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Carol Hartsell
Carol Hartsell is the Senior Comedy Editor of Huffington Post. She is also a comedy writer, producer and performer. Her work with writing/life partner, Sean Crespo, can be found at

She wrote and performed in the Off-Broadway show Shoot The Messenger from 2007-2009 alongside 'Daily Show' co-creator Lizz Winstead. In addition to weekly performances in NYC, the show travelled to LA, DC and Minneapolis, Minnesota during the Republican National Convention.

She has contributed to The Onion, was formerly the Director of Programming and Video Production for Comix comedy club, as well as the founder of humor Web site Drink at In addition to booking and producing live comedy shows since 2005, she has shot, directed and edited numerous shorts for Drink at Work, as well as Lifetime, Bravo, NBC Universal, and more.

Originally from Alabama, she lives in New York with Sean, their dog Fenny, their cats Graham and Dr. Girlfriend. She likes Burt Reynolds, gardening and nothing else.

Entries by Carol Hartsell

'The Untold History Of Urkel' Explains Everything

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 5:15 PM

We can finally relax, everyone: Urkel has at long last been explained.

In this clip from TruTV's upcoming sketch comedy show "Friends Of The People," the "Untold Story Of Urkel" is finally revealed and, honestly, it makes perfect sense. The '90s were just a strange time, y'all.

"Friends Of The...

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A Cat & Owl Are Friends! A Cat & Owl Are Friends! Holy Crap, A Cat & Owl Are Friends!

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Maybe we're a little too excited about this, but come on. In the video above, originally posted to Facebook by André Costa, a cat and owl are just hanging out being cool with each other.

The world truly is a magical place.

[via Daily Picks...

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Who's The Best Dog? Dog Knows.

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 12:20 PM

When Amelia the Brittany Spaniel is around, questions get answered.

Via Reddit

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John Oliver Begs Scotland To Stay With The United Kingdom

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 10:10 AM

In the grand tradition of British romantic comedies, John Oliver took a moment on Sunday to tell Scotland, "I'm just a boy, standing in front of a nation, asking it to continue tolerating me."

On Sept. 18, the Scottish people will vote "Yes" or "No" on a referendum...

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Cecily Strong Responds To 'SNL' Change: 'I Don't See This As Me Leaving Update'

(35) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Don't worry about Cecily Strong, y'all.

The "SNL" cast member who anchored "Weekend Update" during the last season, has made it clear she's very happy to be stepping away from the desk when Michael Che takes over on September 27. Strong posted this message on...

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Bill Maher's Pretty Sure Fox News Is Why America Is So Polarized, Jerry Seinfeld & Haley Barbour Disagree

(967) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 11:00 AM

In his first show back after an August break, Bill Maher wasted no time in taking a swipe at Fox News, squarely blaming the conservative cable news network for causing the polarization between right and left in America.

"Talking about the polarization in Washington ... I think maybe it's that...

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David Letterman Asked Billy Eichner To Scream At Him And He Did (A Lot)

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:50 PM

"No, that's Penn Jillette's kid ... that moron!"

By now, everyone knows that having Billy Eichner yell at you is just the best, including David Letterman. When he had the comedian and "Billy On The Street" host at his desk, the "Late Show" host got right to the point and...

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'Too Long; Didn't Listen' Ep. 1: Comedian Tom Shillue Reveals The Origin Of The Ragtime Gals

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 11:00 AM

HuffPost Comedy Editors Carol Hartsell and Katla McGlynn spend all day looking at funny things on the Internet. Now, they have a podcast. This is "Too Long; Didn't Listen."

For our inaugural episode, we sat down with comedian, storyteller and TV commentator Tom Shillue...

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Michael Che To Anchor 'Weekend Update' On 'SNL' Alongside Colin Jost, Replacing Cecily Strong

(78) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 9:47 PM

You'll be seeing even more of Michael Che come Sept. 27. Bill Carter of The New York Times is reporting that the newest "Daily Show" correspondent and "Saturday Night Live" writer will be taking a spot at the "Weekend Update" desk during SNL's 40th season.

Che replaces Cecily...

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Laughter After 9/11: The Moments David Letterman, Jon Stewart & Others Brought Us Back

(3) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 8:50 AM

On this national day of reflection and memorial, we want to once again take a look back at those moments that proved the "healing power of comedy" to be true.

From David Letterman's first night back at "Late Show" to The Onion's brilliantly cathartic post-9/11 issue to Gilbert Gottfried's legendarily...

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'Life Is Awesome (No It's Not)' By Bridgid Ryan Makes Everything Okay For Three Minutes

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Warning: If you don't like your musical comedy as dark as it is poptastic, this video isn't for you.

BUT, If you're like the rest of us, you know a good pop song can take all the pain away ... for the three minutes it's on and then the pain...

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Sarah Silverman Hosting 'SNL' October 4 With Musical Guest Maroon 5

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 11:36 AM

"Saturday Night Live" is coming out swinging for its 40th season, kicking things off with Chris Pratt on Sept. 27 and the very next week welcoming Sarah Silverman to the stage for her first time as host.

The comedian and actress, who recently won an Emmy...

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Chris Pratt Hosting 'SNL' Season 40 Premiere With Musical Guest Ariana Grande

(34) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 11:25 AM

Chris Pratt won the summer with "Guardians of the Galaxy" and now it looks like he's set to own fall as the inaugural host of the 40th season of "Saturday Night Live." Pratt will take the 8H stage on Sept. 27, alongside musical guest Ariana Grande.

NBC has also announced...

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Tina Fey Explains How Dealing With Her Three-Year-Old Is Like Working With Alec Baldwin

(36) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:45 PM

Who knew that working with Alec Baldwin would be the perfect crash course in dealing with a willful three-year-old? Tina Fey explains to David Letterman why she's lucky to have gotten her youngest daughter into pre-school, and how working with Baldwin on "30 Rock" has paid off in an unusual...

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Channing Tatum Introduces 'The Dick Graze' & The World Will Probably Never Be The Same

(38) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 3:23 PM

Channing Tatum rapping about grazing other dudes penises as a way of saying, "Hey, bro, what's up?" We didn't even know that was a thing we needed to see, but now, we can't live without it.

In this viral video hyping the upcoming iTunes release of "22 Jump Street," Tatum...

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John Oliver On Student Debt And For-Profit Schools: 'A First-Class Education In The Depths Of Human Depravity'

(62) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:41 PM

On the first "Last Week Tonight" following his August break, John Oliver had an important message for college students: stop watching his show right now. Well, maybe not right now ... maybe right after he provides a greater understanding as to the cost of higher education.

In an in-depth segment...

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Funny Or Die Satirizes Ferguson's Militarized Police In Disturbingly Realistic 'Cops' Parody

(76) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 2:21 PM

There are a lot of lines in Funny Or Die's parody of America's militarized police force that would be laugh-out-loud funny, IF they didn't seem so disturbingly close to the truth.

When Ferguson Patrol Officer David Johnson (David Koechner) remarks that, "A lot of cities use violence as a last...

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Guy Is Smothered By Bunnies On Bunny Island (That's A Real Place, Not Something We Dreamed)

(8) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 3:14 PM

Hazel! Fiver! Bigwig! Dandelion! Blackberry! Silver! Pipkin! Cowslip! Clover! Hyzenthlay! Captain Holly! Get off that man right now!

Okay, sure, this isn't actually every character from "Watership Down," but it's close enough. Apparently, there is a tiny island off the coast of Japan that is commonly called Bunny...

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Late Night Hosts Pay Tribute To Joan Rivers: She Had Guts, Never Stopped Working & Made No Apologies

(23) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 10:21 AM

It was an emotional night for late night hosts, as they all took time on their shows to pay tribute to Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday at the age of 81.

Jimmy Fallon's voice began to crack as he recalled having Rivers on his first episode of...

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Katina Corrao's Old Headshots Are The Best Part Of Throwback Thursday

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 12:56 PM

Ah, Throwback Thursday ... the day when we all dig deep into our archives to show off our younger, more embarrassing selves. And if you're a comedian or comedy fan in New York City, you might already know that the reigning queen of #TBT is comedian and actress

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