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‘SNL’ Lampoons CNN Alerts, Al Sharpton

CNNPregnancySNLLast Saturday night, “Fox & Friends” got another send-up on “Saturday Night Live.” Last night CNN’s breaking news alerts and MSNBC host Al Sharpton got the SNL treatment.

The CNN Pregnancy Test gives a hopeful couple an alert on everything but whether they’re having a baby. “The CNN take-home pregnancy test… for when you want to know, when they don’t know.”

In another skit, “Undercover Sharpton” imagines the Rev. Al Sharpton as an undercover FBI informant. Both clips after the jump…

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Colbert on ‘Late Show’: ‘I Do Not Envy Whoever They Try to Put in That Chair’

The announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as the host of “The Late Show” next year was a hot topic on the Comedy Central last night.

On “The Colbert Report,” Colbert talked about Letterman’s retirement without directly addressing the news that he will be the new “Late Show” host. “This man has influenced every host who came after him and even a few who came before him, he’s that good. And I gotta tell you — I do not envy whoever they try to put in that chair,” Colbert joked. Watch:

“The Late Show” was a repeat last night, but the Colbert announcement was also news on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” — complete with a flashback to old clips of Colbert. Watch after the jump. Read more

Did Pizza Hut Steal Neil Cavuto’s Idea?

neil cavuto_304x200In a Twitpic video this afternoon, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto‘s show tease claims Pizza Hut has made a fortune off his great culinary mind.

“Did I tell you that years ago, I came up with the idea for an all-you-can-eat meat pizza, with a cheese-filled crust,” Cavuto said, claiming that Pizza Hut has made a financial killing off his idea, in the form of the fast-food chain’s stuffed-crust pizza.

Cavuto then had words of advice for three former Taco bell interns, who claim they came up with the idea for the popular Doritos Locos Taco 19 years ago (Taco bell launched the item in 2012.)

“I’m telling you kids…you’re getting squat, because you didn’t think, just like I didn’t think,” Cavuto concluded.

Cavuto’s culinary complaint after the jump (click on photo for video).

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Which Media Mogul’s Daughter Can’t Lunch With Barbara Walters Without Crying?

Barbara Walters interviewed Arianna Huffington about her new book, “Thrive,” this week at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, where Huffington revealed Walters’ “incredible capacity for intimacy.”

Walters is the Godmother of Huffington’s oldest daughter, Christina, who Arianna shared had asked her why waterworks were always on the menu when she dines alone with Walters.

“Mommy, why do I always cry when I have lunch with Barbara?” Arianna recounted Christina asking her.  ”It’s such a knack, right?” Walters joked. “Hello, how are you…cry.”

Big Laughs, Big Business. Peeling Back the ‘Onion’

TheOnionMediabistro managing editor Valerie Berrios interviewed Mike McAvoy, president of the Onion for our So What Do You Do? series. The weekly satirical newspaper has evolved into a big online business. “I think The Onion, maybe like many of our peers who were in the print business, we knew that at some point the days of print were numbered, and we were able to focus on transitioning out of print,” McAvoy says. The 26-year old company, which returned to Chicago in 2011, after a decade in New York, now produces content — text, social and video — for major brands:

Who produces your videos — and what platform do you use?

We have a video team in house. And for bigger shoots, we add on resources. We have a great freelance network in Chicago that we’ve built. Some projects are 100 percent in house, some of them we’re using outside vendors, and it’s just really dependent on how much work we have and what other work we’re doing at the time. We use YouTube. We’re one of their premium-content providers, so we have a deal with them where we are paid money to produce original content. We also distribute content that comes from TheOnion.com to YouTube, including these advertising campaigns, and so that’s all part of our network. But we’ve grown TheOnion.com so dramatically that that really is our primary distribution platform.

1994 Flashback: David Gregory Explains ‘Going Online With the Internet’

david gregory 1994Flashback to 1994, when the Internet was just five years old and David Gregory was a reporter at KCRA, the NBC affiliate in Sacramento. Tasked with explaining the “widespread interest” in “going online with the Internet,” a young Gregory reports “the possibilities along the Internet are limitless and the demand has only just begun.”

“While the service has always been able to offer facts about the world or the weather, coming in 1995 — that’s right, purchasing power,” Gregory says. “You can buy such things as chocolate on the Internet, or even order pizza from this electronic storefront.”

Other topics Gregory sheds light on: the Internet yellow pages, chat rooms and “electronic mail,” which is used for “bypassing more expensive postage.” Watch after the jump. Read more

Rachel Maddow on ‘Late Night,’ Judge Napolitano on ‘The Daily Show’

Some familiar cable news faces made the rounds in late night last night: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano visited “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Maddow and Meyers talked about their shared love for the Boston Red Sox and comic books, as well as why the Chris Christie bridgegate scandal continues to be captivating. “It’s still unexplained at the heart of it, and I think that’s the main reason it’s not going away. Also, it’s so salacious,” Maddow said. “…It’s so gangster. It’s very Sopranos.” Watch (at about the 22 minute mark):

Meanwhile, on “The Daily Show,” Judge Napolitano locked horns with Stewart over the necessity of the civil war. Read more

John Oliver Doesn’t Want CNN’s Slogan

The trailer for former “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver‘s new HBO show “Last Week Tonight” is out, and Oliver brushes off the suggestion he use CNN’s long-term slogan.

“John Oliver…the most trusted name in news,” the trailer’s narrator says. “That’s CNN’s slogan,” Oliver shot back, seeming uninterested in stealing CNN’s thunder.

“The most relied upon name in news,” the narrator tried. “That’s a synonym,” Oliver again disapproved.

This isn’t the first time Oliver has joked at CNN’s expense: last summer, while filling in for Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show,” Oliver mocked “New Day’s” “rock block” segment for having rock music playing while reporting “unrocking” news like Pentagon department cuts and new cancer study information.

“Last Week Tonight” premieres April 27 at 11pmET on HBO.

Brian Williams Responds to Baby Horrified by His Image

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams had a response to the toddler who couldn’t stop crying upon seeing his image in a recent YouTube video.

“It’s disturbing,” Williams said jokingly on “Late Night with Seth Meyers“. “This hurts my feelings,” he added.

Williams agreed with our take yesterday that the child’s horror was brought on by his father.

“As a father of two…he’s being goaded by the dad,” Williams said. “Unless Diane Sawyer put a baby in front of the TV and is using a low voice…’he’s a terrible anchor isn’t he?’”

Williams also talked about news relating to one of his two children: his daughter, “Girls” star Allison Williams, recently got engaged.

When Babies Don’t Like Brian Williams

A sad but humorous YouTube video is up showing one American toddler breaking down at the mere sight of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams.

President Obama first appears on screen, with no response from the baby. Next comes “Daily Rundown” host Chuck Todd, again eliciting no response.

It’s when Williams appears, the baby loses it. “He’s gone, it’s just a hurricane now,” the baby’s father says to soothe his crying son. “I’m sorry, we’ll turn him off,” the dad continues.

We’re giving Williams a pass here, as the father seems to goad the little boy into the anti-Williams horror: “Uh-oh, it’s Brian Williams,” he starts.  At 10 months old, wouldn’t you be scared?

Watch and decide for yourself.

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