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You may not have heard of the new web series Cop Show, but something tells us that the comedy is going to pick up steam very soon.
Available to stream on the L Studio, it combines the format and deadpan wit of The Office with the laugh out loud absurdity of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Written by and starring Colin Quinn, the series offers a mockumentary style look at a fictitious police procedural show. Poking fun at the entertainment industry, its appeal lies in its wacky and out of touch characters.
Among the many reasons to watch Cop Show are the constant stream of high profile guest stars that include everyone from Amy Schumer to Jerry Seinfeld, who was recently on hand to support Quinn during the show’s NY premiere at Caroline’s comedy club. The legendary comedian spoke about the shift in TV viewing since his legendary show was on the air, »
- Justine Browning
A recent trend has turned several YouTubers into published authors, and is it turns out, you don't even need to be a real person to get your own book deal. Miranda Sings, the alter ego of content creator Colleen Ballinger, will release a book called Selp Helf on July 21, 2015.
The character of Miranda began as a satire of overzealous content creators on YouTube, but she has since developed a huge following of her own. Her channel has more than 3.4 million subscribers, she has sold out theaters on worldwide tours, and she even appeared on the latest season of Jerry Seinfeld's web series, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.
Selp Helf will be Miranda's next attempt to show off her "talents" on a new medium. "In this decidedly unhelpful, candid, hilarious “how-to” guide," reads the book's description on Amazon, "YouTube personality Miranda Sings offers life lessons and tutorials with her signature sassy attitude. »
- Sam Gutelle
Louis Ck is a big star. Predominantly known as a stand-up comic, Louis runs in the same circles as Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. He branched off into serialized television (with his award-winning FX program Louie), and occasionally acts for the likes of Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine) and David O. Russell (American Hustle). If the comic gets his way, he.ll even show up in an anticipated sci-fi blockbuster. but he won.t stay for long. In case you aren.t caught up on the latest, director Neill Blomkamp (Chappie) will be helming a new Alien movie. and might even be bringing Sigourney Weaver back into the fold. The actress was on The Tonight Show talking about the possibilities with Jimmy Fallon, and she dropped this unusual tidbit of information about Louis Ck.s interest in participating: Louis Ck said, .I want to be in [the next Alien movie], and »
Showing some shoulder in a sparkly white minidress and blank ankle booties, the 51-year-old politician was definitely out to turn heads -- and it turns out she borrowed the entire look from her daughter Bristol's closet! Bristol, 24, wore the same exact dress to the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in 2011, though she chose to pair the sexy design with nude heels.
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News: 13 Lingering Questions About the 'SNL 40' Anniversary Special
"Everything I have, I borrowed from Bristol," Sarah admitted to Us Weekly about her new look. "Her [bag], her dress. It's something left over from Dancing With the Stars, but her shoes, she made me give her a deposit before I wore her shoes!"
And we completely understand if Bristol's not joking. The blank booties »
While plenty of alumni returned for the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, one of the more notable appearances was from Ellen Cleghorne, who was a cast member from 1991 to 1995. The comedian, who has spent the past seven years earning her PhD at Nyu’s Tisch School of the Arts, has largely been out of the public eye aside from a brief appearance in 2013’s Grown Ups 2.
Watch: The 9 Greatest Segments from 'SNL 40'
Yet, when Jerry Seinfeld hosted a Q&A with the audience on Sunday night, Cleghorne was there to ask a pre-scripted question about the lack of diversity on the show or, rather, in general.
While the whole bit was met with mixed reviews, Cleghorne says she was game to do it. “[SNL producer] Michael Shoemaker has always been a friend and he explained to me what the tone should be,” she tells VH1, “so it was like old times and I really, really »
Beginning his acting career very young, Fear Clinic‘s Thomas Dekker has worked with everyone from John Carpenter to Jerry Seinfeld and most people in between. Always jumping into each role and doing a hell of a job with them, Dekker’s always good, even if certain films might not have been (I’m not the biggest fan of the A Nightmare On Elm Street remake, but still liked what Dekker brought to the table). When Dekker was cast as a young John Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, he met and began a creatively rich working relationship with FX maestro Rob Hall, who went on to cast Dekker in both Laid To Rest films, as well as Fear Clinic. Playing Blake, a mysterious (and somewhat catatonic) survivor of a shooting which comes to the film’s Fear Clinic to be cured of his fears, Dekker does an excellent »
- Jerry Smith
NBC aired the three and a half hour 40th Anniversary special for their beloved late night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live last night, and it was surely an affair to remember, with memorable appearances by comedians who got their start on the show, such as Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake kicked off the show with a memorable cold open, which is just one of many video highlights you can watch below, in case you missed the special or just want to relive it all over again.
Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special was watched by 23.1 million viewers last night, making it the network's most-watched primetime program in over 10 years, excluding post-Super Bowl programs. The ratings were the highest since the 2004 series finale of ER, which was watched by 23.9 million viewers. Also, excluding the Super Bowl and major awards ceremonies, »
Last night Saturday Night Live alum Ellen Cleghorne returned to 30 Rock for the show’s 40th Anniversary Special and took part in one of the night’s biggest highlights: a faux question and answer with Jerry Seinfeld and members of the starry audience. The sketch allowed Cleghorne to pose the question, “Why aren’t there more black women?”
Only the second black female cast member cast on the show, Cleghorne has all but disappeared from the spotlight since the early aughts until popping up in the Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2 in 2013. VH1 chatted with the funny lady about SNL‘s diversity problem, working with Lorne Michaels, and that infamous Family Guy joke.
What was it like to return to Saturday Night Live last night? What was the energy like in that room?
Ellen Cleghorne: It was magical. I had my daughter with me and she articulated it »
- Damian Bellino
Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David earned big laughs with their bit during the Seinfeld-hosted Audience Q&A bit of SNL 40. Jerry Seinfeld And Larry David Banter During SNL 40 After making jokes about Brian Williams and fielding questions from Michael Douglas and James Franco, Seinfeld turned it over to David and the two looked back […]
- Olivia Truffaut
Not only was the cast of Saturday Night Live's 40th-anniversary special filled with famous people, but so was the audience. Duh, it was no doubt the hottest ticket in town. Here's who we could spot (and please help us identify those we might've missed!).I spot (left to right) David Paterson, Colin Jost, Christine Baranski, and Brett Ratner. Below them, Al Sharpton and Joe Piscopo. Below them, John McEnroe. Below him, Rob Schneider and Chris Parnell. It was a big crowd, but you can definitely see Dylan McDermott, Sean Hayes, George Lucas, Mellody Hobson, Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Derek Jeter, Randy Newman, Sarah Palin, Leslie Jones, and Sia's giant wig. (Yes, there are plenty more, but we'll get closer views below.) We see you, Diane Sawyer (and Joanna Newsom). Chris Lowell, too. There's David Spade sipping on some smuggled booze, Michael Douglas, Jerry Seinfeld right below Bob Odenkirk »
- Lindsey Weber
Some thoughts on last night's "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special" coming up just as soon as I assume Jon Lovitz is dead... Last week, I wrote about the history of "SNL," which has been filled with incredible highs, uncomfortable lows, and a mixture of things that either didn't work or simply outlived their usefulness. Perhaps intentionally — Lorne Michaels used to joke that the word "uneven" would be on his tombstone — or perhaps because it's inherent to any three and a half hour special with this many moving pieces, the special was "SNL" in a microcosm. Much of it worked spectacularly well. Some of it was disappointing and/or puzzling. And the whole thing went on much longer than it probably should have. Unlike the show's previous anniversary specials, which were largely driven by clips and testimonials, the 40th was conceived of as a super-sized, all-star installment of the show itself, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Saturday Night Live has been entertaining audiences for 40 years with some of the funniest, edgiest, and smartest humor on television.
For the sketch show's massive, star-studded three-and-a-half hour anniversary special, the show pulled out all the stops and gave fans the nostalgic retrospective everyone wanted, while creating brand new content that proves once and for all that any of the show's beloved characters and sketches can still stand the test of time.
Like any episode of SNL, there were a few bumps and hiccups here or there, and like any episode it didn't matter at all because you never stopped smiling.
Below, we take a look at the nine funniest, most nostalgic moments of the night.
#9. "Wayne's World" Returns
Want to take a guess on which event had the biggest turnout of superstars that cross the worlds of movies, music, TV and sports? The Golden Globes? Not this past show. The Grammys? Maybe, but really just from the music biz. Next Sunday's Academy Awards? We've seen the presenters so far and we're not sure it even matches the Globes. No, the entertainment capital of the world on Sunday was "Saturday Night Live's" 40th anniversary celebration. Obviously, many of the returning cast members of "SNL" are huge stars in their own right. Will Ferrell, Bill Murray, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Mike Myers, Billy Crystal and the one and only Eddie Murphy were all on hand. Frequent hosts such as Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman also stopped by (and quite possibly stole a little bit of »
- Gregory Ellwood
The youthful “Saturday Night Live” surely would have mocked something as bloated as the 40th anniversary special that NBC aired (about eight months early, but never mind) on Sunday, running a ponderous 3 ½ hours, not including the one-hour “Matt Lauer really will do anything the network asks these days” red-carpet preshow. Star studded and nostalgic, the telecast demonstrated the network’s determination to milk all things “SNL” beyond the breaking point creatively speaking, as well as the media’s willingness to treat another arbitrary milestone like an event. To paraphrase the Church Lady, sorry, but this just wasn’t that special.
That gave way to an opening skit that actually turned out to be the night in a microcosm, with so many guests crowding on »
- Brian Lowry
Lorne Michaels gathered his merry band of jesters at 30 Rockefeller Center's hallowed Studio 8H on Sunday to celebrate four decades of comedy with Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special. In the words of Bill Hader's Stefon, this anniversary had everything: veterans (Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David), current pop-culture fixtures (Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington, Miley Cyrus), former hosts (Tom Hanks, Derek Jeter, Alec Baldwin), willing butts of the joke (Sarah Palin) - even Land Shark! The three-and-a-half-hour special showcased fan favorites' audition tapes and many of the last 40 years' best sketches and digital shorts. Alongside the »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
Kristen Wiig was within six degrees of separation from Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy and a slew of other “The Saturday Night Live” castmembers at the show’s 40th Anniversary celebration Sunday (Feb. 15) at Rockefeller Center in New York City. The event also included many of the show’s most memorable guests, from Jerry Seinfeld to Tom Hanks and John Goodman. ...Read More »
"You know there are so many things about Saturday Night Live that people don't know. Like for example, I just found out that one of the original cast members in 1975 was Brian Williams," Jerry Seinfeld said when he took the stage at SNL's 40th anniversary show. "I don't know if that's true, but I never heard that. It doesn't sound true." »
- Matt Wilstein
The upcoming anniversary special for “Saturday Night Live” just got a little longer. NBC revealed plans on Thursday to add an extra 30 minutes to its upcoming “SNL 40th Anniversary Special.” Now, Sunday’s sketch comedy tribute will last three-and-a-half hours, stretching from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. See photos: ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ Not So Colorful Past: A History of Its Diversity (Photos) As TheWrap previously reported, the network will bring at least 49 big names back onto the program for the highly anticipated milestone event, including Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm and Robert De Niro. They »
- Travis Reilly
Live From New York!, a new documentary chronicling the last 40-years of American culture and politics through the lens of Saturday Night Live, will make its world premiere and open the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, April 14th.
Directed by Bao Nguyen, the film combines archival footage and interviews with beloved SNL cast members, hosts, crew members as well as journalists, politicians and others who have been influenced by the sketch comedy show. The documentary also examines the factors that have allowed SNL to reinvent itself and stay continually fresh »
For years, Stewart was the rumored candidate for every latenight job that opened up, or even might open up. Then he turned “The Daily Show” into one of TV’s most enviable showcases – a platform that injected him into the cultural and political zeitgeist, while paying him a fortune and allowing him to have a hand in producing other programs for Comedy Central.
Given all that, seeing him walk away from the gig, as the network announced prior to the program, came as something of a shock to the system – a “Why would he?” moment.
Sounding gracious and humble, Stewart devoted the last few minutes of his program to telling the studio audience what TV viewers already knew. “Seventeen years is the longest I have ever in »
- Brian Lowry
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