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Monty Python reunion: And now for something completely insulting

For this year’s annual reunions issue, Entertainment Weekly spoke with all five surviving members of Monty Python about their Eric Idle-directed shows last summer at London’s massive O2 arena, the legendary comedy team’s first live performances in more than three decades. In the hope of provoking some of the semi-friendly badinage for which they are famous, we also asked the quintet—Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Terry Jones—which other Python member irritated them most in the course of rehearsing and performing Monty Python Live (mostly) One Down Five To Go. You can read the troupe’s answers below.


Watch the holiday season's most adorable commercial, starring a penguin


November’s just begun, but there may already be a winner for best holiday commercial.


Bette Midler and Jimmy Fallon trade mouths, sing 'Baby It's You' duet

Bette Midler and Jimmy Fallon switched lips on The Tonight show for some bawdy gags (obviously), some vocal warm-ups, and a duet. Midler’s facial expressions really sell it.  READ FULL STORY

In Memoriam: The 'New Girl' intro


On last night’s New Girl fans were in for a rude awakening. Zooey Deschanel’s sweetly crooned intro, the one with the brightly painted set pieces, had disappeared in place of a series of cast photos. Even more distressing, Deschanel’s “who’s that girl?” vocals were also no longer around, just the slightly amended tune remaining. I, for one, will miss it all. READ FULL STORY

Watch Kramer steal all of Jerry's food on 'Seinfeld'

For Cosmo Kramer, Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment was like a personal—and free—grocery store.


In this week's 'Polished,' multi-hyphenate Emily Gordon keeps the plates spinning


Emily Gordon doesn’t fit an easy descriptor: She was a couples counselor for years, but now writes (she has a book in the works), co-hosts the Indoor Kids podcast with her husband, Kumail Nanjiani, and co-produces the immensely popular Meltdown stand-up show in Los Angeles (and its Comedy Central sibling). She has a lot of irons in the fire, which means she and longtime friend Jamie Lee had plenty to talk about in this week’s Polished.

See pretty people get stoned in new 'High Maintenance' trailer

Looking for tokin’ fare that’s a little more sophisticated than How High? Try Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair’s web series High Maintenance, which follows a good-natured, unnamed weed dealer (played by Sinclair) as he travels around New York City, delivering his wares to a diverse clientele. (Previous purchasers have included Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens as a cross-dressing Brooklyn dad and Broad City‘s Hannibal Burress as… a comedian. So maybe not all the roles are a stretch.)

After four short, independently-produced “seasons” of 13 total installments, the series is being funded by Vimeo—as Vimeo on Demand’s inaugural original program—for its next cycle of episodes. Three new shorts debut online Nov. 11, while the second group of three premieres in early 2015, but you can catch a sneak peek at the smokey shenanigans in the exclusive trailer below. Needless to say, it’s a BYOP kind of deal. (The “P” stands for “popcorn,” duh.)


Advocacy group for shy bladder syndrome is upset about Rob Lowe ad


Rob Lowe is wearing pants up to his belly button. His hair is parted in the middle, and he has a fanny pack fastened around his waist. He’s standing at a urinal and looks at the camera with a shy smile: “I can’t pee with other people in the room,” he admits. This is the nerdy version of Rob Lowe featured in a new DirecTV commercial, and this is the scene that upset an advocacy group for shy bladder syndrome.

“Shy bladder syndrome” affects, by the International Paruresis Association‘s estimates, 7 percent of the U.S. population. People with the syndrome have a hard time urinating if other people are nearby, and the CEO of that association, Steve Soifer, thinks the DirecTV ad is making light of that struggle. READ FULL STORY

Clay Aiken loses congressional race, gains docu-series

Clay Aiken may have lost the congressional race in North Carolina, but he gained a consolation prize in the process: a four-hour docu-series.


'Orange is the New Black' star Lea DeLaria yells back at a subway preacher

Orange is the New Black‘s Big Boo—known in the real world as comedian Lea DeLaria—did something we all want to do but usually don’t: She yelled at someone annoying her on the subway, according to a video submitted to Gothamist.


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