On the Today show this morning, Matt Lauer interviewed Tracy Morgan in what was the comedic actor’s first sit-down interview since the fatal car crash he was in last June. In the clip, Morgan sheds tears when talking about his friend and fellow comedian James McNair, who was killed in the crash.
“The case is settled, but the pain is always going to be there for Jimmy Mac,” Morgan told Lauer. “Bones heal, but the loss of my friend will never heal.”
He also talked about his own recovery process: “There are times where I have my good day and my bad days, where I forget things. … There are times where I get the headaches, and the nose bleeds. I won’t even let my lady know because I don’t want her to be worried about it.” He also repeatedly thanked friends and family who called to check on him throughout his recovery, including Upper Darby native and his 30 Rock co-star Tina Fey. Check out the video above.
On last night’s episode of Inside Amy Schumer, one sketch found star and creator AmySchumer playing Bill Cosby‘s defense attorney in the “court of public opinion.” Once the prosecution finishes its case, Schumer flips on a jukebox playing a Cosby-esque ditty then dances around like the Huxtables did in the Cosby Show intros. “I’m talking about a beloved show that we love,” she pleads to the jury. “This is about us not punishing ourselves for loving great comedy. … Let’s remind ourselves what’s at stake here: If convicted, the next time you put on a rerun of The Cosby Show, you may wince a little. You may feel a little a little pang. And none of us deserve that!”
She also uses pudding pops and a bunch of Cosby sweaters to persuade the jury of Bill Cosby’s innocence. It’s all tongue-in-cheek, though, as you might imagine. In the end she outwardly declines a martini Cosby has delivered to her for defending his innocence. Check it out above.
Philly’s Abbi Jacobson and her Broad City co-star IlanaGlazer also starred in a sketch of Inside Amy Schumer last night, with Bill Nye the Science Guy. That’s below:
Yes, Virginia, there is a Tina Fey (and Amy Poehler!) action figure, and chances are, the limited-edition set might sell out before you can say, “Live, from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”
Entertainment Earth is producing these action figures based on Fey and Poehler’s stints as anchors on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.” They’re being sold as a set for the San Diego Comic-Con in July. These 3.5-inch doppelgängers look quite like the real thing, and come together for $29.99, along with a fold-out diorama of the “Weekend Update” set.
However, here’s the kicker: They’re only making 2,400 pairs of the figures, and first dibs go to those who attend the San Diego convention. Whatever is left over will be sold to admiring fans, and you can pre-order the pair online now for late July shipping. In other words, fans better get clicking and pull out their credit cards!
Alicia Vitarelli with Le Virtu with a cameraman and Brigantessa chef Joe Cicala (far right)
Set your DVR: At 1 pm this afternoon, 6ABC Action News anchor Alicia Vitarelli will appear on The Chew, where she’ll take the show’s crew to three local restaurants with family-influenced recipes on the menu. The segment will find her visiting South Street West dessert queen Holly Ricciardi of Magpie, a Jose Garces spot and Joe Cicala of East Passyunk’s Le Virtu and Brigantessa.
Foobooz has more on the actual food they’ll be preparing here.
Vitarelli with Magpie owner Holly Ricciardi (center).
UPDATE [5/15/2015, 3:43 pm: The first trailer for Limitless was released today, showing Cooper in the first seconds of the clip—up close and person, baby blues and all—encouraging the protagonist Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) to take the brain-boosting drug NZT. Check it out above. Limitless is slated for a fall 2015 release on CBS.
ORIGINAL: Bradley Cooper is set to play a recurring character in Limitless, the upcoming television series based on his 2011 film of the same name. Deadline reports that he will play sidekick to the character he played in the film, which is now portrayed by Jake McDorman. More on the plot:
Icelandic actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays The Mountain on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is in town this week to play King Thor at the Renaissance Faire in Fairmount on Saturday and Sunday. To get prepared, he must eat like the monster he is, so he’s been sampling devouring some Philly grub.
Photographer JamesZeleniak tells me that Chef Caitlin Mateo delivered him some grub from Square 1682 yesterday afternoon when he visited the Philadelphia Weekly offices, and last night he moved on to South Philly to put away some grub and pal around with fans at Devil’s Den. I’m told he enjoyed a large portion of chicken wings with Korean BBQ that chef Eric Wallace “kicked up a notch.” For his second course, he had a house-blend burger. “Björnsson did not partake in the special Game of Thrones brews from Barren Hill Brewery nor Ommegang‘s Three Eye’d Raven. He drank orange juice,” Zeleniak says.
Zeleniak sent some photos of the 6 foot 9 inch, 400 pound mammoth in action. Ladies, feel free to swoon.
Bill Cosby was on Good Morning America today to promote his charity work with the Black Belt Foundation, an organization that works to fund underserved schools in the South. In a move we haven’t seen on TV, the reporter questioned him about the numerous rape allegations against him.
“If a young person comes up to you and says, ‘My mom says you’ve done some bad things,’ how will you answer? … Are the allegations true?” she asks. What came next was the kind of bizarre Bill Cosby appearance we’ve come to expect from his talk-show gigs. Except this time, it’s not quite so funny. His response:
“I am prepared to tell this young person about life … I’m not sure that they will come like that. I think that many of them say, ‘Well you’re a hypocrite, you say one thing, you say the other.’ My point is, ‘OK, listen to me carefully: I’m telling you where the road is out. I’m telling you where, as you’re driving you’re going to go into water and it looks like it might only be three inches deep, but you and your car are going to go down. Now, you want to go here or you want to be concerned about who’s giving you the message?’”
Last night, at her weekly amateur drag event Cash 4 Queens, Mimi Imfurst announced that season 7 RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite Pearl will be coming to Voyeur in a few weeks.
“Pearl has been one of the most sought-after Drag Race girls and it’s exciting to introduce her to Philly for the first time,” Imfurst told me before making this pretty big prediction: “If I was a betting woman, I would put my money on Pearl as the winner of season 7.” She told me producers are making it look like Ginger Minj is the obvious choice, but she think they’re setting us up for a big surprise. “I know how they do things around there.”
On what was her last appearance on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, Tina Fey vowed that, after the host steps down, she will never wear a fancy dress on a late-night talk show again. “[It’s] very hard work—I don’t know if you’re aware of the contraptions under here.”
So to mark the occasion, she decided to strip down to her Spanx and give Letterman the dress: “Because this is my last time wearing a fancy dress on a talk show, and conforming to gender norms out of respect for you … I want to give you the dress.”
The front of her Spanx was emblazoned with the words, “BYE DAVID;” the back, #LastDressEver. Check out the clip above.
A new YouTube video reimagines Broad City—co-created by and starring Philly comedian Abbi Jacobson—as an episode of Friends. It comes complete with a new intro to the tune of “I’ll Be There for You” and a few-second segue into an episode with a cheesy ’90s-sitcom laugh track. It’s hilarious and 49 seconds long. Check it out above.