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3:04am

Thu August 28, 2014
Arts & Life

Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:47 am

Artist Paul Harding's take on Jack "The King" Kirby, which is featured on the special-edition beer brewed for a Kirby Day celebration at Schmaltz Brewery in Clifton Park, N.Y.
Paul Harding

If you've seen Guardians of the Galaxy, you know Groot — the singing, dancing, crime-fighting tree. Groot was created by comics legend Jack Kirby, who's also responsible for Captain America and was the co-creator of the Avengers and the X-Men. Kirby died in 1994, but his birthday on Aug. 28 has become something of a national celebration for comic book fans.

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2:56am

Fri August 22, 2014
TV

TV's New Doctor Who Has An Old Connection To The Series

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:02 pm

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman star as The Doctor and Clara Oswald on the BBC science fiction drama Doctor Who.
Ray Burmiston/Ali BBC America

5:27am

Wed May 14, 2014
Television

How Funny Or Die Makes Room For What Works

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 2:11 pm

Billy Eichner's series Billy on the Street is an example of a project that was developed at Funny or Die and now lives on cable television.
John Durgee AP

When I showed up at Funny or Die's West Hollywood headquarters earlier this year, staffers weren't hanging out with Will Ferrell or taping a cool new video with the president.

They were kicking around a ball.

"The Internet went out for 10 minutes, so we were playing soccer," said one young staffer, nudging around a ball in a set of offices that looked more like the home base of a Silicon Valley startup than a comedy incubator.

It was just growing pains; at the time, the company was completing its third move in four years.

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6:09am

Fri April 25, 2014
Television

Where Jokes Go To Die, And Other Observations From Comic John Oliver

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:40 am

John Oliver guest hosted The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in June 2013. His new HBO show, Last Week Tonight, premieres Sunday.
Neilson Barnard Getty Images for Comedy Central

British comedian John Oliver made a name for himself as a correspondent for Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he spent his time lampooning the media and the politicians on it.

Now, as sometimes happens with an actual star reporter, Oliver has his own show. It's called Last Week Tonight and it premieres Sunday on HBO.

He joins NPR Steve Inskeep to discuss mocking the U.S. with an English accent and why the White House Correspondents' Dinner is where jokes go to die.

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5:21am

Fri April 18, 2014
Monkey See

Tatiana Maslany On Looking Herself In The Eye

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 9:10 am

Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah, as well as some other characters, on BBC America's Orphan Black.
Steve Wilkie BBC America

Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah — and some other people — on BBC America's sci-fi show Orphan Black. On Friday's Morning Edition, she speaks to Kelly McEvers about how she manages to play all those different women from different cultural backgrounds, not to mention women with different mixes of malevolence and likability. Technically, it's no picnic: Just ask the tennis ball that sometimes plays her head.

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