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Baldwin has bags under his eyes, his normally enviable hair appears as though it’s been beaten flat with a tire iron, and he has two blood-red spots on the bridge of his nose. His whole body looks like it aches. He is keeping it going by alternating between a bottle of Diet Coke and some grainy concoction from Starbucks served in a bucket. This week he is hosting SNL for a record 17th time, expectations are soaring, and the pressure, like the workload, is telling on him like a terrible secret. It’s only Tuesday.

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"My best to the choir. I have to say, that song never grows old for me. Whenever I hear that song, it reminds me of nothing."

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List of Best Longform Stories & Articles (Crime & Culture) - 2014: It's not hard to make a list of things that could easily have derailed Zach Galifianakis's world-changing "Between Two Ferns" interview with President Obama. The entire premise, for starters.

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A Longform Stories Top 10: We've heard the rumors almost since the moment he walked off the set of his legendary Comedy Central show in 2005 at the height of its popularity and disappeared: Dave Chappelle was re-emerging. Going on tour. Getting a new TV show. But this summer, something happened. Ten shows at Radio City, all sold out in hours, all brilliant. 

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Can Chris Rock make the leap from standup eminence to leading man?  Came out my mother’s stomach; anything that happened in a three-block radius, I was a suspect! White America is so scared of black teen-agers. I walk down the streets, women are grabbing hold of their Mace, everybody’s tucking in their chains, people are hitting their car doors, people get into karate stances.

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"To people who know her, it makes perfect sense that she would now have her own sitcom. It was simply a matter of course, on par with how, at 30, she decided to write a book of memoirish essays and observations called Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

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Diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago, and given only months to live, Sam Simon is still alive and still racing to spend the fortune he made as co-creator of The Simpsons on causes he loves, whether he is rescuing grizzly bears (and chinchillas and elephants) or funding vegan food banks.

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