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Jumped the Snark Shorty – Chris Hardwick Singled Out For Late Night

Chris HardwickBriefly, we want to remind you of a few weeks back when we discussed the possible successor to Jimmy Fallon as host of Late Night. The rumor at the time – and still presumed favorite – is that Seth Meyers will take over in Studio 6B. However, we voiced our opposition to that plan, with no disrespect to the vastly talented and incredibly charming Meyers. Instead, we felt it best if the show went a different direction. Specifically, West, to Los Angeles, where it could mine some of that coast’s best and underutilized talent. Well, yesterday Comedy Central basically announced plans to do just that, with the news surfacing that they’ve tapped Chris Hardwick to host a late night talk show following The Colbert Report, the net’s first real foray into traditional late night programming. With Hardwick, the Nerdist impresario, you have that young, cutting edge, hip LA talent that we talked about, the Nerdist podcast network including comedians like Kurt Braunholer, Pete Holmes and TJ Miller. Possibly even more important than gaining access to the Nerdist family, the show will be executive produced by Reno 911 creators and The State alums Tom Lennon and Ben Garant, with additional involvement from the folks at Funny or Die. So, essentially, this show links up most of Los Angeles’ best, funniest, talent all in one place. What a deep pool of talent to pool from. Too bad NBC couldn’t think of this first.

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Bananagram! A Message From Stephen Colbert

This is the most fun Stephen Colbert has had since he introduced Colonel Tuxedo’s Cat Meat Stew, the only premium cat meat stew endorsed by Stephen Colbert.

However, to be completely fair, in NYC the cost of a single banana is regularly $.50 or more, and you really can’t put a price on a keeping your banana free of bumps and bruises (well, you can apparently, and that price is $16).  As Mike and Tom will tell you, there really is nothing worse than a mealy banana, and sometimes acquiring a better banana on short notice is not an option.  So why not take proper precautions?  There’s nothing cooler than practicing banana safety.

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In Memorium: Maurice Sendak

Full disclosure: as far as we know, we’ve never read anything by Maurice Sendak.  We haven’t even seen Where the Wild Things are.  The closest we’ve come is putting that Arcade Fire song on a mix once.  But, clearly, Sendak meant a lot to a lot of people, and, if our Facebook newsfeed is to be any judge, his words affected several generations.  Maybe for them, he was their Jim Henson.  For us, our lasting image of Sendak will be, quite literally, his last image, his brilliant appearance on the Colbert Report this past January.

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It’s easy for someone to be a subversive, fiercely free-speaking iconoclast in their 20s.  Try doing it til the day you die.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day: It IS Easy Being Green

At least Kermit made it look like a breeze when he made a visit to The Colbert Report to analyze the Republican Southern primaries plug The Muppets on DVD, available Tuesday, March 20!

Okay, okay, so that video had nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day.  Let us make it up to you:

HAPPY GERBITZ DAY!

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Speaking of Robots, Did Stephen Colbert Rip Us Off?

We were hoping to make today an all robot-themed day (because 1.11.11 is like binary code, and that’s like robots, right?), but we weren’t sure where to take it.  Then we got a tip from Jumped the Snark BFF Steve Ponzo informing us that Stephen Colbert has been tweeting about the Fox Sports Robot, a hardworking machine who has long been the object of our affection.  Is Colbert cribbing from our notes?

Behold, a tweet from our personal account posted over Thanksgiving:

And a tweet from Colbert published earlier today:

Now we take offense to this for a number of reasons.  First, Stephen, buddy, let us have this one.  We don’t go around trying to get our portrait into the Smithsonian.  Secondly, “safest job in showbiz?”  We think not.  Not only did the Robot have to work on Thanksgiving, he also had to punch the clock during the great Blizzard of 2010.  We hardly call that “safe.”  And, finally, we object to Colbert’s tweet purely out of jealousy.  His comment is retweeted by 100+ people, earning the rank of “Top Tweet,” and our observation fails to garner a single mention; where’s the justice in that?  We think our tweet is just as good, if not better.  Don’t you agree?

Well, Stephen, I think the only way to settle this is to have us on the Report.  We’ll be waiting for your call.  Let’s bring on this guy too:

(and feel free to follow Seth on Twitter!)

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Sesame Street Socialism

Normally I will not stand for any kind of besmirching of the Muppet or Sesame Street legacy.  They’ve done far too much good and earned too much respect to be the target of an easy joke (I feel the same way about Billy Joel, incidentally another big influence during my youth).  However, with the 40th Anniversary of Sesame Street upon us, they had some fun with our (apparently left-wing) furry friends on The Colbert Report.  Of course, their in-depth knowledge of the show and its characters shows true admiration and reverence, and clearly only devoted fans would be able to develop an argument for Grover as a proponent of same-sex marriage (however, I think the jury is still out on Bert & Ernie.  Just because they lived together, sleeping in the same room all these years doesn’t mean they’re gay.  I mean, do you know how much it costs to rent on Sesame Street?  It’s pure economics.  Also, Kip and Henry shared a room and no one said they were gay.  And they were cross-dressers to boot).

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And while we’re talking about Sesame Street, check out our friend Kieran Walsh’s thoughts on 40 years of Big Bird, Cookie Monster and the gang.

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