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Harris-Perry holds ‘Was that racist?’ lightning round

Melissa Harris-Perry held a “Was that racist?” lightning round on her show with a panel of comedians, in a look back at some of the more questionable moments of 2012. The panelists started with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who said in January that she “felt a little bit threatened” in…

Boston U. students face bleak job market in ‘Les Mis’ parody

A sharp parody of the trailer for the movie adaptation of Les Miserables refocuses Fantine’s plaintive song “I Dreamed A Dream” on the plight of Boston University students seeking employment. “The majority of college kids, they go to college, they get a degree, they don’t work outside of college very…

Tokyo aquarium arranges penguin substitutes for Santa’s elves

An aquarium in Tokyo, Japan has “given Rudolph and the elves a day off” by dressing up a group of penguins in colorful Christmas elf costumes. Aquarium caretaker Shingo Sato said, “We hope to combine the normal joy of seeing animals with Christmas, and by doing so, hope visitors will…

Henri the Existential Cat is back with a holiday message

Henri the Existential Cat is back for another gloomy rumination on the futility of human endeavor and the ridiculous human ritual of Christmas. The opening scene of “Henri le Chat 5: The Worst Noel” found Henri feeling imposed-upon. “The holidays are just another excuse,” he said, “for the world to…

Leno thinks Kerry would be great top diplomat: He’ll bore our enemies to death

Late-night comedian Jay Leno on Tuesday poked fun at reports that President Barack Obama plans to appoint Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) as his next Secretary of State. “It looks like President Obama is going to pick John Kerry as our next secretary of state,” he joked. “This is a very…

Gay-bashers beware, George Takei will ‘f*ck your sh*t up’

Conan on Tuesday night released a promotional video for Andy Richter’s latest business venture, in which the comedian offers to complete the difficult process of telling your family that you’re gay. “Coming out to your family during the holidays is never easy,” Ricther explains. “It can be a delicate process,…

Satire: Anne Hathaway and Samuel L. Jackson have a holiday film ‘Sad Off’

Actors Anne Hathaway and Samuel L. Jackson engaged in a game of Hollywood one-upmanship in a new Funny Or Die sketch Wednesday, as they got into a “Sad Off” despite starting off on a note of holiday cheer in an effort to see which of them was starring in the…

The Onion: Pope joins Twitter, gives up Catholicism to connect with youth

After the Pope met with some criticism and mockery for joining the social networking site Twitter, The Onion “reported” that he has decided that “giving up on Catholicism” will also allow him to better connect with Christian youth. It’s not enough to simply join Facebook or Twitter. “In order to…

SNL cold open features NYC Children’s Chorus singing ‘Silent Night’

Saturday Night Live opened their show with a powerful and heartbreaking tribute to the recent massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. Instead of going for laughs in their cold open, The New York City Children’s Chorus performed “Silent Night.” “Silent night, holy night / All is calm, all is bright…

Colbert announces ‘Ham Rove’ memorial fund

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert said a final farewell to trusted friend and adviser Ham Rove. The host went on to establish a memorial fund in memory of Ham, so that a little bit of his porky goodness may live on forever. “Before we…

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