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'SNL' Review: James Franco Delivers in an Episode That Doesn't

Let's face it: over the 40 years SNL has been on the air, the majority of its sketches have not made us laugh. For every "Cowbell," there are a dozen forgotten flat-liners you'd never see on the "Best of Will Ferrell" DVD. At best, the show can hope for a 1:1 hit ratio. That's not meant as a knock against SNL, but as an acknowledgement of its difficulty level. By now, we've gone through enough behind-the-scenes documentaries and oral histories to appreciate the show's demanding six-day production period and the risks of live broadcasts. Regular viewers accept a mixed bag as par for the course.

This season has served as evidence of that inconsistency. SNL has produced some real [...]

Bill Hader's 'Star Wars' Impressions Died on Last Night's 'Conan'

Star Wars fanatic Bill Hader was a guest on last night's Conan and had a new angle on some of his best character impressions from the films: Why not impersonate their dying moments? Click through to see the last time Hader did his very impressive take on tauntauns on Conan back in 2011.

There's a Poster for Patton Oswalt's 'Star Wars' Sequel Rant

Earlier this week, NBC posted a video on YouTube of Patton Oswalt going on an eight-minute rant about his dream Star Wars sequel on Parks and Recreation, and now somebody at Entertainment Weekly designed a poster for Oswalt's movie. Boasting the title Star Wars Episode VII: The Gauntlet of Infinity, the poster features everyone from Oswalt's rant: Boba Fett. Han Solo, all the Marvel superheroes, the guy from Clash of the Titans, etc.

Check out the full-sized poster below:

The Complete Guide To Everything: Star Wars

Earlier this week, the world heard the news that a new installment of a little-seen art house film from the 70s called Star Wars is in the works. The internet exploded with excitement at the prospect of a new sequel in a series that people absolutely hate exactly half of. In this episode, we talk about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, as well as the cult of Star Wars in general.

Also in this episode, Tom informs Tim of his legal obligation to always record the podcast while wearing a shirt, and Tim regrets giving Tom power of attorney. Also, Tom takes steroids for a week and [...]

13 Comedians with Killer 'Star Wars' Material

George Lucas might be a hero for selling his company and intellectual property to Disney, even though it paves the way for the 2015 release of Star Wars Episode VII: A New Theme Park Ride.

But if you’re a comedian, a comedy writer, or a big fan of funny people, this is an absolute disaster. It’s worse than when Lucas made the prequels, worse than when he immediately cashed in on A New Hope with The Star Wars Holiday Special, even worse than when he officially licensed those Burger King glasses that poisoned everyone. Why’s that, you ask?

Stephen Colbert Provides a Comprehensive Analysis of the New 'Star Wars' Lightsaber

Considering he's been a Star Wars fan for at least two weeks longer than most, Stephen Colbert took it upon himself to address the controversy surrounding the film franchise's new and improved lightsaber during last night's Colbert Report. It all makes sense if you know how multiple focusing crystal activators work, and if you don't, you probably shouldn't be debating lightsabers with Colbert.

Watch Another Animated Version of Patton Oswalt's 'Star Wars' Filibuster

Last season on Parks and Recreation, Patton Oswalt guest starred in an episode and improvised an eight-minute filibuster as a guy at a city council meeting talking about his dream Star Wars sequel. This week, Nerdist uploaded this animated version of the speech animated by Daniel Spellman. It's the second animated version of the filibuster we've seen. The first, by Isaac Moores, is embedded below:

Watch Patton Oswalt Improvise an 8-Minute 'Star Wars' Filibuster for 'Parks and Rec'

NBC released this video today of an outtake from comedian Patton Oswalt's upcoming guest appearance on Parks and Recreation. Oswalt is playing a guy trying to filibuster a city council vote, and the Parks producers asked him to improvise a speech, rambling about whatever he wants. So, here he is talking nonstop about his ideal Star Wars sequel for 8 minutes in one continuous take.

Mark Hamill Loves 'The Simpsons'

"I got up on my high horse! I said, 'Oh, I've never done dinner theater, I've been on Broadway. I've never worn my costume in public for money. How dare they.' And my kids were like, 'Dad, get over yourself. It's The Simpsons, for God’s sake.' Some of the jokes still really stand out, like, 'Talk about Star Wars!' 'I’m happy to talk about Star Wars. But first, I’d like to talk about Sprint.' [Laughs.] And Homer screaming out, 'Shut up, you nerds. He’s trying to save you money on long-distance phone calls.' Look, there’s certain benchmarks in your career, and that’s one of them. Talk about your cultural icons. I just adored The Simpsons…"

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The 20 Specials of Christmas: Star Wars

The Star Wars Holiday Special is legendary. And like most legendary things, it's hard to praise or criticize. If I say it sucks, you already know that. If I say it's great, okay, it's not great.

Ostensibly, it's supposed to be funny. And in retrospect it kind of is. The jokes all fall so flat it plays as a quasi-canonical Tim & Eric episode. And the cameos — Bea Arthur, Jefferson Starship, etc. — all emphasize a cultural phenomenon spinning completely out of control.

Here's Kristen Schaal Playing Darth Vader

From John Moe's public radio show, Wits, here's a live sketch in which Kristen Schaal plays Star Wars villain Darth Vader, in case you've ever wondered what that would be like.

(via AV Club)

Somebody Made an Animated Version of Patton Oswalt's 'Star Wars' Filibuster

Last month, Patton Oswalt went on an eight-minute filibuster as a guy at a city council meeting talking about his dream Star Wars sequel, and now, artist Isaac Moores has added animation to that rant because that's what the internet is for.

The Complete Guide to Everything Christmas Specials Christmas Special (Part One: Christmas Specials)

This week we cover the holiday TV specials: How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, A Charlie Brown Christmas, I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown, and The Star Wars Holiday Special.

Also, we discuss leftover antibiotics, Tom has a furniture mover steal $0.25 from him, Tim describes his perfect piece of furniture, whether Alfred Hitchcock and The 3 Stooges are alive still, why Derek Jeter doesn't beat himself up over errors, misunderstanding Bea Arthur as a drag queen as a child, 50 Shades of Tim update and we solve a problem involving a grandson not wanting his grandpa to send him to space camp.

Conan Shows Wes Anderson and Todd Phillips's 'Star Wars' Audition Tapes

Everyone's wondering who's going to direct the new Star Wars movies, and last night, Conan O'Brien somehow got access to real test footage shot by Wes Anderson and Todd Phillips, who are apparently both really, seriously up for the job. Here's Wes Anderson's audition for directing Star Wars. Check out Todd Phillips's after the jump. I'm just gonna be the one to say it: I don't think either of these guys are the right choices for taking over this franchise, based off of these legitimate, not-fake clips from a reputable late night talk show.