There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Comedy Central’s lineup delivers with strong premieres (Key and Peele) and finales (Inside Amy Schumer).
Hannibal Buress Asks ‘Why?’
The Broad City star and Justin Bieber roaster finally saw the debut of his own show this week, a mashup of his signature stand-up (the Greeks, like all philosophy majors, are now “broke as shit”), pre-filmed segments (turns out his biggest Twitter troll is… Amy Schumer?) and faux-man on the street bits (Hannibal tries sticking up to cops; it doesn’t go well). It’s a promising, although not fully realized, outing from one of comedy’s best.
Bridget Everett Goes ‘Inside Amy Schumer’
As per tradition, Amy Schumer closed out the third season of her show not with a sketch or even stand-up of her own, but a performance from “alt-cabaret” singer Bridget Everett, whose own Comedy Central special airs tonight. Urging male members of the audience to “Put Your Dick Away,” Everett coins what might be the feminist song of the summer… unless the next entry wins out.
“We Say Yo Ho…”
What can we say, Comedy Central’s had a good week! The fifth season premiere of Key and Peele produced its inevitable viral sketch in the form of this endearing pirate song, in which consent is praised, freedom of choice is advocated, and gender stereotypes are subverted. Remember: don’t say ho, because ho is disrespectful, yo!
Vanessa vs. Satan
Showtime’s gloriously over-the-top horror mashup Penny Dreadful wrapped up its second season this week, squaring the ever-haunted Vanessa Ives, played by Eva Green, against a life-sized puppet of herself that’s literally possessed by the devil. Sounds crazy, but Penny Dreadful is a crazy show, one that’s thankfully coming back for a third season next summer. Antagonist to replace devil-cult witches, complete with pentagrams and blood baths, TBD.
Comedian Rides in Car, Gets Coffee
This week’s episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s web series, streamed via Crackle, stars a still-bearded Stephen Colbert, who revealed that he was planning on leaving The Colbert Report behind even before he got the chance to work with an upstart program called The Late Show. The rest of the episode is mostly (highly entertaining) banter, and a good look at the out-of-character Colbert we’ll come to know better this fall.