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Andy Samberg Meets Rahm Emanuel at the White House

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 24th 2010 9:00PM
Part of me misses the early and some of the latter days of 'Saturday Night Live.' At least the people being poked fun of had enough humility and humor to appear with the people that were poking fun of them like Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and even Newt Gingrich.

Maybe those days are here once again.

A Washington Post gossip column item reveals that someone spotted 'SNL's' Andy Samberg walking into the White House gates, reportedly to meet President Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel, a meeting that was arranged by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. Something tells me it had something to do with this.


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Penn Jillette: The TV Squad Interview - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted May 12th 2008 1:04PM
Penn JillettePenn Jillette has always been outspoken. He and his silent partner in magic, Teller, have more than three decades showing audiences the secrets behind their most spectacular tricks. And on Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, which is about to enter its sixth season on Showtime, the pair debunk commonly-held beliefs about everything from the Bible and people who claim to speak to the dead to gun control and what the 9/11 conspiracy movement.

But those two platforms aren't enough for Penn. Up until recently, he hosted a syndicated talk radio show, which he gave up in part to concentrate on his stint on Dancing with the Stars this season. But he hasn't stayed silent; in January, Jillette started posting a series of short videos called Penn Says, which can be seen on the C Spot portion of Crackle, a Sony Entertainment website that has a number of exclusive video series. In these shorts, Penn turns on the camera and speaks extemporaneously about a topic that comes to mind, from Thomas Jefferson to the shelf life of calling Hillary Clinton a "bitch."

I spoke to Penn about Penn Says, the Hillary joke, Bullshit! and what he got out of being on Dancing with the Stars. The interview is after the jump.

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Studio 60: Shouldn't Martha O'Dell have been taking notes?

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 17th 2006 2:34PM
Studio 60 castLast night's episode of Studio 60 wasn't bad, now that I've had an overnight to think about it; it had its cringe-worthy moments, and the traditional "Sorkinalogue" got in the way of the funny a few times. I still don't think Harriet and Matt have any chemistry. It had a lot of good moments, though, especially the "Jack and Jordan argue over a reality show" storyline.

But what struck me was that the fictional Vanity Fair reporter, Martha O'Dell (who is apparently modeled after one of Sorkin's old girlfriends, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd) was getting this interesting and probing information from the people on the show and she wasn't recording the interviews or even taking any notes.

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Oprah's fans are really pissed off

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 27th 2006 7:07PM
While we've received dozens of comments about yesterday's Oprah-James Frey show, Oprah has received tens of thousands of comments. The message board on her website lists more than 12,000 comments for the Frey show. In comparison, other shows only garnered several hundred comments. The commenters go from bashing Oprah, to supporting Frey, to discussing the definition of a memoir. A lot of people on Oprah's site and on our site think that she was too harsh on Frey, that it doesn't matter if he lied because it's still a good book, and mostly that she crucified him on national television for personal gain.

Does anybody out there support what Oprah did? I mean, other than me and Joel and Maureen Dowd.

[Thanks for the tip, Debbie!]

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