Friday, December 26, 2014

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 1:14 AM
FILE: "The Colbert Report" ended on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, after nine seasons. (AP Photo/Comedy Central, Scott Gries)

And so the red white and blue eagle has flown the coop. Stephen Colbert ended his nine year run of wry demagoguery on Comedy Central Thursday with a finale that started modestly and ended like a Night of a Thousand Stars.

Dressed in an ashy, formal three piece suit, Colbert primed the pump with gags (“If this is your first time tuning in to The Colbert Report, I have some terrible news…’) before going into his signature bit, “The Word”, devoted to his show’s legacy. “If all we achieved over the last 9 years,” he pontificated, “was to come into your home each night and help you make a difficult day a little big better. man, what a waste.”

Then, in the only sketch all night that really didn’t work, he shot dead his old friend Grimmy (the Grim Reaper) and boasted that he was now immortal.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 11:48 AM

Warning: This video is strictly for mature -- and twisted—viewers. Of course if South Park isn’t grievously offending polite society, it simply isn’t doing its job.

Take Wednesday’s season finale: It’s a festive holiday special and we can’t even repeat the full title. Let’s just say it involves a team from the NFC East.

Wow, what a roster of stars for this show. Which one surprises you most? We’re going to guess it’s the duo of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s most famous and infamous stars: Taylor Swift and Bill Cosby. What’s in that glass of wine he’s cradling?


POSTED: Monday, December 8, 2014, 11:59 AM
Saturday Night Live was on fast twitch response to this week’s events and nothing exemplified that nimbleness more than the comedy staple’s parody of the new Star Wars trailer which has fan boys everywhere shaking in their slippers.

But SNL, as you might expect, had a different take on Chapter VII: Just how glamorous would the space opera be if Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia were light years older? Bang!

This will have you laughing your wookie off.



POSTED: Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 12:27 PM
Jimmy Kimmel makes a valid point in this clip: Why are there so many Christmas songs and practically none for Thanksgiving? It’s a holiday that combines food, family and football. Surely there’s lyrical material in there somewhere.

Thankfully (and isn’t that what T-day is all about?) Meghan Trainor has come to the rescue with a theme album devoted to Thanksgiving songs which she introduced on Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

It’s full of topical songs like “I’m Not Taking Leftovers on the Plane, Mom” and “I would Like to Leave (and Get Drunk with my Friends)”.


POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2014, 1:48 PM

Jimmy Kimmel celebrated his birthday on air Thursday night, and one of the gifts he gave himself was a crazy tonsorial stylist named Jim Carrey.

The star of Dumb and Dumbr To was out on Hollywood Blvd., offering to give people the Lloyd cut. How hard could it be? I mean once you actually get someone to volunteer to be scalped. You just take a little off the front.

Though Carrey was well-provisioned, he really only needed two utensils to makeover Colby from Huntingdon Beach: a bowl and a pair of scissors.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 12:01 PM
Stephen Clarke on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire"

Growing up in Villanova, Stephen Clarke never really got a chance to carve a pumpkin. “I was somewhere in the middle of nine kids,” he says. “I maybe got to clean up the seeds if I was lucky.” But when his own children reached trick or treat age, Clarke discovered he had a talent for creating Jack-O’-Lanterns. Remarkable talent.

He first shattered the record for carving pumpklns in 2000, and has since lowered it to 16.47 seconds. (That means producing recognizable eyes, ears, nose and mouth.) It got him in the Guinness Book of World Records, but it didn’t do much else for his life, except make his house in Havertown a popular pilgrimage each October when he puts out 20 or 30 examples of his work. “I’m a star for one month out of the year,” he says.

Clark, 55, has been a teacher at the Rosemont School of the Holy Child for 37 years. In fact, he checks in on the phone from a camping trip in Maryland with 6th graders.



POSTED: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 11:44 AM
Matt McAndrew on "The Voice."
By the time Philly’s Matt McAndrew finished singing the Beach Boys classic, “God Only Knows” on Monday night’s live edition of The Voice, judge Gwen Stefani was visibly holding back tears.

Hey, we thought it was profoundly moving too, Gwennie.

McAndrew, a Long Beach Island native who lives in Philadelphia, gave a velvety version of the song with a little Turtles' harmony thrown in. “You have so much personality oozing out of you,” Stefani said.



POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2014, 11:37 AM

Can you say “Sockeye”? On Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver used a CBS news report as a jumping off point to pelt some of the biggest names in show biz. Salmon away!

As you’ll see in this clip, Oliver constructed his own Salmon Cannon, a curious device to shoot spawning salmon over dams. And through the miracle of television, he set loose a barrage of Chinook on a remarkable range of celebrity targets on shows from The Young and the Restless to SportsNation with Michelle Beadle (my vote for best reaction). Also getting slapped were Jon Stewart, Joel McHale, Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa, Wayne Brady, Meredith Vieria, Homer Simpson, Rachael Ray and David Letterman (although in his case, the salmon missed, flopping on his desk instead)

And Oliver got some film people too, including Tom Hanks and J.J. Abrams.


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A true child of TV, David Hiltbrand has worked as a critic at People and as a columnist and editor at TV Guide.

Reach David at dhiltbrand@phillynews.com.

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