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Adam Sandler Commiserates with Conan O'Brien (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 21st 2010 9:30AM
Last night on 'The Tonight Show,' Adam Sandler commiserated with Conan O'Brien over his NBC woes by relating a story of when he and Chris Farley were fired from 'Saturday Night Live.'

"My manager kept calling me, saying, 'You know, we should look for something else to do.' And I was like, 'No, I like 'Saturday Night Live.' It's fun there,'" Sandler said. "And then, all of a sudden, [Chris] Farley ran into my office and is like, 'We're getting fired!'"

Watch the video after the jump.

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Commercial spoofs take shots at DirecTV's Chris Farley spot

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 4th 2009 5:02PM
Controversy raged last weekend as fans and media types reacted to a new DirecTV ad using the late Chris Farley in scenes from Tommy Boy. Now, some aggressive YouTubers are taking their shot at offending some people (with DirecTV execs at the top of the list).

The original ad featured a live action David Spade discussing DirecTV against Farley's antics from Tommy Boy. While Spade insisted Farley wouldn't mind, a lot of his fans took offense to using a dead man to hawk a product.

But the video below, from a YouTube page, The Landline, lights up the satellite TV provider with an edgy send-up of the "dead talk cash" stunt with faked DirecTV ads featuring a pseudo Heath Ledger, John F. Kennedy, and someone else you'll recognize.

There's a conspiracy theory floating around that this is actually clever viral marketing from DirecTV itself -- since no publicity is bad publicity. But, if that were true, and word really got out, it'd be "deadly" to the company's business.

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Patrick Swayze succumbs to pancreatic cancer at 57

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 15th 2009 2:04AM
Patrick SwayzeSome more sad news from Tinseltown. Movie star and recent television star Patrick Swayze has lost his 20 month battle with pancreatic cancer at his ranch in Los Angeles. He was 57 years old.

Barbara Walters will air the actor's final television interview in a one hour special titled Last Dance tonight at 10 PM eastern/9 PM central on ABC.

He's probably best known for his work on the big screen in movies like Ghost, Dirty Dancing and (of course) the timeless Road House, a movie that became a cult sensation for all the wrong reasons and helped birth the sense of humor of MST3K and Rifftrax's Michael J. Nelson. But like all Hollywood actors, he made his presence known on the small screen, and his reach goes much further than his recent venture into cable drama glory with A&E's The Beast.

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Why isn't Jan Hooks famous?

by Eliot Glazer, posted May 9th 2009 12:50PM
Radner. Louis-Dreyfus. Poehler. Fey. Shannon.

jan hooks snlSuffice it to say, the number of women who became famous on Saturday Night Live before graduating to solo success is few and far between. Sure, Gilda Radner can be considered a pioneer in the art of sketch comedy. And Julia Louis-Dreyfus undoubtedly honed her comedic skills before becoming a sitcom icon on Seinfeld. And, yes, Tina Fey can easily be considered a heroine to comedy nerds everywhere who have witnessed her climb from Weekend Update anchor to Mean Girls scribe to single-handedly decimating the vice presidential chances of one certain gun-wieldin', six-pack-totin' Alaskan governor.

But, sadly, the number of men who left Studio 8 for the superstardom of Planet Hollywood (not the theme restaurant) easily outnumbers the ladies. For every Amy Poehler, there's a Will Ferrell. And a Bill Murray. And a Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler (although, to be fair, there's also a David Gary Kroeger, A. Whitney Brown, and Charles Rocket for every Melanie Hutsell, too). (And for the record, no, you shouldn't recognize those names.)

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12 unexpected deaths of TV personalities

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 17th 2008 11:58AM

The death of Jim Henson rocked the emotions of people who didn't even know him.I didn't know Tim Russert on a personal level. I rarely even saw him in his own element as host of NBC's Meet the Press. However, when he suddenly died last Friday, it hit me like a ton of bricks. It was the fact that he was a huge presence on television, particularly during this year's Presidential election. It made Russert feel like he was a part of the family.

So it has been with many television personalities that have left this earth before their time. It's the intimacy of the industry and the fact that this person has come into our homes night after night, week after week, that the unexpected death of these personalities hits us much harder than, say, movie stars. Unfortunately, there have been a number of these surprising deaths over the last few decades. Here are 12 such deaths that affected millions of television viewers.

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The Not Ready for Prime Time Players who made it to the big time: 1986-2006

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 24th 2008 12:04PM

The SNL cast of the early 1990s -- one of the most successful during the show's runAs AOL Television continues their look at the 50 Best TV Comedies -- Ever with numbers 20-11, we here at TV Squad are also looking at television comedy, but with a slightly skewed difference. Last week, we took a look at the Saturday Night Live cast members from 1975-1985 that made it to the big time. This week, we focus on the SNL casts from 1986 to 2006.

Aside from the first season of Lorne Michaels' return to the show he created and the 1994-95 season, this period was a very successful one for SNL, introducing a slew of characters and sketches that fans of the show still talk about today. It also produced a good number of Not Ready for Prime-Time Players who went on to bigger things in television and the movies (and some theater as well). Sometimes those bigger things were movies or television shows based on characters developed on SNL.


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Chris Farley, pickup artist - VIDEO

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 17th 2008 7:02PM
Chris FarleyIn this video filmed for a Tom Arnold comedy special, Chris Farley tries to pick up women at a mall. It's classic Farley, with pratfalls and generally making an ass of himself. I'm surprised he had such problems picking up women.

The surprising thing to me was that this was filmed when Tom and Roseanne were still an item, so the marriage isn't yet revealed to be the sham it was. Buying Rosie a present? Puh-lease.

Farley also played Tom Arnold's brother on one of his Roseanne-sponsored short-lived TV sitcoms called Tom. This was a sitcom-within-a-sitcom. Arnold played a loony sitcom star. Obviously it was a beneficial relationship on both sides.

[via Digg]

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"Best of" SNL to air in primetime in December

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 5th 2007 3:01PM
Saturday Night LiveNBC announced today that 90-minute "Best of" specials of Saturday Night Live will air throughout December. These special episodes, featuring sketches with Will Ferrell and Chris Farley to name just two, will air in primetime Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The first "Best of," to air on December 8, will be devoted to Will Ferrell's best work on the show. This episode will feature sketches of Craig the Spartan Spirit cheerleader, singing middle school teacher Marty Culp, along with Ferrell's portrayal of Alex Trebek on Celebrity Jeopardy and much more.

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Chris Farley a posterboy for drug & alcohol treatment

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 2nd 2006 11:16AM
chris farley; billboardThe family of Chris Farley has given approval for his image to be used on outdoor advertisements for alcohol and drug treament from Hythiam Inc. The ads will feature a photo of Farley and the text, "It Wasn't His Fault." Chris Farley died eight years ago from an overdose of morphine and cocaine, at the age of 33.

The first billboard will appear on Monday near the Chateau Marmont, the hotel on Sunset Boulevard where fellow SNL alum John Belushi died of a drug overdose in 1982. Several other billboards will appear in the Los Angeles area. Executives for Hythiam Inc. say they are in negotiations with the estates of other dead celebrities to use their images for the same campaign.

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