Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Leak, ‘You Didn’t Build That’ & More Viral Videos

From the late-night shows’ pile-on over the Romney ‘47 percent’ video to a West Wing reunion and Fred Armisen passing the Obama torch to Jay Pharoah, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

Late Night Takes On Romney

What’s worse than a damning video leak? Watch and see, as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and more late-night comics pile on Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” zinger.

MC Bama’s ‘You Didn’t Build That’

Time to break out the harem pants. Following President Obama’s flub about small-business owners—“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help ... If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen”—a mashup sets the record straight.

Parker Posey Will Teach You How to Accept an Emmy

Languishing over what to say in your Emmy acceptance speech? Stress no more. In this viral sketch ahead of this weekend’s awards ceremony, Posey offers invaluable tips for winning like a champ.

IPhone 5 Reveal… or Not?

Thoughts on the new iPhone? Faster, lighter, thinner, and just plain better? Jimmy Kimmel gives his audience a first look at the iPhone 5—actually, make that the 4S.

Clinton: Burmese Politico Learned From The West Wing

Who can’t learn from Aaron Sorkin? Apparently, even the fledgling democracy of Burma. Hillary Clinton said the Burmese speaker of the lower house watched old West Wing episodes to teach himself how to govern.

New Romney Tapes From SNL

On a special primetime edition of Saturday Night Live, a faux Fox & Friends unearthed a host of new Romney tapes, including the former governor on Cash Cab and singing in the shower.

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Randy Newman Gets Racial

The songwriter this week released his latest political ballad, this time weighing in on the presidential campaign’s racial subtext. “I’m dreaming of a white president,” he sings, “just like the ones we’ve always had.” Yep, he went there.

Jay Pharoah’s SNL Debut as Obama

Saturday Night Live’s new season began with a passing of the torch, as veteran Obama impersonator Fred Armisen introduced the show’s new presidential imitator. “I wouldn’t want his job, right?” he joked. Watch seven more of Pharoah’s impressions.

A Very Political West Wing Reunion

The gang’s all here! In a political ad for Bridget Mary McCormack, a candidate for Michigan’s Supreme Court, the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s hit drama reunited to encourage residents to vote. The missing link? Mary Catherine McCormack, the candidate’s sister, played National Security Adviser Kate Harper on the series.

Mitt Romney Uncensored

In a secret video shot at a Romney fundraiser and leaked to Mother Jones, the GOP candidate describes Obama supporters as people “who believe that they are victims,” “who are dependent on the government,” and “who pay no income tax.”