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  • This Week In Comedy: Labor of a season

    This weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer. So it means one last chance to have a summer fling or sing a Grease song about it, that’s what the kids are doing these days right?

    - The week started off with a lot of Emmy chatter, we made some early predictions then broke down where the funny parts were.

    - John Oliver took pinatas to the toolshed.

    - We learned that Mike Epps will play Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic. The world was saved from another thing with Nick Cannon in it.

    - We learned that Mark Normand still has it, in fact, he never lost it.

    - We got teased by Girls. Read More

    Watch the trailer for Dan Harmon’s documentary, “Harmontown

    Who is Dan Harmon? Well, he’s a writer and the host of the popular podcast, Harmontown, but you probably know him from being fired from Community (the show he created). After the firing mess, Harmon took his live show/podcast on tour around the country and filmed it for a documentary. Sarah Silverman, Joel McHale, Ken Jeong, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, John Oliver and more appear in the trailer for Harmontown that was released this week. Harmontown hits theaters and VOD on October 3rd.

    Bonnie McFarlane on Letterman, “You can be anything you want to be if you’re a man”

    Hot off the release of her documentary, Women Aren’t Funny, Bonnie McFarlane visited Late Show with David Letterman last night as the guest comic. McFarlane admitted a deep dark secret to the audience… she’s vegan. Not the strictest vegan though, but still. McFarlane went on to talk about her inability to recognize faces, waiting for her husband’s death (watch out Vos), her daughter, and the pitfalls of a shopping addiction. Check it out.

    The trailer for Jon Stewart’s movie “Rosewater” has arrived

    Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater is set to release on November 7th. Last summer, Stewart took a summer hiatus from The Daily Show to go direct the film. John Oliver took over TDS hosting duties in Stewart’s absence.

    The movie is based on the journalist Maziar Bahiri’s book, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity And Survival. In 2009, Bahiri was covering an intense Iranian Presidential election. Because of his reporting on the protests of the election, he was captured, tortured and interrogated by an Iranian group led by a man calling himself “Rosewater,” the name which the movie got its title. Bahiri spent 118 days in captivity away from his pregnant wife. Read More

    #TBT when Cory Loykasek helped Donny Divanian prepare for a big date

    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.

    When reminiscing about catching the show Happy House at last year’s New York Comedy Festival, I remembered this great sketch, “My Roommate, My Friend (Episode 2).” Created by sketch group The Dress Up Gang, Cory Loykasek and Donny Divanian star as roommates that have more of a father/son relationship with each other. When poor Donny gets denied access to a club for wearing his favorite yellow t-shirt, good-guy Cory swoops in to cheer him up. The subtly  in this sketch is amazing; from Donny’s innocent sexts, to the juxtaposition of the video’s dramatic directorial style, this sketch is just as great as I remembered.

    FOX buys comedy pilot based on Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo’s life

    Well this looks interesting. According to Deadline, the Fox network has bought a new comedy pilot from Psych creator Steve Franks that will be based off of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo’s life. Entitled DeTour, the single camera comedy “centers on a thirtysomething rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success.”

    Cuomo is a Harvard grad, having attended the Ivy League school off and on from 1995 to 2006. The pilot will be largely based his last years earning his English degree after taking a sabbatical from his music career. I wonder if Franks and Cuomo have seen The Undone Sweaters. Let’s line up some auditions for Jim Tews, Andrew Short, and Reid Faylor.

    Jon Stewart criticizes ESPN’s cringe-worthy coverage of Michael Sam

    Michael Sam has been making headlines as he competes for a spot on the St.Louis Rams’ roster this season as the NFL’s first openly gay player. He sacked obnoxious Johnny Manziel last week and had a great game, but screw all that relevant sh*t, let’s talk about his… showering habits. Sadly, that’s the subject ESPN is fixating on. Enter Jon Stewart. On The Daily Show, Stewart does a wonderful job of criticizing ESPN’s coverage of Sam, while correspondent Samantha Bee sets the record straight about what’s going on in the locker room. “There’s no grab-a**, no dick-snaps, no ball-cupping. None of the locker room behavior or normal, heterosexual NFL players.”