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Julian Assange as Couch Surfer

The notoriously nomadic Julian Assange has never sought refuge on our couches, but if he ever did, we wouldn't be terribly surprised if he acted the way he does in this clip, which is allegedly based on an "absolutely true story." Directed and written by Allison Silverman (the former head writer of 'The Colbert Report'), the short features David Rees in a Warhol-esque wig, playing the...

Stephen Colbert Makes the Case for Embracing Technology, Texting at Funerals

On last night's 'Colbert Report,' Stephen Colbert sat down with Sherry Turkle, an MIT professor who recently wrote a book about the devastating effects that technology has had on the human race. Throughout the interview, Turkle tirelessly argues that things like social networking and text messaging are turning us into alienated, soulless automatons. And, as he always does, Colbert deftly shoots...

'My Blackberry Is Not Working' Skit Puns on Tech's Fruity Gadget Names

Tech-related comedy is usually painfully awkward (e.g., any number of 'I'm a Mac' spoofs), but the BBC's sketch comedy 'The One Ronnie' may have pulled it off in a recent skit. Comedians Harry Enfield and Ronnie Corbet delightfully take on the tech industry's obsession with fruit, and throw in a few dongle, Windows and Microsoft jokes for good measure....

YouTube Time Machine's 150 Years of Video History, HDR Video Success

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. The YouTube Time Machine blasts you through a century and a half of video history, randomly serving up everything from Jordan's '96 game against the Suns to footage of...

SNL's Top 10 Greatest Fake Tech Commercials

Share Despite the dozens of iconic characters 'Saturday Night Live' has spawned over its 35 years, the most consistently funny and memorable moments have come from its hallmark spoof ads. After striking comedic gold in its very first season with a sketch about Mel's Char Palace, SNL's writers soon keyed into the parodic potential of America's longstanding obsession with technology, resulting...

Ellen Degeneres Hurts Apple's Wittle Feewings With iPhone Joke

Last week on her talk show, Ellen Degeneres took aim at Apple during a skit about the iPhone. It's marginally funny, in that Ellen way, but it seems to have gotten a decent amount of laughs from the crowd. One person who didn't laugh, though, was Steve Jobs. Turns out, Apple reps contacted Degeneres after the piece ran and voiced their disapproval over her segment, which they claimed had made...

Department of Internet Hate Floods the Web With Vitriolic Comments

Have you ever wondered who spends all that time spreading vitriolic comments around the Web? If this video we discovered on Funny or Die is any indication, it's a secret government department with a knack for raining on everybody's Internet parade. Okay, so maybe that's not the truth. But the folks behind the British sketch-comedy show 'Happy Finish,' premiering later this month, and their...

Top 5 Comedians Who Tweet (and 5 Who Should)

It's a happy coincidence that Twitter's 140-character limit happens to be the perfect format for dishing one-liners, wry observations, and, of course, those always satisfying X-rated tirades. Thus, it's an ideal way for comedians to try out new material and broaden their fan bases, and a never-ending source of free content for comedy fans -- a win-win for everyone. To share the wealth with our...

HBO's 'Funny or Die' Sketch-Comedy Show Trailer Hits the Web

Our two favorite time wasters -- television and the Internet -- have been making wondrous love babies for a while now (for example, Hulu). But none may be as hilarious and anticipated as the soon-to-be-released venture between HBO and the guys behind the sketch-comedy site "Funny or Die." Next month, according to Mashable, a new sketch-comedy show called 'Funny or Die Presents' will debut on...

Conan O'Brien for Sale on Craigslist's 'Casual Encounters'

So it's come to this. After all the melodrama, all the rumors, all the flaring tempers, the NBC late night soap opera has not only apparently sent Conan O'Brien packing, but also forced him into a life of online "prostitution." After unsuccessfully trying to sell 'The Tonight Show' via a Craigslist ad, O'Brien has kicked things up a notch (as he is wont to do), posting a personal ad to the...

Top 5 Late Night TV Tweeters (and 5 Who Should)

Perhaps it's due to the never-ending grind of churning out funny material on a daily basis, or the pressure from TV networks to keep things light, but there's a serious dearth of good tweeters from the legions of late night TV. Letterman and Conan apparently can't be bothered to Twitter, and Kimmel, Leno, Fallon, and Ferguson mainly use it to promote their show with staid, boring propaganda...

David Spade Cashes in on Chris Farley's Memory With DirecTV Ads

Back in the '90s, Chris Farley and David Spade ruled the comedy landscape. But when Farley tragically overdosed, it was clear that Spade was just riding the big guy's coattails. In light of a recently debuted DirecTV commercial (video after the break), it appears that Spade doesn't intend to stop, either. If you've turned on the television lately, you've probably seen the satellite provider's...

Comedian Frank Caliendo Does 'Street Fighter' Impressions

You may know him primarily for his work as John Madden, Andy Rooney, or one of a hundred other well-known celebrities, but master impressionist and comedian Frank Caliendo recently shed those facades for a rare moment of (somewhat) serious gadget and video games talk. The man of infinite voices told us (in more than one voice, including those of 'Street Fighter' characters) that he juggles his...

'Family Guy' Teams With Microsoft for Windows 7 TV Extravaganza

To mixed reviews, Microsoft tried being all fluffy and sweet while advertising its new operating system. Now, it's time for Plan B -- comedy. Enter 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein (a.k.a. Lois Griffin), who agreed to produce a Microsoft-sponsored variety show. The comedy extravaganza/marketing ploy will air November 8th on FOX, a couple weeks after Microsoft releases Windows...

'Texts From Last Night' to Become Fox TV Show

'Texts From Last Night' was funny, at first. But, when friends started posting text messages from the Web site on our Facebook page, it became annoying. Then, the user-generated site, which is full of embarrassing admissions sent late at night, became a full-scale phenomenon -- spawning an iPhone application, a Twitter page, an online store, and now, a television show -- all much to our chagrin....