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Pop Culture Countdown: Jimmy Fallon, Pitch Perfect 2, and Snowbrawl 2014

By Danny McCarthy, Staff Writer
@thedanosaurus

6. Britney Spears Saves “How I Met Your Mother”:

We’re starting this week off with the Princess of Pop. After guest-starring on the popular CBS comedy, Britney Spears has been credited with saving “How I Met Your Mother” from getting canceled in its fourth season, according to HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. She portrayed Abby, a stalker-eque, crazed receptionist in love with Ted Mosby. Her appearance came right after the writers’ strike, and HIMYM was teetering on the edge of getting the axe. Luckily, Spears swept in and boosted ratings that have been high ever since. Now the show is nearing the end of their ninth and final season, with the last episode set to air on March 31.

5. Justin Bieber:

By now, everyone’s eyes are on Justin Bieber. From peeing in buckets to posing for pictures with ladies of the night, he is one train wreck that we just can’t give up. But his latest legal woes have a bit of a new development.

Police pulled Bieber over  for speeding late last month but it turns out he wasn’t actually speeding at the time he was pulled over. Although, according to his rented yellow Lamborghini, which has a built-in GPS system that recorded the car’s speed just hours before his arrest, Bieber was going over 136 mph at one point in his joyride. That, paired with the alcohol and drugs in his system, could have had serious repercussions. On the bright side, no one was hurt, and the pop star hasn’t become another prison cautionary tale (yet).

4. Jimmy Fallon’s last show:

Moving on to big and better things as the newest “The Tonight Show” host, Jimmy Fallon wrapped up his last episode on his “Late Night” show. In true Fallon fashion, he went out on a high note with jokes and music, saying he would really miss his 12:35 a.m. time slot and competing for viewers with a “vegan chopper commercial.” He ended his show with The Muppets — because of course why wouldn’t he — and got a little emotional in his monologue.

Fallon will replace Jay Leno as “The Tonight Show” host, as Seth Meyers moves into “Late Night.”

3. Sage Kotsenburg:

American Olympian Sage Kotsenburg won the Winter Olympics’ first gold medal by utilizing a move that he had never used before. And that’s all fine and dandy, but what I think the real story here is just how much of an awesome bro Kotsenburg is. He has a brother named Blaze, and he uses words like “mega” and “stoked.” It’s nice to see an Olympian with a real, honest personality. I’m not afraid to admit that I want him to be my best friend.

2. Pitch Perfect 2:

Pitch Perfect 2 is happening and I am getting all of the feels again. Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have signed on, and Kendrick even signed on without reading the script. I don’t even know if the movie even needs a script. In my opinion it only needs Kendrick reading her Tweets, Wilson speaking words, and a capella versions of “We Can’t Stop,” “Young and Beautiful” and “Timber.” You heard it here first, readers.

1. BU SnowBrawl 2014:

Okay, this might not be worldwide pop culture news, but it sure has a big impact on our little community. Wednesday, Boston University declared a snow day for the Charles River Campus, as I’m sure you are all aware. And if you’re not aware, then seriously what were you doing?

Anyway, in true snow day spirit, a Facebook event was created for one fantastic, gigantic mega-blowout snowball fight on the Esplanade. It was epic and beautiful. And — shameless plug — if you check out BU Today’s Instagram account and look up their SnowBrawl picture, you’ll see me. You’re welcome, world.

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MUSE: Seth Meyers at BU

By Justin Soto, Lifestyle Editor

Seth Meyers is coming to BU/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Anya Garrett

Seth Meyers is coming to BU/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Anya Garrett

Boston University’s Programming Council is planning a weekend full of fun with their annual inter-school pageant, Mr. and Mrs. BU on Thursday March 21 and Seth Meyer’s comedy show on Friday March 22.  Since I am a huge fan of Saturday Night Live, I was thrilled to hear that Seth Meyers would be coming to perform on campus.  As current head writer of the NBC show SNL and the host of its parody segment Weekend Update, he is an icon for comedy fans around the country.

Meyers got his improv comedy start as a member of the Northwestern University sketch group called Mee-Ow.  He continued his career at ImprovOlympic with the group Preponderate as well as overseas as a cast member of Boom Chicago.  Meyers joined the SNL team in 2001 and in 2005 he was promoted to writing supervisor.  Once Tina Fey left the SNL show, Meyers became head writer for the 2006-2007 season.  When Amy Poehler left the show in the 2008-2009 season he started anchoring Weekend Update alone.  These experiences landed him a film role alongside in the 2004 film called See This Movie as well as the 2008 film Journey to the Center of the Earth alongside Brendan Fraser and Anita Briem.  He has continued acting in films along with his job at SNL.

He is performing in multiple places in March including a stop at BU on March 22, Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch, Minn. on the March 23 and the University of Central Florida Arena in Orlando, Fla. on March 25.  He seems to attract young audiences who enjoy his sarcasm and improv talents.  I hope that fellow BU students will enjoy his comedy performance as much as I will.

His experiences include satire, political satire, news satire, improv and sketch comedy.  These varying expressions of comedy awaken the senses of an audience member, especially with his witty tone and quirky smirk when presenting the news on SNL.  BU students should be delighted to watch him perform this Friday, hopefully setting the pace for a great weekend.