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Government shutdown: The best late-night and celeb reactions

Jimmy Kimmel

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Faster than you can say “meme,” the Internet was aflutter with commentary on today’s government shutdown. Ranging from the angry to the silly to the tweetable, here are the best reactions:

The best late-night government roasting (in addition to Stewart and Colbert’s “Rockin’ Government Shutdown Eve”): “Our government may be shutting down in a few hours. So folks, get ready for absolutely no noticeable difference,” Conan O’Brien said on Monday’s Conan. “All this drama is very confusing to all the hookers in D.C. They don’t know whether they have to go to work tomorrow either,” Arsenio Hall said on The Arsenio Hall Show.

Best display of American ignorance: Jimmy Kimmel polled people on Hollywood Boulevard about whether they preferred Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (hint, they’re the same thing).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx2scvIFGjE

Best use of social media to air middle-American grievances: The Today show’s #DearCongress hashtag.

Funniest hashtag spawn: #ShutdownPickupLines.

https://twitter.com/CleverTitleTK/status/384738571875545089

Best Use of Matthew Broderick: Buzzfeed used Ferris Bueller’s Day Off GIFs to explain the intricacies of the government shutdown, with Ferris as Senator Ted Cruz.

And finally, the best celeb shutdown tweets:

https://twitter.com/ConanOBrien/status/384842421181239296

https://twitter.com/jonlovett/status/384879554776412161

https://twitter.com/michaelianblack/status/384995392321888256

https://twitter.com/bjnovak/status/384883672119136257

https://twitter.com/rainnwilson/status/384916953166385152

https://twitter.com/JimGaffigan/status/384888369492529152

Originally posted October 1 2013 — 1:58 PM EDT

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