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The Movie: They Came Together
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Spoofing seemingly every New York romantic comedy from When Harry Met Sally to You’ve Got Mail, director David Wain, and his frequent comedy cohort Michael Showalter (the guys who brought you Wet Hot American Summer) both make a mockery of and pay tribute to all the tropes of the genre. From the brownstone homes to the holiday gatherings, watch as Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd meet, fall in love, break up, and get back together, all while the comedic style of spoofs like Airplane! and Young Frankenstein keep the laughs coming in fast and fierce.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: They Came Together has the most formulaic and clichéd storyline, but that’s the point. Told in flashbacks, the movie recalls how Molly (Amy Poehler) and Joel (Paul Rudd) came to fall in love, despite the fact that the former owns a little sweet shop that’s about to be put out of business by the latter’s employer, a massive candy conglomerate. Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper listen intently as the couple recount all the details of their complicated relationship, putting the goofiest spin on all the scenes you’ve seen in countless New York romantic comedies before, so much that it’s almost like New York is a character throughout the movie. Read More »
I Love Lucy is one of the most revered sitcoms from the first Golden Age of Television. Created by real-life showbiz couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in television who doesn’t hold both the series and the married duo in high esteem. But as time goes on, fewer and fewer people know about the history of these two television trailblazers. Thankfully, comedian Amy Poehler will tell their story in a new documentary simply titled Lucy & Desi. Read More »
No one has been begging for television programming about the coronavirus pandemic because we’re already being inundated with that nonsense every damn day of our lives. But last night, A Parks and Recreation Special managed to make the most delicious lemonade out of some very bitter lemons by remotely reuniting the cast of the hit NBC comedy series for an episode catching up with Pawnee’s finest as they self-quarantine and check on each other during these uncertain times. If you missed it because you don’t have cable or Peacock, don’t worry, because the entire episode is online for free right now. Read More »
Tonight brings the surprise return of Parks and Recreation in the form of a special episode that is set during the current coroanvirus pandemic. The episode was produced remotely with Amy Poehler and the rest of the cast returning with scenes shot from their homes, with a bit of TV magic involved. If you’re wondering how it’s going to play out, you can see a Parks and Recreation Special clip now before the episode premieres. Read More »
When the coronavirus pandemic started shutting down various entertainment venues, the famed Upright Citizens Brigade improv and sketch comedy theater was quick to shutter their doors. But it also came with unfortunate layoffs for theater employees in Los Angeles and New York in order to save as much money as possible while there weren’t any shows to bring in revenue. However, it appears that wasn’t enough to stay afloat in New York, because UCB has announced the permanent closure of their theater in Hell’s Kitchen and their training center on Eighth Avenue. Read More »
At the Golden Globes last weekend, host Ricky Gervais kept talking about how this was the last time he would be on stage for the awards ceremony, and he didn’t care about it at all. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has taken him at his word, and next year they’ll bring back two talents who have proven to be much more beloved in their hosting duties.
The Saturday Night Live dynamic duo of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be returning to host the 78th Golden Globes for the 2021 ceremony. The two previously hosted together in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and they were praised across the board for bringing some life to the awards and tag-teaming the show with some big laughs. Read More »
Russian Doll, the twisty Netflix dramedy starring Natasha Lyonne, has officially been renewed for a second season, with eight more episodes on the way. The first season works so perfectly that the idea of bringing it back for more potentially seems like flirting with disaster, and there are plenty of questions about where exactly the series will go after its satisfying season one finale. Read More »
It’s truly a shame that it has taken so long for Emma Thompson to host Saturday Night Live for the first time. The British actress brought some serious comedic chops to the show, fueled by her longtime acting careers, and the result was a hilarious episode that stayed true to the tradition of the Mother’s Day episode by having some great special guests pop up.
Let’s take a look at the best and worst sketches from the Emma Thompson hosted Saturday Night Live.
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Former Saturday Night Live co-stars Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Tina Fey shared the stage at the Academy Awards earlier this year, but you’ll soon be able to see them together again in a brand new Netflix comedy. It’s called Wine Country, and features that hilarious trio of women teaming up with fellow SNL alums Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, and Emily Spivey in a story about a group of women traveling to California’s Napa Valley to celebrate one of their characters’ birthday. Check out the new trailer below.
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Parks and Recreation had seven perfect seasons on NBC, and for many of its fans, that was enough. But we are in the era of revivals and reboots, so at the show’s PaleyFest reunion, the cast and creators Mike Schur and Greg Daniels were inevitably posed the question: Could we expect a Parks and Recreation revival? Only under one very specific condition, answered Schur.
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