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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 [...]

This Week in Comedy: 'SNL' Adds a New Announcer and Featured Player

-SNL hired Darrell Hammond as its new announcer and new featured player Pete Davidson.

-SNL’s October 11th host is Bill Hader, and Jim Carrey will reportedly host an episode this year to promote Dumb and Dumber To.

-On the Daily Show Jon Stewart gave Michael Che the perfect goodbye.

-Cecily Strong said she was “genuinely happy” about leaving Weekend Update.

-We discussed how FX’s You’re the Worst has quietly become the best new comedy on television.

-We interviewed Gary Gulman who is on the road promoting his new special It’s About Time.

-Tim Gilbert got weird in Toronto.

-Bill Connolly shared how there are business [...]

This Week in Comedy: Summer's End

-Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, and The Colbert Report won Emmys while Amy Poehler was snubbed for the 11th time.

-We had an inside look at the return of Superego with Matt Gourley, Jeremy Carter, Mark McConville, and Paul F. Tompkins.

-We discussed whether or not Modern Family really is the best-directed comedy on TV.

-Janet Varney shared what she’s learned from interviewing women in entertainment on her Nerdist podcast The JV Club and why you should keep your childlike enthusiasm.

-We dug up the many one-season sitcoms and news parodies of Comedy Central.

-Saturday Night’s Children featured Alan Zweibel, writer of famous SNL characters [...]

This Week in Comedy: 'The Late Late Show' Gets a New Host

-James Corden was revealed to be the new host of The Late Late Show, and we put together a video guide to introduce you to him.

-T.J. Miller talked to us about the craft of comedy at Just for Laughs.

-We found that Will Ferrell might play soft-core porn producer Russ Meyer in Russ & Roger Go Beyond.

-That Ghostbusters reboot will have female leads and might be directed by Paul Feig.

-We talked with Michelle Wolf about what it’s like balancing standup and writing for Late Night.

-Pete Davidson explained what it’s like being a rising standup at age 20.

-We unearthed [...]

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: 'SNL' Gets a New Weekend Update Anchor and Its First Hosts

-Michael Che and Colin Jost will anchor SNL’s Weekend Update next season.

-SNL’s first hosts of season 40 will be Chris Pratt and Sarah Silverman.

-Aziz Ansari shared what it’s like to sell out Madison Square Garden and the business side of comedy.

-Nick Rutherford, Natasha Rothwell, Streeter Seidell, and Jeremy Beiler all joined SNL’s writing staff.

-We recommended five great Australian podcasts to add to your listening catalogues.

-We took one last look at Comedy Central’s weird and hard to categorize one-season shows.

-Live From New York was updated and shows the impact of SNL for the last 12 years.

-Sketch Anatomy asked [...]

This Week in Comedy: The 'Simpsons' Marathon Begins

-The Simpsons marathon kicked off this week on FXX and we had the full schedule.

-We looked at why The Richard Pryor Special deserves a prominent placement in Pryor’s repertoire of greatness.

-The iconic voice of SNL Don Pardo died at 96.

-Alex Honnet and Caitlin Stephan, owners of the Upstairs Gallery in Chicago, shared about its closing and the upcoming independent comedy festival A Jangleheart Circus.

-Co-creator and executive producer of @midnight Alex Blagg explained why Key and Peele’s sketch "Insult Comic" is genius.

-Our Second City archive footage featured Adam McKay and Scott Adsit in their 1995 show Piñata Full of Bees.

-We broke [...]

This Week in Comedy: Successes and Failures

-Mike Birbiglia talked about the importance and power of jokes.

-We broke down Comedy Central’s one-season wonders.

-We highlighted memorable moments from Andy Kindler’s Just For Laughs keynote speech.

-Co-creator of Nathan for You Michael Koman talked about the show's success, and we looked at how the show blows up reality TV. And the Dumb Starbucks episode finally aired, living up to sky-high expectations.

-Saturday Night’s Children looked at Morwenna Banks's shortest SNL stint ever.

-We discovered the social media graveyard of canceled comedies.

-We unearthed a clip of Bill Murray’s 1980 show Bill Murray [...]

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: Saying Goodbye to Joan Rivers

- Legendary comedian Joan Rivers died at 81.

-We showed you the late night tributes to Joan Rivers from David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and more.

-Conan’s Brian Stack took us behind the scenes of his many late night characters, including the Traveling Salesman.

-Andy Zaltzman talked plumbing politics and the crazy state of the world for comedy.

-We highlighted the forward-looking comedians of Artistically Challenged, whose new 15-second “television” show is changing the medium of Instagram and Vine.

-The Humor Section featured an original piece by Blake Henderson titled "Letting My Parents Know."

-Jim Jefferies talked about his new special, Barethat is now airing [...]

This Week in Comedy: Losing a Legend

-The world tragically lost a comedy legend in Robin Williams.

-Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, and Seth Meyers paid tribute to Robin Williams.

-Sam Haft shared a personal story about trying to know Robin Williams.

-We unearthed three sketches of Robin Williams on SCTV in 1982.

-Neal Brennan talked about his transition from behind the scenes to in front of the camera with his new show The Approval Matrix.

-We explored Comedy Central’s graveyard of short-lived sketch shows.

-Netflix announced premiere dates for standup specials from Bill Cosby, Chelsea Peretti, Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr, and Chelsea Handler.