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John Mulaney Looks Back on Meeting the Obamas with Neal Brennan

On a recent episode of Tom Green Live, John Mulaney told the story of how he got to meet the Obamas when he helped write for Seth Meyers's White House Correspondents Dinner performance in 2011. It turns out that introducing himself right after Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan was not the best technique for getting some love from Barack and Michelle.

'SNL' Review: Ladies Night with Charlize Theron

Well, that was quite a turnaround.

To everyone who commented on last week's tirade against Andrew Garfield's lackluster episode that it was about time I gave up on SNL: this episode right here is why I still love this show, and why I will never give up on it. The 90 minutes was about as solid as it gets, with a low-expectations host Charlize Theron blending in seamlessly with the cast, the writers performing on overdrive, and even a few head-turning live-TV moments. We haven't seen this level of consistency since Kerry Washington hosted in November — an episode with which this one shared a few interesting [...]

'SNL' Review: Kerry Washington Is Ready

I never thought we would see the day when SNL considered itself newsworthy enough to parody. But it happened — not in the form of a quick joke during the monologue or Weekend Update, or a walk-on by Lorne Michaels, as has happened before — but with a whole cold open sketch, wherein host Kerry Washington was compelled to play numerous black female characters (Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce) because SNL literally had no one else who could do them. The meta-sketch also included a half-apologetic text scroll from the producers promising to fix the situation, unless they "fall in love with another white guy first," and a cameo by [...]

Michelle Obama to Appear on Colbert Next Wednesday

Next Wednesday night, Michelle Obama is set to step into the lion's den with Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, who said that "We are honored that the First Lady is joining us and I trust that the feeling is mutual." I'm sure it is.

How 'SNL' Addressed Race in Season 39, as Shown in 11 Sketches

With SNL's 39th season coming to a close, we're taking a look at the past season with a series of posts examining the highs, lows, and other memorable moments from the past eight months. Here, we look at the show's shifting tone on race over the arc of this season.

This has not been an easy year for SNL to talk about race. From the moment the show announced its six new cast members — the largest turnover in more than a decade — and viewers noticed that not one of them was a person of color, SNL once again became a target of progressive viewers calling for the cast to [...]

Michelle Obama to Guest Star on 'Parks and Rec'

Michelle Obama is set to make her sitcom debut. THR reports that the first lady is set to cameo in Parks and Recreation's one-hour season finale, titled "Moving Up," which was filmed recently and will air Thursday, April 24th. Obama shot her cameo in Miami, where she was working to raise money to fight childhood obesity. Past political figures to land on Parks and Rec include Joe Biden, John McCain, and Barbara Boxer.

Parks's showrunner/co-creator Mike Schur told THR that his dream political guest star is Leslie Knope's idol, Hillary Clinton:

"I always imagined the perfect ending to the series — and I hope it's not for a while [...]

Michelle Obama Discusses the Likelihood of Cheeseburger Gardens

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Humble cookbook author Michelle Obama stopped by The Daily Show to discuss gardens, vegetable feasts, and how kids spend 7.5 hours a day in front of a screen. Speaking as someone who professionally spends upwards of 10 hours a day in front of a screen, all I have to say is Step It Up Kidz. The future is coming little Johnny and Jenny and you'll need to wear down your [...]

The Business, History and Philosophy of Funny or Die

Did you know that Funny or Die is worth $300 million and that Michelle Obama watched "The Landlord"? All that and more can be found in this profile of the site from conception to the present. Read or die.

The 24 Best Sketches of 'SNL' Season 39

With SNL's 39th season coming to a close, we're taking a look at the past season with a series of posts examining the highs, lows, and other memorable moments from the past eight months. Here we recall some of our favorite sketches from the season — both live sketches and videos.

Season 39 of SNL certainly hasn't been the most popular among viewers, with its first half bogged down with criticism over the lack of diversity in the cast, and its second half attacked (often unfairly) for uneven writing under new head writer Colin Jost. Even though the show hired Sasheer Zamata (along with two black female writers), and the script [...]

Will Ferrell Gives a Riveting Figure Skating Performance on 'The Tonight Show'

Donning a classy tux-inspired costume, Will Ferrell delivered a flawless, inspiring, and ice-free figure skating routine set to the theme of Downton Abbey on The Tonight Show last night. Click through for the return of Fallon's old Late Night segment "Ew!" featuring Ferrell dressed as a Harry Styles-obsessed girl as well as Fallon's other guest First Lady Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama to Return to Daily Show to Talk about Plants

On May 29th, First Lady Michelle Obama is making her Second appearance on the Daily Show for an interview that will take up about a Third of the episode. Her previous appearance was during the 2008 campaign so now she'll be able to talk about the goings on of the White House. Though, apparently, she'll be focusing mostly on one part of the house, its garden. She will be  promoting AMERICAN GROWN: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, her book about growing vegetables and such at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Maybe, she'll share the recipe to the President's favorite Kale and Kale Soup with Kale Chips [...]

Bill Murray Hangs Out With President Obama at B-Ball Games, Not a Big Deal

Bill Murray was appointed the Obama White House's official First Comedian this weekend in a ceremony held inside my imagination. Outside my imagination, Murray just happened to be at a basketball game the Obamas were attending because Michelle's brother is the head coach, and they were required by Celebrity Law to converse. Just trading stories about world domination, probably. Then Mick Jagger and Oprah strolled by and they all went out for beers. Sharing a couple drinks, a couple anecdotes about running the universe. It's whatever.