Comedy Central

The 5 Best Sketches From ‘Inside Amy Schumer’

Earlier this week, Inside Amy Schumer returned for a second season on Comedy Central. The series, which consists mostly of sketches and also incorporates some stand-up and interviews, had a solid first season, but Tuesday’s premiere was especially successful in the ratings. Inside Amy Schumer deserves all the success it gets. It’s clever, especially when it comes to subverting expectations, and it has a refreshing feminist angle that a lot of sketch comedy lacks. The show plays with this approach; in a “Focus Group” sketch, a male participant says, “I appreciated how it had a sort of feminist bent on a male-skewing network” but then quickly agrees that he’d like the show more if her body was hotter. Inside Amy Schumer‘s sneaky execution is part of what makes it both impressive and effective. Here are 5 of the show’s best sketches.

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Flavorwire Interview: Hannibal Buress on ‘Live From Chicago,’ ‘Broad City,’ and Prince

Everything is coming up Hannibal Buress. After some writing stints on both 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, Buress has been keeping busy with a memorable role on Broad City and lending his distinct voice to shows like Bob’s Burgers and Chozen. With a weekly show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory, a role alongside Zac Efron and Seth Rogen in the upcoming movie Neighbors, and a Comedy Central pilot that may or may not have gotten picked up, 2014 is primed to be Buress’ best year yet. Hannibal Buress Live From Chicago premieres on Comedy Central Saturday at midnight (but can be purchased for only $5 from Comedy Central Direct). I spoke with Hannibal Buress about his new special, his multiple TV roles, and Tumblr GIFs. … Read More

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‘Broad City’ Season 1 Finale Recap: “The Last Supper”

What a bittersweet episode of Broad City! On the one hand, it was as funny and enjoyable as we’ve come to expect from the show but on the other hand, I’m sad it’s the finale and it’s going to feel like a long wait for season 2. I don’t think that I’ve ever fallen so head-over-heels with a show this fast. Ilana and Abbi are so realistic, so familiar, and so goddamned funny that every Wednesday was like hanging out with a group of my best friends (and often I was hanging out with my best friends while watching; it’s a show that has infiltrated my social group). Broad City had a supremely confident first season and took us on beautifully strange adventures: it turned fetching a UPS package into a Lynchian film, turned hunting for an apartment into a total nightmare, turned smoking weed into an art form, and turned a trip to a restaurant into a near-death birthday celebration. Broad City isn’t the first show to reside in New York City but it’s the first that showed me the New York City that I live in. … Read More

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The Strange, Successful, Self-Contained Universe of ‘Kroll Show’

In the Season 2 premiere of Kroll Show, viewers are introduced to a new character, Liz’s niece Denise. A few minutes after her first appearance, she meets a creepy photographer, played by Will Forte, who whisks her away. She isn’t seen for the next ten episodes until, seemingly out of nowhere, she returns in the season finale that aired last night. This is all normal on Kroll Show, a Comedy Central sketch show that does truly admirable work with continuity. … Read More

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40 Best TV Shows Available Only On Amazon Instant Video

When it comes to streaming video sites, Netflix and Hulu are the most popular. However, Amazon Instant Video has been establishing itself as a fierce competitor. The price for Amazon Prime may seem steep after its recent increase to $99 a year, but it works out to just $8.25 a month. To compare, Netflix and Hulu Plus are both $7.99/month, although Amazon’s price also includes free two-day shipping and the Kindle Lending Library. Plus, Netflix takes much longer to put up newer episodes, and Hulu still has annoying commercials even if you opt for the paid service. But the TV selection on Amazon Instant Video is also just superior — exclusive NBCUniversal deals and vintage Nickelodeon favorites and one-season wonders galore! These 40 shows available on Amazon, but not on Netflix or Hulu, may just convince you to switch… Read More

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‘Broad City’ Season 1 Episode 9 Recap: “Apartment Hunters”

First things first: I could write a thousand words just praising that cold open. Ilana and Abbi as Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott, strolling into the bank lobby over Drake’s “Started From The Bottom,” playing the role of big spenders. It’s nothing short of amazing: the check written out to “eight f**king thousand dollars,” the slo-mo shots and fisheye lens, the way even the teller gets into the music video vibe. It’s a great fantasy but we’re dragged back into reality with the realization that this $8,000, a lot of money for Ilana and Abbi (and for me and you, I’d say), is nothing to the bored teller. That’s the way Broad City goes, these beautiful fantasies interrupted by annoying realities. “Apartment Hunters” is another fantastic installment the series and it might be the most relatable one yet. … Read More

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Broad City Season 1 Episode 8 Recap: “Destination: Wedding”

Last week’s bottle episode wasn’t disappointing in the least but its claustrophobic nature made me crave the outdoor adventures that Broad City excels at. Much to my excitement, “Destination: Wedding” goes the opposite route of “Hurricane Wanda” and has the cast rushing around the city. It’s a frenetic episode that refuses to slow down. It’s also a frustrated love letter that showcases the all too familiar complicated relationship with New York City. You can go from loving the city to hating it just by walking down a single crowded block; then you can turn a corner and fall for it all over again. “Destination: Wedding” is a quick favorite and it’s amazing. … Read More

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Comedy Central’s ‘Review’ Might Be the Funniest New Show of 2014

Comedy Central has had a recent hot streak of great, original, and offbeat programming. Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer, and Key & Peele all take creative approaches to sketch comedy, and each has, in its own unique way, reinvigorated the genre as a whole. Nathan For You‘s deadpan humor made it one of the standout shows of last year, and Broad City is currently having one of the strongest first seasons I’ve ever seen. Review, premiering tonight, is the newest member of the Comedy Central family, and it’s a perfect fit. It’s a strange and somewhat twisted program, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being the funniest show to premiere in 2014. … Read More

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Broad City Season 1 Episode 7 Recap: “Hurricane Wanda”

I have previously written about how the nonstop movement and energy is one of the main reasons why Broad City is so much fun to watch every week. Broad City is best when it sets its broads loose in the city. Last week’s fantastic “Stolen Phone” was a great example of how the show fully utilizes its setting and brings it into the overall plot of the episode, often treating it as a necessary character. New York City is a concrete jungle gym for Abbi and Ilana and it’s thrilling to watch them play. “Hurricane Wanda” slightly lacked the nonstop motion of the series’ earlier episodes and that may be why it’s my least favorite of the bunch so far (which sounds more negative than it is — I definitely still liked it). It’s still a great episode of television, just a little slow for Broad City. … Read More

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