This week in Cheap Laughs, we have fancy special tapings, a late night TV staff doing improv, nerdy comics, swag comics, a royal baby pig, a tight five on autism, and dick jokes sold with love in the world's most important gay bar. It's a hot week. Here's our rundown of the best in independently pro ... More >>
The tech world and the joke world come together this week, like a remake of The Social Network with a DVD commentary track of fart noises. Social sharing mecca Reddit hosts its regular standup show Wednesday, TED talk-inspired goof "Slideshow" is on Saturday, and the app-powered comedy night "Crowd ... More >>
To say that Miley Cyrus has over-saturated all channels of popular culture since her notorious VMA performance on August 25 would be, well, kind. Her maniacal, tongue-sprouting grin or gyrating, vinyl-clad body--or both!--have been ubiquitous since. Dialogue detailing cultural appropriation and the ... More >>
At the SNL fantasy camp, dreaming about becoming the next Tina Fey
When you rake in the second-highest ratings for Saturday Night Live this season and Mariah Carey's gushing about how much she loves you, you know you're doing something right--and that's exactly how things went down for Miguel (and Vince Vaughn, too, but c'mon) on the show this week. The addition of ... More >>
Here is a brief list of the things I found more engaging in this week's episode of Saturday Night Live than Phoenix's performance: - Dennis Rodman's 12-second cameo in the cold open, in which he stumbled over saying "Saturday Night Live" - Melissa McCarthy driving a golf cart - Melissa McCarthy wea ... More >>
Remembering Joe Strummer
Last night, Saturday Night Live did a parody of Top Chef called Top Dog Chef. It was screened, of course, on the Dog Channel and the hosts were Padma Leash Me and Tom Collie-cio, with Mario Barktali as the guest judge. Hilarity ensued as the contestants -- humans in dog costumes with particular emph ... More >>
First, Kristen Wiig. Now... Andy Samberg?According to the New York Times, after seven full seasons and almost a hundred Digital Shorts of his own creation, Andy Samberg has confirmed that he will no longer appear on Saturday Night Live, leaving behind him a legacy that is comparable to som ... More >>
43 reasons to hide the remote
Seth Meyers wants to _____ you
This week in the Voice, out today: Gus Garcia-Roberts profiles Victoria Jackson, chronicling how the former Saturday Night Live star became a Tea Party darling: "Her comedy career, which took her from Johnny Carson's stage in Los Angeles to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, long ago squeaked it ... More >>
Portlandia live on stage
Out standing in their field. Radiohead will be in town for this weekend's Saturday Night Live season premiere (hosted by Alec Baldwin!) and the Internet-beloved Brits will apparently be making New York City their home for more than just this weekend; the band's playing two shows at Roseland ... More >>
Das Racist's Relax is currently online for your perusal/enjoyment right now, and the group's just released the video for the bonkers first single "Michael Jackson." It's an homage to "Black Or White" that comes complete with references to The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live and the Last Supp ... More >>
Spend your lunch break with Michael Showalter and Jenny Slate
The commercial above appeared on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Billed as a message from the Corn Syrup Producers of America, it shows two self-righteous moms having an amusingly awkward disagreement over the purported evils of high-fructose corn syrup. The visual punch line features an ov ... More >>
Robert De Niro hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend. In this skit, he plays a famous --if frustrated -- farmer. As it turns out, the actor and restaurateur has some pretty decent knife skills. Have a restaurant tip or other food-related news? Send it to email@example.com.
All the comedic greats came from somewhere
It's been a while since our last horrifying footwear roundup, but it seems an urgent situation has arisen. People are wearing five-fingered shoes -- those running shoes that make purist assholes who run look like their toes are fingers -- around office buildings, on the subway, all over town. ... More >>
Q: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? A: Release a bewildering triple-CD and date Andy Samberg. It's frankly shocking it took so long, but everyone's favorite mega-baroque harpist hits the big time November 23. Two days before thanksgiving, just FYI. Tickets on sale Monday, link TBA. If her pas ... More >>
We will never own one of these. Whee, the 62nd Annual (Primetime!) Emmys have been announced. There aren't that many surprises: As usual, HBO rocks, as does Mad Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey. Losties may get another chance to see the objects of their affect ... More >>
It was naive to think it could turn out any other way, marketing gimmicks, the show's resurgence and Will Forte be damned. The latest Saturday Night Live skit-turned-feature film is crashing and burning, taking in a paltry $1.5 million at the box office on Friday, leaving the action parody un ... More >>
So this "Betty White on Saturday Night Live" thing -- a rousing success, no? The "Depends" joke you knew was coming was pretty great anyway, right? And then there was Jay-Z, giving one fantastic performance and one fantastically awful one. Dude's got range.
One of the many highlights of Betty White's appearance on last weekend's Saturday Night Live was the unexpected resurrection of Delicious Dish, the Splendid Table-like radio show that most memorably gave the world Alec Baldwin's schweddy balls. Hosted by Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon, it featured ... More >>
Whenever I've interviewed brilliantly hilarious, world-famous comedians, it turns out they're rarely all that funny (with the exception of the endlessly mirthy Joan Rivers). I usually find that either: (1) They're dark, tortured people for whom merry-making is simply an act that they do whe ... More >>
So this happened. They'll patch it up. Here's how:
Avatar, 10 Best Picture nominations, long, boring speeches—yes!
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Watching the live taping of the Jawbox episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the other week, we were reminded of the utter weirdness of the late night TV variety show format. On TV, because Letterman et al have done it for so long and so well, it's come to seem normal, but make no mistake: thes ... More >>
Daniel Johnston, somewhat unwitting source of the sweetest iPhone app ever made, heads to Highline Ballroom tonight to sing his wobbly songs of vaguely menacing and often unbearably sad whimsy. Do him a favor and don't be fucking with your phone the whole entire time.
The grandaddy of late-night comedy shows, Saturday Night Live, got a boost when Emmy awards went to Tina Fey's priceless Sarah Palin impression and Justin Timberlake's equally riotous impersonation of a host. And they just got even bigger buzz when a new cast member dropped the f bomb and Ma ... More >>
The country's greatest living director, Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Office Space, Idiocracy), has a new release in the offing, due Labor Day. "Extract" concerns Joel (Jason Bateman), the owner of a flavoring company called Reynolds Extracts, which manufactures "a patented brand of culinary extra ... More >>
Chrisette Michele's weepy, fiery, only occasionally baby-shaking Epiphany debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, a huge coup for the vaguely retro-minded r&b belter. Her legacy, alas: At 83,000 sold, it's the weakest #1 record in Nielsen SoundScan's nearly two-decade history. She just won the last g ... More >>
Here's your one chance to do it right
Eat your heart out, Andy Samberg!
Governor Paterson was pissed at this weekend's Saturday Night Live sketch in which Fred Armisen portrayed him as a Jersey-hating, crinkly-voiced fool with a history of cocaine abuse and marital infidelities who underlines his own jokes and admits he was "comically unprepared" to become Governor. (V ... More >>
A recent web report claimed that Fred Armisen's Obama impersonation on Saturday Night Live might be sent to the benches because he doesn't really look or sound like the Prez elect. Those are pretty good reasons! In his place, the show supposedly wants to use someone more hue-appropriate, not to ment ... More >>
Well the skit's still embeddable at least. So here we have Beyoncé on Saturday Night Live, performing "If I Were a Boy" with a cheerfully aggro all-female version of the Dirtbombs, two drummers drumming, three singers taunting, four calling birds, eight lords a-leaping, etc. This is a pretty fanta ... More >>
In the final days of the 2008 Presidential Campaign, John McCain is counting on his traditional fan base: celebrities and viewers of late-night television. McCain will appear on Saturday Night Live, marking his third SNL appearance of the election season. Christianity Today has mixed feelings, says ... More >>
Sensible people took Sarah Palin's amusing SNL appearance for what it was. imjustsayin77, for instance, twittered, "Sarah Palin actually has a little rhythm. No wonder she's got five kids. Shorty can work it!" But rightbloggers, who are not like you and me, saw in Palin's cameo portents, prejudice, ... More >>
Sarah Palin is set to appear on "Saturday Night Live," where Tina Fey has been lampooning her mercilessly for weeks. The Palin schtick has been great for SNL's ratings and this should be too. The Sarah Palin Blog (not official, we don't think) adds a weird sidelight: "Originally, the McCain campaign ... More >>
Fred Armisen performs just for us one last time