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Caryn James

Jimmy Kimmel Hosts the Emmys (UPDATED With New Video)

  • By Caryn James
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  • September 23, 2012 11:45 PM
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Jimmy Kimmel was a perfectly smooth host for the Emmys, though not a perfect fit. One of his trademarks, prankish humor – he asked viewers to Tweet that Tracy Morgan had passed out – didn’t translate to an awards show. His other trademark, irreverently taking swipes at the self-importance of show busines, was oddly missing. That was left to a few clever nominees. What worked best were the pre-arranged comic bits by winners and the people they beat. Julia Louis-Dreyfus read an acceptance speech Amy Poehler had supposedly slipped into her hand (that piece of paper was too big and crumpled to be anything other than a prop). Even better, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert wrestled Jon Stewart to the ground to keep him from heading to the stage when The Daily Show won Best Variety show.

Upright Citizens Brigade Vets Romney's VP Choices (Video)

  • By Caryn James
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  • July 16, 2012 9:15 AM
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For a blip of time last week, there was a flurry of Condi for Vice-President chatter – which was quickly shot down as a distracting Republican attempt at “Look over there! Not at the Romney Bain fiasco!”  But even if Condoleezza Rice isn’t going to be the next vice-president, Upright Citizens Brigade has been on the case with a very funny series of videos called “Vetting Mitt’s Veeps.”  And we know how much the McCain campaign could have used some vetting help.  

"You Gotcha!": Andy Samberg Plays Sarah Palin (Video)

  • By Caryn James
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  • March 11, 2012 11:12 AM
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There are Sarah Palin impersonations eerily close to reality: Tina Fey’s instant-classic comic version, and Julianne Moore’s dramatic one in the current HBO film Game Change. Then there’s Andy Samberg’s Sarah, unveiled on SNL.

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