The Netflix Files: November 3, 2011

“This is the first time in my twenty-year television career that anyone has paid to see me… Oh, don’t get me wrong, they’ve paid to make me go away…”

We all know the story behind Conan O’Brien’s beard of sorrow, est. 2010 — the result of his falling out with NBC over refusing to move “The Tonight Show” past midnight to make way for the flagging Jay Leno. While he reached a $45 million settlement with the network, Conan was momentarily unemployed. He also became more popular than ever.

Millions of viewers rallied for Conan on Facebook and Twitter. Protesters lined up outside NBC buildings with picket signs. Two Asian guys staged a Conan vs. Jay brawl in the streets. The Shepard Fairey-esque “I’m With Coco” sign was circulated endlessly through cyberspace in support of the redheaded late-night talk show host who had suddenly become a beloved underdog (barring, of course, the $45 million).

In the summer between the early 2010 “Tonight Show” conflict and his November 2010 start on TBS’s “Conan,” during which time he was legally forbidden from hosting a television program, O’Brien embarked on the 30-city Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour. Flanked by his sidekick Andy Richter, Conan traveled coast to coast, reaching such venues as Radio City Music Hall, Bonnaroo and the Hult Center of the Performing Arts in Eugene, Oregon (his inaugural show).

Director Rodman Flender (awesome name) joined Conan on the road to document the tour. The end product was Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, now on Watch Instantly. Continue Reading

What is NBC’s obsession with Rhode Island?

During the Weekend Update portion of SNL last night, Seth Myers made a joke about the motion to change Lil’ Rhody’s name.  He stated that the lack of name change would be irrelevant and that people would still refer to the state as “Connecticut’s foreskin.”  Zinger!

Oddly enough, SNL wasn’t the only NBC show to mock The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations this week. Continue Reading

Queen Latifah insults Brown students

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Last night’s episode of 30 Rock (which you can watch for yourself here) featured Queen Latifah as a grandstanding Rhode Island Congresswoman angry about a lack of diversity on NBC. But she didn’t save her insults just for that company. Her character lashed out at many of our favorite people in Rhode Island — including including us!

“Mr. Donaghy, I represent Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District. It’s a diverse community, from the hardworking moms and dads of Smithfield to the spoiled jags at Brown to the thriving, flourishing Italian criminal community in Providence.”

Spoiled jags, are we? Well! There’s enough diversity at Brown that we’re not all spoiled jags. But the joke’s on her — with midterm elections coming up, we can all “forget” to vote for her. If all this were real, that is.

At least the mafia got called out too.

Brown wasn’t the only Ivy the show’s writers threw under the bus. Frequently recurring joke Harvard took a hit too.

Liz: I don’t know if he’s mentioned this to you a hundred times, but he went to Harvard.
Jack: So we know he’s smart and superb at masturbation.

Harvard, your face is on the phone. Soccer practice is over, and you need to pick it up!

Time-waster of the day: September 28, 2010

Just when you thought Kanye West’s tweets couldn’t get any funnier/weirder…

Apparently, graphic artist John Harper has made an amazing discovery — that Kanye West is Tracy Jordan (of 30 Rock, in case that wasn’t clear). If you add “Liz Lemon” to almost any of Kanye’s tweets, they sound exactly like things Tracy would say. Check out the Kanye Jordan Twitter here.

Anyone else need a Kanye cover of “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” now?