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Tina Fey as Blerta, The New Roommate on 'Girls' (SNL Video)

  • By Caryn James
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  • September 29, 2013 10:18 AM
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It's easy to spoof Girls, from Lena Dunham's very particular delivery to her character's unlimited insecurity and narcissism. But host Tina Fey took an entirely fresh approach in the best of the sketches from last night's otherwise tame Saturday Night Live, as a new roommate -- a peasant crone named Blerta who blurts out the truth to the friends. "Don't speak. They will know you are simple," she advises Shoshanna. But she saves the most perfect observation for Hannah (perfectly played by new cast member Noel Wells) at the end.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Parodies: With Lena Dunham and As A Rom-Com

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 28, 2013 12:10 PM
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Who knows if these parodies might have helped Zero Dark Thirty in the Oscar race? (Could they have hurt more than the controversy about torture?) Laughing about the subject probably wasn’t in anybody's awards strategy, but these two very funny videos reveal how firmly the film has pervaded the cultural conversation.

The 'Girls' Episode That Leaves the 'Girls' Behind

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 8, 2013 9:31 AM
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Every now and then on ‘Girls,’ Hannah leaves her girlfriends and her search for success and rent behind, and we see deeper aspects of her character – revelations for both Hannah and for us. Last season it was a road trip to her parents and the hometown she has outgrown. This season it arrives with the next episode, called “One Man’s Trash,” as she steps into an upscale Brooklyn brownstone at the off-handed invitation of a neighbor, played by Patrick Wilson.

Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Funny, Edgy Golden Globes Opener

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 13, 2013 11:54 PM
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It’s too bad they disappeared for most of the show, because hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were by far the best part of watching The Golden Globes. Some of their lines were as jaw-dropping as anything Ricky Gervais said, but were delivered with such warmth that they didn’t seem to sting. “I haven’t really been following the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty,” Poehler said, “but when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.” The “special material” writers included SNL’s Seth Meyers and 30 Rock’s Robert Carlock, which explains a lot.  

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