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Is 'Girls' still a comedy?

January 13 was a big day for Lena Dunham. The second season of Girls premiered on HBO at 9 p.m. ET that evening; around 10:30 the very same night, Dunham’s show was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical.

Dunham — already a winner that night for Best Actress in a TV Comedy — accepted the award with an exuberant yelp, urging her co-stars and creative team to get “super close” to the microphone. Her heartfelt acceptance speech ended with Dunham thanking Chad Lowe, a joking reference to Hilary Swank’s famous omission at the 2000 Oscars. It was frank, funny, and a little bit awkward — just what someone who loved Girls‘s first season would expect from the show’s visionary.

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Jerry Seinfeld does five minutes of new standup on 'Leno' -- VIDEO

If we can’t have real, live episodes of Modern Seinfeld, at least we’ve got the next best thing: Actual standup from the man himself. Seinfeld stopped by The Tonight Show last night, as he is wont to do, and performed a few minutes of a new routine about how “food is over.” It’s not his best material, but there are a few solid laughs about Pop-Tarts and how gross breakfast was in the ’60s — and best of all, a handful of lines sound like they came straight from Fake Jerry’s mouth. (“Why does cake have frosting? You’re already cake! Take it easy!”)

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Paul Rudd and his glorious 'Anchorman' mustache visit 'Today' -- VIDEO

Sex panther Paul Rudd appeared on the Today show this morning, nominally to promote his upcoming comedy Admission. Unfortunately, I can barely remember what he said about that movie, which co-stars Tina Fey, because I couldn’t take my eyes off of Rudd’s groovy ’70s ‘stache — which he’s regrown in honor of Anchorman: The Legend Continues. He’s like a miniature Buddha, covered in hair!

Information about the Anchorman sequel is still scarce. When asked about it on Today, Rudd says only that getting the old gang back together has been “surreal.” Still, just seeing that upper lip cozy back where it belongs should give Channel Four fans everywhere a little rush of delight. Sixty percent of the time, the ‘stache works every time:

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Kevin Hart hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

Only three actual comedians have hosted SNL this season — Louis C.K., Martin Short, and Jamie Foxx. And Foxx only half counts, since he’s better known these days as an Oscar-winning Serious Actor than as a sketch comedian and stand-up who starred in 100 episodes of his very own sitcom.

Perhaps not coincidentally, those comedian-hosted shows have also been some of the season’s strongest. Louis’s Abraham Lincoln-meets-Louie parody still stands as this year’s funniest pre-taped bit. Short is still at the top of EW’s weekly SNL host poll for a reason. And Foxx… well, since his comedy career reached its height in the ’90s, it makes a certain sort of sense that his episode of SNL felt like a relic from that era. Either way, he was a thoroughly commanding, dominant presence on the show, and that alone was enough to make his hosting turn impressive.

All of this bodes well for Kevin Hart, an actor and comedian who’s still a bit under the radar.  READ FULL STORY

'New Girl': Tin and Daffodils

Hello, Newbies. I am your host today while my colleague Lanford Beard takes a well-deserved overseas vacation.

This latest episode of New Girl, “TinFinity” (I’ll explain that odd title in a moment), had the roomies at each other’s throats a little more than usual. There was plenty of drama and heartfelt moments, but of course still plenty of room for New Girl’s brand of quirky, ridiculous comedy. And the fallout (read: hilarity) after the Kiss continued.

Now, about that title: The episode kicks off with Schmidt pronouncing that they are coming fast upon his and Nick’s 10-year anniversary as roommates. READ FULL STORY

The Onion and Quvenzhane Wallis: What does it take to get America's Finest News Source to apologize?

There’s just one thing more shocking than The Onion’s crude tweet about Quvenzhané Wallis: Onion CEO Steve Hannah’s subsequent mea culpa.

“On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars,” he said in a statement today, following widespread outcry over a message on the microblogging site that referred called the nine-year-old Best Actress nominee a “c—.” Hannah went on to label the tweet “crude and offensive,” “senseless [and] humorless,” and “inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.” Additionally, he said, the parties responsible for posting the joke will be “disciplined.”

Such a frank admission of remorse is unusual for The Onion, a publication that’s never shied away from controversial jokes or strong, vulgar language. In fact, this may be the first time the paper has actually apologized for something it’s written — even though plenty of its creations have stoked the public’s ire before.  READ FULL STORY

Lisa Lampanelli defends calling Lena Dunham the n-word: 'It means friend'

Finally, there’s a racially-charged controversy surrounding Lena Dunham that has nothing to do with the racial politics of Girls — or even Dunham herself, really.

Insult comic Lisa Lampanelli has never shied away from using controversial language in her standup act. But that didn’t stopped legions of Twitter users from being offended when Lampanelli tweeted a photo of herself with Dunham on Monday, adding a caption that reads, “Me with my n—a ‪@LenaDunham of ‪@HBOGirls — I love this beyotch!!” Here’s the tweet; obviously, there’s sensitive language ahead:

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'New Girl': Spot Check

So… that Jess-Nick weirdness? That residue of kiss-related awkwardness? Not. Going. Anywhere. Though they seemed mostly back to normal at the end of the last ep, it’s clear this problem will not resolve itself so easily. They’re going to have to face it head-on — a reality they continue to admit and then panic moonwalk away from. As such, this week’s installment was bookended by oodles of sexual tension. We’ve got a handful of episodes before the finale, Newbies, so nothing is going to happen quickly, and we’re indefinite stuck in this sexual perdition — the No-Nail Zone, as it were. Just as well, as there were much bigger fish to fry last night — at least in Schmidt’s head… READ FULL STORY

Key & Peele recap all the 'Die Hard' movies -- VIDEO

We’ve finally found the duo most excited for this weekend’s new Die Hard installment, A Good Day to Die Hard — it’s these two zesty, possibly drug-addled valets played by Key & Peele‘s Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Watch below as they reminisce at a lightning-fast pace about their favorite, somewhat shady memories from Die Hards 1 through 4. Remember when Voldemort, Urkel’s Dad, J.J.’s Dad, and Timothy Elephants, and that one guy from the computer commercial all starred alongside “Bruce Willies”? No? Better catch up! READ FULL STORY

Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, and rest of 'Party Down' cast reunite at SF Sketchfest -- EXCLUSIVE

Okay, we’re having fun now.

The principal cast of Starz’s late, lamented Party Down — a dry comedy about caterers in Los Angeles that lasted just 20 episodes — reunited this past Saturday at SF Sketchfest. Stars Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, and Martin Starr took the stage to reminisce about the series, all while wearing their characters’ signature white button-downs and pale pink bow ties. Food was unfortunately not provided by Soup ‘R Crackers, but by all accounts the event was a blast anyway.

Missed out on seeing the reunion live and in person? Don’t fret, my little Escapades — clicking through these six exclusive photos from it is the  next best t hing.

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