BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #66: Wentworth Miller, Fall Television, and Halloween

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( discuss some of the fall television they’re excited for. Plus, it’s an update on “Operation Seduction” with talk of Wentworth Miller’s recent coming out of the closet. The two also discuss Ben’s internship experiences at “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” the WWE, and “Strangers with Candy.” As a bonus, there’s talk of Yom Kippur and Halloween, naturally. Come listen!

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Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Hicks and The Roots Perform Tribute To Rebecca Black


Some internet memes are so white hot they flame out after just a few days (ie. Charlie Sheen, “winning, duh”). Rebecca Black, however, is the gift that keeps on giving. The tween’s infectious yet banal single “Friday” has become a pop culture fixture over the past three weeks, having been covered and parodied by umpteen comedians, unknowns, and everyone in between. By far the best take on the tune came at the end of last week when Stephen Colbert spearheaded a triumphant performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Check out the video above and enjoy the surprisingly awesome arrangement by The Roots.

Celebrities You Should Be Following On Twitter


So you’re at work, bored, waiting for me to post something new, right? Thankfully, Twitter offers endless fun, but who on Earth should you follow? WELL, for starters, you can follow me ( — help me get to 10,000 followers!! Or at least 3,000). But if you already follow me and want other (LESS GOOD) options, then Socialite Life has compiled a nifty list of celebs to follow. They range from the crazy (Charlie Sheen) to the clever (Stephen Colbert). Check out the list, and be sure to suggest your very own favorites (celeb or not) in the comments section below.

Socialite Life: 10 Celebrities To Follow On Twitter

My Random ‘Strangers With Candy’ Cameo


Ten years ago, I was a lowly intern on Strangers with Candy, the cult-comedy series on Comedy Central that aired for three seasons. It was a pretty thankless job, but there were occasional perks. One day, in fact, the powers that be had me serve as a classroom extra for a few scenes, which meant that I got to spend a day sitting behind Amy Sedaris in a room with Stephen Colbert and guest star David Cross (and Heather Matarazzo, if we want to get specific). It was kind of amazing. To this day I will always remember a bored Amy Sedaris sitting there in between takes and naming as many sausages as she could in her Jerri Blank voice. The bit was so bizarre yet so utterly hilarious that I couldn’t help but laugh out loud, which was strange because not only was I the only one laughing, but apparently the only one listening to her as well. How could people be ignoring her? I swear to God, when she ultimately said “Blood sausage,” I nearly lost it.

Nevertheless, I was watching the episode the other night, and I decided to take a screen grab of my impressive acting debut. The pic hardly does justice to my stellar performance, but it does show off my shapely college-age body.

Aw, memories.

AND WHATNOT: Slutty Little Girls! Also, Sinkholes, Rhinoceroses, and The Stamens Of Crocuses

New York Times: Growers Feel the Squeeze To Sell a Pinch of Saffron (thanks jash!)
Christian Science Monitor: Huge rhinoceros escapes from cage at Florida zoo
AP: The funniest relationship on TV? Colbert and House
PopEater: Tyler Lambert, Son of Dana Plato, Commits Suicide
Movieline: REVIEW: Ugly, Interminable Robin Hood Steals From Audiences
New York Times: Quebec Family Dies as Home Vanishes Into Crater
Socialite Life: Amanda Seyfried’s Nickname Is Vagina?