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Follow Friday: John Early (@bejohnce)

johnearlyA lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your RTs and favs. Each Friday we feature one person whose consistent short-form online humor deserves your attention and to be on your Twitter feed.

This week, we're recommending the Twitter feed of John Early. The New York-based comedian, actor, and filmmaker recently performed his solo show, "Literally Me," in New York and LA. He has also appeared on 30 Rock and frequently collaborates with Kate Berlant. Check out some of his best tweets below:

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Becoming 'Jonah from Tonga' with Chris Lilley

jonahfromtongaChris Lilley is back. His newest show, Jonah from Tonga, premieres on HBO tomorrow night. The six-episode series follows Summer Heights High’s Jonah Takalua as he returns to school in Australia after being expelled from Summer Heights and sent to Tonga.

As in his previous shows Angry Boys, Summer Heights High, and Ja’mie: Private School Girl, Lilley wrote, produced, directed, and stars in Jonah from Tonga. With an all-new cast of supporting characters, the documentary-style series explores rebellious Jonah’s hilarious attempts at being a “good boy,” which take him both to prison and a singing competition.

I got to talk to Lilley about Jonah from Tonga, why he likesmaking documentary-style comedies, and the popularity of “quiche.”

What made you want to return to Jonah as a character?

I just love the character. I really missed him. The last time he appeared was in Summer Heights High, so it was the idea of being able to expand on the story, learn more about his family, his life, just to extend on it. In Summer Heights High I was a bit bound by the idea that it was all set in one place. I wanted to just see more.

Did you always plan to start the first episode in Tonga and pick up where Summer Heights High left off?

Yeah, I thought that was where people last saw him so it was a nice situation. I wanted for the series to connect, to leap from one to the other.

Was that actually shot in Tonga?

No, film tricks. We did go out of Australia to do it because I wanted it to be quite authentic, real Tongan people. A lot of them didn’t really speak English that well. That was a fun part of the shoot, trying to do all those things. READ MORE

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Follow Friday: @AnnaDrezen

annadrezenA lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your RTs and favs. Each Friday we feature one person whose consistent short-form online humor deserves your attention and to be on your Twitter feed.

This week, we're highlighting the Twitter feed of Anna Drezen. The New York-based comedian has been published all over the internet, from The Onion to Thought Catalog. She also recently performed her own solo show, Spooky Jerks, at the PIT. Check out some of her funniest tweets below:


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Follow Friday: Steven Rosenthal (@Rosenthaltweets)

A lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your RTs and favs. Each Friday we feature one person whose consistent short-form online humor deserves your attention and to be on your Twitter feed.

This week, we're recommending the Twitter feed of Steven Rosenthal. He's a TV editor who has worked for Comedy Central and MTV, including Comedy Underground with Dave Attell and Nikki and Sara Live. He's also a former standup comic. Check out some of his top tweets below:

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Harnessing Absurdity to Help Others with Kurt Braunohler

kurt-braunohlerYou can catch Kurt Braunohler’s new episode of The Half Hour this Friday, July 25, but he’s been focused on a lot more than just standup lately. In June, the comedian jet skied the Mississippi River from Chicago to New Orleans as part of his Indiegogo campaign to raise $50,000 to provide 500 goats and 1000 chickens to African families in need. The quest is documented in his Comedy Central web series Roustabout, coming out this fall.

On top of that, Kurt is starring in the upcoming film B Roll, has plans to release a compilation album from his standup/variety show Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal, and continues to work on his podcast The K Ohle on the Nerdist network, which rotates between formats including The Boat Show, Get Lost!, and PETophilia.

I got to talk to Kurt about standup, acting, and the challenges of jet skiing for charity. READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy: Weird Al's Still Got It

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In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-Broadway great and 30 Rock scene stealer Elaine Stritch passed away at 89.

-SNL has begun its change-ups for next season: Brooks Wheelan announced that he had been fired from the show, which was quickly followed with the news that John Milhiser, Noel Wells and Nasim Pedrad will also not be returning. SNL still faces a lot of decisions for the upcoming year.

-The CW renewed Whose Line is it Anyway? for a third season.

-Weird Al released his newest album, Mandatory Fun, and a slew of music videos all on different platforms, including Funny or Die, Yahoo! Screen, Nerdist, CollegeHumor and Vevo. He also did a Reddit AMA.

-Danielle Schneider and Dannah Phirman's The Hotwives of Orlando came out on Hulu and we talked to executive producer Paul Scheer about the show.

-NBC renewed Last Comic Standing for a ninth season.

-VICE.com will be premiering The Jim Norton Show next week. READ MORE

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Follow Friday: Kate Hendricks (@KateTheWasp)

Kate_HendricksA lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your RTs and favs. Each Friday we feature one person whose consistent short-form online humor deserves your attention and to be on your Twitter feed.

This week, we're highlighting the Twitter feed of Kate Hendricks. The New York comedian and writer regularly performs standup around the city and has appeared on The View. She's also the creator and star of her web series Kate the Wasp. Check out some of her best tweets below:

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Joe Wengert on His 'Half Hour' Special and Writing for Three Very Different TV Shows

joe wengert comedy centralWith a half hour special under his belt, Joe Wengert's standup career is taking off, so it’s not hard to believe that he's also an accomplished improviser. Wengert ran the UCB Theatre's school in New York and then in LA and still regularly performs improv at the LA theater with the team The Smokes in addition to the long-running show ASSSSCAT. His TV writing credits are impressive as well: Wengert has written for Kroll Show, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Playing House. You can catch his episode of The Half Hour this Friday, July 18th, at 12:30 am.

I got to talk to Joe about preparing for The Half Hour, writing for three different TV shows, and emojis. READ MORE

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Paul Scheer on 'The Hotwives of Orlando' and All the Other Stuff He's Working On

paul scheerPaul Scheer is crazy busy. Now that the full first season of his most recent show, The Hotwives of Orlando, is available on Hulu, Scheer is moving full steam ahead with tons of other projects, from developing a cartoon with Adult Swim to an anthology series with HBO. He’ll also be starring in season six of The League on FXX, which is set to debut this fall, and releasing a comedy special with Rob Huebel based on their live UCB show Crash Test. Scheer talks about always wanting to keep things fresh, whether through the podcast, How Did This Get Made?, which he hosts with Jason Mantzoukas and his wife June Diane Raphael, or through writing a Marvel comic book, something he did for fun earlier this year.

The creator and star of Adult Swim’s NTSF:SD:SUV and an alum of Childrens Hospital, Human Giant and Burning Love, Scheer is no stranger to parodies, but he hopes that The Hotwives of Orlando goes beyond parody with its own fully fleshed-out characters. Scheer executive produced the show and actually plays the executive producer, Matty Green, who plugs his fake Hotwives Cooldown after-show at the end of each episode.

I got to talk to Scheer about Hotwives, the future of NTSF, and his desire to always stay busy. READ MORE

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Follow Friday: @EmmyBlotnick

emmy blotnickA lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your RTs and favs. Each Friday we feature one person whose consistent short-form online humor deserves your attention and to be on your Twitter feed.

This week, we're recommending the Twitter feed of Emmy Blotnick. The New York comedian wrote for Nikki & Sara Live and used to be a blogger for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Currently, she can be found performing stand up at UCB and around the city. Check out some of her best tweets below:

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Harris Wittels and Armen Weitzman on Making Their Short Film Directorial Debut

Harris Wittels Armen WeitzmanA group friends going on a mushroom trip sounds like it would make for an uproarious comedy, but Harris Wittels and Armen Weitzman’s new short film The Badger’s Promise surprises with some pretty dark humor. Nonetheless, the pair’s directorial debut, which they recently put online and are entering into film festivals soon, is hilarious, and the writing partners hope to do more in the future.

The two both worked for The Sarah Silverman Program and have been busy since then. Wittels writes and produces for Parks and Recreation, but you might know him from his frequent appearances on Comedy Bang! Bang! or for playing the character "Harris," one of the stoners in the animal control department on Parks. Meanwhile, Weitzman, who has appeared on Burning LoveChildrens Hospital, and Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, will be on Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome's upcoming Comedy Central show Another Period, a faux-reality series set in the Victorian era.

I talked to them about The Badger’s Promise, their TV shows, and getting nervous about name dropping famous people. READ MORE

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Follow Friday: @MattMcElaney

mattmcA lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your RTs and favs. Each Friday we feature one person whose consistent short-form online humor deserves your attention and to be on your Twitter feed.

This week, we're recommending the Twitter feed of Matt McElaney. The LA-based comedian worked as a production assistant for Family Guy this past season, and in his free time he's been gaining popularity for his jokes on Twitter. Check out some of his best tweets below:

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Jason Nash on Why He Loves Making No-Budget Movies

jason nashThe new film Jason Nash is Married marks two big firsts: it’s comedian Jason Nash’s first movie and also the first feature released by CC:Studios, Comedy Central’s digital branch.

The movie follows Nash, playing a fictionalized version of himself, as he struggles to get out of debt and prove to his wife (played by Busy Phillips) that he can contribute to their family. Nash, a standup comedian and creator of multiple web series, developed Jason Nash is Married from his web series of the same name. He wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the film — no easy task for any movie, let alone one that was made on a microscopic budget over two years.

Jason Nash is Married is now available on Amazon and iTunes, featuring appearances from a boatload of great comedians, including T.J. Miller, Matt Walsh, Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer, Dave Koechner, Patton Oswalt, Andy Richter, Paul F. Tompkins, and Casey Wilson, just to name a few.

I got to talk to Nash about the movie, its unorthodox production process, and wanting to make movies that are true to life. READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy: 'Louie' and 'Playing House' Wrap Up Their Seasons

louie elevatorIn case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-Playing House and Louie both aired their season finales. We reviewed at Playing House's first season and Louie's more experimental fourth season.

-Ian Edwards talked to us about releasing his debut standup album through Conan O'Brien's Team Coco Records.

-Maya Rudolph joined The Nestan upcoming film also starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, written by longtime SNL writer Paul Pell.

-Ben Stiller says he's "actively" working on the Zoolander sequel.

-We looked at how comedy podcasts including The X-Files Files, Mission Log, and Go Bayside! are creating a new type of TV criticism.

-In the latest installment of Sketch AnatomyInside Amy Schumer writer Emily Altman breaks down the sketch "Mom Computer Therapy."

-We broke down the season 3 writing staff of Mr. Show for our new column Writing Staff Breakdown.

-Jerry Seinfeld sang a theme song for the new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and it's unbelievable in every way.

-We interviewed Yannis Pappas about his upcoming episode of Comedy Central's The Half Hour.

-Chelsea Handler inked a deal with Netflix for a new talk show, hour standup special, and four docu-comedy specials.

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