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5 Famous Characters that Changed Drastically Over the Years

Dec. 8 2:47 PM by BradySullivan

Sometimes a character immediately springs onto the screen as a fully formed version of what viewers desire. However, many times there has to be an evolutionary process that leads to a character becoming what we know and love years later. Here are 5 examples of characters that first appeared in a very different form than what we all remember.

5- George Costanza

Sure, George Costanza has always been neurotic and slightly annoying (not Kramer annoying, just slightly annoying), but the way that Jason Alexander chose to play him changed dramatically between the first episode and the last. In the first season of Seinfeld, George is basically a fatter, balder version of Woody Allen. Alexander even admit that he went with a Woody Allen impression for the voice and demeanor because apparently Woody has the "Jewish and neurotic" market cornered pretty well. However, once the show started progressing and Alexander grew to know the creators, he realized that George was essentially Larry David. So he switched his voice and expressions completely and began to play George as the perpetually annoyed and awkward Larry David. And that's how we got one of the best sitcom characters ever.

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The 5 Weirdest Anniversary Episodes

Nov. 10 3:01 PM by DaveRudden

OMGLists celebrates its first anniversary this week! In order to pay the occasion justice, we've picked 5 anniversary episodes that were way more entertaining than the typical "husband forgets the date" plot thread.

5- The Simpsons- "Natural Born Kissers"

The Celebrators:

Homer and Marge Simpson

How it went wrong:

After a subpar anniversary dinner at Up, Up, And Buffet, Homer and Marge realize the magic has disappeared from their marriage. That magic is found when the couple is almost caught sneaking into a barn during a thunderstorm, and the animated couple realize they have a shared exhibitionist fetish, which is later tested when a semi-public tryst is discovered.

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The 5 Most Memorable Crying Moments of the 2008 Election

Nov. 5 6:45 PM by DaveRudden

Barack Obama's victory this week was as moving as it was monumental. But it wasn't the only time tears were shed during the election season. Here's five moments that almost brought us to tears, too.

5- Biden's Emotional Debate Moment

Teary Time: 0:07-0:13

The Moment:

In the only Vice-Presidential debate this year, Vice-President-elect Joe Biden was asked about his biggest weakness. In his answer, he addressed criticism that he lacks focus on family issues by recalling the death of his wife and the injury of his children, choking up as be brought up past memories.

Will it Make You Cry?

Probably, though it'll soon turn to rage as Sarah Palin uses Biden's grief as a segue to how much of a maverick John McCain is. Much like how Biden is seen as a man's man despite a proclivity for starting up the waterworks, we'll give a pass anybody who shed a tear watching that clip.

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7 TV School Elections with Important Lessons

Nov. 4 12:38 PM by DaveRudden

After the mistakes of 2000 and 2004, we're hoping the US can come through with a controversy-free election this year. These seven sitcoms feature school elections that provided some important lessons.

7- Saved By The Bell

The Election:

In "The Election," class clown Zack Morris decides to run against his good friend and Bayside's biggest braniac, Jesse Spano. Why? Because he heard that the winner gets a field trip to Washington D.C--why a teenager in a beach-filled Southern California.would want to go to the political epicenter of the US is beyond me. When rumors spread that the trip is canceled, Zack tries to lose the election. When he wins and the rumors prove false, he concedes to Jesse, the better person for the job.

The Lesson:

If you're running for political office, don't do it for the promise of a field trip. Make sure it's a done deal.

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6 Unforgettable Campaign Characters Who Weren't Candidates

Oct. 22 5:18 PM by KateMcNally

Presidential candidates meet and hear of a lot of people during their time spent stumping and speaking. While most of those folks are instantly forgotten, some people manage to get their 15 minutes of fame by being highlighted by the campaigns. The following are a few individuals who featured prominently in presidential campaigns.

6- Joe 6-Pack

He's your average Joe. Your next door neighbor. The guy standing next to you in the beer aisle trying to decide between Natty Light and Hamms. The classic alcoholic American in all of us--and evidently Sarah Palin's best friend. This guy isn't known for his rock-hard abs or impressive exercise regimen, he's known for gettin' wasted and killin' things. Because in Sarah Palin's eyes, only the white, drunk hunters in this country who live in small towns and say "nuculer" are true Americans. So kick back in that Lay-Z Boy, pull the tab off a couple of cold ones and watch some hockey.

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7 Subpar Saturday Night Live Presidential Imitations

Oct. 3 3:30 PM by Aaron_Koehn

Saturday Night Live has been home to some pretty memorable political impressions that sometimes become as remembered as the politicians themselves. From Norm MacDonanld's Bob Dole meeting the real thing after Dole's defeat to Tina Fey making a series of cameos to lampoon Sarah Palin, SNL's candidate impressions always catch the eye of the public. When the show falters in finding the right match, however, the end result can be pretty brutal. Like MadTV brutal.

7- Phil Hartman as Ronald Reagan

While this sketch's joke is that it would be funny if Ronald Reagan's clueless good intentions were just a sort of masquerade, and that actually he's an incredibly--almost dangerously--proficient politician, the majority of the impression hardly resembles Reagan. Some would assert that that's the intention, and it very well may be, but while they attempt to distance the viewer's notions of who the character could be, the impression becomes very difficult to associate with who the character actually was. That being said, the sketch is still pretty funny, especially when Hartman quickly snaps into his trademarked loud, overbearing persona, followed shortly then by his caricatured senior-president guise. The fact that Hartman was one of the greatest Clinton impressionists of all time makes his miss with Reagan all the more noticeable.

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9 Great Comedy Albums You Need in Your Collection

Sep. 25 6:05 AM by BradySullivan

Sure, there are those comedy classics out there that everyone out there has heard and most comedy fans can quote directly from. But outside the Cosbys, Carlins, and Hickses there is a whole world of fantastic comedy albums to discover. Here are 9 that may not be readily available at your local Best Buy next to the Larry the Cable Guys and Dane Cooks, but are well worth tracking down.

9. "En Garde, Society!" - Eugene Mirman

Eugene Mirman is a weird, but brilliant, New York based comedian. To give you a sense of Eugenes sense of humor, look no further than how he chose to honor the release of this album. Instead of the usual record release party or round of interviews at an ungodly hour for the zoo crew radio shows, Eugene instead hosted a protest of himself, providing protesters with signs with such comments as "God Made Adam and Eve, Not Eugene." The material on this album, a follow up to his first release The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman, carries much the same tone. Absurdity, social criticism and poo jokes all flow together to make a typical Eugene Mirman comedy set. His moral quandary of whether it is better to get knocked out for your abortion or to go to Papa Johns with the 30 dollars it costs is truly a question for the ages.

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7 Insane Campaign TV Ads

Sep. 17 3:48 PM by Aaron_Koehn

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When it comes to attaining political office for their candidates, political campaigns will throw any message against the wall to see what sticks. Here's 7 ads that left us scratching our heads.

7- Ike and Bob

You'd think that repeatedly saying shortened names in strange voices would easily get one elected; however, as Adlai Stevenson's ad proves, sometimes the general public just doesn't understand genius. Mr. Stevens--who ran for president in '52 and '56--attempted to link Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower with the unpopular senator Robert "Bob" Taft, in this classic political ad, which substantiates claims that Larry Craig wasn't the first Republican official that was bipartisan when it came to love. Unfortunately for Adlai, people of the 1950's were much more tolerant of their politicians' lifestyles. That, or after hearing that strange voice say "Ike" for the sixth time, they forgot the name of his opponent. Whatever the case, Ike won the election in a landslide.

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7 Consistently Hilarious Talk Show Guests

Sep. 10 2:22 PM by BradySullivan

The hosts of talk shows are what get them to stay on the air, but what gets casual viewers to tune in are the guests. Sometimes they are actors with no business trying to be funny--'m looking at you Emile Hirsch!--but others are gems that make a conversation between host and guest like a fine jazz riff, except less pretentious and more funny. Here are 7 of the guests that consistently entertain us.

7- Bill Murray

Throughout his career Bill Murray has transitioned from a rapid fire jokester to a king of quiet, awkward comedy, but nowhere have the two come together better than on his late night appearances. As long as he has been guesting he has been constantly entertaining, always bringing a weird vibe of awkwardness on the brink of hilarity to the table and rarely discussing whatever film he is actually there to promote. During his appearance on Letterman's very first late night show alone he started a fake fight with Dave and did an aerobics routine to Olivia Newton John's "Let's Get Physical." But perhaps his most memorable appearance on Letterman came just last year when he used Dave's connections at CBS to call the head of the company, Les Moonves, and try to finagle some free tickets to the Super Bowl.

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The 8 Most Hilarious Celebrity Accidents

Aug. 27 2:47 PM by BradySullivan

As a culture we adore our celebrities. We may not know what initiatives are on the ballot this fall, but we sure as hell know how many pushes it took Angelina Jolie to crank out the latest additions to her brood. However, the one thing we love more than adoring our celebrities is laughing at them when, for just a brief moment, they falter and appear to be almost human. Here are our 8 favorite humiliating celebrity accidents.

8- Tara Reid's Inadvertent Topless Photo Shoot

After having as much work done on her boobs as she did, it's no surprise that Tara Reid has absolutely no feeling left in her most striking features. Because silicone has no nerve endings, Tara did not even realize her breast had fallen out in front of an entire crew of rabid paparazzi members at a premiere. The photographers hit the jackpot as Tara stood obliviously smiling until an aide (or just someone that likes to ruin a good time) rushed over to clothe her (unsurprisingly haggard looking) breast once more. Still, with a resume that includes Josie and the Pussycats and Hitched it's the best entertainment she's ever produced.

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