Jenny Slate

‘Bob’s Burgers’ Season 4 Episode 13 Recap: “Mazel-Tina”

I can’t decide if it says something about the talents of Bob’s Burgers writers or the typical portrayal of females on TV, but every grown woman I know who watches the show (myself included) relates to Tina Belcher on an intimate level. She doesn’t just capture the dreaded Awkward Years of early teendom/late tweendom, she gives voice to the onslaught of :/ moments that continue well into womanhood. So it comes with great pleasure to see that Tina is now officially in the club. Well, at least in the Jewish sense of the word. … Read More

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25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know

This month marked the latest dust-up in the long-running struggle for greater diversity in comedy, when Jerry “Too Rich and Famous to Give a Crap About How Awful He Sounds” Seinfeld dismissed concerns about the abundance of white men on his web series at “PC nonsense.” What Seinfeld didn’t seem to realize was that statements like, “If you’re funny, I’m interested. If you’re not funny, I’m not interested” imply that women and people of color are, um… fundamentally less hilarious than Caucasian dudes. Here’s a sampling of 25 ladies who blow that misconception out of the… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. io9 is reporting (and the AP has confirmed) the sad news that legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury — whose prolific output included Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and one of our all-time favorite short stories, “Dandelion Wine” — died this morning in Los Angeles at… Read More

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Paul Brittain Is Leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’

Inside TV is exclusively reporting that Saturday Night Live star Paul Brittain, who joined the cast back in September 2010 with Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer, and Jay Pharoah, is leaving the show effective immediately; according to a source close to the actor, he “had the opportunity to pursue other projects,” and the split… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Remember the nude sketch that Tony Bennett did of Lady Gaga for Vanity Fair per Annie Leibovitz’s suggestion? Well, it’s now up for auction on eBay, with the proceeds going to Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and Bennett’s Exploring The Arts. [via NME]

2. “I have heard that Lady Gaga… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we examined the last words of 25 geniuses. We argued over Nerve’s rankings of Terrence Malick’s limited filmography. We watched Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Moby, and Stephen Merritt sing “Science Fiction Double Feature” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We were amused by some… Read More

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Marcel the Shell and Other Unlikely Media Empires

Last week we found out that not only is Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp’s wonderful viral video “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” being turned into a children’s book, it’s also being developed into a full-blown TV show. Though we love Marcel (and Jenny and Dean, for that matter), and are nothing but happy about this turn of events, we have to admit that we think it’s pretty wild that their homemade video has turned almost overnight into a burgeoning media empire. The news got us to thinking about other unlikely media empires that have cropped up in recent years, a phenomenon that will probably start happening more and more. Click through to see our list of unlikely media empires, and let us know which ones we’ve missed in the comments. … Read More

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Required Viewing: Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

This animated short from director Dean Fleischer-Camp is the cutest/weirdest/funniest thing you will see all day, possibly all week. It stars Jenny Slate of Saturday Night Live as the voice of Marcel, a tiny talking shell who wears shoes. As a commenter over on Videogum suggests, “So this is what will happen when Lorne Michaels finally retires and Spike Jonze takes over? I’m in.” So are we. … Read More

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