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This Haunts Me: Wolf Blitzer Crashing and Burning on Celebrity Jeopardy

Because sometimes the people in charge of keeping us informed are morons.

Celebrity Jeopardy has been a source of comedy since Will Ferrell first donned a fake mustache on SNL in the 1990s.

The idea of placing people whose main qualification is looking nice in front of a camera in a format designed to pit trivia nerds against each other is fundamentally silly. The skills that make you a good late-night talk show sidekick have nothing to do with having a wealth of trivial knowledge at your fingertips. Of course there are some exceptions. When one of the contestants is among the most prominent news anchors on television (tasked with curating current events for millions of people who trust him to have the requisite education and understanding to place those events in context), you have to assume he has a certain advantage over the likes of Andy Richter—whose job is just to make Conan O'Brien seem funny.

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Would Conor Oberst Be a Good Late-Night Production Assistant?

The Bright Eyes frontman and his fellow musician, Phoebe Bridgers, appeared in a mockumentary segment called "Meet the CONAN Staff."

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What would happen if your favorite artist suddenly switched careers and became a production assistant on a late night talk show?

The CONAN team has given us a hint on what that strange scenario might look like. On the latest episode of "Meet the CONAN Staff"—a mockumentary series depicting behind-the-scenes shenanigans—Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst walks us through a day in the life of his new job.

"I sort of stumbled into the role of being the voice of the emo and indie rock movement," Oberst explains. "But that was just to pay the bills. Really, I wanted to break into late-night television production. I guess you could say I'm the Happy Gilmore of emo." But, like any assistant job, he faces his share of difficulties. Worst of all, he can't shake the habit of breaking out into his trademark quivering vocals: "The transition's been a little rocky. My brain is just so good at coming up with sad songs about how we're just pawns in this f--ked up game, that sometimes the lyrics just slip out."

Of course, Oberst isn't alone in his job. In this comical alternate reality, he works alongside his Better Oblivion Community Center bandmate, Phoebe Bridgers. Although Oberst's try-hard attitude gets some flack from his superiors, Bridgers naturally exudes an effortless cool factor. "Yeah, I'll probably do this for a while," Bridgers says. "But it's kind of a bullsh*t job."

Watch the clip and delight in the sad songs of late night TV below.

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Aubrey Plaza's Best Talk Show Moments

No one makes a host uncomfortable quite like Aubrey Plaza.

Aubrey Plaza is an actress, comedian, and producer, and now, a late night phenomenon thanks to her odd anecdotes and supremely awkward reactions.

Promoting her new movie Child's Play, Aubrey Plaza is on the media circuit again, generously giving the people what they want. Plaza makes the most seasoned hosts fumble gloriously— you can't help but laugh. Her strange persona sparkles one-on-one and now, more than ever, she's simply the most fun.

Aubrey Plaza Meets Ellen

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Aubrey Plaza had already been on various talk shows at this point in her career, but when she finally made it to daytime television, she became a memorable interviewee. A clip of the interview was difficult to find, possibly because The Ellen DeGeneres Show tried to scrub it from the internet. Throughout their five stupendous minutes together, Ellen had no idea how to handle Plaza's off-beat delivery and humor— for once, Ellen was thrown off and hilariously perplexed.


Aubrey Plaza: F#*% You Old People, I'm Going To Live Forever!

No one can banter with Aubrey Plaza like Conan O'Brien. She's often a highlight of his program, but out of all the videos, this one stands out. Here, Aubrey recounts her legendary speech after winning the Young Hollywood Award, where she told old people to go f#*% themselves and declared that she was going to live forever. Wonderfully, she goes on to explain that as a child, she wanted to be an old woman because she believed old people could get away with anything.

Aubrey Plaza Flashed The Dirty Grandpa Producers at Her Audition

For once, the headline of a late night clip isn't clickbait. Seth Meyers, with his boyish charm, giddily laughed while Plaza narrated the unforgettable moment. Although Plaza had been asked to audition for Zac Efron's love interest, she pushed to play the role of Robert De Nero's smokin' boo. This interview has it all: butts, producers, dirty pictures, and of course, Aubrey Plaza.


Aubrey Plaza's Audition For Catwoman

Just the other day, Plaza graced Stephen Colbert's show to promote Child's Play. Jump forward to the 6:50-minute mark to experience their hysterical bit. After Colbert asks her about wanting to audition for Catwoman, she slowly transforms into the role as Colbert brings out more cat-like accessories. The clip ends with Plaza on Colbert's desk, pawing at his face. The host couldn't help but smile as he tried to move to commercial break.

The Parks and Recreation Cast Sings "Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian"

Saving the best for last, Aubrey Plaza took bits to a whole other level on Late Night with Seth Meyers during the Parks and Recreation send-off— stealing the spotlight with another co-star. Please, just watch for yourself if you haven't seen the sensational clip already.

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About a week ago, the landscape of late night comedy was shocked by reports that Conan O'Brien's long running late night talk show might transition from a nightly format to a weekly one. On paper the decision made some sense with the expanding late night field making it tougher to compete and newer weekly shows like Last Week Tonight and Full Frontal finding success. Yet the thought that Conan, the closest thing left in late night to an elder statesman, might lose his nightly showcase rattled many of his longtime fans. The reports were later amended by TBS to say there are no immediate plans to alter Conan's schedule and that the weekly format was just one of several ideas being floated to help the show survive against its competition. The news however raises the question exactly where the 20-plus year talk show vet fits within a world that is emphasizing digital traffic more and more.

It's hard to imagine another figure like Conan being able to rise up in late night the way he did. A young Harvard educated writer with no professional performance background plucked out of The Simpsons' writing room and given the reigns to NBC's Late Night franchise, succeeding the beloved David Letterman. Few performers would have the patience to find their footing on national TV, even as he faced constant cancellation threats. He eventually however found his niche by emphasizing his absurdist sketch characters like "The Masturbating Bear" and "Vomiting Kermit" as well as filmed remote segments featuring Conan interacting with strangers in unexpected locations. Perhaps the longest standing issue for Conan has been his past challenges to make his comedic sensibilities accessible to all. Many still point to this as a factor in his abrupt removal from hosting The Tonight Show as he struggled to compete with Jay Leno's blandly inoffensive approach, ultimately resulting in his predecessor reclaiming NBC's top hosting mantle.

In the over six years since TBS gave Conan a new, low pressure home, the comedian has largely been able to play to his strengths, creating a free-wheeling and goofier environment than he was ever allowed with The Tonight Show. But while this was occurring, his broadcast network rivals experienced an infusion of youth, appointing younger-skewing hosts like Jimmy Fallon or James Corden and launching a new generation of late night programming. What has come to define these new programs are their utilization of YouTube-friendly segments. Sometimes this means asking celebrities to cut loose from their manufactured personas in light activities like Fallon's Lip Sync Battles and Corden's Carpool Karaoke. Others like Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, and Stephen Colbert use the segments to deliver discussions or comedic rants on politics, informing the masses in painless and often sharable fashion.

Conan and his eponymous show now exists on something of an island; too quirky and bizarre for the masses, and not politically active enough to make headlines. His show's saving grace, from a network perspective, has been his continued usage of his remote segments. Content like his Clueless Gamer videogame reviews and travel episodes in Cuba and Berlin provide a plethora of viral content accessible to people who may never have seen Conan's show before. TBS has championed these segments enough that it is already developing a spinoff Clueless Gamer program in addition to Conan. It's clear that if the show's format was going to be altered as rumored, the network would likely push for Conan to emphasize this content over continuing his interview or sketch segments.

Maybe this is the natural evolution for a show like Conan, stripping away excess and allowing a more streamlined broadcast that emphasizes its strongest attributes? Fans are protective of Conan; especially given his history of being treated as the (literal) red-headed stepchild of late night comedy, but perhaps this could promote his long-term survival chances? As the bubble of late night content continues to expand, one can't help but sense an inevitable burst somewhere on the horizon. But despite the strangest path of any current late night host, Conan has asserted himself as a true survivor through every professional obstacle, and for that we are all lucky.

Jason Biggs once peed all over Chelsea Handler’s face—and she’s totally OK with it.

Handler talked about the urinary incident with Conan O'Brien last night—Popdust has video of both her sit-down and her pee-down.

It all went down (literally) when Handler was bobbing in the sea, holding on to the bottom of a yacht, waiting for a smaller boat to arrive and take her to the shore.

Apparently, Biggs needed to pee, and well, when ya gotta go, you gotta go—even if a late night chat show host is directly below you.

“I can definitely take one for the team, if someone needs to get urinated on I am happy to do that,” Handler explained. “I was in the ocean, that’s like a human toilet anyway…”

“Yeah it is disgusting, but there are things way more disgusting than that,” she continued. “To me it’s funny that somebody could be that rude to another person. and so that made me really happy. “

Well, whatever floats your boat love.

 

Move over Jon Hamm’s cock, there’s a new man package in town.

Justin Theroux took his huge penis on to Conan O’Brien’s show last night, and claimed he had no idea his bulge had been receiving so much attention of late—Popdust has video.

As previously reported, even Theroux’s Leftovers co-star Liv Tyler has felt the need to speak up about the actor’s massive man parts, telling Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, “There was this scene where he was jogging, and there was quite a large bulge in his sweatpants and it was all over.”

All over indeed…but, that didn’t stop the intrepid O’Brien from getting to the crotch of the matter.

“This is embarrassing ... many women today on my staff came up to me and they said, 'You have to ask Justin', there's a scene where you're jogging and they say that your package is quite apparent when you're in these sweatpants,” Conan said. “All the women here are like, ‘Ask him about it, ask him about it,’ I was like, ‘How can I address that!’”

“The true story is that I didn’t know that was a thing,” Theroux replied. “There was two jogging scenes … when I went to get my wardrobe for the second jogging scene way later, there was my jogging pants and two pairs of underwear in the trailer.

“I was like ‘oh I can choose which pair’ and they were like ‘no, they want you to wear BOTH.’”

So, from what the future Mr Jennifer Aniston is saying, his swinging peen pendulum occurred even though he was wearing two pairs of underpants—a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by O’Brien, who asked Theroux if that was indeed the case.

“I don’t know how to answer this question,” Theroux replied bashfully.

“There’s really not a question there, I’m just congratulating you,” said Conan.