Day: December 5, 2012

“The Simpsons” short PSA: Mr. Burns explains the “Fiscal Cliff”

While FOX News tries to use propaganda to make you feel bad for “demonizing the rich,” the writers on long-running FOX hit comedy, The Simpsons, have a long-running mega-millionaire who does the demonizing himself. Mr. Burns. Missssssterrrrrr Burrrrrrrrnnnnnnss. Usually, if you pay close enough attention during the opening credits, you’ll see the writers throw in a topical joke subtly via Bart’s disciplinary message on the chalkboard. This time, they’ve written up a special PSA on the so-called “fiscal cliff” — so-called because of a mandated Dec. 31, 2012, deadline by which Congress must enact tax-and-spending changes, or else a...

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Comedy headlines for 12/5/12

What’s happening in the comedy world now… ABC has slated midseason debuts for new sitcoms How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) — April 3, 2013, starring Sarah Chalke and co-starring Jon Dore — and Family Tools, for May 1, 2013. ABC also placed script orders for Will Gluck’s single-cam, Rookie, about a women who becomes a cop, and for Alison McDonald’s single-cam, She Got Problems. about a woman working for a mogul. Jack Vaughn has left Comedy Central Records to take a new gig with New Wave Entertainment, where he’ll be the Senior Vice...

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Mariah Carey updates “All I Want For Christmas” with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots

Stop. Look. Listen. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon sets itself apart from the other late-night TV talk shows by all of the ways that it’s NOT a talk show. Last night’s show gave anyone a reason to feel happy about the holidays, as Jimmy Fallon and The Roots offered up a fresh take on a contemporary Christmas classic, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas (Is You).” Complete with classroom instruments, a choir of children, and Mariah Carey herself. Roll the...

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Review: Chris Hardwick, “Mandroid”

Chris Hardwick is the king of nerds. Well, maybe he’s the president. Is a collection of nerds a monarchy? Maybe he’s some kind of chancellor or prime minister. At any rate, Chris Hardwick is a nerd and a proud one at that. His latest special, Mandroid, thoroughly illustrates his obsessions, passions, and opinions by way of jokes utilizing a variety of topics from hamster ejaculate to having sex with a dog. I apologize for skewing Hardwick’s material by making it seem like he only talks about animal sexuality. Never fear: this special isn’t solely about bestiality. Hardwick’s set relies...

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