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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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Drake breaks out 'Degrassi'-honed acting chops in 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

Do Drake’s newly released ‘Saturday Night Live’ promos poke fun at Degrassi, the Canadian teen soap that starred Drake (then known as Aubrey Graham) for eight years?

Did Jimmy break up with Ashley after she got high on ecstasy and made out with Sean at the end of the school year, prompting her to reinvent herself for Grade 9 as an artsy goth chick with a pixie cut? (The answer to this question, like the previous one, is “yes.”)

Drake, of course, is more than a former teen star; he’s also an accomplished rapper, and an able straight man for the antics of promo costars Bobby Moynihan and Jay Pharoah. But it’s in the clip’s brief, glorious Degrassi segment that he truly shines as a funnyman; let’s hope it’s only a taste of what’s to come on SNL this weekend. At least cross your finger for more material like this and less material like Moynihan and Pharoah talking about beats.

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Why we're pumped to see Drake host 'SNL' -- VIDEO

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Two words, guys: Wheelchair Jimmy.

Fine, a few more words: This weekend, Saturday Night Live announced that 2014’s first show will be helmed entirely by Drake, playing the role of both host and musical guest. Pulling double duty on SNL is a big deal for any artist, but it’s especially notable for a rapper; only a handful in SNL history have done so before, including M.C. Hammer (in 1991), Queen Latifah (in 2004), and Ludacris (in 2006).

All three of these rappers have one thing in common: previous acting experience. Ludacris hosted after receiving good notice for his work in films like Crash and Hustle & Flow. Queen Latifah had 117 episodes of Living Single under her belt, not to mention an Oscar-nominated turn in Chicago. Hammer had… the short-lived Saturday morning cartoon Hammerman, which starred its namesake as a mild-mannered “guy named Stanley” who transforms into a superhero when he puts on a pair of magical dancing shoes. Seriously. (I didn’t say they all had good acting experience.)

And Drake, of course, also fits this mold. Long before he started going by his middle name, Drake was known as Aubrey Graham — one of the original stars of Degrassi: The Next Generation, a.k.a. the greatest Canadian export since The Kids in the Hall. Drake played Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who’s one of the most popular kids in school. He’s also a bit of an amateur rapper himself:
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Bob Benson's big 'Mad Men' reveal: A very 'Degrassi' moment

(Just hear me out, guys.)

Last night on Mad Men, viewers learned conclusively that endlessly eager-to-please Bob Benson really is too good to be true. For starters, there’s no such person as “Bob Benson”; the name is a total fake, as is his résumé. “Bob” doesn’t have any true experience in account management — as the intrepid Duck Phillips discovered, before bluffing his way into a job at SCDP (and subsequently SC&P), the imposter worked as a “manservant” to a Senior Vice President at another firm. He’s a conniving liar, a charming con artist, a handsome but hollow self-made man … and a clear analogue of Don Draper himself, Mad Men‘s original corrupt embodiment of the American Dream.
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Drake graduates from high school

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Drake is officially a high school graduate. The artist formerly known as Aubrey Graham tweeted yesterday that he passed his finals and earned his diploma: “97% on my final exam. 88% in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight I have graduated high school!”

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