Chris Hardwick has fashioned quite a nice career for himself by celebrating his geeky inclinations. And on Monday, Jan. 27, he played host to the reunion of the favorite troupe of many a comedy nerd: The State.
The episode of @midnight started with three comic contestants, just like any other — this time, The State veterans Michael Showalter, Kerri Kenney-Silver, and Michael Ian Black. As they off-handedly insulted their “absent” or possibly “dead” friends, each one of them popped up in the studio. Soon, all eleven members of group were on stage.
The venue makes sense, since Hardwick and The State are all survivors of '90s MTV and must have crossed paths in the hallways a few times. And that makes this episode of @midnight essential viewing for anyone who stayed up late to catch Singled Out or Black and Thomas Lennon as Barry and Levon, rubbing their butts in “$240 worth of pudding.”
If this is the jumping off point for a larger scale reunion, we now know what to expect. We'll get to hear our favorite catchphrases, for sure. Showalter was cut from the game first and reacted as his most famous character, disaffected teen Doug, certainly would have. ("I'm outta heee-reee.") And Ken Marino cut right to the chase when he was introduced, letting us know exactly what he wanted to do with Louie's famous ping pong balls. Joe Lo Truglio will probably wear a tux, as he has been ever since Brooklyn Nine-Nine won a couple of Golden Globes. And the comics will continue trying everything they can to make each other laugh. In the final round, when the contestants threw joke after joke at their straight-faced former costars, Michael Ian Black pointed out that it looked a lot like a The State pitch meeting.
For the love of Barry Lutz and everyone down at the Porcupine Racetrack, let's hope that this little get-together was a sign of bigger things to come.
Normally, we're not fans of making fun of children. But when you are 14 years old, best friends with Justin Bieber, and wear crazy harem pants that make your regular-sized legs look itsy-bitsy to a major international premiere of a movie in which you star, you are pretty much asking for it.
Jaden Smith, those pants make it look like you have baby legs.
Which is probably why his daddy Will Smith is laughing so hard in the above photo. He's all, "Haha, son, you're not going to like the way those pants look on the Internet."
A word of advice: When you have skinny legs — which, let's face it, most 14 year old boys do — a straight-legged trouser is your best friend.
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As investigators continue to look for the cause that killed Aaliyah in the swampy scrub just 200 feet from the runway at Marsh Harbor, her fans across the country are holding candlelight vigils in her memory.
Ron Stringer, the owner of Justin's Music in Detroit told Reuters fans gathered to buy Aaliyah's records after learning of her death.
"The reaction has been very supportive, very much regret," he said.
Music reps are also mourning the death of the young, rising star.
"[Aaliyah] was like one of my daughters, she was one of the sweetest girls in the world," Grammy-winning producer, arranger and composer Quincy Jones told The Associated Press.
"I think Aaliyah was the next Jennifer Lopez, the next Whitney Houston, the next Madonna, the next Janet Jackson," Emil Wilbekin, editor-in-chief of Vibe magazine told ABCNews.com on Tuesday.
In a recent interview, the singer reflected no her career. "What do I want people to say when I'm long gone? I want people to look at me as a full-on entertainer and a good person."
As fans begin to mourn her loss, U.S. aviation experts joined the investigation into the cause of the crash that killed R&B singer Aaliyah and eight others on Saturday on the Abacos Island in the northern Bahamas.
Bahamian police said the plane apparently had engine problems as it took off for Opa-Locka airport near Miami, Fla., Reuters reports.
The New York Post also reports that the pilot of the Cessna 402 and the singer's video crew got into a heated argument before takeoff over the weight of the equipment and passengers.
The pilot allegedly argued that the chartered plane was overloaded, but eventually took off, fellow pilot Lewis Key told the paper. He also added that the pilot had trouble getting one of the engines started.
Aaliyah is survived by her mother, father and brother.