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Stevie Wonder to play 'Songs in the Key of Life' at holiday benefit ahead of TV tribute special

City Of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala Honoring Rob Light

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Stevie Wonder performs onstage at the City Of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala Honoring Rob Light on Sept. 19, 2013 in Playa Vista.

Stevie Wonder is set to play his 19th annual House Full of Toys benefit concert this Saturday, and it includes him playing through the entirety of his classic 1976 album, "Songs in the Key of Life."

Wonder took the album on the road this fall after playing through it at last year's benefit concert, so fans in attendance will have to wait to see if the pop veteran changes up anything from last time around. However, the House Full of Toys benefits have included numerous guest stars in the past, so this may be a more star-studded version of what he's been doing on tour. He may have some extra Wonder sparkle in his step — his ninth child was just born Thursday.

The album has been hugely acclaimed over the years, and 2015 is set to bring more attention to the classic record, with a primetime CBS special paying tribute in February: "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute." It's going to feature other music stars playing the Wonder catalog, though the lineup has yet to be announced.


'Colbert Report's' last episode sets up replacement Larry Wilmore — Here's his body of work

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TV personality Larry Wilmore poses for a portrait at the Broadcast Television Journalists Association's Third Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Comedy Central Emmy After Party

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Aasif Mandvi (L) and Larry Wilmore (R) attend the Comedy Central Emmy After Party at Falcon on Sept. 20, 2009 in Los Angeles.

FOX 2002 Summer TCA Tour - 7/21/02

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Executive producer Larry Wilmore (seated on couch) and Bernie Mac via satellite talk with the press at the FOX 2002 Summer TCA Tour at the Huntington Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena Sunday, July 21, 2002.

Larry Wilmore at 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Backstage

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Writer Larry Wilmore kisses his Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series award for 'Bernie Mac' backstage during the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sept. 22, 2002 in Los Angeles.

The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2014 Fall TV Preview - ABC

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(L-R) Guest, actor Laurence Fishburne, actress Tracee Ellis Ross, creator/executive producer Kenya Barris, actor Anthony Anderson, and executive producer Larry Wilmore attend The Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2014 Fall TV Preview - ABC at The Paley Center for Media on Sept. 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills.

Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" is saying goodbye to America as the fictionalized version of Stephen Colbert makes way for the real Stephen Colbert to take over for David Letterman on CBS in 2015. He'll be replaced by longtime "The Daily Show" correspondent Larry Wilmore on "The Nightly Show." Wilmore has written for TV for decades, as well as acting and doing stand-up comedy.

Wilmore rose to prominence as himself as the "Senior Black Correspondent" on "The Daily Show," satirizing the fact that there weren't any other black correspondents on the show at the time. Watch his first appearance on the show below:

He wrote a book, "I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts," based off an appearance he made talking about his Black History Month just being "28 days of trivia."


'New Girl's' Max Greenfield lip-synchs Rihanna's 'We Found Love' as Fat Schmidt

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Actor Max Greenfield attends the Nautica Malibu Triathlon Presented by Equinox at Zuma Beach on Sept. 14, 2014 in Malibu.

Fans of Fox's "New Girl" know Max Greenfield as Schmidt, the fastidious jerk with a heart of gold, as well as his past as the larger but far nicer "Fat Schmidt." "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel dropped this video of Greenfield really Schmidting it up in full fat-suit prosthetics to Rihanna's "We Found Love," including outdoor dance sequences, and it's magical.

Max Greenfield made one of his own in-character videos that got some attention before: his own workout video teaching a spin class, filled with Schmidtisms and arrogance. The video even led to him hosting several actual SoulCycle classes for charity.

Schmidt does SoulCycle

Greenfield used to teach spin classes in real life, he tells Glamour Magazine, including teaching actress Busy Philipps. Watch Greenfield prepping to teach another SoulCycle class in this Glamour video:


Comedy Hack Day brings comedians and programmers together in Los Angeles

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Programmers and comedians gather for Comedy Hack Day.

This weekend, comedians and programmers are uniting at Los Angeles's YouTube Space to make funny things together. It's called Comedy Hack Day, and after being held in San Francisco, New York City and Boston, it's here in L.A.

Comedy Hack Day is produced by Cultivated Wit, a company started by several Onion staffers. One of those guys is Craig Cannon, who used to be a graphics editor at the Onion.

"So I did all of those Joe Biden Photoshops that you may have seen before," Cannon told KPCC. "So I had the very weird skill set of doing head swaps."

The most recent Comedy Hack Day winner: The Wearable Furby.

"They made a Furby, essentially that you could talk to as if it were Siri, through the Google Voice API. So, the way it worked is they kind of hacked apart the Furby, took control of its audio features, also took control of certain built-in functions within the Furby," Cannon said.


'Serial': Listening to the music that propels the true-crime podcast

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The "Serial" podcast icon.

NPR's "Serial" podcast has continued to exert its dominance in the podcast world, with a huge number of listeners and continued buzz on social media. They recently posted more of one of the most mesmerizing pieces of the show: The music.

Indie rocker Nick Thorburn, aka Nick Diamonds, wrote the show's theme song and other music used on the show. Listen to that below:

Mark H. Phillips writes much of the original score for the show. Together, Thorburn and Phillips provide an eerie ambient bed which host Sarah Koenig talks about whether Adnan Syed killed his girlfriend over, keeping spines tingling every Thursday morning. Listen to Phillips' compositions below:

"I think MailChimp did it," Thorburn told HuffPost Entertainment. The music of Thorburn and Phillips will keep audiences listening for the real killer.