Misery Loves Comedy trailer

Misery Loves Comedy is one of the films I wish I could have seen at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It was presented as a special screening, slotted at a very inconvenient time all the way on the top of Main Street at the Egyptian. Thankfully, actor/comedian Kevin Pollak‘s documentary film was sold at Sundance to Tribeca Film, which will allow all of us to see it when it is released on iTunes on April 14th and in limited theaters on April 24th 2015. The documentary features over 60 famous funny people “featured in this hilarious twist on the age-old truth: misery loves company.” Hit the jump to watch the Misery Loves Comedy trailer, and leave your thoughts int he comments below.
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Bill Hader SNL Audition

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably heard about the special Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special that aired this past Sunday night. It was a three and a half hour trip down memory lane, featuring a true dream-team of comedy’s elite.

Among the many highlights came early in the show when a 5-minute video montage was shown of cast members’ first auditions. Not fake auditions, like we’ve seen in the past. The actual, real auditions for stars like Will Ferrell, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon as well as classic cast members like Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner and John Belushi. Here, you can see them in the auditions that would change their lives forever. It’s pretty special.

As a bonus though, there are also auditions from people who didn’t make the cut. They’re people you’ve definitely heard of who auditioned, but didn’t make the show.

Below, check out the Saturday Night Live auditions video as well a few of the other highlights from the special including Celebrity Jeopardy, Wayne’s World and more. Read More »

Jimmy Fallon Saved by the Bell reunion

There’s no real rhyme or reason why it happened, but on Wednesday’s night’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the host did the impossible. He got four of the original six stars of Saved By The Bell, plus one special guest, to reunite for a skit.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley all appeared as their Bayside selves – along with Dennis Haskins – for a skit about Jimmy Fallon‘s high school life. It’s probably all the Internet is going to be talking about today, so why not give it a watch below. Read More »

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Even though the dinosaurs might eat you, Jurassic Park was always a place people wanted to visit. In Jurassic World, that’s exactly what happens. The 2015 release surmises that a fully functioning and safe dinosaur theme park has finally been opened for business…and people are bored of it. An attempt to satisfy that boredom with something new and exciting sets off the a frightening new chain of events.

A working theme park means many things. Merchandise, hotels, vacations and helpful brochures handed out at the gate to help people maneuver through the attractions. A fan has got their hands on the Jurassic World brochure. It not only gives some idea of what’s in the park, it probably hints at what’s going to go wrong there, too, come June 12, 2015. Finally, it teases a possible cameo by a late night TV host.  Read More »

Lena Dunham and Jimmy Fallon

Earlier this week, Girls creator/star Lena Dunham appeared on The Tonight Show where she and Jimmy Fallon discussed the fact that they both used to work at video rental stores in New York. Lena Dunham and Jimmy Fallon have a fun discussion about video rental store clerks and also a long discussion about their love for the 1991 coming-of-age “classic” Man in the Moon starring Reese Witherspoon and is it Jeremy or Jason London (its actually Jason). While I don’t have fond memories for this movie, I appreciate the film fandom Fallon and Dunham show in this geekfest. Watch the video clip new embedded after the jump.

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Let it go with Jimmy Fallon Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel‘s Oscar performance of Let It Go was overshadowed by John Travolta’s “Adele Dazeem” mishap, but she hass quickly refocused attention on the song. The star of Frozen appeared on The Tonight Show to perform the popular ‘Let it Go’ with Jimmy Fallon. Better yet, they did it as one of Fallon’s signature bits. He occasionally adapts songs with his house band, The Roots, playing children’s instruments such as xylophones, triangles, tiny keyboards and more. That’s what happened last night. Check it out below. Read More »

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

If you tuned into Jimmy Fallon‘s debut as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show last night, you caught Spike Lee‘s latest project without even realizing it. The filmmaker directed the opening title sequence, which means, as Fallon happily put it, that “our show opens with a Spike Lee joint.”

The choice of Lee couldn’t be more appropriate as Fallon’s premiere also marked the return of The Tonight Show to New York City after four decades in Los Angeles. Watch the sequence after the jump.

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Joking Bad

As criminal masterminds go, a late night host with six months left (on the show, that is, not in life) selling his jokes on the black market doesn’t sound all that evil. But then again, we once sympathized with a terminally ill chemistry teacher making meth to provide for his family, too. Nowadays, that guy is a total monster.

True, joke-selling is somewhat less likely to result in slit throats, explosions, and poisoned people, but as Jimmy Fallon‘s Breaking Bad parody Joking Bad shows, it does come with some terrifying consequences of its own. Watch the video after the jump. Do be warned that some spoilers follow, if you’re not caught up through the first half of Season 5.

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Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon

Briefly: We don’t cover much late-night TV, but The Tonight Show is an institution and a changing of the guard at the show is a big deal. Negotiations have been taking place for quite some time to end Jay Leno‘s run as host of the show, with Jimmy Fallon taking his place.

Now we know that Leno’s last night as host will be February 6 2014 — that’s the night before NBC begins coverage of the Winter Olympics. Fallon’s debut as Tonight Show host will broadcast after that Olympic coverage ends. Since the last day of the Olympics is February 23, we’ll likely see Fallon as host by the end of that month. And so end’s Leno’s tenure as perhaps the friendliest, safest voice in late-night TV. He’s also one of the most popular, as Variety notes, holding the top ratings position in his time slot for the second quarter in 2013. That makes the changeover — the second time Leno has lost the chair, after a weird and short-lived swap with Conan O’Brien in 2009 — a bit unusual.