8 items from 2015
I'm sick of Donald Trump's "SNL" hosting appearance and it's still a few days away. There are organized protests, casual musings about how and if he'll be "funny," and a lingering sense that Trump truly believes this will make him look cool. Fortunately we have an "SNL" alum offering her perspective on the presidential hopeful, and it's not a rosy one. Nora Dunn, the five-season "SNL" alumna who played one half of the Sweeney Sisters with the late Jan Hooks, weighed in on Trump's upcoming appearance with a HuffPost column about how "SNL" has changed and why the Donald won't be the first or last time the show is disappointing. There have been many incredible moments and big laughs and eye-popping craziness on Saturday Night Live. And that will continue, I hope. The show is part of our collective conscious. Trumps' appearance will not be a shining moment, but »
- Louis Virtel
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Thursday? One father has created possibly the coolest Star Wars helmet ever, Conan breaks down why the Fantastic Four remake failed and an animated Hulk runs a few furious errands. We also have the odd combination of Game of Thrones and minor league baseball. But first we kick things off with every Arnold Schwarzenegger explosion ever. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Every Arnold Schwarzenegger Explosion Ever
It isn't often that an actor's official YouTube page will present supercuts, but Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't your average actor. The action icon's official page put together an immense 31-minute supercut of "every on-screen explosion, from every film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, through 2014." These explosions were, »
Put down that yo mama joke -- it belongs to someone else and you could be sued for lifting it!
Conan O'Brien's team is being sued for allegedly stealing four jokes from a freelance comedy writer who claims he posted them to his blog and Twitter before they appeared on "Conan." Named in Robert "Alex" Kaseberg's copyright infringement lawsuit are Conaco, TBS, Time Warner, Conan O'Brien, "Conan" executive producer Jeff Ross, and head writer Mike Sweeney. The suit details the four jokes he claims were stolen, along with their counterparts on air.
Here's one joke, which he claims he published on or around January 14:
A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight."
After he posted that joke, he claims, this joke appeared in the "Conan" monologue:
On Monday, a »
- Gina Carbone
Conan O’Brien entertains hundreds of thousands of people each year. On a recent clandestine trip to Cuba, however, the TBS latenight host had to please just one – and for several harrowing minutes, thought he had failed.
O’Brien quietly journeyed last month to Cuba in hopes of giving viewers a taste of Cuba’s culture now that President Obama has declared the United States will “normalize” relations with the island country just 90 miles off the coast of Florida. A group of four (“Conan” executive producer Jeff Ross, head writer Mike Sweeney and O’Brien’s personal assistant were in tow) was to meet up with six staffers – camera crew, audio technicians and writers who had flown in from Toronto. O’Brien and team, who had not informed many executives at TBS owner Turner Broadcasting or its parent, Time Warner, of their trip, did not have visas ready to produce, »
- Brian Steinberg
On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a »
- Alan Sepinwall
It is hard to believe that creator Lorne Michaels’s legendary late night variety show Saturday Night Live has been kicking around the American airways for four decades and still remarkably standing on its hind legs even until this very day. No doubt that SNL has shaped the pop cultural minds of its avid viewers for forty-plus years on the small screen. Importantly, SNL gave birth to the careers of some of Hollywood’s major top stars in the realm of film, television and stage.
Sure, SNL is an immense institution in television. In fact, NBC-tv will acknowledge the iconic late night program when it broadcasts the 40th anniversary highlighting Saturday Night Live’s on-air staying power with many of the show’s luminaries returning and paying retrospect to the classic sketch comedy that became one of America’s most enduring and long-lasting laughfests.
Unfortunately, SNL has never had the »
- Frank Ochieng
The comedian also urges readers to go see “Boyhood” and “Into the Woods”
Louis Ck dropped new $5 stand-up special “Live at the Comedy Store” — his sixth (video below) — on Tuesday, and celebrated with a very lengthy, occasionally rambling email blast to fans.
Plugging his independent project, the comedian’s note discussed his history with the industry, lamented having to cancel the last of four Madison Square Garden concerts for underwhelming Winter Storm Juno and even pushed his followers to see “Boyhood” and “Into the Woods.”
Ck’s personal rep told TheWrap that there are no plans to reschedule the Msg date at the moment. »
- Tony Maglio
Dunn’s straight-outta-Long-Island, controlling matriarch, Louise, is always ready with unsolicited advice or a piece of chocolate.
In November, Dunn appeared on another Fox sitcom, Mulaney, as the title character’s mom.
Look for mother and son to be reunited in a March episode.
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8 items from 2015
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