‘POPSTAR’: The Parody Justin Bieber Deserves

The comedy trio known affectionately as “The Lonely Island”—Bay Area natives Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone—burst onto the pop-culture scene ten years ago when the three childhood friends were hired by Saturday Night Live at the same time. Their popular “Digital Shorts” video segments, mostly musical in nature, began dropping on a weekly … Continued

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Memes are People Too

Celebrity memes are the workhorses of the Internet. As Us magazine noted a few years ago, “one bad or funny photo of a star can launch a thousand different memes.” For example, 2013 was undoubtedly the year of Miley Cyrus memes, with images of her twerking on famous paintings making the rounds, as well as … Continued

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Barbie Explains Our Post-Feminist Age

Drop those feminist theory textbooks! If you want to understand the ever-shifting tides of contemporary feminism, you could do worse than watch this:   This Saturday Night Live parody commercial for “President Barbie,” which aired over the weekend, featured a Hillary Clinton doppelgänger in the form of a Barbie doll, complete with blue pantsuit and stiff … Continued

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Oh Bachelor, My Bachelor

Tonight is the finale of this season of ABC’s The Bachelor. In honor of some of the ladies (a term we use loosely) who haven’t made it to the final stage of the popular reality TV human cattle auction, Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update offered an homage/parody of one of the contestants, Lace. The hilarious … Continued

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Will ‘Star Wars’ Fanboys Ever Grow Up?

The new Star Wars movie continues to dominate at the box office, despite mixed reactions from fans and critics. It also continues to dominate—sometimes to an unhealthy degree—the imaginations of a generation of men. Like any red-blooded American boys born after 1976, my two younger brothers and I grew up watching and loving the original … Continued

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This Thanksgiving, Pass the Gratitude and Hold the Politics

During a recent White House press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested that gun control would make a great topic of conversation for families gathered for dinner this Thanksgiving: “As people sitting around the Thanksgiving table talking about these issues, as they should and I’m sure they will all across the country, I hope that’s … Continued

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Comedians Finally Get the Joke about Hillary Clinton

Perhaps the most telling indicator that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is going poorly, apart from the FBI investigation into her emails, the symbolic power outages, her tanking poll numbers, and the fact that less than a third of registered voters find her “honest and trustworthy,” is the extent to which making fun of Hillary Clinton … Continued

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Why Melissa McCarthy Shouldn’t Play Nice

Remembering his late Saturday Night Live colleague Chris Farley, Chris Rock said (in the oral biography The Chris Farley Show) that “‘Chippendale’s’ was a weird sketch. . . . It was basically, ‘We can’t hire you because you’re fat.’ I mean, he’s a fat guy, and you’re going to ask him to dance with no … Continued

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The Problem With People Who Write Letters to the FCC

In a recent piece at The Atlantic, senior editor Adrienne LaFrance shared some of her findings compiled after sifting through complaint letters that concerned American parents (and grandparents) had sent to the Federal Communications Commission. Specifically, LaFrance reviewed more than 100 letters sent to the FCC in regards to the weekly sketch comedy show Saturday … Continued

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