Conan O'Brien and his "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television" tour rolled into New York City this week for two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall. As I wrote in my review of night two, Conan embraced his proximity to his former home at NBC and offered his fans a chance to relive classic Late Night bits. While the second night had many highlights (Pee-wee Herman's balloon trick stands out in my memory), the clear winner moment came on the first night when Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert joined Conan onstage for a dance-off. It was great to see Conan having fun with his new competition before he attempts to destroy them in the fall.
One of the funniest online videos of the week came from comedian Billy Eichner who took a unique approach to the man in the street interview with this piece about summer movies. "From Shrek Forever After to Prince of Persia, it's going to be an amazing summer for art."
The trend of unlikely celebrities turning to Funny or Die as an alternative creative outlet (think James Franco, Marion Cotillard and Chris Klein) took a new turn this week with David Mamet directing a sketch about vintage porn. He got help from two very funny people, Ed O'Neill and Kristen Bell.
This week in unintentional humor from an intentionally funny comedian brought us this moment at game 1 of the NBA finals, when Chris Rock made the mistake of trying to joke around with a very serious Kobe Bryant during the game and got nothing back. I can't imagine what Sony Pictures must have paid to have the stars of Grown Ups sitting court side at the game (though I didn't spot Rob Schneider anywhere...).
And, finally, the Aziz Ansari-hosted MTV Movie Awards arrive tonight and the show promises some very funny moments (I'm particularly looking forward to the Human Giant reunion). Aziz's promos have been solid along the way, from his initial hilarious introduction to the clips of him watching The Hurt Locker in 4D with Kristen Bell, Sarah Silverman and Justin Bieber. Just this past week they brought producer Les Grossman into the mix. The flashback clip that brought him to the set of Risky Business was very funny/creepy. But it's this clip of Les giving some important advice to Robert Pattinson that's really blowing up.
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