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  • David Letterman pays tribute to Robin Williams, his friend of 38 years

    One week after the passing of Robin Williams, David Letterman returned from a week hiatus. During the show, Letterman spent 10 minutes of the show recalling the early stand-up days at The Comedy Store when they first saw the late comedian take the stage declaring, “it was nothing we’ve ever seen before… we were like morning dew, he was like a hurricane.” Letterman recalled Williams’ kind spirit, and willingness to help other comedians joking about an early appearance on Mork & Mindy. Letterman then played clips from some of Williams’ 50 appearances on late night with the host. Letterman wrapped the segment saying goodbye to his friend of 38 years as he held back tears and stated how, like others that he was sorry he, “had no idea that the man was in pain, and that the man was suffering. What a guy, Robin Williams.” Read More

    Check out the complete schedule for FXX’s “Every Simpsons Marathon”

    simpsons-marathonThis Thursday, FXX is launching the biggest marathon of all time. Their “Every Simpsons Marathon” will run for twelve days, playing every episode of The Simpsons from all twenty-five seasons. That’s a little bit much to sit through. You probably have a job, or school, or a bed you have to go too. Well, the good people over at Uproxx put together the complete schedule for the marathon, so you can strategically map out your days.

    When’s “Kamp Krusty?” August 22. When’s “Mr.Plow?” Also August 22. Same season, see how that works? “Homer’s Enemy?’” August 25th, my friend. Read on to find out when to expect the rest of your Simpsons favorites to be on. Now if you excuse me, someone has to make some room on her DVR. Read More

    Don Pardo, longtime “Saturday Night Live” Announcer, dead at 96

    Don PardoThe voice of Saturday Night Live has died.

    Dominick “Don” Pardo, longtime radio and TV announcer has left us. Pardo was best known as the voice of Saturday Night Live, reading off the names of the cast members at the top of the show on all but one season (season 7), Pardo was 96.

    Amid rumors this was an internet hoax, Pardo’s daughter Paula confirmed the news to CBS Radio.

    Pardo officially retired from NBC in 2004, but continued to provide the introductions for SNL through its most recent season. Upon first retiring, he pre-recorded intros for the show but that didn’t last long as SNL producers insisted he’d be present, so they flew him out to NYC for tapings. However, as he got older, Pardo went back to pre-record the intros from his home in Arizona. He missed only two announcements and that was during the 2013 season when he suffered a hip injury. Lorne Michaels (who hired Pardo for SNL in 1975) once stated, “Every year the new cast couldn’t wait to hear their name said by him.” Michaels also once stated, “I can’t imagine the show without Don… and as long as he’s there, I stay young.”

    Pardo was a member of the Television Hall of Fame, and has worked for NBC since 1944, including announcing for early versions of shows like The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy!, Three on a Match, Winning Streak, and NBC Nightly News. He was one of the first announcers to deliver the news to the world that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. He’s also one of two people that had lifelong contracts with the network, the other being Bob Hope.

    Here’s a fun Pardo clip. When he turned 90, the cast of SNL brought Pardo on stage to give him birthday wishes.

    Rest in peace Don, heaven has one hell of an announcer amongst its ranks.

    John Oliver covers Ferguson, MO and police militarization

    In the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and unrest in Ferguson, MO, John Oliver covers the topic and police militarization on this week’s Last Week Tonight. Oliver breaks down the city’s terrible history with police brutality and racial profiling, as well as police forces around the country’s excessive use of military-grade equipment to protect small towns and pumpkin festivals. In the end, Oliver offers a counter-offer to Govenor Nixon’s test, “let’s take [the police's military equipment] away from them, and if they can make it through a whole month without killing a single unarmed black man, then (and only then) can they get their f*cking toys back.”

    Mike Birbiglia is heading to ‘Orange is the New Black’

    In casting news, comedian Mike Birbiglia is heading to Netflix’s original program Orange is the New Black. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor/comedian has signed on for a recurring role in the prison dramedy’s upcoming third season. Showrunner Jenji Kohan is mum on what Birbiglia’s role will be.

    Birbiglia seems to be flexing his acting skills a lot lately. Since his feature film debut, Sleepwalk with Me (based off his one-man show of the same name and the best selling book), he has appeared in Cedar Rapids, Your Sister’s Sister, and HBO’s Girls. More recently, he has performed on the second season of Inside Amy Schumer as well as wrapped a part in Schumer’s new Judd Apatow produced film, Trainwreck. He has also recently shot Don’t Mess with Texas with Reese Witherspoon, Digging for Fire with Jake Johnson, The Fault in Our Stars, and the new adaptation of Annie with Quvenzhane Wallis.

    Cameron Esposito on Conan, “I am a Thundercat”

    Comedian, lesbian, ally and advocate for straight people, Cameron Esposito was the guest comic on Conan last night. Before she got started, Esposito pointed about the elephant in the room, “As you can tell from my haircut, I am a Thundercat.” Along with her signature side mullet, Esposito went on talk about her “zero penis summer” outfit, a homophobic heckler, and the proper pronunciation of “guacamole.”

    “Last Comic Standing” winner Rod Man performs stand-up on “The Tonight Show”

    Last night Rod Man was declared the winner of Last Comic Standing. In addition to winning some money and a development deal with NBC the comedian was also given a guest appearance on The Tonight Show. So right after LCS ended we got the chance to see Rod Man in action in late night and he didn’t disappoint, delivering is his casual, new to the world delivery talking about everything from immigration, public restrooms, to self checkout lines.