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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 [...]

Rachel Dratch and Megan Mullally Will Appear in the Final Season of 'Parks and Rec'

Parks and Recreation's next season will be its last, and the show is lining up some special guest stars. Entertainment Weekly reports that Amy Poehler's fellow SNL alum Rachel Dratch has signed on to appear in at least one episode "with a potential to return," but details on her role are being kept under wraps. This news follows EW's earlier update that Natalie Morales and Megan Mullally are set to return for the final season as well; Mullally will return as Tammy 2 during the season's second episode, while Morales will return as Tom's ex-girlfriend Lucy in multiple episodes. While you're waiting for Parks and Rec to [...]

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 one-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:

Jay Pharoah Brings His Jay-Z, Drake, and Kanye West Impersonations to the VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards aired last night, and the closest thing to a host was SNL's Jay Pharoah, who made several appearances during the show disguised as some of his best impersonations. Above watch him bring back his Kanye impression while Kim Kardashian watches from an awkwardly close distance, then click through to watch his segments as Jay-Z and Drake.

Darrell Hammond Says He'd "Be Honored and Thrilled" to Take Over Don Pardo's 'SNL' Duties

In the wake of iconic SNL announcer Don Pardo's passing, the show now has the tall order of hiring a replacement to announce the cast's names at the start of each episode. While Pardo's timeless voice and presence can't be replicated, longtime cast member Darrell Hammond has come pretty close while filling in for him on several occasions and recently spoke to Grantland all about working with Pardo over the years and whether he'd consider taking over the job. Here's what he had to say about developing his Pardo impression:

I had a couple problems with it: The first is the strength of his voice. I remember [...]

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.

Watch John Oliver's Epic Takedown and Evisceration of a Piñata

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has covered a ton of heated issues during its run on HBO so far, but in this video Oliver takes on the most important issue of all — the inaccurate headlines of Last Week Tonight-related coverage on The Huffington Post and beyond that use fancy words like "demolish" and "eviscerate" — which is exactly what Oliver did to one piñata that's gotten away with its lies for too long.