Day: December 13, 2010

As seen on TV: Chris D’Elia, Al Madrigal, Wendy Liebman, Neal Brennan, Mike E. Winfield

More than a few stand-up comedians have been on the late-night TV in the past couple of weeks, and lest I fail to fulfill my duties to give you comprehensive coverage, I should get us all caught up with some of these new/additional TV credits. Last week on Lopez Tonight, Chris D'Elia joked about his own voice, comparing it to an old Japanese man, and then wished he could talk and laugh more like gangsters and rappers.   Last week on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Al Madrigal may have missed his mark on the stage floor, but he makes some valid points about his neighbors in Los Angeles.   The week before that, Wendy Liebman appeared on Ferguson's program. Wait for her classic joke about her age.   In late November, Mike E. Winfield made his network TV debut on Late Show with David Letterman. It may look like he's always smiling, but that's not how he feels based on how his wife treats him. And don't ask him about his afro. He's heard your silly questions before. Roll it.   Around the same time, Neal Brennan went on Lopez Tonight and made a pitch for a sketch he would have done had Dave Chappelle not left him and Chappelle's Show behind. Brennan warns the audience: "Now, don't be babies," before making his pitch, as if the...

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Watch Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly re-enact the David Bowie and Bing Crosby Christmas duet

Today's funny ha-ha in a ho-ho weird way video comes from Funny or Die, where Owen Burke convinced Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to re-enact the famous Christmas duet by Bing Crosby and David Bowie, recorded just before Crosby's death in 1977. They're fairly faithful to the whole segment, save for an additional NSFW remark or two. If you're not yet in the holiday spirit, perhaps this is just what you need to be reminded 'tis the season. Roll it!   And for comparison's sake, here is the original 1977 video....

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SNL #36.9 RECAP: Host Paul Rudd, musical guest Paul McCartney

As I thought about this weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live with host Paul Rudd and musical guest Sir Paul McCartney, I couldn't help but think a bit more about last week's mysterious mess with Robert DeNiro. DeNiro has been a bit of a dud before, while Rudd was great when he first hosted two winters ago (the week Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins joined the show, and Justin Timberlake made a cameo with Beyonce and the boys for their Single Ladies dance!). I wondered if any cast or writers held back their better pitches last week, knowing this week was coming. I also began to wonder, if they really wanted to get a host to promote Little Fockers, well, they had Ben Stiller there — but wouldn't it have been that much greater to see Dustin Hoffman host SNL??? It's a rhetorical question, because the answer is an obvious yes. How come that hasn't happened yet? And as I got to thinking, I also realize fully now that this is Bill Hader's season. I haven't crunched any numbers, but my own memories of this fall's episodes reminds me that Hader, more than anyone else in the cast, has held court with his multiple celebrity impersonations (and Stefon) and by more literally holding court as the host of various game show and talk show sketches. Kristen Wiig hasn't been...

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