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Perverse or perfect? Celebs help Paul W. Downs make his case in “The Paul Downs Syndrome”

Opening with an outrageous performance-art piece, presented by an Oberlin student, Paul W. Downs lets audiences know he's not about to hold anything back in his one-man show, The Paul Downs Syndrome, currently in a limited run at the UCB Theatre in New York City. A short video with Downs playing all of the characters surrounding a newborn baby afflicted with the syndrome suggests that it manifests itself in "a series of seemingly unrelated episodes of perversion." What audiences get, in fact, is a look at several strong, confident, pointed characters who'd fit in just fine on the set of Saturday Night Live. Yevejegenja Yuevjskaya, an MTV Europe VJ who'd make a good replacement for SNL's current "Deep Dish" sketch, gives us insight in this video into the art and music of Tudu, who in the show is up for a Kids Choice Award in Europe. Roll this video for a glimpse at both characters: Downs also offers up tough NYPD detective The Rattler, who has a thing for babies; a blind guy on a Segway (how often do you see a Segway in a comedy show, or anywhere, in 2010?!); Mikey Starr, a seven-year-old music superstar who is pressured by his overbearing mother to deliver lines for an ad just right; and, oh, that's right, Downs also stars in separate video sketches with Vanessa Williams, Padma Lakshmi and...

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SNL #36.21 RECAP: Host Ed Helms, musical guest Paul Simon

This was the big weekend openings for the lady movie comedy, Bridesmaids, and I know this because every single comedian with ladyparts who I follow on Twitter couldn't stop Tweeting about it. Which is why, certainly, Kristen Wiig would be hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend! Right? Oh, wait. That's right. Wiig is still a regular cast member. Let's think ahead, then, to The Hangover sequel on Memorial Day weekend, or The Office finale this coming Thursday, or how about both, and get Ed Helms to host the show! Done deal. If last week's episode was focused mainly on the two tracks of bin Laden's death and Tina Fey's baby belly, then what would this week hold?   We open cold on CNN's The Situation Room, with Jason Sudeikis as Wolf Blitzer, a guy who seems to care more about letting you know that he knows things than actually revealing any proof of acquired intelligence. Our live audience gives him a big round of applause up top. Maybe they're happy not to see Fred Armisen's Obama. Oops. Typed too soon. We cut to Armisen as Obama giving a celebratory speech about killing bin Laden. Vanessa Bayer is playing some political analyst I don't know about because I don't watch enough CNN, but it's all about Obama reveling in the fact that he's the guy who ordered the hit on...

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Jessica Alba sits down with Paul Downs’ alter-ego

The Lonely Island and SNL weren't the only comedy stop for Jessica Alba last week. The actress, who looks especially nice in soft lighting, it would appear, appeared on a sit-down with MTV Europe's VJ Yeuvejegenja Yevjskaiya. Who's that, you ask? Why it's Paul W. Downs! And if you like this light-hearted video, then you can enjoy even more in his one-man romp, The Paul Downs Syndrome. Its next show is next Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at the UCB Theatre in NYC. Roll the clip already!...

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Watch the red-band trailer for “Rough Night”

Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs have stepped up from Broad City to the big screen. Aniello directs and co-writes Rough Night with Downs, which sees “five best friends from college (played by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and ZoĆ« Kravitz) reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to cover it up, they’re ultimately brought closer together when it matters most.” In theaters June 16, 2017. Here’s the red-band trailer. Roll...

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Natasha Rothwell undermines and exceeds your expectations on The Characters

Natasha Rothwell has traded 30 Rock for the Sony lot, writing now for Issa Rae’s HBO series, Insecure. But Rothwell’s own characters in her half-hour special for The Characters on Netflix are quite secure, assured and ready to break down barriers. She had been writing and creating characters for years, first as a sketch performer and improviser at both The PIT and UCB in New York City, then later as a cast member on Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out for MTV2 and as a writer for Saturday Night Live. Despite what you see from her main character in The...

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