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This Week in Comedy: Louis C.K. Released a New Special and the 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Got Its Cast

louisck-comedystore-What do Kristen Wig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Melissa McCarthy all have in common?  Well, they’re reportedly your new Ghostbusters cast, and we told you everything we know so far about the franchise’s reboot.

-Louis C.K.’s newest standup special Live at the Comedy Store was released and is available now on his website.

-The Chris Gethard Show will premiere on Fusion in April, and we talked to Gethard about what to expect.

-We talked to David Cross about his directorial debut Hits.

-From SNL to co-creating Portlandia, Fred Armisen is a busy man, and he’s not slowing down — he told us so.

-A Flight of the Conchords tour is in the works for late 2015. READ MORE

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What's on TV This Week: Key and Peele's Super Bowl Special

keyandpeelesuperbowlIt's Super Bowl week, and fans of football are in for a real treat. Andrew Luck and Drew Brees stop in for some late night fun on Letterman and Conan, and to prep for the big game, Comedy Central presents Key and Peele's Super Bowl Special. During the one-hour episode, the duo will provide commentary and sketches about America's gridiron game.  Also this week, HBO premieres Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen and J.K. Simmons hosts SNL.

In late night, Regis Philbin and Whitney Cummings split the week hosting The Late Late Show with guests Martin Short and David Letterman. Conan has Brian Scolaro, Rainn Wilson, Simon Helberg, and Craig Ferguson while Letterman has guests John Oliver and Ben Schwartz.

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This Week in Comedy: The Winter TV Season Gets Into Full Swing

manseekingwoman-The Birthday Boys was canceled by IFC.

-We talked to Simon Rich about his new sitcom, Man Seeking Woman.

-We delved into the newly minted sitcom archetype of the Zoidberg.

-Iliza Shlesinger talked to us about her new Netflix standup special.

-J.K. Simmons will host SNL on January 31st.

-The Interview will debut on Netflix tomorrow.

-SNL kicked off the back half of its 40th season with host Kevin Hart.

-We talked to Simon Amstell about his new standup showTo Be Free.

-We're helpful: how to tell a gay joke.

-Daria is great, and you should rewatch it. READ MORE

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What's on TV This Week: 'The Nightly Show' Is Here

nightly_show_wilmoreThis week Comedy Central launches two new show — The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and This is Not Happening. The Nightly Show has confirmed guests like John Leguizamo and the president's speechwriter-turned-TV writer Jon Lovett to sit on the show's discussion panel.  This is Not Happening is hosted by Ari Shaffir and features long-form storytelling from standups. Blake Shelton will host this week's SNL, and Sunday's Fox lineup is jam packed with new episodes from The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, and Bob's Burgers.

In late night, The Late Late Show will be hosted by Jim Gaffigan and Judd Apatow, and guests include Sarah Silverman, Dave Koechner, Adam Sandler, Lena Dunham, and Gary Shandling. Letterman has Jason Sudeikis and Micahel Somerville, and Fallon has guest Rainn Wilson.  Nick Kroll visits Meyers, and Sebastian Maniscalco performs.

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This Week in Comedy: 'Parks and Rec' and 'Kroll Show' Kick Off Their Final Seasons

krollshow_gigolohorse-We talked with Mike Schur about his thoughts on the end of Parks and Recreation, NBC’s Thursday night comedies, and more.

-Nick Kroll spoke with us about pushing characters to their limits and the end of the Kroll Show.

-We got an inside look at Comedy Bang! Bang!’s fourth season and saying goodbye to Reggie from Scott Aukerman.

-We went behind the scenes of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.

-We got back into the spy game with Archer’s executive producer Matt Thompson.

-We addressed the problem with Poehler and Fey’s Golden Globes Cosby joke.

-We broke down how Chris Rock made the personal impersonal in Top Five.

-We had the winners and losers of this year’s Golden Globes.

-VH1 Classic will air a 433-hour SNL marathon starting January 28th.

-We looked NBC's journey and ultimate failure to find the next Friends. READ MORE

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What's on TV This Week: The Final Seasons of 'Parks and Rec' and 'Kroll Show' Begin

parksandrec_S7What a week for TV! Monday kicks off the action with Kathy Griffin taking the reins of E!’s Fashion Police. The season five premiere marks the first episode without Griffin’s mentor, the late Joan Rivers. Tuesday the final seasons of Parks and Recreation and The Kroll Show premiere on their respected networks. Wednesday, Comedy Central premieres season two of Broad City and season five of Workaholics. On Thursday, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premieres season ten followed by the new show Man Seeking Woman starring Jay Baruchel. And finally, Kevin Hart will host SNL on Saturday.

In late night, Adam Devine, Larry David, and Johnny Beehner will be on Letterman, and Josh Gad, Jay Baruchel, and Kevin Hart are on Fallon. A new show, The Talk will temporarily take place of The Late Late Show, and will have guests Retta and George Lopez this week. Meyers has guests Casey Wilson, Carrie Brownstein, and Phoebe Robinson while Conan welcomes Fred Armisen, Blake Anderson, and Simon Amstell.

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This Week in Comedy: 'Mr. Show' and 'Wet Hot American Summer' Are Coming Back

mr_show_2015-Netflix confirmed that it's ordered a limited eight-episode Wet Hot American Summer series.

-A Mr. Show reunion will tape in March for HBO, Grace Helbig’s new E! hybrid comedy/talk show premieres in April, Judd Apatow’s 25-year-old Simpsons episode premieres Sunday, Amazon’s next round of pilots premieres next week, Melissa McCarthy’s Michelle Darnell premieres in April 2016, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premieres on Netflix March 6th.

-We looked at Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback and what it really means to be a “difficult” woman on TV.

-HBO renewed Girls for a fifth season, ABC Family ordered two single-cam comedy pilots, Hulu renewed Paul Scheer’s Hotwives for a second season, NatGeo ordered docu-comedy History of the World from Silicon Valley creators, LL Cool J will host Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle produced by Jimmy Fallon, Showtime announced the return dates for Episode and Web Therapy, Fox renewed Bob’s Burgers for a sixth season, NatGeo ordered a late night talk show hosted by deGrasse Tyson, and HBO ordered a standup special from Tig Notaro. READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Adam McKay Becomes '70s Movie Producer Alan Marlowe

adam_mckayThe comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

The New Hollywood Podcast - Alan Marlowe & Adam McKay
the new hollywood podcastMarc: Podcasting once again shows off its prowess as a medium that’s versatile enough to pull off the unexpected without a whole lot of hassle and difficulty this week with two adjacent episodes of The New Hollywood Podcast, hosted by Brian Flaherty, that both dropped this week. Monday’s installment was short – just 15 minutes – and featured Flaherty’s interview with '70s movie producer and schlockmeister Alan Marlowe. You might remember some of his forgettable films like The Sins Of Elmira, An Arrangement of Marriage and Flowers and Eddie The Mute. The jig is up, as the mugs used to say, in Wednesday’s episode, when Flaherty reveals that Marlowe was portrayed by Adam McKay, who is then interviewed for 40 minutes in the latter installment. It’s a zany example of a show cross-promoting itself. I exchanged emails with Flaherty, who revealed how the idea came about: “I had an idea to do a bit with him (McKay) because my show is primarily older guys from the '70s,” Flaherty responded. “So he pretended he was this '70s producer character and did about 12 to 15 minutes of pure comic improv genius.” McKay’s Marlowe is pretty seamless improv – for those familiar with Andy Daly’s sleazy producer character Don DeMello from Comedy Bang! Bang!, there’s a certain similarity – and his turn as himself is a chance to catch some fascinating backstory from before he and comedy companion Will Ferrell hit the big time. He even catches listeners up on what’s going on with his daughter, Pearl, made famous in web video form as Ferrell’s irate, 2-year-old landlord on Funny Or Die. READ MORE

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What's on TV This Week: 'Portlandia' and 'Girls' Kick Off Their New Seasons

girls-season-4It's the new year, and many of TV's best shows are back on the roster. Portlandia premieres its fifth season Thursday with a flashback to 1991, and Girls premieres season four on Sunday night. Also this week, the new series Togetherness premieres on HBO, and @midnight moves to 11:30 pm for the next two weeks.

In late night, Drew Carey will guest host The Late Late Show with guests Eric Idle, Lachlan Patterson, Ryan Hamilton, Jessica St. Clair, and Povitsky. Letterman has Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Peretti, and Michael Somerville while Fallon has Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and Patton Oswalt. Oswalt also stops in to see Meyers, and Nick Kroll is a guest on Kimmel. Conan welcomes Donald Faison, Joe Lo Truglio, Anna Faris, and Allison Janney.

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This Week in Comedy: A North Korean-Dictated Week in Comedy

theinterview-Sony cancelled the release of The Interview after violence was threatened.

-We talked to standup Dan Soder aboutthe importance of originality.

-John Hodgman took us inside his secret society.

-We looked into how Tami Nelson and Chris Trew, founders of The New Movement, built a comedy scene from scratch in New Orleans.

-The Drawn Together creators are making a sitcom/hidden camera hybrid series, Broken Lizard’s Quality Time lands a pilot order at TBS, The Chris Gethard Show is headed to cable, HBO ordered a comedy pilot starring Sarah Silverman, and David Fincher is developing an HBO comedy about making music videos in the 80.

-This week’s great SNL featured host Martin Freeman, and we broke down the best and worst sketches of the night. READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Jenny Slate Delights On 'WTF'

jenny_slateThe comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

WTF with Marc Maron - Jenny Slate
WTF_with_Marc_MaronLeigh: This week's episode of WTF with Marc Maron is so good, I'm still coming down from a contact high, which can only be attributed to Jenny Slate's incredibly delightful energy. On top of that she's got the most hilarious and refreshing perspective on things. Take aging, for instance. I don't think you'll hear too many people talk about how they look forward to the day their hair is 100 feet long and their skin is like bark. If you've ever read or heard any interview with Slate, it seems like it's not only mandatory for the interviewer to bring up her departure from SNL, but also make a joke about how she must get asked about it all the time. And, you can usually see the question coming from a mile away. This time, however, when the topic of her time at SNL comes up so naturally it's the story of how she got hired that she shares. It's a very moving story and Slate even gets a little emotional. As a listener, I dare you to not get overwhelmed with feelings. It's great to hear Maron and Slate talk about people she admired growing up, like Ruth Gordon, Madeline Kahn, Gilda Radner, and Laraine Newman, who she describes as "women that have a cool style and can't be replaced." After her success with Obvious Child, Marcel the Shell, and the fact that she's on just about every TV show right now, it's safe to say Slate herself is most definitely a woman with a cool style who can't be replaced. Maron sums it up best at the end of the episode: "How can you not love her?" READ MORE

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What's On TV This Week: The End of 'The Colbert Report'

colbertThe biggest event on TV this week is a sad one: the end of The Colbert Report and a goodbye to the "Stephen Colbert" character. The final episode airs Thursday night, and as his final guest Colbert welcomes "Grimmy", his lifelong friend. Sounds like things could get a lil dark.

That's not the only goodbye this week: Friday, Craig Ferguson says farewell on his last Late Late Show with guest Jay Leno. Also that night, The Birthday Boys wrap up season 2 with sketches based off of their favorite summer. And on Saturday, be sure to catch Amy Adams host SNL.

Elsewhere in late night, The Daily Show has guest Chris Rock, Letterman has guests Rosie O'Donnell, Jeff Altman, and Jay Thomas, while Fallon is visited by James Franco and Seth Rogen, Nick Offerman, Ben Stiller, and Damon Wayans. Lisa Kudrow, Eric Andre, Dick Van Dyke, Jenny Slate, and Sebastian Maniscalco stop by Conan, and Tracy Ullman is on Kimmel. Seth Rogen will also be on Late Night with Seth Meyers as well as James Corden, Vanessa Bayer, and Greg Warren.

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This Week in Comedy: Reggie Watts Is Headed to 'Late Late Show'

reggie_watts_19-Reggie Watts was named the bandleader for James Corden's Late Late Show.

-Tom Scharpling talked with us about the new Best Show.

-We dove deep into PFFR's insane trilogy of ignorance, which just wrapped up with the season finale of The Heart, She Holler.

-Cameron Crowe’s Showtime pilot Roadies adds Luke Wilson and more to the cast, Amy Schumer is producing a Comedy Central pilot starring Rachel Feinstein, Showtime is developing a corporate espionage comedy, Sony is reportedly developing an animated Spider-Man comedy and 23 Jump Street/Men in Black crossover, ABC cast Justin Long in a semi-improvised comedy Irreversible, and Dan Fogelman is producing an NBA-set comedy for ABC.

-FX renewed The League for a seventh and final season, USA renewed Playing House for a second season, truTV renewed Friends of the People for a second season, and Adult Swim renewed Black Jesus, Mike Tyson Mysteries, and Mr. Pickles.

-We rounded up ten weird and wonderful recently cut SNL sketches. READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Chris Rock and John Cleese Hit the 'Bullseye’

rock_cleeseThe comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn - Chris Rock and John Cleese
bullseyeMarc: The guests that pass through the portals of Bullseye with Jesse Thorn run the gamut of show business and the conversations can get serious. Still, given the host’s comedy connections, no one would debate that his show counts as a comedy podcast. This week offers two insightful chats, the first with Chris Rock upon the debut of his latest film Top Five. Thorn delves into the similarities between the lead character, played by Rock, who is a comedian turned movie star, and Rock’s real life as a comedian turned…movie-kinda-star. Thorne also talks to the delightful John Cleese of Monty Python fame, who just published his memoir So, Anyway. Cleese amusingly reveals the truth behind what brought he and the remaining members of Python together for their reunion in London last summer: A legal settlement of $800K against the cast. Solution: Put on a show! In between the two chats, in a segment called "I Wish I’d Made That," is Comedy Bang! Bang!’s Scott Aukerman waxing wistfully about TV’s quirky Twin Peaks series. Finally, Thorne closes the show talking about the triumph of Amazon’s video series Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor. At one hour and 14 minutes this week, Bullseye serves up one hell of a show. READ MORE