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Five Presidential Impersonations on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 28th 2010 6:47AM
Five Presidential Impersonations on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)Legendary impressionist Rich Little appeared on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC). Host Jimmy Fallon is considered a great mimic in his own right -- he rose to fame after winning a celebrity impression contest in his senior year of high school.

But Fallon gave the master a shot, and showed Little a photo of five different American presidents -- whose voices he then had to imitate. How would Little do?

Before getting to that part, we should add that the last big event Little was involved in was a 2007 White House dinner. The comedian was hired after Stephen Colbert performed the previous year -- and shocked the crowd by being "edgy."

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The 5 Funniest TV Clips of the Week (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Sep 25th 2010 3:00PM
With the recent influx of fall programming, it's easy to lose track of the amusing moments that TV has to offer. Well, never fear. Our DVRs are working overtime, and we've collected the five funniest moments from the week gone by here. Witness a former President's awkward near-confession, a star's drunken encounter with paparazzi, and an actor's followup to a famously unhinged late-night appearance a year-and-a-half ago.

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Former President Jimmy Carter Is Not Into Witchcraft, But Not Against Something Else (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 21st 2010 3:26AM
'The Daily Show'Jon Stewart has had some of the world's most important people sit opposite him on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM on COM). Normally he is able to handle himself with humility and grace, but it looks like former President Jimmy Carter catches him off guard.

The conversation started off innocently enough, with Jimmy Carter comparing his own 1976 Presidential run to the current momentum experienced by the Tea Party. "I ran against the establishment," he explained. "I ran against a Washington that was in disgrace [due to the Watergate scandal]. So people were looking for somebody outside, like the Tea Party is now, and I filled that role."

However, he wasn't ready to fully align himself with the controversial movement. "I'm not completely compatible with the Tea Party," Carter said. "I haven't been involved with witchcraft."

But then Carter decided that as long as he was being sincere and honest, why not take it a step further?

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'SNL's' Presidential Reunion Video Hits Funny or Die

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2010 8:45PM
Nearly 30 years of one of American television's most storied and beloved traditions (i.e. portraying our presidents as moronic simpletons whose inability to tie their own shoes could send the country to Defcon 3) came to a glorious fountain of awesomeness at Funnyordie.com.

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.

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A Match Game fan remembers Fred Travalena

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 29th 2009 3:06PM
Fred TravalenaThe sad news just keeps on coming: comedian and impressionist Fred Travalena passed away yesterday, losing a battle with cancer at the age of 66. For those of you who have no idea who I'm talking about (and, believe me, those numbers are legion), Travalena was big on the talk show and game show circuit in the '70s, doing impressions of everyone from Robert De Niro to George Burns to Jimmy Carter.

As a nerdly kid who rarely left the house after school, however, Travalena is best known to me as a panelist during the latter years of my favorite game show, Match Game. After the jump is the only MG-related clip I could find with Travalena, where he does an impression of De Niro on the short-lived Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour in the early '80s. (Warning: you need to turn the volume up to hear it).

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ABC News' Sam Donaldson announces his retirement

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 16th 2009 12:01PM
Sam DonaldsonOne of the most recognizable figures in ABC News is saying goodbye to the daily grind. In his time with the network, Sam Donaldson has done it all, investigative reporter, anchor, host, talking head, and always with a distinctive, pugnacious style. After four decades at the job, ABC's Sam Donaldson is retiring.

He will be missed, especially at the network. Anchorman Charles Gibson acknowledged as much when he told the Washington Post that Donaldson's retirement "really is a loss of the bedrock" for ABC. These days, the big three have struggled to maintain their dominance in the news business with cable outlets offering so much blanket coverage compared to the nets. Sam Donaldson has been synonymous with ABC. He can't help but be missed. To this day, I think Ted Koppell is missed as well.

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The Daily Show: April 28, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 29th 2008 10:41AM
Jon Stewart"Penis Theft Panic Update": An update on the ever-popular story about the Congolese penis theft scare. You may not have asked for it, but you know you totally wanted it. The update, I mean, not the weird penis-stealing sorcery. Was the light really supposed to go completely out for Jon's spell-chanting? I think that was the part that made the metal drop in the next segment. Jon's really more powerful than he lets on, for the best black sorcerers are always the tiny Jewish ones.

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