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Stephen Colbert and The Roots perform “Friday”

Happy Friday everyone.  By now everyone has heard of Rebecca Black’s “Friday”. Not sure if you’ve seen Stephen Colbert perform his rendition.  Get ready to laugh.

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Why It’s Still Good to be an American Man

The 4th of July is always a great reminder of why we are fortunate enough to live in the greatest country in the World. With all the political squabbling, widespread complaining, and depressing news stories (see Casey Anthony), it is easy to lose sight of how lucky we truly are. Take a second to sit back and reflect on why it’s still good to be an American with this article from Esquire.

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Mission Impossible 4

There have obviously already been three of these made, so you should pretty much know what to expect going into this movie. However, with that being said, Tom Cruise + Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker) + beautiful women + huge explosions/action scenes + Eminem on the soundtrack = a recipe for entertainment. After watching the above trailer, count me in.

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Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

ESPN has dominated the world of sports as of late, but was once a fledgling, start up cable company that had the wild idea to broadcast sports 24/7. Those Guys Have All the Fun is an oral history of the company told by the people that were there making it happen. Written by the same duo that gave us the oral history of SNL (Live From New York), James Miller and Tom Shales, this book interviews everyone from the network’s creator to its biggest personalities and star athletes. It is a fascinating read to learn about how the company started, barely survived, and then made it to where it is today.  Although it carries a hefty page count, the book is full of great stories, amazing insights, and fascinating details.

Buy HERE.

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Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari is not only one of the most popular stand up comics around right now, but he also stars in the hit NBC show Parks and Recreation and has been in a ton of movies lately. Last summer, Aziz set off on his second headlining tour, Dangerously Delicious, and is still currently doing shows. I personally saw the show, laughed my ass off, and can’t recommend it enough. If you haven’t seen Aziz, check out his stand up videos, Parks and Recreation, or this MUST SEE CLIP from Jimmy Fallon’s show.

Aziz’s Blog and Twitter too.

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30 Minutes or Less

30 Minutes or Less is guaranteed to be a smash hit comedy this summer.  Directed by the guy who did Zombieland, starring Jesse Eisenberg (Social Network), Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down), Nick Swardson (Reno 911) and Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreations), this looks like it is going to be absolutely hilarious.  There’s really nothing else we can say, just watch the red band trailer above.

Warning: This content may not be suitable for children under 17.

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Moneyball

Two years ago Michael Lewis’ book, The Blindside, was turned into a motion picture.  $300 million and an Oscar for Sandra Bullock later, Michael Lewis became a hot commodity in Hollywood. Lewis’ best book is widely considered as Moneyball, an inside look into the Oakland A’s during the early 2000’s.  Now Hollywood is hoping this is another hit.  With Brad Pitt starring as Billy Beane (the A’s risk taking general manager) in Aaron Sorkin’s (see: The Social Network) screenplay supported by stars Robin Wright Penn, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah Hill, this movie is sure to be a hit.

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The Most Important Room at the Office

If you have ever worked in an office, then you most likely have numerous stories about awkward encounters in the restroom. Whether it be the guy who chooses the middle urinal or the dude who feels it necessary to lean one hand against the wall and talk to you, everyone has been in a situation or seen something or someone they would like to forget. This GQ article helps you understand each bathroom personality and better yet, let’s you know if you are one of them. A must read for any office dweller.

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Colbert and the Congressional Tenth


Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know a District” segment made a triumphant return last week when Colbert interviewed Rep. John Garamendi from California’s 10th District.  There had been a long hiatus for the segment, due to Colbert’s hostile and leading questions bringing upon countless embarrassing moments for those in Congress; and now it’s safe to say Congress might be handing a memo to its members to steer clear of Mr. Colbert.  Check out Colbert roast Rep. Garamendi here.

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Need a Gift for Dad?

If you are anything like us here at Graduated Culture, you probably are a last second shopper.  As some of you know, and some of you probably don’t know, Father’s Day is this Sunday.  Obviously, we have not done our shopping.  However, The Wall Street Journal is here to help with a list of books for you pops, because you know your dad likes two things: sports and reading.  Check the article here.

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