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In 2008, it was Amy Poehler. In 2015, it was Kate McKinnon.
Hillary Clinton has received some criticism during her run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, saying she just isn’t relatable to the electorate. So she did what any political hopeful would do when faced with trying to up their popularity factor: Appear on “Saturday Night Live.”
Clinton tackled a range of topics with ... herself (actually McKinnon, who did a pretty spot-on impersonation, complete with the sweeping blonde hair and perceived intensity), in a spot where the “Fake” Hillary chatted up a bartender named Val and sought counsel from the real deal.
Cult filmmmaker, TV personality, podcaster and all-around geek hero Kevin Smith will be back at the Improv in Ybor City less than three months after packing the house for a pair of live Q&As there (one was sold out, the other was “basically sold out,” according to the Improv box office).
On Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. he’ll be there to record a live episode of his podcast “Talk Salad and Scrambled Eggs: Frazier Reconsidered,” a show that’s devoted to, you guessed it, the hit 90s sitcom “Frasier” that starred Kelsey Grammar.
It’s a pretty niche subject, even for a medium that supports an entire, popular, weekly show devoted to pens (The Pen Addict is great listening, by the way), but Smith is never at a loss for words. He created the entire Smodcast network after all, and that currently encompasses 38 distinct podcasts, including the excellent “Fat Man on Batman,” which is entirely devoted to the caped crusader.
If you’re a ‘90s kid, or just a fan of nostalgia, say thank you to Jimmy Fallon because he has finally reunited Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, stars of Nickelodeon’s gone but never forgotten ‘90s sketch series “Kenan & Kel” for a revival of the signature sketch (and 1996 feature film) “Good Burger.”
For years, Kel has been saying that Kenan, who is a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live” these days, was trying to distance himself from the Kenan & Kel years, but the sketch (above) was a pretty slick way to finally get them back together. Dude.
Jameis Winston would have no problem slipping into a second career as a pro wrestler — at least not with the trash talking part.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterback channeled his inner Ric Flair in the above video from Bleacher Report, going with “Jaboo,” his longtime nickname, for his wrestler name.
The video also features other NFL rookies such as Packers receiver Ty Montgomery and Chargers running back Melvin Gordon cutting WWE-style promos, but let’s be honest, Winston takes the belt this time.
Well this came out of nowhere. The first trailer for writer/director Adam McKay’s “The Big Short,” starring the blockbuster cast of Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell has arrived.
McKay, who’s best known as Will Ferrell’s comedy partner from as far back as their “Saturday Night Live” days, and as the co-writer and director of the “Anchorman” films, “Talladega Nights” and “Step Brothers,” adapted “The Big Short” from Michael Lewis’ bestselling book of the same name.
It’s certainly the farthest McKay has gone into drama territory, but there’s plenty of comedy as you can see from the trailer above.
Singer Nick Carter wants to win “Dancing With the Stars,” obviously. So it’s curious why the former Tampa-area resident compared his reality show quest to a group not known so much for winning in recent years.
“I sort of feel like I’m in the playoffs on @DancingABC,” he tweeted. “I’ll just pretend that I’m the @TBBuccaneers and the mirror ball is the Lombardi (Trophy)”
Britney Spears, Cristina Aguilera, Celine Dion ... and Ariana Grande.
Well, not all four of them, but just Grande appeared on “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday. Viewers were treated to some funny renditions as Grande and host Jimmy Fallon participated in a game of musical impressions.
By Olivia Stacey
Cask, an acronym for “Craft A’Fare Social Kitchen,” is the newest addition to the popular SoHo strip in Tampa.
After finding inspiration from successful multi-level restaurants in other parts of the country, Miller said the trio found the space at 208 S. Howard Ave. and realized it perfectly fit their vision.
If you love puns and the beach, you may enjoy this sculpture of Bernie Sand-ers (get it) that was created on Treasure Island during a Tampa Bay for Bernie 2016 event that was held there on Monday.
The video above shows artist Dean Arscott creating a sculpture of the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders.
And if you need another Sanders-related pun in your life, his supporters are using the hashtag #feelthebern, which seems to fit in with the whole beach/sunburn vibe.
By Christopher Spata
It’s hard not to like Patton Oswalt, even when he’s ripping your beloved home state apart, such as on his most recent comedy special, “Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time.”
It’s an hour of Oswalt’s signature smart, yet painlessly so, stand-up that has him recounting his 4-year-old daughter’s “adorably racist” (and ultimately explainable) outburst at a Starbucks, his lunch with an Atlanta prostitute, and a trip that left him describing Florida as a place you should only ever visit “to identify your daughter’s body” with a state flag that should read “Why did she go into porn?”