It's always awkward running into an ex. I imagine running into an ex when they're a guest on your talk show is a whole different level of awkwardness. Last night, Sarah Silverman came by Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote her new HBO special and brought along a box full of things that he left at her place after they broke up. All things considered, I think they handled the whole thing pretty well. READ MORE
Eric Andre was on The Pete Holmes Show last night, and naturally the conversation turned to an awkward interaction involving Andre's penis and the potential upsides of dying on live TV. Below, check out their Yo Mama-off (in which they also discuss Andre's penis, as I think it's in his contract for it to come up in every talk show appearance) and their discussion about their early careers. READ MORE
Last night on Conan, our ginger hero went to a Santa Anita horse race to learn about the art of calling races and then tried his hand at it himself. He was…not great at it. But he tried, and that's what counts.
Aziz Ansari was on Late Night last night, and since his segment aired after midnight and into Halloween, he naturally talked with Fallon about his costume and why he feels for ghosts. It wasn't spooky per se, but it was at least topical, which is something.
As of this week, Splitsider has its comments section turned off by default. We still have the ability to turn the comments on for select posts — our SNL reviews tend to get good comments, for example — but for the vast majority of posts, we will no longer be accepting comments. READ MORE
Last night, Kanye West came by Jimmy Kimmel Live so the two men could talk out their beef. If you missed it, Kanye went on a bit of a twitter rampage after Kimmel did a video spoofing an interview he did on the radio in which he was represented by a child. You know, a totally normal and relatable reason for two guys to get into a fight. The first part of the interview is above, the rest is below. READ MORE
This Friday at 7:30, Streeter Seidell, JC Coccoli, Chris Gethard, and Josh Gondelman will join hosts Halle Kiefer and Joe Stanton at UCB East for this month's Dog and Pony Show. A powerhouse of a lineup if I've ever seen one. It's only $5, and I personally guarantee that it'll be the best comedy show you ever attend. Or at least in the top 50%. In any case, get your reservations right here, and we'll see you on Friday!
Paul Scheer teamed up with Conan to put together a TED Talk in which he tackles some of the most important issues of our day: whatever crowdsourced microfunding is, living your best life while asleep, and why people dip chicken fingers into honey. All with the help of one of those stupid headset mics, which everybody knows make you look way smarter.
One of the negative effects of the government shutdown is that all national parks are closed. And when those parks are closed, the weddings that were previously scheduled to be held there had to be canceled. So sad! But Stephen Colbert wasn't going to stand idly by while romance was dashed under the feet of stubborn congressmen. No, he decided to help out one of the screwed-over couples by having the wedding right on his show. And he did it right, including both the bachelor and bachelorette parties and some special guests. Check out part one above, with the thrilling conclusion of the nuptials below. READ MORE
What's real? What's an illusion? Can you ever trust anything on the internet? Can you ever even trust another human being? Are we all just tied up in a cave, watching shadows on a wall that we think are real life? These are the foundation-shaking questions raised by the shocking news that beloved Twitter account @Horse_ebooks was not, as people assumed, a rouge spam bot, but was instead a secret, human-controlled "art project" by Jacob Bakkila and Thomas Bender.
If you're unfamiliar with the @Horse_ebooks phenomenon, we dove deep on it last year. But all of that research and conjecture turns out to have been for naught, as we've all been conned by a guy from Buzzfeed and a guy who used to work for Howcast.
In retrospect, maybe it was too beautiful and perfect to be a random and accidental creation. Of course tweets like this came from a human brain:
And yeah, kudos to them for tricking thousands of people into thinking this was something that it wasn't. But boy, doesn't that really suck the fun out of things? Much like Jimmy Kimmel's recent fake twerking video that went viral, things like this will just lead people to treat everything with an even heavier dose of skepticism than they already do. No one has any reason to believe that something that seems unlikely and magical could actually be real – it'll always seem more likely that someone is just trying to trick you for their own personal gain. So I hope it was worth it, Bakkila and Bender. Whatever "Bear Sterns Bravo" is, the art project that this is leading towards, I hope it makes up for you stealing our innocence, our senses of childlike wonder and hope.
Here's a video they made about it that doesn't really explain much: READ MORE
Here's the first trailer for Ass Backwards, a new movie written by and starring Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael about a pair of former child beauty pageant contestants who aren't doing so hot as adults. Also featuring Alicia Silverstone, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jon Cryer, Brian Geraghty, Bob Odenkirk, Marcia Jean Kurtz, and Paul Scheer, it kind of looks like a mix between Young Adult and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. It'll be available on iTunes on September 30 and in theaters in early November.
Futurama's series finale is airing on September 4th at 10pm, and in order to blow it out, Comedy Central has called in professional guy-who-talks-about-a-show-on-TV-immediately-after-it-airs, Chris Hardwick, to chat with series creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. The discussion will take place on Comedy Central's site and Nerdist's YouTube channel in two half-hour chunks at 9:30pm and 10:30pm, immediately before and after the airing of the finale. The creators will be joined by castmembers Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, and Lauren Tom. It'll be the last time they're all together, unless the show gets un-cancelled, which honestly wouldn't be all that shocking given the show's history.
Natasha Leggero has a new talk show coming to YouTube comedy channel JASH on October 2nd called Tubbin' with Tash. In it, she has guests come visit her in a hot tub, and apparently Moshe Kasher is her sidekick/Speedo'd manservant, which is a nice touch. It looks pretty crazy and also great, with a guests like Fred Armisen, Reggie Watts, Chelsea Handler, and Tom Lennon all showing up in the preview.
Michael Schur and Dan Goor, the creators of the upcoming Brooklyn Nine-Nine, talked to Alan Sepinwall about the show and what it's like taking a goofy sketch writer/actor like Andy Samberg and casting him in a more grounded sitcom.
I think he likes goofing around a lot. Like he looks goofy in three-minute videos. And there were a lot of similarities i between what the kind of thing he was looking to do and the kind of thing Amy was looking to do when we started Parks and Rec. You work at SNL for seven years and you have a great time. And you do a lot of sketches and you get to do a lot of really fun stuff but when you leave that world the last thing you want to do is play a sketch character for another seven years. What was exciting to Amy and what is exciting I think to Andy is like this is a real character. He gets to do a real character now who has a life and a soul and an inner life and who gets to slowly change and evolve over the course of hopefully many years. That’s what makes sense as the next step to take for people who leave SNL. That's how I felt when I left as a writer: “I can write something longer than ten pages?” It's amazing.
It's a great point, comparing Poehler moving from SNL wackiness to Parks and Rec to Samberg doing something similar. It'll be fun to see him tackle something with a bit more weight to it than a sketch or music video every week.