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2017
Apr
6
 
 
Insult comic king Don Rickles passed away today (April 6, 2017), and YouTube is full of riotous Rickles moments throughout his 50-year comedy career...  Rickles appeared on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show over 100 times, and this clip from 1976 veers from the usual fare of Rickles loose in the hen house...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
3
 
 
Amazon has released their annual crop of new pilots and one, The Legend of Master Legend starring John Hawkes (Deadwood, Winter’s Bone) should be a sure-fire audience favorite... Turn's out the show is based on the self-styled real-life superhero in Orlando, Florida...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
28
 
 
The jokes on Paul Reubens 1986-91 CBS series Pee-Wee’s Playhouse were usually down-the-middle for the young audience, but once in a while veered mildly into adult territory...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
18
 
 
The new FX series Feud: Bette and Joan is a throwback to old Hollywood and the tale of the bitter rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis and also has a an old-school title sequence inspired by the work of legendary designer Saul Bass....
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
15
 
 
Here’s Stephen Colbert’s latest riff on Kellyanne Conway’s recent claim that the government can eavesdrop on you through your microwave oven.  Turns out that the little kitchen helpers also make great Late Show studio TV cameras, and have one other amazing capability...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
12
 
 
Conservative observation has it that liberals usually assume everyone’s a critic of the President. See what happens in this SNL sketch when three scientists (including Scarlett Johansson) debut their new invention, a machine that translates for pets...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
7
 
 
Just in case you don’t think advertising pays, here’s an example of E*TRADE’s latest commercial, an ambitious-looking 30-second spot starting out with a flat panel display on a desktop, but as the dolly shot reveals, the setting turns out to be quite something else...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
1
 
 
We’ve been fans of Nature’s recent miniseries Spy in the Wild... This clip from episode 4, “Bad Behavior” follows a gang of teenaged male dolphins. Seems the lads are like most youths, unruly and too rambunctious for orderly family life. So what do they do? Surf and hang out in gangs, of course – and spend some time playing ping pong with a puffer fish. But it also turns out they might be getting a bit of a gas, too..
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
23
 
 
Vice News has a new video out documenting the case that nobody draws bigger crowds, builds walls, understands debt, and 21 other things better than the President. And there is no clip stringing together all the claims better than this...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
18
 
 
Bob Odenkirk visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert recently to discuss rough clips for a movie idea, Late Show: The Movie in which he stars as Stephen Colbert. Turns out, Colbert also appears in it — in the role of Bob Odenkirk. But the Inception-like reversals don’t stop there...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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