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'Sleepwalk With Me' comedian Mike Birbiglia launching new 'Thank God for Jokes' tour -- EXCLUSIVE

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Stand-up comedian and This American Life regular Mike Birbiglia had a major breakthrough in 2012 when his film Sleepwalk With Me became a critical smash, and he followed that up with the award-winning one-man show My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (which you can stream on Netflix and will be available on CD, DVD, and iTunes on November 26). In 2014, he’s heading back out on the road again, this time on a multi-city trek he’s dubbing Thank God for Jokes.

“This is honestly the most excited I’ve been to go on tour my whole career,” Birbiglia told EW. “Well, partly because I can afford gas now and I know that my car will arrive at the venue. (Not even kidding, that’s part of it.) But also I have an hour of new material that’s not in my book or my new special or my movie or even on This American Life.”

The new tour is the result of hours of toiling in his hometown. “It’s just all fresh and new and every night that I’ve workshopped it it’s been different,” he said. “I’ve been workshopping it down the street from my apartment at Union Hall in Brooklyn, where we filmed some of Sleepwalk With Me. The show is all about jokes and life and how jokes can get you in trouble in life and how in a lot of ways you’re not even allowed to tell jokes at work or really anywhere except with your friends. And so in some ways, being on stage in front of 1,000 people telling jokes is like hanging out with 1,000 friends with the same sense of humor. And that, to me, is a profound feeling. That’s really the goal for me is that everyone experiences that feeling at my shows.”

The jaunt kicks off on January 15 in Traverse City, Michigan, and will wrap up on March 30 in Charleston, South Carolina (check out the entire list of dates and venues below). Tickets go on sale today at noon, so head over to Birbiglia’s official site for more information and to reserve your seats.
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Check out Sarah Silverman's failed NBC pilot -- VIDEO

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“This isn’t like, ‘Can you believe they didn’t pick this up?!'” Sarah Silverman says by way of introduction in the following video. “It’s like, ‘They probably did the right thing, but we liked the show.'”

Maybe you’ll like it too. The proposed series, Susan 313, starred Silverman as Susan Farrow, a recently single woman moving back into her old apartment building. The cast includes comedy bigwigs like famed standup Tig Notaro, actress/Casey Wilson’s writing partner June Diane Raphael, and Harris Wittels, the Parks and Recreation writer who coined the term “humblebrag.” Also, Jeff Goldblum is there! Also, what is perhaps a Wreck-It Ralph reference within the show’s first minute! Wait, why wasn’t this thing picked up again?

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Conan O'Brien previews hour-plus chat with the 'relentless' Mel Brooks -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Mel Brooks’ fingerprints are all over Conan O’Brien’s absurd brand of comedy — can’t you see Richard Pryor loving Triumph the Insult Comic Dog? — and the famous funnymen’s mutual respect is evident in a recent sit-down for Conan’s Serious Jibber-Jabber web series. (The full chat hits TeamCoco.com on Monday.)

EW got Conan on the phone to talk about his admiration for Brooks and what he learned during their hour-plus talk. (The Serious Jibber-Jabber tagline: “Conan O’Brien talks for a long time with interesting people.”) We also nabbed an exclusive preview clip below, in which Brooks explains why Pryor didn’t star in Blazing Saddles and how they were free to “go nuts” with the script.

Check out our interview and the clip below:
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'New Girl': Nick in a Box

Money changes people, y’all. Or perhaps love changes people? And yet… Nick got a heapin’ helpin’ of both this week and let’s be honest: Nick is who he is. Getting an $8,000 inheritance from his dearly departed Pop-Pop didn’t change him any more than an inadvertent turn as a Good Samaritan fundamentally shifted Schmidt’s moral fiber. Their actions, catharses, and struggles this week were just a blip — just like this episode.  READ FULL STORY

Meet Ylvis, the comedic brothers behind the accidentally successful 'What does the Fox say?'

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For a video that was created to fail, “What does the Fox say?” has been incredibly successful, totaling more than 120 million views … but that wasn’t Ylvis’ intent. They swear.

Brothers Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker are hosts of Tonight with Ylvis, a late-night talk show in Norway. And when it came time to prepare a promo for their new season, they called on a favor they had with some guys over at Stargate, a Norwegian production company that has produced hits such as Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” After Ylvis helped one of the guys at Stargate prepare a birthday gift, the company had promised to produce something for the comedy duo in return, and now the guys were ready to cash in their I.O.U. READ FULL STORY

'New Girl': A Groundhog Day Situation in the Cathouse

Tonight’s New Girl was a study in a universe that is — and, frankly, must be — self-correcting. Everyone started the night straight-up certifiable, with Jess in the midst of a sexual awakening, thanks to a month of dating Nick; Schmidt just beginning his disgusted (and deluded) vengeance quest against the couple he was convinced had destroyed his doomed-from-the-start love triangle; and Winston was more devoted to his new cat Ferguson than any person who ever hoped to have a fighting chance at a love life should be. Flash forward some 28 minutes, and the tables had had turned. Would you believe it was Winston who brought them all back from the precipice? No? He didn’t either. That’s just how far off-kilter things in the loft had gone. But what goes up must come down — which, coincidentally, was probably just one of the many moves making up the world’s most horrifying sexual position, The Captain. READ FULL STORY

'The Millers' premiere react: Go big or go home

Creating a funny family out of quirky parents living with their adult children is one thing. Taking that family and making it lovable, well, that’s another thing entirely.

The premiere of Will Arnett’s new CBS comedy The Millers was a lackluster first effort, I’m sad to say. Arnett plays Nathan, a semi-successful broadcast journalist, who accidentally turns his life upside down when his parents come to visit. After he reveals that he and his wife are divorced, his father (Beau Bridges) decides it’s time for him to leave his wife of 43 years. And by leave, I mean go live with his daughter Debbie (Jayma Mays), while mom (Margo Martindale) stays with Nathan. So now we’ve got two grown siblings (one with a family and one recently divorced) who are living with one of their parents.

Nathan is stuck with his newly single mother, who enjoys sleeping pills and (fart joke alert!) can’t tell when she’s passed gas. Meanwhile, Debbie is stuck with her ridiculously stupid father, who accidentally flushes a belt down the toilet, puts metal in the microwave, and can’t figure out how to work any remote in the history of remotes. Even Arnett’s laid-back one-liners can’t save the in-your-face comedic approach of this episode.
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'The Goldbergs': Are you rolling it out?

You could do a lot worse than The Goldbergs, the new ’80s-set comedy following ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s got a cute premise, the cast is hilarious, and underneath the flashy fashion throwbacks and ALL THE YELLING, a strong and realistic family dynamic is cropping up.

Sure, I’m a sucker for a solid father-daughter coming-of-age TV moment like the one we got at the end of tonight’s episode 2, but whatever. Sometimes that’s all it takes. My heart has been warmed! Wendi McLendon-Covey’s absurdly hot roller rink moves have inspired me to wear more off-the-shoulder sweaters this fall! They’ve got me. I’m in. This better not get canceled.

Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and McLendon-Covey (Reno 911, Bridesmaids) play gruff tough-lover Murray and overbearing ball-breaker Beverly, who love to raise their voices but only because they so passionately want to “parent the sh*t” out of their three aging-too-quickly kids. Despite the intensity of their antics, I find them both believable as parents, and as a couple. Didn’t we all know obnoxious yet huggable people, growing up? These are just some of them! READ FULL STORY

'New Girl': Three Cheats to the Wind (a.k.a. A Tough Time in Schmidtsburg)

Fare thee well, Elizabeth? She was barely in tonight’s episode, but — if her pie-mangling hatred of Schmidt is anything indication — it seems our beloved Merritt Wever will no longer be appearing on New Girl. That prospect makes me want to cry almost as much as Schmidt and Cece’s heart-wrenching break-up. In the midst of tonight’s episode, it finally hit me: There’s a reason that Schmidt’s love triangle hasn’t been as funny as most Schmidt-uations — it was too real. I think we secretly knew deep-down that it would end in this kind of a gut-punch confrontation. New Girl‘s pendulum has to swing both ways, is what I’m saying. So, yes, tonight’s installment may not have been as laugh-packed as usual, but it’s also the kind of episode that proves these characters are more than just a collection of tics (well… except for Winston, I’m still somewhat sad to report). It was also obviously a huge set-up episode, ushering in the “Schmidt’s Revenge” story arc we’ve been promised. So how did Schmidt go from two-timer to broken heart to man on a mission? Well…

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Schmidt shakes his groove thang in weekend-starting 'New Girl' Gifgasm -- EXCLUSIVE

Putting the “GIF” in TGIF, Fox just launched a “Gettin’ Schmidty Wit It” microsite dedicated to television’s reigning endearing d-bag. You’ll want to check out this gloriously silly tribute to Schmidt (Max Greenfield), who shakes what his mama gave him to a kicky tune that’s guaranteed to be “Shakalak”-ing through your head ’til at least Tuesday at 9 p.m., when New Girl‘s third episode of the season airs.

As you can see from the image above, Schmidt’s having the time of his chut-i-ney-loving life. But he doesn’t have to do it alone, does he? Come on! How can you possibly resist such unbounded exuberance? You can’t, right?

So click here to get your weekend started right!*

And don’t forget to keep clicking, Newbies! This is the kind of time-suck for which the phrase “the gif that keeps on giving” was created. If only there were about 100 more gifs ready to go. Note to Fox: MORE MORE MORE! (Please.)

*Just a warning for iPhone/iPad watchers: The sound will only auto-play on a desktop.

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