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Here Are Episodes of 'Seinfeld,' 'Friends,' and 'The Big Bang Theory' with All the Jokes Removed

Taking inspiration from a recent clip of Family Feud edited to only include actual gameplay, a Reddit user recently edited out all the jokes from episodes of Seinfeld, Friends, and The Big Bang Theory, and the result is an interesting glimpse at how all three sitcoms approach plot, punchlines, and the relationship between the two. Unsurprisingly, the Seinfeld episode clip from "The Junior Mint" is the longest at 3:02 (and still manages to be pretty funny) while The Big Bang Theory couldn't even make it to the 1:30 mark. Click through for the other two clips.

Norm Macdonald Plays an Alcoholic Pigeon in Adult Swim's Upcoming 'Mike Tyson Mysteries'

At Comic-Con, Adult Swim unveiled its 2014-2015 slate of new and returning shows including the new half-hour animated comedy Mike Tyson Mysteries, and you can check out the show's first trailer above. Starring Tyson, Jim Rash, voice actor Rachel Ramras, and Norm Macdonald as a drunk pigeon, Mike Tyson Mysteries will see Tyson and his Mystery Team tackling any problem that comes their way: "If you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner." Mike Tyson Mysteries will premiere on Adult Swim sometime this fall.

Nathan Fielder Describes a Cut 'Nathan for You' Bit Involving Reiki and Yogurt

"[Reiki]'s like a massage, but you don't touch the person … It's strange. My idea was after the person would remove the energy from people, she could charge people a fee to dispose of it. Maybe she could convince them it was bad for the environment. She did it. She was able to put the energy into a yogurt container. The thing did work, but it was just difficult to convey on tape."

- Nathan Fielder describes a very bizarre-sounding Reiki-themed Nathan for You bit that didn't make the final cut in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

Jordan Peele Plays Stan Lee in This Sneak Peek of 'Key and Peele' Season 4

At Comic-Con yesterday, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele revealed one of their sketches from the upcoming fourth season of Key and Peele premiering on September 24th, which — fittingly for Comic-Con — shows Peele as Marvel's Stan Lee. They duo also revealed that they're developing a movie (aside from their project with Judd Apatow) called Keanu, and Peele gave only one hint about what it's about: "Keanu is a kitten."

Fred Armisen Plays the Weirdest Johns Hopkins Surgeon Ever on 'Late Night'

So far in his remote-from-Portland segment "FredEx," Fred Armisen has portrayed an American building designer who questions the existence of angels and a Peruvian Beatles cover band member who discusses global warming, and last night he returned with the weirdest character yet with the help of a wig, tacky hoodie, and pair of headphones. Naturally he turns it into an unorthodox surgeon who is in love with everyone he knows.

The Good, the Bad, and the Deeply Strange: Comedy Central's One-Season Wonders

Comedy Central cancels a lot of shows. Enough that Daniel Tosh was able to shout one out in every episode of the first five seasons of Tosh.0 (“We’ll be right back with more Michael and Michael Have Issues”). Tosh’s show has thrived, but what about the supposedly failed shows he mocked? Were any of them good? Why did so many of them only last one season? What if they were supposed to only last one season? Over the next few weeks, I’ll be taking a look at all the Comedy Central shows that lasted just one season.

First up: the reality and mockumentary genre. 

Watch a Five-Minute Preview of the 'Simpsons'/'Family Guy' Crossover Episode

Fox revealed the above five-minute preview of its upcoming Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode at Comic-Con yesterday, which is set to premiere as Family Guy's season premiere on September 28th. The preview is at first a pretty average meeting of the minds between the Griffins and Simpsons, only to devolve into a fist fight between Peter and Homer that leads to a possible nuclear meltdown.

Conan O'Brien and Brian Stack Want to Make "Anon" a Cool Word Again

Here's a short and sweet clip from last night's Conan, in which O'Brien and writer Brian Stack state their case for why the word "anon" deserves a glorious comeback. It does sound a lot classier than "turducken."

What It's Like Getting Hired – and Fired – by 'SNL'

It was late summer, 1982, and I was driving down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I turned to her and said, “This must be what winning the lottery feels like.” We had just been asked to join the cast of Saturday Night Live along with Brad Hall (and Paul Barrosse, who would become a writer) and were on our way to our last performance of “The Golden 50th Anniversary Jubilee.”

The show was a collection of our best Practical Theatre sketches over a three-year period and it was a local hit that caught the attention of Tim Kazurinsky. Tim brought in Dick Ebersol and Bob Tischler who [...]

Thailand's Military Government Is Not a Fan of 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'

Thailand's military government apparently caught wind of a segment Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did on their Crown Prince last month, and they're not taking his satire lightly. VICE News recently got ahold of a "highly confidential" official document from Thailand's National Council of Peace and Order responding to, among other things, Oliver's June 22 segment on Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn in which he mocked the coup leader and his ridiculous "happiness campaign" and called him "buffoonish" and "an idiot." From the document, which focuses on Oliver and other "overseas activities that the junta regards as 'undermining the royal institution'":

Mr. John William Oliver, a comedy actor [...]

John Oliver Reveals How Embarrassingly Bad the US Is at Storing Nuclear Weapons

While most Americans might worry about the possibility of getting annihilated by another country's nuclear warheads, last night's Last Week Tonight proved that what we should worry about most are our own nuclear weapons, which it turns out aren't stored with the level of security and up-to-date technology you might think. If that scares you, just wait until Oliver breaks down some of the men in charge of these weapons and America's many "Almostgeddons"– it only gets worse.

Comedy Central Renews 'Nathan for You' and 'Drunk History'

Comedy Central has just announced that they've renewed both Nathan for You and Drunk History for third seasons. These renewals come on the heels of recent renewals for Broad City, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Review, and TripTank, giving the network a seriously impressive lineup of critically acclaimed comedies that are being given chances to grow across multiple seasons. Hey, keep it up, CC!

Both Nathan for You and Drunk History are in the middle of their second seasons now, with new episodes airing on Tuesday nights. Check out our recent interviews with Nathan Fielder and Drunk History creator Derek Waters.

Seinfeld Roasts Tommy Chong, and Other Weird Things That Happened on the Playboy Channel

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

A warning before we get into this: this installment is going to feel a little bit like a trip to an alternate dimension. A [...]

The New Season of 'Community' Won't Be on Yahoo Until After Christmas

At yesterday's Community Comic-Con panel, Dan Harmon and crew gave a few hints as to what we can expect from the show's in-the-works sixth season on Yahoo. Aside from telling the audience that the new episodes won't be available until "probably sometime after Christmas," Harmon also revealed that Community won't be binge-friendly and is slated to premiere a new episode each week instead of premiering the entire season at once.

Harmon also addressed a fan's question about the state of Donald Glover's character Troy, and he responded with this tease: "Troy's out there somewhere. He may be in peril. That's what movies are made of." [...]