Everything You Need To Know That Happened In Comedy: January
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Everything You Need To Know That Happened In Comedy: January

So much comedy news to kickoff 2013 and here I was ready to put my money down for 2013 making up for 2012 not bringing about the apocalypse. Well, no more wasting of text/time as so much has happened in comedy last month that are neatly divided into ten sections below. Enjoy and get to it already.

Take a Moment or a Few Half Hours for 30 Rock

-30 Rock on NBC comes to an end after a trailblazing 7 season run at the very end of January.


Just Started/About to Start/Announced

-Jimmy Kimmel Live moved up to 11:35PM on ABC.


-Nikki & Sara LIVE finally and thankfully premiered on MTV.

-Fox Animation Domination HD is set to debut this summer.

-MTV announced another comedy series in Failosophy with host Hasan Minhaj set to premiere in Feburary.

-Jim Jefferies’ Legit premiered on FX.

-Also on FX, Archer is back for its 4th season.

-The highly anticipated Kroll Show from Nick Kroll premiered at Comedy Central.

-Set List: The Improvised Stand Up Show premiered in Australia is set to air in the UK very soon.


-Best Week Ever made its return to VH1 with a brand new cast of really funny people like Nick Turner, Jared Logan, and Michelle Buteau.

-Comedy Central’s revamped digital/online arm, CC:Studios, launched at the end of January.

-Oscar nominations were announced and Silver Linings Playbook garnered several while Django Unchained and The Simpsons also got a few.


Catch Up on Late Nights

-Matt Damon hijacked Jimmy Kimmel Live for his version of The King of Comedy/one of the best running jokes on TV.

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-Adam Cayton-Holland destroys on Conan.

-Maria Bamford and Craig Ferguson find themselves harmonizing(?) through squeaking during a panel interview

-Brian Williams slow jams the fiscal cliff with Jimmy Fallon and really gets into it.

-The Tonight Show stepped a closer to edgy by having Anthony Jeselnik do a set

-Eddie Pepitone’s heckler bit goes a little farther than Pepitone expected on Conan.

-Steven Wright and Craig Ferguson prove yet again they are amongst the funniest duos on late night television.

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-Dan Soder has a great late night debut on Conan.

-On Letterman, Brian Kiley gives a classic tight late night set.

-Baron Vaughn returns to Conan’s stage for his second stand-up appearance


Have Internet, Will Watch 

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-Paul F. Tompkins started releasing clips from his Largo show in LA; first off, a sketch with Maya Rudolph and a Jon Hamm from the future.

-Good Cop/Good Cop from The Grawlix

-Channel 101’s Baby Mentalist

-Julie Klausner has Paul Giamatti read a scene from Twilight and other popular movies.

-T.J. Miller and Nick Vatterott host a home shopping network show RVC where chaos reigns.

-“Gibberish Rap” by Hannibal Buress feat. back up ballet dancers

-UCB’s Beige breaks a vase central to a sketch, whether on purpose or accident, and goes along with sketch.

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-Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Star Talk Radio has Eugene Mirman, Sarah Silverman, and Jim Gaffigan ask questions only comedians would ask about space and technology.

-Janie Haddad Tompkins forces her way into doing another set of intros to Masterpiece Theatre on PBS.

-Rookie Magazine asks Kumail Nanjiani for advice for teenage girls.

-The controversial Dexter’s Laboratory episode entitled “Dexter’s Rude Removal” got posted thanks to Adult Swim.

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-Billy Eichner has Rachel Dratch run through a metaphorical Julia Roberts obstacle course on Billy On The Street.


SO Note: Jake Kroeger is a comedian living in LA and publisher of The Comedy Bureau. Follow him @mfkroeger.

Jake Kroeger

Jake Kroeger

Comedy Contributor at Serial Optimist
Director of The Comedy Bureau, comedy journalist, and stand-up comic. Watches more live comedy than is probably humanly tolerable.
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