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“Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K for the hardcores), home of a man and his robot companions mocking B-movies, made its name in the early days of Comedy Central, with an annual Thanksgiving day marathon being an early tradition. Now that tradition is back — on YouTube. Watch it above.
This year marks the show’s 25th anniversary, and creator Joel Hodgson worked with MST3K DVD distributor Shout Factory to make this marathon possible. Shout is hawking its wares as fans get the chance to watch the show’s legacy live on, with six episodes featuring new introductions from Hodgson.
As the show declared on its website, “Once upon a time Comedy Central’s MST3K Turkey Day Marathon was as much a Thanksgiving tradition as mashed potatoes and drunk uncles. Well we believe in the value of tradition, so we have resurrected the MST3K Marathon for the digital age.”
Los Angeles comedian Jay Leggett died Saturday at 50 years old, collapsing after deer hunting in Wisconsin. A well-loved member of the L.A. comedy community, local comedy theater iO West is holding a memorial for him Monday on their main stage.
The announcement on the theater's website calls Leggett a "brother, fellow improviser, teacher and friend."
Leggett started his career training in Chicago with Del Close, considered by many to be the father of improv comedy. He appeared in the '90s on Fox's "In Living Color" and appeared in numerous other TV shows and movies, writing films including "Employee of the Month" and "Without A Paddle."
Among Leggett's current projects, he directed iO West female sketch comedy group the Ladies' Room, whose next show is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12.
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The short version of Pharrell's "Happy" music video. Not the 24-hour long version.
Pharrell Williams from the Neptunes made his name by producing for other artists, but while he’s been mostly content to be a guest star or to do solo songs that heavily feature a bigger artist, he’s back with a straight-up solo single. And he’s doing it with an interactive music video for his song “Happy” — a 24-hour long video.
Every four minutes, a new video starts at 24HoursOfHappy.com, with a different dance take on the song shot at locations all over Los Angeles. The videos are all weaved together to create the illusion of a seamless 24 hours, with some obvious cuts here and there.
Pharrell maintains his familiar guest feel, except instead of backing up Robin Thicke on “Blurred Lines,” now he’s a guest in his own video, dropping in to do his own bit every hour on the hour. There are even convenient Pharrell skip buttons to let you skip straight to the next time Williams makes an appearance, and you can also just jump around to anywhere in the timeline you’d like.
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The 11 Doctors of "Doctor Who."
“Doctor Who,” the British science fiction show that’s been a longtime hit overseas and gaining in cult popularity here in the States, celebrates its 50th anniversary this Saturday with a new special: “The Day of the Doctor,” which is also screening in local movie theaters with bonus content on Monday. Don’t know “Doctor Who”? No worries, there’s still plenty of time to get caught up.
Wait, 50 years? Isn’t that a lot to get caught up on? Sure, but there’s a relatively low bar of what you need to know to jump in. Plus, the show went off the air in 1989 and, ’90s TV movie aside, came back in a rebooted fashion in 2005. And the current Doctor (at least for a bit longer) has only been there since 2010, so even less history.
One good place to start: You can listen to a chat KPCC host A Martinez had with KPCC reporter Sanden Totten and myself before the 2012 season premiere.
Drew Carey hosts "The Price Is Right" as part of Bob Dylan's interactive "Like A Rolling Stone" viral video.
Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" came out almost 50 years ago, but that didn't stop him from releasing a music video for the song in 2013. Not only that, but it surprised everyone when it popped up online this week by doing something a lot of people thought was impossible: making a music video that feels like something different.
The interactive video lets viewers flip between 16 channels, where both real TV stars and fake ones lip-synch along to the song as they go about whatever show they happen to be a part of. But what's actually on the thing?
Watch the interactive video here, and follow along with our complete channel listing below (which also includes our best guesses at the real world TV stations and shows inspiring the Dylan Broadcasting System):
121: Music 1 Classics: The Great Hits Zone [VH1 Classic]
122: Music 1 Bass: Big Beats Hour
123: ShopTV: Great Offers for the Wee Hours [ShopHQ, HSN or QVC]
124: History Network: New York, 1930-1940, Inside The Great Depression [History Channel]
125: Moviez: Love is Love (96 min.) [Romantic comedies]
126: TTC: Bachelor's Roses [TLC: "The Bachelor" with maybe a dab of "Real Housewives"]
127: MTC Business: Wall Street Market Update [Bloomberg TV or CNBC]
128: Cuisine: Childhood Flavors [Food Network]
129: Reality Check: Pawn Stars
130: Look TV: Fashion In and Out [Style Network, though it no longer exists]
131: GSC: The Price Is Right [Game Show Network (GSN): "The Price Is Right"]
132: WTFC: Maron [IFC: "Maron"]
133: SportsTime: The Pan-Asia Tennis Tournament [ESPN: "SportsCenter"]
134: Home+: Property Brothers [HGTV: "Property Brothers"]
135: Just For KIDS: Zoey and Socks [Nick Jr.: "Dora The Explorer"]
136: BCC News: The News Desk [CNN]