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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.

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Russell Brand: ‘Socialism Is Christianity Politicized’

Comedian-actor-writer Russell Brand took on a range of topics including spirituality, materialism, politics and revolution during an interview at Cambridge University’s student union in England last week.

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‘Look at These Ridiculous Boots’

Russell Brand’s absurd description of humanity’s best prospects for salvation is an apt example of the corporate media-shaped chaos of understanding moving around inside many people’s heads.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE


Obama Gives Russia the Hand

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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A Little Bit of Everything

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

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‘SNL’: Stefon’s Farewell Features Anderson Cooper

In the season finale, “SNL” gave a fitting tribute to the character, as Stefon—played by outgoing cast member Bill Hader—gave us all one more “New York City’s hottest nightclub” to add to his list before abruptly leaving Seth Meyers to go marry ... Anderson Cooper.

Posted on May 19, 2013 READ MORE


The NRA Won’t Like This Jim Carrey Anti-Gun Music Video

The comedian, who supports gun control, will probably earn the National Rifle Association’s ire by starring in a satirical Funny or Die video that spoofs firearms enthusiasts like the late Charlton Heston, the NRA’s former spokesman.

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 READ MORE


‘Saturday Night Live’ Explains the Sequester

As Democrats and Republicans haggle over the severity of the budget cuts, “Saturday Night Live” took the opportunity to explain how exactly the sequester could affect you—or at least, it mocked the possibilities on its latest show.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Comedian Mark Russell Is Back to Skewer Washington’s Power Elites

The 80-year-old political satirist came out of retirement in August when he heard that a group of Republican congressmen had drunkenly gamboled—at least one of them in the nude—in the Sea of Galilee.

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE


Ted Nugent Fires Back at ‘SNL’ for Mocking Him

Implicit in “SNL’s” version of Nugent—played in the “Fox & Friends” skit by Bill Hader—is that the right-wing rocker is, well, off his rocker.

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‘SNL’ Skit Mocks Lance Armstrong, Manti T’eo and Jodie Foster

The late-night comedy sketch program wasted no time making fun of the week’s big news events, tackling them in its opening skit that featured Taran Killam playing another person who has been in the headlines recently—CNN host Piers Morgan.

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‘SNL’ Gets Political in 38th Season Premiere

“Saturday Night Live” got into the swing of election season with several political sketches that mocked such happenings as GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s gaffes and Clint Eastwood’s much maligned Republican National Convention speech.

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‘The Daily Show’: Stewart Rips NBC Over Olympic Editing

Jon Stewart takes aim at NBC for its decision to edit out a tribute to victims of the 2005 London subway bombings during the Olympics opening ceremonies and instead show Ryan Seacrest interviewing swimmer Michael Phelps.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Where Have All the Watchdogs Gone?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: putting government watchdogs back to work, filmmaker Robert Greenwald, Occupy funnyman Nato Green, student debt and anarchy historian Thai Jones.

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Where Have All the Watchdogs Gone?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Putting government watchdogs back to work, filmmaker Robert Greenwald, Occupy funnyman Nato Green, student debt and anarchy historian Thai Jones.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Brazil’s Comics Lead New Resistance to Elites

Brazil looks to be in the throes of a significant new stage of cultural evolution: Long-standing allegiances to celebrities and authority figures are being undermined by an emerging generation of politically irreverent stand-up comedians. (more)

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 READ MORE



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10 Funniest Jokes From the Fringe

The world’s largest arts festival, Edinburgh’s Fringe, is best known for comedy. British humor isn’t for everyone, but if it’s your cup of tea you’ll find this year’s best jokes, as selected by a UKTV channel and the public, after the jump.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE


Patriotic Teen Fails Spanish

This video details the makings of a conservative hero: a high school sophomore who purposefully fails Spanish to save his country, pledging to “speak American” instead. The Onion News Network’s “Beyond the Facts” has more on this heartwarming (faux) story.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE


Julian Assange, Unsavory Couch Surfer

Be glad that Wiki-wizard Julian Assange isn’t your houseguest, for a number of startling reasons dramatized (or spoofed, rather) in this sendup created by a “Colbert Report” insider, some news-savvy performers and a really awkward Warhol wig.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE



Hollywood Can’t Take a Joke

Ricky Gervais had everyone laughing as he hosted the Golden Globes on Sunday—everyone except the stars in the room. Gervais’ jokes at the expense of terrible movies did not go over with the people who made them, nor did his quips about scandalized celebs and Scientology. (more)

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE


Snowy Conditions Proving Hazardous for Nation’s Idiots

Bad weather trapping you inside today? Well, stay put, lest you become like one of these hapless fools featured in The Onion News Network’s “Snowpocalypse” faux exposé, good for a laugh on a wintry day.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE


Israel’s Hope Kindergarten

In a biting bit of Israeli comedy, this video shows an Israeli kindergarten class that learns, for example, the perils of disillusioned leftism and the proper way to describe an Arab (“Sorry, I meant demographic threat ... ”).

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Jon Stewart: Shades of Edward R. Murrow?

Although he has repeatedly insisted that his is not the role of a straight-up journalist and that he has no designs on a conventional political career, that doesn’t stop people like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg from casting Jon Stewart in a nobler light ...

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE


‘Simpsons’ Skewers ‘Racist’ Fox News Viewers

“The Simpsons” took a cheeky jab at the media in general, and Fox News more pointedly, in Sunday’s opening sequence of the long-running cartoon—which, it should be observed, makes its home on Fox as well.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE



Graffiti Artist Redraws ‘Simpsons’ Intro (Video)

Although it has now been not funny longer than it was the best show on television (or ever?), “The Simpsons” is still finding ways to stay innovative. This guest title sequence, overseen by brilliant street artist Banksy, self-reflexively addresses accusations of slave labor against the show.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE


Hey, Bullies and Bigots: It Gets Worse

You may have seen those “It Gets Better” spots in which earnest celebrities confront the problem of gay kids getting bullied. Well, here’s a spoof of that series that approaches the issue from a bully’s-eye point of view. Apparently, bigotry is no longer “fashionable.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



Brazil Elects a Clown—Literally—to Congress

Brazilian clown Tiririca didn’t even pretend to run a serious campaign, and he was rewarded with more than 1.3 million votes and a job in government. Tiririca, who started his professional life at age 8 in a circus, will serve as the federal deputy for Sao Paulo, although he may be asked to take a literacy test. (Video after the jump)

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE



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This Isn’t ‘Entourage’: Hollywood’s Talented, Ambitious and Broke

A pall has been cast over the creative capital of the planet as the recession has blurred the distinction between emerging artist and mid-career artist, both willing to work on projects for little or no pay.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Releases 500,000 Men From U.S. Strategic Bachelor Reserve

In response to a serious shortage in sensitive, eligible males in the U.S., President Barack Obama authorizes the unleashing of 500,000 bachelors into American society in this faux news clip from The Onion. It’s unclear, though, whether they’re technically considered combat troops.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Prison Economy Spirals as Cigarette Prices Spike

A small note of warning to our readers about the content of this video: It is definitely, as they say, NSFW. It’s a bit rude. But it’s also, like many things that come from the Onion News Network, good for a laugh. Happy Monday!

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Apple Gives Geeks a Fun New Way to Socialize

Those of us who own Apple products, or who just live within a stone’s throw of a major shopping venue, are probably already familiar with the Genius Bar phenomenon at Apple stores. The Onion has an even better idea for how geeks can get their fix while they splash out the cash.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Conan Takes His Late Night Antics to Cable

Late night chatterbox Conan O’Brien, whose career woes briefly made him the perfect entertainer for a nation of unemployed people, is headed back to work. TBS, which already has a late night show helmed by George Lopez, managed to secure the rights to Conan’s yuk-yuks ahead of Fox.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Palin Gives Leno a Palm Reading on ‘Tonight Show’

In this clip from Tuesday’s episode, as Jay Leno hunts for cue cards to open “The Tonight Show” a familiar voice calls out, “Hey, Jay—we’re goin’ old school tonight.” Yes, it’s Sarah Palin, taking the now-familiar route of attempting to drum up good PR by spoofing herself on a late-night comedy show.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’ on the Folksy, Factless News Channels

An end-of-the-year recap of some of Jon Stewart and Co.’s devastating critiques of Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, from “leave it there” to tea party march madness.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE



Finding Farce in Terrorism

A British comedy that follows a group of bumbling terrorists trying to pull off an atrocity has won approval from the taste-makers at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie was reportedly inspired by real-life tales of farce in terrorist cells, which, in the words of the filmmaker’s office, “have the same group dynamics as stag parties.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE


Geithner’s Housing Crisis

Apparently Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner wants more for his home than he paid for it—in this market. The “Daily Show’s” John Oliver asks, “How can the American people trust the policies of a man who can’t sell his house? ... Is it not like hiring a personal trainer who is morbidly obese?”

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE



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Bollywood Does Bush

“The President Is Coming,” an Indian mockumentary opening this weekend in the subcontinent, tells the story of six contestants fighting for “the greatest prize”—a chance to shake the hand of George W. Bush. Needless to say, it’s a comedy.

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 READ MORE


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‘SNL’s’ Spiked Emanuel Skit

Is it safe to mock Barack Obama’s chief of staff yet? Will it ever be? What could be the explanation as to why Andy Samberg’s impersonation of Rahm Emanuel didn’t make it onto last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” lineup? So many questions.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE


For the Moment, Obama Seems Ridicule-Proof

Barack Obama’s election victory may have been good for the country, but it’s been awful for comedians. Just ask poor Don Rickles.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


Palin and ‘SNL’ Hug and Make Up

It’s hard to make fun of someone to their face, although Alec Baldwin made an effort when Sarah Palin stopped by “Saturday Night Live” for some free PR. Tina Fey managed to dodge a direct confrontation with the woman she has so ably mocked.

Posted on Oct 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Palin to Exact Comic Revenge on ‘SNL’?

The McCain-Palin campaign team might soon borrow a page from the celebrity crisis management handbook (see Chap. 11: Poke Fun at Yourself on a Late-Night Comedy Show), if the rumor that Sarah Palin is considering an appearance alongside her “Saturday Night Live” doppelgänger Tina Fey comes true before the Nov. 4 election.

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE


Palin’s Biggest Fans

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The 5 Best Political Comedies

Millions of Americans will flock to movie theaters in the coming months to escape their troubles, but they’d be better off renting one of these five classic political films.

Posted on Jul 31, 2008 READ MORE


Funny Man in an Unfunny World

The world lost one of its great comedians this week with the death at age 71 of George Carlin. Carlin had a career as a stand-up comic that spanned a half-century, in which he continually broke new ground, targeting those in power with his wit and genius.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 READ MORE


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George Carlin on Words, War and Power

While YouTube teems with clips from the extensive career of the late, great George Carlin, it would be impossible to capture the full scope of his comic genius. Having said that, here are a few highlights.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Saturday Night Surrogates

Shortly before the Ohio and Texas primaries, Tina Fey offered a raucous endorsement of Hillary Clinton that ended with the slogan, “Bitch is the new black.” Her friend and colleague Tracy Morgan has a few things to say about that.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Kucinich Empties His Pockets for Colbert

Rep. Dennis Kucinich flexes his comic muscle by responding to Stephen Colbert’s challenge to empty his pockets on the air. It’s a shame he didn’t get to dive into the issues, but it’s nice to see a candidate who can take a joke.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


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