Will Forte

Will Forte

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1970-06-17 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Alameda County, California, USA

56 Movies · 41 TV shows

Also Known As: Orville Forte · Orville Willis Forte IV

Biography

Orville Willis Forte IV (; born June 17, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2002 to 2010, as well as creating and starring in the sitcom The Last Man on Earth, which ran from 2015 to 2018. For The Last Man on Earth, he received three Primetime Emmy Awards nominations: two for acting and one for writing. He has also received an additional Emmy nomination for each role through his other work.After obtaining a history degree from UCLA and becoming a financial broker like his father, Forte changed his career path to comedy and took classes with the improv group The Groundlings. He worked as a writer and producer on That '70s Show prior to auditioning for Saturday Night Live. His most famous recurring character on the show led to a feature film adaptation, MacGruber (2010), that preceded his departure from the program. He took various roles in comedy films before starring in the drama film Nebraska (2013).

Personal Life

Forte resides in Santa Monica, California. He purchased his home there just two weeks before joining the cast of Saturday Night Live, which required him to move to New York City, and later admitted that "it was not the greatest timing". He dated his Last Man on Earth co-star January Jones in 2015. Since late 2019, he has been engaged to Olivia Modling, whom he met in 2018.Forte's mother has visited every film set on which he has worked and made an appearance on a Mother's Day episode of SNL, in which he sang a song to her on Weekend Update. He also officiated his sister Michelle's wedding and filmed the birth of his niece and nephew.Forte has discussed and joked about his OCD tendencies. He recounted listening to only one song in his office at SNL for an entire year because he wanted to challenge himself. During an interview with Larry King, he discussed his OCD as a challenge he had to overcome but not one he wished he did not have, as it is a part of his personality. In a February 2015 feature on him and his show The Last Man on Earth, the writer of the article said that Forte mentioned OCD often but it was not clear if he had ever been formally diagnosed, though Forte related how he and a former girlfriend had gone through an OCD questionnaire and it concluded that Forte "should immediately talk to someone about this".

Early Life

Orville Willis Forte IV was born in Alameda, California, on June 17, 1970, the son of artist and former schoolteacher Patricia C. (née Stivers) and financial broker Carter May "Reb" Forte III. He was raised in Moraga before moving to Lafayette at age 13. He went by "Billy" in his early years until he was teased at school for it also being a girl's name, at which point he decided he would from then on be known as "Will". Forte describes himself as having been a "really happy little boy" whose parents were "wonderful" and created a "very loving environment". He was interested in comedy from a young age, growing up idolizing comedians Peter Sellers, David Letterman, and Steve Martin, as well as the sketch-comedy television series Saturday Night Live. He often pranked his parents, and would record himself performing imaginary radio shows. He did not aim to be a comedian, however, and initially wanted to become a football player.Forte was "a laid-back teen with a lot of friends" and a member of the varsity football and swim teams at Acalanes High School, from which he graduated in 1988. He was voted "Best Personality" by his graduating class and served as freshman class president. He had no ambitions for a television or film career, though his mother noticed a "creative streak" in him. Following high school, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and completed a degree in history. Planning to follow his father, he became a financial broker at Smith Barney Shearson in Beverly Hills, but felt "miserable" there. He co-wrote a feature-length script while there, and later said that he discovered he loved writing "more than anything [he] had ever done in [his] life". He had been encouraged to attempt comedy during his years at university, and he decided to change his career path to do so.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
America: The Motion Picture

America: The Motion Picture

2021
George Washington is in an R-rated revisionist history tale about the founding of the country.
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Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

3
2021
When the world is ravaged by a catastrophic event, a group of humans and animal-children hybrid are searching for answers.
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Housebroken

Housebroken

2021
A therapy dog named Honey uses her knowledge of Psychiatry to lead a group of other animals.
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The Great North

The Great North

2021
Follow the Alaskan adventures of the Tobin family as a single dad tries to keep his weird bunch of kids close, especially as the artistic dreams of his only daughter lead her away from the family fish...

2020.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows
Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

2020
Celebrities recall their most mind-bending trips via animations, reenactments and more in this comedic documentary exploring the story of psychedelics.
Scoob!

Scoob!

6.31
2020
In the greatest adventure of all time, see the never-before-tell story of how long-time friends and Mystery Inc co-conspirators, Fred, Velma, and Daphne first met, and how they joined forces to form t...
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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

2020
The game show returns for a celebrity-filled event hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
Dwell

Dwell

2020
Alice searches for ways to process the end of an almost decade long relationship in all the wrong places.
The Willoughbys

The Willoughbys

6.06
2020
When the four Willoughby children are abandoned by their selfish parents, they must learn how to adapt their Old-Fashioned values to the modern world in order to create something new: The Modern Famil...
TV
Flipped

Flipped

2020
Chronically underemployed couple Jann and Cricket Melfi are self-proclaimed home renovation experts who are more than confident that they are television's next great home design celebrity duo. The pai...

2019.

5 Movies · 2 TV shows
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Alien News Desk

Alien News Desk

2019
The inscrutable Humans of Planet Earth are covered in this weekly half-hour animated series.
Booksmart

Booksmart

6.8
2019
On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic teenage superstars realize that they should have worked less and played more. The girls were determined to never fall short of their peers and ...
Good Boys

Good Boys

6.44
2019
A group of young boys on the verge of becoming teenagers embark on an epic quest to fix their broken drone before their parents come home.
The Laundromat

The Laundromat

6.25
2019
When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a...
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I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson

5.29
2019
There is no ordinary interaction in this sketch comedy series that features a deep roster of guest stars.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

5.63
2019
It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, which are destroying everything faster than they can rebuild.
Extra Ordinary

Extra Ordinary

2019
A driving instructor must use her other-worldly gifts to save a lonely man's daughter from a rock star who is looking to use her for satanic purposes.

2018.

2 Movies
Luis and the Aliens

Luis and the Aliens

8
2018
Luis is a young boy who befriends three aliens who crash their plane into his house. Luis was saved from boarding school because of their help in finding the home-shopping channel stuff they came for....
A Futile and Stupid Gesture

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

5.25
2018
After the success of Animal House, the National Lampoon name became globally recognized, but before that, it was a magazine and radio show that introduced the world to comedians like Bill Murray and C...

2017.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows
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Future Man

Future Man

6
2017
Josh Futturman is a janitor by night who is tasked with preventing the extinction of humanity after mysterious visitors from the future proclaim him the key to defeating the impending super-race invas...
Tour de Pharmacy

Tour de Pharmacy

2017
Performance enhancing drugs are the subject of a mockumentary.
Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs

Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs

2017
The Theater at Madison Square Garden is in New York. Stand-up performances, sketches and short films are included in the benefit.
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The Gong Show

The Gong Show

2017
Unique performers demonstrate their artistry in front of Hollywood judges in this update of the kitschy '70s talent show, which features the worst performances being cut short by bangs on the gong.
Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special

Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special

4.83
2017
After Santa tells Michael that he needs 75,000 new babies by Christmas, he hosts a sexy telethon to get the world to star making love.
Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! Awesome 10 Year Anniversary Version, Great Job?

Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! Awesome 10 Year Anniversary Version, Great Job?

2017
In their bizarre world, Tim and Eric compete for attention in their martial arts displays.

2016.

2 Movies
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

6.23
2016
When his new album fails to sell records, pop/rap superstar Conner4real goes into a major tailspin and watches his celebrity high life begin to collapse. He's trying to bounce back, but he's not going...
Keanu

Keanu

5.13
2016
A group of friends hatched a plan to get a cat back by pretending to be drug dealers.

2015.

6 Movies · 3 TV shows
The Ridiculous 6

The Ridiculous 6

5
2015
Tommy "White Knife" Stockburn and his brothers embark on a journey across the Old West.
Don Verdean

Don Verdean

2015
Biblical archaeologist Don Verdean is hired by a local church pastor to find faith-promoting relics in the Holy Land. But after a fruitless expedition he is forced to get creative in this comedy of fa...
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Moonbeam City

Moonbeam City

6
2015
A cop movie from the 80s. A detective commits more crimes than most criminals. Hotshot rookies are dying to see Pizzaz Miller fail. He has to do police work with the world against him.
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Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

2015
Some of this year's most talked about talent open up about the challenges and triumphs of creating critically acclaimed series and performances.
7 Days in Hell

7 Days in Hell

6
2015
A fictional expose on the rivalry between two tennis stars.
Staten Island Summer

Staten Island Summer

2015
Danny and Frank work as lifeguards after high school.
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The Last Man on Earth

The Last Man on Earth

8
2015
Phil Miller, who used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank, is the only man left on Earth in the year 2022, after an unlikely event. Phil is looking for other s...
She's Funny That Way

She's Funny That Way

4
2015
On the set of a playwright's new project, a love triangle forms between his wife, her ex-lover, and the cast of the production.
Get Squirrely

Get Squirrely

2015
After breaking out of a rehabilitation zoo, Frankie, a squirrel with all the angles, returns to his forest. He learns from his dim-witted best friend, Cody, a porcupine and street-con, that while he w...

2014.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows
22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street

6
2014
Changes are coming for the officers when they go undercover. When Jenko meets a spirit on the football team, they begin to question their partnership. They have to decide if they can have a mature rel...
Apartment Troubles

Apartment Troubles

2014
Two codependent roommates, on the verge of eviction, flee New York for the promise of sunshine in Los Angeles where their friendship is tested by a chance at fame, a fortune teller and an amorous weal...
TV
Off Camera with Sam Jones

Off Camera with Sam Jones

2014
Sam Jones sits down with the professionals of television and movies, and other celebrities, to discuss their development before fame, their passions beyond their careers, and gives them a space to ope...
TV
Car Matchmaker with Spike Feresten

Car Matchmaker with Spike Feresten

2014
TV writer, talk show host and comedian, Spike Feresten, is the guy to see when car shopping. He meets someone needing a car and then draws on two decades of expertise and instinct to find three differ...
The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie

6.01
2014
A Lego mini-figure is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil Lego tyrant.
Run & Jump

Run & Jump

2014
After a stroke leaves her husband disabled and fundamentally changed, a spirited Irish wife struggles to keep her family members together. All the while they are under the microscope of an American re...

2013.

5 Movies · 1 TV show
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Drunk History

Drunk History

5.65
2013
Historical reenactments from A-list talent. A unique take on the familiar and less familiar people and events from America's great past as great moments in history are retold with unforgettable result...
Grown Ups 2

Grown Ups 2

6.59
2013
He and his friends grew up in a small town. The grown ups are learning from their kids on the last day of school, which is notoriously full of surprises.
Coffin Dodgers

Coffin Dodgers

2013
A group of misfit grumps get into Animal House-style trouble at a cozy suburban retirement home.
Life of Crime

Life of Crime

7
2013
Two common criminals got more than they bargained for when they kidnapped the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who didn't want to pay a $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.
Nebraska

Nebraska

6.33
2013
A father and son take a trip from Montana to Nebraska in order to claim a million dollar prize.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

6.54
2013
After the disastrous food storm in the first film,Flint and his friends are forced to leave the town. The Live Corp Company, which has been tasked to clean the island, and where the best inventors in ...

2012.

5 Movies
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

2012
Two guys get a billion dollars to make a movie, but they don't like what they see.
The Watch

The Watch

3.5
2012
A group of four everyday suburban guys come together one night a week to escape their mundane lives. When they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary s...
That's My Boy

That's My Boy

4.83
2012
While in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent until his 18th birthday. After not seeing each other for a long time, Todd's world comes crashing down when Donny come...
The Immigrant

The Immigrant

2012
After being deported back to his native Canada, once-famous comedian Bob London attempts a Hollywood comeback by enlisting human smugglers to sneak him across the Mexico-US border. Deposited in East L...
Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

6.3
2012
While pursuing their Hollywood dreams, a small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip.

2011.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
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Bob's Burgers

Bob's Burgers

6.75
2011
Bob's Burgers follows a third-generation restauranteur, Bob, as he runs Bob's Burgers with the help of his wife and their three children. Bob and his family have big ideas about burgers, but they fall...
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Allen Gregory

Allen Gregory

6
2011
Allen Gregory aired on Fox from October 30 to December 18. The series was created by three people. The series was canceled by Fox on January 8, 2012
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Up All Night

Up All Night

6
2011
An irreverent look at parenthood through the point of view of acerbic working mother, along with her husband and parents.
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

6
2011
People are having sex.

2010.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
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Conan

Conan

8.14
2010
O'Brien hosted the show.
The Women of SNL

The Women of SNL

2010
A look back at some of the funniest female characters and sketches in SNL's 39-year history.
MacGruber

MacGruber

2010
MacGruber is called back into action to take down his archenemy, Dieter Von Cunth, who is in possession of a nuclear warhead, and is bent on destroying Washington, DC.
Saturday Night

Saturday Night

2010
With unprecedented access to the behind the scenes process of the writers, actors and producers, Franco and his crew document what it takes to create one full episode of Saturday Night Live.

2009.

5 Movies · 5 TV shows
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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

3.5
2009
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show airing weeknights at 12:35 am Eastern/11:35 pm Central on NBC in the United States. The hour-long show premiered on March 2, 2009, and ...
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

2009
A PhD candidate in anthropology at a prestigious East Coast university is left looking for answers after her boyfriend mysteriously leaves her with little explanation.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

6.06
2009
Thanks to the invention of a machine, the citizens of Chewandswallow were able to feed themselves. When the food is large,Flint has to scramble. Will he be able to end the weather before the town is d...
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Sit Down Shut Up

Sit Down Shut Up

6
2009
Mitchell Hurwitz created Sit Down, Shut Up for the Fox network. A group of high school teachers in a small town in Florida are the focus of the series.
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The Cleveland Show

The Cleveland Show

6.31
2009
The adventures of Cleveland Brown.
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Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

6.14
2009
A hilarious ensemble comedy that follows a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit ...
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The League

The League

7.33
2009
The League is a comedy about a fantasy football league and its members.
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler

2009
Amy Poehler is the best SNL sketch writer.
Fanboys

Fanboys

7.5
2009
A group of Star Wars fans traveled to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in 1999 to see a screening of The Phantom Menace for a dying friend.
The Slammin' Salmon

The Slammin' Salmon

1
2009
The brutal former heavyweight boxing champion Cleon "Slammin'" Salmon (Duncan), now owner of a Miami restaurant, institutes a competition to see which waiter can earn the most money in one night: the ...

2008.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
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Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday

6
2008
The Saturday Night Live Weekend Update is on NBC. The political satire news show features SNL's "Weekend Update" segment. There were three 30-minute episodes in October 2008.
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Young Person's Guide to History

Young Person's Guide to History

2008
Young Person's Guide to History is a two-part television special produced by Funny Garbage, the creators of Saul of the Mole Men, and features most of the same actors and creative team. It was origina...
Extreme Movie

Extreme Movie

2008
A movie about the joys and embarrassments of having sex as a teen. The embarrassments are the majority.
Baby Mama

Baby Mama

2008
A successful, single businesswoman who dreams of having a baby discovers she is infertile and hires a working class woman to be her unlikely surrogate.

2007.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
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Flight of the Conchords

Flight of the Conchords

7
2007
The band moved from New Zealand to New York in order to forge a successful music career. They've found a manager, a fan, and a friend, but not much else.
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Tim and Eric Nite Live!

Tim and Eric Nite Live!

2007
Tim and Eric Nite Live! was an American television series, which premiered November 8, 2007 on SuperDeluxe. The talk show stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, creators of Tom Goes to the Mayor and T...
The Brothers Solomon

The Brothers Solomon

2007
In order to provide their dying father with a grandchild, a pair of brothers try to find their perfect mates.

2006.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
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30 Rock

30 Rock

6.1
2006
30 Rock ran on NBC from October 11, 2006 to January 31, 2013). The series takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy series that airs on NBC, and is based on the experiences of he...
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Campus Ladies

Campus Ladies

2006
On January 8, 2006 Oxygen aired a sitcom called Campus Ladies. The University of the Midwest is a fictional school where two 40-something women decide to enroll. The humor comes from the various situa...
Beerfest

Beerfest

6
2006
During a trip to Germany to scatter their grandfather's ashes, German-American brothers Todd and Jan discover Beerfest, the secret Olympics of downing stout, and want to enter the contest to defend th...

2005.

2 TV shows
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American Dad!

American Dad!

6.34
2005
The series focuses on an eccentric motley crew that is the Smith family and their three housemates: Father, husband, and breadwinner Stan Smith; his better half housewife, Francine Smith; their colleg...
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How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother

6.33
2005
A father retells to his children the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother in a series of flashbacks.

2004.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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Drawn Together

Drawn Together

6.64
2004
Drawn Together is an American adult animated sitcom, which ran on Comedy Central from October 27, 2004 to November 14, 2007. The series was created by Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein, and uses a sitco...
Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days

7.3
2004
A bet pits a British inventor, a Chinese thief and a French artist on a worldwide adventure and they can circle the globe in 80 days.

2002.

1 TV show
TV
Clone High

Clone High

2002
A group of high-school teens are the product of a secret government experiment. They are replicas of famous historical figures who have been dug up and re-created. Teenagers dealing with teen issues i...

2001.

1 Movie
Ghost World

Ghost World

7.5
2001
Two girls are trying to figure out what to do after high school. After they play a prank on a middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' friendship.

1998.

1 TV show
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That '70s Show

That '70s Show

6.24
1998
Go back to a time when platform shoes and puka shells were the rage and play this hilarious retro-sitcom. A group of high school teens who spend most of their time hanging out in Eric's basement, life...

1996.

1 TV show
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3rd Rock from the Sun

3rd Rock from the Sun

5.98
1996
3rd Rock from the Sun was a sitcom that aired on NBC from 1996 to 2001. The show tells the story of four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth, which they consider to be a very insignifi...

1993.

1 TV show
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Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...

1992.

1 TV show
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MTV Movie & TV Awards

MTV Movie & TV Awards

1992
The film and TV awards show is hosted by MTV. MTV executives pick the nominees.

1989.

1 TV show
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The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.22
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...

1975.

1 TV show
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Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

Unknown Year.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
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MacGruber

MacGruber

After rotting in prison for over a decade, America's ultimate hero is finally released. His goal was to take down a villain from his past. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber must race ...
Demetri Martin: These are jokes

Demetri Martin: These are jokes

The first CD/DVD set from Demetri Martin is called These Are Jokes. Some of the jokes have appeared on his Comedy Central Presents special.
Flipped

Flipped

Chronically underemployed couple Jann and Cricket Melfi are confident that they are the next great home design celebrity duo. Drug traffickers have hidden money.
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