Over the past few weeks, Vulture has been holding its "Sitcom Smackdown" tournament, pitting a bunch of amazing shows against each other in a bracket to determine the best sitcom of the past 30 years. The Simpsons won yesterday, narrowly beating Cheers. Seinfeld, Community, Roseanne, Arrested Development, and Sex and the City also made it pretty far in bracket. Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz wrote the argument for why Simpsons is the better of the two excellent, very different shows:
A decade-plus past its prime, The Simpsons has a stronger presence in American life than Cheers, Seinfeld, Community, or any other sitcom you can think of. Since Matt Groening’s show debuted in [...]
You've probably heard that earlier today, 60 Minutes' cranky grandpa Andy Rooney announced his retirement. That left his musky armchair open for someone to come and complain in, and two men have stepped up to the plate: Daily Show writer Elliott Kalan and Daily Show executive producer Rory Albanese.
First, Kalan set up a petition asking for a shot at the job, saying that while he may be young, he is also extremely curmudgeony. Then, Rory Albanese, Elliott's boss (awkward!) set up a competing petition, saying "Yes, Elliott knows about comic books and old movies, but Rory Albanese can rant about any topic, regardless of [...]
Here's the latest video from the Nerdist YouTube channel's series All Star Celebrity Bowling, with the Nerdist hosts (Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira) taking to the bowling alley to compete against Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter. Comedian Jimmy Pardo, who is both Conan's warm-up guy and the host of a Nerdist web series, chose to bowl on the Nerdist team. Will Pardo's bowling abilities lose him his job at Conan? You'll have to watch and find out.
Today, we're kicking off a pretty big and relatively ridiculous project: the Best Sitcom Episode Ever Tournament. We here have gathered up 32 nominations for the single best sitcom episode to ever air (thanks in part to all of your suggestions) and made a bracket. We'll now be pitting all of these classic and future-classic episodes against each other in a single-elimination battle for supremacy, with your votes determining which episode advances and which stays behind.
And I know, comedy is subjective and there's no real "best" episode out there. Some people will find their all-time-favorite didn't even make the bracket. But don't sweat it: this is the internet. [...]
As a child, I hated my last name because it rhymed with “burp.” But I had it easy compared to Taco B.M. Monster and Yolanda Supersad, just two of the 64 entries in the 2011 Name of the Year competition.
It’s pretty simple and pretty brilliant: instead of filling out a March Madness bracket with college basketball teams, do it instead with hilarious (and real) names that you encounter both in person and on the Internet. That’s the premise of Name of the Year, whose previous winners include Tokyo Sexwale (2001) and Courage Shabalala (1997).
Last week, I had the opportunity to ask one of NOTY’s founders, who [...]
Conan O'Brien announced a brand new contest for fans on his self-titled TBS talk show last night. Called "Occupy Conan," the contest asks fans to recreate and film one of 79 clips available on the Team Coco website and send the finished product into the show. All the selected clips will be edited together to make an hour-long episode of Conan that will air on TBS. One winner gets a VW Beetle, and 200 more will receive smaller Conan-related prizes. And unfortunately, the part of the above video with Andy Richter getting a bunch of ping pong balls dumped on his convertible is not one of the pre-selected clips.
Ellen DeGeneres was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and the notorious sweetheart presented a real threat to aspiring sweetheart Jimmy Kimmel. There's no other way to settle cases like this one. A nice-off is the only way, and a nice-off they shall have, in front of a whole bunch of people and one guy inexplicably holding groceries. Kimmel gives it a good effort, but DeGeneres pulls out all the stops with her dancing and distribution of personalized tofutti cuties. By the way, after watching this video, I still have no idea what a tofutti cutie is, but I want one so bad.
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