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2017
May
11
 
 
Actor Michael Parks passed away yesterday, (5/10/17) in Los Angeles. Parks was known more recently for edgy roles in Kill Bill and Grindhouse. But us youngsters remember him fondly for his breakout TV role in Then Came Bronson (1969-70), where he played a lonesome vagabond, an ex-newspaperman who gave it all up and took to the highway on a motorcycle...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
9
 
 
In the wake of the President firing FBI director James Comey today (5/9/17) it’s natural to look back to the last time a Commander-in-Chief shook Washington and got rid of an official who may not be too favorable to his current legal plight. Richard Nixon fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox on Saturday, October 20, 1973, after he refused to let Nixon out of providing secret audio tapes made of White House meetings...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
7
 
 
The rumors have been out there for a while, but once it became public this week that MSNBC Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are engaged, it didn’t take sister channel NBC too long to roll out the satire on Saturday Night Live...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
2
 
 
The President yesterday (5/1/17) mused that his idol, Andrew Jackson, could have made a tremendous deal between the North and the South, averting the Civil War... CONAN found a clip in a strangely familiar documentary style by the Commander-In-Chief which speculated on other alt-events...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
1
 
 
The White House press corps were the main story last Saturday night, with the WHCA annual dinner going on with the President not in attendance for the first time since the ‘80s.  Full Frontal host Samantha Bee jumped in, hosting her own Not the White House Correspondents Dinner, and Allison Janney reprised her role as press secretary C.J. Cregg from The West Wing, but this time presiding over an obviously different group of alt-press reporters...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
28
 
 
Hyper-condensed satire is the bedrock on which The Simpsons is built, and this clip from the upcoming episode looking at the presidential benchmark of the first 100 days in office is no exception...  the TV news has Ivanka wearing new wardrobe and accessories on sale as she takes her appointed seat on the Supreme Court. And, there’s a new explanation for the Commander-in-Chief’s hairstyle...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
25
 
 
Andrea Martin has a new NBC series, Great News, and it’s no surprise that after starting her comedy career, ahem, 40 years ago on Canada’s SCTV, (Second City Television) her physical comedy has lasting star power... her work on the landmark SCTV sketch comedy series with Martin Short, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara ahem, 40 years ago, still has legs...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
23
 
 
Here’s Dana Carvey’s rapid-fire Presidential impression parade – Nixon to Trump – from his most recent appearance on Conan. Apparently, President Carter had peanut-butta-pants, peanut-butta-shoes and peanut-butta-hair…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
18
 
 
The annual North Korean military parade is always a spectacle, and generally no joking matter to watch. And it’s a safe bet that it was a worldwide audience this year since expectations about hardware sophisticated enough to reach neighboring countries and the United States were more or less confirmed...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
13
 
 
In what’s become one of our favorite holiday treats, here is Michael Keaton’s 2015 creepy rundown of what’s in his Easter basket – a stuffed bunny, a DVD of the movie Friday and some Jordan almonds, among other delights. Keaton seems equally happy to share as he is white-knuckling the whole thing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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