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Miley Cyrus Comes In Like a Squeaking Ball

There are, quite obviously, just under a hundred slots available for AskMen’s annual “99 Most Desirable Women” compilation. This year, in what is surely a placement position that combines reader votes with a little editorial conference room discussion, Miley Cyrus came in dead last.

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Some of the female folks ahead of Cyrus, in reverse list-order, include House of Cards co-star Robin Wright (#95), comedienne Sarah Silverman (#80), Best Actress Oscar contender Sandra Bullock (#57) and Amy Poehler (#23).

However, the inclusion that is sure to elicit a whole bunch of surprised giggles is the one at #20: Marissa Mayer. Anyone at Yahoo looking to leave in a blaze of glory – may we suggest uttering the following at the next group meeting: “Well, normally I would not agree with this. But you are, after all, the 20th most desirable woman…”

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Acura Sponsors a Show About Other Cars

A perfect Jerry Seinfeld premise, don’t you think?

AcuraNSXPer a recent interview piece by LA-based Bloomberg reporters Alan Ohnsman and Andy Fixmer, the second season of the comedian’s Crackle Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has a single sponsor – Acura. Although one episode featuring Sarah Silverman includes some product-placement conversation, Honda/Acura is basically paying for the privilege of wrapping online ads and a “Presented by” banner around Seinfeld rhapsodizing about other brands:

“From a traditional viewpoint, a lot of car companies or marketers would have dismissed this opportunity because he has other cars in it,” said Honda senior vice president Mike Accavitti. “I appreciate the old Porsche that he wants to show or the big Rolls-Royce that he wants to go pick up someone up in, the old Beetle he uses to get Larry David.”

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Silverman, Cera Launch Comedy YouTube Channel

You can never have too much funny on the Internet, right?

Well, comedian Sarah Silverman, actor Michael Cera, the sketch duo of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and rap-comic Reggie Watts are the masterminds behind a new YouTube channel named JASH.

OK, so the actual name of the channel isn’t that funny, which stands for “Just Attitude So Hey.” But the content should be funnier if you’re into experimental comedy.

“We each have pages within Jash, and we each can curate those pages,” Silverman told The Hollywood Reporter at SXSW on Sunday. “This is what we think is funny. It may not be your cup of tea, but there’s no testing involved, there’s no second-guessing of what a 14-year-old boy would like. It’s just a place to do stuff and fail or not fail.”

Producers Daniel Kellison (Jimmy Kimmel Live!)Doug DeLuca (The Man Show) and Mickey Meyer (Epic Rap Battles of History) are also involved in the project.

Matt Damon Finally Turns the Tables on Jimmy Kimmel

For several years, it’s been the greatest running gag on late night talk TV: Jimmy Kimmel ending a show with the disclaimer, “Apologies to Matt Damon; we ran out of time.” Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the double-punchline to that bit was finally delivered by Damon. In spades.

With a duct-taped Jimmy in the background, Damon at one point during his commando-host appearance gleefully revealed that Kimmel is a bitter, jealous soul who has auditioned for every one of the actor’s film roles:

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Judd Apatow’s Week Off to a Heck of a Start

Last night, Judd Apatow blew the lid off the artifice of the Hollywood Film Awards, cracking wise after an in-kind intro from friend and collaborator Seth Rogen. He was at the Beverly Hilton to accept the Hollywood Comedy Award.

Today, it was announced that Apatow will guest edit Vanity Fair’s first-ever Comedy Issue (January 2013). Makes you wonder what the writer-director has planned for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Via Twitter, Apatow revealed he was in the middle today of that very VF task with Sarah Silverman. From the vanityfair.com announcement:

“I proposed the idea of editing a comedy issue. I didn’t think Graydon Carter would say yes, and then I didn’t think it would be that much work. And then I found out I don’t get paid,” said Apatow. “I’m a gigantic fan of Vanity Fair and having the opportunity to collaborate on an issue that focuses on comedy has been fantastic.”

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Jimmy Kimmel Proposes to His Girlfriend

Congrats go out to Jimmy Kimmel, who proposed to his girlfriend Molly McNearney, co-head writer of his ABC late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Kimmel popped the question during their vacation at Kruger National Park in South Africa.

The two have been dating since 2009. It will mark the second marriage for Kimmel, who was married for 13 years and has two children with his ex-wife.

Plus, there was that whole Sarah Silverman relationship that lasted off and on for nearly seven years. This will be McNearney’s first marriage.

Increasing Number of Celebs Relying on Twitter Client WhoSay

The fingerprints of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) are all over WhoSay, a third-party app that is quietly becoming the go-to social media intermediary for A-list celebrities like Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sarah Silverman. In large part because the LA startup pays users for transmitted photos, video, and other content.

The application was incubated at CAA and has since received $6 million in seed funding from a group of investors that includes Amazon and High Peak Ventures. For a piece on AllThingsDigital.com, Silicon Valley based business reporter Liz Gannes spoke this week with WhoSay CEO Steve Ellis. Even though WhoSay has only a few hundred users, the combined Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Myspace reach of its membership exceeds half a billion followers and friends:

“This will never be a consumer application,” Ellis said, though he added that he can’t exactly specify the criteria for admitting WhoSay users…

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DumbDumb Duo Scoring with Smart Viral Ads

For all those brands suffering from “arrested ad development,” actors Will Arnett and Jason Bateman (pictured) are ready to help. The DumbDumb.com duo recently received a “Startup of the Year Award” from Forbes magazine and are now getting the AdWeek cover story treatment courtesy of reporter John Ortved.

One of the benefits of interviewing comedians for a story is that it can lead to some memorable quotes. A few paragraphs down page one, Arnett offers this take on why digital ads are aiming for the funny bone: “Unless you’re making the ASPCA commercial with the sad puppies and the Sarah McLachlan music, it’s very difficult to get people to consume through dramatic advertising.” DumbDumb clients include Wrigley’s, Old Navy, Blackberry, and Denny’s:

YouGov’s BrandIndex reported that Denny’s had an impression-score spike from 6.2 to 25.4 in that demo after DumbDumb’s “Always Open” Web series for the chain began in March. (Overseen by Denny’s agency, Gotham, it features comedian David Koechner interviewing funny types, like Sarah Silverman, at a Denny’s in Hollywood.)

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WTF Host Marc Maron Gets the Attention of the New York Times

Comedian Marc Maron–a former Air America host who these days is best known for his podcast WTF, which he tapes out of his garage in Highland Park–just got himself a nice long profile in the New York Times.

A taste:

Mr. Maron, a stand-up comic by trade, has cast himself as an unlikely celebrity interviewer — one who is angry, probing, neurotic and a vulnerable recovering addict. And somehow he’s able to elicit from his guests, mostly other comedians like Sarah Silverman and Ben Stiller, the same level of vulnerability.

The interviews, usually taped in his garage in Los Angeles, often end up feeling more like therapy sessions. Take, for example, Robin Williams talking to Mr. Maron about the dark side of dealing with audiences: “I guess it’s that fear that they’ll recognize — as you know — how insecure are we really? How desperately insecure that made us do this for a living?” Read more

Starry-Eyed: A Look At Life.com’s Best Photos Of 2010

To celebrate the end of 2010, Life.com asked various celebrities and media personalities — including Andy Richter, Harry Benson, Khaled Hosseini, Alan Cumming,  Salman Rushdie, Brian Williams, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Wales, Arianna Huffington, Terry McDonell and Fareed Zakaria — to choose their personal favorite images from among Life‘s 2010 Pictures of the Year. Life.com has the final list of photos, including each person’s explanation for why, exactly, each specific image resonated for him or her.

Pictured here is author Salman Rushdie’s choice, “Heavenly Bodies,” a striking image of the Carina Nebula region taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Rushdie explains why he selected this particular image: “The universe creates beauty on the most gigantic of scales, humbling us by reminding us of our smallness, and simultaneously lifting our hearts by showing us so much glory.”

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