behind the scenes

How Black-ish’s Prince Tribute Episode Came Together

“We were all Prince fans. We would have done 20 or 30 songs if we had the time,” says Black-ish showrunner Kenny Smith.
comics to watch

38 Comedians You Should and Will Know

Here are the comedians, duos, and groups you’ll want to keep an eye on next year.
documentaries

Cracked Up Dives Deep Into the Mind and Work of Darrell Hammond

Here are the most fascinating things we learned from the new documentary.
  1. behind the scenes
    How Black-ish’s Prince Tribute Episode Came Together“We were all Prince fans. We would have done 20 or 30 songs if we had the time,” says Black-ish showrunner Kenny Smith.
  2. late night wars
    Colbert Just Scored a Key Ratings Win Over FallonThe late-night wars rage on.
  3. comics to watch
    38 Comedians You Should and Will KnowHere are the comedians, duos, and groups you’ll want to keep an eye on next year.
  4. trailer mix
    Those Who Can’t Season 3 Premieres on TruTV in JanuaryPatton Oswalt, Rhea Butcher, and many more show up in the new trailer.
  5. returning shows
    Comedy Central’s Corporate and Drunk History Return in JanuaryBoth shows are back Tuesday, January 15.
  6. throwbacks
    Stan Lee and Conan O’Brien Talk Celebrity Obituaries in Classic Late Night Clip“I would love to think somewhere my obituary is in a file somewhere.”
  7. documentaries
    Cracked Up Dives Deep Into the Mind and Work of Darrell HammondHere are the most fascinating things we learned from the new documentary.
  8. last night on late night
    Jimmy Kimmel Exposes Rest of Innocent Nation to Trumpy BearTrumpy Bear is a bear that is also Donald Trump.
  9. the industry
    David Spade to Star in Diablo Cody’s New Comedy, Currently in Development at HBOThe actor will play a former ‘90s grunge rocker living life after recovering from heroin addiction.
  10. holiday specials
    Samantha Bee Will Host a Full Frontal Holiday SpecialChristmas on I.C.E. airs December 19 on TBS.
  11. good one podcast
    How a Kenan Thompson SNL Impression Comes TogetherOn this week’s Good One podcast, Kenan Thompson and his longtime SNL collaborator discuss creating characters out of impressions.
  12. snl
    Luke Null Looks Back on His Very Short Time at Saturday Night Live“I couldn’t be happier they made the mistake of hiring me.”
  13. easter eggs
    Holy Fork, Did You Spot Li’l Sebastian on The Good Place?The Parks and Recreation icon paid an afterlife visit to Michael’s neighborhood.
  14. snl
    Go to Your Man Cave and Watch SNL’s Delightfully Weird ‘House Hunters’ SketchLiev Schreiber and Leslie Jones check out some truly strange homes.
  15. two critics one show
    Is Mike Birbiglia’s The New One a Broadway Show or Standup? Our Critics Discuss.Sara Holdren and Jesse David Fox compare notes.
  16. last night on late night
    Kate McKinnon’s SNL Alien Sketch Returns; Guess the Moment Liev Schreiber BreaksThe manspreading, the cigarette, the icon.
  17. last night on late night
    That White House Press Intern Goes Through a Real Power Trip on SNLHow many microphones does she have to confiscate?
  18. last night on late night
    SNL’s Jeff Sessions Gets a Fitting Farewell Gift From the PresidentBecause it’s gross.
  19. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Liev Schreiber Has a Case of the GigglesEven the Ray Donovan star is “a little surprised” to be hosting.
  20. last night on late night
    Lil Wayne and Future Join SNL Cast to Rap About Consent in ‘Permission’We out here learning.
  21. on comedy
    How John Oliver and Last Week Tonight Choose What Stories to CoverAs revealed during Oliver’s appearance on Scott Rogowsky’s live comedy talk show.
  22. bubble bath
    The Story Behind That Big Mouth ‘Bubble Bath’ Remix That Blew Up the Other DayThe creator of the song, Dizzy Rambunctious, explains its creation and how Netflix caught on to it.
  23. in development
    Vanessa Bayer Might Get Her Own Comedy Series at ShowtimeMichael Showalter, Jessi Klein, and former SNL writer Jeremy Beiler are all involved.
  24. this week in late night
    A British Invasion on Late Night, Just in Time for the MidtermsEvery late-night guest this week was either a political analyst from MSNBC or a charming rogue from across the pond.
  25. stand-up
    Insecure’s Amanda Seales to Make Her HBO Stand-up Debut Next YearTitled I Be Knowin’.
  26. follow friday
    Rebecca O’Neal Uses Twitter to Diagram Her JokesTalking tweets with the Brooklyn-based writer and comedian.
  27. vulture lists
    The Best Hidden Jokes and Easter Eggs in The Good Place Season 3Prepare yourself for a tremendous number of puns.
  28. movie review
    Jason Mantzoukas Steals The Long Dumb RoadWhere we might expect escalating lunacy, Mantzoukas and director Hannah Fidell bring … something else.
  29. decisions
    Why Lisa Lampanelli Quit Stand-up to Become a Life Coach“I want to say literally what’s on my mind. I don’t want to be misunderstood ever again.”
  30. snl
    Lil Wayne Shows Off His Liev Schreiber Impression in Latest SNL PromoIt’s uncanny.
  31. overnights
    Murphy Brown Recap: Nighttime Is the Right TimeWith this light, smart, cameo-filled episode, the Murphy Brown revival finally becomes the show we all wanted it to be.
  32. animals
    The Good Place’s Lizard Is a ‘Moody’ Improv MasterMuch to the delight of Kristen Bell.
  33. party report
    Conan O’Brien Doesn’t Want to ‘Kill Time’ With His New Half-Hour ShowO’Brien returns to TBS next year with a much slimmer late-night show … and more freedom to do what he wants.
  34. tv review
    Sally4Ever Is an Unbridled Squirm FestEveryone on this HBO show is awful. This will either amuse you or drive you crazy.
  35. this week in comedy podcasts
    This Week in Comedy Podcasts: HDTGM Celebrates 200 EpisodesIt’s time for some very funny podcast episodes.
  36. podcasts
    Conan O’Brien’s Podcast to Feature Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, and MoreLots of friends.
  37. last night on late night
    Jimmy Kimmel Asks Dennis Miller: ‘What Happened to You?’“I think it’s weird for a comedian to be conservative — unusual, I should say.”
  38. last night on late night
    Eddie Redmayne Did Real Magic on The Tonight ShowNo, real magic, like, for real.
  39. last night on late night
    Technically, Amber Ruffin Does Have CounterpointsSure, most of them are Wonder Years references, but still.
  40. behind the scenes
    How It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Pulled Off Mac’s Jaw-dropping DanceNo joke: Rob McElhenney spent seven months training, lifting weights, and rehearsing for Sunny’s finale dance surprise.
  41. snl
    Steve Carell Returns to Host SNL Next WeekCarell will host on November 17 with musical guest Ella Mai.
  42. snl
    Liev Schreiber’s Saturday Night Live Promo Is Extremely UnsettlingWe’re concerned!
  43. broadway
    Alec Baldwin Gets a Gig Reading Celebrity Books on BroadwayRachel Dratch, Antoni Porowski, Lewis Black, and more will also perform.
  44. documentaries
    Meet the 1970s Guerillas Who Helped Kick-start DIY Video ComedyDecades before smartphones and YouTube made producing videos easy, there was TVTV.
  45. politics
    Hasan Minhaj Reveals How Bill Clinton Inspired Him to Create Patriot Act“I remember standing there and being like, ‘Bill, I hate to tell you this … I don’t know any terrorists.”
  46. sketch comedy
    The Baroness von Sketch Stars Reveal Their Favorite SketchesThe IFC sketch-comedy stars choose their favorite sketches (and favorite Muppets).
  47. midterms
    Borat Appeared on Kimmel Last Night to Save Democracy … Not!“I am a racist and it’s nice!”
  48. last night on late night
    Colbert Unifies Us Inside the Sinking Submarine That Is AmericaJust a reminder: there’s no escape for any of us.
  49. funny games
    A Brief Comedy History of the Beastie Boys“Our main goal was really just to crack each other up.”
  50. last night on late night
    Watch Seth Meyers Try Out His Impression of Barack Obama Doing Stand-upIt’s a whole monologue about … bags.
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