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Caryn James

The Daily Show: The Republicans Are Like A Box Of Chocolates

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  • January 4, 2012 11:33 AM
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The compensation for post-vacation return to real life: new episodes of late night shows. None of them were at their best last night, with The Daily Show and Colbert Report suffering most from having taped before the Iowa Caucuses even started. Not that Mitt Romney’s squeaker win would have mattered much, but as Jon Stewart explained in a ghost-story voice, he didn’t have results because “I’m speaking to you from the past.”

Watch The Best Videos of 2011

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  • December 21, 2011 10:26 PM
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Like many of you, I’ll be taking some time off over Christmas weekend, but please come back to this post and spend an escapist minute or two with some of the funniest videos of the year, from Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon in a live-action “Ambiguously Gay Duo” to Ricky Gervais’ notorious, scathingly funny monologue at the Golden Globes. Remember when the world pretended that was a problem? Gervais, of course, has signed on to host again. (Yay!)

Mitt Romney Does Letterman's Top Ten

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  • December 20, 2011 9:10 AM
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David Letterman’s Top Ten List has become the place politicians go for damage control (remember Rick Perry’s Top Ten Excuses for his “I forgot” moment?), or to try so liven up a robotic image or revive a faltering campaign. The robotic and the faltering problems both apply to Mitt Romney, who last night delivered the “Top Ten Things Mitt Romney Would Like To Say To The American People.”  

Jude Law, Nicholas Cage and Jesus in the Non-Fallon SNL Sketches

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  • December 18, 2011 12:24 PM
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The Jimmy Fallon episode of SNL was terrific and crowded with guests, but he can’t do everything himself. There was room for some very funny non-Fallon sketches.

Jimmy Fallon Brings Tina Fey And Amy Poehler Back To SNL

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  • December 18, 2011 12:03 PM
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Jimmy Fallon returned to host SNL last night and brought a crowd of guests, including Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler and Tracy Morgan.

Jimmy Fallon Sings In SNL Promos

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  • December 14, 2011 9:34 AM
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Jimmy Fallon hosts this week’s SNL, and in these promos he and Fred Armisen mess up some Christmas carols and debate the reality of Santa.

Jon Stewart on Lowe's And Muslims

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  • December 14, 2011 8:38 AM
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Jon Stewart takes on the absurdity of Lowe’s dropping out as a sponsor of TLC’s reality series All-American Muslim, in a segment that skewered TLC’s own icky Toddlers and Tiaras, as well as the lunacy of social critics who complained that the people on All-Amercan Muslim weren’t depicted as terrorists. He then turned things over to Asif Mandvi, “Senior Muslim Correspondent,” who pointed out the great deals on terrorist supplies at Lowe’s, with prices so good,  “You can’t afford not to blow something up.”

Boardwalk Empire's Killer Season Finale (Updated)

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  • December 12, 2011 12:06 AM
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“I adore you, Margaret, and I adore our family,” Nucky says as he finally proposes marriage in the season finale of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Of course, he needs her to be his wife so she can’t be forced to testify against him, but still --- nothing is more important than family, especially if there’s a crime family to keep organized, alive and out of prison.

Matt Damon is Katy Perry's Homeless Friend on SNL

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  • December 11, 2011 11:53 AM
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Andy Samberg and Katy Perry were prancing around New York singing carols and doing other wholesomely silly holiday things when they picked up a new best friend, a homeless addict played by Matt Damon as a guy with bad teeth and an odor you could almost smell through the television. Val Kilmer turns up, too. as a mad scientist, but somehow that isn’t such a stretch.

SNL Movie Parodies: "New Year's Eve" Really Is the End of the World

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  • December 11, 2011 11:24 AM
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The reviews of New Year’s Eve make it sound like the end of the world, so it’s a quick step from there to SNL’s parody, a sequel in which thousands of stars collide on one very special night: Apocalypse.

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