Jimmy Fallon's "Breaking Bad" parody. Featuring cameos by Bryan Cranston, Bob Odenkirk, and Aaron Paul.
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- 2012 Democratic National Convention
- Aaron Paul
- Anthony Weiner
- Bain Capital
- Barack Obama
- Bill Clinton
- Bob Odenkirk
- Breaking Bad
- Brian Williams
- Bryan Cranston
- Carol Costello
- Clint Eastwood
- Conan O'Brien
- Dana Loesch
- David Letterman
- Dick Cheney
- Fire and Rain
- Happy Days
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- James Taylor
- Jimmy Kimmel
- Joe Biden
- John Boehner
- Jon Stewart
- Jumping the Shark
- Keith Olbermann
- Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
- Laura Bush
- Lawrence O'Donnell
- Michael Moore
- Michelle Malkin
- Michelle Obama
- Mitt Romney
- Rachel Maddow
- Rachel Ray
- Ronald Reagan
- Sarah Palin
- Schoolhouse Rock
- Slow Down The News
- Stephen Colbert
- craig ferguson
- dr seuss
- george bush
- snoop dogg
- the Academy Awards
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Following Michelle Obama's Sunday night video appearance at the Academy Awards, CNN used a clip of Happy Days character Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli jumping a shark on water skis to question whether the first lady had diminished herself.
The 1977 Happy Days scene and the phrase "jump the shark" has come to describe the moment when a gimmick damages someone or something's reputation beyond the point of repair.
"An editor at Salon.com thinks the first lady is following in Fonzie's footsteps by presenting the award for best picture at the Oscars," CNN host Carol Costello announced on Monday after showing the Happy Days clip.
Costello noted that the first lady had also recently met with Sesame Street's Big Bird about her campaign to combat childhood obesity, appeared on Jimmy Fallon's show and talked to TV chef Rachel Ray "about those much-buzzed-about bangs."
"Some say maybe the Oscars aren't the best use of the first lady's time," the CNN host continued. "Instead of all those cameos, she might champion some grittier political issues like the deficit, gun control or the pressing need for bipartisanship... Did Michelle Obama jump the shark at the Oscars?"
CNN contributor L.Z. Granderson reminded Costello that Laura Bush had also appeared in a video at the 2002 Academy Awards.
Granderson also noted that critics were forgetting that Michelle Obama "is not actually a politician, she's married to a politician."
After first expressing outrage about the current first lady's Sunday night cameo, conservative pundits like radio host Dana Loesch and columnist Michelle Malkin later rushed to defend Oscar appearances by Laura Bush and Ronald Reagan.
"Reagan was former president of the Screen Actors Guild. Sorry, did I miss Michelle Obama's past career in Hollywood?," Malkin wrote on Twitter Sunday night, adding that the first lady would soon "be in every movie theater preview telling you to shut your cellphone off & put away the popcorn."
"The left can't produce a video of Laura Bush presenting because it doesn't EXIST," Loesch argued. "They want to deflect because FLOTUS presenting shows bias and the propaganda involved around their 'Zero Dark Thirty' flick."
But Costello's point seemed to be that the first lady had better things to do with her time: "Imagine if Michelle Obama would reach out to Ms. Boehner... And they had lunch together and they talked about their husbands."
"I think the Oscars jumped the shark, like, four hours before Michelle Obama was even on TV," CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash told Costello on Monday. "Jumping the shark had nothing to do with Michelle Obama."
From Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:
At the Democratic National Convention, "James Taylor" debuts "Romney & Bain" - his parody of the classic "Fire & Rain."
Keith Olbermann says Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) isn't the only one in Congress having inappropriate relationships.
There have been rumors of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) having affairs for years, according to the Current host.
"You know what's next, right?" Olbermann asked Fallon. "Something with John Boehner. Boehner. B-O-E-H-N-E-R. You know what his nickname is? Is -- is 'boner.' He answers to that."
"All sorts of rumors about him too," the liberal host continued. "Oh, yes. For a long time."
And the original internet cartoon which started it all.
Countdown's mashup of the late night comedians' reaction to Sarah Palin's book tour. Lawrence O'Donnell promised more to come as long as the tour continues. Kind of like shooting fish in a barrel but the Moose Hunter made herself an easy target.