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Friskies® Presents “Don’t Be So Hard On Your Cat”

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Stephen Merchant Ponders, What If the Brits Won? 


Brought to you by Newcastle Brown Ale

America, as you prepare to fire up the grill and enjoy the fireworks this Independence Day, Newcastle invites you to celebrate Independence Eve on July 3rd, and imagine how great America could have been if Britain won. To help explain further, we've enlisted British comedian Stephen Merchant, co-creator of the original British version of The Office. And just like his landmark comedy series, he believes the American version of our country pales in comparison to the British original. In his charming British accent, Stephen makes a convincing case for what could have been the greatest country on Earth: Great Britain 2. 

Visit www.ifwewon.com to get a taste of this alternate universe of better comedy, classier curse words and buses that reach for the sky. But most importantly, get a taste of how much more beer Newcastle would've sold if we won. Scores and scores of beers. 

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Join Comedian Hasan Minhaj at 3:30 EST/12:30 PST for a Live Twitter Q&A #chatSUP


Hey everyone, go join comedian Hasan Minhaj (Chelsea Lately, Last Call with Carson Daly, MTV) at 3:30 EST/12:30 PST for a live twitter Q&A using the hashtag #chatSUP. Hasan will be discussing such topics as: his new series Stand Up Planet, being funny (or not), the state of comedy around the world, and how to make deadly serious global issues hilarious and relevant.

In case you didn't know, Stand Up Planet is part-travelogue and part-reality show bringing audiences to Johannesburg, South Africa and Mumbai, India to tap into the socially aware comedy scene. You can see first hand how brave comedians are using their stand up routines to take on serious issues such as HIV, sanitation and hunger.

At the end of the journey, Hasan invites India's Aditi Mittal (@awryaditi) and South Africa's Mpho Popps (@mphopopps) to perform at Hollywood's iconic Laugh Factory alongside American comics Michelle Buteau (@michellebuteau), James Adomian (@jadomian) and Nate Bargatze (@natebargatze). Along the way, the comedians were fortunate enough to meet comedy legends and Stand Up Planet supporters Norman Lear, Bill Cosby and Carl Reiner, who gave them some sage advice.

Stand Up Planet (@standupplanettv) airs across the country on Wednesday, May 14. For local air-times, check www.standupplanet.org/tune-in or watch the show online at www.standupplanet.org.

Stand Up Planet: The Revolution Will Be Hilarious.

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Watch This Awesome Trailer for 'Stand Up Planet'


The two-hour Stand Up Planet special premieres Wednesday, May 14th on Link TV, Pivot, and KCET (LA)

Like any comedian in the U.S., comedians abroad make light of the stuff they encounter on a day-to-day basis. Stand Up Planet is a documentary TV show and digital series that showcases life in some of the toughest places on Earth through the lens and experiences of stand-up comics. Hollywood comedian Hasan Minhaj takes you to bustling Mumbai and Johannesburg to meet up-and-coming comedians around the globe. It's equal parts reality TV, documentary and travelogue. You can check out the trailer above.

Stand Up Planet will also feature a slew of comics from all over the world, like Aditi Mittal, Mpho Popps, James Adomian, Michelle Buteau and Nate Bargatze.

The two-hour Stand Up Planet special premieres Wednesday, May 14th at 7 PM eastern & pacific on Link TV. You can also watch it on PIVOT at 7 PM eastern & 6 PM central and on KCET at 9 PM pacific. The first hour is the documentary following Minhaj as he travels abroad. The second hour is the comedy showcase, hosted by Minhaj, which features a variety of comedians performing at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood.

Click here for details on how to watch.

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Check Out OREO Snack Hacks

While still a favorite way to eat the classic cookie, OREO is going beyond twist, lick and dunk with OREO Snack Hacks, simple and unexpected new ways to enjoy the cookie everyone loves. In a new OREO Snack Hacks video series, three food innovators get clever with the cookie, creating Golden OREO-crusted chicken tenders, OREO tortilla chips with strawberry salsa, OREO bread pudding and, even an OREO shandy! Each Snack Hack stays true to food hacking culture – super-easy to make, minimal ingredients and an awesome taste only OREO can deliver.

See more OREO Snack Hacks. Got a hack of your own? Submit it here.

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Heineken Put on a Show to Reveal the Legendary Side of Ordinary People


Last month Heineken put on a mind-blowing interactive theater show at New York's The McKittrick Hotel. It was part play, part choose-your-own-adventure mindwarp, with an eclectic cast of characters who encouraged the audience to become a part of the show.

When guests arrived, a few lucky attendees were invited to take on the challenge; to think on their feet, stay cool under pressure, and take the stage in a variety of challenging scenes. Those who said yes were treated to a bizarre sequence of dream-like events–everything from starring in a Bollywood film to performing standup comedy for a grumpy old man. You just gotta watch the video.

“The Guest of Honor” provided an opportunity for everyday people to get outside their comfort zone and take the stage. In past “social experiments,” Heineken has sent people to unknown destinations around the world on the spot, and broadcasted holiday karaoke-singers in Times Square. What legendary scenes will Heineken pull off next? And will you take the stage? Join the conversation with #guestofhonor and #openyourworld.

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Sour Patch Kids Gum Gives Unsuspecting Shoppers A Sour Then Sweet Surprise

We've all experienced that sour-then-sweet taste of Sour Patch Kids, which can now be found in the form of chewing gum. In order to celebrate the launch of Sour Patch Kids Gum, the pranksters behind the candy set up a series of clever surprises at a seemingly normal convenience store. The unwitting victims of these pranks are treated to a surprise that's sour, but then turns into something sweet. Watch the video then check out youtube.com/user/StrideChewingGum for more.

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Robitussin Presents: The COUGHEQUENCES™


A bad cough while you're giving a big speech at an important event? Nightmare town, population: you. Don't let the horror story from this video happen to you. Check out how this teaser ends at COUGHEQUENCES.com and learn more about how Robitussin® can bring you fast, powerful cough relief. Enter for a chance to win a vacation for two, a smart TV, or a gift card, then grab a coupon for a bottle of Robitussin®.

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Pepsi MAX & Jeff Gordon Fool Journalist Who Was Convinced Test Drive Was a Fake


Jalopnik's Travis Okulski was convinced that Pepsi MAX's Test Drive video featuring Jeff Gordon from last year was a fraud. So Pepsi MAX & Jeff decided they needed to prove him wrong. They staged another Test Drive, this time with Travis as the unsuspecting passenger.

Watch the video at youtube.com/pepsi, then follow the story with #TestDrive2 and check out facebook.com/pepsimax for more

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Get Ready for Newcastle Brown Ale's Big Game Teaser


Newcastle Brown Ale didn't want to blow their annual marketing budget on a big blowout advertisement during this year's Big Game, BUT, they had some fun putting together some zany ideas that they would have made for a big-budget extravaganza. Battle Apes? Party Sharks? Skateboarding Cats? These are just a few of the ideas they came up with. Watch the teaser, then head over to IfWeMadeIt.com to see how their big ideas were brought to life on a not-so-big budget. Fans can join in on the fun by following Newcastle Brown Ale on Facebook and Twitter.

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Introducing the Oreo Cookie Balls Rap


Oreo cookies. Cream Cheese. Chocolate. So simple, so sublime. Your guests will be spending some quality time together by the dessert table when you lay these babies out. Watch the Oreo Balls rap, then head to Oreo's Facebook page to check out 'Twelve Days of Cookie Balls' where you can find fun ways to create and decorate these delicious holiday desserts.

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Heineken's Carol Karaoke Puts Karaoke Singers in the Limelight


Imagine you're heading to the stage in a private karaoke room, surrounded by your BFFs. Then, suddenly, a curtain is whipped back to reveal a small studio. You're not performing for your friends — you're potentially performing for all of NYC. But only if you want to. What do you decide?

That's exactly the scenario that a few unsuspecting holiday revelers found themselves in. Heineken staged the event as part of its #CarolKaraoke program. A few of them balked under pressure, but a few managed to work up the courage to give it their all. 

Meanwhile, Heineken's been trying to figure out more about how people celebrate the holidays with karaoke. According to their surveys, the top three holiday songs are: 

1. "Jingle Bell Rock"
2. "Winter Wonderland"
3. "All I Want for Christmas is You"

Share the fun with #CarolKaraoke on Twitter. Tell your friends how you'd react if you had to make a snap decision about performing in front of thousands. 

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A Very Comic Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday gives us an opportunity to step back, relax, and give thanks for all the good things in life. Things like renaissance-fair-style turkey drumsticks, mulled wine, and the unconditional love of family and friends. Not to mention obnoxious second cousins, manic holiday travel, drunk uncles and recipes gone horrible awry.

So to get you ready for the adventures ahead this Thanksgiving week, we went out and spoke with 7 of the most hilarious comedians out there about their most memorable, embarrassing and wild tales from Thanksgivings past. Many thanks to our presenting sponsor Samsung.

Get excited. Happy Thanksgiving y'all!!

Michael Somerville

Last year my girlfriend and I were supposed to spend our first Thanksgiving together with her family in Virginia. Only I booked a job doing interviews at the Thanksgiving Day parade in NYC so couldn't make the trip. She was disappointed but understood.

On Thanksgiving, I finished the job around 2pm and headed to my parent's house in N.J.— they were out of town but I figured being alone for the day would be more comfortable on their couch than in my tiny apartment. Upon arriving, I decided to Skype my girlfriend and wish her family a Happy Thanksgiving. After all, I had a nice outfit on— heck, I was even wearing TV makeup— might as well capitalize.

The call scored major points. I complimented their lovely dinner table and promised to make up for my absence the following year. My girlfriend said I looked adorable. I closed the computer, turned on football and opened a beer.

Normally I love traditional holidays but I quickly saw the benefits of a Thanksgiving with no obligation. Not making small talk or eating food just to be polite– this wasn’t bad at all. Just a man, a beer and some football. READ MORE