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The new Fox News late night show strains the limits of what can be considered humor.

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Big Bang Theory fans love when hilarious scientist Sheldon Cooper rips out a signature "BAZINGA."

Throughout the long-running sitcom, Cooper has delighted Big Bang audiences again and again with his hilarious catch phrase. The first time I heard a "BAZINGA," I laughed so hard that milk squirted out my nose, and I wasn't even drinking milk. I love BAZINGA so much that I'm counting down Sheldon's all-time best BA-ZINGERS:

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A classic BAZBIM, shot straight out the side of Shelman's face. NICE!

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5 Stupid TV Show Pop-Ups That Would Still Be Better Than the "Friends" Pop-Up Experience

The Friends Pop-Up Experience is stupid and anything else would be better.

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Nobody told me life was gonna be this way, and by that I mean nobody told me that every stupid franchise would get a stupid pop-up "experience."

Is Friends the most bland, generic, milquetoast sit-com to ever grace television screens? Yes, of course. Is Joey the most annoying character ever written? Maybe. Do I want to punch David Schwimmer for no good reason? Possibly. Look, people like Friends for some reason, and that's fine. But why would anyone want to pay $29.50 to "experience" walking around a recreation of Chandler's apartment? If you want to walk around someone else's apartment, go to an open house for free. Also, you can "stick a turkey on your head," because dear G*d our entire world is burning.

But hey, if dumb TV show pop-ups are in, let's go all out. Pop-up everything! Here are some other stupid TV show pop-up ideas that people would probably still pay for:

The Office Pop-Up

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At The Office Pop-Up, you get to experience a 9-5 workday like never before! Walk around a full recreation of the Dunder Mifflin Office. Sit at Jim's desk and pick up the phone. It's a client with questions about paper stock. Hope you know what you're talking about or you might lose the sale! For lunch, try some of Kevin's famous chili, but be careful, because you need to eat it off the floor. Attend a meeting where a man in a suit says some racist stuff. Guests are forced to stay for a full eight hours.

The Big Bang Theory Pop-Up

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Step out of your living room and into The Big Bang Theory living room. Sit on Sheldon's couch! You can read one of his prized comic books if you want, but make sure not to bend the pages because it could be valuable some day. Best of all, The Big Theory pop-up is fully interactive. Four actors poorly pretending to be on the autism spectrum mill about, confronting guests (especially women) about nerd facts and then awkwardly hitting on them (only women). Just like The Big Bang Theory!

Glee Pop-Up

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The Glee Pop-Up experience is kind of like going to a real high school glee club performance, except instead of paying $0, you pay $80. Broadway-level talent was unaffordable, so all of the singers possess roughly the same level of talent as the kids from your real high school glee club, too. In other words, the Glee Pop-Up offers the experience of attending a high school glee club performance because that's exactly what it is. But you still pay $80, okay? The price is justified because it's an experience? How dare you.

The Handmaid's Tale Pop-Up

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Welcome to Gilead: every man's favorite American dystopian nightmare for women that seems closer to reality every day! Guests will be split into two groups: male and female. Anyone who doesn't conform to the gender binary is not allowed to participate. Male guests get enjoy the finer aspects of Gilead, including musty studies filled with books and angry glances from your repressed wife. Men will also enjoy a variety of wines and cheeses prepared by Marthas in Gilead-appropriate attire. Female guests get locked in a room where they can enjoy reciting bible verses for the duration of their time slot.

The Sopranos Pop-Up

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The Sopranos Pop-Up will be held in an Italian restaurant. Guests will be served heaping portions of baked ziti in Tupperware containers. As they eat their baked ziti, overweight Italian men will loudly discuss hits they've ordered using obvious double-speak for plausible deniability. One overweight Italian man might say, "Gino really whacked the ball," and then another overweight Italian man might respond, "Mikey's sleeping as sound as an old cannoli." Not all of these phrases will make perfect sense, but diners should get the gist.

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Kaley Cuoco

All you need to know.

Full Name: Kaley Christine Cuoco

Date of Birth: November 30, 1985

Born: Camarillo, CA

Occupation: Actress, producer

Status: Married to Karl Cook (2018)

Children: 0

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Fans of The Big Bang Theory get it. Kaley Cuoco has that magic touch that jumps off the screen onto our living room couches. She's vivacious and relatable with a girl-next-door quality that makes her our (in our minds) BFF.

With sitcom success in both longevity and lucrativeness, the beachy blonde beauty is one of today's top entertainers. She has won us over with her ease on screen and her gift of giving it her all. Award-winning with way more up her sleeve, Cuoco is one to watch and admire. Here's more about the actress/producer that makes her a fan favorite.

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TV watchers tune in to The Big Bang Theory by the millions. The show has been on the air for an impressive 12 seasons, but the final season has finally arrived and the show will conclude in May 2019. 52 Emmy nods and 10 wins is nothing to sneeze at, giving some validity to the cast's massive paychecks. But like all good things, The Big Bang Theory must come to an end. At least it'll go out with a bang…

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Comedy is Cuoco's forte but she's always up for a challenge. Comic book lovers will get a taste of Cuoco's talent when she steps into the "femme fatale" role of DC Comics' Harley Quinn. Premiering in 2019, Cuoco will have plenty of time to devote to the character as her part as "Penny" will be a thing of the past. She'll be voicing the Harley Quinn character, and as an executive producer for the show, Cuoco will lend her professionalism in more ways than one.

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Welcome to the DC Universe, Kaley Cuoco!

Fans can't get enough of the bubbly blonde on television's hit comedy The Big Bang Theory, and now their fix of Kaley Cuoco won't get cut off when CBS pulls the plug on the long-running show after this final season comes to a close. News is out that the beloved actress will take on the role of DC Comics' Harley Quinn, announced in conjunction with the kick off of Comic Con in NYC.

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As per Too Fab, "Cuoco made the announcement on Wednesday night during New York Comic Con, complete with a promotional video featuring her debut as the character in the animated series slated for the DC Universe streaming service." The show will premiere in 2019.

Keep in mind, this will be an animated show, so Cuoco will be voicing the character of the villainess, as USA Today notes. And this character will be a far cry from her Big Bang role as Penny. "This has been the edgiest, darkest thing I think I've ever done in my career. I have cussed and screamed more than I think I ever have, and it has been a fricking blast. It's very freeing," Cuoco tells USA Today. After 12 seasons playing Penny, the "end of an era" may be bittersweet, but doing a complete 180 and tackling Harley Quinn will surely be a refreshing change of pace for the A-list actress.

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More to love about Cuoco? Not only will she voice this DC Universe "femme fatale," but she is an executive producer for the show too. No wonder CBS paid the star the big bucks! She's a true talent, ready to explore new TV territory, and make a name for herself in many facets of the biz. Whether it's comedy or comics, Cuoco will shine, both in front of and behind the camera.

Along with Cuoco, some other recognizable names are on board as cast members of the upcoming Harley Quinn. According to E! News, "The cast also includes Children's Hospital veteran Lake Bell, Firefly's Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches of Powerless, Curb Your Enthusiasm star JB Smoove, Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame, black-ish's Wanda Sykes, Giancarlo Esposito from Breaking Bad, Bojack Horseman veteran Natalie Morales, Community's Jim Rash, Diedrich Bader from American Housewife, Veep's Tony Hale, and Chris Meloni from Happy! and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Star-studded and sure-to-be spectacular, 2019 can't come soon enough.

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Here's a sneak peak of what to expect from Cuoco and the rest of the cast:


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