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Watch a ‘Doctors Without Borders’ Parody That’s All About Your Mom

Help is on the way

There’s a new parody of Doctors Without Borders, and they’re almost as helpful as the real ones. They’re not curing Ebola, but they’re doing something that promotes mental health: teaching moms how to talk to their adult daughters without being passive-aggressive. This hilarious spoof of a Doctors Without Borders PSA tells adult women not to worry, because help is on the way. Soon, the world will be free of veiled hostility and judgment of your life choices.

The video contains some NSFW language, but you can watch it here.

Made by the group COMICS4MSF, the YouTube description says it was screened at a Doctors Without Borders fundraiser, even though the comedians are not affiliated with the organization. It features Jena Friedman, who’s also a field producer for The Daily Show.

(Visit the Doctors Without Borders site to learn more about their life-saving work around the world.)

TIME Television

Watch Stephen Colbert Interview Smaug From The Hobbit

One of the show’s final interviews was easily one of its best

Over the years The Colbert Report has hosted some pretty stellar guests but few if any rival the awesomeness of Thursday night’s interview with The Last Great Fire Drake of the Third Age, Smaug, the dragon from The Hobbit movies.

Tolkien superfan Colbert, whose show ends Dec. 18, pointed out to his guest that they have a couple things in common.

“We both live in gated communities and we’re both fiscal conservatives who sleep on giant piles of gold,” Colbert said.

Smaug agrees. We also learn Smaug is a Rand Paul supporter—no response yet from the Kentucky Senator and likely presidential candidate on his latest high-profile endorsement.

TIME remembrance

Melissa Rivers Speaks Publicly for the First Time Since Joan Rivers’ Death

Television personality Melissa Rivers arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's 23rd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast,  in Los Angeles
Television personality Melissa Rivers arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's 23rd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, in Los Angeles, California Dec. 10, 2014 Jonathan Alcorn—Reuters

Melissa Rivers gave a speech at The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast to honor her mother

Joan Rivers wasn’t the only one in her family who was good for a laugh. During her first public speech since the death of her mother, Melissa Rivers joked that she’s now an orphan.

The 46-year-old actress said that when she was approached to speak at the Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, which celebrated the release of the magazine’s power 100 list, she was “overwhelmed.”

“Not just because it is the first time I’m speaking in tribute to my mother, but because every single person in this room could hire me, and a few have actually fired me. You know who you are but I don’t want you to feel bad … but technically I am now an orphan,” Rivers said Wednesday.

The past three months have been “different,” she said, adding that she’ll remember her mother as being “fearless.”

“I don’t mean she didn’t have any fears,” said Rivers. “I mean that although she was only 5’2″, she stood tall and walked through them,” she said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “She was willing to say what others were thinking and too frightened to admit. She never apologized for a joke and no topic was taboo and she was fine with that.”


TIME celebrities

Here’s What Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock Think of the Bill Cosby Scandal

"I hope it's not true"

The onslaught of sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby has clearly shaken the comedy community.

Jerry Seinfeld shared his emotional reaction with PEOPLE at the Top Five movie premiere in New York City on Wednesday night.

“I was very upset, very upset. Still upset. I don’t know what to make of it, but it’s just upsetting,” said Seinfeld, 60.

More than a dozen women have come forward, claiming that Cosby, 77, star of The Cosby Show, drugged and sexually abused them. Cosby has denied the allegations through his lawyers, and in November, attorney Martin Singer released a statement on Cosby’s behalf, saying, “These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous.”

Cosby, of course, has performed and worked with many comedians in the industry.

The 2002 documentary Comedian, about Seinfeld’s stand-up comedy, ends with him seeing Cosby performing stand-up and commenting on Cosby’s form and dedication.

Seinfeld and Chris Rock – the star of Top Five – also presented Cosby with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2009.

Rock’s reaction has been similar to Seinfeld’s.

“I don’t know what to say. What do you say? I hope it’s not true,” Rock, 49, told Vulture recently. “I grew up on Cosby. I love Cosby, and I just hope it’s not true. It’s a weird year for comedy. We lost Robin [Williams], we lost Joan [Rivers], and we kind of lost Cosby.”

Cosby on Tuesday broke his silence about the allegations, Tweeting messages of thanks to Whoopi Goldberg and Jill Scott, who have publicly supported him.

But then things got worse on Wednesday, as three more accusers stepped forward and demanded that Cosby create a $100 million in a fund for his alleged victims.

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME Television

Watch Jon Stewart Weigh In On the Eric Garner Case

The comedian took a sober tone talking about Garner's death

Jon Stewart couldn’t find anything to joke about on The Daily Show when he talked about Eric Garner. Garner was killed after being put in a chokehold by a cop, and a grand jury declined to indict the officer Wednesday, sparking national outrage.

“If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more f—king time,” Stewart said.

“We are definitely not living in a post-racial society,” he continued. “And I bet there are a lot of people out there wondering how much of a society we are living in at all.”

Watch the full clip here.

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The Time Lily Tomlin Rejected the Cover of TIME

Mar. 28, 1977, cover of TIME
The Mar. 28, 1977, cover of TIME TIME

The actress will be celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors gala on Sunday

On Sunday, Lily Tomlin will be celebrated as one of this year’s recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors — and she’ll be, as The Advocate reports, the first out lesbian to be given the prize.

Tomlin wed her long-time partner Jane Wagner last year, but she wasn’t always public about her sexuality. As Tomlin put it, while speaking to the Washington Post for an in-depth profile, she resisted going public about her sexual orientation for a long time though she “never did not come out.” And, she added, TIME offered to put her on the cover in 1975 if she would come out — an offer she rejected. “I wanted to be acknowledged for my work,” she told the Post, “I didn’t want to be that gay person who does comedy.”

As Fishbowl NY has noted, Tomlin did appear on the cover of TIME two years after that — and as it that happened, she got her wish. The cover proclaimed her the New Queen of Comedy, and the story inside focused on her career and its development, not her personal life. There’s a brief aside about her decision to study medicine after high school, when other girls where getting married, but no space is devoted to her romantic life. She is, as she had hoped to be, a comedian — with no qualifiers.

That’s true even though the story does read quite differently in retrospect, in at least one respect. Jane Wagner, now Tomlin’s wife, is quoted as a “friend and collaborator” (Wagner has written and/or produced some of Tomlin’s best-known work); it’s also noted that they live together in Los Angeles.

Though perhaps it would not have been the case in 1975, Tomlin now manages to be both out and a no-qualifiers-needed comedian, one who’ll appear next year in Netflix’s new series Grace and Frankie. And, on the other side of the story, TIME got its wish too: two decades after the Tomlin story ran, Ellen DeGeneres’ coming out made the cover of the magazine.

Read the full story, here in the TIME Vault: Lily Tomlin, New Queen of Comedy

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Watch Jane Krakowski’s “Leaked” Audition Tape for Peter Pan Live!

The 30 Rock star gives it her all

Funny or Die has managed to get its hands on 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski’s audition tape for Peter Pan Live! and “leaked” the reel to the press. In the clip, Krakowksi make it clear that she is willing to do whatever it takes to play Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming live production of the play—and if that means hooking up with Wendy, then she’s down for it.

Krakowski came in full costume to the audition, bringing along the Tony Award she won for her portrayal of Carla in Nine, as a helpful reminder to the producers that she’s legit. She showed off her stage skills by playing Peter Pan as an oversexed British pixie dust addict who might be afraid of heights and have a lot in common with Tinkerbell. While it would have been a fascinating take on the beloved childhood character, NBC opted to cast a safer choice, Girls star Allison Williams, in the role instead.

Peter Pan Live! airs on NBC on Thursday.

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Will Ferrell Set to Star in Comedy About a Shakespearean Theater Company

2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Quentin Tarantino And Barbara Kruger
Will Ferrell arrives at the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala on November 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, Ca. Jon Kopaloff—FilmMagic/Getty Images

What’s in a name? A lot, when it’s Ferrell

Will Ferrell is at his best when he plays competitive, determined and unreasonably committed to the endeavor at hand. Case in point: his racecar driver in Talladega Nights, his figure skater in Blades of Glory and his raunchy news anchor in Anchorman. It appears he’ll now have the opportunity to overcommit himself to the role of Shakespearean actor, as Sony has purchased a pitch from Mosaic developed as a vehicle for him.

The as-yet-untitled project will be written by David Guion and Michael Handelman, who co-wrote Blades of Glory as well as The Internship and Men in Black III. Sony also recently purchased another vehicle for Ferrell, Border Guards, with John C. Reilly attached to complete the comedic duo.

Before Ferrell dons a cape and reverts to archaic conjugation, he’ll star alongside Kevin Hart and Alison Brie in the prison comedy Get Hard, out in March.

TIME Television

Watch the Stars of Broad City Offer Tips for Holiday Party Survival

“If you need to avoid a mistletoe kiss from a mansplaining creep, you can craft a herpes sore from a piece of peppermint bark”

Holiday parties can be uncomfortable — but don’t worry: Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are here to tell you how to combat that inevitable awkwardness this holiday season.

Their suggestions include raiding the medicine cabinet for “boner pills,” avoiding snobby hipsters, and crafting a fake herpes sore out of peppermint bark to avoid an unwanted under-the-mistletoe kiss.

All their tips seem pretty useful until Ilana starts feeling the effects of the boner pills and, as a result, begins acting like a male puppy who just discovered humping. Lesson learned: Maybe skip out on the medicine cabinet at this year’s holiday parties.

This article originally appeared at EW.com

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