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This Week in Comedy: Reggie Watts Is Headed to 'Late Late Show'

-Reggie Watts was named the bandleader for James Corden's Late Late Show.

-Tom Scharpling talked with us about the new Best Show.

-We dove deep into PFFR's insane trilogy of ignorance, which just wrapped up with the season finale of The Heart, She Holler.

-Cameron Crowe’s Showtime pilot Roadies adds Luke Wilson and more to the cast, Amy Schumer is producing a Comedy Central pilot starring Rachel Feinstein, Showtime is developing a corporate espionage comedy, Sony is reportedly developing an animated Spider-Man comedy and 23 Jump Street/Men in Black crossover, ABC cast Justin Long in a semi-improvised comedy Irreversible, and Dan Fogelman [...]

This Week in Comedy: 'High Maintenance' Returns

-Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair talked to us about their wonderful web series High Maintenance, which started its new season this week.

-We had a guide for students on how to start their comedy career in college.

-Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant talked to us about the lasting legacy of Reno 911!

-The Community cast added Paget Brewster and Keith David to season 6; Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart will star in the buddy comedy Central Intelligence; Brooks Wheelan and Kurt Braunohler were cast in The Out of Town Wedding; Fred Armisen, Judy Greer, Selma Blair, and Billie Joe Armstrong will star in [...]

This Week in Comedy: Something Something Spoooooky

-Maria Bamford gave us a look inside her weird and wonderful world.

-Amy Poehler’s new book Yes Please came out this week and we declared it the best non-self-help self-help book ever.

-Our Second City archives had Bob Odenkirk and David Pasquesi facing off in a heated political debate in 1990.

-Our SNL review broke down the best and worst sketches of a night where host Jim Carrey danced like everyone was watching.

-Phil Lord and Chris Miller are set to write The Lego Movie 2.

-We went behind the scenes of Friends of the People, truTV's new sketch show.

This Week in Comedy: An 'SNL' Great Passes On

-SNL alum Jan Hooks died at 57 and we paid tribute to the late star in Remember Jan Hooks.

-The Daily Show hired Hasan Minhaj and Trevor Noah as new correspondents.

-Tom Scharpling’s The Best Show is returning next month.

-The Ghostbusters reboot is really, officially happening, with Katie Dippold set to write it for Paul Feig, who promises that it will be “really scary” and respect the original films.

-Sarah Silverman returned to SNL.

-Cameron Esposito talked to us about the business of being herself.

-We broke down the dispute between Groundlings and SNL over the “Rivers Sisters” sketch and SNL’s parallel [...]

The Critics Are Not Being Kind to Fox's 'Mulaney'

John Mulaney's sitcom premieres this Sunday, and while fans and critics across the board agree that Mulaney himself is a talented and likable writer/performer, between the endless Seinfeld comparisons (in reviews and the actual show) and the series' long evolution from an NBC pilot to Fox series, he's had to face an unusually harsh response from TV critics over the past few weeks. So far, Mulaney has been called a "contrived, airless comedy" (Huffington Post), "something a dutiful student might have produced for his final project in his 'Tropes and Themes in the 1990s Sitcom' class" (Time), and labeled doomed to fail by The Hollywood Reporter: "There is no saving a show this heinous."

Mulaney's traditional [...]

This Week in Comedy: Bill Burr's Netflix Special Debuts

-We talked to Bill Burr about his standup career and new Netflix special.

-We got dark and weird with Amy Sedaris and Scott Adsit from The Heart, She Holler.

-We took a look at the ubiquitous pop-culture artifact known as the comedy album.

-Barry Rothbart is keeping busy and he told us all about it.

-We examined the plight of Canadian comics who want to perform in the US.

Critics Say 'Dumb and Dumber To' Fails to Live Up to the Original

Twenty years after the release of the original, the Farrelly brothers' Dumb and Dumber sequel finally debuts in theaters today. Currently earning an underwhelming 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, Dumb and Dumber To is raking in the kind of reviews one might expect from a sequel with leads that are now 20 years older: It's good for callbacks, cheap laughs, and "crotch-centric" humor, but don't expect it to surpass the appeal of the 1994 film. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels both get points from critics for embodying their silly '90s roles and carrying the film and Rob Riggle gets some love for his supporting double role, but [...]

This Week in Comedy: Leslie Jones Gets Promoted at 'SNL'

-SNL writer Leslie Jones was made a featured player.

-We spoke with Wyatt Cenac about standup, writing, and being a puppet aficionado.

-Fox cut Mulaney's season from 16 to 13 episodes.

-We got personal with Jonathan Katz.

-ABC has loads of comedies in development. Maggie Carey, Elizabeth Banks, Tina Fey and Fortune Feimster, as well as 30 Rock alums Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, and writer/doctor Simon Stephenson all have shows in the works for the network.

-Key and Peele’s first film Keanu will be about a kidnapped cat.

-Alan Tudyk talked with us about the joy of [...]

Bill Murray's 'St. Vincent' Is Getting Mixed Reviews from Critics

Bill Murray's new movie St. Vincent premieres in theaters tomorrow, and so far it's getting mixed reviews from critics. Between the tale of Bill Murray's casting and its warm reception at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vincent has an interesting behind-the-scenes tale as director Ted Melfi's debut feature, but Flavorwire's review sums up the biggest takeaway from most of critical response: "Who're we kidding — no one's seeing St. Vincent for its narrative innovations. This is a Bill Murray Picture, and it's full of opportunities for him to do his thing." The good (and unsurprising) news is that Bill Murray's performance in St. Vincent has garnered tons [...]

This Week in Comedy: The Return of 'Key and Peele,' 'SNL,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' and More

-Chicago comedy and theater great Sheldon Patinkin died at 79.

-We broke down the economics of internet comedy videos.

-We debated whether all standup comics should write their own jokes.

-You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman is a book that takes a look at Hartman’s enduring legacy.

-Tymberlee Hill gave us an inside look at Marry Me, Hotwives, and Drunk History.

-Sam Morril shared what it’s like living the standup life.

-Chelsea Peretti talked with us about the new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, writing for SNL, and her new Netflix special.

-We broke down what you can [...]

This Week in Comedy: Some Cancellations, Some New Shows Born

-CBS canceled The Millers, AMC passed on its first comedy pilot We Hate Paul Revere, and TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland will end after season six.

-SNL had its best episode of the season so far with host Woody Harrelson, and we broke down the show’s best sketches.

-On WTF this week John Mulaney and Marc Maron talked SNL, standup, and Mulaney.

-Austin Rodrigues thought a lot about bits.

-Rob Riggle will star in the adaptation of German sitcom Braunschlag that Fox is developing, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner’s Difficult People was ordered to series by Hulu, American Dad! was [...]

This Week in Comedy: Paul Scheer's Wolfpop Arrives

-Paul Scheer’s new podcast network Wolfpop launched on Tuesday.

-We spoke with Megan Amram about her new book Science…For Her!

-Kate Berlant told us how to embrace terror.

-HBO is developing a comedy about three brothers in Los Angeles, NBC ordered a multi-cam pilot starring Jerrod Carmichael and five additional episodes of Marry Me, and ABC is developing another autobiographical sitcom but this time with puppets.

-We got the inside scoop from Ophira Eisenberg about standup, storytelling, and radio hosting.

-Saturday Night’s Children featured the dangerous Michael O’Donoghue, SNL's first head writer.

-We took a look inside Weird Al's early [...]

This Week in Comedy: 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' and 'The Birthday Boys' Return

-We took a look at the TV networks’ comedy depth charts; we examined which network offers the most in quantity, which offer the most in quality, and who’s taking the biggest risks.

-We talked with Dane Cook about his standup evolution, joke theft allegations, and the “comedy purists” who love to hate him.

-We took at look at how Mad Libs are written.

-Upright Citizens Brigade announced the grand opening of UCB Theatre Sunset in LA.

-We spoke with the free-wheeling Todd Glass.

-Neil Patrick Harris will host the Oscars next year.

-Scott Aukerman told us all about the evolution of Comedy Bang! [...]

This Week in Comedy: 'SNL' Returns, Yvette Nicole Brown Leaves 'Community'

-We ran through the 20 greatest standup specials of all time.

-We took an inside look at Louis C.K.’s weird and wild three-hour radio show from 2007.

-Yvette Nicole Brown is leaving Community.

-Our SNL review said the 40th season opener with host Chris Pratt gave the show a new hope.

-We highlighted the passion of Kathy Griffin.

-Netflix released the trailer for Chelsea Handler’s standup special Uganda Be Kidding Me Live.

-Let’s do something different with comedy crowdfunding is a list of amazing and creative projects to help inspire new concepts for the media platform.

- Tim and Eric directed the best [...]