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It’s Time to Admit It: Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are a Classic Comedy Duo

The medium of television and the sensibilities of comedy are vastly different today than they were during the runs of such gold-standard bearers as Mike Nichols and Elaine May, George Burns and Gracie Allen or Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. So just to preface this for comedy purists; we would never suggest that a 21st century couple, atop today’s fractured media landscape, could ever lay claim to that kind of titanic yucks aura.

GriffinCooperNYEHowever… As a sign of just how much we have come to love the NYE shenanigans of one Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper, FishbowlNY has no trouble admitting that we DVR-ed the entire thing December 31 and watched the entire thing January 1. And enjoyed every minute of it.

This year’s seventh go-round (by Cooper’s count) or eighth (by Griffin’s) ranks as the best so far. Largely because, after a couple of borderline years, Griffin seems to have finally read the contractual fine print and figured out more nimbly than ever how to straddle the Times Square barrier.

One of the highlights of Cooper-Griffin 2013 was when she launched into the first of several recurring bits mocking her co-host’s banal tweets and starved-for-attention Twitter M.O. Cooper was literally doubled over with laughter as Griffin put on her therapist party hat:

“Why do you read every single [reply] tweet?”

“I know the hurt little boy who lives inside the model body. He’s five-years-old. Mommy’s missing, she’s at Studio 54. His soup is cold… And all he wants is love. So he’s reading every, single tweet…”

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Bill Hader Ponders the Idea of a Stefon Sitcom

During an interview this week on Larry King Now, the SNL alum revealed that he and writing partner John Mulaney have concluded in the past that there just isn’t enough there for a Stefon movie. But the actor-comedian definitely liked the suspender-ed one’s alternate suggestion:

“A sitcom!? I haven’t heard that one; people always talk about a movie. A Stefon sitcom would actually be pretty great. Do it multi-camera, and he has like a normal neighbor and stuff.”

The Ora TV conversation brings back memories of the very messy time in Hollywood when fellow SNL alum Mike Myers abruptly walked away from a big Universal movie based on Sprockets eyebrow raiser Dieter. Arguably the NBC late night show character that most closely resembles Hader’s Stefon.

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Fancy Frank | Grey Power | RIP OMG

SocialTimes: Frank Gehry is designing Facebook’s new office interior, but don’t be jealous, we’re sure he’ll use plenty of stuff from Ikea.

TVNewser: Wolf Blitzer gives Anderson Cooper some birthday advice. The first tip was “Everyone loves grey hair, so style it with the best Dep money can buy.”

AllFacebook: Zynga tells OMGPOP staffers, “You are drawing ‘layoffs.’”

Boring Guy Tom Hanks Tops ’100 Most Trusted People in America’ List

Reader’s Digest just published a piece titled the “100 Most Trusted People in America” and Tom Hanks took the top spot. This is not surprising. Hanks is perhaps the most boring dude alive. You know those dreams you have where nothing significant happens and you wake up knowing you had a dream so you feel like you should tell someone about it but it’s so vague you end up not saying anything? That’s what hanging out with Hanks is like.

Anyway, Sandra Bullock was number two in the poll. Which uh, see above.

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Adam Savader, Former Romney Campaign Intern Arrested for Sexploitation, Shares Anderson Cooper’s Breaking News Problem

Three obstacles stand in the way of former Mitt Romney campaign intern Adam Savader‘s political career.

  1. Being arrested for allegedly cyberstalking young women and blackmailing 15 of them into sending him nudes
  2. A creepy smile — a smile some may say should have indicated his potential for sexploitation and the fact that we missed it a sign of the Obama administration’s degradation of national security (we’re lookin’ at you, Lindsey Graham)
  3. A breaking news problem

Last week, BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw diagnosed Anderson Cooper with a “breaking news problem,” abusing the terms to describe news events that were neither new nor breaking.

The boy-who-cried-wolf use of the term has, as Shaw put it, rendered it all but meaningless.

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Anderson Cooper Asked if He Wants Matt Lauer’s Job [Update]

Matt Lauer is having a rough week. First, New York published that lengthy account about how he forced Ann Curry out at Today and oh by the way, no one really likes him anyway. Now, Deadline reports that someone at the morning show is trying to replace him with Anderson Cooper.

According to the report, someone at Today called Cooper about taking over for Lauer before the end of the year. Obviously Lauer wasn’t pleased about this and told that someone to effectively f*ck off (we’re paraphrasing/making this more exciting here) when they tried to get his blessing on the change. Lauer then called Cooper to tell him to effectively f*ck off, which caught Cooper by surprise, because he assumed Lauer was in on the idea.

The only thing that wasn’t revealed by Deadline’s account was what Cooper said when he was asked if he wanted Lauer’s job. If it was “Yes,” we assume Lauer said many more swear words than we’ve detailed here.

Update (11:30 am):
NBC is of course denying Deadline’s report. NBC News’ senior vice president, Alexandra Wallace, told THR, “As we’ve said before, Matt Lauer is the best in the business. We want him in the Today show anchor chair for many years to come.”

Report: Jeopardy! Eyeing Matt Lauer

Even though he doesn’t actually look 72, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is getting up there in age, which means replacement talks are in full swing.

The New York Post reports Today co-host Matt Lauer is at the top of the short list when Trebek steps down, as expected, in 2016.

The timing works as well from a contract standpoint — Lauer’s deal is up at 2015 and Trebek recently signed a new three-year deal that will run out in 2016.

The other name the NY Post tossed out was CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who’s a reported free agent at the end of 2014. Any official decision on Trebek’s replacement isn’t expected for another 18 months.

Next year will mark 30 years as host of Jeopardy! for for Trebek.  In recent years, he’s battled two minor heart attacks — the most recent one in 2012.

Congrats? | Words Hurt | Watch This and Be Quiet

SocialTimes: HP became the first company to reach one million followers on LinkedIn. That’s… Something!

FishbowlDC: One of the meanest things we’ve ever heard? Someone referred to Anderson Cooper as Nancy Grace.

Lost Remote: Nikelodeon’s iPad app is soaring in popularity. That might say something about the state of parenting in our country, but we’re not going to go there.

Rogue LAPD Cop Christopher Dorner Sent Package to Anderson Cooper

Rogue LAPD cop Christopher Dorner, who is currently wanted for the murder of no less than three people in Southern California, certainly had plenty of thoughts about various pop culture and media figures in his online manifesto. He apparently felt strong enough about Anderson Cooper, however, to send him a personal note.

More details from Cooper after the jump:

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Jonah Peretti Named I Want Media’s ‘Person of The Year’

It’s awards season! Get excited. Unless you don’t ever win awards, then just listen to your favorite Jewel record and curl into a ball until you feel better. Anyway, here’s one award among many: Jonah Peretti, co-founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, has been named I Want Media’s 2012 Person of The Year.

Peretti was the clear favorite among I Want Media’s readers, grabbing 39 percent of the vote. He beat out Nate Silver, Tina Brown and Anderson Cooper. According to I Want Media, Peretti deserved to win:

Peretti and his BuzzFeed team attracted much press coverage in 2012, as they aspired to create a new model for Internet journalism. Peretti, a co-founder of the Huffington Post, described his site’s model as social publishing — one that mined the growing number of people sharing news and other content on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Best known for viral fluff like ’50 photos of cat heaven,’ BuzzFeed this year made moves into serious reporting and took an ambitious plunge into longform journalism.

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