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The #CancelColbert defense: Does it matter who tweeted Stephen's joke?

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Let’s put aside whether the tweet was offensive or not.

I know that’s difficult. Judging by the reactions on Twitter and the comments on last night’s post, you probably have strong feelings, one way or another, about Stephen Colbert’s joke about Asians — a joke that wasn’t supposed to be a joke about Asians at all, but about Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

First, here is the context (in a story that is all about context): During a sports-themed segment of Wednesday night’s The Colbert Report, the host mocked Snyder for responding to complaints about his team name by announcing a foundation to help Native Americans. Then on Thursday, The Colbert Report‘s Twitter account echoed his on-air punchline: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

Twitter exploded with #CancelColbert outrage. The tweet was deleted. Later that night, Colbert tweeted that he does not control the @ColbertReport feed:

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The 'Idiot's Guide' to understanding music snobs -- VIDEO

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If you choose your favorite bands based on their obscurity, the following video is not for you. (Unless you have a sense of humor. Do music snobs have a sense of humor?)

For everyone else, the comedy network Above Average has created a guide to interacting with the world’s most picky music fans. It’s the second installment in their tongue-in-cheek Idiot’s Guide to Smart People series, and it’s quite humorously spot-on.

The video opens by explaining to viewers (a.k.a. “idiots”) that “it takes a smart person to love music in a way that takes all the fun out of it.” When interacting with a “smart person” in a situation that involves music, here are some of their tips:

Be as painstakingly specific as you possibly can when telling a music snob what kind of genres you like. “Louisiana Swamp Pop” would be a particularly good choice.

The more mainstream success a band has, the less a smart person will like them. Bon Iver is so 2007.

Do not, under any circumstances and bouts of common sense, wear a band’s T-shirt to said band’s concert.

And remember: When in doubt, heavy metal is the answer.

SXSW: Comedian Doug Benson and friends take on 'Big Trouble In Little China'

Depending on your perspective, comedian Doug Benson is either best known as a movie aficionado (he hosts the hit podcast Doug Loves Movies) or as a comedic hero to weed smokers everywhere (he directed the hilarious documentary Super High Me and recently launched a video podcast called Getting Doug With High that features him getting stoned with comic friends).

The former was on display on the last day of the annual South By Southwest festival when Benson hosted Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption at the Alamo Draft House Ritz in Austin. The Movie Interruption is a simple premise: Benson screens a movie, and he and a few cohorts sit with live microphones and riff on the film — not unlike a live, improvised version of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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'Daily Show' welcomes new correspondent in appropriately meta segment -- VIDEO

As of yesterday, the best damn news team in America has a new member: Jordan Klepper, an Upright Citizens Brigade veteran who happens to look a lot like the vast majority of SNL‘s new featured players (read: blandly handsome; white). The Daily Show — which, in the fairly recent past, has come under fire for a lack of onscreen and behind-the-scenes diversity — made a joke of this in Klepper’s very first segment Monday night, naming him the program’s new Senior Caucasian Correspondent. And naturally, the self-referential humor didn’t stop there.

Theoretically, Klepper’s Caucasian-ness made him the perfect choice for a piece focusing on the situation in Crimea. In practice, the poor guy was so nervous that he ended up turning the entire segment into a self-conscious commentary on his own situation as a new member of the Daily Show family — culminating in a fourth-wall busting act that might have gotten Klepper the ax if, you know, it hadn’t been planned. Nicely done, Jordan; we’re sure Dad is very proud of you this morning.

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A different kind of 'Lego Movie': Celebrate Eddie Izzard's birthday with his Lego stand-up -- VIDEO

Stop what you’re doing and take a moment to wish the brilliant, cross-dressing comedian Eddie Izzard a “happy birthday.” The man is a British national treasure, and I’m flabbergasted that he hasn’t been knighted already. Eddie is like a super-combo of Monty Python and Tim Curry in Rocky Horror Picture Show. Even if the Queen isn’t a fan of his stand-up, she’s got to tip her tastefully conservative hat to how good he looks in a Chinese silk qipao. It’s a crime that he isn’t cast in more movies. Remember Mystery Men? Oh, you never saw it? Better rectify that mistake tonight, because it is the best movie ever. But I’ll save that rant for another time. Today is about Eddie.

Since everyone is so jazzed about Legos right now, what with The Lego Movie premiere, it seems only fitting to celebrate Eddie with his top three best stand-up routines as played by Lego people. I don’t know what it is about Lego people, but they are side-splittingly funny — kind of like animal voice-overs. How can you not laugh at that? (Wishbone, Homeward Bound, Milo & Otis…) So get ready for the laugh of your life, because I’m treating you to Lego people and Eddie Izzard, you lucky dog. READ FULL STORY

Melissa McCarthy returns to 'SNL' tonight: Talk about it here!

The first time Melissa McCarthy hosted Saturday Night Live, she was just coming off the enormous success of 2011’s Bridesmaids. The second time she stopped by Studio 8H, she was promoting her then-upcoming Sandra Bullock buddy comedy The Heat. This time around, though, McCarthy has no immediate projects to plug, unless you count her continuing work on CBS’s Mike & Molly. (And really, who does? Memo to Chuck Lorre: Free Melissa!)

That means the show is bringing McCarthy back largely for one reason: Simply put, she’s really great at hosting SNL. In fact, according to you guys, she was the funniest woman who helmed SNL all of last year — and that season’s second-greatest host period, topped only by Justin Timberlake.

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Seth Meyers: 10 great moments away from the 'Weekend Update' desk

Imminent Late Night host Seth Meyers is known best for two things: Presiding over Saturday Night Live‘s writers’ room since 2005, and expertly anchoring the Weekend Update desk — with Amy Poehler, alone, and with Cecily Strong — since 2006.

What you may not remember, though, is that Meyers originally joined SNL as a featured player way back in 2001, giving him the second longest tenure of any cast member in SNL history. (He’s outstripped only by go-to impressionist Darrell Hammond, who stuck around for 14 seasons.) And though Meyers only really became a household name when he inherited Tina Fey’s Update seat, his 13 years of Saturday Nights also included plenty of memorable work away from the fake news desk. (And that’s not even counting his behind-the-scenes contributions; Meyers was instrumental in crafting SNL‘s wicked take on Sarah Palin, among countless others.)

So before Meyers departs SNL for good this weekend, let’s take a look back at some of his best non-Update sketches — the type of stuff we likely won’t see much of once he makes the leap to Late Night. After all, if you looked that good in a suit, you’d move away from character work too.

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Ex-'Degrassi' star Lauren Collins appears in excellent 'Degrassi' parody -- VIDEO

If you’re a fan of Degrassi: The Next Generation but you’ve never watched Comedy Central’s Kroll Show, do yourself a favor and fix that immediately. One of the Must-List-approved show’s best recurring sketches is a serialized Degrassi parody called Wheels, Ontario, which follows a Bieber-haired kid named Mikey (Nick Kroll) as he navigates the treacherous waters of Canada’s most scandalous high school. Even if you’ve never seen an episode of Degrassi, the accents and exaggerated Canadian lingo (“We’re not in Saskatoon anymore, Mum! People in Toronto don’t tuck in their blouses!”) are reason enough to check it out.

Another, even better reason to watch: This Tuesday’s newest installment of Wheels featured the debut of a new character, Mikey’s love interest Collette. Like most students at Wheels, she’s confined to a wheelchair. Unlike most students at Wheels, she’s played by Lauren Collins… best known for playing alpha bitch Paige Michalchuck on 143 episodes of Degrassi. As Manny Santos might say, this is totally cuckoo bananas.
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'SNL': Get to know upcoming Weekend Update host Colin Jost

Saturday Night Live‘s “newest addition” isn’t actually a new addition at all. Colin Jost, named today as Seth Meyers’ imminent Weekend Update successor, has been writing for the sketch show since 2005 (shortly after he graduated from Harvard; underachiever) and was named its co-head writer in 2012. True, he’s only appeared on the show a handful of times — in just two sketches, according to IMDB — but that doesn’t mean Jost lacks performing experience: He’s also a seasoned standup comedian who has appeared on stages around the country and on programs including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show.

Want to know more? Of course you do!

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' after the Globes: Is it earning that 'Best Comedy' trophy?

See the face newly-crowned Golden Globe winner Andy Samberg is pulling in this picture — full-on grimace, crazy eyes, neck vein that might pop at any second? It’s a mug that screams “mugging,” even without the benefit of motion or sound — and it’s also a nice encapsulation of why more than one friend has told me that they’ve decided Brooklyn Nine-Nine isn’t for them, even without laying eyes on a single episode. Their objections generally boil down to something like this: “I might be able to get into that show… if it didn’t star Andy Samberg.”

Tonight’s all-new episode of Brooklyn — the first to air since the star and his comedy won a pair of shiny statuettes at Sunday’s Globes — may not convince those naysayers to change their minds. Its A-plot, for the most part, revolves around Samberg’s Detective Jake Peralta acting as obnoxious as humanly possible: pledging to take his quasi-love interest Detective Amy Santiago on the “worst date ever” after she loses a bet to him, hiring a children’s choir to sing a song about how much Santiago sucks on said date, wearing the top half of a tuxedo with cargo shorts. Don’t get me wrong: All these things are pretty funny. But occasionally, Peralta’s behavior seems less irritating than downright cruel; in those moments, you can sort of see why Brooklyn and Samberg might leave a bad taste in some potential viewers’ mouths.

But as those who are already fans of the show know, it’s absolutely worth persevering through the times when Peralta’s antics go too far. Because even while the Globes might have been a little hasty in naming Brooklyn 2013’s best TV comedy — we’ve only seen half a season so far! Where’s the fire, Hollywood Foreign Press? — it is still the network season’s most promising new sitcom, give or take a Trophy Wife. (P.S. Why aren’t you watching Trophy Wife?)

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