James Van Der Beek lookalike-wannabe Mike Birbiglia paid a visit to Late Night last night, where he talked with Meyers about meeting James Van Der Beek (who did not agree that they looked alike) and traveling for his current 100-city tour, which has brought out his disdain for the orange exclamation mark warning in his rental car. He may not be able to pass for The Beek, but he's definitely got the Damon/O'Reilly look down.
Aside from having the best set of lines in Billy Madison, Jim Downey is best known for having a long writing tenure at SNL second only to Lorne Michaels. Downey joined the show at the same time as Bill Murray in 1976, and with only a few exceptions (including a break in the early '80s to serve as head writer at Letterman), he was a regular fixture on the writing staff until the end of last year, serving as the show's longest-running head writer from 1986-1995 and knighted ruler of SNL's political cold open sketches. Despite being better remembered as a writer, Downey also spent a single season as a cast member in the often overlooked one-time writer/cast member fifth season takeover alongside fellow scribes Peter Aykroyd, Brian Doyle-Murray, Alan Zweibel, Tom Schiller, and Don Novello. READ MORE
Today, South Park Studios unveiled the uncensored trailer for South Park: The Stick of Truth, the long-awaited video game that finally hits stores today. The trailer promises goths, zombie cows, abortions, Canada, and a pretty graphic shot of Randy getting probed by an alien, so if that sounds like your kind of game then today's your lucky day.
What does it say about our society that we reward disgraced crack-smoking Canadian mayors by letting them have a huge chunk of interview time on our precious late night talk shows? Thankfully this was far from lost on Jimmy Kimmel last night, who grilled Rob Ford about everything from his awful reputation among his fellow Torontonians to allegations of his homophobia, his sweating problem, his carb-free diet, and just about every viral Rob Ford clip that's hit the internet in recent history. If you like Canadian accents, political train wrecks, or walking heart attacks, click through for the rest of Ford's Kimmel visit. READ MORE
Reality show network truTV has greenlit its first-ever sketch comedy show. According to Deadline, the channel has ordered 10 episodes of Friends of the People, a blend of scripted sketches and man-on-the-street segments that will star The Lucas Brothers, Kevin Barnett (Guy Code), Josh Rabinowitz (I Just Want My Pants Back), and Jermaine Fowler, Jennifer Bartels, and Lil Rel Howery, who were attached to the In Living Color reboot. The cast will also write and executive produce (under Rabinowitz and Barnett as head writers), and The Pete Holmes Show's Neil Punsalan will serve as showrunner and director. Friends of the People is set to premiere on truTV sometime this summer.
According to the report, the Friends of the People pilot includes "a previously-untold story from television history" as well as the adventures of "Tracy Morgan Freeman," which sounds pretty amazing already. The cast made a similar pilot for Comedy Central last year called Legion of Goons after the In Living Color reboot didn't work out, but it never came to fruition on the network. From our interview with Lil Rel Howery in June:
[The In Living Color reboot pilot] was one of the greatest experiences I ever had and me and Jermaine Fowler are real good friends now. And Jennifer Bartels, she did the show. We're actually working on a sketch show for Comedy Central called Legion of Goons. So that's the cool thing that came out of this. There was a lot of anger. I was at [the Just for Laughs Festival in] Montreal like, “Man, they don't want to bring In Living Color back, that's cool man. We do our own show.” And I didn't know it could happen like that. They were like, “Okay.” 3 Arts don't play. They’re like, “That's what you guys want to do?” Yeah. And now we're in pre-production for our sketch pilot. [laughs]
In the second episode of his new Street Fighter-themed web series, Pete Holmes interviews Vega, the fancypants pretty boy from Spain who insists on wearing a mask, fighting with a huge claw, and crawling up chain link fences to avoid getting his beautiful face hit. Holmes tries to explain to Vega just how big of an insurance liability the claw is given he's the only fighter with a weapon, and it's nice to see Vega exposed as the cheating wuss he truly is.
Tina Fey visited her former Weekend Update co-anchor Jimmy Fallon last night, and they both gave the performance of a lifetime in a "Lip Flip" segment where they switch mouths, continue the interview, and sing a romantic duet. Click through to watch another clip from Fey's interview, in which she describes her daughter's very specific way of talking as "like a prostitute in a Vietnam movie." READ MORE
Last night, newest Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper made his very first appearance. His title? "New Senior Caucasian Correspondent." His task? Pretend to report from Crimea while being hilarious and making Jon proud as both a boss and father figure. Fortunately, Klepper's first day nerves only make his segment more hilarious, so hopefully he has a personal breakdown like this during all his future reports.
While we wait for Sasheer Zamata to get more screen time on SNL, here's the first episode of a new web series she's in called "Black Mad Men" written by Key and Peele's Phil Augusta Jackson and directed by Morgan Evans. Along with Jackson, Anthony Appruzzese, and Shaun Diston, Zamata plays a very Peggy-like ad exec in a scene spun off from Don Draper's famous Kodak Carousel or Lucky Strike "It's Toasted" pitches from Mad Men. The only difference on "Black Mad Men" is that Zamata and team are trying to convince their white client that Luke's Hummus is the key to unlocking true racial harmony through its irresistible "splash of desegregation."
Last night, Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington aired their second annual live On Cinema Oscars special on Adult Swim's website, which you can watch in full above. Considering how painfully dramatic the Academy Awards tend to be, you'll find way more entertainment in Heidecker and Turkington's nearly five hours of expert coverage, which even includes some trivia, fun facts, and hot movie recommendations from the guys.
Seth Meyers had his first week as the new host of Late Night last week, and after eight years as SNL's Weekend Update anchor, he came prepared for the new gig with plenty of experience delivering punchlines and riffing opposite wacky characters and real-life celebrities. It's too early to fairly judge Seth's version of Late Night before he and his staff get a chance to settle into their new roles, but here's a preliminary look at what the show already does well, what it can improve, and what its debut week indicates for its future. READ MORE
The wonderful Ellen DeGeneres returned to host the Oscars last night, and for a year full of so many depressing movies, there were still a few moments of humor amid an otherwise solemn film affair. Watch Ellen's Oscars monologue above then click through for a few of her best jokes and audience interactions along with comedy's best moment of the night, which came through an unplanned shout-out to the late Harold Ramis by his collaborator Bill Murray. READ MORE
After last night's Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel hosted another star-studded live post-awards show episode. This year, Kimmel took on the theme of classic YouTube videos — from "Charlie Bit My Finger" to "Keyboard Cat" to "David After Dentist" — and enlisted some of Hollywood's top stars to reenact the viral scenes. Check out the cold open to Kimmel's special above with Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, then click through to watch the dramatic trailers for YouTube movies Sweet Brown: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That, Bitman Begins, Ameowdeus, and David After Dentist Double Rainbow Oh My God! in 3D. If you always wanted to see Christoph Waltz as Hamster on a Piano, your time is finally here. READ MORE
On Friday night, comedian and SNL writer Michael Che was the very first featured standup on Late Night with Seth Meyers. In his above five-minute set, Che covers everything from paying his taxes to dog shampooing licenses, America's debt to China, book covers, camera flashes, and the Middle East's stance on bacon.