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    Two popular YouTubers and best friends are ready to take their viewers on the road trip of a lifetime.

    JennXPenn and ThatsoJack, aka Jenn McAllister and Jack Baran, are embarking on an epic California road trip, with cameras in tow. The duo have released the trailer for First Times, their California-centric travel show, on AwesomenessTV.

    First Times also serves as an advertisement for California tourism; although not directly called out in the trailer, Visit California has messaging and links in the description of the trailer episode. 

    Baran and McAllister aren’t the first traveling duo of YouTube. Most notably Mamrie Hart and Grace Helbig have seen success with their HeyUSA series of travels across the country, with two seasons under their belt. 

    McAllister and Baran, who have more than 3.2 million subscribers between them, have both had busy 2015s. Baran recently came out as gay on his channel, and McAllister premiered her film Bad Night and is working on a book

    New episodes of First Times will run Saturdays on AwesomenessTV.

    Screengrab via AwesomenessTV/YouTube


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    Facebook may claim it’s now streaming more videos than YouTube, but some of YouTube’s biggest creators are up in arms over the validity of those claims.

    Earlier this week, Hank Green, YouTube entrepreneur and VidCon founder, posted an essay on Medium about the service, called “Lies, Theft, and Facebook Video.

    First, Green called out the fact that Facebook privileges its own native content over shared links.

    “If I embed a YouTube video or Vine on Facebook, only a tiny fraction of my audience will actually see it,” he writes. “But if I post the same video natively on Facebook, suddenly it’s in everyone’s feed everywhere!”

    Green’s frustration is supported by third-party data. Sonja Foust of Duke University crunched numbers on how posts do when uploaded to Facebook as a YouTube embed and as a native video, with native video returning drastically higher view counts. Facebook clearly prioritizes native video, although this isn’t shocking in and of itself; it’s the company’s own product, and it’s in Facebook’s best interest to keep users in its app or on its page for as long as possible, rather than sacrificing those users to a third-party site.

    Second, Green disputes how Facebook measures “a view.” When Facebook introduced autoplay in 2013, the company promoted it as something that made video watching easier. With the combination of autoplay and low standards for what counts as a view compared to what YouTube considers a view, it’s easy to see why Facebook numbers have skyrocketed in recent months.

    “Facebook counts the ‘view’ at the three second mark (whether or not the viewer has even turned on the sound) in the midst of a precipitous decline in retention,” Green writes. “At that moment, 90% of people scrolling the page are still ‘watching’ this silent animated GIF. But by 30 seconds, when viewership actually could be claimed, only 20% are watching. 90% of people are being counted, but only 20% of people are actually ‘viewing’ the video.”

    For social video, YouTube is the lone holdout at 30 seconds of viewing time, with Facebook pushing in the industry standard down to the three-second mark (or one full loop in the case of Vine.)

    Finally, Green takes offense with the culture on Facebook of simply stealing and reuploading YouTube videos. He points to an Ogilvy and Tubular Labs report that says, “of the 1000 most popular Facebook videos of Q1 2015, 725 were stolen re-uploads.” He says Facebook is slow to correct these errors and is thus building its claims of high viewership on the backs of stolen, fabricated views.

    “When Facebook says it has roughly the same number of views as YouTube, what they really mean is that they have roughly 1/5th of YouTube’s views, since they’re intentionally and blatantly over-counting to the detriment of everyone except them,” Green writes.

    He’s not alone in his dissatisfaction. The Fine Bros., who produce the popular Reactseries on YouTube, have been vocal about their frustrations with Facebook video both before and after Green’s post.

    Likewise, Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos also shared his frustration at the “freebooting” last month.

    Matt Pakes, Facebook’s product manager responsible for video products, responded to Green with his own Medium essay, in which he claims that native video is getting more engagement because people prefer it to clicking a link.

    “Over years of developing and tuning News Feed, we know that clicking on a link to play video is not a great user experience, so people tend to interact slightly less with non-native video, and the posts get less engagement,” Pakes writes.

    He also claims that the three-second mark for measuring video is the metric aimed at capturing the breadth of video, from six-second Vines to 10-minute short films.

    “If you have stayed on a video for at least three seconds, it signals to us that you are not simply scrolling through feed and you’ve shown intent to watch that video,” he writes.

    As for pirated video, as Green points out, YouTube itself was a bastion for copyrighted content, especially in its early stages. But as the platform matured from under-the-radar startup to the video arm of Google, it implemented fixes like the Content ID system that flags videos with potential copyright violations by scanning each video against a massive database of registered material. Facebook, which entered the video game as already a multibillion-dollar enterprise, has no such system in place yet. Pakes notes that Facebook uses Audible Magic to identify IP and says to expect more info “later this summer.”

    While Green’s essay is getting widespread attention in the media, many fellow YouTubers are keeping quiet. In part this relates to what Green sums up in his essay: an overall shrug about the issue because Facebook is such a behemoth. It’s now also the second social media platform, after YouTube, with a pilot program that plans to actually share revenue with creators. The lure of that Facebook cash might be keeping some mum on the topic of video views. Creators can share metrics of their own inflated Facebook views as a sign of success, even if that doesn’t yet translate into a paycheck.

    Regardless, thanks to Green, all eyes are on Facebook video to see if any significant improvements will come to help content creators retain control of their video.

    Illustration by Max Fleishman


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    We’ve already looked back at Jon Stewart’s run on The Daily Showover the years, but he’s far from the only cast member to made a mark on modern-day entertainment.

    In a testament to Stewart and The Daily Show’s ability to spot talent early on, his former correspondents are everywhere these days. They’re starring in summer blockbusters, Oscar-nominated films, and one of the biggest children’s films of the past decade. They’re in the biggest comedies on TV as well as the more niche shows. Their talk shows may even end up beating Stewart at his own game.

    But each of them had their own humble beginnings. Digg put together some of The Daily Show’s most successful alumni and compared their first appearance with Stewart to where they are today.

    These people have come a long way from inventing the news.

    Screengrab via Digg/YouTube


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    This article contains sexually explicit material. 

    During a Monday concert in Stockholm, Sweden, musician and Hunger Games star Lenny Kravitz introduced a very special guest to the stage: his penis. 

    This allegedly happened during the first song of the set, which, according to this setlist, was “Frankenstein,” though from the clip below, it sounds like "American Woman." Kravitz’s solo wasn’t the only thing that ripped. 

    He then had to leave the stage to put on another pair of pants, and according to one attendee, when he returned he simply told the crowd, “Sorry, I ripped my trousers.”

    The look on his face says it all. 

    This appears to be the moment it happened. He also seems to know immediately that his junk just popped out. 

    The Internet thanks you, Lenny. 

    Update 10:35pm CT, Aug. 4: Kravitz has commented publicly on the incident via Twitter.

    H/T Death and Taxes | Photo via ElHormiguero/Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0)


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    It was just last summer when we were faced with the inescapable deluge known as the Ice Bucket Challenge. Now, another challenge has arrived. And this one is based on shots. 

    Pennsylvania punk band the Menzingers got the ball rolling on the (purposely misspelled?) #IceburgChallenge over the weekend, after band member Tom May posted this video of him performing Celine Dion's Titanic ballad, "My Heart Will Go On" on a recorder, then doing a gag-worthy shot of Everclear.  

    In keeping with tradition, the challenge was then passed on to members of other punk bands.  
    Nobody looks very happy about the shot part. 

    It's not apparent what the goal of this challenge is, and there doesn't seem to be a charity aspect like the Ice Bucket Challenge, but everyone knows Dion is a neverending source of inspiration

    And one person has already thought of a variation on theme. 

    The Menzingers are on tour in Europe, but we've reached out to find out exactly how far this will go (on), and also why

    H/T Substream Magazine | Photo via WEBN-TV/Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0)


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    We thought our hopes couldn't possibly be any higher for the Deadpool movie than they were on Monday, when Ryan Reynolds and his alter ego Wade Wilson released a teaser trailer teasing tonight's trailer release.

    But now the moment—and the very NSFW trailer—are here. Friends, prepare to have your expectations blown away.

    Unless Fox has managed to sneakily edit out all the terrible parts this movie is going to be amazing. Fans worried the studio would stint on the R rating and tone down the character's notorious vocabulary have long had confirmation that their fears were unnecessary; but the biggest concern of all—that the story would erase the truly horrific, violent, and traumatic aspects of Wade's origin story—also seems to have been null. It's all here, including the years Wade spent being a one-man human testing lab for the vile Weapon X program, and the chronic pain and disfigurement it left him with.

    Much of this trailer is taken from a reshoot of the original leaked test footage we all freaked out about more than a year ago, but it's still awesome, and it comes with the promised Salt-n-Pepa soundtrack that early Comic-Con viewers loved

    Of course, astute fans are already pointing out problems, concomitant to recent negative reactions to Marvel comics and films appropriating black culture while leaving out creatives and cast members of color:

    But hey, we've waited years for this film. Hopefully future looks will continue being totally awesome without making us wince in embarrassment due to a lack of diversity. 

    Deadpool lands in theaters Feb. 12. In the meantime, you can practice your best impression of the Merc with a Mouth while chowing down on tacos in his honor.

    Screengrab via 20th Century Fox/YouTube


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    With Donald Trump still polling in first place, Thursday night's Republican presidential debate is sure to be a wild ride. But in case you're still undecided about watching, Jimmy Fallon has laid out the pros and cons.

    As Fallon points out, it's hard to get excited about this debate as anything other than car-crash television. Either the candidates are gaffe-prone weirdos (Trump), or they sound like your uncle's Facebook feed come to life.

    We have to say, Fallon's pro/con list makes the debate sound pretty entertaining—if only because so many of the cons are hilariously accurate.

    Screengrab via The Tonight Show Starring Jimy Fallon/YouTube


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    In the very first scene of Difficult People, we get Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner distilled to their essence: They rush through a herd of pesky, needy people on the street until they finally collide, falling easily into the comfort one only finds in a best friend who hates everything and everyone with the same intensity you do.  

    Difficult People is Hulu’s latest original series, created and written by its star, Klausner. She plays Julie Kessler, a self-absorbed, Twitter-obsessed performer who does TV recaps for a website. Eichner stars as Billy Epstein, a self-absorbed, Twitter-obsessed performer who works a service industry job he hates. They are, as Klausner says, “less self-aware versions of ourselves.”

    The show pulls the threads of traditional sitcom roles: Julie’s boyfriend, played by James Urbaniak, is a soft, supportive foil to her Type A personality, even when she makes a hasty decision to have a three-way with a boring high school crush; Gabourey Sidibe plays Eichner’s rude boss, who seems more like a friend than an employer; and Shannon DeVido, a comedian who’s also disabled, appears in the pilot and gets the best joke of the episode.

    Klausner says Curb Your Enthusiasm was a source of inspiration, but here, she’s Larry David. “And I wanted Billy to play my best friend in it, and I wanted to use stories from my real life that I had spoken about on my podcast” as its foundation, she added.

    Her podcast, How Was Your Week, provides plenty of material. She’s used it as a platform to discuss Cannibal Cop and deliver stunning Tony Bennett impressions, and more recently, she’s channeled her feelings about having her own show and being nudged into the spotlight. In April, she spoke about having to debut episodes of Difficult People at the Hulu Upfronts, and being nervous about having to “clomp” on the red carpet.

    “What if people extend the same critical eye that I extend to—sure, everything, but mostly myself?” she says dramatically. “What if they see my flaws?”

    She says that while she’s always been confident as a writer, “I am kind of grappling with the guilt of like, ‘Well, did I really deserve to be seen? What makes me so great? I’m not a size 0 gorgeous actress. There are certainly more talented actors than [me]. Why is it important that people see me? That’s something I’m kind of reconciling as a performer. The short answer is ‘because I really love it,’ and that might be selfish. But I also hope that, at the very least, I can set an example for other girls and women who see something good about what I do and maybe give themselves permission to be seen and heard.”

    Hulu’s had moderate success with original content so far, but it hasn’t had a real breakout hit just yet. Difficult People was originally headed to USA until its scripted comedy department dissolved. Amy Poehler, one of the show’s producers, then helped shop the pilot around, and Hulu stepped up.

    Klausner and Eichner first came together creatively on Billy on the Street, a YouTube series turned Fuse show in which Eichner yells pop-culture trivia at people. Eichner plays a similar version of that character on Parks and Recreation, but here, we get to see a bit more range and feel some empathy.

    “We really got to know each other working together [on Billy on the Street],” Klausner said. “Billy and I definitely speak the same language. We both take pop culture comically seriously, we both have similar opinions about pop culture, we both think celebrities being important is really funny, and we also treat them like they’re really important and we’re very irreverent.

    “But in addition to that, we both have a very easy form of communication. We’re similarly analytical about what works and what doesn’t and why when it comes to writing a bit or a joke or a game for his show. And on top of that, we just happen to have chemistry, which is kind of hard to describe or find when it isn’t there.”

    Difficult People also subtly critiques how the media often talks about women in comedic roles. The great Andrea Martin plays Klausner’s mother, and in the pilot episode, she tells her daughter over lunch about a Lena Dunham article, informing her that it’s a “great time now for women in comedy.” Klausner is positioning the difficult, oblivious woman front and center—much like GirlsThe Comeback, and Inside Amy Schumer—and trying to shift the gaze.

    “I wanted to put on television a female and a gay male lead who were not supportive, chipper sidekicks,” she said. “My relationship with my boyfriend on the show was very important, because often in traditional sitcoms, the guy is the one who gets to be funny, and being funny can entail being difficult or obnoxious or oblivious. Like, there’s all these comedy archetypes of leading men in sitcoms and then they have their wives, who are the voices of reason, and they stand behind them and they say, ‘Ray, that sounds crazy’ or ‘Why did you do that, Larry?’ … But in the process of being idiots, those male leads also get all the jokes, and they actually get a chance to be funny.”

    She says it was also essential to offer a realistic portrait of a gay man, and not the media stereotype of “the equivalent of small dogs in purses,” Klausner said. “Billy is so refreshingly angry. His anger is like oxygen. And I think that is important for people to see: an unpleasant, loud, angry, gay man in a comedic lead on a show, in the same way that I think it’s important to see a non-specific, non-self-aware, angry, and ridiculous female character on a comedy.”

    As this is a show about versions of themselves, parts of Difficult People feel a bit insular: the references to UCB, the inside-baseball celebrity quips, the jokes about Bravo recaps. They agonize over tweets they sent about Blue Ivy and Chelsea Handler and vow to be nicer to celebrities. In eight episodes, one hopes to get a chance to feel something for these characters, to see them evolve beyond being a channel for obscure references and sick burns. 

    But at its heart, the show is about the friendship between Klausner and Eichner—two people who don’t see anything wrong with a joke about R. Kelly peeing on Blue Ivy or driving away from a hit-and-run involving Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.  

    “Friendship is the heart of most good TV shows, isn’t it?” Klausner says. “If it’s not friendship, it’s family. The Golden Girls and AbFab, those shows both sort of draw on the themes of chosen family, which I think is essential, emotional material for people who live in cities and people who are creative and people who sort of find each other and find people that understand each other and speak their language.”

    Photo by Ali Goldstein/Hulu 


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    From body-positive yogis on Instagram to plus-size supermodel Tess Holliday rocking the cover of People magazine, body-positive images are on the rise. But it’s no secret that a lot of so-called body-positive messaging actually fails to celebrate all bodies.

    Musical sketch comedy team Pop Roulette has created the perfect send-up of body-positive anthems that pit “bigger” bodies against slimmer ones. The video features a Meghan Trainor-esque aesthetic and a catchy pop hook. It perfectly highlights everything that’s silly and absurd about calling slim bodies big and excluding certain body types from the party.

    Rachel Wenitsky, who co-authored the video’s lyrics with fellow Pop Roulette member Sudi Green, told the Daily Dot, “We love that there’s starting to be a shift towards a more ‘body positive’ culture—we love women and bodies and positivity—but it’s counterproductive that so much of the media surrounding the movement is actually pretty exclusive to certain body types.

    “There’s this idea that a ‘real’ woman looks and acts a certain way, and that just doesn’t seem super helpful. It only adds to the notion that there’s a ‘correct’ way to be a woman.”

    And while some takedowns of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” have been heavy-handed, this video is absurd and light-hearted fun.

    Wenitsky explained, “We just wanted to make a video where we could eat pizza and cupcakes and sit in tiny chairs and call it ‘work.’”

    For the record, we’re all about that.

    Screengrab via Pop Roulette/YouTube


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    Say goodbye to the ominous "301+." YouTube is ditching its old method of counting video views for a better system.

    Right now, when a YouTube video starts to gain views at an accelerated pace, the public counter freezes at "301+" so that the platform can verify that new views are legitimate and not the work of bots. After a few hours, verified views are added to the counter and it displays the correct total.

    Under YouTube's new system, which the company announced on Twitter, the counter will update more quickly, giving people a more accurate sense of the view count at any given moment. Views that YouTube is confident are from real people will appear immediately, while other views will be syphoned off to be analyzed like under the old system.

    Given that "301+" has become something of a YouTube institution, creators and fans alike expressed some sadness at its disappearance. No longer will they be able to join the "under 301 club," the collection of videos that haven't yet frozen the counter and broken out to virality.

    Google also recently removed the Google+ integration required to use YouTube and redesigned the video player with a sleeker see-through look, both of which have some users and creators cheering.

    Illustration by Max Fleisman | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III


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    An animator who worked on The Lion King created a stunning Cecil the Lion tribute after the creature was killed by an American hunter in Zimbabwe last month.

    As the Internet collectively mourned Cecil both online and offline, Aaron Blaise was inspired to draw out his emotions. And what came out of it was a majestic rendering of Cecil in the clouds looking down similarly to how Mufasa comes to speak to an adult Simba.

    Accompanied with the tribute is a quote from Mufasa: “Look at the stars. The great kings from the past look down upon us from those stars.”

    An animal lover himself, Blaise hoped his small gesture would make a difference. Along with the artwork itself, he also released a timelapse video demonstrating just how much it took to create the tribute.

    “As you may be able to tell I am a HUGE animal lover and it drives me crazy when I see these beautiful creatures destroyed for no good reason,” Blaise wrote. “In fact, I’ve decided to get personally involved and hopefully our efforts can help educate people and prevent these horrible things from happening in the future.”

    Photo via Aaron Blaise/Twitter


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    Usually Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson are on the same team, but now they're facing off in a lip-sync battle for the ages.

    The Broad City stars each took their turn as classics, both modern and vintage, for their duel. Jacobson went full Dreamgirls, pulling out a stirring rendition of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," complete with a stunning golden gown.

    Glazer went new-school classic, with Outkast's "Hey Ya." No word yet if she's going to pull out the literal Polaroid picture.

    The battle airs Thursday on Spike.

    Screengrab via Lip Sync Battle on Spike/YouTube


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    The Daily Dot is celebrating Woman Crush Wednesday, better known as #WCW on Twitter and Instagram, by highlighting female creators on YouTube whose work we admire.

    Hannah Witton is one of the top power players in the sex-education community on YouTube—and she’s just getting started.

    Seated in front of her orange and white bookcase—adorned with rainbow ball lights, novels, journals, and jewelry—the British YouTuber begins filming her latest video, called “Sexual Experimentation.” In followups coming soon, she plans to discuss sex toys, ghosting, and long-distance relationships. For Witton, nothing is off limits in a conversation: pornogrophy, modern sex, food in the bedroom, online dating, cyberbullying, masturbation, and her own six-part sex-education class. And through her candid conversations, Witton has become an activist and sex superhero by inspiring over 134,000 subscribers to start their own honest conversations about sex and sexuality.

    In 2013, through her work on YouTube, Witton was nominated for the Young Person of the Year at the Sexual Health Awards in partnership with Brook and FPA, and just a year later, she was shortlisted for best vlog by Cosmopolitan magazine.

    It’s easy to fall in love with Witton, her enviable confidence and passion for life leaving you both envious and inspired; her channel’s 9.5 million views are testament to that. Her collaborations are always with influential and authentic YouTube talents, including BeckieO, MeowItsLucy, Dodie Clark, Jack Howard, Daniel J. Layton, Akilah Hughes, and Ashley Mardell. This group, and many others, often get pulled into Witton’s sex talks and popular drinking series “Drunk Advice”—a best-loved series by me, my cats, my favorite bartender, and thousands of others around the world. (Her talks with Jack Howard and Daniel J. Layton are extra-special gems.)

    A recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, Witton received her degree in history with an emphasis on sexual history, completing her thesis around sexology and sex manuals. In late 2014, Witton made international news with her video “Do I Look Like a Slut?” which confronted the frustrating and highly debated topic of slut-shaming.

    Spoiler alert: There is no such thing as a slut.

    The video was picked up by Time magazine, Huffington Post, and Mic, and went on to inspire Witton’s TED Talk, “What Internet Trolls Taught Me.” Outside of her own YouTube channel, Witton is the host of Astronauts Wanted’s newest show #Blessed, a place where she has shared many of her most misadventurous stories. She is also an avid blogger, dedicated to answering anonymous fan questions about sex (see her empowering reply here) and writing about her adventures in living fearlessly.

    Following Witton is a reminder to live life a little more bravely, boldly, and beautifully—and along the way, if we happen to start conversation about some vital aspect of sexual health, I believe nothing would make her prouder. 

    Screengrab via Hannah Witton/YouTube


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    The only thing that could make Taylor Swift’s 1989 better is the infusion of Harry Potter. Luckily, YouTuber Kate Parkin has us covered.

    The actress and musician shared a Taylor Swift and Harry Potter mashup that has her playing Ron, Harry, Hermione, Luna, and Draco as they work their way through Swift’s biggest hits. 

    “Bad Blood” becomes “Mudblood,” while “Welcome to New York” transforms into “Welcome to Hogwarts.” This isn’t Parkin’s first Potter parody by far. She’s also done a Frozen cover called “Do You Wanna Build a Horcrux,” as well as tackled other pop stars like Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga.

    No word yet if either Swift or J.K. Rowling has seen the tribute, but it’s only a matter of time.

    Correction 5:49pm CT: An earlier version of this article mistakenly identified an earlier work by Parkin. The track in question was “Payphone” by Katy Perry. 

    Screengrab via weasleysweaters/YouTube


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    Don’t worry about Chris Pratt. should his star begin to fall, he will always have his painting career as a safety net.

    The Jurassic World star appeared in a 2003 issue of TeenPeople talking about his interest in the visual arts in their “passions” section. At that time, Pratt, who was in the WB series Everwood, had yet to decide on a style, telling the magazine “I like to try different mediums.” It seems people liked his work, as the youthful actor painted murals in his high school gym, as well as a Greek scene in his friend’s restaurant, Omega Pizza, in Granite Falls, Washington.

    Although I’m sure Pratt has a fine time approach girls he is into now—namely his wife, Anna Faris—he admitted in the interview a penchant for painting his secret crushes. “I’ll paint them and they won’t know anything about it.” OK, chill out, teenager.

    Imgur user slartibartfas discovered the mural at Omega Pizza. It didn’t take much detective work to figure out that Pratt actually painted the mural. His signature is in the bottom corner. 

    Actually, maybe Pratt should stick to acting.

    H/T People | Photo via Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)


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    Jon Stewart went meta on his penultimate Daily Show as he reflected on how the media has treated him over the past 16 years.

    Pulling a John Oliver, Stewart couldn’t possibly leave any stone of mockery unturned, and that even meant turning on the very websites that exaggerated headlines about his takedowns of politicians, Fox News, and racial issues.

    Of course, Stewart had to check in to see what happened to everyone the media took down with their hyperbolic headlines, while simultaneously covering many of those topics one last time.

    As it turns out, not everyone Stewart targeted over the years is as destroyed as we said they were, leaving him to come to a very dark revelation.

    But hey, at least the Mets are winning the NL East.

    Screengrab via The Daily Show


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    Two fans tried to jump onstage and grab Taylor Swift during a concert in Edmonton, Canada, this week.

    Swift was in the middle of singing Bad Blood and kept performing as the two men were wrestled away by security. She seemed completely unfazed by the situation, although it sucks that she had to be prepared for this kind of behavior.

    One of the men came close to grabbing her ankles while she was standing in high heels, but she quickly dodged and walked to the other side of the stage.

    Haven't these guys seen the Bad Blood video? It pays to stay on Taylor Swift's good side.

    Photo via Jana Beamer/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


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    Out of all the things Jon Stewart has eviscerated over the past 16 years, it's his eternal nemesis Arby’s that will miss him the most.

    While Stewart probably hasn’t said a nice word about Arby’s in his entire Daily Show career except under duress, Arby’s has always been fond of him for some reason; it even offered him a job in his time of need. The fast-food chain bought some ad time during Stewart’s show Wednesday night to pay tribute to the man who single-handedly brought customers to its restaurants, and the two ads were just as self-deprecating as you’d hope.

    Although Stewart was always mocking Arby’s, he was at least always there for the company. In the first commercial, Arby’s tries to remember the good times—except there were none, so it’s left making a supercut of Stewart saying terrible things about its food.

    Arby's second commercial was more focused on the tribute sandwich that Arby’s never wanted to make in honor of Stewart leaving, despite the fact that Stewart would never touch it.

    Screengrab via Comedy Central/YouTube


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    Fans saw just how different a movie Shrek might’ve been after audio from one of Chris Farley’s recordings surfaced online.

    It’s hard to imagine the film (and its many sequels) without Mike Myers behind the lovable ogre, but he wasn’t the original choice to play Shrek. Chris Farley was, and it’s said that he recorded approximately 80-90 percent of his dialogue before he died of a drug overdose in 1997; Farley’s brother Kevin puts that number at 99 percent in a recent interview. Instead of hiring someone to finish Farley’s recordings, DreamWorks replaced him with Myers, who’s now voiced the character in four different films.

    Although the footage, courtesy of producer John Garbett, has been online for some time, the Internet discovered it after it appeared on Reddit with a YouTube upload.

    “Originally the Shrek character was a little bit more like Chris, like a humble, bumbling innocent guy,” Kevin Farley told Yahoo.

    The scene, which we’ve seen take place in the film in a slightly different form, shows one of the many conversations between Shrek and Donkey. While the quintessential annoyance is still there, we see hints of that different Shrek, one more angry and vulnerable, and full of heart—just like Farley.

    Photo via Kelly/Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0)


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    Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart’s new movie, American Ultra, comes out soon, and to celebrate, they took aim at the tradition of totally sexist interview questions. 

    In this “awkward” interview, the actors flip the script on typical interview questions aimed at male and female stars. Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johanssontried the same thing when The Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted, but Stewart lobbing the question “What about your boobs? Do they ever slip out accidentally, and is that really funny or awkward, or do you kind of do that on purpose to get attention?” has that role-reversal beat. 

    Also, the mani-cam. 

    Screengrab via Funny or Die 


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