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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

Should White People Care About Ferguson (A Chart)

(15) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:59 PM

The answer may should not surprise you.* Thank you, Scott Bateman, for clearing that one up.

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*Unless, of course, you are a monster.

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Conan Proves We've Hit Peak BuzzFeed List

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:03 PM

Can you keep a secret? Well, one of these seven futons can.

Check out Conan's latest round of evidence that BuzzFeed is running out of ideas. Who knew there were so many owls who still don't think women should be allowed to vote?

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'Legends' Episode 2 Recap: We're Gonna Need A Bigger Bottle Of Whiskey

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 1:21 PM

Do you regret your offer to recap the show "Legends?"

Yes, you regret your offer to recap the show "Legends."

Watch episode two of "Legends," entitled "Chemistry."


  • Previously on "Legends": Remember how you thought this would be a good use...
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Horatio Sanz On 'Saturday Night Live's' Politics: 'We Dropped The Ball' On Going After The Right

(129) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 1:09 PM

When you look at it today, "Live From New York," Tom Shales' and James Miller's seminal oral history of "Saturday Night Live," is clearly missing one thing: the last decade. Fortunately, that will all change on September 9, when a new edition of the book is released with 200 pages...

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Giulia Rozzi Reveals Everything You Need To Know About Being A Female Comedian

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 10:09 AM

In this clip from the Live @ The Apt show, comedian Giulia Rozzi explains exactly what it's like to be a funny woman, on the internet and everywhere else.

Apparently, women are only allowed to have one talented hole. Thanks, fellas.

You can follow Giulia...

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Zach Broussard Is Selling One Joke For $10.99 And If You Don't Hate Artists You'll Buy It

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 9:50 AM

Remember how Louis C.K. released a comedy special on his own site for $5.00, and then lots of other famous comedians did it, too, because who needs THE MAN, right? Art, y'all, art.

Problem is, if you aren't already famous, it's hard to get thousands and thousands of...

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Comedian Offers To Fly Westboro Baptist Church To Iraq In Response To Planned Robin Williams Protest

(113) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 3:34 PM

Now there are TWO epic responses to Westboro Baptist Church's plans to picket Robin Williams' funeral.

The first came from Planting Peace, the organization that founded the Equality House right across the street from famed hate group. In response to WBC's plans, Planting Peace created a...

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These Guys Totally Fail At The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, But Hey, They Tried

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 10:22 AM

Wait for it...

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'Ferguson Police Training' Parody By UCB's Pocketwatch Mocks Racist White Cops

(8) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 3:49 PM

Following on the heels of "The Onion" and John Oliver's recent pieces on the events in Ferguson, Missouri, UCB sketch group Pocketwatch has just released this parody of the city's police force training.

If you watch closely, you might catch a common theme in who the...

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John Oliver Talks Ferguson Violence & Militarized Police: 'This Whole Story Is Depressingly Familiar'

(242) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 9:09 AM

On the final "Last Week Tonight" of August, John Oliver dove into what sadly has become the biggest national news story of the summer, the ongoing violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

"This whole story is depressingly familiar," Oliver began. "And there are so many unanswered questions regarding why an officer would...

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Best FAILS Of The Week: Like Icarus, They Flew Too Close To The Sun

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 10:03 AM

Ambition can be a good thing. It can also be a fail thing. Case in point: all of the people in this recent FailArmy compilation.

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'Last Week Tonight' Is Trolling Tinder With A Chicken Profile & It's The Best

(7) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:51 PM

On Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver mocked Vladimir Putin's ban of some U.S. agricultural products by announcing that if the Russian president was breaking up with our chicken and soybeans, they're now single and on the prowl.

"I'm warning you, Russia, I'll put U.S. chicken...

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'The Onion' Comments On Ferguson Tragedy With Striking 'Unarmed Teen' Cover

(117) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:04 PM

On Friday, "The Onion" gave stunning commentary on the shooting of young men like Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin before him, with its "The Onion Magazine" cover on "Unarmed Teens."

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The image follows up a story the faux-news publication ran on...

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Kate The Wasp Takes Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates 'Conservative Pundit' Stephen Colbert

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 2:54 PM

Everyone's favorite "entitled, sheltered, but well-intentioned white woman" is back with another episode of "Kate The Wasp."

This time around, Kate takes the ice bucket challenge and, in turn, challenges her three favorite conservative pundits: Stephen Colbert, Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly. Let's hope they have a...

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Guy Calls Optimum Customer Service To Say They're Doing Great, Human Kindness Ensues

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 3:22 PM

Sure we all like to complain about customer service, and for good reason. But have you ever called up a company strictly for the purpose of saying, "Hey, great job..."?

Nope, neither have we. Looks like Someecards editor Dan Wilbur is just a nicer...

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'Legends' Pilot Recap: TNT Tests Your Commitment To Watching Things Starring Sean Bean

(9) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 2:15 PM

Will you watch anything starring Sean Bean?

Yes, you will watch anything starring Sean Bean.

Watch the pilot episode of "Legends" starring Sean Bean.


  • Audience familiarized with concept of domestic terror.

  • Apropos of nothing, here is a militia.

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The Moments We All Fell In Love With Robin Williams

(25) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 1:36 PM

If you're anything like us, you spent Monday night watching your favorite Robin Williams movies, clips and specials, struggling to make sense of this loss and failing miserably at holding back tears.

Williams was a rarity: a bona fide stand-up comedian and a classically-trained actor. He made the transition to...

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Sean Bean Is Pretty Sure He's Supposed To Die In This Scene

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 2:07 PM

This is an important message from The Sean Bean Council™:

Please stop killing Sean Bean.

Thank you. This has been an important message from The Sean Bean Council™.

"Legends" premieres Wednesday, August 13 on TNT.

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It's Monday So Here's Two Minutes Of A Marmot Eating A Carrot

(4) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 10:13 AM

We know it's Monday, but look at this marmot eating a carrot. Isn't that great?

It's all going to be okay, y'all.

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John Oliver & Sarah Silverman Slam Payday Loan 'Motherf***ers' On 'Last Week Tonight'

(119) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 9:33 AM

On the latest edition of "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver continued his mission of educating viewers on a little-understood topic that has enormous impact on our culture. Previous episodes have seen the host take on native advertising, our broken prison system and even Dr....

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