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  • Dakota Johnson hosted “Saturday Night Live,” and it was 50 Shades of… something punny

    Dakota Johnson

    Alright, here we have it, our first episode of Saturday Night Live since SNL 40 turned the world on its head, and the Dakota Johnson (at her first time hosting) continues to appear all over the place to plug 50 Shades of Grey as the guy who played the film’s title character continues to grow his beard and show up almost nowhere. Johnson, who up until this movie was probably best known for the title role on the short-lived FOX sitcom, Ben & Kate and for having famous parents, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffin. So, after the hugeness that was SNL 40, the writers and cast had to get back to work with Johnson in the driver’s seat. How did she do? Well, kinda sorta alright, maybe, I can’t even… Read More

    Conan pulled the ultimate prank on Bill Cosby while at Harvard

    Conan CosbyIt appears that Conan O’Brien was able to pull off one of the greatest celebrity pranks of all time yet never shared the details of his awesome feat, until now. The popular talk show host revealed on his recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show that while attending Harvard University in the 1980s he managed to convince Bill Cosby that he had received a lifetime achievement award from the prestigious Ivy league institution. What’s more, Cosby then flew to Harvard and showed up in a tuxedo, at which point O’Brien presented him with an old bowling trophy. Making the entire experience even more hysterical is that Cosby arrived at the airport in a private plane already wearing his tuxedo, and O’Brien picked him up in his parents’ dirty station wagon. “He walks out, and I’m like, ‘Mr. Cosby! Hey!'” O’Brien told Stern. “And he’s looking past me for the stretch limo, and there’s no stretch limo. So I opened the door and went, “It’s in here, come on!” O’Brien then said at one point Cosby even held up the wrapper of a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Then, Cosby arrived at the school where he accepted what he believed to be the Lifetime Achievement in Comedy award, presented by the popular Harvard Lampoon, looking thrilled to be there. “He comes out, and that’s when I saw what a master he is,” said O’Brien. “I saw this guy not really do material, he just went out. But in that Bill Cosby way, he’s got the rhythm. I honestly wanted to meet him,” explained O’Brien. “I think it came from a good place.” Wow, amazing stuff from a young Conan O’Brien showing he was destined for stardom.

    This week in comedy: we parted ways with “Parks and Recreation”

    Parks And Recreation It’s been a sad couple of weeks for Parks and Recreation recently. Last week, we said an unexpected and heartbreaking goodbye to one of the show’s producers, comedian Harris Wittels. This week, the farewells continued; the show that he spent so much time around ended, and the comedy community continued to mourn his passing. In fact, the show’s final episode ended with a montage to remember Wittels by. Also particularly powerful was Aziz Ansari’s tribute to Wittels, who was a very close friend. Outside Wittels memorials, the Parks cast stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers, a guy who once spent a lot of time with star Amy Poehler, to sing “Bye, Bye Li’l Sebastian” one last time. There was lots of making out involved.

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    Watch Simon Pegg’s latest trailer for “Kill Me Three Times”

    A mercurial assassin (Simon Pegg) discovers he isn’t the only person trying to kill the siren (Alice Braga) of a sun-drenched surfing town. In this darkly comedic thriller, the hitman finds himself unravelling three tales of mayhem, murder, blackmail and revenge.

    Gilda’s LaughFest 2015: The Laugh Button interview with festival director Joanne Roehm

    Gilda's LaughfestGilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, has quickly earned a reputation for being one of the nation’s marquee events for both participants and artists. This major 10- day Midwest festival is based in Grand Rapids is going on March 5-15 and includes events throughout West Michigan. Created by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and launched in March 2011 to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv , film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. In addition, each year of LaughFest has attracted more than 50,000 attendees to West Michigan! We had the chance to catch up with Festival Director Joanne Roehm to discuss this year’s fest, World Record attempts, Hi-Fives, and of course the line-up. Read More

    What to watch this weekend: Ralphie May “Unruly” and Will Forte in “The Last Man on Earth”

    We’ve got two “can’t miss” comedy events on our weekend calendar and you should too. First up is Ralphie May. Very little is off-limits for May in his very first Netflix original stand-up comedy special, Unruly. It was filmed live in front of a raucous, fist-pumping crowd at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. May unleashes his hilariously raunchy, no-holds-barred perspective on everything from airline travel and the news media, to Chick-fil-A and everybody being a little racist when they drive. Read More

    Trailer starring Kristen Wiig in “Welcome to Me” from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay

    What happens when a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery? In the case of Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Inspired by the immortal Oprah, she broadcasts her dirty laundry as both a form of exhibitionism and a platform to share her peculiar views on everything from nutrition to relationships to neutering pets. Also starring Wes Bentley, James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Linda Cardellini.

    Bieber is asking for it, literally, from Seth Rogan, “All I want for my birthday is for you to roast me”

    Seth-RogenIt looks like Justin Bieber is ready to take the Interview star head on by asking him to roast him during his special. In honoring their social media feud, Bieber made his request on Twitter. Seth Rogen has been very open with his distaste for the singer, having previously said that he hates him and has been quoted saying, “He’s a good example of someone you meet, who you think you’re going to hate, and then you get to hate him as much as you thought,” he said. “You meet him, and he lives up to every one of your expectations of how you hope he will be.” Rogen continued to rehash a story about when he and Bieber both appeared on a German talk show, only to further criticize him by referring to him as a “d*ck” and “motherf*cker.” He furthered his statements by posting a tweet saying, “All jokes aside, Justin Bieber is a piece of sh*t.” Ok, seems pretty clear to us. So what better way to put the past behind you than to have these two meet again on the roasting stage. Here are the tweets from the Biebs. Read More

    Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig comedy routine just in time for Spring Training

    This is the only commercial recording made by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. It was made in 1927. This gives us a chance to hear what they sounded like in the 1920s. The record is an attempt at comedy. They were better at baseball without question.

    Garfunkel and Oates perform on Late Late Show singing about the differences between ages 29 and 31

    Garfunkel and Oates aka Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates) perform on the Late Late Show with guest host Kunal Nayyar from The Big Bang Theory. Be sure to watch their show of the same name on IFC.