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‘Louie’ Tackles the Media’s and Men’s Treatment of the ‘Fat Girl’

For those of you who missed it, here’s a must-see clip of Louis C.K. and Sarah Baker from his hit show “Louie” on the subject of size.

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE



‘Stand Up Planet’: Hasan Minhaj Follows the Funny Around the Globe

Hasan Minhaj wants everyone to see “Stand Up Planet.” But that’s not because he’s the host—Minhaj believes the documentary shows how comedy can change the world a joke at a time.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



50 Shades of Cool

It was more amusing than piano-playing kittens to see Barack Obama plug the Affordable Care Act on Zach Galifianakis’ Internet comedy show.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Jon Stewart Has No Future in Politics

Well, that headline isn’t exactly true—it’s just that anyone wishing to see “The Daily Show” impresario serve our nation in an officially elected position, instead of playing the political gadfly on Comedy Central, should abandon all hope now. Or so says Jon Stewart.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

Leno Tapped for White House Press Dinner

The suddenly controversial comic Jay Leno, who’s still embroiled in a public spat about “The Tonight Show” with outgoing host Conan O’Brien, will be the main act at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where well-dressed members of Washington’s media elite rub elbows with politicians ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


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NBC Opens Its Wallet to Get O’Brien Off ‘Tonight Show’

If you think things get nasty in the world of electoral politics, consider all the fun that’s gone down in recent days in late-night comedy circles, what with the sticky tangle that NBC execs got themselves into after handling the highly charged Jay Leno-vs.-Conan O’Brien “Tonight Show” debacle with all the delicacy and subtlety of a jackhammer. ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Franken Takes On New Role in D.C.

Following his arrival on Capitol Hill on Monday, Al Franken downplayed his status as the winner of the 60th Democratic seat in the U.S. Senate and emphasized what his Minnesota constituents need their “second senator” to accomplish.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Jim Mone

Poll: U.S. Voters Split on Franken’s Win

So, Al Franken officially will become a senator next week, but given his long and bitter battle with rival Norm Coleman, not to mention his pronounced unpopularity among Republicans, it’s not entirely surprising that a Rasmussen Reports national poll released Thursday registered substantial voter displeasure at the prospect of Franken’s arrival on Capitol Hill.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Franken Closes In on Coleman

Having suggested that fellow Minnesotan Al Franken should concede defeat earlier in the week, Norm Coleman was keeping mum by Friday afternoon, when it was discovered that Franken was trailing his Republican rival for the U.S. Senate by only 238 votes.

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Cleese on Palin: ‘Monty Python Could Have Written This’

Venerable Britcom star John Cleese has a thing or two to say about the U.S. election, speaking on behalf of the world, or at least Europe, or at least himself, about George W. Bush, Barack Obama and a certain vice presidential candidate who reminds Cleese of “a nice-looking parrot.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Satirist Finds the Pope Is Off-Limits

Jokes about religion often play with the boundaries of tolerance and taste, but they don’t always carry the consequences that Sabina Guzzanti now faces. The Italian actress could go to jail for upsetting the powers that be with a satirical zinger about the pope and two gay devils.

Jokes about religion often play with the boundaries of tolerance and taste, but they don’t always carry the consequences that Sabina Guzzanti now faces. The Italian actress could go to jail for upsetting the powers that be with a satirical zinger about the pope and two gay devils.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Robin Wiliams ‘Still Feelin’ the Palin Love’

Frenetic comic Robin Williams didn’t wait for David Letterman’s cue to kick off his routine on “The Late Show” Thursday—he was already well into it within five seconds of sitting down, leaving a blinking Letterman trying to keep up as Williams went to town on the RNC crowd, starting with vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and on up to Karl Rove.

Posted on Sep 5, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / E Pablo Kosmicki

Remembering George Carlin

The death of comedy great George Carlin on Sunday spurred fans and fellow comics to pay tribute to the prolific and profane performer, who took aim at cultural taboos with cheeky glee and paved the way for younger generations to continue to play with stand-up, and social, conventions.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Jim Mone

Al Franken: From ‘SNL’ to U.S. Senate?

Al Franken’s career arc has taken an unconventional turn: The comedian has nailed down the Minnesota Democrats’ endorsement for the U.S. Senate, following in former Gov. Jesse Ventura’s footsteps as a performer-turned-politician in the Midwestern state. Starting out in comedy may serve Franken well in Congress, where knowing how to work a tough crowd just might come in handy.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


Poehler as Clinton

Hillary Clinton Does Not Endorse This ‘SNL’ Sketch

You just can’t catch a break as a politician these days. Right when you think you look all “hip” and “endearingly self-deprecating” by allowing yourself to be skewered by certain late-night comedians (bonus points if you’re actually on the show while this gentle, aide-approved ribbing is happening), those same wise asses up and turn on you.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Um ... No Deal?

Here’s a scenario George W. Bush surely didn’t foresee as he assumed the country’s highest office years ago: One day he’d be sharing prime-time screen time with Howie Mandel’s soul patch, a phalanx of prancy models and a decorated war veteran, joking about hosting “a $3 trillion ‘Deal or No Deal.’ ”

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Jason DeCrow

Facebook Triumph for Colbert

Regardless of Americans’ varying opinions about Comedy Central court jester Stephen Colbert’s satirical (or is it?) play for the White House, one thing’s for sure—the man’s getting results.  While Barack Obama’s bid to build a loyal network of young’uns on Facebook grew slowly, Colbert’s followers almost crashed the ultra-popular site’s servers in mere days.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Candidate Colbert on Gay Marriage

Pseudo-pundit and presidential candidate (!) Stephen Colbert paid a visit to NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday to discuss his bid for the nation’s highest office and to familiarize voters with his stance on key issues, such as gay marriage.  As he tells host Tim Russert in this clip,  “I only got married as a taunt toward gay men because they couldn’t.”

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


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CNN via Crooks and Liars

Jon Stewart to Dems: ‘Pick Up Your Game’

“The Daily Show” host tells Larry King in that joking-but-not-really-joking way of his, “I’m leaving the Democrats out because I honestly don’t feel that they make an impact. They have 49% of the vote and 3% of the power.”

Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart Runs on CNN International

OK, all you expatriates probably already knew this, but Truthdig didn’t: “The Daily Show” runs on CNN International outside the U.S.
Think about that: Millions (perhaps billions) of foreigners get Jon Stewart’s version of America on a relatively straight-news-oriented channel. Depending on how you feel about Stewart’s sensibility, that’s either wonderful or troubling. (This snippet of news comes near the end of a hilarious article about Stewart’s upcoming gig at the Oscars.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


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