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  • Learn more about Kurt Braunohler and Joe Zimmerman behind-the-scenes of “The Half Hour”


    Tomorrow marks the end of season three of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour. This summer is going out with a bang with thirty-minute specials from Kurt Braunohler and Joe Zimmerman. While you’re sitting there staring at your TV, anxiously awaiting these specials, take a second to learn more about the comics in these behind-the-scenes web exclusives from CC and director Scott Moran. Braunohler talks about his start in Brooklyn doing improv and his stint working as the dumbest computer tech support.

    Braunohler’s special airs Friday at midnight, with Zimmerman’s airing right after at 12:30am. Zimmerman talks about his start doing comedy in North Carolina and the worst gig he (or maybe any comedian) has ever done. Read More

    Watch a teaser for the 12-day Simpsons marathon on FXX


    About a year ago it was announced that The Simpsons was going to be syndicated to networks outside of FOX affiliates. A few days ago FXX announced that it has acquired all 24 seasons of the show and will run a massive 12-day marathon of every episode ever beginning August 12th to launch the show on its network along with an interactive app. Massive. Today, FXX revved up the promo machine and released this teaser for the marathon, the world as we know it might never recover.

    Reggie Watts sings a song about a horse on Conan (video)


    There’s so much to learn from this clip. First off, the awesomely talented Reggie Watts was a guest on Conan last night. Watts was there to promote a new album we know nothing about called Scarves & Cabbages. Third his backup players on this video clip are none other than ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Coheed And Cambria’s Travis Stever. Forth, the song is about a horse.

    I am all over the place with this information overload.

    FX renews “Louie” for a seven episode fifth season


    Announced at their summer TCA, FX has renewed Louis CK’s Louie for its fifth season. This really comes as no surprise as Louie has been a huge fan favorite and critically acclaimed series since its debut, and has racked up plenty of award nominations including two Emmy wins. It’s fourth season alone racked up five Emmy noms this year.

    Louie’s fourth season was once again groundbreaking. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking — always thought provoking,” said John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks & FX Productions. “The show went to narrative and cinematic places no comedy has gone before and we look forward to seeing what Louis comes up with next.”

    According to Variety, Louie will return with a seven-episode season in spring 2015.

    John Oliver and his puppet pals explain America’s broken prison system


    John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight has been a brilliant addition to late night television. On Sunday, Oliver discussed something that is not often talked about: America’s broken prison system. So many Americans are incarcerated every year that Sesame Street feels the need to teach children about it. Speaking of which, Oliver himself needed some help from his puppet friends to explain prisons (and zoos) himself.

    John Mulaney and Nasim Pedrad talk their departure from “Saturday Night Live” for “Mulaney” sitcom


    MulaneyThis weekend was the Television Critics Association there was a panel about John Mulaney’s upcoming sitcom (set to premiere Oct 5th). While there were many questions asked and talked about, two of the best takeaways from the Mulaney panel were critics are already comparing the show to another stand-up sitcom, Seinfeld.

    Mulaney exec producer/director Andy Ackerman, has directed nearly 90 episodes of Seinfeld and was asked to discuss the similarities. After turning to Mulaney and murmuring, “You’re no Jerry Seinfeld,” he then turned to the critics and said, “This is a cast I’m really excited about… I had the privilege to work with that great cast, and I see so many similarities in terms of the chemistry. And we have an opportunity to take John’s voice, and what he’s doing I’m really excited about… and if I have any small percent of that success I’d be thrilled.” Mulaney also stated “The biggest revelation to me was seeing the strength of the ensemble,” he later stated that things really start to come together by episode 6. “This is a very potent weapon.”

    Also discussed was the official confirmation that Nasim Pedrad was no longer on SNL. While she heavily alluded to this news a while back, it was confirmed this weekend. “Obviously there’s nothing like that show and I was lucky to be there for five years,” Pedrad stated, adding, “At some point you have to leave, and I can’t think of a better reason to leave than for this particular show and this particular cast.” When asked is she would’ve stayed at SNL if Mulaney hadn’t come along, “Yeah, had it not been for this show. Look, at the end of the day, these are two shows filming at the same time on opposite coasts. It wouldn’t have been practical to stay there,” she said. “I don’t think it’s that common to get this kind of group together, and having experienced working with John at SNL, I couldn’t be more confident in his ability to write and star in a sitcom like this, truly.”

    Watch the trailer for Adult Swim’s “Black Jesus”


    From the mind of Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, comes Adult Swim’s new live-action show Black Jesus. Today, Adult Swim released the trailer for the series that will air on Thursday, August 7th at 11pm. Black Jesus stars newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson as Jesus Christ, living in present day Compton. The series also stars Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, John Witherspoon, and Fred Willard. McGruder’s been on a roll lately with the new show, the return of The Boondocks, and his recent development deal to create another pilot for Adult Swim.

    “Whose Line Is It Anyway” renewed for a third season by the CW


    The newest, re-vamped edition of the improv game show Whose Line Is It Anyway has been renewed by the CW for a third season. According to THR,  the current cast of Aisha Tyler, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady will return in 2015 for a 24 episode run.

    The CW revived the show, originally helmed by Drew Carey, after its six year run on ABC and ABC Family. This will be the show’s eleventh season total. CW is reportedly attempting to use the series as a “building block” for a potential comedy line-up on the network [insert "yes, and" joke here].