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  • This week in comedy: IFC brings back some shows

    The Birthday BoysThe past few weeks have seen some interesting and hilarious developments on Saturday Night Live, but with that show on a small hiatus until November 1, the late night circuit instead provided the most laughter this week. Some of today’s funniest faces popped up on Tonight Show, Conan, and Late Night With Seth Meyers, among others.

    – In the relatively small amount of SNL news currently making headlines, this past weekend’s Bill Hader-hosted SNL revealed that his most beloved character, Stefon, is pregnant…with former SNL-player-turned-late-night-host Seth Meyers’ baby. A sketch left out of the episode surfaced a couple of days later displayed Hader in tiptop comedic shape as a gossip-loving coal miner. The show will return on November 1 with Chris Rock as host and Prince as musical guest.

    – A more dystopian fiasco occurred during comedian Adam Newman’s New York set over the weekend, as flashlight-bearing police burst through the crowd to arrest someone. Where this gets really bizarre is that, when Newman tried to make jokes about the police interference, the boys in blue commanded him to “shut the f**k up!” If you don’t believe it, it’s all on video. Read More

    Wyatt Cenac talks stealing puppets and his new special on ‘Late Night

    Wyatt Cenac stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers last night to promote his new special, Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn. Cenac likes to keep it simple when it comes to naming things, like specials and tours. Cenac also has an affinity for puppets, especially the one that looks exactly like him that he stole from The Daily Show. Forget iPhone’s, puppets are the true hot commodity. Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn premieres on Netflix Tuesday, October 21st. Read More

    NBC trying to remake “The IT Crowd” (again) with Bill Lawrence

    If you are not familiar with the great British series, The IT Crowd, you need to. Especially now so you can compare the potential American remake in the works at NBC. According to Deadline, producer Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Ground Floor) is in charge of turning the series into an American multi-cam sitcom for NBC. Lawrence will team up with Community‘s Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan.

    The IT Crowd is a workplace comedy about two IT nerds stuck in the basement of a major corporation who know nothing about how to interact with people, and their newly installed, ambitious female manager, who knows nothing about computers. This will be NBC’s second attempt at an American IT Crowd. The first attempt starred Joel McHale, Jessica St. Clair, and Richard Ayoade reprising his role of Maurice Moss.

    The original series ran in the UK for four seasons and starred Ayoade, Chris O’Dowd, and Katherine Parkinson. The series earned a best comedy BAFTA, International Emmy and Golden Rose award. As a huge fan of the American Office, I’m a little bit curious to see how this comes out. However, I’ve seen NBC’s first American IT Crowd pilot and wasn’t pleased. The original trio of actors we’re so great in their roles, you really have to nail it again if you’re going to remake an already great series. We’ll see where this goes.

    Chris Rock isn’t feeling the need to be funny anymore in the trailer for “Top Five”

    The trailer for Chris Rock’s new movie has hit the web. Top Five has a bit of an autobiographical vibe to it as Rock portrays a comedian who is at the point in his career where he’s trying to possibly make a change. He’s about to get married to a Reality TV star, and he’s not sure he wants to make funny movies anymore and try something else. If we can draw real world parallels then this means he doesn’t want to make any more Grown Ups movies anymore? Read More

    Joan Rivers cause of death revealed

    Joan RiversJoan Rivers died of a therapeutic complication, according to the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office. Basically this means the official cause of death is lack of blood oxygen to the brain in a “predictable complication” of throat surgery.

    Rivers passed on September 4th after she was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, a few days after she stopped breathing while undergoing a procedure and placed in a medically induced coma.

    The findings were released today in a statement by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner: Read More

    #TBT to the time Matt Ingebretson helped Andrew Orvedahl move

    Every Thursday, TLB participates in #TBT by scrounging around the internet for precious web gems of yore. Here’s one of our favorite videos that deserve some extra attention.

    Earlier this week, Denver comedian Andrew Orvedahl made his Tonight Show, debut which reminded me of this little web gem. Another sketch from Denver’s filmmaking duo the Nix Bros., Orvedahl ropes poor Matt Ingebretson into helping him move. But hey, they make it fun! Well for a minute, at least. Let this be a warning to you: never help anyone move.

    Bill Murray voices his support of an all-female ‘Ghostbusters,’ casts the film on Letterman

    Bill Murray was a guest on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman asked Murray what he thought about the long-awaited Ghostbusters 3. While Murray isn’t a fan (as the internet is aware) of a third sequel, he did say he would go see an all-female reboot in a second. Murray then gave a list of women he’d like to see in it, with a little help from the audience. I’m all for a Wiig, McCarthy, Stone, Betty White reboot. Read More