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"You don't know how people are going to react to things. We can't control it. With the digital culture, you can spend a month crafting what you think is the most genius video to post on YouTube and it gets 1,000 views, and then off-handedly you capture, like, a duck sneezing, and it gets 20 million views. You just don’t know."

- Chris Hardwick reflects on the surprise success of his Comedy Central show @midnight in a new interview with The Guardian.

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James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams are 'SNL's December Hosts

james-franco-snlSaturday Night Live just announced its hosts for December. The Wrap reports that James Franco will host for the third time on the December 6th episode to promote his new movie with Seth Rogen The Interview with musical guest Nicki Minaj, while Martin Freeman will make his hosting debut on December 13th with musical guest Charli XCX. SNL's Christmas episode on December 20th will be hosted by Amy Adams with musical guest One Direction. Adams last hosted back in 2008.

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'Portlandia's Season 5 Trailer Features Paul Reubens, Jeff Goldblum, Olivia Wilde, and More

Portlandia returns for a fifth season on IFC January 8th at 10:00pm, and the network released the first (and super epic) season trailer today. A ton of guests are slated to show up throughout the season, including a bunch of returning stars (Vanessa Bayer, Jeff Goldblum, Kumail Nanjiani, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Kyle MacLachlan, Ed Begley Jr.) and some newcomers too (Seth Meyers, Matt Groening, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Paul Reubens, Parker Posey, Paul Simon, Brigitte Nielsen, Natasha Lyonne, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, and even Oscar the Grouch).

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'Conan' Prop Master Bill Tull Offers Some Money-Saving Thanksgiving Tips

Want to have an enjoyable Thanksgiving this year but don't have enough money for things like turkey and pumpkin pie? Have no fear, because Conan's prop master Bill Tull is back with some budget-friendly tips for the holidays that will allow you to experience a happy and authentic Thanksgiving without breaking the bank.

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Watch Hasan Minhaj's 'Daily Show' Debut

Last month The Daily Show hired new correspondents Hasan Minhaj and Trevor Noah, and Minhaj made his debut in a segment about gestation crates during last night's episode. With some help from Jordan Klepper, Minhaj learns pretty quickly that his philosophical quotes and college poetry aren't going to get him very far at his new gig.

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'The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore' Premieres on Comedy Central January 19th

larry_wilmoreLarry Wilmore's upcoming Comedy Central show just got a new title and premiere date. Now called The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, the show will take over The Colbert Report's 11:30pm time slot beginning Monday, January 19th. Wilmore told The New York Times that the name change was due to "brand confusion" and explained that it "was never intended to be a show only about minorities. It's a show about underdogs, and that happens in a lot of different forms, whether it's race, gender, or whatever."

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Sketch Group Whale Thief Produced the Fastest Movie Ever Made Over the Weekend

Sketch comedy group Whale Thief pulled off an impressive feat over the weekend that might get them in the Guinness Book of World Records. The group — which consists of former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Benjamin Apple, Two Guys Named Josh's Brandon Gulya, Take Me to Your Mother's Matt Mayer, and Funny or Die/The Onion writers Matt Klinman and Zack Poitras — managed to put together a feature-length film in just over 24 hours, beating out the previous Guinness record of the fastest made feature. Titled Consti2tion, the film is the result over 150 writers, directors, producers, actors, artists, and musicians' efforts on this past Saturday, November 15th and imagines a world where the Constitution expires and the one woman who is destined to make a new one.

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Watch Two Cut 'SNL' Sketches About Twitter and Dancing Robots


SNL released two sketches today that were cut for time from last weekend's episode hosted by Woody Harrelson, and they're a delightful mix of fun and weird. Check out the above sketch "Tweet" starring Aidy Bryant as a woman celebrating her 10,000th tweet (with cameos by Edward Norton and God) above, then click through to watch "Pentagon Presentation" featuring Cecily Strong as a dancing robot. READ MORE

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JASH's Sarah Silverman-Hosted Variety Show Is Now on Vimeo

rogen_silvermanBack in April, Xbox decided to get into the comedy game by ordering a variety show pilot from web video collective JASH hosted by Sarah Silverman. Over the summer, however, Microsoft shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios, leaving the JASH pilot and several other series with nowhere to go. Thankfully, Vimeo has come to the rescue and debuted the first episode of the series — titled JASH Presents Rubberhead — via their on-demand streaming service yesterday. Silverman will host each episode, and performers set to show up include Key and Peele, Tim and Eric, Nathan Fielder, John C. Reilly, Seth Rogen, Todd Glass, Natasha Leggero, and more. The first 45-minute episode is currently available for $4.99 at Vimeo's website.

Click through for a sneak peek of a sketch with Silverman and Seth Rogen called "Cops Cum Dicks and Flying" if you can stomach it: READ MORE

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"The joke I used to do is I'd say 'You know, there will be a time when I realize that it can't be as good as it used to be, and that I don't have the focus or the passion to do it in the same way, and that the quality will suffer, and then three years after that I'll leave.'"

- Lorne Michaels comments on his SNL departure plans in an in-depth podcast interview with Bill Simmons, which covers everything from the creation of SNL to the early '80s years to Michaels's thoughts on recaps and reviews in the internet age.

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Bill Cosby Loses Netflix Standup Special and NBC Sitcom Amid Multiple Rape Allegations

bill_cosbyBill Cosby has been at the center of an increasing number of rape and sexual assault allegations over the past few weeks (you can find detailed timelines here and here), and the story keeps getting uglier. While these claims are far from breaking news — some go back to a 2006 lawsuit involving 14 women (13 anonymously agreed to testify, but the case settled out of court) — more women have come forward since a Hannibal Buress joke calling Cosby a rapist went viral last month and Barbara Bowman, one of the anonymous women from the 2006 case, wrote an article for The Washington Post called "Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?" Since then, more women including supermodel Janice Dickinson have come forward publicly with allegations against Cosby (a total of 16 women overall), and while Cosby has refused to comment, he has been dumped from his appearances on The Queen Latifah Show and Late Show, and Netflix has decided to indefinitely postpone the release of his standup special Bill Cosby 77.

Cosby also had an NBC sitcom in the works that had been in development since last summer, and today the network confirmed that it's scrapped the project entirely. Cosby has not been convicted and statutes of limitation prevent these women from getting anything out of their accusations other than throwing Cosby to the court of public shaming, but all allegations considered, the evidence (and public opinion) is definitely not on Cosby's side. Plus, between his #CosbyMeme attempt gone wrong last week, radio silence when asked about the allegations during a recent NPR interview, and a resurfaced YouTube clip of his 1969 routine called "Spanish Fly" about drugging girls' drinks making the rounds this week, it looks like no one is doing a better job of shaming Cosby these days than the man himself.

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Cecily Strong to Headline 2015's White House Correspondents' Dinner

cecily strongSNL's Cecily Strong just set a fancy gig for next year. USA Today reports that Strong has signed on to headline as the guest comedian at next year's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 25th. Strong will make the fourth woman to headline the event in its 82-year history following Paula Poundstone, Elayne Boosler, and Wanda Sykes.

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Looking Back at the Nine 'SNL' Players Who Left Us Too Soon

hartman_hooksWhen Jan Hooks — SNL cast member from 1986-1991 — died at the age of 57 last month, the show truly lost one of its stealthy greats. Like frequent sketch costar Phil Hartman, Hooks's incredible talent didn't need to call attention to itself, so it's only now, in hindsight and reruns, that the full measure of her brilliance is beginning to be calculated. Since SNL debuted in 1975, over 140 players have been in the cast, and nine have passed away from illness, drugs, or violence. Whether they leave us as beloved superstars with promising careers ahead of them or underappreciated and semi-forgotten talents with few recent onscreen credits, all nine of SNL's deceased alums have produced groundbreaking work that can make for some very bittersweet viewing. Before this column comes to an end, here's a look at those nine performers whose many comedy contributions continue to entertain and inspire fans both old and new. READ MORE

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Cameron Diaz and Bobby Moynihan Buddy Up in These 'SNL' Promos

Cameron Diaz is hosting SNL this week for the first time in nearly ten years with musical guests Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. NBC just released the first round of promos today featuring Diaz and Bobby Moynihan, who may or may not have rewritten some of the cue cards in crayon.