Day: February 13, 2009

Behind the scenes: HBO’s Eastbound & Down

Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, the guys behind Funny or Die, also are responsible for getting Danny McBride his own comedy series, Eastbound & Down, which debuts Sunday, Feb. 15, on HBO. McBride plays Kenny Powers, a former Major League Baseball star whose star has fallen, landing him back in his North Carolina hometown teaching gym to middle schoolers. Here is HBO's documentary look behind the scenes of the show. Enjoy: Oh, and Andy Daly plays the...

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White House Correspondents’ Dinners: Now With Less Awkwardness

On the one hand, the announcement of Wanda Sykes as the main entertainment for the 2009 White House Correspondents' Dinner on May 9 is nice and all. Growing up inside the beltway, as they say, Wanda Sykes certainly knows more than a little something about the political power players — she even worked for the NSA before quitting her government day job for stand-up comedy. But, then again. Just look at the home page for the White House Correspondents' Association. A smiling, beaming photo of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, arm-in-arm during the inaugural parade. Which means none of the awkwardness that faced the past few WHCA dinners (Craig Ferguson, Rich Little, Stephen Colbert) even applies to Sykes. Colbert's infamous 2006 address made everyone care about this shindig, because he looked squarely into the squirrelly eyes of the Bush Administration and did not blink. As we all remember, the WCHA overreacted and booked Little in 2007, saw their mistake there and invited Ferguson last year, only to have him mock them. What will happen this year? Who knows…but also, who cares? Maybe we will in May. But today, not as...

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Great Moments in David Letterman interviews

We all know now that Feb. 11 was a blur for Joaquin Phoenix, and Feb. 12 turned out to be a blurry cold/flu vision for me, but who will look at this Friday the 13th and find it blurry? Spoiler alert: Probably you. That said, the Phoenix interview on The Late Show with David Letterman got me thinking about Letterman's many great and infamous moments over the years. There are a few people who look upon their Letterman spots as times to shine, whether it be for good (Bill Murray, Martin Short, Bruce Willis) or those who use him for their own evil self-purposes (Bill O'Reilly, Howard Stern, Paris Hilton). And then there are those who, well, just sort of take over the show, whether they meant to or not. This blog post is devoted to those celebs who took Letterman by surprise before Joaquin Phoenix. The nine greatest moments in David Letterman interviews, after the jump. 1) Farah Fawcett. Let's start with Fawcett, because Letterman name-checked her near the end of his chat with Phoenix. She appeared on the show in 1997 to promote her Playboy pictorial and a new DVD that also showed how well she had aged. Only problem was, she couldn't make any sense out of anything. 2) Andy Kaufman. When people talk about hoaxes, this is the first thing that comes to mind, as...

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