Leslie Jones and Seth Meyers watch the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale and it’s hilarious

You might know by now, Leslie Jones is rather into Game of Thrones.

And you bet the comedian was ready for the series finale on Sunday, hitting the couch with Seth Meyers for her longtime Late Night segment, “Game of Jones.”

Like they did for the Season 8 premiere, Jones and Meyers have incredible reactions to the turbulent, traumatic, and triumphant moments of the HBO series.

“That snow coming down is like dandruff. Body dandruff,” says Jones of King’s Landing.

There’s Jones singing Madonna’s ‘This Used to Be My Playground” over Tyrion’s mournful wander through King’s Landing, and operatically praising Daenerys with that dragon-wing shot. The pair comparing the Mother of Dragons’ speech to a terrible stand-up gig, or Jones’ Jaime Lannister takedown is priceless.

But wait for the big Dany-Jon-Drogon-Iron-Throne moment. It is incredible.

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Black Mirror‘s fifth season is closer than we’re ready for, and three new trailers for each episode only confirm it. 

As expected, we get curious new technology (including a robot modeled after Miley Cyrus) and witness its influence on human behavior, whether it’s a couple trying to get pregnant or a driver determined to fix society.

For the episode teasers and Netflix’s one-line descriptions, read on.

“Smithereens”

A cab driver with an agenda becomes the centre of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of control.

Cast: Andrew Scott, Damson Idris, Topher Grace

“Rachel, Jack and Ashley, too”

A lonely teenager yearns to connect with her favorite pop star – whose charmed existence isn’t quite as rosy it appears…

Cast: Miley Cyrus, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport

“Striking Vipers”

Two estranged college friends reunite in later life, triggering a series of events that could alter their lives forever.

Cast: Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Beharie, Pom Klementieff, Ludi Lin

Black Mirror Season 5 debuts June 5 on Netflix.

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A guide to roasting Bran Stark in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8

Murder him. But like in a classy, cinematic way.
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Bran Stark sucks, but you don’t have to be so obvious about it.

Look. It’s okay that you hate Bran. We all hate Bran. He’s a whiny, self-centered narrative time suck with the character depth of a wooden post — who, by the way, regularly threatens to unravel the very fabric of the Game of Thrones universewith his dumb bird powers. He sucks, full stop. 

That being said, Bran hatred has become unimaginative and a bit unrefined over the past seven seasons of fandom chatter. With just six installments of Thrones left to fuel our Bran hatred, there’s no better time to pull out all the stops and once again skillfully dunk on Bran like the Three-Eyed Pain in the Ass he is.

In an effort to help you be the best Bran hater you can be, we’ve created a brief guide to roasting this guy. 

We’ve also included some stellar examples from the last season of Thrones to give you the anti-Bran inspiration you need for diving into that next theory discussion with your friends.  

Step #1: Be specific with your grievances

Don’t be boring. Bran is boring enough on his own!

Instead of hitting up Twitter with a standard “Bran is the woooorst” — you’re right, he is — dig deep within your knowledge of Bran and Thrones lore to make a specific, scorching point about Bran and his worthlessness.

For example, you could point out that Bran (1) is named after literally the most disappointing cereal known to humankind (2) has a sullen moodiness that could eclipse even the most gloomy antics of a teenage Billie Eilish fan stuck perpetually moaning “bury a friend” to themselves and no one else (3) can see the future basically as well as a weatherman who showed up to his broadcast late because he spent all morning fighting with his ex-wife and not forecasting the freaking weather.

Alternatively, you can highlight the many annoying/stupid/lame/exhausting things Bran has done throughout the series, like not listening to his mom, pulling that shit on Hodor, saying that reprehensibly weird thing to Sansa, letting yet another direwolf die, and failing to warn anyone about anything ever.

You could even point out that, according to some fan theories, Bran is the freaking Night King. That’s exceptionally roast worthy — and creative!

Step #2: Get creative with your Bran death fantasies 

“I want Bran to die,” said everyone who has ever watched even a minute of Game of Thrones.

Wishing Bran would die is an old past-time, beloved by many, but how can we jazz it up in Season 8? With a sprinkling of specificity, of course! 

Again, you want to use your Thrones knowledge to the best of your advantage here. Instead of saying, “I hope Bran dies this episode” try out: “I hope Bran gets shot by an arrow in the middle of a field while trying to get to Jon, while being attacked by Ramsay Bolton’s dogs, while drowning in molten gold and finishing off the last of Joffrey’s poison, only to later have Dany eat his heart at a Dothraki fertility ritual… this episode.” 

Or y’know, something like that.

Step #3: Remember, Bran is not Isaac Hempstead-Wright’s fault

Roasting Bran is hilarious. However, when it comes time to launch your anti-Bran zingers, be sure to separate the character from the actor.

By all accounts, Isaac Hempstead-Wright is a perfectly wonderful, blossoming actor destined for wonderful post-Thrones things. He can’t help that Bran has been written into an insufferable, lifeless corner better left portrayed by an old mop than a real actor. Clearly, Isaac is doing his best with what he’s got.

Step #4: Recall that George R. R. Martin is 100% responsible for this monstrosity of a character

With Isaac Hempstead-Wright’s lack of fault in mind, remember that Bran Stark is absolutely George R. R. Martin’s fault. 

Of course, George has had a lot of good ideas. (For example: ice dragons!) Still, in what world does someone put together Bran, look at the horrifying finished product, and decide it’s fine? 

Sure, there’s always a chance that when (read: if) the final Game of Thrones book comes out, we’ll begin to understand what Bran’s deal is and whatever it was George was thinking when he created him. But in the meantime, let’s assign blame where blame is due. 

When you’re roasting Bran, you’re roasting George. And honestly, it’s deserved. 

Step #5: Have faith that Bran will be dead soon enough

In a world where Tyrion had to kill Shae, Ygritte got shot by a child, and sweet Tommen jumped out of a freaking window, it can be hard to have faith that anything good will happen in Westeros. 

But remain steadfast, brethren. If there’s one thing of which we can be certain in Season 8, it is that Bran Stark will not survive this winter. If he does, they’ll be hell (in the form of memes, tweets, and long-form essays) to pay. Mark. Our. Words.

Game of Thrones: Season 8 premieres April 14 on HBO.

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The evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as seen through end-credits scenes

This particular still isn't from an end-credits scene, but we did meet this guy for the first time in one.
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Marvel may not have invented the end-credits scenes, but they’re the ones who turned it into a superhero movie staple. 

Nearly every single Marvel Cinematic Universe movie has at least one scene buried in the credits, with the sole exceptions of The Incredible Hulk (where we get a pre-credits scene) and, now, Avengers: Endgame

It’s in those credits scenes that we first met Thanos, and saw the shape of this universe begin to take shape. These sequences have offered peeks at coming attractions or glimpses of the Avengers’ everyday lives, gifted us Easter eggs to turn over or gags to laugh about. 

And they’ve proven, bit by bit, to be essential for Marvel’s brand of world-building — helping to unite this universe into a single, cohesive whole, rather than simply a collection of disparate films. 

So it is in celebration of Endgame, which completes a saga that first began in the credits of The Avengers, we offer a look back at some of the best — most significant, most surprising, most side-splitting — end-credits scenes of the entire MCU, presented below in order of release.

1. Nick Fury introduces the Avengers Initiative (Iron Man)

It is wild, thinking back now, to remember how wildly ambitious the very idea of an Avengers movie seemed in 2008. Cinematic universes weren’t really a thing back then, and as good as Iron Man was, there was no reason to assume that this particular series would have the staying power to make that happen.

But Marvel planted the seeds with a confidence that bordered on Stark-level arrogance, using its very first movie to tease a film we wouldn’t see for another four years. At the time, Nick Fury approaching Iron Man about the Avengers Initiative felt like a shockingly ballsy move. Now, we see that it was the beginning of something so much bigger than we ever could have imagined.

2. Coulson finds Thor’s hammer (Iron Man 2)

Iron Man 2‘s end credits scene isn’t really an Iron Man 2 scene at all, but a sequence borrowed from the next movie, Thor. It’s a move Marvel has returned to time and time again — like in Captain Marvel, which had an Endgame scene as its mid-credits stinger.

That shot of Coulson driving up to Thor’s hammer drove home that Thor and Iron Man were part of the same reality now: that even if they didn’t actually meet until The Avengers, connections were already being made between them; that, just like Nick Fury said, this universe was gonna be so much bigger than a single hero. 

3. Thanos smiles (The Avengers

The Infinity Saga technically began with the first Iron Man, but we didn’t know that then. We didn’t start to see the franchise’s bigger plan take shape — we didn’t even know there was a bigger plan — until we saw Thanos, apparently the true mastermind behind Loki’s attack on Earth in The Avengers, crack a smile at the thought of courting death by conquering our planet.

Not everyone knew who he was at that point, of course. Comics fans may have recognized him, but huge swaths of the audience were left scratching their heads, and had to turn for Google for answers. What we eventually came away with was the understanding that this was another Nick-Fury-in-IronMan-level promise — this time, that the larger story we thought we’d been watching was only one chapter of a still larger story to unfold over the next several years. 

4. The Avengers eat shawarma (The Avengers

The Avengers is the first MCU movie to have more than one end credits scene, and the shawarma scene is the first end credits scene that has no relevance to the plot, either of this movie or of any of the ones to come after it. It’s just a funny little callback to Iron Man’s suggestion, earlier in the film, that the Avengers go get shawarma, and shows the gang chewing silently in a destroyed restaurant. 

But it’s significant in that it’s Marvel doubling down on one of their biggest strengths: the relatability of its heroes. We’d seen these guys in mundane situations before, like when Thor discovered coffee in his firs film, but this one really felt like a peek behind the curtain, at what these characters’ “real” lives might be like when we weren’t looking. 

5. Tony tells Bruce the story of Iron Man 3 (Iron Man 3)

Iron Man 3 was the first movie to take place after The Avengers, and faced the challenge of explaining why the Avengers wouldn’t just be a permanent thing going forward. Were we just supposed to forget about all of Tony’s new friends, put them away until it was time for them to hang out again in Age of Ultron?

But in the end credits of Iron Man 3, we learn that this whole film has been a story Tony has been telling Bruce, since they’re friends now after The Avengers. It was a delightful little shock, an acknowledgement that these new relationships were continuing offscreen even between movies. 

6. The Collector gets the Aether (Thor: The Dark World)

By this point in the series, we’d already visited Asgard and been visited by the Chitauri, which is to say the MCU had long stopped looking that much like our own reality. But Guardians of the Galaxy was going to be something else entirely, and Thor: The Dark World tried to prepare us for that.

The scene has Sif and Volstagg visiting the Collector to hand over the Aether. The Collector immediately shows himself as a total weirdo: extravagantly dressed, oddly spoken, unsettlingly mysterious. It sets us up for what would be the most offbeat chapter of the MCU to date — while also advancing the Infinity Stone plot forward.

7. Baby Groot dances (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Honestly? This one’s on the list because it’s just plain fun. As far as credits scenes go in the MCU, this may be the one that left the biggest impression — fans were talking about it for months, demanding dancing Groot toys and fashioning their own when they couldn’t find one they liked. 

(It also turned a bittersweet ending into a happy one, because it confirmed Groot lived on after he exploded. Well, kind of. But fake-out deaths are as much a Marvel staple as these credits scenes are.)

8. Hope Van Dyne becomes the Wasp (Ant-Man)

There have been times when these end-credits scenes feel less like a bonus and more like a utilitarian shortcut between one storyline and the next. Ant-Man is so focused on Scott that Hope tends to get the short shrift, as the character herself points out in the dialogue. So this scene, in which Hank Pym finally presents his daughter with the Wasp suit, felt like an attempt to make it up to her.

It also came across like a promise. Hope tells Hank that “it’s about damn time,” and fans seemed inclined to agree — this moment came after years of fans demanding more female superheroes in the MCU, but years before Marvel would finally deliver its female title character with, wouldn’t you know it, Ant-Man and the Wasp

9. Cap teaches patience (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

This was the time Marvel straight-up trolled its fans. There we were, sitting through all the credits to find out what awaited us at the end … only to discover a Captain America PSA about the dubious virtues of patience. 

By this point, the Marvel machine had grown so big that they could make a whole movie commenting on all the other movies — Spider-Man: Homecoming is, in essence, a film about what it’s like to grow up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So it’s simply perfect that that one ended with a playful subversion of one of the franchise’s most enduring traditions.

10. Nick Fury calls Captain Marvel (Avengers: Infinity War)

More than just a tease for Captain Marvel (though it is that, too), the shot of Nick Fury’s page reaching Carol in space was the glimmer of hope we needed after the five-tissue sob-fest that was Infinity War

There can be, at times, something kind of exhausting about the sheer endlessness of this franchise — just when you’re done with one, another is popping up on the horizon, and there’s no sign of that pattern slowing down anytime soon. Here, though, the idea of Captain Marvel felt like reassurance that this story, and these characters, would go on, even if we had no idea how to undo what Thanos had just done. 

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Here are 7 facts about ‘Shaun of the Dead’ that will make your jaws drop

All hell breaks loose in 'Black Summer' but Jaime King's hair remains intact. A real mystery, indeed.
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Almost an entire episode of Black Summer, Netflix’s new slow-burn zombie thriller, is about a single character on the run from a single zombie. The entire half hour is brimming with terrifying anxiety.  It’s an unusual format but the doggedness of this drama will make it stand out from the horde of TV shows about the undead. 

That doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. It caters specifically to fans of the genre who will patiently wait for Season 1 to put together its many puzzle pieces over time while providing sufficient gore as a reward.

It comes at a time when zombies are already dominant on the small screen. Game of Thrones has icy ones, Santa Clarita Diet has humorous ones, and The Walking Dead walkers continue to drone on in their ghastly glory. 

Z Nation used to be part of the group but SyFy cancelled it after 5 seasons in 2018. Black Summer is its prequel but shares no other DNA with it. The original was more of a horror comedy whereas this one is pulsating with suspense. 

Set on the precipice of the apocalypse, Black Summer doesn’t look to provide a history of what caused it. Each episode is divided into multiple acts that start with a label like “The Heist” or “Follower,” a baseline precursor for what to expect. The only thing we learn about the living survivors is that they’re on the run, trying to reach a stadium where the military is helping them evacuate.

The closest we come to a character backstory is Rose (Jaime King), a headstrong mother who gets separated from her teenage daughter in the chaos. King is very effective in her performance but the standout is Christine Lee as Kyungson, who is desperate to find her mother and escape this nightmare. She is an intelligent woman who only speaks Korean, emotes emphatically, and quickly became my favorite character to root for.

But Black Summer’s doesn’t want to give you too many impactful, benevolent characters. It prefers digging into the roughest parts of the human psyche, the one that knows it’s about the survival of the fittest. Everyone’s morality falls under a gray area as they face off against monsters, both dead and alive. 

In one scene, a few people trapped in a diner debate on whether or not one of them should be zombie bait and die while the rest escape. It gets dark.

Don’t expect a high value to be placed on friendships like The Walking Dead often does. This is not a show about finding your community after the world has ended. It’s about how we, as a society, would horribly deal with the apocalypse if it happened right now.  

This concept has potential but Black Summer doesn’t fully deliver on it. The characters aren’t well-developed enough for me to care about them if (when) they die. The pacing lags quite often. Plot points are skipped over as a “smart” narrative choice but it comes off as confusing, more so towards the end.

What’s different about itare the zombies. They are surprisingly fast, dangerous, and unlike anything else we’ve seen recently. It’s actually what ups the thrill factor of the show, especially in the aforementioned episode where one of them single-handedly chases Lance (Kelsey Flower) for the entire duration.

But despite some remarkable assets like fantastic camerawork, emphasis on isolating characters as a scare tactic, and a fairly decent cast, Black Summer isn’t ‘instant classic’ material. It doesn’t delve into its own zombie lore nearly enough, giving us tiny morsels of how they came to be or how they might die. 

It’s great if all you’re looking for some mildly riveting jump scares and the tension we’ve come to expect from the zombie genre, but if it’s in-depth storytelling you want, this doesn’t make the cut.

Black Summer Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix. 

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‘Captain Marvel’ has two end credits scenes. Here’s what they mean.

What's next for this lady?
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Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Captain Marvel. 

So you’ve just seen Captain Marvel. And you even stayed all the way through the end credits like a good Marvel fan. But you maybe need a bit of help parsing what exactly those two scenes at the very end were about.

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Without further ado, here’s what happens in the end credits of Captain Marvel – and what it might mean for Avengers: Endgame and more.

1. Captain Marvel catches up to Avengers: Infinity War 

She’ll be back.

Image: Chuck Zlotnick / Marvel Studios

What happens: We’re in the post-Infinity War days, as evidenced by a ten-figure “global missing” count on the wall of an Avengers facility. In a corner, Captain Marvel’s beeper (which she left with Nick Fury at the end of her movie) is beeping, until suddenly it’s not.

A few of the remaining Avengers – Captain America, War Machine, Black Widow, and Bruce Banner – gather to examine the device, wondering what it is, what it’s doing, and why it’s stopped. “I wanna know what’s on the other end of that thing,” says one.

The answer, it turns out, is right under their noses. Captain Marvel has appeared behind them in full superhero regalia, and she has just one question: “Where’s Fury?” 

What it means: It’s no secret that Captain Marvel will appear in Avengers: Endgame; that was teased in the end credits of Avengers: Infinity War. But we have more context now. We know who she is, what Nick Fury means to her, and how he got that beeper. 

And more clues about how, exactly, she factors into the story: It looks like Fury’s desperate page to her in the final seconds of Infinity War reached her in outer space, and she’s back to help the still-living Avengers save the day. 

2. Goose spits up the Tesseract

Bad cat!

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What happens: The scene opens on Nick Fury’s office, which is empty – or almost empty. Goose the cat jumps up on his desk and starts hacking and heaving in a manner that will feel chillingly familiar to cat owners everywhere. Finally, he coughs up the object that’s been bothering his insides. It’s the Tesseract. 

What it means: We’ve long known that the Tesseract was in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s possession at this point in time (the 1990s), so this does not seem to be offering any significant new information about where it’s been or where it’s going. 

Rather, it seems to be here just for fun, along the lines of the “drumming ant” scene after Ant-Man and the Wasp or the Captain America PSA after Spider-Man: Homecoming.

In the end, all it tells us is that – as my colleague Ali Foreman put it – a whole lot of animators spent a whole lot of time watching a whole lot of videos of cats throwing up. 

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Pixar’s newest short ‘Purl’ is a must-watch for every workplace

Pixar’s new animation program SparkShorts has released its first short film, a powerful story about the difficulty of fitting into a workplace of human males. 

“Purl” might be about a pink ball of yarn, but its title character adopts new behaviors and aggression to be one of the boys, a transparent allegory for women trying to break the glass ceiling in corporate culture.

After earning the faith of reticent coworkers, Purl has a chance to change the culture at B.R.O. Capital, and offers us a glimpse of what equal workplaces could look like. Written and directed by Kristen Lester and produced by Gillian Libbert-Duncan, “Purl” is based on Lester’s experiences in the male-dominated field of animation.

“When Kristen came to me and said, ‘This is a story that I want to tell,’ I looked at her and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I have lived the exact same thing,'” Libbert-Duncan said in a companion video.

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‘2 Dope Queens’ Season 2 serves all the looks and all the laughs

Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson reign supreme in the '2 Dope Queens' HBO Season 2
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HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 8 campaign asks who’s coming #ForTheThrone. And the answer is  a pair of brilliant and beautiful Coco Khaleesis, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson.

Though they started out as podcasting royalty, thanks to the success of 2 Dope Queens, the comic duo conquered premium cable last year with a four-episode HBO special of the same title. Now the knockout second season, which premieres Friday, sees them settle fully into their thrones. 

At a time when so much of comedy seems paralyzed by the shifting rules of progressive culture or stuck in a rut of endless Trump reactionism, 2 Dope Queens offers a world of contagious optimism and laughter.   

There’s no drastic change to the format between Seasons 1 and 2, but instead a palpable refinement. At times, last season felt like a promising trial run that didn’t fully transfer the spark of the smaller-scale, audio-only version of their live shows. But now, these majesties of comedy know how to use the decadence of the visual medium to put on an extravagantly hilarious variety hour unlike any other.

The somewhat nervous energy of last season has been replaced with their trademark unapologetic confidence. At first, there was the potential that an HBO special would remove some of the intimacy that makes their the podcast feel so special — like you’re just hanging out with two extremely funny friends.

But their return to the big stage of HBO squashes that potential risk. They use the opulence of the stage to heighten the sense that you’re at low-key the most lit party you’ve ever been to.

Luptia absolutely slayed the braiding contest on ‘2 Dope Queens’

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Every single part of their game has been upped in Season 2, especially when it comes to guests. In the first two episodes, we were given in advance of its premiere on Feb. 8, the interviews touted A-listers like Lupita Nyong’o and Daniel Radcliffe. 

Basically the exact opposite of a traditional late night talk show, their version of an interview segment is an organic, joyous descent into chaos. It’s pretty indescribable, waiting at the edge of your seat to see what will ensue when these celebrities are thrown into, essentially, low key sketch comedy.  

Nyong’o is grilled about her highly anticipated and mysterious upcoming Jordan Peele movie, Us — while deep in the throes of a hair-braiding competition. Radcliffe gives the queens feedback on their flashy wand work — after doing a compatibility test with Williams, who is a die-hard Harry Potterfan (and even a recent cast addition to the Fantastic Beasts series).

Each episode revolves around a theme, like fashion that serves every lewk

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There is an aliveness to it all, this sense that just about anything can happen (and, boy, does it). It instantly fills you with giggles to watch all the beautifully messy mayhem unfold.

Then there are the superb comedians, who do quick ten-minute sets in between Williams and Robinson’s banter. Those familiar with the podcast will also be familiar with some of their names, though many of the comedians remain criminally unknown for their caliber of talent. 

Each standup is memorably unique in his or her own way, with a decided lack of Your Standard White Guy in the line up. The result is a comedic ensemble that speaks to the non-homogenous world we actually live in. Through the specificity of their marginalized identities and experimental material, they bring an undeniable freshness that’s been sorely lacking from the mainstream comedy scene. 

The glue that holds all the elements of 2 Dope Queens together remains, of course, the effortless and incomparable chemistry between Williams and Robinson. 

Sometimes it’s like watching two halves of the same whole, perfectly in tune with each other like two instruments in a symphony. Without question, Season 2 officially solidifies their status as one of the greatest comedic partnerships to grace standup in years.

The feat is made doubly impressive by that weird place we find comedy to be at this moment in time.

The old guard of Standard White Guy comedy is dead, and the Daniel Toshes and Judd Apatows of the world haven’t figured how to become relevant again to the current zeitgeist. Meanwhile, the likes of Standard White Guys like Jimmy Fallon have taken to trying their damnedest to do some bastardized version of woke AF political comedy. And it’s getting old. Quick.

But 2 Dope Queens is just uncomplicated and unadulterated humor. They’ve conquered a new landscape of comedy in the most organic way imaginable, and it’s a delight to watch every minute of it. 

So the former rulers (or rather gatekeepers) of comedy should take note: You can live in the new world created by these 2 Dope Queens — or you can die in your old world.

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How to make your binge-watch as comfortable as possible

If you're going to binge-watch, at least do a little self-care.
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In Binged, Mashable breaks down why we binge-watch, how we binge-watch, and what it does to us. Because binge-watching is the new normal.


Binge-watching is basically an endurance sport, so you need to be sure you’re prepared. After all, if you’re going to watch You until your eyes fall out (recommended), why not make the experience as pleasant as possible?

That means paying close attention to the conditions under which you watch: the couch, the temperature, the vibe, and (most importantly) the snacks.

Some hot tips:

1. Assemble your snacks before the binge-watch begins

To truly maximize your experience, I recommend selecting one salty snack, one sweet snack, and one wild-card snack. Some suggestions from my colleagues, whose tastes range from great to truly horrifying:

  • Takis

  • Sno-Caps in popcorn

  • Uncrustables

  • Plain Lay’s chips and Greek yogurt

  • Chocolate-covered pretzels

  • Trader Joe’s olive oil popcorn

  • Literally a ham-and-cheese sandwich dipped in orange juice (cursed)

  • Celery and peanut butter

  • Peanut butter straight from the jar

Note: you can always sub in pizza for any category (or all three).

2. Keep no less than three beverages in front of you at all times

One of the beverages should be water. For the other two, I like to choose a large, gulp-able beverage — like Gatorade or, if I am feeling brave, seltzer — as well as a fancy, small beverage, like a blood orange San Pellegrino or one of those high-end lemonades with cursive lettering on the bottle.

3. Get up every hour to stretch

You don’t have to do a full yoga class, but it’s nice to remind your body that it is, in fact, capable of movement. 

4. Consider the two-blanket approach

I have radiators in my apartment and do not control my own heat, which means that sometimes my living room is 1,000 degrees. This is too hot. If I open the window, though (see #7), it becomes too cold. That’s why I prefer to have two blankets near me when I binge-watch: one thick blanket for the cold times and one thinner cotton blanket for the medium times. During the hot times, I use no blanket at all.

5. Consider your spinal column

If you need to bring a bed pillow onto the couch for back support, so be it. If you’re binge-watching in bed, consider acquiring a backrest pillow. Maybe one … with a cupholder?

6. If you’re watching a show featuring heavy subject matter, take more breaks

While there is certainly no shame in binge-watching, it can have adverse effects on your mental health — especially if the show you choose deals with emotionally fraught topics. In these cases, treat yourself to a few more breaks than you normally would. We’re not saying go outside (imagine!), but maybe do a few more stretches, check in with your friends, and drink some extra water.

7. Open a window

Let your binge-watching farts (different than regular farts) fly freely into the atmosphere.

8. Text people about what you’re watching

If you do not have a binge-watching partner literally sitting next to you, it can be fun to live-text the show with a fellow binge-watcher in another location. It also reminds you that you have friends. Crucial! 

What you should not do, however, is send texts about the show to someone who has not seen the whole show yet. Avoid committing this friendship crime at all costs.

9. Switch positions

When you have a nest, you have a nest, so switching rooms isn’t necessary. But alternating between sitting up and lying down, or even just lying down on the other end of the couch, can be kinda nice. After all, lying down in a second location is a fun twist on lying down.

10. Respect the air

If you’ve chosen some really good snacks (and also haven’t left the couch for six hours), the room can start to smell a little … rank. That’s when it’s time to light a candle.

On the off-chance Gilmore Girls is your binge-watch, there is a Gilmore Girls candle designed to burn in tandem with the 2016 revival. There are also Stranger Things-themed candles. Or you could just burn a regular one. It’s your binge-watch, after all!

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Millennials lose it all to Boomers on this too-real ‘SNL’ game show

What do millennials really want? Avocado toast? Social security? Health insurance?

Saturday Night Live‘s “Millennial Millions” sketch gives them a shot at attaining what older generations got just by showing up — with a catch. There’s always a Baby Boomer waiting in the wings to snatch the contestants’ opportunities. 

Will the youth prevail? Ha! No.  

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