Subbing for Jimmy Kimmel, Melissa McCarthy surprises pal Octavia Spencer with their weird shared past

It’s been a week of guest hosts on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as Kimmel himself has been home with his family in the wake of young son Billy’s scheduled heart operation. Thankfully, as Thursday’s host, the always-game Melissa McCarthy informed the audience (while sporting a goofy Christmas tree dress, complete with angel…

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John Oliver sends a musical message in a bottle from Weird Al Yankovic to North Korea

After starting off this week’s Last Week Tonight by addressing Donald Trump’s tellingly equivocal non-condemnation of the white supremacists, cosplaying fascists, and straight-up Nazis who swarmed Charlottesville this weekend (killing one young woman named Heather Heyer, and injuring many others), John Oliver moved on…

“Weird Al” Yankovic is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Hollywood is set to pay its respects to one of pop culture’s most beloved comedy figures, as “Weird Al” Yankovic announced today that he’s getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The announcement was met with online congratulations from his numerous celebrity fans and friends, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi …

We’ll be briefs: “Weird Al”’s Captain Underpants theme song is pretty fun

We’re well aware that the Captain Underpants movie is pretty far outside The A.V. Club’s usual demographic, but there’s not much we won’t put ourselves through for new “Weird Al” Yankovic music. So when we heard that Yankovic was gifting the upcoming film with the same theme song magic he once applied to Spy Hard and…

That career-spanning “Weird Al” box set is finally available for pre-order

He’s not in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (yet), but musical parodist extraordinaire “Weird Al” Yankovic can now boast a high-end, archival-quality box set on a top reissue label. Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings division, whose product line includes a 36-disc set of vintage Bob Dylan live recordings, will release …

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It’s a Comedy Bang! Bang! to be thankful for as the end approaches

How sharper than a turkey’s beak it is to have a thankless audience. But “Mike Colter Wears A Pink Button Up And Black Boots” won’t have that problem. Who could be ungrateful for one last Thanksgiving from a show that loves its holiday episodes like Comedy Bang! Bang! does? That’s doubly true when the show features…

A slight Comedy Bang! Bang! still hits some strong notes

“We don’t have a lot of money for bleeps,” Scott scolds a foul-mouthed guest in tonight’s episode. But in these last few episodes of the series, it feels like Comedy Bang! Bang! is going all out on small production and design elements. Mimicry of talk shows and infotainment has always been CB!B!’s signature, but “Ben…

Comedy Bang! Bang! goes all-out on ghosts and all-in on Halloween

Halloween’s coming, and it’s time to welcome Comedy Bang! Bang! back like an old friend. Just like Scott’s welcoming Gillian Jacobs! Or maybe we’re welcoming Comedy Bang! Bang!’s back-to-back return more like we’d welcome that neighbor the whole HOA is looking askance at. You know the one: He’s got panache, but he’s…

In 1986, “Weird Al” gave bored office workers a song to call their own

On October 21, 1986, “Weird Al” Yankovic suffered his first major flop with the release of Polka Party!, his unsuccessful fourth LP. The lead single, the James Brown parody “Living With A Hernia,“ failed to catch on despite an excellent video, and the album tanked. But Polka Party! did contain at least one cult…

“Weird Al” Yankovic is the debate moderator this country needs

“Weird Al” Yankovic is, in many ways, the opposite of Donald Trump: He’s a humble, self-made success who seems quite secure with the size of his hands, not to mention that he’s trying to make us laugh when he acts like a fool on TV. Now Yankovic has stepped in to make this week’s final presidential debate between…