This Week in Comedy: ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ and ‘The Birthday Boys’ Return

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-We took a look at the TV networks’ comedy depth charts; we examined which network offers the most in quantity, which offer the most in quality, and who’s taking the biggest risks.

-We talked with Dane Cook about his standup evolution, joke theft allegations, and the “comedy purists” who love to hate him.

-We took at look at how Mad Libs are written.

-Upright Citizens Brigade announced the grand opening of UCB Theatre Sunset in LA.

-We spoke with the free-wheeling Todd Glass.

-Neil Patrick Harris will host the Oscars next year.

-Scott Aukerman told us all about the evolution of Comedy Bang! Bang!

-Three of The Birthday Boys shared how they all found their footing in the shows second season.

-Bill Hader delivered a masterful performance hosting SNL and we broke down the best and worst sketches of the night.

-Christina Hendricks from Mad Men joined Natasha and Leggero and Riki Lindhome’s Another Period.

-Lena Dunham said she plans to adapt and possibly direct the YA novel Catherine, Called Birdy for the big screen.

-SNL writer Chris Kelly’s directorial debut will star Jesse Plemons and Sissy Spacek.

-Bill Murray will sing Christmas carols in a Sofia Coppola-directed TV special.

-SNL announced that Chris Rock will host November 1st with musical guest Prince.

-Ride Along producer Will Packer and Armie Hammer are both developing autobiographical comedies for NBC, Chris O’Dowd is adapting his sitcom Moone Boy for ABC, and Rob Lowe, Pete Huyck, and Alex Gregory are developing a father comedy for NBC.

-This week in web videos took a look at the delightful web series Roomsies.

-Our Second City Archives featured Bill Murray’s very first performance as Nick the Lounge Singer.

-Robin Thede was announced as head writer to The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore.

-The Eric Andre Show’s third season premieres on adult swim November 6th.

-Rob McElhenney will make his feature directorial debut with family film Figment.

-Bad Judge’s Tone Bell sold a comedy to FX.

-This week in comedy podcasts we highlighted the most noteworthy podcasts of the week that included Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast where he and Weird Al delivered a punch to the gut.

-Billy Eichner will guest star on New Girl in December.

And now your top five web videos of the week:

Metal Grasshopper with Philip H. Anselmo & Dave Hill: Episode One “Origins”

Women - Amazon.com

Pocketwatch - Israel Mother-Daughter Talk

Megan Amram - Let’s Get Physics Y’All

CH2 - Girl in A Horror Movie Who Also Loves Pizza