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The Year In Interviews

In 2013, we interviewed over 170 standups, writers, actors, directors, podcasters, and producers about their projects, how they got started in comedy, future plans, and whatever else is going on. Featuring people involved in SNLArrested Development, The Daily Show, The SimpsonsBob's Burgers, The Best Show on WFMU, The Eric Andre Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Community, The Office, The Chris Gethard Show, Key & Peele, and more, here’s a list of the funniest, most interesting, or most inspirational quotes from our interviews this year.

Eric Andre on doing The Eric Andre Show live: "We did the show at UCB, and they paired us up with some other show. The other show they [...]

10 Funny People We Lost in 2013

With another year past, the comedy industry was forced to say goodbye to many talented people. Most of us can only dream about accomplishing what the guys on this list have done, and they sure have done a lot. From writers to actors to writer-director-producer-actors on stage, TV, and film, here are 10 recently departed people who really knew how to make you laugh.

11 Uniquely Brilliant Standup Specials of 2013

As with most years, 2013 saw an overwhelming amount of excellent standup, far too much to ever catalogue. But the greatest specials of the year were unique and inventive; many played with the very idea of a special itself, while others featured profoundly personal stories spun into brilliant standup. What they share is their distinctness — each of these comics has made a special that captures their own undeniable form of genius. Here are the most distinctive, memorable standup specials of 2013.

The Year in Comedy Podcasts

It's been a few years since the big comedy podcast boom of 2009/2010, but the medium is continuing to be popular. 2013 was a year that saw the number of new shows declining a bit as most comedians were already hosting shows at the top of the year, and it's also a year that saw some well-known podcasters (Marc Maron, Pete Holmes, Chris Hardwick, Nikki Glaser & Sara Schaefer) getting their own TV shows off their success in the medium, but the big story in the podcast world this year was host Tom Scharpling ending The Best Show on WFMU after 13 years (although it may continue in some form).

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The 36 Best Sketches of 2013

2013 was an excellent year for sketch comedy on both television and across the web. Online venues like Funny or Die, UCB Comedy, and Above Average delivered a constant stream of funny content while Key and Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, Kroll Show, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and The Birthday Boys showed Comedy Central and IFC stepping up their sketch comedy game as well. On top of all that, 38-year stalwart Saturday Night Live underwent one of its biggest cast transitions in years, resulting in a surprisingly varied sketch selection from both the outgoing veterans and new hires. So with that, here are 36 of our favorite sketches from the year [...]

Saturday Night's Children: 2013 In Review

This year turned out to be another round of 1980s domination for Saturday Night’s Children. While it’s been a low-key year for the column as far as SNL superstars go, we reached feature #100 with Eddie Murphy a few weeks ago and passed the 70% mark on cast members covered overall – 101 out of 137 and counting. In the continued spirit of underdogs and lower-key SNL names, my favorite two cast members to learn about this year were Gary Kroeger and Danitra Vance, two underappreciated 80s players whose stories are both enlightening and inspiring in vastly different ways. So with that, here’s a rundown of the Saturday Night’s [...]

45 Comedy Things We're Looking Forward to in 2014

2014 is poised to be an especially exciting year in comedy with a whole shit-ton of high-profile movies, shows, standup specials, books, web series, and podcasts set to debut in the next twelve months. We rounded up all the most exciting comedy things that are coming your way in 2014 in this handy guide, from NBC's new Fallon/Meyers late night lineup to the long-awaited return of FX's Louie, from Tina Fey's post-30 Rock series to John Oliver finally getting his own Daily Show-esque show.

A Comedy-Filled Year in TV

There's never been more comedy on TV than there was in 2013. With several channels amping up their comedy programming, an explosion of new shows in the late night world, and Netflix and Amazon rolling out their first batch of original content, countless TV comedies — both new and old — aired this year. Beloved series like 30 Rock, The Office, and Eastbound & Down ended their runs, while excellent new comedies like Nathan For You, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Birthday Boys have emerged as qualified heirs to the throne.

Let's take a look back at the TV comedy of 2013, including Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's stint as Golden Globes [...]

The Year in Comedy Movies: A Few High Points in an Otherwise Disappointing 2013

Let's just get this out of the way: 2013 was a crummy year for comedy films. A passing glance over the Golden Globe nominees for Best Comedy or the list of the year's ten highest grossing movies paints a familiar picture – audiences prefer action and violence over laughs, expensive special effects over punchlines, and when they are willing to pay for a funny movie, it's probably a computer animated one they can see with their kids. But looking at the success of Iron Man 3 – the year's biggest blockbuster that grossed over $400 million – it's arguable that while its big-budget superhero premise and impressive visual [...]