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Ben Stiller’s Zoolander returns for “Saturday Night Live”

Ben Stiller’s Zoolander returns for “Saturday Night Live” (photo)

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This week’s “Saturday Night” Live featured the triumphant return of Bill Hader‘s hilarious character Stefon during Weekend Update, and he brought along one very special extra guest. If you’ve been keeping up with “SNL” at all over the past couple years, you’ll know that Stefon — a New York City “travel consultant” with a twisted idea of what tourists will consider a good time — is arguably the best character on the show. He made his first appearance of the season on Saturday, and had with him a “new friend.” Here’s a hint: he’s a New York character made famous by that episode’s host, Ben Stiller.

After suggesting that NYC tourists check out the club Mhmm (here you’ll find Kate Moss that Pakistani family that always cuts the line at Universal Studios at this active crime scene) and explaining what a human fire extinguisher is (“it’s that thing of when a thin midget paints himself red and then chews Alka Seltzer until foam shoots out his mouth”), Stefon announced that he was going to be having a very special Halloween party featuring his good friend, Derek Zoolander.

Stiller then rolled out on stage in full Zoolander get-up, showing off his best Blue Steel. It turns out Zoolander is hosting a hot VIP Halloween party in the upcoming neighborhood SoWoHoNoBoHeWo (south of West Houston, below lower Hoboken, aka the center of the Hudson River). And don’t think it’s just to fashion his big comeback. Zoolander put together the party to support his newest charity, “The Derek Zoolander Foundation For Fat Kids Who Are Fat But Not In A Cute Way Like That Kid On ‘Modern Family.'” He also took the time to show off his newest look, Cold Coffee.

The sketch was likely done just to make use of Stiller’s colorful character catalog, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that there is a “Zoolander” sequel in the works. Star Owen Wilson recently shared that the script is written, though he didn’t have any news on when it will go in front of the camera. If the “SNL” sketch was a way to hype the upcoming sequel of the cult 2001 comedy, then it was a smart promotional tool, though it did show that Zoolander has not gotten any brighter over the past decade.

Did you find the “SNL” skit funny? Are you looking forward to “Zoolander 2”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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