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The Comprehensive New Bill Cosby Biography Is Missing One Big Story

The facts are these: In January of 2005, a woman accused Bill Cosby of inviting her to his Pennsylvania home a year earlier, drugging her, and molesting her. In the months that followed, 12 more women accused Cosby of similar assaults, both anonymously and in television and magazine interviews, dating from 2005 to as recently as this year. The initial accuser hit the comedian and actor with a civil lawsuit; it was settled out of court in 2006 for an undisclosed sum. Those are the facts, in a single paragraph. And that’s one paragraph more than you’ll find on the matter in the entire 468-page text of Cosby, a new biography by Mark Whitaker that comes billed as “the first major biography of an American icon.” “Major,” perhaps; exhaustive, certainly, based on the hours of interviews detailed in its 29 pages of endnotes. And yet, thanks to that exclusion, Cosby certainly isn’t complete. … Read More

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The 10 Greatest Lip-Sync Scenes in Pop Culture History

This weekend, the Bill Hader-Kristen Wiig dramedy The Skeleton Twins rolls out in limited release, and it’s well worth a look. When I saw the film at Sundance earlier this year, I had one immediate thought: that lip-sync scene is gonna be huge on YouTube. It’s part of a long tradition in pop culture, wherein a mood of camaraderie, eccentricity, or affection is established by having our characters throw themselves into a live, mimed performance of a recorded classic. These are a few of our favorites. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Trailer, ‘School of Rock’ TV Series

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Ryan Hansen joins Bad Judge, Nickelodeon orders a School of Rock series, and Girl Meets World gets a second season. … Read More

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Chris Gethard’s Favorite Comedy Albums

Chris Gethard, a comedian, author, television personality, and all-around Internet hero, releases his first stand-up comedy album today. My Comedy Album is 45 minutes of laughter, punctuated with awkward moments and a little bit of public crying. It’s available on iTunes (and was also released on vinyl by Don Giovanni), and I can’t recommend it enough. Because My Comedy Album is sure to become one of your favorite comedy albums, we talked to Chris Gethard about his favorites. … Read More

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The Sad Truth About Why People Dismiss Bill Cosby’s Accusers

This week, the internet’s been discussing older allegations against America’s Dad, i.e. Bill Cosby. Tom Scocca at Gawker was the first to point out that Cosby has been accused of some pretty serious harassment in the past. After setting out the allegations as reported in the mid-2000s, Scocca notes that they had little impact on either Cosby’s standing in the culture or on his new development deal for a sitcom:

Basically nobody wanted to live in a world where Bill Cosby was a sexual predator. It was too much to handle…

Conceptually, it was the sensible way to deal with it. No one was talking about it anymore. The whole thing had been, and it remained, something walled off from our collective understanding of Bill Cosby.

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The 50 Funniest Stand-Up Specials of All Time

This Saturday night promises to be a big one for comedy geeks. First off, Comedy Central is airing Bill Cosby: Far From Finished, the legendary comedian and sitcom star’s first new comedy special in over 25 years. Meanwhile, over on HBO, Sarah Silverman is starring in her first special for the network, We Are Miracles. Though the two comedians couldn’t be more different, both specials feel like landmarks: innovative, intelligent, and brilliantly funny. To celebrate this big night for televised stand-up, here’s our definitive ranking of the 50 greatest comedy specials created for television, home video, or… Read More

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10 Cult Film Fathers We Love

Happy Father’s Day! We’re celebrating the holiday by taking a look at our favorite cult film fathers. These movie dads are flawed as can be, but their dysfunctional parenting, bizarre personality quirks, and quotable lines are meant to entertain us. Let’s just ignore the fact that their kids don’t stand a chance. Head past the break for a look at 10 loving, but demented dads from cult cinema. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section. … Read More

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The 10 Best Sitcom Finales in TV History

Last night, NBC brought down the curtain on The Office in rather a lovely fashion, with a series finale that was warm, nostalgic, and plenty funny. Bringing a long-running sitcom to a close is a tricky bit of business (how ya doin’, Roseanne), but The Office joins a handful of shows that have done it very, very well. Here are some other examples. … Read More

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