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Watch Tina Fey Hilariously Spoof NPR in This 1997 Improv Sketch

Also featuring SNL's Rachel Dratch and 30 Rock's Scott Adsit

Before Tina Fey was the brilliant and famous person we know today, she was a brilliant, un-famous person who performed at Chicago’s Second City theater. In this 1997 clip, unearthed by Splitsider, we get to see Fey playing a public radio host named Lynn Mahevic — years before she became a regular on Saturday Night Live.

The very funny 15-minute sketch is all improvised based on an audience member’s suggestion of “banana.” That alone should indicate how talented the performers are. Along with Fey, you’ll notice fellow SNL alum Rachel Dratch, along with Scott Adsit, who played Pete Hornberger alongside Fey in 30 Rock.


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Apparently Weird Al Does Magic Now

The floating orb is a mystery. Or is it?

In a 16-second video “the mysterious floating orb,” singer-songwriter “Weird Al” Yankovic looks like he is making a metal orb float. He makes “ooooh ahhhh” sounds while he shows off the trick, then reveals that he has been playing with an oversized soup ladle stuffed up his shirt sleeve the whole time. The description of the video on YouTube says he learned the trick from magician and comedian Justin Willman.

Still, if you can get a hold of one of these things, it will probably a fun trick to show off to relatives during the holidays.

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Watch Sir Ian McKellen Teach Cookie Monster About Self-Control

Specifically, how to resist delicious cookies

Back in October, we were lucky enough to see Ice Cube perform magic tricks on Sesame Street. Now, we get to see another, older, more British celeb make an appearance on the show. This time, it’s Sir Ian McKellen.

The Lord of the Rings actor has graciously arrived at Sesame Street to teach Cookie Monster a new word: “resist.” He starts with a simple definition: “The word resist means to control yourself and stop yourself from doing something you really want to do.”

McKellen uses a few examples that Cookie Monster does not relate to — until, of course, the actor busts out a cookie and forces Cookie Monster to resist it. Or at least, try to resist it.

Read next: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Early (Sunny) Days of Sesame Street

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5 Times Stephen Colbert Changed the World

2014 Storycorps Gala Hosted By Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert attends the 2014 Storycorps Gala at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on October 9, 2014 in New York City. Noam Galai—WireImage / Getty Images

From teaching us about campaign finance to saving the Olympic Speedskating team, Colbert's influence goes much deeper than humor

Since its first episode in 2005, The Colbert Report has mostly served to make us laugh. But Stephen Colbert—both as his over-the-top, ultraconservative character and as his normal self—has had a cultural impact that runs deeper than a few giggles. Here, as his show nears its Dec. 18 end, is a look back at five times he stepped up to influence society and inspire people.

1. The time he helped us actually understand campaign finance.

Apparently, faux TV news host Stephen Colbert is more effective than actual journalists when it comes to explaining the intricacies of campaign finance, according to the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Researchers said the show served as “an extended civics lesson”—largely because it walked viewers through the process of creating a political action committee. In March of 2011, Colbert announced he was forming his very own super PAC called “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.” It became a running gag on the show, but it gave viewers real insight into the policies surrounding campaign finance. (Colbert shut the super PAC down a week after the 2012 election.)

2. The time he saved the U.S. Olympic Speedskating team.

In 2009, the United States’ Speedskating team found itself int a tough spot while preparing for the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics. The team’s major sponsor, DSB Bank, declared bankruptcy and cut its funding. So who came to the rescue? Yes, that would be Stephen Colbert. He announced that The Colbert Report would become the team’s primary sponsor, with the show’s fans donating money to the cause. The team made it to the Games, and ended up taking home one gold medal, two silver and one bronze—all while wearing uniforms with “Colbert Nation” emblazoned on the thighs.

3. The time he and Jon Stewart joined forced to lead the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.

On Oct. 30, 2010, about 215,000 people gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Why? To attend a rally hosted by comedic icons/fake news pioneers Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, of course. It was part concert, part comedy show, and part political discussion. Colbert mostly stayed in his ultraconservative character throughout the event, but both comedians kept things mostly nonpartisan, particularly in regard to the looming Congressional elections. The goal, it seemed, wasn’t to implore the masses to take a certain political stance—but rather just to get everyone together in the nation’s capital.

4. The time he testified before Congress.

In 2010, Colbert appeared (in character) before a House subcommittee to deliver a testimony about migrant farm workers. “I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican,” he testified, stone-faced. “I want it picked by an American, sliced by a Guatemalan and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.” The whole thing was ridiculous and a bit awkward, of course, but Colbert once again proved his ability to use his character’s bravado and faux-conservative views to draw attention to issues that many people would have otherwise overlooked.

5. The time he inspired a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor.

Colbert’s contributions haven’t been strictly political or cultural—they’ve also been delicious. In 2007, beloved ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s announced its newest flavor: Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream. The ingredients themselves—vanilla ice cream, fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and caramel—aren’t especially patriotic, but Ben & Jerry’s promised that the flavor is like “the sweet taste of liberty in your mouth.” Colbert donates the proceeds from AmeriCone dream sales to various charities through The Stephen Colbert AmeriCone Dream Fund. As he put it himself: “I will save the world.”

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Watch John Krasinski and Emily Blunt Prank Jimmy Kimmel

The gift-wrapped, ornament-filled car was just the beginning

Last year, Jimmy Kimmel did what he thought was necessary to put an end to an ongoing prank feud with his neighbors John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. He not only made it snow in Los Angeles, but also he gift-wrapped their entire house from roof to lawn with Christmas carolers and an elf thrown in for fun. While one would think that would be impossible to top, this year Krasinski and Blunt struck back, and it turns out they are kind of evil geniuses.

But on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, Kimmel revealed that Blunt and Krasinski have managed to best him, and he had the video to prove it. Not only did they gift wrap his car, but they filled in with sparkly baubles that he had to remove before he could drive. That was a good prank, but it was just phase one of their dastardly Christmas scheme.

When these people feud, everyone wins.

Watch the full clip here:

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Bubba Watson Releases Music Video as Rapping Santa Bubbaclaus

“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Bubbaclaus”

It’s tough for many great bands to stay together, and the Golf Boys are no different. After two mega-YouTube hits, Bubba Watson officially branched out on his own music video career Wednesday, dropping “The Single” from Bubbaclaus with a note that it’s “Just a little fun for my fans for the holidays!”

The lyrics are less than phenomenal, repeatedly playing off the Superman line with “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Bubbaclaus,” but the video does earn random bonus points for featuring a dunking Gumby in a Kevin Durant jersey. And it has Bubba’s hovercraft golf cart.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that the Golf Boys would not come together again for a third music video. It just means that for now Watson is doing his own thing as a rapping Santa. Which is not a bad way to spend the golf offseason.

This article originally appeared on Golf.com.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon and Oprah Get Auto-Tuned in a Soap Opera Parody

Digitally-altered voices make the dysfunctional couple's problems sound even more ridiculous

On Monday night’s The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon and Oprah Winfrey parodied 80s soap operas by reliving the time they “starred” on “Midnight Meadows.”

Playing characters named Broderick and Valentina Kensington, the two speak in digitally-altered voices that make them sound like extraterrestrials, which only makes the melodrama even more unbelievable.

In October, he pulled the same schtick with Carol Burnett. The two starred in a parody of a 90s soap opera, “Tensions,” in which mundane moments in life—walking the dog or asking what time it is—escalate into violent episodes and staring contests.

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Watch Chris Pratt Sing a Beautiful Tribute to Li’l Sebastian at the Parks and Rec Wrap Party

Everyone is very nostalgic as the final season approaches

The Parks and Recreation crew just wrapped its final season, which will begin airing Jan. 13, and we’re starting to get a little misty-eyed thinking about saying our goodbyes to the great people of Pawnee, Ind.

The show’s cast and crew, of course, have also been getting pretty nostalgic about wrapping up the beloved comedy. On the last day of filming, they were tweeting photos and memories and all sorts of sentimentality. And then at the show’s wrap party, it seems the nostalgia continued.

We don’t know much about the festivities — though we imagine everyone was getting drunk on Snake Juice and Amy Poehler sang “Poker Face” — but we do know Chris Pratt took the stage (possibly in character as lovable idiot Andy Dwyer?) to sing “5,000 Candles In the Wind.” As you probably recall, that’s the song Andy’s band Mouserat performed as a tribute to Li’l Sebastian, the miniature horse who was basically the Beyoncé of Pawnee.

Oh man, all this nostalgia, but I’M NOT CRYING, OKAY?

Read next: Watch Nick Offerman Sing a Beautiful Tribute to His One True Love, Whiskey

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Watch Taylor Swift and Beyoncé Dance Together at a Justin Timberlake Concert

Of course, it was when Jay Z was on stage performing "Holy Grail"

Tay-Tay and Queen Bey apparently spent a whole bunch of quality time together this weekend. First, they partied together at Taylor’s 25th birthday bash Friday night. Then they got together Sunday night to attend Justin Timberlake’s concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Obviously, magic things happened.

Reigning King of Brooklyn Jay Z joined JT on stage to perform their hit “Holy Grail”:

Tay went nuts during this song and turned around to sing and dance with Beyoncé, who was right behind her:

Later in the evening, Swift was also spotted doing some kind of hula dance with the Haim sisters:

Oh, Tay, starting off your 25th year exactly as we’d expect.

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Fans Freak Out That Kim Kardashian ‘Cropped’ North West Out of Selfie

When it comes to Instagramming celebrity motherhood, it's "you lose some, you lose some"

Kim Kardashian fans are incensed, simply incensed, that the reality star apparently “cropped” North West out of her latest selfie posted Monday:


A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

The off-center shot, showing a sliver of North’s face, was reamed in Instagram comments—proving that when it comes to celebrity motherhood, social media is often a “you lose some, you lose some” scenario.

If Kardashian posts a picture of her baby on Instagram, she’s accused of something ridiculous like waxing the tot’s eyebrows. If she posts a picture in which North’s face isn’t fully in view, she’s “ruthless” or afraid to share the spotlight.

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