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The 82 Best Comedies Currently Streaming on Netflix

As Netflix becomes a spot for television binge-watching, ventures into the world of original content with House of Cards, and prepares to make a lot of people really, really happy by finally bringing back Arrested Development, it can be hard to remember what Netflix was originally there for — flix for the Net! Right?

The website is constantly adding a ton of new titles that can often slip by unnoticed if they don't make it into your homepage recommendations. Amid the weird knock-off movies and forgettable television that is forever at everyone's fingertips, there is also a pretty good amount of quality comedy on the streaming service.

Here are [...]

A Seriously Comprehensive Guide to Comedy Podcasts

It’s official: there are now more essential comedy podcasts than there are hours in the day. We’re fully outnumbered, people. It would be an impossible, Icarus-like ambition to listen to them all and still function as a human adult person. Don’t even try — it’s not worth throwing your life away. Perhaps some of you haven’t listened to any podcasts yet, though, and merely clicked on this link to find out what your nerdy co-worker won’t shut up about. These jaded ears envy your innocence and adventurous spirit. You might not realize it but right now you’re like Jake Sully, newly arrived on the planet Pandora — except instead [...]

How to Watch Location-Restricted Streaming TV Shows In Any Country

Streaming sites like Hulu and Netflix are excellent, but many of them only work here in the States. Here's an excellent guide on how to get around those pesky location restrictions to watch your favorite shows no matter what country you happen to be in.

How to Sign Up for Those Free HuffPo Buses to the Stewart/Colbert Rally

Interested in hitching a free ride to DC for the Rally to Restore Sanity, courtesy of Arriana Huffington and her army of interns? Here's the form to sign up for a ride, although hurry! Signups close on Friday.

VLC for iPad Will Play Pretty Much Any Video

Attention, iPad owners: if you're into watching videos on your fancy toy, go grab VLC from the App Store. It's a media player that can handle pretty much any video format you download from any source online, be it savory or unsavory. Apple's built-in video player is extremely limited unless you buy everything from the iTunes Store.

SNL's Ticket Lottery For the Upcoming Season Is Happening Right Now

Want to go see SNL in person this season? The only way to get tickets is via a lottery, and you have to enter right now in order to get tickets for any show in the upcoming season. So if you're in NYC or are planning to go to NYC, do this now for your shot at tickets to either a live show or a dress rehearsal.

A Somewhat Obsessive Guide to the Addition of SNL Seasons 26-30 to Netflix Streaming

When I put together the first Somewhat Obsessive Guide to All 36 Seasons of SNL Streaming on Netflix, Netflix had yet to post seasons 26-30. That has since been corrected! So here's my guide to those five seasons, featuring Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon's first episodes on the Weekend Update desk, Conan O'Brien's hosting gig, and the first show after 9/11. All of this is being edited into the original guide, so feel free to go bookmark that for reference, as it now includes all 36 seasons. Happy streaming!

Your Guide to Distracting Yourself From Your Family with Comedy This Weekend

It's the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which means lots of travel and lots of family time. It's a double-edged sword: it's always nice to see family, for a time. But when you're sleeping in your old bedroom for a few nights, waking up to and going to sleep after spending the day with the family with few opportunities to take a breather, things can get tense. Here, allow me to give you some things to do when you need a break from all of the forced family fun of Thanksgiving.

A Fairly Comprehensive Guide to Comedy Podcasts

UPDATE: Come check out the newer, much-expanded version of this guide: A Seriously Comprehensive Guide to Comedy Podcasts. It's this guide, plus tens more podcasts with in-depth reviews!

With the recent explosion in podcasts, it seems we are in the midst of a new comedic golden age. The distance between performers and fans has never been smaller, and more and more comics are taking advantage by increasing their output, like an army of Lil Waynes armed to the teeth with mixtapes. The market is now saturated with comedy podcasts containing trace elements of late night talk show, sketch fest, improv exercise, intimate stand-up session, and backroom history lesson [...]

Dead Frog's "The Comedy Week"

If you're looking for a comedy show to go to, this is a pretty sweet resource. Todd over at Dead-Frog.com has set up "The Comedy Week," which is a nationwide calendar of comedy shows connected to his extensive comedian database. It is almost overwhelmingly comprehensive! But also helpful, as I am a huge Bobcat Goldthwait fan and also happen to be in West Valley City, Utah right now. See you tonight, Bobcat!

How to Act Like You've Seen Something You Haven't

I consider myself an honest person, except for when I’m in one of three situations:

1. Riding in a taxi, 2. Getting a haircut, and 3. Hanging out with a group of friends who’ve watched a show or movie that I haven’t.

Fibbing in the first two situations is safe because I’m able to retain a degree of anonymity. The chances of my getting the same cabby twice are next to none and my salon visitation patterns are ever-changing as I’ve yet to find an establishment that doesn’t violently shampoo, overcharge, or leave me looking like Jerry O’Connell in Stand by Me. So, what’s the big deal? Why [...]

A Somewhat Obsessive Guide to All 36 Seasons of SNL Streaming on Netflix

With hundreds of episodes from each season of Saturday Night Live finally available on Netflix Instant Watch, we thought we'd put together a few of the highlights to help you get your bearings. Obviously, it's an overwhelming amount of material that's available, so this guide will help point you to interesting or historic episodes, notable guest hosts, and where the appearances are of classic characters.

It should be noted that a few of the seasons are still not yet available, specifically seasons 26-30. Netflix will presumably be adding those at some point, and we'll update this guide when they do. But until then, here's a somewhat obsessive guide [...]

Your Guide to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

So, are you going to go to the Rally to Restore Sanity? Are you maybe going to go? Does it depend on a few different things you have up in the air right now and you can’t really make a decision yet? Well, for your convenience, we’ve put together a guide about where to go and what to do when you make the journey to Washington D.C.

The Saturday Night Live Season 36 Viewers Guide

Saturday Night Live returns tomorrow night to kick off its 36th season. There are a bunch of new cast members and also a couple of missing cast members not returning from last season. There are already hosts and musical guests lined up. And, oh my, the recurring characters that they'll be bringing back! Here is your complete guide to SNL season 36  (because you should really be prepared for these sorts of things).

This guide will be updated throughout the season as more hosts are announced and things of that nature, so bookmark it if you want a handy place to come for the most up-to-date info.