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Last night, YouTube kicked off its Comedy Week with a 'Big Live Comedy Show' starring dozens of funny people from both new and traditional media. Promos used the tagline "this better be funny" to promote the event. Unfortunately, the kickoff show very clearly wasn't. Here are six reasons why what should've been a slam dunk ended up as an airball: The mix of new and traditional media didn't work. During the pre-show, hosts Jenny Slate and Kassem G invited the legendary Norm Macdonald to join them. The former SNL cast member proceeded to sarcastically run through a list of online creators he had clearly never heard of. When Slate called him "one of the best", he quipped "well, I'm no Harley Morenstein." And yet, when Morenstein appeared later in the show (alongside the spectacularly unfunny Jeff Ross), he was treated like YouTube royalty.Throughout the show, traditional media stars joked »
- Sam Gutelle
Saturday Night Live might need to find a new Devil for next season.
After Saturday Night Live’s finale publicly bid farewell to both Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, some fans thought that meant Jason Sudeikis would in fact be returning. But according to a since-deleted tweet from cast member Jay Pharoah, that might not be the case. “Hader, Armisen & Sudekis the talent of those three and just them as people in general will be missed but we will be strong and carry on..” Pharoah wrote yesterday (captured by Splitsider) before deleting the message.
A rep for Saturday Night Live »
- Erin Strecker
This past Saturday, New York’s hottest club was clearly Some Church in Midtown — where frequent Weekend Update guest Stefon was set to wed Anderson Cooper (or wait, was that Tranderson Cooper?) before the ceremony was crashed by a love-struck Seth Meyers.
As you watched Seth and Stefon fight their way out of the church, you may have noticed a few quasi-familiar faces. That’s because every guest on Stefon’s side of the aisle — as well as the minister — was a person or creature mentioned during one of the club kid’s 15 previous Weekend Update visits. Here’s a »
- Hillary Busis
The Lonely Island released their newest video from their upcoming release "The Wack Album" on Monday as a part of YouTube's Comedy Week, and in the video, "Diaper Money," they praise adulthood and all its perks -- namely raising children, a monogamous relationship and choosing a cemetery plot (with minimal grammatical errors).
As this is the Lonely Island, so we don't need to tell you that the lyrics are very Nsfw. Their first post-"SNL" album comes out June 7, and the comedy/rap trio have released two preview songs so far. The video for the first, "Spring Break Anthem," features cameos from Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and James Franco, and the less said about the second song, the better. »
- Ross Luippold
It’s been suspected for a little while now that Kanye West’s new record would come out June 18, but the rapper finally confirmed that speculation this weekend in the wake of his performance on Saturday Night Live. Yeezus (Get it?) is available for iTunes pre-order now, boasting the above album art of what appears to be a melted gold statue or icon. There’s no tracklist or anything yet, but it’s probably safe to go ahead and assume that the two incredibly intense songs West performed on Saturday Night Live, “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead,” made the »
Kim Kardashian is one hot mama-to-be! Kanye West's love stepped out in NYC Sunday, showing off her baby bump in a sexy, curve-hugging black dress. She was also excited for man to perform on Saturday Night Live, and eager to promote his new album, Yeezus. There's been a lot of speculation about what Kanye's upcoming album, which will be released June 18, would be titled. But on Saturday, it was Kim who set the record straight when she posted an Instagram shot of what appears to to be 'Ye's new album art. She hashtagged the pic, "#Yeezus #RedYeezy's #SNL #Tonight #NewSlaves #YeezySeason #Donda #June18" Kanye released one single from the album, "New Slaves," on »
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Soledad O’Brien! But I’ve been obsessed with her for years. The “Black in America” series, they take up a lot of space in my DVR, and I refuse to erase them. If you come over my house you’re gonna watch some part of “Black in America.” I will make sure the conversation is steered toward something that gives me a reason to watch “Black in America.” She has a rare combination of being painfully genuine and honest and delivering information in a way that you believe her »
There's a montage in "The Hangover Part III" -- a retrospective, if you will -- of the Wolfpack "through the years." While watching images from all three "Hangover" movies flash across the screen, it's hard not to think about Bradley Cooper's own journey since the first film debuted in 2009. In four short years, Cooper has transformed himself from wiseacre Phil Wenneck to an Academy Award-nominated actor -- a transformation so thorough, it's actually a little odd watching him play Wenneck again.
Cooper called after a long day of press events (that were held in Las Vegas, so your guess is as good as mine as to the amount of sleep he was running on). He discussed the end of the "Hangover" series, his relationship with David O. Russell, and the reasons behind his abrupt departure from the troubled Western "Jane Got a Gun." Cooper also talked about a recent meeting with Sean Penn (yes, »
- Mike Ryan
Kim Kardashian, 32, is embracing every inch of her pregnant body in her last trimester, and isn’t afraid to show off her huge baby bump in tight frocks! The pregnant Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, who is due with her first child this summer, revealed her growing belly in a tight black minidress.
Kim Kardashian’s Baby Bump — Shows Off Pregnancy Curves
The dress was not only fitted around her giant baby bump, but also short enough to show off her toned legs. Kim kept her stems covered in sheer stockings, but accentuated her leg muscles with another pair of black pointy-toe pumps.
The happy mom-to-be kept her beauty look chic and simple with her long, »
- Christina Stiehl
Did Ben Affleck‘s celebrity friends show up for his induction into SNL’s Five Timers’ Club? How did Alexander Skarsgard just make himself even hotter? All this, plus some in depth spoiler-filled discussion about Star Trek spoilers with Damon Lindelof, in today’s First Dibs.
Sources are buzzing that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart broke up this weekend. Of course, this isn’t the first time they’ve been separated, and those same sources are suggesting that the break up might be more of a break for the two young stars. So, chin up, everybody. It’s probably going to be okay. [People.com] Poor Ben Affleck. Not only was his SNL hosting gig this weekend overshadowed by the departures of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, but he got next to little fanfare over his induction to the Five Timers’ Club. Instead of garnering cameos from Steve Martin or Tom Hanks, »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Pilot season was good for the major studios, which emerged from upfront week with orders for 50 new scripted comedy and drama series, up by more than 20% from last year.
Production of new scripted primetime programming for the Big Four and CW is more concentrated than ever before among six suppliers: Warner Bros. TV, 20th Century Fox TV, CBS TV Studios, ABC Studios, Universal TV and Sony Pictures TV.
Execs report a burst of last-minute wrangling this year over network efforts to force their way into co-production pacts as a condition of series greenlights. CBS and NBC in particular were said to be more heavy-handed in negotiations this time around than in the recent past.
But generally speaking, the mood was upbeat after the parade of schedule presentations. The five nets ordered 22 new comedies, up from 16 last year, and 28 drama series, up from 22.
See also: Development Season MVPs Land Multiple Series »
- Cynthia Littleton
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It's YouTube Comedy Week, as anyone who looks at advertising on the side of London buses will know. For the rest of this week, we can expect videos and performances posted at the online video channel by the cream of American and British standup. Stars include Sarah Silverman, Andy Samberg (star of BBC3's Cuckoo and the Stateside favourite Saturday Night Live), Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and more, alongside a host of internet comedy names, including the Onion and Epic Rap Battles of History. It is "the biggest single comedy event in history", says Justin Gayner, executive producer of Comedy Week in the UK, citing YouTube's one billion monthly users.
The event launched last night New York »
- Brian Logan
This past weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live with Ben Affleck and Kanye West was the final one of the season and it was also the last episode for a couple of cast members. Although it hasn't been announced it's rumored that Fred Armisen is leaving the show but the big news is Bill Hader departing SNL. Hader has been a part of SNL since 2005 and one of his most popular characters has been Stefon the flamboyant Weekend Update correspondent and in what I feel is »
- Jesse Giroux
Saturday, May 18, 2013 ratings -- New episodes: 48 Hours, 20/20, and Bet on Your Baby. Episode reruns: Cops, Elementary, Criminal Minds, Grimm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Saturday Night Live.
8pm - Bet on Your Baby: 0.4 in the demo with 1.99 million.
9pm - 20/20: 0.7 in the demo with 3.59 million.
8pm - Elementary: (rerun) 0.3 in the demo with 2.47 million.
9pm - Criminal Minds: (rerun) 0.5 in the demo with 3.19 million.
10pm - 48 Hours: 0.8 in the demo with 3.92 million.
8pm - Cops: (rerun) 0.7 in the demo with 2.36 million.
8:30pm - Cops: (rerun) 0.8 in the demo with 2.68 million.
9pm - Cops: (rerun) 0.9 in the demo with 2.66 million. »
The 40-year-old actor/director addressed his Oscars acceptance speech, in which he called his marriage to Garner "work."
He noted that in many people took that word to mean "manual labor."
Affleck said but that was not it, as people define what is important to them by what they dedicate their time to.
He then invited Garner - his wife for more than seven years to join him onstage - who explained that "work" is a word they use when they talk privately. »
- Lohit Reddy
Was it us, or does Kanye West appear to be underwhelmed with everything these days? SNL.s Season 38 finale featured the perfect Stefon send-off, an Amy Poehler Weekend Update cameo and an Ian Rubbish performance featuring a stage full of special guests! And don.t miss two new Kanye West tracks, including the world premiere of .Black Skinhead.. You can find the full episode on NBC.com later this morning. Saturday Night Live Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snl Twitter: https://twitter.com/nbcsnl #SNL Google+: https://plus.google.com/+SaturdayNightLive Instagram: http://instagram.com/nbcsnl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/nbcsnl/ Tumblr: http://nbcsnl.tumblr.com/ Politics Nation: IRS Scandal Cold Open Ben Affleck's Five Timer Monologue Iranian Film New Xanax Depression Scene Kanye West: Black Skinhead Weekend Update Favorites 5/18/13 Weekend Update: Really?! IRS »
- April Neale
Ben Affleck hosted this week's season finale of Saturday Night Live, but an even bigger reason to tune in was to see Stefon's final visit to "Weekend Update." Since Bill Hader is leaving the show, we had a feeling that Stefon would be spotlighted - and boy, were we right. Not only did Stefon give us one last round of New York's hottest clubs, but his ongoing flirtation with Seth Meyers finally came to fruition in a very big way. Check it out to see which guest star almost gets in the way of Seth and Stefon's love! »
- Becky Kirsch
If the Preakness was the only event you bet on this weekend, chances are you missed everything from Cannes to Kanye. But we didn't. Get up to speed: 5. J. Law Pulls Off Four Looks in One Day Leave it to It Girl Jennifer Lawrence to make a fashion statement - or four - on her first day at Cannes. At the festival to promote the latest installment of The Hunger Games saga, Catching Fire, the face of Miss Dior paired her Dior ensembles with an estimated million bucks worth of Chopard - shine on, J. Law. (Which is your favorite? »
- Maggie Coughlan
Ben Affleck hosted last night's season finale of Saturday Night Live, and jumped right into ribbing "Argo" as well as his Oscar acceptance speech. This is the fifth time that Affleck has hosted SNL, but after a flashy celebration of Justin Timberlake's fifth time hosting, no one made a fuss about welcoming Affleck into that club. Affleck did well feigning disappointment and resisted mentioning "Argo" until almost two full minutes into his monologue. After famously saying that marriage is work in his Oscar acceptance speech, he brought his wife, Jennifer Garner, to dispel naysayers who criticized his characterization of their relationship. They were adorable together. Picking through similar material, one of the best sketches of a relatively mediocre night involved a send-up of "Argo." One of several departing SNL regulars, Fred Armisen played Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who wanted to set the record straight about Iran's role in the plot. »
- Maggie Lange
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson face a crossroads in their relationship, while Kanye West wows the crowd at Saturday Night Live: See Us Weekly's top stories from Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, in the roundup! 1. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson Break Up -- For Now Brace yourselves, Twihards: After four very eventful years together, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are taking a much-needed break, a source close to Pattinson tells Us Weekly. Additional Pattinson insiders add that the British actor and Stewart have been "having problems" [...] »
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