Thursday, March 31

Andre Iguodala Pranks Teammate Festus Ezeli By Telling Him He's Cut From Team


April Fools Day always brings pranks along with it. Oftentimes, the pranks are done and poorly executed. But on occasion, we'll get those special pranks that are extra elaborate and well thought out. This is an example of the latter. 

Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala, partnering with Lyft, decides to prank his teammate Festus Ezeli in a bit of a cruel way. He gets a radio crew to announce that the backup center has been cut, then has a bunch of his teammates text him their condolences and well wishes.

For his part, Ezeli barely reacts to the news. Perhaps he knew the ruse was on all along!

Wednesday, March 30

Jordan Schlansky Reviews The Philips Norelco Bodygroom


One of the best recurring segments on Conan is his back and forth with staff member Jordan Schlansky. Schlansky rarely shows emotion, so Conan often calls him a robot, and hilarious hijinks ensue.

In the latest remote, Conan sits down with Jordan to review the Philips Norelco Bodygroom, a trimmer to get rid of those unsightly hairs. Conan learns he has a bush of red hair on his back, and it must be removed. Can Jordan get the job done?

Tuesday, March 29

Comedian Steve Hofstetter Demolishes Heckler


Every time I've been to a comedy show, I've had the fortunate experience of getting to enjoy a comedian without a heckler trying to ruin things and put the spotlight on themselves. But not everyone is so lucky.

At a recent show, comedian Steve Hofstetter was talking about children, and how the simple act of having a child is not impressive. Rather, raising that child to be a good human in society - now that's something special. A mother in the crowd disagreed, and when Hofstetter said it was easier to have a baby than order a pizza ("have you ever ordered a pizza by accident?"), the woman has had enough.

She throws out some heckles at Hofstetter. He responds. The results are not pretty for her. Enjoy!

Monday, March 28

Shoes? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Shoes


In news that continues to defy all odds, the terribly mediocre Syracuse Orange basketball team keep winning games. Yesterday they came back from a 15-point deficit with about nine minutes to play against a Virginia Cavaliers team simply by pressing, which made Virginia go from a slow, methodical, plodding style of play into something much more frantic.

It's a move that makes you wonder why teams don't press 100 percent of the time, since it's been proven time and again this tournament that handling the press is absurdly difficult for these college kids.

Anyway, earlier in the game, Syracuse freshman Tyler Lydon lost a shoe. NO MATTER. He promptly got back up, kicked the shoe away, and proceeded to knock down a one-shoed three-pointer. Not included in this video is the very impressive move by Michael Gbinije to pick up the shoe and toss it off the court, all while maintaining his dribble. Now that's a shoe-pendous move.

Okay, I'll see myself out.

Ben Affleck Is Sad About Batman v Superman


The reviews are in for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and...well, they're not pretty. In fact, you could say they make Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, pretty sad. Or at least, someone took an interview of Affleck and Henry Cavill (Superman) and added a few extra effects, including a slow, somber zoom and one of the saddest songs you can think of – "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel. One can only imagine what was going through Affleck's mind as he may be picturing another Jersey Girl situation.

Saturday, March 26

Private Reserve Blends from Community Coffee Company Get a Packaging Facelift Without Sacrificing Taste


When you've been making coffee for nearly 100 years, you're doing something right. Baton Rouge-based Community Coffee Company, the largest family-owned and operated coffee company in the U.S., has been serving up blends that get the morning started off right since 1919. But sometimes even the best can embrace change.

Fortunately, the change in this case doesn't sacrifice the nice taste of Community's blends, which the company was kind enough to let me sample–spoiler alert, the Colombia blend is quite delightful. Rather, its Private Reserve coffees are now featured in a contemporary gold package. They'll be on shelves in the spring, but can currently be purchased online at CommunityCoffee.com.

Now in its 96th year, the company has been through four generations of the Saurage family since its inception. Community imports, roasts and distributes premium coffees and teas, using only 100% Arabica coffee beans. These new packages aim to explain the stories behind each coffee–hey, a little reading never hurts.

Check Community Coffee Company out online, in stores, or on Facebook and Twitter. And most importantly, enjoy!

Thursday, March 24

RIP, Garry Shandling

Comedian Garry Shandling died today at the age of 66. I'm not aware of a lot of people my age who were big fans of his or even aware of most of his comedy, and that's really too bad. His humor wasn't in your face or slapstick or anything like that, but it was incredibly smart and clever, and spawned a lot of comedy in later years. I'm not going to pretend he was my favorite comedian, but I always enjoyed his work when I saw it. If you've never watched The Larry Sanders Show or That's Garry Shandling's Show, do yourself a favor and check it out.


CNN also did a much better obituary than I ever could. It features an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee where Shandling and host Jerry Seinfeld discuss Robin Williams, and the struggles they had in coping with his suicide. It's a bit eerie watching it now, but still a wonderful episode. 

RIP, Garry. Thanks for the laughs.

Wednesday, March 23

Ready Yet, Get Set, It's (An) All That (Reunion)!



You may have heard the news that Nickelodeon is re-airing a ton of its old shows on a new network called Splat. One such show is the fantastic All That.

To help celebrate the show's 22nd anniversary (certainly an odd number to celebrate), the cast APPEARS to be hinting at an All That reunion. Danny Tamborelli, Kel Mitchell, Josh Server, Lori Beth Denberg and Kenan Thompson make brief cameos in this video that features the hashtag #AllThatReunion.

Whether this new show will just feature the cast and crew reminiscing or will actually have new sketches remains to be seen, but one thing's for sure–it'll definitely be all that.


Monday, March 21

Apple Introduces Its New iPhone SE


Apple unveiled its new iPhone today, calling it the most powerful four-inch phone ever. Its CPU is 50 percent faster than the iPhone 5s, and the phone houses a 12 megapixel camera, panorama up to 63 MP and "True Tone" flash.

The price begins at $399 for the 16 GB model, the most affordable price for a new iPhone. The 64 GB model starts at $499. With a two-year subsidized phone contract you can get it for free, though if this deal is like anything else Apple has ever put out, there's gotta be a catch.

You can get your new iPhone on March 31, with the company taking orders a week ahead of time. And for the the late adopters, there's no word yet on when your current phone you already shelled $300+ for will stop functioning completely.

Sunday, March 20

John Krasinski and Jimmy Fallon Play "Word Sneak"


The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is all about its ridiculous games, and it's even better when the guests are very willing participants.

John Krasinski was out promoting his new Broadway play, Dry Powder, and he joined the host in playing "Word Sneak," one such ridiculous game. In it, the two men each get a list of words they must casually work into conversation. It's stupid and silly, which is a pretty good formula for a laugh or two. Enjoy!

Friday, March 18

Seth Rogen and Adam Goldberg Release Trailer for Sausage Party Film


In their first animated foray together, Seth Rogen and Adam Goldberg are once again teaming up to bring us Sausage Party, an animated movie that parents will surely bring their young children to, not realizing it's full of lewdness and profanity. As is typical in Rogen/Goldberg ventures (like This is the End and Neighbors), a good chunk of the humor appears to be in cursing and being disgusting, as we take a look at life through the eyes of food. All they want is to be purchased, but they soon find out home life isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Frankly, I don't think this trailer looks very good, but hey, I've enjoyed some of the movies Rogen and his usual crew of supporting cast (James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, etc.) have done, plus you have other people like Bill Hader, Nick Kroll and Salma Hayek in here, plus Kristen Wiig, who's shown potential to be funny in anything that's not Saturday Night Live related. We'll see how this one fares as far as critical acclaim goes, but you can bet there will be plenty of people seeing the film in theaters.


Thursday, March 17

Conan O'Brien Takes On Conor McGregor In Latest "Clueless Gamer"


The latest episode of Conan O'Brien's "Clueless Gamer" has dropped, and Team Coco has once again brought in an outside guest. This time, it's UFC star trash talker Conor McGregor, taking his red-headed host on in a few rounds of EA Sports' UFC 2.

While I normally don't enjoy these nearly as much when a guest is involved instead of Conan's usual cohost Aaron Bleyaert, McGregor was a viable foe. Plus the polygonal Conan always cracks me up. Can he actually defeat the UFC featherweight champ? We'll just have to see. 

Tuesday, March 15

Lexus' "GS F the Bracket" Rewards You For Being Fast


If you're like me, you're a fan of the incredibly easy to use yet full of great information goodness that is Yahoo Sports' 2016 Men’s College Basketball Tournament bracket. Fill that one out, then spend another minute or two completing one inspired by the all-new 2016 Lexus GS F, the brand’s most powerful performance sedan that goes from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.
 
The best part? “GS F The Bracket” is not about who wins the game, it’s about how fast they play.
 
Here’s how it works:
·        Go to www.GSFTheBracket.com.
·        Each round, select which matchup will reach a combined 60 points the fastest.
·        Guess correctly and you could win a GS F-inspired luxury vacation.
 
Don’t worry about busting your bracket after the first round. Lexus’ bracket can be played until the finals. I will keep this in mind when I'm tearing up my bracket after my runner-up loses by 2:30 Central time on the first day of the whole tournament. I still hate you for last year, Iowa State.

Got any other questions? You can check out the video below. I'll even toss in my picks for the First Four and the first round, so you can choose differently: I'm taking Florida Gulf Coast and Fairleigh Dickinson tonight in a battle of America (the FGCU Eagles) and the game of chess (the FDU Knights). And once the field gets to 64 teams, I like Duke and UNC Wilmington to put up a lot of points fast.

Friday, March 11

The Lonely Island Release Redband Trailer For Their New Movie


The Lonely Island have never been strangers to comedy. With three albums under their belt, they're giving the big screen another try. In their first feature film since 2007's Hot Rod, TLI just released the redband trailer for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. It is...well, it's what you'd expect from the trio. Which is to say, it looks stupid, yet delightful. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 10

Seventh Grader Creates Science Project That Disproves Deflategate (And Hopefully We Never Have To Talk About It Again)


Remember this past NFL offseason, when all anyone could talk about was whether or not the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts en route to their fourth Super Bowl of the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era? Because I sure do. And it was horrible.

Enter Ben Goodell, a seventh grader who already seems more in tuned with reality than the commissioner who he shares a last name with, who wants to put an end to "Deflategate" once and for all. And boy, do I hope this actually works.

"I wanted to prove that Tom Brady is innocent," the 12-year-old St. Pius V Elementary School student said. He and about 120 other students participated in the school's annual science fair, and he won the Outstanding Project Award, which is awarded to only eight students.

Goodell's project took a standard inflated NFL football and exposed it to different elements, including humidity, snow and ice. The ball deflated two PSI (pounds per square inch) every time, which is the lowest recorded PSI from Deflategate.

And hey, if this means we never have to talk about Deflategate again, it's a victory for all of us.

Tuesday, March 8

Virginia Tech Basketball Team Learns A Little Respect By Meeting Veterans


As a college student, it can be difficult to understand life outside of your own personal bubble. The Virginia Tech basketball team proved this earlier this season with a little bit of disrespect during the National Anthem. Whether it was swaying, messing with their jerseys, talking, or doing anything else than standing at attention, head coach Buzz Williams was not impressed with his kids' performance.

So what did he do? He brought his team to stand face-to-face and side-by-side with the men and women who have bravely served our country to give them a lecture about respect and honor. Very powerful words and a great thing to do. Way to go, Buzz, and thank you to our armed forces for serving.

Monday, March 7

Zach LaVine Does Dunk Contest Dunk In An Actual Game


Reigning two-time NBA Dunk Contest champion Zach LaVine is still having some fun out on the court, despite his Minnesota Timberwolves being perpetually terrible. This dunk is a good example: LaVine realizes there's no one around him, and turns what could have been a pedestrian slam into 360 madness that even got Hornets fans up off their feet.

Of course, Minnesota lost, but who's counting?

Saturday, March 5

Benedict Cumberbatch Is Now A Chocolate Confection


Jen-Lindsey Clark, chocolatier over at Chocolatician, has created some kind of odd creature that can best be described as a "Cumberbunny." Probably because that's its name. The chocolate confection is a very detailed drawing of actor Benedict Cumberbatch, with rabbit ears and a bow-tie for good measure.

Clark isn't planning on sending Benedict himself a...chocolate of himself, but she does plan to give one to his mother. And for the bargain price of £50 (or a little more than $71), you too can take a bite out of Benedict. Even Key and Peele would have to approve of that.

Friday, March 4

Let's Just Have Morgan Freeman Narrate Everything


One of the recurring themes on Jimmy Kimmel Live is to plant cameras on Hollywood Boulevard outside the studio and watch the craziness that unfolds on everyday life. Throw Morgan Freeman into the picture and have him narrate people trying to take selfies? Well, now you've just created a masterpiece.

Tuesday, March 1

Clueless Gamer Returns With PewDiePie


Conan O'Brien's "Clueless Gamer" segments are usually entertaining romps, and this one is...well, it's kind of an exception. Mainly because PewDiePie, not being able to swear every four seconds, seems really out of his element. It's a good reminder that Conan is very quick on his feet and funny for just about every audience, while PewDiePie still certainly has a niche of loyal fans. It's admirable what he's been able to accomplish, but personally, I don't think the comedy is even in the same ballpark.