With the US election looming, it’s important to keep this in mind: Laughing at politicians is an essential part of democracy. Especially when it’s Mitt Romney.
The rest of this week’s top comedy videos, including some still spooky Halloween-themed fun, can be found over at Splitsider.
Other highlights from the week in comedy:
- Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman did their shows without audiences for a night because of Hurricane Sandy wreaking havoc across the Northeast, while Bill Hader and this weekend’s host Louis CK promised that SNL will go on.
- Adult Swim picked up Dan Harmon’s new series Rick & Morty, while his old series, Community, finally got a premiere date (February 7th).
- A premiere date for Arrested Development was also set (April 2013).
- Letterman did Kimmel, Leno did Ferguson, and Stewart and Colbert also did Kimmel.
- NBC is turning Up All Night into a three-camera sitcom with a live audience and deciding against making a Dwight Schrute Office spin-off.
- We broke down the comedy of MST3K and the band Ween.
- We interviewed Kristen Schaal, stand-up Taylor Williamson, Happy Endings stars Adam Pally and Casey Wilson, Daily Show producers Tim Greenberg, Miles Kahn, and Stu Miller, women in comedy author Yael Kohen, and Nature Calls co-stars Patton Oswalt and Rob Riggle.
- We dug up Chevy Chase’s weird 1980 musical comedy album and the Freaks and Geeks audition tapes.
- We looked at the technological advances of comedy trailblazers Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Jerry Lewis and Louis C.K.
- We watched justly cancelled sitcom Work It and the comedy school documentary Finding the Funny.
- We examined 10 other sitcom spin-offs, besides Dwight Schrute’s The Farm, including planned shows about Krusty the Clown, Phoebe from Friends and Norm & Cliff from Cheers.
- We Follow Fridayed @Justin Shane.
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