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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

'SNL' Marvel Trailer Proves They Can Make A Superhero Movie Out Of Pretty Much Anything

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Dear Lorne Michaels,

Please begin production on "Pam 2: The Winter Pam" immediately.

HuffPost Comedy and everyone else in the universe

There were plenty of stand-out moments in the Season 40 premiere of "Saturday Night Live" -- Cecily Strong's return as The Girl You...

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John Oliver Puts American Drone Strikes Into Perspective: We've Made Children 'Fear The Sky'

(96) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 10:12 AM

If Barack Obama is concerned about the legacy of his presidency, he might want to take a look at Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight."

Early in his sobering segment on the U.S. drone program, John Oliver noted that "Drone strikes will be as much a characteristic of the...

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'Too Long; Didn't Listen' Ep. 3: Kevin Barnett & Josh Rabinowitz Of 'Friends Of The People'

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 3:29 PM

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."

They say that the third time's the charm, which might explain why the third episode of our...

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'Daily Show' Confronts Redskins Fans With Native American Activists & It Gets Awkward Fast

(199) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 10:12 AM

"If we find out that someone in a piece was intentionally misled or if their comments were intentionally misrepresented, we do not air that piece. We would not air that piece. So, that being said, I hope you enjoy the following piece."

That's how Jon Stewart introduced Jason Jones' Thursday...

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Seth Meyers' Joke Bucket Is A Master Class In Writing Monologue Jokes

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 4:07 PM

If you've ever wondered about the process that goes into writing a late night monologue joke, prepare to be enlightened. On Wednesday night, Seth Meyers gave an in-depth look into his writing staff's process that will blow your mind.

From now on remember, it's not comedy unless it's been stapled,...

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No One Is Angrier About Obama's Coffee Cup Salute Than Stephen Colbert

(171) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 12:59 PM

If you thought your favorite Fox News pundits were furious about President Obama's "latte" salute, then get ready for a steaming hot cup of Stephen Colbert.

And don't bother coming at him with your liberal whining, Colbert warned: "This has nothing to do with the fact that the coffee was...

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'Tiny Detectives' Kate Mara & Ellen Page Are The 'True Detective' Stars We Deserve

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 12:45 PM

Now that everyone has had a chance to flip out over the news that Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell will star in Season 2 of "True Detective," it's time for a little wish fulfillment in the form of a new Funny or Die parody.

Enter Kate Mara and...

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Reformed Whores Sing A Sweet Song About Humping A Teddy Bear

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 4:56 PM

Sometimes your first crush -- and orgasm -- is on (literally on) a teddy bear.

Don't believe us? Then watch as Marie Cecile Anderson and Katy Frame of country-comedy duo Reformed Whores sing the truth. It's an adorably heartbreaking song about life, love and barely having to...

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Ana Gasteyer Apologizes To Martha Stewart For Topless Impersonation (And Other Stuff)

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 4:26 PM

One of "Saturday Night Live" alum Ana Gasteyer's most famous impressions was of Martha Stewart, which made it super awkward when they were booked on the same episode of "Late Night with Seth Meyers." But Gasteyer decided to take the high road and craft a heartfelt apology to Stewart, just...

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Stephen Colbert Calls Charles Krauthammer 'Kind Of A Dick' For Labeling Obama A 'Narcissist'

(168) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Charles Krauthammer will definitely not use his psychiatric background to comment on someone's mental state ... unless, of course, you ask him nicely. Then, ethics be damned, the Harvard Medical School graduate won't hesitate to diagnosis a stranger -- namely President Barack Obama -- from a distance.

On Monday, Stephen...

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UCB Helps The NFL Get Its House In Order With Official Response To Domestic Violence Scandal

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 2:43 PM

If, like nearly everyone, you've been appalled at the way the National Football League has handled the domestic violence scandal, then we have the scathing parody for you.

Upright Citizens Brigade group Pocketwatch takes on the NFL's half-hearted attempts to address the issue by introducing its Executive Vice President...

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'Everyone Is Lonely' Gives Us All A Good Reason To Be Nice

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 12:45 PM

Feeling depressed, alone and angry? Well, good news (sort of): so is everyone else. Thus, you really have no excuse not to be nice.

In this adorable animated music video from Fox ADHD, we learn that everyone is fundamentally lonely, but we all have the power to make...

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Bill Maher Blasts Fear-Mongering Over ISIS: 'United States Of Pants-Shitters' Should Be More Afraid Of Monsanto

(285) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 12:07 PM

Bill Maher took on America's latest march to war during the final minutes of "Real Time" on Friday, arguing that the fear of ISIS has been blown out of proportion. "They're selling terror and boy are we buying," he jabbed.

After calling out conservative war hawks like Lindsey Graham, "the...

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Stephen Colbert Stomps All Over Fox News' 'Boots On The Ground' Coverage

(355) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 5:27 PM

WARNING: Some shoes may have been harmed in the making of this "Colbert Report" segment.

Will there or will there not be boots on the ground in Iraq? Whatever the answer, Fox News is flat-out furious about it. But as far as Stephen Colbert is concerned, there's no question at...

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'Too Long; Didn't Listen' Ep. 2: Talking Online Satire With Joe Garden, Sarah Pappalardo & Anna Drezen

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:26 PM

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."

On HuffPost Comedy's second -- can you believe it? -- podcast, Carol Hartsell and Katla...

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Hari Kondabolu Isn't Sure Matthew McConaughey Is The Best Gay Ally

(18) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 2:06 PM

Frequently shirtless Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey is beloved by many in the gay community, as evidenced by this 2012 interview in The Advocate. But comedian Hari Kondabolu ("Late Show With David Letterman," "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell") isn't 100 percent convinced that McConaughey is the...

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Jenny Zigrino Explains Why Plus-Size Women Are The Best

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 12:57 PM

Comedian Jenny Zigrino is happy being a plus-size lady. After all, there are a lot of perks to being full figured, not the least of which is being the mayor of "Pound Town." Oh, yes. Take heed, skinny gals ... you could break right in half.

Via Live...

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This Haley Joel Osment Tribute Will Freak You Out

(6) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 12:24 PM

It's best not to ask why anyone would do this. Just go with it ... feel your feelings.

Via Wooden Nickel Shorts

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Darrell Hammond Replacing Don Pardo As 'SNL' Announcer

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Former "SNL" cast member Darrell Hammond returns to his old stomping grounds this season when he assumes the role of announcer, replacing long-time voice of the show Don Pardo. Pardo died on Aug. 18 after nearly 40 years of heralding the beginning of the show by saying, "It's...

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Bill Hader Hosting 'Saturday Night Live' Oct. 11 With Musical Guest Hozier

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:34 PM

"Saturday Night Live" will round out the first few shows of its 40th season with former cast member Bill Hader returning as host on Oct. 11. Hader left "Saturday Night Live" in 2013 after eight seasons with the show.

"SNL" previously announced that "Guardians Of The Galaxy" star

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