There are few certainties in life other than death, taxes and the fact that Tina Fey is the coolest lady in the entire world. This fact was further proven to be true by her recent appearance on Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio, where she charmed the pants off of everyone and turned the pupils of host James Lipton’s eyes into tiny little cartoon hearts.
If you missed it, you can bask in the wonder of Tina Fey below in this excerpt from the show that was featured on NBC News. Make sure to also check out Vulture’s “Best Of” moments of the interview here which includes a seamless Tracy Morgan impression.
Oh, Tina, is there nothing you can’t do?
If your grade school experience was anything like mine, you spent a lot of time secretly watching The Simpsons in your basement, turning the volume almost all the way down and pressing your ear against the television speaker so your parents wouldn’t hear you, and then gleefully sharing your favourite jokes with your classmates the next day (side note: Mom? Trying to forbid me from watching The Simpsons was realistically way worse for my health in the long run).
Whether you were allowed to watch it or not (not that I’m bitter, Mom), our generation grew up with The Simpsons at its best and it’s ingrained in all of us. In fact, I have a theory that if you were to start singing a song from The Simpsons out loud in public, not only would people not look at you strangely, but at least five people in your immediate vicinity would be able to finish it off by heart.
So it was a real treat for me to see that Vulture approached some Simpsons writers and asked them to select their favourite songs from over the course of the show’s lengthy history. Check out the compilation here, and good luck not singing “I hate every ape I see/From chimpan-A to chimpanzee” for the rest of the day.
Sometimes you find things on the internet and you’re like, “Wait, why did someone make a 9-minute loop of a drunk Ron Swanson dancing to this sample from a Daft Punk song?”
And then you look up and it’s 5:19pm and you’ve been watching the video for three consecutive hours because it is the greatest thing to occur to your eyeballs and your earholes since some genius realized that Adventure Time’s “Bacon Pancakes” pairs perfectly with “Empire State of Mind”.
In fairness, I may have an unusual capacity for listening to extremely long loops – I once wrote an entire twenty-page essay in university while listening to nothing but The Lonely Island’s “Kablamo”*. Still, I think I speak for us all when I say that:
#1. Anything involving Ron Swanson is good, and-
#2. See #1.
So add some Daft Swanson to your day – you’ll be glad you did.
*Incidentally, I got an A. Thanks, The Lonely Island!
Winter is coming – and apparently, so is prom.
This new web series cleverly re-interprets Game of Thrones as a teen drama, and is worth watching for Jon Snow’s hilarious wig alone. Episode 1 (below) depicts Dany Targaryen’s first day at Westeros Valley High; Episodes 2 and 3 will be released on March 17 and March 24 at 12pm PST on the official School of Thrones YouTube. Check it out!
Every time the clock rolls over into December 26, I cringe – not just ’cause my favourite holiday is over, and not just because I know we have months more of cold weather to look forward to – but because I know we’ve officially moved into the worst time of year: dieting season.
Everywhere I look these days, it’s detox-this and cleanse-that and people telling me they’ve never felt better as they choke down their tenth daily serving of what’s supposed to be kale-spirulina-lemon juice but really just looks like a glass of green sadness. So I found it particularly refreshing to stumble on this blog today: Eat Like A Hobbit.
Every year, these folks host a party on the Saturday nearest to Tolkien’s birthday (January 3) where they watch all three The Lord of the Rings films and eat the seven traditional hobbit meals: breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. Apart from being an amazing excuse to actually use the word “elevenses”, the party acts as a fundraiser that raises money for organizations that are combating hunger in their community.
A party that’s socially responsible AND encourages the consumption of a lot of bacon at what is traditionally a time of self-deprivation? I’m so down. Even if you don’t want to get on board with this idea (since, real talk, eating seven meals a day is probably not nutritionally responsible), you can console yourself with the knowledge that if nothing else, at least you’re healthier than a hobbit.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to afternoon tea.
If you’re anything like me, you’re counting down the days until Arrested Development‘s new season is released in May. Every time I watch the show I find something new to like, and recently I’ve been taken with Ann Veale, the placid, frumpy and devoutly religious object of George-Michael’s misplaced affections. She recently did a terrific interview with The A.V. Club, so in celebration of both the upcoming series and of Ann, here are my top five reasons to love Mae Whitman.
Mae Whitman – IMDb.com
1. She’s terrific on Arrested Development.
In a series stuffed to the gills with seasoned veterans like Jessica Walters, Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Poehler, David Cross and Will Arnett, she holds her own, crafting a character that’s funny, memorable and strange, and doing it with practically no dialogue. (Mayonn-egg, anyone?)
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