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‘I So Stunned Like Vegetable’ Could Become a Thing After This Video

Even better: “Please be the metal cable to my cable car"

Singaporean sitcom star Chen Tianwen is on course to becoming an Internet hit because of his kitschy music video Unbelievable.

The video was produced for Singapore’s Channel 5 sitcom Spouse for House 2 and is intended as a flashback to explain why Chen’s character always says “un-n-n-n-n-believable.”

Inspired by famous ’70s Singaporean singer Huang Qing Yuan, Chen dons a dodgy floral shirt, an enormous wig and sings a very badly dubbed Chinese-style karaoke song to serenade a girl who’s so un-un-un-unbelievable that she leaves him “stunned like vegetable.”

With other classic lyrics such as “Come be my coffee table and I’ll be your sofa … please be the metal cable to my cable car,” and some fantastically comical dance moves, this video is your instant mood lifter for the day. You’re welcome.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Will Reunite With Jerry Seinfeld on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Jerry and Elaine will grab a coffee just like old times

Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy talk show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is coming back for a sixth season — and this time Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be joining Seinfeld at the wheel.

The web series will be coming back to Sony Crackle on June 4, and Louis-Dreyfus is set to reunite with her Seinfeld co-star on a brief road trip to get a cup of coffee, according to the New York Times. Both Michael Richards (Kramer) and Jason Alexander (George) have got cups of coffee with Seinfeld on his web series — though Alexander’s segment was actually filmed for a Super Bowl ad, in which he appeared in character:

Other guests include soon-to-be-Late Show host Stephen Colbert, new Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Jim Carrey, and Bill Maher.

[NYT]

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Stephen Hawking Singing Monty Python’s ‘Galaxy Song’ Is Everything

His rendition is truly out of this world

This was a mash-up waiting to happen. When you have an awesome song about our galaxy, who better to sing it than the world’s most famous physicist and cosmologist?

Stephen Hawking’s characteristic computer-voice rendition of “Galaxy Song” from the 1983 classic Monty Python’s the Meaning of Life is everything you need to hear today.

And in case you still need convincing, it also features an appearance from noted British physicist Brian Cox, who Hawking runs over with his wheelchair before jetting off into the sunset.

Hawking has already proved his singing chops with an appearance on Pink Floyd’s latest album and his sense of humor with cameos on popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory, but this is something else.

And if you haven’t already seen it, here’s the original song.

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Get Ready for a Netflix Sketch Comedy With Bob Odenkirk and David Cross

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Gary Gershoff—WireImage/Getty Images Actors Bob Odenkirk (L) and David Cross attend Amnesty International's Secret Policeman's Ball 2012 at Radio City Music Hall on March 4, 2012 in New York City.

With Bob and David will get four episodes and a special

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are headed to Netflix with an original sketch comedy series, With Bob and David, where they will play dishonorably discharged Navy SEALs.

The duo previously starred together in Mr. Show With Bob and David on HBO from 1995 to ’98. The new series will feature four half-hour episodes and an hour-long making-of special, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fans who are too excited to wait for the show’s release can bide their time watching Odenkirk in Breaking Bad and Cross in Arrested Development, both conveniently streaming on Netflix.

 

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Watch Billy Eichner and David Letterman Yell at People on the Street

What do you think David Letterman should do next?

As you have probably heard, David Letterman is leaving the Late Show and Stephen Colbert is taking over as host. But what should Letterman do next? To find out, he took to the street with Billy Eichner for a special edition of Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street.

Eichner takes Letterman on a walking tour of New York City and, in his traditional fashion, yells questions at strangers as they walk down the street. While in the past, Eichner has forced people into impromptu Christmas caroling sessions with Amy Poehler and harassed people about the Emmys with Seth Meyers, this time he just wanted to know one thing: What should Letterman do next?

As per usual, most people they encountered were far too confused to actually have an answer, and even if they did, Eichner is far too impatient to wait for one.

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Patton Oswalt Had a Lot to Say About the Trevor Noah Backlash

Try 53 tweets about the incoming Daily Show host's controversial jokes

Within 24 hours of being named Jon Stewart’s successor on The Daily Show, South African comedian Trevor Noah found himself in hot water over some old tweets that critics deemed sexist, anti-Semitic and fat-shaming. “To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian,” Noah wrote in response.

Enter Patton Oswalt, who is no stranger to criticizing what he thinks is unnecessary political correctness infiltrating comedy (for the worse). Last night Oswalt came to Noah’s defense with an elaborate, 53-part Twitter joke that took aim at trigger warnings, disclaimers and the way people talk about privilege on the Internet. The gist of his argument is basically, “So what if jokes are offensive? Deciding who or what is off-limits—or going out of your way to placate—is terrible for comedy.” But you can read the whole thing (excerpted below) over at his account and decide for yourself.

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Comedy Central Calls Criticism of Trevor Noah ‘Unfair’

Network assures that Noah has a bright future at The Daily Show

Comedy Central is stepping up to defend new Daily Show host Trevor Noah after a series of potentially offensive messages were dug up from the comedian’s Twitter account.

“Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” Comedy Central said in an emailed statement. “To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central.”

Just hours after Noah was named the successor to Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show, old jokes he made on Twitter began circulating widely online. Some of the tweets making fun of women and Jewish people attracted wide criticism, with some Twitter users declaring they would not watch The Daily Show if Noah hosted. Noah himself made an oblique reference to the controversy Tuesday morning, writing, “Twitter does not have enough characters to respond to all the characters on Twitter.” The tweet was quickly deleted.

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Man Arrested For Throwing Banana Peel at Dave Chappelle

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Andy Kropa—Invision/AP Dave Chappelle attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Feb. 15, 2015, in New York.

The attacker was charged with battery and disorderly conduct

Police arrested a man Monday for throwing a banana peel at comedian Dave Chappelle during a show in New Mexico.

The man, identified as Christian Englander, threw the peel at Chappelle during his performance at The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, according to news channel KOB4. Englander attempted to escape the venue but was apprehended by security and later charged with battery and disorderly conduct by police.

A spokesperson for the Santa Fe Police Department said Englander was “visibly intoxicated” during the show.

According to one account of the incident, Chappelle continued his set after the incident but was visibly upset. He joked about throwing a tuna casserole at Englander as revenge, and complained that he had used a brown banana peel instead of a yellow one.

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Martha Stewart’s Performance at the Justin Bieber Roast Was Worth Celebrating

The domestic entrepreneur got crass, with great results

If last night’s broadcast of the Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber is any indication, Martha Stewart has entered a new phase of her career — and it’s one that’s defined by subverting her image. Call it an unexpected, welcome turn from a star whose perceived image of chilly perfection has too long been ripe for mockery by others. At last, Stewart seems to be in on the joke.

A transcript of Stewart’s remarks last night is available at PEOPLE; it revealed the homemaking entrepreneur as someone who was alternately extremely vulgar—remarkably so, given the public sense of her—and wittily aware of her history. Stewart has, in general, tried to put her 2004-05 prison sentence behind her, emerging from the clink to do a humorless Apprentice spinoff and spending the subsequent years rebuilding her business ventures; last night, she made frank reference to her time behind bars in giving Bieber “tips to use when he inevitably ends up in prison.”

The whole point of roasts is to mock other people on the stage in as brutal a manner as possible, and the fact that Stewart was game was a pleasant surprise; one might have imagined a figure who’s been historically concerned with projecting perfection might attempt to save face by declining to indulge in racial and sexual humor. Even when the jokes were not per se funny, as when she called comic Hannibal Buress “that gingerbread man I left in the oven too long,” the fact that they were being made by a person not historically known for taking edgy risks added a special charge. Her joke about Ludacris using her “Martha Stewart bed linens” was, structurally, a yawner, but when had we previously seen her treat her business ventures as anything but gravely serious?

Is this the real Martha? Of course not: Roasts are all about creating a vicious character. It’s not as though Stewart is about to start going after Paula Deen and Ina Garten in interviews. But the one commonality between Roast Martha and Real Martha is a certain edgy sense of risk. Stewart has always had a certain uncultivateable oddity underpinning her domestic perfection. In the distant past, there was her grim knife-wielding “I want to focus on my salad” interview, in which she was unconcerned with how threateningly grim she appeared. More recently has come an uncannily flat TV ad campaign for cough drops and a strange, untrammeled Twitter feed in which Stewart posts revolting pictures of food and defenses of drones. Both Real Martha and Roast Martha care little for what the public thinks of them. But at the Comedy Central roast, Stewart finally put all the strangeness that we know she’s capable of to use.

Here’s hoping for more of the same from Stewart: She too often, though less in recent years, comes in for mockery for a perceived humorlessness. But both Stewart’s place in the culture and her openness to all sorts of experiences, from using social media to share gross food photos to taking jabs at a pop star on a stage, are self-consciously absurd and worth celebrating. Having achieved grudging universal respect for her business achievements, Stewart is now getting the celebration underway.

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South Africans Rejoice and Regret Trevor Noah’s Ascension to The Daily Show

For South African comedians, there is no shortage of rich material. A President charged with using state funds to upgrade his personal home with a top-of-the-line chicken coop to an electricity company better at delivering excuses than power — the company recently blamed wet coal for power outages. So it is with some degree of regret, and with a great deal of pride, that South Africans welcomed the news that Soweto-born Trevor Noah is to take over The Daily Show when host Jon Stewart steps down later this year.

Twitter lit up with notes of congratulations and support, as South Africans bequeathed yet another star to the international pantheon of household names. “Could Trevor Noah be SA’s third A-lister after Madiba and Charlize?” wrote Capetonian Sibongile Mafu, using an affectionate term for Nelson Mandela and referring to Academy Award–winning actress Charlize Theron. “I think so!”

Other South African comedians celebrated with humorous riffs of their own, pondering the wealth that comes with taking the job of one of the best-paid television hosts in American history: “South African Google hangs as thousands search “John Stewart’s Salary” #dailyshow #TrevorNoah” tweeted radio host Darren Simpson, before going on to note that his ascension to Jon Stewart-dom “makes you realize your dreams.”

Simpson, who has known Noah since 2006 from their time together on South Africa’s comedy circuit, tells TIME that there is “no doubt that Trevor can deliver. He is a phenomenal talent. He is going to offer something completely different, and completely great.” His humor, notes Simpson, will make for a seamless transition. “The fact that he is from South Africa is superfluous to what an incredible talent he is.”

Not that South Africans will let it be forgotten that Noah is one of their own. “Congratulations, @Trevornoah, on the temporary reunification of South Africa,” tweeted author Richard de Nooy in a take on Noah’s bi-racial origins as much as his ability to transcend the legacy of apartheid and take on still-touchy race issues.

Noah, the son of a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss-German father whose relationship was illegal during the time of apartheid, often likes to joke that he shouldn’t be allowed to exist. That mixed heritage sparked humorous debate on Twitter, as correspondents mockingly claimed Noah for one race or the other. “Breaking: amaXhosa and Swiss-Germans in fierce race to claim Trevor Noah,” tweeted Cape Town–based journalist Lester Kiewit.

Much has been made of the fact that The Daily Show has chosen for Stewart’s successor a relative unknown on the American comedy circuit. Noah has only made three appearances on the show since he came on as a correspondent in December, and the fact that he has supplanted other favorites may rankle avid Daily Show fans stateside. But for Americans who are only now starting to wake up to the serious race issues that divide the U.S., Trevor Noah could not be a better gift from South Africa. His brand of satirical sugar may yet make the medicine go down. For South Africans, however, the parting is bittersweet. “Trevor is going global, and that’s great,” says Simpson. “But we are going to have to get used to seeing a lot less of Trevor Noah, and that’s a loss.” But when it comes to commenting on the President’s chicken coop, there is sure to be plenty of folks to take his place.

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