After Justin Bieber hosted SNL last season, I concluded that SNL will never quite be the alternative comedy show we'd like it to be. There's no denying the show would be much funnier if producers only booked the heroes of comedy nerds to host the show, as it did last season with Louis CK and last week with Tina Fey. I've made the case several times that the show would be far better if only former cast members hosted — indeed, SNL has enough star alumni to fill a few seasons' worth of episodes.
But SNL isn't that show. The ongoing inclusion of performances by a musical guest [...]
First: WOW. Second: What if he says yes? The guy looks like a creep and works in the casino industry, so all bets are off. (Get it? Bets? Casinos? Gambling? Come on!) I guess we won't know unless you sign this petition at ScissorSheldon.com. The Jewish Council for Education & Research funded the ad. Educating Jews on scissoring? Isn’t that what sleepaway camp is for? (Zing!)
Will Ferrell swung on over to Conan last night to let Conan and Andy try on his woman's sunglasses (if there is any difference between Conan in those glasses and Tilda Swinton, I'm not seeing it) and to recount his experience receiving the Mark Twain Award from President Obama himself in the Oval Office. And accidentally leaving the Mark Twain Award with President Obama himself in the Oval Office. And getting called back to retrieve the Mark Twain Award by President Obama himself in the Oval Office. More interview below.
Jason Zinoman's latest comedy column takes issue with Fred Armisen's Obama impersonation, which he describes as the culmination of an SNL trend towards detailed accuracy and away from bold comic choices. As he points out, "accuracy is not insight," and with a president without any particularly weird habits, it can seem like Armisen is barely even doing an impersonation at all. Zinoman suggests studying up on Dana Carvey's George Bush, which took another dull-sounding president in "a more fanciful, provocative direction." Why not! It does looks tough to find a way to make fun of the infinitely reasonable Obama, but better to strike out on a bizarre [...]
Next week, The Daily Show will be taping in Washington DC as they ramp up to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. And next Wednesday, Jon Stewart will welcome Barack Obama to the show, the first time a sitting president has appeared as a guest on the show.
It should be an interesting episode, and I imagine they'll dedicate a pretty sizable chunk of the show to the interview. I also think we can now look forward to loud people on the right criticizing Obama for being desperate and/or not respecting the office of the president, as well as lots of shrill denunciations of Jon Stewart [...]
Hey, let's get down to business here. Week after week, Tim and Tom spend an hour talking about a bunch of nonsense that, frankly, isn't all that important. Well, all that is going to change this week. Finally, we sit down and talk about something of substance: the 2012 Presidential Election, the most important election of any of our lives.
Of course, before getting into the issues, we talk about Tim's new health kick. Oh, and Tom getting slapped in the face on a subway. And also we talk a bit about a very interesting new costume he spent a lot of money on for Halloween this year. And [...]
Remember when Greta Van Susteren had a silly name, called Louis C.K. a "pig" who "denigrates women," and said he shouldn't be allowed to host the Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner, which may or may not have caused him to drop the gig? Well, as the video above shows, not only does Luther have President Barry's back, he has Louis's as well. I'd watch out, Greta; Luther wears A LOT of rings. You'll re-Greta it. (Sorry.)
Tough to say who comes off as cooler in this clip: Betty White, for getting a birthday card from the President and knowing she deserves it ("First things first"), or Obama, for being the President and also nailing this joke. Probably not Conan, but whatever, he gets to be the coolest nearly every other night of the week. Let someone else have a turn, Coco.
President Obama will be appearing on Leno next Tuesday, his fourth time coming by the show. I'm assuming he'll swing through to do "Headlines," because he never shuts up in his speeches about how much he loves finding typos in local newspapers' classified ads. We get it, Obama!
Poll: 1 In 5 Americans Believe Obama Is A Cactus, from The Onion: "According to the poll, Obama has lost favor among many voters who supported his candidacy in 2008 but have since come to doubt he is a mammal. While these Americans concede Obama may not specifically be a cactus, most believe he is a plant of some kind, with 18 percent saying the president is a ficus, 37 percent believing him to be a grain such as wheat or millet, and 12 percent convinced he is an old-growth forest in Northern California."
"If Obama wins reelection, Fred [Armisen] is likely not going to be at the show for another four years. And so you try to find a time to get people used to the new President on the show. Jay Pharoah…we really like his impression…Looking back I wish we did an impeachment of Fred.”
–Seth Meyers on WYNC’s “The Takeaway,” joking about SNL’s Obama changeover in an interview that also touches on the show’s treatment of frequent targets Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin.
"I don’t watch a lot of TV news. I don’t watch cable at all. I like The Daily Show, so sometimes if I’m home late at night, I’ll catch snippets of that. I think Jon Stewart’s brilliant. It’s amazing to me the degree to which he’s able to cut through a bunch of the nonsense – for young people in particular, where I think he ends up having more credibility than a lot of more conventional news programs do." — President Obama to Rolling Stone on what he watches on TV. Between this and his admission on Fallon last night that he likes Key and Peele I'm starting [...]
Bill Maher announced during the San Jose performance of his "StupidCrazyPolitics" show last night that he was donating a million dollars to Priorities USA Action, a Super PAC that supports Obama. I guess he wanted to clear things up in case the audience wasn't sure of his political opinions after watching him joke about them for a few hours? The show was broadcast by Yahoo!, and according to Maher's tweets, the donation was a surprise even to them. So theatrical! God, I love when people give other people giant checks.
Having a crowd cheering and clapping, interrupting both Obama and Stewart multiple times, turned what should have been a thoughtful debate into an arena battle. A crowd makes sense for something like a sporting event or a comedy show. You want an audience to provide energy, to react where reactions are warranted.
But the trouble with having a live audience at what is supposed to [...]
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