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The difference between British and American comedy might be optimism

In the world of comedy, two countries stand tall above all others. Or at least that’s how writer-performer Ricky Gervais sees it. “The big two,” he says. “Britain and America. Sorry, rest of the world.” Oversimplification or not, it’s easy to see how Gervais came to that conclusion. These two nations have dominated…

Louis CK talks about Trump, Samantha Bee, and that Gawker rumor

Louis CK isn’t exactly an enigmatic riddle of a man, but he’s also not really an open book. He may reveal something personal about his life on his Louie show, but it’s just disconnected enough from the real world that you don’t know much of it is just fictionalized. Or maybe he’ll express some deeply held belief in an…

What show were you most upset to see left off this year’s Best Of TV list?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Best TV of 2015: The ballots

The A.V. Club’s list of 2015’s best TV programming came together with the input of more than 30 staff members and contributors, who singled out 105 different shows, miniseries, specials, and telefilms as the year’s best. (A few quick words on the voting process: Participating writers were asked to make a top 15 list,…

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Louis CK supercut collects his hilariously dark bits about cell phones

Among the many running themes in Louis CK’s comedy, along with dating, aging, and fatherhood, are the problems that cell phones are inflicting on a generation. “It’s amazing,” he says about the devices we now carry on our person for every action of our life, “and it’s wasted on the shittiest generation.”

This video reveals the secret ingredient of Louie—it’s in the editing

Of the many hats that Louis CK wears on his show Louie—producer, writer, star, director—probably none are more overlooked than his job as editor of every episode. In a 2013 interview with Bill Simmons, the comedian talked about why the job of editing is so important to him, and how it’s another avenue for finding…

The best TV episodes of 2015 (so far)

The 2014-15 TV Club Awards already covered much of the TV Club that The A.V. Club has loved so far this year, so when it comes to looking at the year that’s been, we opted to tighten the focus. Even in this binge-watching age, a single episode of television can have a tremendous impact on an audience, stories and…