Month: December 2009

Shoot the messenger: “Wake Up World,” the pilot

From the mind of Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, and her friends, comes this parody of America's first and only six-hour morning "news" show, Wake Up World. They had been doing this as a live show regularly in NYC since 2007 under the umbrella title of Shoot The Messenger. As a television pilot, however, we go behind-the-scenes of the fictional news network, with hosts Hope Jean Paul (Winstead) and Davis Miles (Baron Vaughn), and featuring, among others: Livia Scott, Sean Crespo, Carol Hartsell and Jeff Kreisler. Welcome to America's worst news network. No, it's not the one you're thinking of. This one is fictional. Maybe. Roll the clips (in four...

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Chant “Todd!” for your New Year’s countdown and earn $500 for charity? Todd Barry says so!

Yes, as the headline suggests, it's that simple. Well, you will have to videotape yourself chanting "Todd" as 2009 counts down into 2010, but as comedian Todd Barry explains in this short video, it's for charity! Show the ones you love that you care, by doing what's right to ring in the new year. It's the Todd! Todd! TODD! New Year's Eve Project, now with Tumblr. Roll...

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What if Mad Men’s Rich Sommer became a zombie? Watch Paul F. Tompkins in this Atom.com original

This is circulating around the Internets today, and for good reason. It's funny, and it's original. It's comedian Paul F. Tompkins with Mad Men's Rich Sommer in "Sketch Of The Dead," an Atom.com original sketch. And no, it's not a stretch at all to see Sommer doing comedy — not only does he hang out with funny people quite often in NYC and L.A., but he's also a UCB alum. (See Sommer talk to me about Monty Python on the red carpet back in October). Roll the clip! Pre-P.S. Don't shoot me if you think I'm a zombie, because I'm not....

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Jimmy Fallon’s celebrity Troll Doll impersonations, from 1996 to now-ish

My friends at The Laugh Factory uploaded videos of a young Jimmy Fallon, before he was on Saturday Night Live, performing stand-up on their West Hollywood stage in 1996. Would you like to take a look? Here is Fallon doing an early version of his bit with celebrity impersonations promoting the Troll dolls. With a Troll doll as a prop! Roll the clip. Cut to now-ish. Or at least post-SNL but pre-Late Night. Fallon is famous. Touring theaters. And still, a couple of years ago, might still be known to break out the Troll doll bit for you. Here's what it looked like with a decade of polish and a crowd of adoring fans. Take...

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