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Selfie Stick Car Sing-Along Leads To Scary Crash! After Video Goes Viral, Friends Set Up GoFundMe Page For New Vehicle

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 18:17

Selfie sticks and driving don’t mix. One group of friends learned that obvious lesson the hard way when they crashed their car while recording a sing-along in their car. Now they have even started a fundraiser to get money for a new vehicle.

The video begins with four pals singing along to “Baby Come Back” while driving on a highway from Miami to Tampa Bay. The quartet then apparently decided to use a selfie stick to record a sing-along for
another pal who couldn’t be there.

Predictably (but hilariously), things quickly went horribly wrong. The car’s tire blew out, leading the driver, Sarah Green, to drive the car into a median to stop the skid. No one was injured in the crash, but the car was totaled.

“We’re not posting that video,” one girl says after the selfie stick car crash.

Green was actually not the one using the selfie stick at the time of the car accident. Instead, it was Marco Ferro, one of the guys in the backseat. Still, that doesn’t make the clip any less funny.

And despite the proclamation at the end of the video, Ferro did post the video of this selfie stick car crash to YouTube.  It has quickly gone viral, with more than three million views in less than a week.

Now, the friends are taking advantage of their newfound selfie stick infamy to help Green get a new vehicle. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for another car.

“While no one was injured in the crash, her car was totaled when her vehicle struck the median,” the page reads in part. “Sarah only carries liability insurance. Her ‘new to her’ car was a total loss and since the accident she has been without a vehicle. If you can, please help my friend Sarah!”

But so far, not many people sympathize with the driver of this car sing-along gone wrong. As of Sunday evening, only $45 has been raised towards the $5,000 goal.

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Anne Meara Dead At Age 85; What Happened To Ben Stiller’s Mother And Jerry’s Wife?

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 16:28

Comedian Anne Meara has died, according to her husband, Jerry Stiller, and son Ben Stiller. She was 85 years old, and it’s still unclear exactly what happened.

In a press release,  the family described Jerry Stiller as Meara’s “husband and partner in life,” before she died.

“The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long,” the statement added.

Anne Meara partnered with Jerry Stiller throughout the 1960s, most notably on The Ed Sullivan ShowThey also appeared together as part of the improv troupe Compass Players, which later became Second City.

But before her death, Anne Meara also branched out on her own. She recurred as the cook on Archie Bunker’s Place (a role that earned her two Emmy nominations) and had recent guest roles on Sex And The City and King Of Queens. In the latter series, her character eventually married Doug’s (Kevin James) father Arthur, played by Jerry Stiller.

And Anne Meara did not just limit herself to comedy. She had a recurring role on the soap opera All My Children and earned another Emmy nod for playing a teacher trapped in a hostage situation on Homicide: Life On The StreetShe also guest-starred as two different characters on Law & Order: SVUonce in 2004 and again in 2012. She and her husband received stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2007.

Meara continued acting into her 80s, starring in a web series with her Jerry Stiller and voicing Winnie in the film Planes: Fire & Rescue

Besides Jerry and Ben Stiller, Anne Meara also leaves behind daughter Amy and several grandchildren.

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Robert De Niro telling Jeffrey Ross’s jokes in upcoming film

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:33

Is it the return of Rupert Pupkin? Not quite! Robert De Niro may not be putting on the spiffy suit but he will return as a stand-up comic on the big screen. In Art Linson’s The Comedian, De Niro will play an insult comic reminiscent of Don Rickles. Consulting on the script was Roastmaster General Jeffrey Ross, who is a beloved part of the Comedy Central and Friars Club roasts. Ross wrote the stand-up material that will be featured in the movie. With production set to begin in New York City this Fall, maybe we’ll see De Niro popping in at the center to help get into character!

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Girl Wears Wrong Shoes To High School Graduation! Video Of Her Long Fall In Heels Goes Viral

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 18:43

A senior at Mansfield High School in Lousiana learned the hard way that she wore the wrong shoes to graduation. The girl took an epic fall in her heels after receiving her diploma, and the video is quickly going viral.

The video begins with the unidentified graduate strutting down the high school track with her diploma in hand. But when she steps from the track onto the Astroturf, she quickly realizes that she made a mistake wearing such high shoes.

She starts teetering almost as soon as she steps onto the grass, but she does all she can to try to save herself from falling. But this just creates a greater spectacle, as the other graduates turn to laugh at her stumbling on the turf. After a good 12 seconds, gravity won the battle, and the student went tumbling to the floor. Thankfully, a woman then rushed over to her and helped escort her back to her seat.

Of course, someone recorded the hilarious video of the girl falling at her graduation. And it already has more than a million YouTube views in less than a week. Many commenters compared the graduate wearing the wrong shoes to young Bambi learning to walk. Others criticized the girl for being dumb enough to wear high heels that she couldn’t walk in. But some were more sympathetic.

“Yes, she should have worn shoes that she could walk in, but I still feel bad for her,” Maria glay wrote of the girl who fell at her graduation.”I’ve twisted my ankle from falling like that and the way her ankles kept twisting, I’m surprised she didn’t break her ankle.”

Added Cyrano1202:  “30 years ago when I was young people would have helped her … nowadays people are armed with their cameras ready to record other’s bad luck in order to mock them publicly … shame on us ..”

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Bill Clinton Welcomes President Barack Obama To Twitter With Hilarious Tweet! Hillary’s Husband Asks About Future Of @POTUS Username If She Is Elected In 2016

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 16:45

Bill Clinton had a hilarious response to the news that Barack Obama has his own Twitter account. The former president tweeted at the current commander-in-chief about the future of the @POTUS handle.

“Welcome to @Twitter, @POTUS!” Bill Clinton tweeted to Obama’s new Twitter handle. “One question: Does that username stay with the office? #askingforafriend.” The “friend,” of course, is Bill’s wife, Hillary, who is running for the presidency in 2016.

Now, Obama finally has a Twitter account of his own. So what took so long? Per Washington Post, another user had already registered the @POTUS handle. While that user was not actively tweeting from that handle, the White House still had to work with Twitter to get the handle transferred to the President.

“The @POTUS Twitter account will serve as a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him,” the White House said in a statement. “President Obama is committed to making his Administration the most open and participatory in history, and @POTUS will give Americans a new venue to engage on the issues that matter most to them.”

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Hannibal Buress Gets Yondr To Block Cell Phones At Latest Show

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:24

When it comes to seeing his jokes become the basis of a viral phenomenon, comedian Hannibal Buress is nothing short of a reluctant expert.

In the fall of 2014, Buress’ comedy set on Bill Cosby’s rape allegations hit the internet after an audience member recorded it on their cell phone. The video footage went viral shortly thereafter, which served as a catalyst for numerous alleged female victims of Cosby to come forward to tell their stories of being sexually assaulted by the former “Cosby Show” and “I, Spy” star. Cosby denies any wrongdoing and has faced many verbal assaults from hecklers during his own live shows.

So in trying to prevent having his material leaked online again — and to avoid getting death threats as well — Buress has partnered Yondr to use their emerging signal blocking technology to make sure his latest show at the Uptown Theater in Napa, California is, in fact, a cell phone-free zone.

“Comedians rely on the content of their performances not being leaked,” Graham Dugoni, founder of Yondr, told Laughspin. “Partnering with Hannibal is important because it shows that major artists care a lot about this issue.”

Yondr, a San Fransisco-based firm founded in January 2014, employs small pouch-like cases to block any and all cell signals at public performance venues like concerts and movie theaters. As people enter a venue, phones are placed in the pouch and returned to the owner. Once patrons enter the phone-free performance zone, the Yondr cases lock, prohibiting access to the enclosed phones. If the audience needs to use their phones at any point during the performance, they must leave the zone to unlock their case unlocks and they regain access to their phone.

“People are not using phones as a useful tool as much as a compulsive habit,” Dugoni told Newsweek in December 2014. “Phones become kind of a crutch, a social crutch, and people are constantly trying to document everything. They’re not really enjoying the primacy of the experience.”

Dugoni told Laughspin that he sees his company’s partnership with Buress as the first step towards making all live comedy performances cell-free areas. “Yondr creates an environment where comedians can say what they want without fear of leaks,” he said. “Spaces where people are temporarily free from constant emails and texts, where they can be genuinely uninhibited without fear of becoming a viral video and enjoy authentic social interaction. Live performances thrive when these elements are present and suffer when they aren’t.”

He added, “A prerequisite for good comedy is that comedians can get on stage and let it all hang out.”

Check out what Buress had to say about the leaked Cosby set video when he appeared on the Howard Stern Show in October 2014:

The Mindy Project Lives On! Hulu Picks Up Cancelled Series for Season 4

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:23

Rejoice, Mindy Kaling fans! Hulu announced today that it has ordered 26 new episodes of her critically acclaimed series The Mindy Project, greenlighting a fourth season and saving it from cancellation. The sitcom will join Hulu’s “Original Programming” slate and after its premiere, Hulu will have the option to order subsequent seasons.

“Mindy has been a beloved member of the Hulu family, so this deal is a natural extension of our relationship,” said Craig Erwich, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Hulu. “With so many of her fans already catching up and tuning in to the series on Hulu, we know her millions of fans will be eager to find out what Mindy has in store for the next chapter.”

The Mindy Project, a show created by and starring the Emmy-nominated writer/producer Kaling, follows a skilled OB/GYN navigating the tricky waters of both her personal and professional life. The series also stars Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Beth Grant and Xosha Roquemore.

Hulu has yet to announce a release date for Season 4 but Hulu subscribers can currently stream past and future episodes on the service in preparation for the show’s return.

“I am thrilled The Mindy Project has found a new home on Hulu, where so many of our fans are already watching the show. It’s such an exciting place to be,” said Kaling.

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Judd Apatow begins production on “Top Secret” Lonely Island movie

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:57

Judd Apatow and The Lonely Island began production last week on their untitled feature film. The Lonely Island movie will be a musical comedy starring members Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer as former boy band members who decide to do the unthinkable: perform an epic reunion concert.

You obviously know Lonely Island from their hit digital shorts on Saturday Night Live, including “I Just Had Sex” and “Lazy Sunday.” They’ve been enjoying a sweet development deal over at Fox. Judd Apatow, who is producing the film, is about to release his Amy Schumer feature Trainwreck next month. As the ‘Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie” gets underway, he is still shooting Pee-Wee Herman’s Big Holiday for Netflix. Busy, busy funny people are what we like to see. Check out the production announcement from Judd below!

Production began today (ok, yesterday) on the first film made by @thelonelyisland ! pic.twitter.com/Kww91Xn82E

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) May 14, 2015

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Bill Cosby’s Bizzare Defense Against Rape Allegations

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:57

Sometimes, you just have to roll the hard six. At least, that’s what it seems Bill Cosby is doing in defense of his many rape allegations.

In a rare appearance on Good Morning America, the former “Cosby Show” star offered up a bizzare response about his alleged sexual assaults when questioned by ABC News’ Linsey Davis. “I have been in this business 52 years,” Cosby said. “I’ve never seen anything like this. And reality is the situation and I can’t speak.”

Cosby was interviewed by ABC after being invited by the Black Belt Community Foundation in Selma, Alabama to support an initiative to bring awareness about the state of underfunded schools in the area. He is also scheduled to walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge — a landmark synonymous with the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s — with local students as part of the group’s “March for Education.”

“I think that many of them may say, ‘Well, you are a hypocrite. You say one thing, you say another,’” Cosby said. “My point is, ‘OK, listen to me carefully. I’m telling you where the road is out. I’m telling you where, as you drive, you are going to go into the water. Now, you want to go here or you want to be concerned about who is giving you the message?’”

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Was Louis C.K. ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue too over the top? (Video)

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 16:14

Was Louis C.K.’s Saturday Night Live monologue offensive? The comedian’s jokes about racism and child molestation created a stir on social media.

The SNL monologue was controversial from the start. Louis C.K. started out noting that he grew up in the 1970s, when racism was everywhere. So compared to others from that time, he only has “mild racism.”

“It’s the best I could do coming out of the ‘70s, because that was a very racist decade.  People said racist things all the time and nobody got offended,” Louis C.K. said during his Saturday Night Live monologue. “The only time somebody got offended if you said something racist in the ‘70s is when they would say, ‘Hey! You interrupted me! I was saying something racist!”

So what is mild racism? According to Louis C.K., “If I go to a pizza place I’ve never been to before and it’s run by four black women, I’ll go, ‘Hmm.’ “It’s very mild.”

From there, Louis C.K. turned to politics. He said during his Saturday Night Live monologue that everything has changed since the 1970s, except the conflict in the Middle East. Israel and Palestine are constantly fighting, he said, just like his two kids. He then continued the analogy in a way some thought was offensive.

“My kids are like Israel and Palestine and I’m like America,” Louis C.K. added in his SNL monologue. “The little one’s like Palestine because she always gets screwed. She gets the worst deal. She’s like, ‘She threw a rock at my face’ and I’m like, ‘You’re fine. You have a great life. You have to take a rock to the face once in a while. You’re fine.’”

“The older one is like Israel,” he continued. “She comes up to me like, ‘She burnt all my dolls!’ I’m like, ‘Look, I can’t do anything about it right now. Your sister is crazy. Please don’t make me talk to her. I’ll work it out, you and me. I’ll buy you a really cool missile and whatever you do with it is totally up to you.”

But many thought Louis C.K. was really offensive when he riffed on the topic of child molesters during his Saturday Night Live monologue.  He even compared a pedophile’s obsession with abusing children to his own obsession with Mounds candy bars.

“Child molesters are very tenacious people,” Louis C.K. said. “They love molesting childs. It’s crazy. It’s like their favorite thing. When you consider the risk of being a child molester — there is no worse life available to a human than being a caught child molester. And yet they still do it! Which you could only really surmise, that it must be really good.”

This last sentence drew shocked gasps from the SNL crowd. So Louis clarified that molestation is only “really good” from pedophiles’ point of view.

He then continued in his SNL monologue: “I love Mounds bars, it’s my favorite thing, but there’s a limit. I can’t even eat a Mounds bar and do something else at the same time. That’s how much I love them… and yet if somebody said to me ‘if you eat another Mounds bar, you’ll go to jail and everybody will hate you,’ I would stop eating them, because they do taste delicious, but they don’t taste as good as a young boy does, and shouldn’t, to a child molester.”

Not surprisingly, Louis C.K. took plenty of flack on social media for his SNL monologue. Many on Twitter slammed the child molestation and racism jokes in particular as offensive. It’s no wonder the comedian joked at the end of his set that he would never be invited back to the show again.

Sorry. Joking about child molestation is bad form. Very low moment for #LouisCK. 100% not funny in any form. 1 in 3 girls, 1 in 6 boys.

— Anthony Bradley (@drantbradley) May 17, 2015

I get it comedy is meant to be edgy. I just don’t find jokes about child molestation funny. #SNL40FINALE #LouisCK

— Chris Marshall (@ChrisMarshalltx) May 17, 2015

Sums up many white comics: Making $ off the suffering of others. It’s not sophisticated. It’s disgusting. #LouisCK #sexabuse #racism

— M McV (@McVickerMaria) May 17, 2015

Others, however, appreciated Louis C.K.’s unique brand of comedy – including famed radio personality Gregg “Opie” Hughes. Ironically, Opie’s former radio partner Anthony Cumia was recently fired for his own offensive racist rant.

Louis CK had another great set on #SNL http://t.co/MALzVtR9nN

— opie radio (@OpieRadio) May 17, 2015

Louis CK just did the best monologue SNL has ever seen #snl #LouisCK

— Cameron Kok (@camkok1994) May 17, 2015

Louis CK is the only person on the planet who could get away with his SNL monologue from last night. And it was hilarious.

— Leigh A. Zinsmeister (@LeighAnneZin) May 17, 2015

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Harry Shearer leaves Simpsons over contract dispute

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:39

Shortly after Fox renewed The Simpsons for another two seasons, Harry Shearer has decided not to return to the longest-running sitcom on television. Shearer voices a slew of Simpsons characters including Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Dr. Hibbert, bus driver Otto and many many more. The former Saturday Night Live player is walking away from a reported $14 million in guaranteed money. Showrunner Al Jean does not plan to kill off these major characters but will instead recast the roles “with the most talented members of the voice over community.”

Shearer was the lone hold out announced with the two-season pick-up. The 70-year-old actor has been with the show since it launched in 1989, although he only just won his first Emmy for his work last year. Shearer has been very vocal on Twitter, saying that the discontent is “because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work.” He runs a satirical syndicated radio program Le Show and has starred on stage in London. Jean insists he was “offered the same deal as the rest of the cast, but turned it down.” That deal did allow him to work on other projects. Deadline reports that the studio wanted him to commit to a schedule. Previously, Shearer has been doing voice work remotely.

20th Century Fox TV and producers of The Simpsons are open to him changing his mind, but it does not look likely. Either way, their statement insisted that the show will go on and they “wish him well.” Fans can still count on their favorite yellow-skinned dysfunctional family and the town of Springfield returning with new episodes for at least another couple of years. Some of their favorite characters’ voices, however, might have the slightest twinge of a difference.

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Samantha Bee is “female as f-ck” in TBS promo (Video)

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 14:41

Samantha Bee has only been gone from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show for two weeks and she’s already back on the airwaves. TBS released a promo video for her upcoming untitled talk show where she will apply “her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues.” And we’re pretty freaking excited.

While Comedy Central was deciding on who would replace Jon Stewart as The Daily Show host, TBS snatched up Bee to host her own late night show. She spent her final night on Comedy Central, her home for twelve years, on April 30. The TBS promo video shows the host in an exhibit of portraits of all the current late night talk show hosts. They all happen to be, um, men. “When I take in each piece individually, I like it,” she ponders. “But when I take a step back, it seems like something’s missing.” Check out the promo for her new show below!

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Draw Muhammad Sketch Plagiarized? ‘SNL’ Accused Of Stealing ‘Picture Perfect’ Skit From Canada’s ‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes’

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 18:49

Did Saturday Night Live plagiarize its “Picture Perfect” sketch from a Canadian satire series? The much-discussed SNL skit about drawing Muhammad is strikingly similar to one that appeared on This Hour Has 22 Minutes in January.

“Picture Perfect” starred Taran Killam as host of a Pictionary-esque game show. A contestant played by Bobby Moynihan was then given the prompt “Muhammad” and had no idea where to begin. He stammered that he couldn’t draw the prophet, so he traded places with teammate “Reginald VelJohnson” from Family Matters (played by Kenan Thompson). He, too, refused to even attempt a drawing once he saw what the prompt was. But the team still won, as the wife of Moynihan’s character (played by guest host Reese Witherspoon), figured out the right answer based on her teammate’s reluctance to draw it.

This SNL skit, of course, was in response to the recent attack at a Muhammad cartoon competition. There have been similar terrorist attacks around the world over the past few months, most notably the fatal shooting at the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Muslims are banned from depicting the prophet in any form, and drawings or cartoons of Muhammad are considered offensive.

Shortly after this SNL sketch aired, some commenters noted how similar “Picture Perfect” was to the This Hour Has 22 Minutes skit “Win Lose Or Draw Muhammad.” Indeed, both do feature a contestant having to draw the prophet on a game show. And in both cases, the contestant wins when his partner figures out the correct answer solely based on fact that the teammate can’t draw it.

The similarities were not lost on two of the stars of the Canadian sketch,  Mark Critch and Shaun Majumder. Critch, who played the contestant, tweeted several stories about the SNL controversy. And Majumder, who played the host, joked about Saturday Night Live copying his show’s idea. “Wow if only we could steal some of their budget,” he wrote alongside a link to a story about the Saturday Night Live skit.

But Majumder later clarified that there is room for both “Picture Perfect” and “Win Lose Or Draw Muhammad” in the comedy landscape. “I think both pieces are important satirical comedy with two different audiences,” he concluded on Twitter.

This is not the first time Saturday Night Live has been accused of stealing a sketch this season. Back in October, several members of The Groundlings claimed SNL plagiarized a skit about the Tina Turner hit “Proud Mary.”  Both versions featured singers on a riverboat cruise performing “Proud Mary” while telling the sad stories of their own lives. But an insider insisted at the time that this was just a coincidence.

“It’s a common idea since Tina Turner is such an iconic figure,” the source told Laughspin, “The similarities represent parallel thinking in the comedy world.”

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Kanye West’s Smile With Scottie Pippen At Chicago Bulls Game Turns To A Scowl When Rapper Realizes He’s On Camera; Watch The Hilarious Vine Video!

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 11:09

Kanye West is known for his refusal to smile in pictures. So when he was caught laughing on camera at a basketball game this weekend, it was a rare sight. But it didn’t last very long. West’s grin quickly turned upside down once he realized he was being watched, as the rapper refuses to let anyone know when he is having a good time. The moment was captured on a Vine that is now going viral.

The moment in question took place at Sunday’s NBA playoff game between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers. West was in attendance to perform his song “All Day” during a timeout.  Afterwards, he spent time in the stands with Bulls legend Scottie Pippen.

In the third quarter, ABC’s cameras focused on Kanye West and Scottie Pippen during a break in the game action.  At first, the two men are laughing and having a good time like any two guys would at a basketball game. But when West notices the camera, the smile quickly vanishes from his face and turns into his famous scowl. The hilarious moment has more than 5 million loops on Vine in less than 24 hours.

As this Vine shows, Kanye West has no plans to put forth a different public image. In fact, he admitted a few months ago that he is happy when he’s not smiling for the cameras.

“Back when I was working on [my album] Yeezus, I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything,” West said at the  Fashion Los Angeles Awards in January. “I looked at all these people’s photos and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren’t smiling and people, you know the paparazzi, always come up to me, ‘Why you not smiling?’ and I think, not smiling makes me smile…When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling cause it just wouldn’t look as cool.”

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Every Episode Of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ Is Now Available Online For Free; Where To Watch Classic Moments With Wayne Brady, Drew Carey, Colin Mochrie And Ryan Stiles

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 18:01

Every Whose Line Is It Anyway episode is now available online! So cancel all your plans for the next month and head over to CW Seed to find who really did earn the most points over the series’ 11 American seasons.

That’s right, you can now watch hours of Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady‘s hysterical improv on your computer for free. CW Seed announced last week that all 200+ American episodes are now on its website. This, of course, includes the more recent Aisha Tyler seasons, which have been airing on the CW.

But we are most excited about the vintage Drew Carey episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway. Who can forget when he accidentally called Africa a country?

Or when Ryan broke the light on Drew’s desk … and stayed in character as Carol Channing the whole time?

Or when Colin unknowingly reported on himself.

And now that every Whose Line Is It Anyway episode is online, you can also relive the times when the series had good guest stars, not the random CW actors it has now. Don’t forget to watch the episodes featuring Richard Simmons, Jerry Springer, and a pre-Comedy-Central Stephen Colbert. Sadly, however, the episode featuring the late Robin Williams is MIA at the moment, though there are several clips from that show available on YouTube.

So far, you can only watch the American episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway on CW Seed. But for those craving Clive Anderson‘s sense of humor, select episodes of the British version are also available for free on Hulu.

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Amy Schumer’s 12 Angry Men parody is brilliant (Video)

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 15:35

Peabody Award recipient Amy Schumer struck back at her haters with a brilliant piece on her Comedy Central sketch comedy show Inside Amy Schumer. Schumer spent all of Tuesday night’s episode parodying the award-winning film 12 Angry Men, where the 12 jurors debate if she is hot enough to be on TV. The results are amazing as the jurors—including John Hawkes, Nick DiPaolo, Chris Gethard, Vincent Kartheiser, Kumail Nanjiani and Paul fucking Giamatti—argue if someone who isn’t hot deserves her own show. The episode battles sexism and shameful gender norms with a biting satire that Schumer’s sketch series has come to be known for. Season 3 of Inside Amy Schumer has spawned multiple mass-shared sketches in just three episodes. With this momentum, who knows how many Emmys Schumer and her writers could be nominated for—or win—next year!

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Comedy saved me at my lowest point: Project UROK founder Jenny Jaffe helps teens deal with depression, suicidal thoughts

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 15:24

Comedian Jenny Jaffe’s childhood was anything but comical. During her high school years, she was diagnosed with a multitude of mental illnesses, which included her having extreme anxiety, OCD and suicidal thoughts. “It wasn’t something I talked to really anybody in my life about,” Jaffe, 24, tells Laughspin. “There was this long uphill battle. But, then the hill got less steep.”

After years of therapy and pursuing her love of comedy through performance and writing during her college years, Jaffe found a way to cope with her illnesses. She began performing stand-up in front of night club audiences. This eventually led to gigs writing for MTV, VH1 and xoJane and working for well known parody powerhouses The Onion and College Humor.

Now, Jaffe is rallying her comedic comrades in arms to help tell troubled teens that they, too, can be okay just like her.

The New York-based comic started Project UROK (pronounced “you are okay”), a non-profit initiative that collects video testimonials and experiences of various contributors — including other comedians and famous comedic actors — who have, in the past, or currently struggle with similar mental illnesses. In the videos, they share the things that they wanted to hear during their youth — memorable, humorous and thoughtful advice with the goal to make teenagers feel at ease with themselves and their surroundings.

Check out Jaffe’s own confessional video below:

Now the non-profit plans to release video productions with more of a humorous twist, including a series of short sketches that use comedy to show teens how to cope with mental illness. Jaffe and her crew also plan to add more confessional videos; shoots are planned to occur on May 19, in which the comedians, actors and the general public is invited to participate. (Author’s note: If you are a comedian or in comedy, and are interested in telling your story, email Heidi Vanderlee for more details.)

“Comedy was what really saved me at my lowest point,” she said. “I got into comedy to give that same experience to someone else.”

Along with the video clips, Project UROK also offers resources for teens in distress, including links on their website to free emergency help lines, to non-profits that deal with specific disorders and to abuse assistance organizations like the National Domestic Hotline and Childhelp.

“Our goal is to create funny, meaningful videos for teenagers struggling with mental health issues, made by people who have been there before,” Project UROK’s website says. “In doing so, we will provide not only practical assistance, but also a sense of belonging, a sense of comfort and a sense of hope.”

Jaffe says she first asked comedians to contribute their experiences with mental illness but welcomes submissions from anyone who visits the site. “The comedy community as a whole is so supportive of this kind of thing,” she says. “I think it’s because most people can relate and because this message really resonates with them.”

Check out Mara Wilson’s testimonial. Wilson is a former child actor who starred in comedy hits Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matlida and is now the host of the monthly live show What Are You Afraid Of?

Teen mental illness and depression is a serious issue, especially when it comes to preventing tragic outcomes. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, four million children and adolescents in this country suffer from a serious mental disorder that causes significant functional impairments at home, at school and with peers. Also, more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza and chronic lung disease combined. And over 90 percent of children and adolescents who commit suicide have a mental disorder.

“If someone is talking about suicide, you really should take it seriously,” says National Institute of Mental Health researcher Dr. Jane Pearson. “There maybe parents or providers that say, ‘Oh, somebody just wants to get some attention.’ They probably want to get attention for a reason. It’s probably worth following through. It might be that we don’t know for sure if someone intends to or not. Or the individual might not be certain either. But, we certainly want to give them some help.”

With Project UROK, Jaffe’s ultimate goal is to humanize those who battle with mental illness and to help teens who suffer much like she did many years ago.

“I feel like there are two faces that are put on mental illness when we talk about it with teens,” she tells Laughspin. “We talk about it being scary like school shooters and we talk about it being glamorous…‘Isn’t she so glamorous? She’s so sad and everybody wants to save her. A lot of it is just people trying to live their lives in the most normal and positive way they can. It’s all about putting a face on mental illness that’s really genuine and not scary at all.”

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Louis CK’s new project I’m a Cop: He’ll write, direct and star in the feature film

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:24

Louis C.K. will write, direct and star in a feature film I’m a Cop. It’s not the Louie star’s first time making a movie but it’s been 14 years since the comedian/actor/writer/maker-of-all-things has been behind the camera on a feature film. His last time was on the 2001 artistic disaster Pootie Tang. What’s more impressive about C.K.’s latest project is that Hollywood heavyweight Scott Rudin will produce the indie flick.

I’m a Cop is about a depressed middle-aged man who is a volunteer police officer living in the shadow of his mother, a highly decorated retired officer. After her death, the protagonist moves to become a real police officer, a position he never truly desired. Rudin will produce with Dave Becky and Blair Breard, an executive producer on FX’s Louie. The comedian feels confident making TV shows, something he’s become an low-budget god at. But he admits “I’d be arrogant to think that I can take someone’s $8 million and just turn in a movie.”

Currently, Louie is airing its fifth season and his Zach Galifianakis clown series Baskets will premiere on FX in 2016. He recently released another $5 special on his website, an ode to his dream comedy club, Louis C.K. Live at the Comedy Store, which will later air on FX. He’s been acting in other people’s films and winning Emmys. He does a lot of other things, but it’s seriously becoming so much that we can’t even.

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21 Chris Farley life lessons: What we learned from the man who was Matt Foley

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:40

This year Tommy Boy turned 20 years old. So, I promptly went out and bought a subscription to AARP Magazine. And then exclaimed “holy shnikes!” as any sensible Chris Farley fan would do.

But for real, it’s really been 20 years? Seems like only yesterday we were reenacting all our favorite lines from the very best Farley/Spade vehicle – and truthfully, who doesn’t still bust out “fat guy in a little coat” every now and then? As a kid I adored Chris Farley, and as an adult, I’m grateful to him for leaving me (and the rest of the world, sniffle) with some of life’s most important lessons. Do you… do you remember the time that he taught us that…

1. M&Ms are covered in a thin candy shell:

Please note: your brain may be covered in a thick candy shell.

2. Always accept defeat with dignity and grace:

3. It’s a good idea to rehearse your words beforehand:

4. You shouldn’t let yourself be disrespected by anybody:

Even a dude with nipple jewelry.

5. Never, EVER, let the white man bring you down!

6. You should always take pride in your work, no matter what your vocation is:

7. Destruction of private property is ok if you’re trying to prove a strong point:

8. It’s important not to come on too strong when looking for love:

Relatedly, peeling an orange is maybe not the smoothest of pickup moves.

9. The only cooking ingredient you ever need in life is a metric gallon of chocolate:

Chocolate is, of course, basically useless without ketchup. Also, aw, I hope he got to mentor Kenan a bit.

10. Be proud of who you are (even if you don’t quite know what it means):

11. Sometimes you gotta have your own back:

Especially when you’re having yet another heart attack.

12. Never let them skinny bitches come between you and your pleasures:

13. You deserve to be accepted by the A group:

(PS: you can stop watching this video after the acceptance speech starts, if you just want to keep getting your Farley on).

14. If you can’t beat ‘em, burn ‘em:

15. Embrace your inner child as much as you can:

16. Don’t be afraid to ask stupid questions:

Because you might just get to meet your idols that way!

17. You never know how quickly your luck will turn around:

18. Fake it til you make it:

Or never make it with Veronica Vaughn, as the case may be.

19. Getting closer with your family isn’t at all a bad thing:

20. Believe in yourself, and you can soar to new heights:

21. And finally, but most importantly: don’t take your light away from the world when you’ve only just begun to shine.

We miss you, big guy.

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‘The Simpsons’ future is decided

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 18:42

The Simpsons are staying on Fox for at least another two seasons as the network announced the renewal on Monday, not like anyone was truly worried about the show’s future. Seasons 27 and 28 will push the longest-running sitcom to 625 episodes. “I’ve outlasted Letterman, Jon Stewart and ‘McDreamy,’ because I have something they don’t: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction,” Homer Simpson commented.

At this point, The Simpsons are simply an assumed entity on television. As long as the show runners want to make the show, Fox is happy to have its cash cow on air. The only thing that has ever been an uncertainty has been the show’s cast of voice actors, who have become multi-mega-absurd rich after over two decades on air. Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer have gotten into some tussles with Fox executives over salaries. It seems like there were few nasty spats during this round of negotiations.

Fox has continued to benefit greatly from <em>The Simpsons</em> over the past 25 years of production through its 20th Century Fox Television company. They made a landmark deal with FXX to put Homer, Lisa, Bart, Marge and Maggie into syndication on cable for the first time ever in 2013. Its Family Guy crossover episode was a hit and celebrities continue to get excited about making a cameo on the animated series. Despite co-creator Sam Simon’s death earlier this year, The Simpsons seem no closer to death than before.

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