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Chris Rock promises 'Top Five' is 'very Korean-friendly,' says 'The Interview' is already out

According to Chris Rock, The Interview may not be in theaters, but audiences can still watch it if they’re willing to trek up to 125th St. in New York City.

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Chris Rock talks about chokeholds and 'I can't breathe' on 'Letterman'

One of the highlights of Chris Rock’s press tour for Top Five has been his incisive cultural commentary, and Rock once again discussed current events during his appearance on The Late Show last night. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Cheers to Woody Harrelson

Six episodes into the 40th anniversary year of Saturday Night Live, one thing is clear. Though the show itself might be slowly emerging from the oft-cited “transition year,” the institution still has meaning—especially to the guest hosts who initially visited in the show’s heyday. Thus far, three of the guests—Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, and Woody Harrelson—first hosted the show in the previous century. Two others, in addition to Rock, of course—Sarah Silverman and Bill Hader—are SNL alums. [Unconfirmed rumor: The show lobbied hard for Bill Murray to host the season premiere.] Conclusion is, SNL is working hard to get back to its roots.

The sad news is that we had to bid sayonara to one of our favorites during the first round of this season’s Mr. Saturday Night contest, in which we vote for the best host. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Let the 4th annual vote begin!

With Saturday Night Live celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, we’ve already spent a lot of time reflecting on the show’s biggest all-time stars and funniest sketches. But fairly or unfairly, the success of every Saturday Night Live episode depends not on the show’s ensemble, but on a given episode’s celebrity host—who’s put through a live-comedy wringer that can be as exhilarating and unforgiving as Indiana Jones’ race through the booby-trapped South American temple in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Obviously, it’s the cast and the writers’ responsibility to put the host in position to thrive. With one false move, he or she can get crushed by a bad joke or lifeless reading—the SNL equivalent of a giant stampeding boulder.

Still, not all hosts are created equal. There’s a reason there’s both a Five-Timer’s Club—Alec Baldwin! Justin Timberlake! Steve Martin!—and a less-tony One-Timer’s Club. (Shall we call the latter the Louise Lasser Club? Or does Milton Berle deserve that infamy?) Today, five episodes into SNL‘s 40th season, EW begins its fourth annual Mr. Saturday Night contest—in which voters determine the best host of the current season. Previous seasons have crowned Jimmy Fallon, Timberlake, and Fallon again, which I think both validates the current voting process and invites us to consider some fresh blood. READ FULL STORY

Chris Rock and Prince do 'Saturday Night Live' tonight: Talk about it here

Chris Rock—writer, director, actor, comedian, Emmy winner, Grammy winner, former Oscar host, and all-around likable dude despite his tendency to make Grown Ups movies—is hosting SNL Saturday night, for only the second time ever, and the first time since 1996. (At the time, Rock was only a few years removed from being a cast member on Saturday Night Live himself.)

But you’d barely know this going by the episode’s two sets of promos—both of which focus exclusively on how exciting it is that Prince is also coming back to Studio 8H. (The Purple One hasn’t been on Saturday Night Live in awhile either, though his last visit came more recently than Rock’s.) Rock himself seems more jazzed about Prince’s appearance than his own—even though Prince couldn’t be bothered to show up for the second promo reel, which traditionally features both host and musical guest.

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Chris Rock's 'SNL' promos are mostly about Prince

But really, can you blame him?

Sure, former Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Rock returning to host the show for the first time since 1996—his musical guest was The Wallflowers! The Wallflowers!—is a pretty big deal. But even Rock admits it’s not quite as exciting as the presence of the Purple One, whose Nov. 1 performance will take the format of one uninterrupted eight-minute jam session. (Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Nov. 2, giving some viewers an extra hour on Sunday to replay that eight-minute jam session over and over.)

So even though The Artist doesn’t actually show up in these promos—unless you count Bobby Moynihan’s impish impression of him—Prince is basically the invisible star.

Also all over the video: Unfamous people filming its filming on their phones, which is what happens when you decide to shoot the promos in the middle of Rockefeller Center. What a time to be alive. READ FULL STORY

Check out 10 now-famous comedians in their early days of stand-up

Patton Oswalt posted a clip on Twitter of his first acting gig at the tender age of 19. The seasoned actor-comedian may not totally appreciate the look back at his performing roots — a faux stand-up routine that doubles as an educational video on college loans — but fans and viewers are sure to be amused by not just the look back at the then-baby-faced Oswalt but also the totally outrageous early 90s fashion. Every comedian started somewhere — often on a dark stage in awesomely dated clothes.

Watch his set below and check out the stand-up routines (and the fashions!) from some of your favorite comedians. (Some  videos may be NSFW due to explicit language.) READ FULL STORY

Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords to headline Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

If you’ve been waiting to see Dave Chappelle perform live, you’re in luck! Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement will headline The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, presented by Funny or Die. The tour, which promises “to destroy your funny bone this summer,” kicks off August 23 in Austin, Texas. For a complete list of dates and cities go to the Oddball website here. Tickets go on sale  Friday, June 21. READ FULL STORY

'Inside the Actors Studio' reaches 250 episodes: The best clips from the first 249

Acting guru and ex-Parisian pimp — seriously — James Lipton has never had trouble attracting big names to Inside the Actors Studio, which began airing on Bravo in 1994. Lipton’s first interview was with former Actors Studio president Paul Newman; the show’s first season also featured heavy hitters like Alec Baldwin, Sally Field, Dennis Hopper, Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, and Stephen Sondheim.

Nearly 20 years later, Lipton has chatted with hundreds of boldfaced names both awe-inspiring (Meryl Streep! Morgan Freeman! ) and… occasionally less awe-inspiring (was anyone really yearning to hear J. Lo describe her craft?). And naturally, those visits have produced days’ worth of footage containing innumerable gems. So, on the eve of the show’s big 250th Episode Spectacular — which airs tonight at 7 p.m. ET and will feature repeat visitors Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Barbara Walters, and, er, Jennifer Lopez again — we looked back at some of our favorite moments from episodes past.

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Is Dave Chappelle going on tour with Chris Rock?

It’s been almost eight years since Dave Chappelle walked away from the third season of Chappelle’s Show. Since then, the funnyman has earned a reputation for being a bit of a recluse, living out of the spotlight in Ohio. Although “reclusive” might be a strong word: Chappelle does occasional comedy shows, usually unpublicized, and even gives interviews when the mood strikes him. It’s probably more accurate to compare Chappelle to Bill Murray, another next-level comedy guy whose life appears to be one big “Do What You Feel” festival. READ FULL STORY

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