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Tag: Satire

Alec Baldwin’s Trump Reanimates ‘Saturday Night Live’ in Season Premiere

The actor’s venomous impersonation of the GOP nominee has been called the jolt the late-night comedy show needed.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Hillary Clinton Powers Through Bizarre Interview With Zach Galifianakis

The Democratic presidential nominee follows in the footsteps of President Obama, who appeared on “Between Two Ferns” in 2014.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Apprentice

Posted on May 26, 2016 ENLARGE

Trump for President

Posted on May 24, 2016 ENLARGE

On ‘SNL,’ ‘Hillary’ Admits to ‘Bernie’ the System Is Rigged as They Toast Wasserman Schultz (Video)

While the most recent “Saturday Night Live” clip featuring Larry David as Bernie Sanders and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton is full of nuggets of truth, it also shows some bias toward the former secretary of state—much like the head of the Democratic National Committee.

Posted on May 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, ‘Mr. Fish’ Examine the Power of Political Cartoons

Political cartoonist “Mr. Fish” (Dwayne Booth), in conversation with Chris Hedges, describes how he uses his art to reveal the often “unpleasant truth” behind a subject.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Top 10 ‘Luxury Items’ to Tax in Addition to Tampons

Across the United States, tampons and other feminine hygiene products are being taxed as luxury items, an entirely appropriate idea when you consider what a luxury having your period is.

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 READ MORE

The Onion Predicted Years Ago That ‘a Million bin Ladens’ Would ‘Bloom’ From the Iraq War

A piece published in 2003 by the satirical news website seems like an eerie prophecy now that Islamic State is wreaking terror on the Middle East and beyond.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE

The Moon: Who Will Lead It?

He already thinks he hung it, so Donald Trump would be a natural leader for Jeb Bush’s future moon colony.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE

‘Channeling James Wright’: A Satirical Poem With an Important Message

Shelley Puhak updates James Wright’s “Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota” to give it a modern political twist. The full title of her poem is “Channeling James Wright Near a Sand Mining Site in Minnesota.”

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

Reflecting on Some of Jon Stewart’s Best Moments: The Fox and CNN Interviews

As Jon Stewart heads into the final stretch of hosting “The Daily Show,” Truthdig has chosen some of our favorite segments from both his popular Comedy Central news satire and other news shows on which he appeared (usually to the chagrin of those shows).

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Charlie Hebdo Will No Longer Draw Muhammad Cartoons

Six months after the Paris attack that claimed the lives of 12 staff members, the French magazine’s editor says it will no longer feature satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. “We’ve done our job,” he said. “We have defended the right to caricature.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

Wrest in Peace, Charlie

It might be true that in the beginning was the Word, but before that was the Drawing.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE    

Charlie Hebdo’s Newest Issue Features Muhammad on the Cover (Video Update)

The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo will draw attention from around the globe with the issue slated to come out Wednesday.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE

The Trial of Richard Bruce Cheney

The hall at the International Criminal Court in the Hague was packed today as the trial began of former U.S. Vice President Richard Bruce Cheney.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE

Shrinking the Empire: A Session on the Imperial Couch

What follows is a transcript of a therapy session between the American Empire and a psychiatrist whose name we at TomDispatch have agreed not to disclose. Normally we wouldn’t consider publishing such a private encounter, but the probative news value of the exchange is so obvious that we decided to make an exception.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE

Joe Sacco: A Bomb in Every Comic

Joe Sacco’s satirical “Bumf” is a radical, savage and sidesplitting look at America’s species of corporate totalitarianism.

Posted on Nov 2, 2014 READ MORE

The Best of ‘Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ on Independence Day

Missing your (somewhat) daily dose of late-night satire while Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are on summer break? Fear not; we’ve rounded up some great clips from each show about the 4th of July.

Posted on Jul 4, 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


Posted on Mar 13, 2014 ENLARGE

Zach Galifianakis to Obama: ‘What Is It Like to Be the Last Black President?’

The president appeared on comedic actor Zach Galifianakis’ satirical online program “Between Two Ferns” to plug the Affordable Care Act. Some of it will make you laugh.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

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Satire: Bill Nye Science Guy Debates GOP Rep. Gohmert on Gravity

David Gregory’s “Meet the Press” hosted a debate between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert on whether gravity is just a theory.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE


The new “RoboCop” film is a sterling example of how runaway corporatism flattens and sanitizes satirical art, Ben Walters writes at The Guardian.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 READ MORE

Satire: ‘I Smoked Pot With David Brooks’

If you’ve read David Brooks’ column about weed, in which The New York Times scribe presents himself as a once-cool kid who got wise and found more fulfilling and morally sound pleasures in the conservative movement, then you know it’s begging to be made fun of.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE

Keoni Cabral (CC BY 2.0)

The Solid Nonpareil

Laughter was Mark Twain’s stock in trade, and for 30 years as bestselling author and star attraction on America’s late-nineteenth-century lecture stage, he produced it in sufficient quantity to make bearable the acquaintance with grief that he knew to be generously distributed among all present in the Boston Lyceum or a Tennessee saloon.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE

David C. Foster (CC BY-ND 2.0)

The American Way of Manners

Dear Col. Manners, In a recent New York Times piece, reporters James Risen and Laura Poitras describe the agency’s long-term goal as “being able to collect virtually everything available in the digital world.” Or as one of the NSA’s programs, Treasure Map, puts it: “any device, anywhere, all the time.” Doesn’t this strike you as overreach of a major sort?

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE

Beverly & Pack (CC BY 2.0)

The Etiquette of War and Surveillance

An old and knowledgeable friend, Colonel Manners (ret.), is ready to step into the void left by the Dear Abby column in the classic military newspaper Stars and Stripes. His assignment: to answer letters from Americans puzzled by the etiquette, manners, and language of the arcane national security world of Washington.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE

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‘Let’s Be Old-Fashioned’: Remembering Gore Vidal

When, exactly, to give him the bad news? Before our interview? That would spoil the conversation. Lunch would be best. But when, exactly? Before the first course, during the meal, or ought I to delay until dessert?

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE

GOP Senator’s Obamacare Threat, Weiner’s Alleged New Sex Chats, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert skewers McDonald’s over its unrealistic employee budget tool and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stirs things up with House Speaker John Boehner.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE

‘SNL’: Dennis Rodman Appears in Skit Mocking North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

In this weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” the show’s version of the North Korean ruler made a couple of major announcements regarding state policy on nuclear weapons and gay marriage.

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Jon Stewart Stands Up for ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’ After Arrest

Bassem Youssef, the famous Egyptian TV host and influential political satirist, was arrested over the weekend on charges that he insulted Mohamed Morsi and Islam. (As the real Jon Stewart noted, “if insulting the president and Islam were a jailable offense here ... Fox News go bye bye!”)

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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 WATCH & LISTEN

White House/Karen Ballard

Borowitz on How Dick Cheney Marked 10th Anniversary of Iraq War

“Making up a reason to invade a country is the easy part,” the former vice president said, according to a satirical story in The New Yorker. “Sticking to a pretend story for ten years—that is the stuff of valor.”

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE

Screenshot via Media Matters

Breitbart Site Duped by Fake Paul Krugman Bankruptcy Story

A editor fell hook, line and sinker for a satirical story that claimed economist Krugman had filed for personal bankruptcy after accumulating more than $7 million in debt. The New York Times columnist took to his blog to respond to the hoax Monday.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 READ MORE

mindfrieze (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Borowitz: U.S. May Not Be Able to Invade Countries for No Reason Due to Cuts

One good thing might come out of the sequester, according to comedian Andy Borowitz. In a satirical report for The New Yorker, he writes that the budget cuts may prevent American forces from fighting “totally optional wars based on bogus pretexts.”

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 READ MORE

‘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.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

Whither ‘Colbert Report’?

On Wednesday, Comedy Central announced that “The Colbert Report,” one of its most successful and perennially popular offerings, would be airing repeats that night and Thursday. Taping of the show on those two days was canceled. No big whoop, except the network didn’t offer much of an explanation for the show’s sudden hiatus. Updated

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE

Obama Begs Voters Not to Make His Daughters Switch Schools

Let’s see which gullible politician might pick up this little satirical number from The Onion News Network and think it’s for real. Meanwhile, the rest of us can enjoy a good spoof on campaign ads at President Obama’s expense.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

The Huffington Post

Baron Cohen Rides Again in ‘The Dictator’

Is it too soon? It never seems to be for British prankophile Sacha Baron Cohen, whose summer 2012 cinematic effort, “The Dictator,” goofs on certain global leaders who may or may not still be with us. Judging from the film’s newly released trailer, it remains to be seen whether Baron Cohen has another “Borat”-sized hit on his hands, but he hasn’t lost his edge.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE

Youtube Still / Alrsam

Syrian Cartoonist Attacked in a Warning to Dissidents

Pro-Assad gunmen severely beat a popular Syrian political cartoonist Thursday, breaking both his hands as a warning to anti-government protesters that dissent is not welcome. (more)

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / DonkeyHotey (CC-BY)

A Satire: Serving the Nation, Republican-Style

The rich need ever more servants at a time when millions of people need jobs. Now, thanks to ingenious legislation, there’s a win-win solution.

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 READ MORE

‘Colbert Report’: Stephen Gets His Super PAC

If Sarah Palin can have her own PAC, so can Stephen Colbert. After all, they’re both fake news generators, right? On Thursday, Colbert celebrated the official launch of his Super PAC—which, TPM Muckraker points out, goes by another funny name ... (more)

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

The Horse and Her Senator

This shocking (satirical) footage takes a common refrain parroted by opponents of same-sex marriage—that it would stretch the legal and moral boundaries of matrimony to include all kinds of societal no-nos—and gallops with it. Tallyho, senator.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

American Dream Declared Dead

In case you didn’t notice, the American dream is officially dead, and The Onion News Network has the footage to prove it. Watch aghast as one small-business owner runs out of steam after a particularly complacency-inducing session in front of the tube.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

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 WATCH & LISTEN

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 WATCH & LISTEN

Apple Unveils New Friend Bar for Chatty Geeks

First there was the “Genius Bar,” and now—at least in The Onion’s satirical parallel universe—there’s the “Friend Bar,” a welcoming space in which users can converge and talk for hours about their Apple products without scornful repercussions.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

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