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What's on TV This Week: The All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special

broadcity-xmasForget Thanksgiving, it’s already Christmas time at Comedy Central — and of course, there’s something for everyone. Thanksgiving night the network premieres its first ever All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special that runs through Sunday. The all-encompassing show will feature Stephen Colbert, Nick Kroll, Nathan Fielder, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson as well as Key and Peele who in the promo, broke down the meaning of Kwanzaa (it’s worth watching). Also, Tuesday night the network is giving a sneak peek of the new show Big Time in Hollywood, FL. The series is executively produced by Ben Stiller and is about brothers and self-proclaimed filmmakers who are kicked out of their parents’ home and forced to face reality. And if you’re looking for more new shows, be sure to catch Comedy Bang! Bang!, The Birthday Boys, New Girl, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

In late night, Seth Meyers is getting into the holiday spirit–members of his family will be guests on his show, along with Aasif Mandvi, Jason Sudeikis, and Aubrey Plaza. Seth Rogen and Adam Resnick will be on Letterman and Erin Foley, Wayne Brady, and Jermaine Fowler stop by Ferguson. Kimmel has guest Mindy Kaling and Fallon has Tim Allen.

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This Week in Comedy: Some Cancellations, Some New Shows Born

themillers-CBS canceled The Millers, AMC passed on its first comedy pilot We Hate Paul Revere, and TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland will end after season six.

-SNL had its best episode of the season so far with host Woody Harrelson, and we broke down the show’s best sketches.

-On WTF this week John Mulaney and Marc Maron talked SNL, standup, and Mulaney.

-Austin Rodrigues thought a lot about bits.

-Rob Riggle will star in the adaptation of German sitcom Braunschlag that Fox is developing, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner’s Difficult People was ordered to series by Hulu, American Dad! was renewed by TBS for a 12th season, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore premieres on Comedy Central January 19th, Nick Stoller is writing a Tinkerbell comedy to star Melissa McCarthy, and Will Forte’s Last Man on Earth premieres on Fox on March 1st. READ MORE

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What's on TV This Week: Thanksgiving Specials to Be Thankful For

modernfamilythanksgivingThis week the Thanksgiving festivities begin. Tuesday's Marry Me has Annie trying to host Thanksgiving dinner for the first time while Wednesday's The Middle has the family taking on a buffet for their Thanksgiving meal. Continuing the theme, Modern Family's Phil cooks their turkey and enlists Luke as his sous-chef, and The Goldbergs opt out of celebrating the holiday altogether. Also new this week is Comedy Central's late night lineup. Jon Stewart visits The Colbert Report, Pete Holmes is a contestant on @midnight, and Stan Lee is pitching new super heroes on Key and PeeleSNL is live on Saturday with host Cameron Diaz.

In late night, The Horrible Bosses 2 cast takes to the late night circuit. Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day visit Letterman while Jason Bateman is on Conan and Kimmel.  And Kimmel has a big week ahead; Tuesday he reveals People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" and also has guests Jamie Foxx and John Mulaney. Conan as well has more guests, which include Key and Peele and Forrest Shaw. Russell Brand is on Meyers and Fallon, and Fallon is also visited by Jon Stewart and Stephen Merchant. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson has Jane Lynch and a performance by Frank Nicotero.

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This Week in Comedy: 'High Maintenance' Returns

highmaintenance-Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair talked to us about their wonderful web series High Maintenance, which started its new season this week.

-We had a guide for students on how to start their comedy career in college.

-Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant talked to us about the lasting legacy of Reno 911!

-The Community cast added Paget Brewster and Keith David to season 6; Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart will star in the buddy comedy Central Intelligence; Brooks Wheelan and Kurt Braunohler were cast in The Out of Town Wedding; Fred Armisen, Judy Greer, Selma Blair, and Billie Joe Armstrong will star in Geezer; and Nick Kroll, Tim Heidecker, Kaitlin Olson, and Michael Pena joined the Vacation reboot.

-Both Funny or Die and The Onion are for sale.

-Amazon Studios added another round of original pilots to be considered for early 2015, IFC is developing a show starring David Krumholtz as a Jewish grandmother, and you can now spy on the Netflix viewing histories of Arrested Development characters.

-IFC has teamed up with UCB and Above Average for a new online comedy hub.

-We reviewed Rosewater, Jon Stewart's directorial debut.

-UCB’s Kristen Bartlett told her story about confronting grief with humor.

-We took a closer look at Ken Finkleman and the art of being derivative.

-The Second City archives had Debra Downing and a shirtless Jack McBrayer arguing in 2000.

-Clair Phillips broke down for us the making of BedHead, a web series that took two long years to make.

-We talked to Big Jay Oakerson about his new album. READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts: 'Happy Sad Confused' and "Denzelishness"

kudrowThe 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.

Happy Sad Confused - Lisa Kudrow
happysadconfusedLeigh: While Happy Sad Confused may be one of the podcasts that has moved over to the new Wolfpop network, happy, sad and confused are also all things we've felt over the creation, loss and return of The Comeback. Lucky for us, Happy Sad Confused host Josh Horowitz sits down with Lisa Kudrow this week to talk about all of those things. The exceedingly delightful Kudrow shares how the second season came to be, what they originally had in mind for Valerie Cherish in a second season, and how the idea for the show first came about, which includes one very confusing lunch with Michael Patrick King. And don't worry, Horowitz asks about Friends too. (How could he not?) They go into how Friends was a show that perfected what a sitcom should be, but what Kudrow is drawn to now, in shows like The Comeback and Web Therapy, is working to pick that form apart and create something new. We've already waited 9 long years for the second season of The Comeback, don't waste any more time and listen to this episode. Unless of course you're watching The Comeback. READ MORE

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What's on TV This Week: New Episodes Aplenty

bdb-love-hate-dump-620x340Prepare for a week with loads of new episodes every night. Tonight on The Millers, Nathan attempts to be less self involved while Tuesday's New Girl features Nick feigning to be gay and CeCe contemplating a breast reduction. On Wednesday, one of Key and Peele's sketches has a henchman cramping a super villain's style, and Thursday night's Two and Half Men has Alan and Walden convincing a social worker they're ready to adopt. Friday the Birthday Boys explore romance in a series of sketches that range from male swingers to a married couple in need of a date. On Saturday, Woody Harrelson returns to host SNL, and on Sunday night Fox lineup is back — in The Simpsons, Bart's new teacher wants to crush his spirit and in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Jake is in charge of the precinct when it goes on lockdown Thanksgiving night.

And speaking of the night, this week in late night shows, Steve Carell, Jon Stewart, and Frank Caliendo visit Letterman, directors/producers/writers of Dumb and Dumber To, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, are on Fallon along with Tracey Ullman, while Mike Myers and Jim Carrey stop by Kimmel.  Monty Python's Eric Idle is on Ferguson as well as guests Steven Wright and Paula Poundstone and Late Night with Seth Meyers has performances from Matt Jones and Mike Lawrence.

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This Week in Comedy: Paul Scheer's Wolfpop Arrives

paul scheer large-Paul Scheer’s new podcast network Wolfpop launched on Tuesday.

-We spoke with Megan Amram about her new book Science…For Her!

-Kate Berlant told us how to embrace terror.

-HBO is developing a comedy about three brothers in Los Angeles, NBC ordered a multi-cam pilot starring Jerrod Carmichael and five additional episodes of Marry Me, and ABC is developing another autobiographical sitcom but this time with puppets.

-We got the inside scoop from Ophira Eisenberg about standup, storytelling, and radio hosting.

-Saturday Night’s Children featured the dangerous Michael O’Donoghue, SNL's first head writer.

-We took a look inside Weird Al's early work that finally emerged from the archives.

-We took you through how NBA former number-one draft pick Blake Griffin bolstered his comedy chops during his off season as an intern for Funny or Die. READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Wolfpop's Debut Shows Will Trigger Tears and Holiday Cheer

wolfpop_showsThe 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.

I Was There Too - There Will be Blood with Paul F. Tompkins
iwasthereMarc: How many podcasts can one man do? Or make that TWO men in this case of the debut episode of I Was There Too, a brand new show on the brand new Wolfpop spin-off from the Earwolf network. Hosted by Matt Gourley, familiar to comedy podcast listeners as part of Superego, co-host of James Bonding with Matt Myra, and a fixture on the Podcast Pilot Project with Andy Daly. His new show is the brainchild of Jeff Ulrich, the recently departed CEO of Earwolf, who asked Gourley if he’d shepherd in the new concept. Very simply, Gourley locates actors who were somehow connected to well-known movies or specific famous scenes in some infamous films and has them on to recount the experience. But he’s not going after the big-name leads in the films. He wants to hear from the bit part players, the extras, the walk-on schlubs who may have never had appeared in another movie again. For the show’s debut, Gourley’s tapped the hardest-working voice in podcasting (and fellow Superego castmate) Paul F. Tompkins. Tompkins is known as well for his appearances on the Thrilling Adventure HourComedy Bang! Bang!The Dead Authors Podcast, as well as the sporadically appearing Paul F. Tompkast. What he is less well-known for is this dramatic acting turn, which occurred when he was invited by director Paul Thomas Anderson to shoot two days on There Will Be Blood and delivered lines in the first scene with dialogue featuring Daniel Day Lewis. Tompkins has distinct and hilarious recollections of the pair of days on set, including what a powerful presence Lewis was: “You’ve heard how intense he is but it’s not true — he’s the most intense person on the face of the Earth.” I’m looking forward to the rather unique perspective that this show looks likely to provide. READ MORE

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What's on TV This Week: Stewart and Colbert Broadcast Live

colbertThis week The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report are live on Election Day. The Daily Show will present the “Democalypse 2014: America Remembers It Forgot to Vote” with guest Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee. And The Colbert Report presents “Midterms ‘014: Detour to Gridlock: An Exciting Thing That I Am Totally Interested In — Wait! Don’t Change the Channel…” and will feature Andrew Sullivan who writes the political blog The Dish. This week we’re also in the thick of the fall season and that means tons of new episodes from some of your favorite shows, but we do say goodbye to the third season of Gabriel Iglesias’ Standup Revolution.

In late night, Jay Leno and Jim Gaffigan visit The Tonight Show, and Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Schumer, Jeff Caldwell, and Martin Short are all on The Late Show. Howie Mandel will be on Conan while Joel McHale visits The Late Late Show, and Yvette Nicole Brown stops by Late Night. And in case you miss anything, John Oliver will give you his weekly break down Sunday, on a new episode of Last Week Tonight.

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This Week in Comedy: Something Something Spoooooky

jimcarreyhelvis-Maria Bamford gave us a look inside her weird and wonderful world.

-Amy Poehler’s new book Yes Please came out this week and we declared it the best non-self-help self-help book ever.

-Our Second City archives had Bob Odenkirk and David Pasquesi facing off in a heated political debate in 1990.

-Our SNL review broke down the best and worst sketches of a night where host Jim Carrey danced like everyone was watching.

-Phil Lord and Chris Miller are set to write The Lego Movie 2.

-We went behind the scenes of Friends of the People, truTV's new sketch show. READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts: 'Monkey Shines' Is Not a Halloween Horror Classic

scheer_monkeyThe 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.

How Did This Get Made - Monkey Shines
How Did This Get Made?Rob: In what’s becoming somewhat of a Halloween tradition, this week’s How Did This Get Made is another special guestless episode. It’s the second year in a row that you get to hear nothing but hosts Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael dissect a film that might have been a classic horror flick – had so many things not gone so terribly wrong with the movie. This time it’s Monkey Shines, written and directed by George A. Romero, which feels like an hourlong Hallmark channel drama about an athlete-turned-quadriplegic awkwardly cobbled together with a completely incompatible and insane monkey-murder exploitation film. There are plenty of things about this movie for HDTGM to dissect, from the essential expository scenes that the studio cut out (essentially making the movie incomprehensible), to the fact that the quadriplegic protagonist is not only in an '80s-length sex scene, but also the final battle to the death with the malevolent monkey. No spoilers, but as Mantzoukas puts it, that guy’s mouth can bring pleasure and pain. Not having a guest gives Mantzoukas and Raphael more time to bicker with each other, which happens a lot this episode. Especially at the end, when Raphael has a bewildering animal-ethics soapbox moment — made all the more convoluted and hilarious by Mantzoukas’ gleefully unhelpful counterpoints and questions. READ MORE

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What's on TV This Week: Halloween Episodes Ahoy

marryme-halloweenThis week on TV we've got a few more fall premieres as well as a whole slew of Halloween-themed episodes. The fourth season of 2 Broke Girls airs tonight and Thursday CBS starts its new lineup. Two and a Half Men premieres its 12th season and is sandwiched between a new episode of The Big Bang Theory and the series premiere of The McCarthys. The week finishes up with a Jimmy Kimmel Live Halloween special on Friday featuring Andy Samberg and Rosie Perez, and on Saturday Chris Rock hosts SNL.

In late night, Amy Poehler visits Meyers and Letterman. Letterman also has guests Jim Carrey and Brian Regan while Fallon has Paul Reubens. Krysten Ritter and Bob Odenkirk visit Conan, and Ferguson has guests Ray Romano and Alingon Mitra. Melissa McCarthy, Will Arnett, and Lisa Kudrow also join Kimmel throughout the week. And Sunday John Oliver gives his weekly wrap up on Last Week Tonight.

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This Week in Comedy: Leslie Jones Gets Promoted at 'SNL'

leslie-jones-snl-SNL writer Leslie Jones was made a featured player.

-We spoke with Wyatt Cenac about standup, writing, and being a puppet aficionado.

-Fox cut Mulaney's season from 16 to 13 episodes.

-We got personal with Jonathan Katz.

-ABC has loads of comedies in development. Maggie Carey, Elizabeth Banks, Tina Fey and Fortune Feimster, as well as 30 Rock alums Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, and writer/doctor Simon Stephenson all have shows in the works for the network.

-Key and Peele’s first film Keanu will be about a kidnapped cat.

-Alan Tudyk talked with us about the joy of playing idiots.

-We reviewed Jim Gaffigan’s new book, Food: A Love Story.

-Netflix ordered an animated series to be created by and star Bill Burr.

-Adam McKay revealed he rewrote the Ant-Man script with Paul Rudd.

-Megan Amram announced she is going on a Science…For Her! book tour. READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Pee-wee Herman Visits 'Nerdist'

pee_wee_hermanThe 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.

Nerdist - Paul Reubens
nerdistpodcastv2Zoe: This week, Paul Reubens visits The Nerdist to discuss the trajectory of Pee-wee Herman, from his conception at The Groundlings to the Saturday morning character on Pee-wee’s Playhouse. For those of us who grew up with Pee-wee Herman and have since become adult fans of comedy, it’s a fascinating listen. Watching these types of characters as a kid, we don’t always have the appreciation for the hard work that goes into creating these universes. If you were like me, your kid brain just kind of assumed these stories were designed with you in mind, end of story. But the more you learn about the industry itself, the more you see that these worlds are the culmination of many complicated processes, years of hard work, and acutely honed talent. Pee-wee is no exception; at The Groundlings, Reubens originally played him as a cheesy standup who would’ve gotten eaten alive at a club. He then explains how this character came to have a playhouse on an HBO special, which led to a movie (Reubens interestingly describes it as a rewrite of Pollyanna), and ultimately became a kids’ show on CBS. For an hour-long episode, it’s a very comprehensive view of the life of a character in all its incarnations. It’s so good, I forgot to recommend it. READ MORE