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Did Jay Pharoah Just Have a Breakout Night?

It sure feels that way.

And we’re not referring to the Saturday Night Live performer’s appearance as President Obama in the cold-open with Kerry Washington. His impression is serviceable and certainly a merciful relief from Fred Armisen‘s agonizingly unfunny 44th. No, it’s what followed that was off-the-hook notable.

Pharaoh channeled the slickness of Andy Samberg‘s taped bits for the music video spoof “My Girl;” he was gut-bustingly hilarious on Weekend Update as Shaquille O’Neal, alongside Kenan Thompson‘s great Charles Barkley; and Pharaoh again provided a great spark with Washington in the skit “How’s He Doing” when he talked, in character as Ebony writer Ronnie Williams, about how much he would love to get a “white person’s mail.”

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The Lonely Island Drop Semicolons on La Brea

Given how much wordplay fun Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone like to have as The Lonely Island, it’s fitting that the LA listening party for “The Wack Album” Thursday night took place at Sonos Studio on La Brea. That’s a palindrome, ya’ all; Sonos backwards and forwards spells out the same double-S, double-O, single-N way.

During the Q&A moderated by Extra correspondent (and regular recent ESPN 710 AM fill-in host) Ben Lyons, Samberg reminded just how effortlessly he can take anything and make it funny. For example, when Lyons asked the gang to list their high-profile collaborators on their third album, arriving June 11 but already all over YouTube, it quickly led to a riff about fictitious rap star Ted Twobottoms. Apparently, Ted T was too busy this time around to participate.

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Dave Karger Rolls Out Second Fandango Series at SXSW

Following his chronicling of 2012 film awards season via The Frontrunners, Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger is down in Austin with the site’s senior director of PR Harry Medved and editor-in-chief Chuck Walton to officially launch his new Web series, Weekend Ticket. The program will debut on the site March 14 and feature SXSW interviews with Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Paul Walker, Josh Duhamel and Paul Rudd (or, as Andy Samberg so hilariously referred to Rudd during the Spirit Awards, Paul “Reeud”).

Karger hinted when we spoke with him not long ago that he would be making use of the formidable Nate Silver-like predictive data gathered from the site’s ticket buyers. Sure enough, Weekend Ticket will be sourcing a new weekly indicator also unveiled at SXSW:

“Fanticipation” ranks fan excitement around upcoming and current movies based on Fandango’s proprietary data collected from its online and mobile traffic, the social media engagement of its fans and its advance ticket sales…

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With Fallon and Michaels Officially TOLDJA-ed, Who Should Host Next Oscars?

Chalk up another TOLDJA! for Nikki Finke, from a beat she still pretty much owns (who, what, when, where and how each year’s Oscar broadcast is taking shape).

In this case, on the red carpet heels of an August 2 LA Times report that Jimmy Fallon and Lorne Michaels were in talks to handle 2013 broadcast chores, Finke quickly harpooned that notion, explaining that these efforts had begun and ended with exiting AMPAS president Tom Sherak. This past Wednesday, Fallon confirmed his non-participation during a Today Show interview from London and last night, Kim Masters added a Hollywood Reporter item that seemingly reconfirms Michaels will not be involved with any iteration of Sunday Night Live.

In the wake of all this, the question remains not so much who the Oscars should approach for the producing and hosting gigs, but rather who might actually say yes. Word is the list of those who regularly turn down AMPAS is long and illustrious. In her updated Sherak item, Finke for example noted that perfect A-list candidate Tom Hanks continues to pass.

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Oprah, Morgan Freeman and Mythbusters: Discovery Woos Advertisers and Media Buyers at Upfront Soiree

Yesterday evening Discovery Communications held its annual upfront presentation, wooing advertisers and media buyers, while previewing upcoming programming and networks.

With a suite of channels that includes Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, there was plenty of ground to cover.

Luckily, they had Oprah there to sell it.

Yes, talk show queen turned media mogul Oprah Winfrey herself was in attendance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and revealed the 2011/2012 OWN programming slate on stage.

She was joined by Rosie O’Donnell, who will be making her return to daytime with a talk show on OWN later this year. O’Donnell performed a song and dance routine with a troupe of male dancers.

Discovery had other big names in attendance, inducing actor Morgan Freeman, who hosts and produces the program “Through the Wormhole” on Science, and magicians Penn & Teller, who have a new show “Penn & teller’s Secrets of the Universe” on Discovery later this year. Billy Ray Cyrus also unveiled his new show for TLC, “Homecoming,” which reunites military men and women with their families, while SNL’s Andy Samberg told some jokes in advance of his gig as “Chief Shark Officer” during 2011′s Shark Week.

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Eater Founder, Vanity Fair Blogger Make Post‘s Eligible Bachelor List

NBCLocalMediaBenLeventhal.jpgWe were surprised to see two members of the media rounding out today’s New York Post‘s list of the twelve most eligible bachelors in New York.

The Post‘s Raakhee Mirchandani included filmmaker and Vanity Fair blogger — and Johnson & Johnson heir — Jamie Johnson and Eater.com co-founder Ben Leventhal on the list along with wealthy banker Topper Mortimer and comedian Andy Samberg.

Here’s Mirchandani’s case for both: Johnson is an heir to part of his family’s estimated $138 billion fortune and writes about the secret lives of the super-rich for VF.com. His only downfall? Stubble. (We can deal.)

Leventhal, according to the Post, is a media mogul (he’s co-owner of the Curbed network and managing editor for lifestyle content on NBC Local Media’s sites) who loves dogs and vintage Rolex watches. The cons of pursuing him? “Used to date Internet fame-chaser Julia Allison.” Today, Allison responded by Tweeting, “Who is this Raakhee Mirchandani?!?! Because I am going to kick his/her ass.”

See the whole list: The Flirty DozenNew York Post

Related: Ben Leventhal Joins NBC Local Media –WebNewser

HuffPost Reveals First “Game Changers”

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The Huffington Post is on a quest to find its game changers — “100 people who are using new media to reshape their fields and change the world.”

Today, the online pub announced its 10 game changers in its entertainment and green categories. Two more categories will be announced every week for the next five weeks, until all 100 game changers are announced in politics, technology, media, sports, business, style, health and philanthropy & service. Each category is open for readers to vote, with one “Ultimate Game Changer” being picked for each category over the next few weeks.

“New media and the Internet have impacted nearly all aspects of our lives — from the way we elect our president, to the way we select our music, to the way we choose to make a difference in the world,” Arianna Huffington said. “Our Green Game Changers inspire us with the myriad ways they are tapping into the wired world to help protect the planet. The Entertainment Game Changers are using new media to push the creative envelope, deepen their engagement with fans, and revolutionize the ways in which we are entertained.”

The entertainment game changers include Jimmy Fallon, Netflix founder Reed Hastings, Twitter phenom Ashton Kutcher, blogger Nikki Finke, FunnyOrDie.com founders Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Radiohead, Andy Samberg and his comedy team The Lonely Island, Taylor Swift and will.i.am.

Green game changers include Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group, White House garden inspirer Roger Doiron, Treehugger.com founder Graham Hill, Gary Hirshberg of ClimateCounts.org, Annie Leonard, Bill McKibben, actress Isabella Rossellini, David de Rothschild, Carrotmob’s Brent Schulkin and Gavin Starks.

Who will you be voting for?

Meet the HuffPost Game Changers: 100 People Who Are Using New Media to Change the World –Huffington Post

Earlier: Help HuffPost Pick New Media “Game Changers”

SNL’s Mom Celebrity Translator

Sure everyone is talking about Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg‘s Mother Lovers. Yes. Very funny. But the Mom Celebrity Translator was inspired.

Unaired Andy Samberg Sketch

This was cut from Saturday’s show. It’s Andy Samberg doing Rahm Emanuel. Why was it cut? We don’t know. But we get to see it now so that makes this a good internet day.

SNL‘s Timberlake ‘Dick In A Box’ Video Has Been Viewed 7,714,856 Times On YouTube

NBC released the uncensored version, and, like another Andy Samberg mock song, it has rocketed to YouTube’s upper elevations (#13 all-time) in less than a week. We’ve mentioned it before, but if all Saturday Night Live produced were Digital Shorts and Amy Poehler‘s Nancy Grace, we’d never change the channel.

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