This week was chock-full of short glimpses into the future. We watched trailers for Portlandia, Comedians Getting Coffee in Cars, and Chelsea Peretti’s upcoming Netflix special One of the Greats, saw a snippet of how Chris Rock’ return to Saturday Night Live might go, and got hyped for next week’s new albums from Nick Vatterott and Cristela Alonzo. Of course, lots of laughs were had in the present day too!
– John Oliver got the week rolling with a sociopolitically-tinged bit that could’ve only come from Last Week Tonight: his suggested response to the massive oversaturation of sugar in our foods is for consumers to tweet the hashtag #ShowUsYourPeanuts to food corporations.
– Although we had lots of future insight this week, there were also cancellations scattered about, with the brand-new ABC sitcom Manhattan Love Story coming to a quick finish.
– Chelsea Peretti’s just-around-the-corner Netflix special One of the Greats looks like it’ll be, er, one of the greats.
– Tired? Let LeVar Burton tell you to “go the f*ck to sleep.”
– Amazon continues to dip its feet into new pools, and its newest purchase of Rooftop Media, which records stand-up sets and goes through all the legal paths to make them consumer-accessible, is no exception. Other big names already involved with Rooftop include SiriusXM and Pandora.
– Amy Poehler hit two different late night shows this week, each time delivering just as much laughter as should be expected from her. She first stopped by Late Show with David Letterman, where she outlined exactly how she’d like the hotly anticipated seventh and final season of Parks and Recreation to end. In her return to Late Night with Seth Meyers the next night, she remembered not remembering her first few run-ins with the titular host, despite how tightly they worked together on Saturday Night Live.
– Chris Rock is a veteran SNL alum, but he’d been gone from the show since 1996 until his promos for the episode he’ll host on Saturday appeared this week.
– Here’s a different kind of Rock. 30 Rock is pretty much undisputed as one of the best TV sitcoms of the last many years, so Fox’s choice to pick up a supernatural comedy from Colleen McGuinness, a 30 Rock writer, is equal parts smart and exciting.
– Robert Kelly is a friend of The Laugh Button, so we were glad to learn this week that Comedy Central will broadcast his special Robert Kelly: Live At The Village Underground nationwide. The special was recorded early this past summer, and will hit American TVs in January, a time gap worth all the waiting.
– Pretty big news here: Paul Reubens, perhaps better known as Pee Wee Herman, will reprise his fictional role in a new movie that Judd Apatow will begin producing in February of next year.
– Aside from Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk is busy touring his new book, A Load of Hooey. Even with the chaos of his current schedule, though, he still managed to swing by Conan to read a small bit of the book, and did so in an especially funny press conference format.
– Jason Reitman this week announced a transition from the big screen to the small one with his sale of a dysfunctional family comedy to online TV streaming service Hulu. Although this certainly won’t be the first sitcom sent directly to a web streaming platform, it’s definitely something to get excited for next year.
– The fifth season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is right around the corner now! But if you just can’t wait any more, which is understandable for anything Jerry Seinfeld does, there’s a trailer for it up on YouTube right now.
– For a preview of something a bit farther into the future, check out Portlandia‘s Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen as a moribund goth couple in a hilarious trailer for Season 5.
– Every week has its Thursday, and every Thursday has its throwback. This week, we hopped in our handy time machine and took a trip back three years. What we found was a testament to how funny Ilana Glazer once was, and continues to be today: she and Danny Jolles crossing lines with a guessing game is as funny now as it was then.
– Arrested Development‘s return from the (prematurely) dead for its fourth season divided longtime fans. Would some of the less impressed viewers be swayed if the season were recut in chronological order? Mitch Hurwitz is taking the answer into his own hands, as he’ll be doing exactly that.
– A small sector of comedy fans still haven’t learned how to interact with comedians in front of their kids. It was a problem Dave Chappelle endured after the success of his self-titled show’s recurring skit “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories”, and it’s one Ken Marino is seeing now. Even though his claim-to-fame sketch show The State is an early 90s relic, he’s still got fans running up to him and shouting “I wanna dip my balls in it!” during his family time. Unlike Chappelle, whose strategy to counteract this problem was to retreat from the public eye entirely, Marino instead spoke about it freely on Late Night With Seth Meyers this week.