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Links 1 through 10 of 22 by Chad Orzel tagged comedy

The Supreme Court has always had its critics.  Chief Justice John Marshall had to contend with the temper of President Andrew Jackson (“John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!”). And Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes went toe-to-toe with FDR, who wouldn’t let up with the court-packing. But in the history of the Supreme Court, nothing has ever prepared the justices for the public opinion wrecking ball that is Stephen Colbert. The comedian/presidential candidate/super PAC founder has probably done more to undermine public confidence in the court’s 2010 Citizens United opinion than anyone, including the dissenters. In this contest, the high court is supremely outmatched.

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Jim Meskimen performs Clarence's speech from William Shakespeare's Richard III as a number of different celebrities, from George Clooney to Droopy Dog.

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"You must never drink any more than slightly less than two drinks. Beyond that state of mildly intoxicated perfection lies drunken madness, 3rd pints, kebabs, and destruction."

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"What I can’t relate to as I read the defenses written by Powers and Barthel is the implicit denial that anything might offend them. This is where the argument that morality always should (or can) be kept separate from artistic judgments falls apart for me, because while I instinctively side with the Non-Moralists, I know there are times when I must switch sides. It’s difficult for me to believe that we all don’t switch sides from time to time. This is not easy to admit, because acknowledging that something offends you seems like an admission of weakness or, worse, a sign that you might actually care about something enough to be angered when it is besmirched, even in the realm of pretend. But what’s the alternative? Being so aloof from genuine human experience that your soul is untouched by involuntary yet profound, immovable, and indignant emotional responses? Where’s the so-called “danger” in art if you’re never the one who’s outraged?"

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The longevity and indestructibility of the long-running tv series, explained by SCIENCE!

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"Upon realizing there was no way we were going to get any kind of consensus — and remembering that Dw. never asked us to rank sketches in the first place — I suggested that those who wanted to participate write a paragraph or two about a favorite sketch (short films and commercial parodies were considered fair game under this umbrella term) and provide a clip from Hulu.com or another online source. That’s when Matt Wardlaw asked if Bruce Springsteen’s appearance as SNL‘s musical guest in 1992 counts as a sketch, at which point I pulled out my Matt Wardlaw voodoo doll and went to town.

Without further ado, here are 15 of our favorites, in chronological order, from the past 35 years of NBC’s long-running late-night hit."

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"No comic filmmaker is more intimately associated with improvisation than Christopher Guest, an alum of The National Lampoon Radio Hour and Saturday Night Live who made his name as a filmmaker co-writing, directing, and co-starring in improvised films riffing loosely on show business and music. In his most beloved films as a director, Guest comes up with a loose framework for a film with collaborator Eugene Levy, then has a cast of skilled, veteran improvisers fill in the blanks with their comical genius. "

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"The Naked Gun would spawn two official sequels, but more importantly, it would dictate the rest of Nielsen’s career. He went on to star in numerous Naked Gun-style spoofs such as Spy Hard, Repossessed, Dracula: Dead And Loving It, 2001: A Space Travesty, and Scary Movie 3 and 4, as well as the live-action cartoon adaptation Mr. Magoo. But even though most of these were terrible, it was hard to fault Nielsen for doing them: He always seemed to be having a blast with his late-career renaissance and kept gamely plugging away in that same spoof genre right up until last year’s Stan Helsing and Spanish Movie. It’s not getting caught in the gears of a combine or having your nuts bit off by a Laplander, but goofing around is also a pretty good way for a man to die."

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"So, because the FBI has a habit of finding losers, coaxing them off the couch, holding their hands through the process of planning a terrorist attack, and then arresting them, let me propose this concept for a screenplay:"

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