Watch: Tina Fey Nails Philly Accent on SNL

Over the weekend, Upper Darby’s Tina Fey and her comic partner-in-crime Amy Poehler hosted Saturday Night Live, the last episode before the new year. The funny ladies did nearly everything we hoped they’d do. Poehler brought back her Hillary Clinton impersonation, Tina Fey did Sarah Palin and, in one hilarious segment, even let loose her Philly accent.

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Hillary Clinton to Appear on Broad City With Philly’s Abbi Jacobson

Hillary Clinton is going to be on an episode of Broad City, y’all. A few hours ago, the Democratic presidential frontrunner tweeted a photo of herself with Broad City stars/creators/hilarious people Abbi Jacobson (a Wayne native) and Ilana Glazer. They’re joined by the show’s executive producer Amy Poehler, who, as you may know, famously portrayed Clinton on Saturday Night Live.

New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff confirmed her appearance in a later tweet, sharing an image of Clinton bear-hugging Jacobson and Glazer on a monitor on set.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines Renewed for Second Season

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After rather surprisingly stellar ratings last summer, M. Night Shyamalan‘s television debut, Wayward Pines, has been picked up by Fox for a 10-episode second season.

The first season of the psychological drama starred Matt Dillon, who, without giving any spoiler alerts, awoke one afternoon in a bizarre town and spent his days figuring out where he was, who the strange people around him were and — most importantly — how to get the hell out of there. There were monsters, creepy school kids and lots and lots of cliffhangers. Deadline reports that the second season will pick up where season 1 left off, “when a new arrival in Wayward Pines finds himself in the middle of a serious rebellion, as the residents battle over how to preserve the endangered human race.”

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Awesome Fest Pays Homage to 80s and 90s TV at the Fillmore

Awesome Fest founder Josh Goldbloom has had an odd tune stuck in his head for the past, say, two decades: the theme song to Perfect Strangers.

Sometimes, when you just can’t get something out of your system, the best thing to do is give in to it. That’s exactly what he’s doing starting at the end of this month, when he kicks off a free weekly gathering at the Foundry in the new Fillmore Philadelphia that pays homage to all things TV from the 1980s and early-90s. The event, called Thank God It’s Monday!, promises “nostalgic overload of curated sitcoms, commercials, oddities, rarities, VHS movies, sweatpants & TV dinners.”

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Boyz II Men Sing “Motownphilly” with Fall Out Boy on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last night, Jimmy Kimmel’s ongoing “Mash Up Monday,” a series that pairs unlikely artists on songs that take us all back, featured Philly’s own Boyz II Men. The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts graduates teamed up with rock group Fall Out Boy for a rendition of BIIM’s 1991 hit and quintessential BIIM song, “Motownphilly.” For this one-time-only performance, the new super boy group called themselves “Fall Out Boyz II Men” and let the song have it. Check it out above. Wait for the bridge, when Fall Out boy frontman Patrick Stump joins in on the famous harmonizing / scat-singing with the group.

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Philly Actor Evan Jonigkeit Cast in Netflix Series Frontier

Evan Jonigkeit in Mauckingbird Theatre Company's 2009 production "Never the Sinner" | Photo by John Flak

Evan Jonigkeit in Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s “Never the Sinner” (2009) | Photo by John Flak

An actor who cut his teeth on Philly stages, Evan Jonigkeit, has been cast in a new action series from Netflix called Frontier. The show is set in Canada in the late 18th century and concerns a group of cutthroat characters who are fighting to control the North American fur trade.

“Told from multiple perspectives,” explains Deadline. “the series takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights and where delicate relations between native tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts.”

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Tina Fey, Bruce Springsteen Will Be on SNL Together in December

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Donald Trump may have given Saturday Night Live its highest ratings in a long time when he was on a few weeks ago, but something tells me the media-proclaimed carnival barker may get a run for his money when Upper Darby’s Tina Fey and comedian Amy Poehler return to host in December.

NBC announced today that the duo will take over hosting duties on December 19th. If that’s not enough, another local hero (unless you ask this guy), Bruce Springsteen, will serve as musical guest.

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‘Viva La Bam’ Star Vincent Margera Dead at 59

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Don Vito and Bam Margera | Photo by Everett Collection / Shutterstock.com

Vincent Margera — better known as Don Vito on the MTV shows Jackass and Viva La Bam — died this morning, TMZ reports.

Don Vito, the uncle of West Chester’s Bam Margera, first came to prominence in the CKY video series in the early 2000s. He later appeared on the Jackass TV show, then was featured prominently in the spinoff Viva La Bam. By the second episode of that show, he was winning bets by drinking a whole bottle of hot sauce. Bam gave him the “Don Vito” nickname, saying his near-unintelligible speech sounded like Don Vito Corleone from The Godfather. Read more »

Alfred Hitchcock’s Philly Obsession: 14 Hints He Loved the City of Brotherly Love

Artwork by Mike Hague

Artwork by Mike Hague

In honor of the 60th anniversary of TV’s Alfred Hitchcock Presents (which you can binge-watch on Netflix streaming) we take a look at some of the Philadelphians who worked with the legendary director in film or another capacity on television. Hitchcock enjoyed working with many actors over the course of his career, but there is something about the people from Philadelphia that caught his eye. Just as a warning some minor spoilers ahead.

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