Jenny Slate and Retta Want You to Get Tested

Two of our favorite Parks & Rec (pour one out) stars shot a very quick and funny reminder that April is Get Yourself Tested (GYT) Month. So, with six days left, the countdown is on. (Not that you can’t also get tested in May. But seriously, go!)

Regardless of race, gender identity, sexuality, or finances, you can turn to Planned Parenthood by providing affordable, accessible health care. In fact, each year, they provide nearly 4.5 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

In the name of being educated about why you should  GYT this month, here are three facts about STDs, courtesy of Planned Parenthood. The more you know…

  • STDs impact young people the hardest. There will be an estimated 20 million new sexually transmitted infections this year, half in people under 25 — even though they represent only a quarter of people having sex.
  • If not treated, STDs can lead to serious health problems. Untreated STDs like chlamydia, although easy to cure, make it difficult for about 24,000 women to get pregnant each year.
  • The good news is that all STDs, even HIV, are treatable and most are curable. Early treatment can help prevent serious, lifelong health problems that can result from untreated STDs.
To find a testing location near you visit gettested.cdc.gov or plannedparenthood.org.

Jenny Slate of ‘Marcel the Shell’ Stars in Bass Hearts Rachel Antonoff Lookbook

Fans of SNL alum Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer Camp’s adorable "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On" videos will notice a familiar face in the spring lookbook for Bass Hearts Rachel Antonoff. A champion of cute herself, Antonoff tapped NYC comedienne Slate to star in the line’s latest range of retro-happy footwear that Marcel the Shell would approve of.

The lookbook features Slate enjoying a carnival day in Long Beach Island, New Jersey, rocking Bass Hearts RA’s array of flats, oxfords, and wedges. We’ve got our eyes on the sparkly transparent cut-out oxfords and polka dot wedges. See the complete lookbook here.

‘Drunk History’ Web Series Becoming Actual TV Show

In the early days of Funny or Die, there was Pearl the Landlord and Will Ferrell and not much else. Most of the videos and series would probably fall more in the “Die” category, but then there was “Drunk History,” which had a little something for everyone. There’s booze, there’s history, there’s some excellent voiceover work from funny people like Jen Kirkman, and some very famous people being forced to act out their interpretations of history.

Don Cheadle plays Frederick Douglass; Michael Cera opens the series as Alexander Hamilton, and a lot of . Plus, you learn things, sort of! Probably more about the importance of holding your booze than history, but some history, probably. Maybe. Anyway, it’s going to be a real TV show on Comedy Central, which means it might not be as fun because you probably have to tone it down, or it might be even more funnier because it opens the tent for more funny people to participate. Whichever.

Drunk History makes its slightly-larger-screen debut on July 9th. Creator Derek Waters will host the show, which takes “viewers and students of history (the late-night cramming/Cliff Notes version) on a tour of cities across America… to explore their rich culture and history via historical reenactments with a twist… of lime.”

And the cast looks pretty solid. Notable guest stars this season include Lisa Bonet, Connie Britton, a returning Michael Cera, Terry Crews (fresh off his Arrested Development appearance), Dave Grohl, Tony Hale, Kyle Kinane, Natasha Leggero, Stephen Merchant, Bob Odenkirk, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, Jenny Slate, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Wiig and the Wilson brothers. There are a lot of questions, and this cast has a lot of potential, but what I’m wondering is what president Bradley Whitford will be playing, and how many not-so-subtle West Wing references there will be.

Watch two of the most popular episodes, the premiere with Michael Cera reenacting the death of Alexander Hamilton and a wine-drunk Jen Kirkman narrating the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, referring to the latter as “Richard Dreyfuss” and asking if she took her pants off or not.

Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman Return for Another Round of Bestie X Bestie

I don’t know how Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman do it, but I could watch these two people sit around and make silly jokes and laugh at each other for hours, because they are two of the funniest humans on this planet. It’s a good thing that the pair have a new episode of their hilarious (and, sadly, sporadic) webseries, Bestie X Bestie. Thanks, buds! You saved the day!

And for those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, here are the previous episodes. Enjoy!

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Max Silvestri & Gabe Liedman Host Williamsburg’s Funniest Night

This week, we’re bringing you video interviews with some of the biggest and most respected names in New York comedy. While many think of comedy shows as cheesy affairs featuring lame stand-up comics and two-drink minimums, a new crowd of performers are changing the game by hosting their own shows to showcase their own talents as well as those of their friends, colleagues, and heroes. Today, we check in with Max Silvestri and Gabe Liedman, hosts of the Brooklyn mainstay Big Terrific!

Four years ago, a triumvirate of Brooklyn comedy—Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate—started the weekly free show, Big Terrific, at Sound Fix Lounge in Williamsburg with the intent to create a "fun and friendly" space for comedians and most importantly, the audience. Since then, they’ve hosted some of the biggest names in stand-up, moved the show a few blocks to Cameo Gallery in the back of Lovin’ Cup Cafe on Wednesday nights, and earned "New York’s Best Comedy Show" by Time Out and New York magazines. While Jenny has packed her shell and moved to L.A., Max and Gabe (who was recently featured in BlackBook’s feature about up-and-coming gay comedians) continue to draw the big names and crowds. It’s still free, it’s still Big Terrific.

‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On’ Stars in a New Video

SNL alum Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer Camp broke the internet’s collective heart last year when they released the excruciatingly adorable and charmingly hilarious "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On." In it, the titular footwear enthusiast ruminates on its life as, well, a shell living in a world wherein toenails are skis and high cholesterol is an increased, panic-inducing risk. In the meantime the duo have published a children’s book and are developing the character for TV. But more importantly, the couple has released a new video today. 

This is the most adorable thing you will see today. 

(Via Videogum)

Things To Do This Weekend Instead of Wallowing In Misery Because Summer’s Almost Over

1. Take Elisabeth Moss on a date — she’s single now, and totally in your league. At the very least you can get the inside scoop on what Pete Campbell’s like in bed.

2. Watch this video, Marcel The Shell With Shoes On, directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, and starring SNL’s Jenny Slate as the voice of a seashell with one eye and shoes. Then watch it again. And again. And again.

3. Go see Chromeo at the Williamsburg Waterfront. Because a) This great venue is being forced to close, and the Chromeo show may be its last, and b) it’s a good spot to photograph “hoopsters” a.k.a. hipsters in retro basketball jerseys.

4. Check out your local farmer’s market before it gets too cold. All the cool kids are cooking kale this summer. Who wants to start the zucchini trend?

5. Play baseball with the helium-filled, “hypercharged” SkyBall. Makes you feel like you’re on steroids!

Brooklyn’s Comedy Renaissance at the Cameo

Ear malfunctions, bad Hollywood pitches, weight-training videos, and a brief crotch-touching contest directed by Zach Galifianikis. Standard Wednesday eve at “Big Terrific,” the ongoing comedy showcase at one of Brooklyn’s fresher haunts, Cameo. Hosted by locals Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, and recent Saturday Night Live signee Jenny Slate, the (totally free) weekly show is swiftly carving its comic niche, passing the mic between themselves and legit NYC talent on the rise.

Mainly stand-up, sometimes improv, the night brings a casual mingling of the under-the-radar and the healthily exposed. Re-occurring (usually unannounced) guests in the form of Eugene Mirman, Rob Cantrell, and yes, Galifianikis help bring the kids out — but it’s the untapped that keeps us going back. Last night proved to be further reinforcement as Onion writer Jack Kukoda brought folks onstage to act out parts in his unabashedly awful dramedy — a script penned “only for Beyonce to star in.” Videogum’s Gabe Delahaye mused on having the same doctor featured in Supersize Me, a man who’s uncomfortably too-cool and keeps photos of both William S. Burroughs and Ashton Kutcher on the wall in his office.

And plugging their upcoming Found Footage Fest (Anthology Film Archives 9/18 and 9/19), creators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher gave us an ample taste test. The crowd was totally sold on the fest by videos of a bizarrely sun-lotioned Dolph Lundgren teaching us how to reach our “maximum potential,” interspersed with overzealous aerobic instructors demonstrating how to do your squats while holding a baby.

Though the clear highlight (and total surprise) of the night was closing set by relative unknown, Jesse Popp. A deadpan, spot-on delivery had a capacity room howlin’ through his recollection of how the only two things we were ever warned about in middle school were “strangers and cocaine.” And if you were to experiment with coke, “at the big track meet the next day, you’d end up running off the track, through the fence and out into traffic … where you’d then be hit by a truck … that was delivering your scholarship.” Undoubtedly, Popp (and who knows who else) will re-emerge at Cameo in the coming weeks, so unless you despise laughing for free, we’ll see you there.