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Aug. 4 2015 12:14 AM

Jon Stewart Began His Last Week on The Daily Show With a Hilarious Amy Schumer Interview

Alas, Jon Stewart’s last week as host of The Daily Show is finally, totally, irrevocably here. Thankfully, Stewart has a plethora of comic talent lined up for his last four nights, and on Monday he brought Amy Schumer—who turned down the opportunity to succeed him—to the desk for a lively, discursive chat.

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Aug. 3 2015 6:01 PM

Yass Queen: Abbi From Broad City Slayed Dreamgirls’ “I’m Not Going” on Lip Sync Battle

Abbi Jacobson is half of one of TV’s funniest comedy duos. “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” is the greatest song ever filmed. Put them together and you get a perfect pairing in this teaser for Thursday’s Lip Sync Battle.

Aug. 3 2015 4:48 PM

Watch Michael Keaton Host the Creepiest Blue’s Clues Episode Ever in This Cut SNL Sketch

What happens when you make Michael Keaton the host of your children’s TV show? The creepiest Blues Clues episode ever, according tothis SNL sketch that was cut for time. Despite Keaton’s Cluesian makeover, it’s not all dancing flowers and wacky furniture friends on Toby’s House once the host falls behind on his mortgage payments.

Aug. 3 2015 4:30 PM

Watch Doug Funnie Sing Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” to Patti Mayonnaise

As anyone who watched Doug growing up can attest, Doug Funnie loved Patti Mayonnaise. But like all young, lovesick boys, he often found himself flustered. Maybe he just needed a solid intro line to break the ice—perhaps something smooth like, “Hey, what’s up, hello?”

Doug and Patti might have been pretty PG—and are almost certainly cooking something different on their stove than Fetty was in his eponymous “Trap Queen.” But this Vulture Remix reminds us that at the end of the day—whether it’s at school or at a strip club; surrounded by lockers or lambos—love is universal.

Aug. 3 2015 3:40 PM

What Should Jon Stewart Choose for His Last Moment of Zen? A Few Suggestions.

The Daily Show has kept its plans for Jon Stewart’s final episode tightly under wraps, but when it comes to the episode’s final seconds, you can place one pretty safe bet. Like just about every other episode during Stewart’s tenure as host (and before), the episode will likely end with a “Moment of Zen”—one last absurdist clip to put a cap on the comedian’s 16 years behind the desk.

But what clip? The show could go political, as it often has, showcasing one of the many famous lowlights it DVRs from cable networks like Fox News. It could go sentimental, showing a powerful moment from the show’s history, like the time it tried to comfort traumatized viewers with a puppy. Or it could, in proud Daily Show tradition, show just another dumb animal video. Below, a few suggestions (predictions?) for the The Daily Show With Jon Stewart’s final coda.

Aug. 3 2015 3:09 PM

Amy Schumer Teamed Up With Chuck Schumer to Get Very Serious About Gun Control

Following the Trainwreck shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana., Amy Schumer joined her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, for a press conference calling on Congress to get serious about gun control.

“We’re here today to say enough is enough to mass shootings in our schools, our college campuses, our military bases, and even in our movie theaters,” Amy Schumer said. “These shootings have got to stop.”

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The senator is pushing for a system that financially rewards states that submit all necessary records for the federal background check system—and penalizes those that don’t. He is also pushing for the Department of Justice to examine states’ standards for involuntary commitment to mental health facilities, and come up with recommended best practices.

“We’ll never know why people choose to do these painful things,” the comedian said, “but sadly we always find out how. … And today’s push makes so much sense, because it seems to address the ‘how.’ ”

This weekend, Sarah Clements, both an Amy Schumer fan and the daughter of a Sandy Hook survivor, wrote an open letter to Schumer, calling for her to be a vocal advocate for gun control. In response, Schumer had tweeted, “Don’t worry I’m on it. You’ll see.”  

Meanwhile, the elder Schumer was grateful for the beefed-up media presence. “I have a lot of press conferences,” the senator reportedly said, “but I almost never get this much attention.”

Aug. 3 2015 2:31 PM

What Exactly Is Going On in True Detective Season 2? An Excruciatingly Clear Plot Breakdown.

Why are we here?

Detectives Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) and Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) have been tasked with discovering who killed Ben Caspare, a city manager in Vinci, California, who was found with his genitalia blown off and his eyes eaten out by acid. Caspare was murdered by someone wearing a crow mask—or at least, his body was transported by someone who had a crow mask on the passenger seat. He was a business partner of Frank Seymon (Vince Vaughn), a patient of Dr Irving Pitlor (Rick Springfield, yes, of “Jesse’s Girl” fame), and into freaky sex stuff. For some reason, his name is pronounced “Caspar” despite the “e” at its end.

Aug. 3 2015 12:20 PM

Watch Paul McCartney Do “FourFiveSeconds,” “Get Back” With Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard

A lot of great performances came out of Lollapalooza this weekend, including these two from Paul McCartney, who headlined the festival Friday night with a mix of crowd-pleasers old and new. McCartney followed up his solo performance of “FourFiveSeconds,” sans Kanye and Rihanna, with the Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out.” But the highlight may have been when Alabama Shakes vocalist/guitarist Brittany Howard joined McCartney onstage for a fun, energetic rendition of “Get Back.” 

Aug. 3 2015 11:15 AM

John Oliver Wrote a Catchy Children’s Song to Explain Why D.C. Should Be a State

John Oliver has made a compelling case for granting Washington, D.C. statehood. If that’s not super high on your list of priorities, join the club: Even last year a hearing in Congress had only two senators in attendance—a depressing guest list even for a one-year-old’s birthday party, as John Oliver put it. But with a population higher than Wyoming or Vermont, it’s hard to explain why taxpayers in D.C. have no real say in their government affairs. Even the Dalai Lama has weighed in to call the practice “quite strange.”

“It is not good when a guy from Tibet says, ‘Wow, this situation is really undemocratic,’ ” said Oliver.

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D.C. might have a mayor and city council, but without full representation in Congress, its power to govern itself is about as limited and illusory as a student council president’s. For those who remain unconvinced, Oliver and a gaggle of children even put together a cheerful ditty that puts Schoolhouse Rock to shame.  

Aug. 3 2015 8:32 AM

This Make-Ahead Side Dish Is Hands-Down the Best Way to Cook Zucchini

This post originally appeared on Food52.

Maybe you have an avowed zucchini hater on your hands and you are determined to prove him wrong. Or your garden is exploding. Or your neighbor’s garden (or C.S.A. or farmers’ market)—they too are probably exploding.

There are so many reasons to want the squash in your life to deliver more—more flavor, texture, excitement—and this is a much simpler request than you realize.

To get more flavor out of zucchini, you might have tried letting it soak in a marinade for hours before throwing it on the grill (you’re not alone) or drumming up a distracting sauce. Or my time-tested technique, called: Adding more butter.

There’s a much better way that you probably haven’t thought about, because people won’t usually tell you to serve zucchini long after it’s been cooked. It’s time for that to change.

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