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Late-Night Comedians Turning on Obama

Barack Obama

"That's pretty amazing, winning the Nobel Peace Prize," Jay Leno said Friday night of President Barack Obama's latest accolade. "Ironically, his biggest accomplishment as president so far ... winning the Nobel Peace Prize." 

That joke may be indicative of the TV comedy world sharpening its arrows a bit more when the current occupant of the White House is the target, The New York Times reports. 

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live
11:29/10:29c NBC
Drew Barrymore takes over hosting chores in the third live episode of the season. Barrymore produced, directed and stars in the freshly released film Whip It (which also stars SNL player Kristen Wiig), about the rough-and-tough realm of female roller-derby players. Barrymore should skate well through the show's topical satire — this is her sixth time performing as host. (Back in 1982, she was the show's youngest host ever, at age 7.) Taking the music stage: singer-songwriter Regina Spektor.

Read on for previews of Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me, NBA Basketball, Iron Chef America and Househusbands of Hollywood. read more

Top Moments: The Office's Barf-o-rama, Paris Hilton's Topless Cameo and More!

Pam Beesly and Paris Hilton

Let's face it: TV this week was pretty disgusting. On Heroes, Sylar crawled out of his grave and back from the dead — a development that made us disgusted with the show's writers. A sense of moral outrage accompanied the news that Chase killed an African dictator on House. Paris Hilton made us feel shame for liking her, and then got graphically beheaded on Supernatural. The Office elevated a pregnancy cliché — morning sickness — to high comedy art. South Park made us rethink Mexican cuisine. And Madonna and Lady Gaga made a gross display of themselves on SNL. Welcome to this week's Top Moments: Profound Disgust Edition.

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Madonna and Lady Gaga Almost Lock Lips on Saturday Night Live

Madonna and Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga narrowly avoided joining the ranks of young pop stars who have shared high-profile smooches with Madonna when the music icon made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Madonna performed with Lady Gaga on the fictional MTV 4 music show, Deep House Dish, hosted by D.J. Dynasty Handbag (Kenan Thompson).

Gaga and Madonna jokingly fought on stage, with Madge demanding at one point, "What the hell is a disco stick?"

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009

iCarly

iCarly
8/7c Nickelodeon
In recent weeks VMAs and Emmys have been given out, and now it's time for the iCarly Awards. It's the inaugural year for the event, in which Carly, Sam and Freddie plan to honor the top user-generated content on their Web show. The categories are a bit... unusual, and include "Most Inane Hula-Hooper" and "Best Male Acrobat with Lots of Hair." The only problem? Spencer didn't make enough statuettes, and now he must recruit some helpers (in the form of swimsuit models) to churn out some more.

Read on for previews of Saturday Night Live, Relic Hunter with Ian Grant, SuperFetch and Celebrity Ghost Stories. read more

SNL's Jenny Slate Will Not Be Fired After F-Bomb

SNL Cast Member Jenny Slate

Despite her widely publicized foul-mouthed flub on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, new cast member Jenny Slate isn't going anywhere.

"No truth to... read more

SNL Newcomer Drops an F-Bomb During Season Premiere

Jenny Slate, SNL

Saturday Night Live kicked off its 35th season with an F-bomb.

In a possible case of the first-night jitters, newcomer Jenny Slate made the verbal misstep of dropping the F-word in a sketch titled "Biker Chick Chat," her only prominent skit of the night. Slate, Kristen Wiig and host Megan Fox were all featured as tough-talking biker chicks with a penchant for using the words "freaking" and "fricking."

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Slate slipped up about a minute into the sketch... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live
11:29/10:29c NBC
Here's some Fox news: The laugher opens its 35th season with actress Megan Fox, hot off her man-eating performance in Jennifer's Body, as a first-time host. It's been an off-season of high drama. Divisive politics, rude public behavior and stormy debates over health-care reform ruled the day — so we can expect the SNL players to tap into all that with their usual keen observation and comedic zeal. Speaking of zeal, passionate Irish überband U2 rally the evening with performances. Bono and the boys are in the midst of their sprawling 360° Tour (and just recently played two sold-out shows at Giants Stadium), so they should be in tight form.

Read on for previews of Unlikely Animal Friends, Children of the Corn, My Neighbor's Secret and iCarly. read more

Top 10 SNL Digital Shorts

Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake

What will Saturday Night Live joke about when it premieres this weekend (11:30 pm, NBC)? Election season is over and they keep firing funny people. Thank God we still have Andy Samberg's digital shorts to look forward to.

SNL fires Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson

Though the new SNL promo featuring Samberg and host Megan Fox made us crack a smile (namely that "keep it in your pants" bit), we're hoping for something at least as funny as these past digital-video hits. Check out our top 10 favorites and then weigh in on yours:

[Warning: Some of the clips contain adult language or situations.]

10. "Andy's Dad" (2008)
Featuring: Jonah Hill

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Creative Arts Emmys: Pushing Daisies Wins Big Despite Cancellation

Kathy Griffin

American Idol, Grey Gardens and the canceled Pushing Daisies won three awards each at Saturday night's Creative Arts Emmys, which also included acting wins for Tina Fey, Michael J. Fox and Justin Timberlake.

Host Kathy Griffin joked before the show that she planned to offend nearly everyone, including her competition in the two categories in which she was nominated.

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