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9 items from 2014


Cecily Strong to host 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner

19 November 2014 7:05 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The White House Correspondents' Association announced today that Cecily Strong will be the entertainer at next year's White House Correspondent's dinner. Strong will probably have a leg up on cracking wise on journalists: According to the White House Correspondents' Association press release, Strong's father, Bill Strong, served as Associated Press Bureau chief in the Illinois Statehouse. "Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent. Cecily grew up in suburban Oak Park, Ill. and got her start in Chicago's comedy scene with stints at iO and Second City," said Whca President Christi Parsons, in a statement. »

- Teresa Jue

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Saturday Night Live Cast Member to Host White House Correspondents’ Dinner

19 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Cecily Strong will perform at next year's White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. In the 82-year history of the dinner, the current Saturday Night Live cast member will be only the fourth female host, following Paula Poundstone (1992), Elayne Boosler (1993), and Wanda Sykes (2009). Whca president Christi‎ Parsons explained her reason for choosing Strong by saying, "Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent.” The dinner will be held on April 25. And you thought you wished you hadn't started a conversation with her at a party before. »

- Jesse David Fox

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StreamFix: 'Under the Skin,' 'Louie,' and More on the Web

12 November 2014 3:25 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

StreamFix has all the latest in streams on Netflix, Crackle, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. Take a break from blabbing about "Too Many Cooks" and catch up on these gems. Netflix "La BareNever forget that Joe Manganiello used his "Magic Mike" cred to make a documentary about male stripping happen. God bless. "Small Town Santa" (November 13) Give it up: You're ready for cheesy holiday fare. This one features Dean Cain (who was great as a celebrity contestant on Gsn's "The Chase" yesterday) and Christine Lakin (of "Step By Step" fame) as protectors of the holiday spirit. Cain plays a sheriff who arrests a home intruder -- but it's not just any home intruder. It's Santa, Y'all. Five stars, must ee. "Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats" (November 14) We need more female-led standup specials. You do realize the greatest standup special of all time is Paula Poundstone's "Caps, Cops, and Stuff, »

- Louis Virtel

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The 50 Funniest Women of the Past 50 Years: #30-21

15 October 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »

- Louis Virtel, Chris Eggertsen, Donna Dickens

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Robin Williams: Fears of a Clown

11 August 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This story was originally published in the February 21st, 1991 issue of Rolling Stone.

Mr. and Mrs. Robin Williams are slow dancing. The time: a winter afternoon. The place: a photographer's studio in the Chelsea section of New York. The music: high-decibel funk. Everybody else in the studio is abuzz — adjusting lights, fussing with props, running back and forth from the kitchen with sushi. Still, Williams and his wife, Marsha, keep coming together in these quick, sweet tableaux. It's strange to see the thirty-nine-year-old actor and comedian with his guard down »

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'To Tell The Truth' is Coming Back: 5 Classic Liar Clips

29 July 2014 6:04 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"To Tell the Truth," one of the greatest television game shows with a timeless conceit, is purportedly coming back to air. Fremantle is heading up a new primetime version of the series that puts "an update of the familiar format with a surprising new twist that adds action and suspense and raises the stakes." I'm all for it! "To Tell the Truth" is -- with the possible exception of "What's My Line?" -- the best panel game in TV history: Four celebrities interrogate three contestants who all claim to be the same person, and then the celebrities vote on which candidate is telling the truth. It's the show that's most responsible for putting Kitty Carlisle and Peggy Cass into our cultural lexicon, and it's what Eminem is referencing when he famously asked, "Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?" Gordon Elliott and Alex Trebek hosted an early '90s version, »

- Louis Virtel

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Recap: 'Big Brother' 16 Night 2 - Andy Herren Judges With Us

27 June 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Night two of "Big Brother 16" served up some saucy new houseguests and a couple of strange (er, confusing?) twists. We were aware of the existence of a "Team America" thanks to Wednesday night's premiere, but we just learned that Joey, a blue-haired person who recycles Aquafina bottles in the Pacific Northwest, was voted by viewers to be the first houseguest on the secret three-person team. She'll get special chances to win $5,000 for every silly challenge/dare she completes. "Now this is some Green I won't be recycling!" she doesn't say to us, but you can just effing imagine it. We also learned more about the two-hoh, four-block-nominee system of tyranny that Julie Chen is so excited about. (She is extra sinister this season. I always expect her to turn to the camera and whisper, "The houseguests don't know that right now they're drinking the blood of Les Moonves' first wife. »

- Louis Virtel

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Watch Tina Fey Explain Her Theory About the Lack of Women in Late Night

15 May 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The current television climate can be best summed up by the lyric Billy Joel famously sings in "We Didn't Start the Fire," "Rock and Roller Late Night wars, I can't take it anymore." When David Letterman announced his retirement a little over a month ago (doesn't it feel like it was a million years ago?), he set off a chain reaction of people leaving and getting jobs. None of those people getting jobs were women (at least yet). Last night, on Late Night, Tina Fey explained her theory on why that was the case: jackets! We'll let her explain it below, but suffice to say, if you are a young female comedian who wants to be a late-night host one day, you better start consulting Paula Poundstone's stylist. »

- Jesse David Fox

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Defending the '12 Worst Muppets Ever'

21 March 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The folks at io9 drew up a list of the 12 worst Muppets. It should disturb and haunt you, but not because the list is correct: It berates quirky and forgotten Muppets when their weirdness often represents more than what meets the eye. Surely there are annoying Muppet qualities, but that's the joy of the Muppets: They are annoying. To condemn their grating qualities is to misunderstand what makes them cool and even defiant. Tina Fey shakes her head in contempt. So without further ado, I'm defending the 12 "Least Wanted" Muppets. I'm already so flustered and squawky that you'd think I was voiced by Frank Oz.  1. Pepe the Prawn Latin stereotypes abounding? Perhaps. But Pepe the Prawn's exasperated, self-conscious behavior is more reminiscent of the wonderful Telly Monster than anyone else. You don't hate Telly, do you? Wow. Maybe you hate Telly. And are you telling me you can resist that frantic, »

- Louis Virtel

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