Day: November 16, 2008

Video: Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special

Is it too early to celebrate Christmas? Yes. It’s not even Thanksgiving week yet, and already Comedy Central is rolling out Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special, which debuts at 9 p.m. tonight. This is a big week for Dunham. Not only does he have the TV special, but he also has the DVD version out on Tuesday, and this weekend, he’ll go to Las Vegas for The Comedy Festival: Dunham plays the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Saturday, Nov. 22. Watch the trailer for a peek at how Dunham and his dummies celebrate the holidays. More clips and info on how to buy the DVD, after the jump. The DVD comes out on Tuesday, Nov....

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SNL #34.8 with Paul Rudd, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and introducing Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins

With all of the hoopla this week about Saturday Night Live adding two new cast members in Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins, and the comedic prowess of Paul Rudd hosting, who would figure that the most memorable parts of this episode featured surprise performances by Justin Timberlake? Timberlake’s vision of his Thanksgiving SNL that could have been turns out to be hilarious enough that you suspect Lorne Michaels is figuring out how to make that happen, and then there was the outrageously funny music video choreography scene with Timberlake, Bobby Moynihan and Andy Samberg backing Beyonce. The latter featured our first live looks, albeit briefly, at the newbies Elliott and Watkins. But we like to read our recaps in the order of appearance, so rewind! Our cold open is brief for a change, with a message from Vice President-Elect Joe Biden (Jason Sudeikis) in which he describes his "Biden Blunder Scale." Biden is the one politician we haven’t been talking about since Election Day, so he vows he’ll be as entertaining as Sarah Palin. And roll the credits… Two thoughts before we move on. Amy Poehler still gets listed in the opening credits (and also as part of Weekend Update later) even though she has left the show. This is not an oversight. Perhaps a tribute to her, or some way to make sure she gets paid? Anyhow. I...

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Wanda Sykes: Out and proud lesbian

Wanda Sykes wanted to get married to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for laughs this season on TV’s The New Adventures of Old Christine, but in real life, Sykes also got married to her lesbian partner, and came out publicly as a proud lesbian Saturday at a rally in Las Vegas. This from the AP report: "You know, I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn’t feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life," Sykes told a crowd at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas on Saturday. "Everybody that knows me personally they know I’m gay. But that’s the way people should be able to live their lives," she said. So this isn’t news to those in the comedy community who know Sykes, or even to those in the gay community (this September interview from the Dallas Voice spells it out), but it is news to the rest of the world. Sykes, known as Wanda Sykes-Hall during her marriage to David Hall in the 1990s, said the passage of Proposition 8 in California banning same-sex marriage made her feel the need to become more outspoken. You can hear more of her thoughts in this additional interview from...

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Jimmy Fallon taps The Roots as his late-night TV band

David Letterman has Paul Shaffer, Conan O’Brien has Max Weinberg, drummer for The Boss Bruce Springsteen, and now the new late-night TV host to come to NBC — Jimmy Fallon — will have The Roots by his side in March 2009. That’s what this video interview alleges. And they’ve already begun work, it seems, as Fallon and The Roots shot some promotional footage earlier this month in Philadelphia. All we need now are those promised short webisodes to start appearing. But are you looking more forward to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon now? UPDATED at 2:30 p.m., Nov 18, EW reports NBC claims this is "not confirmable" yet, and video evidence has been removed (see...

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