If you're 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) veteran and consummate professional Matt Lauer, you get on that horse and ride (straight-faced, while finishing your line). That's actually what happened Thursday morning when Jim Carrey appeared on the show to promote his new film, 'Mr. Popper's Penguins.'
As Lauer was introducing the interview, Carrey came out a little early with horse routine (it kills with the under-5 set). Lauer didn't even bat an eye -- or stop his introduction -- as he mounted Carrey. "Come on, little Matty! Who's a cowboy?" Carrey encouraged as the two made their way across the studio floor.
Making the rounds to promote his new flick 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' Carrey dropped by 'Letterman' to chat up the family comedy and to offer his best Tom Hanks impersonation.
Carrey recreated one of Hanks' more memorable visits to the 'Late Show' note-by-note, scream-by-scream, and gyration-by-gyration by retelling Hank's story involving an unfortunate skunk spraying.
Just as notable, the show became a launching pad for everyone from Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx to then-choreographer Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez (the latter earning her first high-profile job as one of the show's "Fly Girls").
To commemorate the anniversary, we take a look back at some of the best musical parodies the show had to offer. And good luck not getting nostalgic -- or rueful -- of the '90s if you remember these.
The website premiered a new public service announcement on federal finance laws directed by Ron Howard in the form of a very funny "Presidential Reunion" sketch that features the likes of Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Dana Carvey, Dan Aykroyd and even Chevy Chase reviving their classic impressions of former presidents including (respectively) George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Jimmy Carter and (the most hilarious in my opinion) Gerald Ford who come together to help the beleaguered Barack Obama, played by Fred Armisen. Jim Carrey also stepped in the room to play Ronald Reagan probably because Randy Quaid is nuttier than a Payday bar these days.
FunnyOrDie.com is famous for its riotous celebrity videos, but this one featuring current star Fred Armisen and 'SNL' veterans like Will Ferrell, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Darrell Hammond and Maya Rudolph, as well as an over-the-top performance by Jim Carrey, may take the cake.
In a dream, Armisen's Barack Obama is visited by Hammond as President Clinton, Carvey as President Bush Sr., Aykroyd as President Carter, Chase as President Ford, Ferrell as President Bush Jr and Carey as President Reagan.
Catch the video after the jump.
McGregor explained the photo on 'Late Show With David Letterman' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), saying they were celebrating their newbie knighthood in France (note the medals). Ok, we'll go with that.
Watch the video after the jump.
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding stars, Nia Vardalos and John Corbett are teaming up again in a new rom-com.
- I had absolutely no recollection of The Fugitive's trailer, but watching it again makes me understand why Cinematical included it as a Terrific Trailer.
- While a good movie, I found Lars and the Real Girl to be quite disturbing. So the fact that The Beaver is being compared to it, involves a hand puppet and may star Jim Carrey? Frankly, I'm terrified.
- I haven't gotten a chance to see Wolverine yet, but according to this Cinematical poll, it wasn't great. What did you think?
- I'm not exactly waiting for the G.I. Joe movie with bated breath, but in case you are, here's the trailer in HD.
Do not adjust your web browser. You are now entering the Retro Squad, where we are reviewing past episodes of classic TV shows.
The original version of Star Trek has been a show with two faces. On the one face, it was a serious show that dramatized the good and glorious future we humans could have after we screwed everything up (though, with so many wars going on around the galaxy, how good and glorious could it be?). On the other face, at least to some, it was a campy science fiction show that featured poor special effects, bad acting, and tunics that really didn't hold up to space travel too well.
Since the show left the airwaves in 1969, that second face is the one that television shows throughout the decades have parodied. Whether it be the original series itself, or the subsequent movies, or the conventions that sprung up from this show that lasted only 79 episodes. Shows both animated and live-action have found ways to skewer the show's, and its fans', good intentions. After the jump you'll find a few examples of those parodies either to laugh with or be angry at.
Carrey is currently shooting I Love You Phillip Morris with co-star Ewan McGregor. He recently finished Yes Man, a Warner Bros. comedy, and A Christmas Carol, a Robert Zemekis film for Disney. Lampanelli, who has been a regular guest on Howard Stern and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, recently signed a deal with Harper Collins for a book entitled The World According to Lisa: The Queen of Mean's Guide to the Universe.
As for the results, while the person who left wasn't necessarily the consensus choice, it was someone that I'm perfectly alright with seeing leave at this early stage. In fact, I could have lost the whole "Bottom Three" tonight and not lost any sleep over it.
Jim Carrey has been doing the talk show circuits to promote his new movie The Number 23. I'm always waiting for him to mention Lost's Easter eggs, but it seems that he sure loves himself some David Caruso and CSI.
In his visit to The Late Show With David Letterman, Carrey's exuberant comedic personality came out to play and he paid homage to David Caruso by doing his own impressions of the CSI actor.
If you're Jim Carrey, all you need is a good pair of sunglasses and a line from your favorite cartoon!
And in other Top 5 news, if you're looking for someone to say that they have never seen Paula Abdul drink...
- At 8, FOX has a new 'Til Death, followed by new episodes of The War At Home and The O.C.
- CBS has Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer at 8.
- NBC has a new Identity at 8, then repeats the Xmas eps of The Office and My Name Is Earl.
- ABC Family has Jim Carrey in How The Grinch Stole Christmas at 8.
- ESPN has the Pioneer Purevision Las Vegas Bowl at 8, BYU vs. Oregon.
- Also at 8: VH-1 has the Big In '06 Awards.
- At 9, Lifetime has the movie A Town Without Christmas.
- At 10:30, TV Land has a Christmas episode of The Jeffersons.
- At 11, the History Channel has Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas.
- At 8, ABC has a new Ugly Betty, followed by new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Six Degrees.
- CBS has a new Survivor, then new episodes of CSI and Shark.
- NBC has new eps of My Name Is Earl, The Office, Deal Or No Deal, and ER.
- FOX has a new 'Til Death at 8, followed by new episodes of Happy Hour and The O.C.
- There's a new Smallville on The CW at 8, then a new Supernatural.
- Also at 8: FX has Jim Carrey in Me, Myself & Irene (excellent soundtrack).
- At 9, Sundance has a new Iconoclasts, with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Alice Waters.
- Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 10.
- At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Freak Show.
- The big news tonight is the 2 hour Arrested Development marathon on FOX at 8pm. Final four eps.
- ABC has the Dancing With The Stars results, followed by a new In Justice and a repeat Primetime.
- All repeats on CBS tonight: Ghost Whisperer, Close To Home, Numb3rs.
- Oh, more big news tonight: The Olympics start on NBC at 8.
- UPN has Smackdown! at 8.
- New on the Sci-Fi Channel starting at 8: Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica.
- HGTV has a new Get Color at 8, followed by a new Design Remix, a repeat Double Take, a new Freestyle, and two repeats of House Hunters.
- 8pm movies: AMC has one of my favs, The Day The Earth Stood Still, A&E has Batman Returns, FLIX has Blue Sky, and HBO has True Lies.
- FX is running a That 70s Show marathon.
- At 9, Michael W. Smith is the guest on Larry King Live on CNN.
- TBS has Jim Carrey in The Mask at 9, followed by The Cable Guy.
- ESPN2 has new boxing at 9, followed by new soccer.
- Also at 9: SPEED has a new NASCAR Live.
- On IFC at 10: repeats of Hopeless Pictures, Greg The Bunny, then Dinner For Five.
- Also at 10: TMC has Pursued, with Christian Slater and Gil Bellows, followed by Delores Clairborne.
- Around 10:40 or so, STARZ has Joan Cusack and Michelle Trachtenberg in Ice Princess.
- Just in time for February 4, a repeat Emeril Live shows us a "Chocolate Lover's Valentine's Day." It's on Food Network at midnight.
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