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Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Prove Steve Burke Can Take a Joke

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler dropped by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last night to cameo in “The Jersey Floor.” If you like “The Jersey Shore,” you’ll like this.

And if you like seeing how the head of a giant media conglomerate fares when he shows up on a taped comedy bit, pay attention around the 4:50 mark. That’s when NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke shows up for a few seconds to mug with a couple of his employees.

He’s not a dynamic actor, but then again, the part doesn’t require much. He just has to stand there as Poehler insults his network: “The new NBC: Nowhere to go but up.”


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald