Jersey Shore’s third season finale aired March 24. Does that mean the fist-pumping reality program has been off the cultural radar long enough that jokes about it are funny again? Half an hour ago, my answer would have been “No.” Then I saw the following clip from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, in which the host and a slew of guests — Abby Elliott, Rachel Dratch, and, best of all, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey — are transformed into pitch-perfect parodies of the guidos and guidettes we’ve gotten to know and loate (that’s “love and hate”) over the past year and a half. Watch the 9-minute opus yourself to hear Jimmy’s Pauly D voice and marvel at the best televised use of the Shake Weight since a certain episode of South Park, then nod sagely at Questlove’s wise words: “White people are weird.” READ FULL STORY
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Last Mother’s Day, Betty White famously hosted a stellar episode of Saturday Night Live. Well, we can’t have the almost-nonagenarian back for a second go-round, but we’ve got the next best thing: Tina Fey. And the former cast member, and current 30 Rock star sure chose a good week to host, what with such headline-grabbing events like the death of Osama bin Laden and the Royal Wedding occurring just one week ago. No word as to what the SNL cast might do with the bin Laden news, but if the current round of promos are any indication, the cast might just lampoon England’s most glamorous event in 30 years: Noting that musical guest Ellie Goulding was at the Royal Wedding, Kristen Wiig jokes she was there too, yelling, “Marry me, Harry, you handsome ginger devil!” Come on, we’re all thinking it too. Check out the promos after the jump, in which Fey reveals a creative Mother’s Day gift idea. READ FULL STORY
It’s become increasingly common that some of the Saturday Night Live promo spots they run in the days leading up to a new episode are as funny — if not funnier — than the actual skits during the broadcast (case in point: watch Paul Rudd and Andy Samberg’s manic commercial. Seriously those two minutes were some of the best television from 2010.)
If Tina Fey‘s new promotional spot with SNL cast member Kenan Thompson is even a taste of what to expect from the May 7 episode, which marks her third time hosting, it should be far from disappointing (even if Sarah Palin decides not to drop in and share her unique views on the recent turn of events in the world). READ FULL STORY
The new, post-100th episode of 30 Rock was all about taking charge of your own life. What’s the best way to do this? Rhymes, songs, quotes, and haikus, of course! All of those work until mortality sets in, and then you realize you have no control whatsoever. No human is truly the master of his or her fate. But more on that later. First, we’ll start out with a lovely little lullaby to ease you into the recap: Hush island baby/tomorrow you shuck the cane/your little fingers bloody/prepare to be whipped. READ FULL STORY
Tina Fey joined Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt for an hour-long chat recently to promote her book Bossypants, that you can now watch online (shocking!). See it below. It starts getting good around 8:40, when Fey discusses the main difference between male and female comedy writers. In addition to some men’s penchant for peeing in cups (so that’s real?), she says, “Also, the men sometimes pretend to rape each other. The women never do that… I deal in generalizations.” She also talks about Sarah Palin impression and how she believes there’s a double standard when it’s a female impersonating a female — the media never referred to it as “mean” when Will Ferrell did George W. Bush or Darrell Hammond did Bill Clinton. READ FULL STORY
30 Rock is already so jam-packed full of jokes, and that’s just the usual 30-minute episode. It’s TV’s version of sardines in a can. So a full hour of 30 Rock?! Buckle up, nerds. This is gonna be a long one.
TGS, like 30 Rock, was conveniently celebrating its 100th episode. Unfortunately, the show sucked. And without Tracy, it sucked even worse. And despite the fact that TGS finally made Wikipedia last week, Hank Hooper laid down the law and gave this ultimatum—deliver an epic 100th episode with Tracy Jordan, or the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad show would get canceled. And as much as Frank’s little “I Give Up” hat seemed to say about the task at hand, Elizabeth Lemon vowed to make TGS a success: It will not be the worst thing on TV tonight! That’s a spot reserved for John Stossel. READ FULL STORY
In her new book Bossypants, Tina Fey gets candid about the decision to leave the comfort of Saturday Night Live and embark on her own with 30 Rock. She explains that while the show amassed critical success, the goal was always to become a hit with viewers (“We were trying to make Home Improvement and we did it wrong”), and 30 Rock‘s ratings left the cast and crew afraid to make long-term plans during the early years.
Yet, somehow (by the hammer of Thor, perhaps?), Fey and her gang have made it through almost five seasons, and celebrate 100 episodes with tonight’s hour-long special. With TGS on the verge of cancellation, Lemon will be pulling out all the stops to ensure she won’t have to stoop so low as to get a job at a magazine, or become the world’s worst hooker. In honor of this milestone for our beloved little show, here’s a look at some favorite episodes from the last five seasons:
“The Source Awards” (Season 1)
Jack’s burgeoning sparkling wine company becomes the sponsor for The Source Awards, causing Tracy and old foe Ridikolus (LL Cool J) to confront their beef with one another. READ FULL STORY
Al Gore visited 30 Rock to save the whales. Jerry Seinfeld returned to NBC to thwart Jack Donaghy’s Seinfeld-ization of the network, and Oprah was a figment of Liz Lemon’s pill-fueled hallucination. But Lemon can now expect a celebrity cameo that might have real consequences. Promoting her comic memoir, Bossypants, on the Leonard Lopate radio show, Tina Fey spilled the news, “I’m going to make an executive decision that I’m allowed to talk about this. We have Condoleezza Rice coming up in a couple of weeks.” READ FULL STORY
We love Tina Fey, as you can tell by a quick search of EW’s Fey-packed archives, but even we were shocked by the filled-to-capacity, standing-room-only, people-have-been-waiting-here-since-morning crowd that gathered to pay homage to the goddess of wit at the Barnes & Noble in New York’s Union Square Friday. About 500 fans (including her 30 Rock costar, the 6-foot-5 Grizz), all clutching copies of her new essay collection Bossypants (purchase was required just to get in), laughed, cheered, and hung on her every word as The New Yorker‘s David Remnick conducted a lively Q&A with the writer/actress. She talked about choosing to write her first book (“I was having lunch with Snooki, and she was like, ‘Just do it. You have a voice.’”), making the upcoming 100th episode of 30 Rock (“It’s a weird one — get ready!”), and hating to re-watch her pilot (“It’s like looking at a sonogram instead of a picture of your kid, like a pile of goo”).
Here, a few other highlights. READ FULL STORY
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