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Katie Couric Investigates The Sillies (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Mar 8th 2011 6:30PM
'CBS Evening News' anchor Katie Couric has held some big feet to the fire during her career, like Sarah Palin and George Bush. Now she's gunning for some small feet -- preschoolers.

In a video for Funny or Die, Couric investigates the Sillies, a condition that affects millions of children every day. To cure these episodes, parents and teachers usually have the infected children jump around, shake their arm, kick their feet, etc. However, with her bulldog instinct, Couric digs into whether the Sillies are real thing or just a ploy by the young to misbehave.

While the veteran newscaster is known for her composure and playfulness alike, few have seen Couric do something this goofy. She proves her sense of humor and willingness to poke fun at herself, since the video essentially spoofs her career. The expressions alone she gives while interviewing the children make this a viral must-see.

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TV's Green Screen Revolution Is Here (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Feb 19th 2011 2:00PM
As savvy television fans already know, many shows do not shoot on location. Seeing TV characters walk down Broadway in New York does not mean they were actually there. In fact, chances are they weren't even in the Big Apple, or even within thousands of feet of it.

It's getting even easier for television studios to create locations or backdrops thanks to green screen technology, and TV is taking as much (if not more) advantage of green screen as movies. And we're not just talking about the science fiction shows. Some series that set in the real world are actually shooting in some warehouse or vacant lot.

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4 TV Pairings We Want on 'Between Two Ferns' (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Feb 16th 2011 4:32PM
Between Two FernsZach Galifianakis is a master at turning awkwardness into hilarity. While Steve Carell and Ricky Gervais also possess that skill, the bearded comedian does it in his own unique way with supreme subtlety and silliness.

A perfect example of that is his Web series on Funny or Die called 'Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis.' He plays a less famous, simpler-minded version of himself and interviews celebrities as if he knows very little about their careers. Stars who have appeared include Conan O'Brien, Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Bruce Willis and Charlize Theron.

One of the best episodes of 'Between Two Ferns' is also the most recent. Galifianakis opens by interviewing MySpace phenom and reality star Tila Tequila. After a minute, he announces they have another guest, Jennifer Aniston, but wants Tequila to stick around (as if they're on a late-night talk show).

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8 Memorably Wacky 'Family Feud' Answers (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Feb 14th 2011 3:40PM
'Family Feud''s ability to set up absurd answers with innocuous questions makes it a clip bonanza for YouTube.

About once a month, the long-running game show has a clip go viral because the contestant's answer is unbelievably dumb, silly or inappropriate.

And the show's sixth host, Steve Harvey, milks the craziness for all it's worth, mugging to the cameras and acting offended when things go even the slightest bit off-kilter.

While Harvey's overacting and sense of comedic timing make him perfect for the online generation, 'Family Feud' has a long and stories history of producing countless WTF answers. Check out these eight memorable moments ...

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Steve Harvey Learns the Power of Pot on 'Family Feud' (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Feb 10th 2011 1:00PM
Family Feud, something that gets passed, steve harvey, jointWhen Mark Goodson and Bill Todman created 'Family Feud' in 1976, they could not have known how tailor-made the gameplay is for the viral-video age. Asking seemingly innocent questions can elicit surprising responses. That is exactly what happened recently when host Steve Harvey set up the following category: "Tell me something that gets passed around." He received the funniest answer since the woman replied "penis" back in October.

Harvey began his career in the drug- and booze-fueled days of '80s stand-up comedy. Now he's a family man, a born-again Christian and the host of 'Family Feud." He apparently doesn't get out much anymore either, because when one contestant answered, "A joint," Harvey couldn't believe it. Surely a group of 100 random people at a mall somewhere in middle America would not have given an illegal substance as an answer? Right?

Well, Steve, this isn't the 1950s anymore, because that's exactly what some people said.

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Teens Can't Wait to Watch 'Skins,' Thanks to the PTC (VIDEO)

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 2nd 2011 7:30PM
SkinsThe Parents Television Council is accusing MTV's 'Skins' of featuring child pornography, called it "dangerous" and tabulated more than 40 instances of drug, sex and alcohol abuse in only the first episode.

To which teens say: Thanks for the heads-up!

From Funny or Die comes a video of teens who are grateful for the PTC's watchdog campaign, which has just spread the word about the potentially-corrupting show. The more the PTC whines about nudity and drug use, the more these teens can't wait to indulge ... in the show.

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'Traffic Light''s Nelson Franklin Explains Dudes-N-Bros (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Feb 1st 2011 6:02PM
Fans of 'The Office' are probably watching the previews for Fox's new show, 'Traffic Light,' and thinking, "Hey, that guy with the hipster glasses looks familiar."

That guy is Nelson Franklin and he's familiar because he played Nick the I.T. worker that everyone at Dunder Mifflin treated poorly. Franklin left the small role to pursue greater opportunity as a main cast member on 'Traffic Light' (premiering Tue., Feb. 8 at 9:30PM ET on Fox) along with another former player on 'The Office,' David Denman, who played Pam's ex-fiancee Roy.

While Franklin's new show has to be keeping him busy, he still has enough time to shoot a hilarious and educational video for Funny Or Die.

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11 Great '[TV Show] in 60 Seconds' Videos

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 29th 2011 2:00PM
Watching Landline TV's 'Dexter' in 60 Seconds' video reminded us how much we enjoy the 'In 60 Seconds' format.

The phenomenon really took off on YouTube with a number of movie plots edited down to one minute. Full television series aren't as simple to cut down with so many characters and story arcs each season. However, there are some excellent ones out there and we unearthed 11 of the best.

The tone of the videos vary greatly -- some are meant to be informative, others humorous. They are created from actual clips, or re-enactments, or animation, or even feline theatre. A few focus on a specific character, or season, and some portray the show's broader themes. You'll enjoy all of them, and leave a little more educated.

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Nick Kroll Plugs His Standup Comedy Special (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 28th 2011 5:15PM
Comedy nerds are buzzing about Nick Kroll's Comedy Central special 'Thank You Very Cool,' which premieres Jan. 29 at 9PM ET.

While the 32-year-old isn't a household name yet, Kroll has been quietly establishing himself as the next big comedy star over the last few years. Hailing from the same alternative comedy world that birthed Zach Galifianakis, Aziz Ansari and David Cross, Kroll's become an underground favorite with his hilarious characters, intelligent stand-up and acting range.

You may recognize his face as one of 'The League' cast members, or from his recurring role on 'Children's Hospital,' or from his standup sets on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' 'John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show,' and 'The Benson Interruption.'

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Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 18th 2011 7:45PM
There is a moment in the film 'Almost Famous' where you cannot help but laugh out loud -- even though the scene is supposed to be touching, not funny. And it involves Tony Danza.

As everyone sings along to Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer,' it sounds like everyone is saying, "Hold me close, Tony Danza."

This misheard lyric was probably missed by the generation that first heard the song. However, to a generation that grew up with 'Taxi' and 'Who's The Boss?,' it's impossible not to hear it. That is the exactly what YouTube stars Barats and Bereta are counting on with their recent video.

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Rob Lowe Goes Nuts On 'Parks & Recreation' Cast (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 18th 2011 4:30PM
No former '80s teen movie star/hearthrob has embraced television as enthusiastically as Rob Lowe.

After the film industry proved to be fickle, Lowe relaunched his career as Sam Seaborn on 'The West Wing' and then as Senator Robert McCallister on 'Brothers & Sisters.' He also did a turn as the hilariously bad yet charismatic politician Chris Traeger on 'Parks and Recreation' last season, and guest starred on the new season of 'Californication' as a unbalanced movie star.

So, Lowe seems to really love being on TV. And the cast of 'Parks and Recreation' found out just how much in this Funny or Die exclusive where they tell Lowe the show debuts its third season on Jan. 20 after a prolonged break.

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'Jerseylicious' Secret: Crazy For Canines

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 10th 2011 3:00PM
If 'Jersey Shore' is your biggest guilty pleasure, then you should also be well-aware of the Style Network's reality series, 'Jerseylicious.'

The show follows the daily lives of the owners, hair stylists and make-up artists at Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J. While it's more about work than drunken play, it has just as much crazy-New-Jersey-Italian-absurdness as MTV's most popular show.

'Jerseylicious' releases cast member confessionals as web exclusives, and the most recently uploaded features Frankie Buglione's heart-wrenching disclosure that he's an animal lover.

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Clickable This Week: Kardashian Kristmas Kards, Memorable Jon Stewart and More

by Elena Cox, posted Dec 19th 2010 8:00PM
It's hard to keep up with everything on the Internet -- trust us, we know. In an effort to simplify your lives, we're presenting you with the best Web finds of the week all in one convenient place: this post!

This week in Internet fun: some 'Modern Family' Christmas cards, Darian Criss singing Christmas carols and more.

The annual Kardashian Christmas card has been revealed! While you're at it, you may want to check out some cards from Christmas past as well.

Jon Stewart has had some pretty memorable moments this year -- from rallying to restore sanity and hopping on the Chatroullette bandwagon. Take a look at Gawker's favorite 'Daily Show' moments of 2010.

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Fred Armisen Stars In New Series 'Portlandia'

by Ryan McKee, posted Dec 16th 2010 5:30PM
Most 'Saturday Night Live' cast members begin their careers in the fertile comedy fields like stand-up, The Second City or The Groundlings. But not nine-season veteran Fred Armisen, who began as a drummer in the punk rock band Trenchmouth and then graduated to background drumming in the Blue Man Group.

Now Armisen's good buddy Carrie Brownstein, former lead singer and guitarist of the iconic indie rock band Sleater-Kinney, is attempting to make a similar leap into comedy with his help. The two have been producing digital shorts under the name ThunderAnt, and are now graduating to a TV show on the IFC called 'Portlandia.'

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Clickable This Week: Real-Live Ninja Turtles, A Tranny Carrie Bradshaw and More

by Elena Cox, posted Dec 12th 2010 11:00AM
It's hard to keep up with everything on the Internet -- trust us, we know. In an effort to simplify your lives, we're presenting you with the best Web finds of the week all in one convenient place: this post!

This week in Internet fun: David Hasselhof as a pirate, the best renditions of 'Baby It's Cold Outside' and more.

Last week we gave you a live action version of the classic Wile E. Coyote/Roadrunner cartoon. Now, we have some real-live Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on our hands.

Sarah Jessica Parker has been at the butt of many tranny jokes over the years, but this spread in Double Magazine is no laughing matter. Check out this guy's very successful Carrie Bradshaw impression.

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