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Jimmy Dore: Television Comedians Are ‘Corporatists’ Who Are ‘Propping Up the Establishment’

In a discussion with Truthdig, the political commentator and comedian argued that “brilliant comedians” are becoming establishment mouthpieces.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Jimmy Dore on Corporate Sellouts and Why Political Comedy Is About More Than Just Ridiculing Trump

The Truthdig team sat down with comedian and political commentator Jimmy Dore Thursday to discuss the intersection of humor and politics in the age of Trump.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Exploring Trump’s Drone Program, 50 Years of Comedy and ‘Undocumented and Unafraid’ Activism

The latest episode of Joshua Scheer’s podcast explores three subjects: what Trump’s drone program may look like, the 50th anniversary of the comedy group, Firesign Theatre, and the outlook of one immigrant preparing to find work under the Trump administration.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Actor Gene Wilder Lived a ‘Quietly Political’ Life (Video)

The renowned comedian and author, who died Monday at the age of 83, appeared in politically progressive films and advocated for stem cell research.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


George Carlin’s Daughter Calls for a Second Look at ‘Political Correctness’

“We can pretend that [political correctness will] make a better world because we’ll all be pleasant with each other, but if you don’t know about the Nazis and who they are, then they become the hidden enemy,” says Kelly Carlin (shown), daughter of the late comedian.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Remembering Lenny Bruce

The controversial comedian’s problem was that he wanted to talk onstage with the same freedom he had in his living room.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE



Groucho: The Comedy of Existence

“Groucho and his brothers are outlaws, outcasts, and singular reproaches to society’s injustices and hypocrisies ... with deep roots in Jewish forms of irony and dissent,” author Lee Siegel writes. The famous dance sequence with Harpo leading a troupe of black children and adults, often dismissed as “another instance of Hollywood racism, is, on the contrary, as strong a statement of racial equality as you can find on the world of film.”

Posted on May 27, 2016 READ MORE



‘Maggie’s Plan’ Film Review: ‘Annie Hall’ for Millennials

“Maggie’s Plan” marks Rebecca Miller’s rowdy comedic debut, and it’s so sharp about modern dating and mating that you could dice an onion with it.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE


Jon Stewart on How He Only Realized How Broken the U.S. Is After He Quit ‘The Daily Show’ (Video)

The former host of “The Daily Show” weighs in on Donald Trump (aka “man baby”) and Hillary Clinton (whom he bills as “inauthentic”), telling his audience that however he painted the American political system on the show, “it’s so much worse than you could ever imagine.”

Posted on May 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on May 5, 2016 ENLARGE


Over 10 Years Later, George Carlin’s Comments on the American System Are as Haunting as Ever (Video)

In this stand-up routine from 2005, the late comedian and social critic explains the way our country works and why most politicians make little impact.

Posted on May 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Old ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketch Shows the Genius of Ronald Reagan (Video)

The 40th president had a reputation as a rube, but that persona may have been an act. Look no further than the late Phil Hartman’s impersonation of the former commander in chief in 1986.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Funny or Die Releases Donald Trump Mockumentary Starring Johnny Depp

The comedy website greeted the GOP front-runner’s victory in the New Hampshire primary with the surprise release of “The Art of the Deal,” a 50-minute streaming film starring Depp as a very convincing Trump.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Stephen Colbert’s Definitive—and Very Silly—Takedown of the Oregon Militiamen

By Janet Allon / AlterNet

Colbert deploys the “Oreo phone” to get these boys some emergency snacks.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver on How to Revise Your New Year’s Resolutions Once You Fail to Keep Them

“Deep down we all know that the key to a successful resolution is not hard work and dedication,” explains the “Last Week Tonight” host. “It’s managing disappointment.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEOS: Stephen Colbert on Hanukkah and Christmas

“The Late Show” host put out a series of eight videos, one for each night of the Jewish holiday, featuring various comedians, as well as a comical clip on Christmas party apologies. 

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: George W. Bush—in the Form of Will Ferrell on ‘SNL’—Explains Why He’s Running Again

“The field of Republicans out there is so messed up,” declares the comedian as he plays the 43rd president, “I figured, makes you miss me, doesn’t it?”

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Jon Stewart: Donald Trump Is an ‘Internet Comment Troll’ Running for President

“Are we really doing this Donald Trump thing? We’re really doing that as a country?” the former “Daily Show” host said of the GOP presidential front-runner.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE



Civil Rights Petition Urges ‘SNL’ to Scrap Donald Trump’s Guest Host Appearance

The online civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org is petitioning NBC to cancel Donald Trump’s guest host appearance on “Saturday Night Live” planned for this weekend. In only three days, the group has collected 30,000 signatures.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



Remember John Oliver’s Investigation of Televangelists? The IRS May Have Gotten the Message

Who knew political comedy could make such an impact?

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 6, 2015 ENLARGE


VIDEO: Larry Wilmore Slams Dentist Who Killed Cecil the Lion

“Four out of five dentists recommend Crest. I guess the fifth was too busy murdering lions to answer the poll,” commented the “Nightly Show” host.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



A ‘Trainwreck’ You Can Laugh At

Is the movie funny? Yes. Is it as mordant as the ruthlessly funny sketch show, “Inside Amy Schumer?”

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: For the Sake of Comedy, Jon Stewart Begs Donald Trump to Make Good on His Promise to Run

After learning that Donald Trump hadn’t filed his paperwork to officially begin his campaign as a presidential candidate, the comedian nearly abandons “The Daily Show” early.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: And Now for the Inevitable Rachel Dolezal Late-Night TV Spoofery

Former Spokane NAACP executive Rachel Dolezal spent much of her adult life doing a kind of impression of herself in order to pass as black. On Monday night’s “Late Night With Seth Myers,” comic actor Maya Rudolph, who actually comes from a mixed-race background, debuted her impression of Dolezal.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Amy Schumer Asks Priest, Boss Whether Birth Control ‘Is Right’ for Her

In a sketch that starts off as a spoof of pharmaceutical commercials, the feminist humorist highlights just how many hoops conservatives expect women to jump through (including going all the way to the Supreme Court) in order to exercise their reproductive rights.

Posted on May 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Comedian Akilah Hughes Explains Intersectionality Using Pizza

In a comical YouTube clip, writer and comedian Akilah Hughes enlists the help of a beloved Italian dish to get viewers to understand the sometimes maligned and often overlooked concept of intersectionality.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver Gives Several Good Reasons to Do Away With April Fools’ Day Pranks

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host released a Web exclusive Monday about the upcoming pseudo-holiday many of us are dreading.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Larry Wilmore Discusses Islamophobia and the Chapel Hill Shootings on ‘The Nightly Show’

Larry Wilmore and a diverse panel including a professor, a comedian and a lawyer, among others, delve into the importance of calling the recent shootings in Chapel Hill, N.C., a hate crime in order to acknowledge the deep thread of Islamophobia that runs through American society.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Candy Hearts for Jon Stewart









Posted on Feb 14, 2015 ENLARGE



Is It Too Soon to Hope a Woman Takes Jon Stewart’s Spot on ‘The Daily Show’?

We’re probably all still getting our heads around the fact that yet another late-night great is calling it quits, but let’s take a moment to recognize it’s about damn time “The Daily Show” was hosted by a woman.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Sort of Explains Why He’s Leaving ‘The Daily Show’

The big announcement off his chest, the host cracked up, teared up and promised to stick around awhile, if only to properly say goodbye. But he gave some clues about his decision.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


‘The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore’ Promises to Give a ‘Voice to the Underrepresented’

Stephen Colbert left a big hole in late night political comedy, but Larry Wilmore, the former “senior black correspondent” of “The Daily Show,” promises to fill that space with something “different.”

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


The Year in Review in ‘Daily Show’ Clips

It’s been a bit of a crazy year for news, but thankfully Jon Stewart and the Best F#@king News Team Ever helped us get in a few laughs as we came to terms with the world as it was in 2014.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


The Grand Finale of ‘The Colbert Report’ Is a Sight to Behold

After nine years, 1,447 episodes and several well-deserved Emmy Awards, America’s favorite faux news pundit signed off one last time with a promise that “We’ll Meet Again.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Chris Rock on Race, Fox News and ‘Kind of’ Losing Bill Cosby

Chris Rock may be verging on 50, but he’s not showing many signs of mellowing with age—even if he does have to force the odd Uber joke here and there to look relevant.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



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On Cosby, Hard to Keep the Faith

A few weeks ago, I spent a delightful afternoon and evening with Bill Cosby.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



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The Internet Won’t Let Bill Cosby Ignore Rape Allegations

The iconic comedian’s social media team invited the world to promote its boss Monday. Things didn’t go as planned.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE


Depression









Posted on Aug 14, 2014 ENLARGE


Robin Williams’ Masks









Posted on Aug 13, 2014 ENLARGE


RIP Robin Williams









Posted on Aug 13, 2014 ENLARGE


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Posted on Aug 12, 2014 ENLARGE



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There Will Never Be Another Robin Williams

He was arguably the funniest man alive, until, shockingly, he wasn’t.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE


‘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 WATCH & LISTEN



‘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


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.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘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 WATCH & LISTEN


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