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Last month, while browsing the massive Funko booth at the 115th North American International Toy Fair in New York City, one of my favorite finds was the new line of SNL POP! Vinyl Figures. The first wave will bring forth characters from some classic sketches - from Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg doing "Dick in a Box" to Will Ferrell breaking out some "more cowbell" as Gene Frenkle, there's even Tom Hanks' recent cult icon, David S. Pumpkins. But out of all the characters being brought into plastic for the POP! series, there isn't one that's scene more airtime than Bill Hader's Stefon. Since Hader recently made his return to Saturday Night Live to host for the first time, Stefon returned with him, and that makes this the right time to let you know that if you're a fan, you probably need his POP! These are available for pre-order now via my affiliates at Entertainment Earth, and will be up soon on the official Funko Shop.

I've been meaning to post this one since the weekend, but while it may not be brand new, it's still worth checking out a time or two. Straight from the stage at 30 Rock, FOO FIGHTERS performed on Saturday Night Live, breaking out "The Sky is a Neighborhood" from their latest album, CONCRETE AND GOLD. But for their second performance, they veered off from the usual current-album-promoting format to do a little of their 1997 hit "Everlong," followed by a Christmas medley of Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" and Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" from A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. See the performance, and crank it up below!

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may not be blood-born sisters but they do have an unbreakable bond, and their recent film, SISTERS, shows just that. With the film coming home on Blu-ray and DVD March 15th, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine have teamed-up to give readers a shot at winning SISTERS on Blu-ray Combo Pack, all while celebrating these "Queen Bees of Comedy" by taking a quick look back at some of their most iconic collaborations on the big screen, and the small one!

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It was 20 years ago that actor Sam Waterston (LAW & ORDER) appeared on Saturday Night Live to endorse Old Glory Insurance and their excellent coverage against robot attacks on seniors. Sure, "Robot Insurance" was just a pipedream a mere two decades ago, but this week news came down that one of my favorite companies - and one that I work with on a weekly basis - has just unveiled a line of "Companion Pets" geared toward seniors... or in more simple terms, ROBOT CATS. Hasbro's JOY FOR ALL Companion Pets are their first foray into products aimed specifically at the truly oldest older kids, utilizing the animatronic technology that Hasbro has honed with products like their FurReal Friends and Furby lines.  These cats "respond to petting, hugging and motion through built-in sensors," and boast "authentic cat sound effects, and soft fur inspired by real felines." Watch the video below to see it in action...

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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)This week, most of my fellow PBS KIDS VIPs (Very Involved Parents) are in Austin, Texas attending the PBS Annual Meeting. While I had to miss this year's meeting, the news is still flowing, and today comes the full details on this Fall's next big hit, NATURE CAT! First reported here on THE ROCK FATHER back in January, NATURE CAT is a new series from creators David Rudman (“Cookie Monster” and “Baby Bear” on SESAME STREET; “Scooter” and “Janice” on THE MUPPETS) and Adam Rudman (TOM & JERRY, SESAME STREET, CYBERCHASE), that aims to encourage children ages 3-8 to explore and develop connections with the natural world. The series is now set to debut on November 25 on PBS KIDS (check local listings for times), and will feature a very familiar voice cast...

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Premiering this Friday, January 31 (8:30am-9am ET/PT) on Disney Junior, is "Cubby's Crabby Crusade," an all-new episode of JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES. This time around, BOBBY MOYNIHAN (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) guest stars as the voice of King Crab, as he and his crab minions mistake Cubby for Jake, kidnapping him and setting the stage for adventure. Check out a clip below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER. 

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