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This Week in Comedy: The Winter TV Season Gets Into Full Swing

-The Birthday Boys was canceled by IFC.

-We talked to Simon Rich about his new sitcom, Man Seeking Woman.

-We delved into the newly minted sitcom archetype of the Zoidberg.

-Iliza Shlesinger talked to us about her new Netflix standup special.

-J.K. Simmons will host SNL on January 31st.

-The Interview will debut on Netflix tomorrow.

-SNL kicked off the back half of its 40th season with host Kevin Hart.

-We talked to Simon Amstell about his new standup showTo Be Free.

-We're helpful: how to tell a gay joke.

-Daria is great, and you should rewatch it.

This Week in Comedy: A North Korean-Dictated Week in Comedy

-Sony cancelled the release of The Interview after violence was threatened.

-We talked to standup Dan Soder aboutthe importance of originality.

-John Hodgman took us inside his secret society.

-We looked into how Tami Nelson and Chris Trew, founders of The New Movement, built a comedy scene from scratch in New Orleans.

-The Drawn Together creators are making a sitcom/hidden camera hybrid series, Broken Lizard’s Quality Time lands a pilot order at TBS, The Chris Gethard Show is headed to cable, HBO ordered a comedy pilot starring Sarah Silverman, and David Fincher is developing an HBO comedy about making music videos [...]

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: 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 [...]

This Week in Comedy: 'Parks and Rec' and 'Kroll Show' Kick Off Their Final Seasons

-We talked with Mike Schur about his thoughts on the end of Parks and Recreation, NBC’s Thursday night comedies, and more.

-Nick Kroll spoke with us about pushing characters to their limits and the end of the Kroll Show.

-We got an inside look at Comedy Bang! Bang!’s fourth season and saying goodbye to Reggie from Scott Aukerman.

-We went behind the scenes of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.

-We got back into the spy game with Archer’s executive producer Matt Thompson.

-We addressed the problem with Poehler and Fey’s Golden Globes Cosby joke.

-We broke down how Chris Rock made [...]

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: 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 [...]

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: 'Mr. Show' and 'Wet Hot American Summer' Are Coming Back

-Netflix confirmed that it's ordered a limited eight-episode Wet Hot American Summer series.

-A Mr. Show reunion will tape in March for HBO, Grace Helbig’s new E! hybrid comedy/talk show premieres in April, Judd Apatow’s 25-year-old Simpsons episode premieres Sunday, Amazon’s next round of pilots premieres next week, Melissa McCarthy’s Michelle Darnell premieres in April 2016, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premieres on Netflix March 6th.

-We looked at Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback and what it really means to be a “difficult” woman on TV.

-HBO renewed Girls for a fifth season, ABC Family ordered two single-cam comedy pilots, Hulu renewed [...]

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.

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! [...]