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05:14

In A Cluster Of New Sitcoms, 'Family Tree' Stands Tall.

Christopher Guest's new HBO comedy series follows a down-on-his-luck guy looking into his family genealogy. Guest, who pioneered the mockumentary style in cult classics like This Is Spinal Tap, co-created the show with Jim Piddock and star Chris O'Dowd.

21:05

Sacha Baron Cohen: The Fresh Air Interview.

The actor and writer is famous for taking his characters — Ali G., Borat, Bruno — into the world, interacting with people who have no idea that they're dealing with a fictional character. His movie, The Dictator, a comedy about a tyrant on the loose in New York, will soon be released on DVD.

This interview was originally broadcast on May 21, 2012. Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator is now out on DVD.

18:36

At The Heart Of 'Your Sister's Sister,' A Love Triangle.

Indie director Lynn Shelton's latest film stars Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt as half-sisters Iris and Hannah, and Mark Duplass as Iris' best friend, Jack. The three connect — and then reconnect — on a remote island off the coast of Washington state.

18:36

Tina Fey On Life, Motherhood, Writing And Comedy

Fey's memoir Bossypants contains her thoughts on juggling motherhood, acting, writing and executive producing 30 Rock. Fey joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross for a wide-ranging conversation about her years in comedy and her 2008 portrayal of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.

12:37

Will Ferrell: The Comedian Reflects.

Will Ferrell is starring in a four-episode arc on NBC's sitcom, The Office. To celebrate, Fresh Air is replaying highlights from a 2006 interview with Ferrell about his time on Saturday Night Live.

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 9, 2006. Will Ferrell is currently appearing in a four-episode arc on NBC's The Office.

21:19

Marisa Tomei: From 'Cousin Vinny' To 'Cyrus.'

The Oscar-winning actress has played everything from a sassy car expert in My Cousin Vinny to a stripper alongside Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. In an interview with Fresh Air contributor Dave Davies, Tomei explains how she picks her roles -- and why she's excited about playing a mother in the new film Cyrus.

27:58

'Glee' Star Jane Lynch's Long Road To Fame.

Actress Jane Lynch has spent 2009 animating Glee's ruthless cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester. But Lynch began building her career well-before she started stealing scenes on Fox. In this memorable interview from earlier in the year, Lynch opens up about her life on- and off-screen.

This interview was originally broadcast November 4, 2009.

42:11

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Gears Up for New Season

Executive producer and actor Jeff Garlin and actress Susie Essman discuss the upcoming season of the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Garlin plays Larry David's affable best friend and agent. Essman plays Garlin's wife and as such is known for her vitriol, no-nonsense attitude and foul mouth.

44:14

Will Ferrell Skates Ahead with New Comedy

Comedian and actor Will Ferrell stars in the new film Blades of Glory. He plays a former Olympic ice skater who, banned from competition with a rival (played by Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite fame), discovers a loophole allowing the men to skate as a pair.

Ferrell became famous as a member of Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2002. Among his other films: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Stranger Than Fiction, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Old School and Bewitched.

This interview originally aired on Nov. 9, 2006.

43:59

Will Ferrell, Hearing Voices in 'Stranger Than Fiction'

Comedian and actor Will Ferrell talks about his new film Stranger Than Fiction. Ferrell plays an accountant who finds that his life has a voiceover that only he can hear. It turns out he's the subject of a novel, and that the writer plans to kill him. Ferrell became famous as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2002, and has gone on to star in movies such as Old School, Elf and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

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