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'Grantland' Profiles 'SNL' Legend Phil "The Glue" Hartman

"Here's why it’s difficult to properly appreciate Phil Hartman. Because his characters were 20 percent droid. Because he reminded you more of your dad than your best pal. Because Hartman’s biggest gift was a kind of comedic graciousness, which he used to hide the show's seams and to make other funny people look good. As the writer Steve Lookner put it, 'How many people can you say that about on Saturday Night Live?'"

- Grantland examines the life, talent, and career of SNL legend Phil Hartman in a new feature out today called "The Glue."

Michael Che Attempts to Find a Safe Reporting Location on 'The Daily Show'

The Daily Show returned with a new episode last night, and during a segment on the recent shooting in Ferguson, correspondent Michael Che attempted to report on the event from a safe location for an unarmed black man — which, it turns out, doesn't exist at all.

Last Night's Emmy Awards Scored the Second Highest Ratings in Eight Years

The ratings for last night's Emmy Awards are in, and Seth Meyers's turn at the hosting gig raked in a big audience. A total of 15.6 million viewers watched the live ceremony on NBC, making it the most-watched night on network TV since the Oscars in March as well as the highest viewed Emmys in the last eight years, second only to last year's ceremony hosted by Neil Patrick Harris that aired in September on a Sunday night with an NFL lead-in. Neither have met the 16.2 million viewer audience of the 2006 Emmys toplined by multiple-time host Conan O'Brien, the true king of the awards [...]

Michael Cera and Letterman Talk German Girlfriends and the World's Largest Basket

Here's a clip from last night's Late Show with guest Michael Cera, who tells Letterman all about his new German girlfriend and their recent road trip together that included a stop in Newark, Ohio to see the World's Largest Basket. Unfortunately Cera's girlfriend wasn't as impressed by the basket as Letterman seems to be.

The Many One-Season Sitcom and News Parodies of Comedy Central

On this installment of The Good, The Bad, and the Deeply Strange, I’ll be expanding my examination Comedy Central’s large quantity of television parodies. Having previously tackled their multitude of short-lived reality parodies and sketch shows, this time it’s all comedy versions of news and warped versions of sitcoms. First up: Sitcoms.

The First Season of 'Transparent' Premieres on Amazon September 26th

Earlier this year Amazon ordered two of its new comedy pilots to series, and Variety reports that Jill Soloway's Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor will debut its entire 10-episode season on Amazon Prime Instant Video on September 26th. The series also stars Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass with supporting roles throughout the season from Bradley Whitford, Alexandra Billings, Melora Hardin, Kathryn Hahn, and Carrie Brownstein.

The Transparent pilot is still available to view for Amazon Prime members; for more on the pilot, check out our review from February, then watch the first trailer for the series below:

Netflix Renews 'BoJack Horseman' Days After Its Premiere

Netflix's new animated series starring Will Arnett BoJack Horseman premiered on the streaming network this past Friday and already has a second season locked in. THR reports that the series has been officially renewed for a second 12-episode season. Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, and Paul F. Tompkins round out the voice cast on BoJack, which follows Arnett as a horse who is a famous '90s sitcom star-turned-washed up celebrity. This is another item of good news for Arnett, who recently launched his own production company Electric Avenue, struck a development deal with CBS, and confirmed on The Tonight Show that more Arrested Development [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Alan Zweibel (1979-1980)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

There are many paths to getting hired on Saturday Night Live, but Alan Zweibel — who served as an original writer in 1975 and spent a portion of the fifth season credited as a featured player — had one all his own. Zweibel struggled as a young joke-seller before finding the perfect comedy collaborators on SNL, giving way to some of the most [...]

Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, and 'The Colbert Report' Win Emmys While Amy Poehler Gets Snubbed an 11th Time

The Emmy Awards aired on NBC last night, and there were a few predictable winners (Modern Family won for Directing, Supporting Actor, and Outstanding Comedy for the fifth time), some happy surprises (Louis C.K. won Outstanding Writing for his Louie episode "So Did the Fat Lady;" Sarah Silverman's We Are Miracles took home the Outstanding Variety Special award), and plenty of comedy snubs (Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Fred Armisen, and Amy Poehler, who has received a total of 11 Emmy noms now without a single win). As for the ceremony itself, host Seth Meyers kept his promise by sticking to jokes instead of big musical numbers or pre-taped segments [...]

Kerri Kenney-Silver, Jamie Denbo, and Chelsea Handler Are Developing a Brothel Comedy for IFC

IFC is developing another scripted comedy that sounds a lot like an amazing Reno 911! spinoff. Deadline reports that the network is currently developing a series called Rabbit Hole co-created and written by Kerri Kenney-Silver and Ronna & Beverly's Jamie Denbo produced by Chelsea Handler and her company Borderline Amazing. The series will center on "Nevada's second most famous brothel" with Kenney-Silver playing Dame Delilah, a character she first debuted on My Damn Channel back in 2008. Comedy Central was developing Rabbit Hole in December 2011, but it never got picked up to series.

Rabbit Hole joins other recently announced IFC projects including a Spoils [...]

Chelsea Handler Says Her Goodbyes on the 'Chelsea Lately' Finale

Chelsea Handler hosted her final episode of Chelsea Lately last night after seven years on the air, and a bunch of Handler's favorite celebrity pals appeared to help her say goodbye to her E! era before she moves on to her new life at Netflix. Click through to watch Handler and friends close out the episode with a "We Are the World"-style song called "Goodbye to E!"

Tim Heidecker Says 'Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories' Is a Reflection of Our "Shit Culture"

"Once we started making the show, and we saw what we were actually doing, I sort of thought, Well, this show is not going to make you feel good. And we shouldn’t be feeling good! We’re shit people. We’re a shit culture. This is like punishment for being horrible. There’s so much feel-good stuff that comes out, especially in comedy now, where things are very cute and very clever and sort of like everybody’s in on the joke and winking. I feel like our show tends to try to be like a little more reminding of how awful things really are in the world."

- In a new interview [...]

Chris Hardwick Offers Some Honest Advice on Love, Health, Grandmas, and Murder

@midnight host Chris Hardwick had the honor of fielding some questions for Tonight Show's "Unqualified Advice" segment, which resulted in some timeless advice on hard-hitting topics like going to school, curing a cold, getting a promotion, not murdering your boss, and dealing with a grandmother who has a hoarding problem.

What's on TV This Week: The Emmys and the Finale of 'Chelsea Lately'

Tonight, Seth Meyers hosts the Primetime Emmy Awards from LA. Emmys will be given to Outstanding Comedy Series, the Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series along with Outstanding Writing and Directing for a comedy series, amongst many others. Also this week Chelsea Handler’s show Chelsea Lately comes to a close in a two-hour live finale. Handler will begin a new talk show on Netflix set to premiere in 2016. Tosh.0 is back with new episodes as well as Colbert Report, The Daily Show, and @midnight. In late night, Mike Myers will be on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Check out this week’s full comedy listings below: