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This Week in Comedy: 'Parks and Rec' Says Goodbye

-Parks and Recreation ended its wonderful run, and we took a look at the idealism that defined the show and how it transcended its mockumentary roots.

-We remembered Harris Wittels by compiling some of our favorite Wittels podcast appearances.

-Chunklet magazine issued a long-out-of print seven-minute prank call dubbed "The Corporate Office" by Bob Schriner this week, and we took a look at why it's one of the greatest prank calls of all time.

-We looked at Community’s meta knockout of a bottle episode.

-It was announced that Chris Hemsworth will host SNL on March 7th.

-Second City Archives unearthed a 20-year-old Amy Poehler pilot featuring [...]

This Week in Comedy: Louis C.K. Released a New Special and the 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Got Its Cast

-What do Kristen Wig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Melissa McCarthy all have in common?  Well, they’re reportedly your new Ghostbusters cast, and we told you everything we know so far about the franchise’s reboot.

-Louis C.K.’s newest standup special Live at the Comedy Store was released and is available now on his website.

-The Chris Gethard Show will premiere on Fusion in April, and we talked to Gethard about what to expect.

-We talked to David Cross about his directorial debut Hits.

-From SNL to co-creating Portlandia, Fred Armisen is a busy man, and he’s not slowing down — he told us so.

-A Flight [...]

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: RIP Harris Wittels

-Harris Wittels, standup and writer/co-executive producer of Parks and Recreation, was tragically found dead at age 30.

-The stars came home for the SNL 40th anniversary special and we had the best and worst moments of the night.

-We caught up with Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson about season 1 of Broad City.

-Norm Macdonald’s recap of Celebrity Jeopardy and #SNL40 is an absolute must-read.

-We talked Hot Tub Time Machine 2 with Rob Corddry, and oh yeah, he also taught us to meditate.

-We went inside the new comedy The Jack and Triumph Show with Jack McBrayer.

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: 'SNL' Celebrates 40 Years

-It’s an end of an era as Jon Stewart announced this week he’s leaving The Daily Show.

-The SNL 40th anniversary special added 30 more minutes.

-We shared 40 of our favorite underappreciated SNL sketches.

-We broke down why the satire we need now is all the satire that's on right now.

-Margaret Cho gave us her take on turning pain into comedy.

-Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi took us inside the world of vampires, gangs, and Avian Puns.

-We took a look at how Sure Thing is helping Austin’s comedy scene explode.

-Brett Gelman exposed his dark side and talked about his [...]

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 [...]