking a comedy jobs that are less visible than that of a performer, and talking to the people who do those jobs about what they do, how they got there, and how that job has affected their perspective on comedy.

The past year has brought a crop of new late night talk shows to television, and that means more opportunities for late night writers. One of the most sought [...]

Rise of the Apes: Humanity's Best Hope, by Rob Kutner

“There are… scientists raising alarm about the possibility of a real-life plot line that mirrors [Rise of the Planet of the Apes]… that the medical research which creates ‘humanised’ animals is going to generate ‘monsters.’” – The Atlantic, August 21, 2011

Just as predicted by screenwriters Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, very soon our own experiments will make apes so hyper-intelligent, they will rise up and rule the human race.

And it will be the best thing to ever happen to us.

First, our new, fur-swaddled rulers will feel the swelter of global warming as we hadn’t yet — and use their lab-smartened brains to stop it. And their [...]

Short and Funny, Part 1: Conversations with Twitter's Top Comedy Writers

It wasn’t that long ago, you’ll recall, that Twitter was derided as an exercise in vanity for famous people to feed their comically-obsessed fans a glimpse of the celebrity lifestyle, no matter how mundane the details. (“No way. Kelly Ripa likes pear slices in her salad? So do I!”)

But in the last two years or so, the comedy industry’s opinion of Twitter did a complete 180. There’s been a wave of comedians, writers, performers and producers joining the early adopters and utilizing Twitter as a platform to tell 140-character jokes and reach new fans.

It’s easy to see why. Twitter is in a way a virtual writer’s [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'It's OK to Do Stuff,' A Comedy Album Featuring Lizzy Caplan, Andy Richter, and Fred Willard

Longtime Daily Show and Conan writer Rob Kutner has masterminded a new comedy album called It's OK to Do Stuff that drops today on Rooftop Comedy. It's a comedic homage to the 1972 feminist album Free to Be… You and Me by Marlo Thomas and Friends, arriving on the 40th anniversary of that album. It's OK to Do Stuff features tracks from Lizzy Caplan, Fred Willard, Eugene Mirman, Andy Richter, Colin Hanks, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Eddie Pepitone, James Urbaniak, Fred Stoller, Megan Amram, and more. Here's a sample track called "Boy Meets Girl" featuring Fred Willard and Lizzy Caplan:

Girl Meets Boy (Skit) by Lizzy Caplan and Fred Willard

Rob Kutner's New Humor Kindle Single Is Impuse-Buy-Worthy at $1

Conan writer Rob Kutner has just released a new Kindle single called The Future According To Me, a short book comprised of "35 tiny-to-moderate-length comic scenarios of what our future might look like — touching on everything from nanotechnology to swappable genitals to existentially self-aware Smart Toilets and the upcoming Chocolate Famine." It's only 99 cents! Perfect for sticking on your Kindle or smartphone via the Kindle app and reading when you've got a moment to spare. So go get it already.

Where Have All the Humorists Gone?, Part 2: Conversations with Modern Comedy Writers

Be sure to check out Part 1 of Where Have All the Humorists Gone?, Robert Benchley, S.J. Perelman and the Decline of Modern Humor Writing.

Even established comedy writers condescend to dabbling in print, to great effect –- Allison Silverman’s (The Colbert Report) “Et Tu, Brooklyn?” being a recent favorite. That’s not the only example — in his review of Elliot Allagash, Seth Meyers reveals that Simon Rich was hired at Saturday Night Live “because of his amazing short fiction.” Before Amy Ozols ever wrote “Let Us Play With Your Look” for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, she wrote “A Mass Email” and “Looking Your Best” for The [...]