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15 real things the fake 'Stephen Colbert' has done

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It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to The Colbert Report this Thursday—mostly because it’ll mean saying goodbye to “Stephen Colbert,” the ruthlessly ignorant, hilariously pompous, utterly indelible faux conservative pundit that the real Stephen Colbert has been playing on late-night TV for over a decade (if you count the Daily Show years). “Colbert” isn’t a great creation just because of all the jokes he’s told and the absurdities he’s exposed via satire—he’s also a character for the ages because of the many ways he’s had an impact on the real world.

What kind of impact? Start with these 15 actual things accomplished by a fake man—and know that they’re just the tip of the iceberg. READ FULL STORY

Are Mel Brooks movies worse when they feature more Mel Brooks? PopWatch Investigates!

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Forty years ago today, Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder’s Young Frankenstein shuffled into theaters. The film was an instant success, earning both healthy box office figures and critical acclaim (even if it was of the guarded sort: “It would be misleading to describe Young Frankenstein… as astoundingly witty, but it’s a great deal of low fun of the sort that Mr. Brooks specializes in,” sniffed Vincent Canby of The New York Times). The movie went on to earn a pair of Oscar nominations, prime spots on scores of “best comedy” lists, and the reputation of being perhaps Brooks’ best film ever.

Young Frankenstein also happens to be one of the only Mel Brooks movies that doesn’t feature the director himself in either a supporting or a starring role. And according to Brooks, that was no accident: “That was the deal Gene Wilder had. He says, ‘If you’re not in it, I’ll do it,'” Brooks told The A.V. Club in 2012. “He says, ‘You have a way of breaking the fourth wall, whether you want to or not. I just want to keep it. I don’t want too much to be, you know, a wink at the audience. I love the script.’ He wrote the script with me. That was the deal. So I wasn’t in it, and he did it.'”

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Woody Allen riffs on his early comedy career in 'The Stand Up Years' -- exclusive

Long before he morphed into one of the most celebrated American filmmakers in history, Woody Allen got his first taste of fame as a stand-up comedian working in the clubs in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Those formative experiences are captured on the forthcoming The Stand Up Years, a two-disc set that captures some of Allen’s finest jokes and onstage moments. READ FULL STORY

Pardcast-A-Thon 2014 preview: Jimmy Pardo on Smile Train goals and celebrity surprises

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Why battle the maddening hordes at your local mall when you could be spending Black Friday laughing for a good cause?

That’s the pitch of Pardcast-a-Thon, the annual post-Thanksgiving extension of the Never Not Funny podcast hosted, as usual, by Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap, and Pat Francis. Once again, the team will welcome in a cavalcade of special guests over the course of the 12-hour show, which can be streamed via the official Pardcast website as well as watched via the YouTube channel JASH. READ FULL STORY

Dave Chappelle wants to play an Olivia Pope love interest on 'Scandal'

Comedian Dave Chappelle disappeared for a little while, but now he’s back—and he wants to make up for his absence by being on all your favorite shows.

“For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can,” Chappelle told GQ in its December issue. “I’d be a zombie in The Walking Dead. A corpse on CSI. I’d be the first black guy to f–k Olivia Pope on Scandal.” (For the record, Olivia Pope’s boyfriend season-two boyfriend, Edison Davis, was black.)
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Steve Carell in 'Foxcatcher' and the legacy of clowns who get serious

Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.

That’s the old showbiz adage, but it’s one the Academy has never quite learned to appreciate. Comedians and comedies are traditionally ignored by the Oscars, meaning that if a great talent like Robin Williams or Jim Carrey wants the Hollywood hardware and immortality that goes with it, he has to shed the image of the jester that has made him famous in the first place.

In the upcoming romantic comedy Top Five, Chris Rock’s character, a movie star famous for a series of silly comedies about a crime-fighting bear named Hammy, makes a play for respectability by starring in an Oscar-bait film about the Haitian revolution, titled Uprize. It’s funny because it’s true: comedians yearn to be taken seriously. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. READ FULL STORY

Chelsea Peretti held a book signing... without having written a book

Chelsea Peretti is having a busy week. Her stand-up special, One of the Greats, premieres on Netflix this weekend, and she has been doing some stand-up shows in anticipation for it. She even held a book signing to meet with fans after one of her sets.

The only problem is… Chelsea Peretti hasn’t written a book.

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Brett Favre was the third choice for his 'There's Something About Mary' cameo

Though Brett Favre’s film career begins and ends with his cameo in There’s Something About Mary, he almost never even had that role.

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Chelsea Peretti says no to fedoras in trailer for Netflix comedy special

Right now, Chelsea Peretti is most known as the always-weird Gina on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine—but she’s also a skilled stand-up comedian who has a special coming to Netflix in November.

In her hour-long set, Peretti covers a variety of topics ranging from intimidating dogs to fashion crimes: “Do you guys think it’s worse to wear a fedora or kill 15 people?” she asks the audience in the special’s trailer. She also demonstrates the polite way for a woman to eat a banana in public, which turns out to be not very polite at all. READ FULL STORY

Hear the debut single from 'South Park's' Lorde

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South Park already revealed that Lorde is actually the middle-aged father of Stan Marsh. But that doesn’t mean Lorde can’t make great music, as evidenced by “Push (Feeling Good on a Wednesday),” which has been released in full. READ FULL STORY

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