By Dave Itzkoff The New York Times Sat., Oct. 20, 2018 Standing on the set of his new Netflix series, Patriot Act, one evening earlier this month, Hasan Minhaj asked his studio audience if they had any questions about what they were about to see. He knew that his stage, an immense digital screen encircling the diamond-shape platform he was standing on, was a bit of a technological monstrosity — “it’s like if Michael Bay directed a PowerPoint presentation,” he joked to the crowd — and so some clarification might be required. Sure enough, someone asked: “What is this?” Minhaj, 33, a lean, energetic stand-up and a recent alumnus of The Daily Show, explained that Patriot Act (whose first two episodes will be released on Oct. 28) was a project he had been developing for more than two years. Before the success of his stand-up special “Homecoming King” and his incisive turn as host of the 2017 White House Correspondents … [Read more...] about Can Hasan Minhaj make topical comedy work on Netflix?
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By Antonia Noori Farzan The Washington Post Thu., Sept. 27, 2018 When Jimmy Kimmel walked onto the set of his late-night show on Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump had just wrapped up what the comic described as “a rambling, angry, jumbled, dishonest, and frequently incoherent hour and 20-minute-long press conference.” Or had he? “It might still be going,” Kimmel acknowledged. “I don’t even know where to start.” It was a common sentiment among late-night hosts. Over the course of 81 minutes, the president had called the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh a “con job” cooked up by Democrats, described his own brain as “very, very large,” addressed a Kurdish reporter as “Mr. Kurd,” and suggested that George Washington “may have had a bad past.” Even veteran entertainers were at a loss for words. Encouraging viewers to watch the news … [Read more...] about Jimmy Kimmel reacts to Trump’s bizarre news conference, says ‘The wheels are off the wagon’
By Samantha Schmidt The Washington Post Tues., April 17, 2018 It was as if the comedy gods were looking down on America’s late-night television hosts. In court on Monday, the legal team for U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to identify the name of Cohen’s third client — a mystery person whom he initially didn’t want to name. The person, it turned out, was none other than the foil and foe of several late night-comedians: Fox News commentator Sean Hannity. And TV comics such as Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Trevor Noah could not contain their excitement. Read more: Trump’s lawyer reveals in court Fox News host Sean Hannity is also a client Article Continued Below Jimmy Kimmel apologizes for ‘vitriol,’ tries to end feud with Sean Hannity Unashamed Stormy Daniels gives the shameless president legal and political problems Here was a person they loved to criticize, a … [Read more...] about ‘Hannity Insanity’: Late-night hosts slam Sean Hannity for being named Michael Cohen client
By Travis M. Andrews The Washington Post Tues., Feb. 27, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump made headlines Monday when he asserted that he would have rushed into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to help during the school shooting earlier this month that killed 17 people — even if he didn’t have a gun. During a White House meeting with governors from across the country, Trump criticized former Broward County sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson, who stayed outside of the school during the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Fla. Peterson has since resigned. He has also defended himself, saying through his lawyer that he thought the gunfire was outside, not inside, a building on the school’s campus. Trump feels like he would have done a better job. “I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon,” he said. Read more: Article Continued Below ‘I really believe I’d run in there’: Trump … [Read more...] about Colbert to Trump: ‘What are you going to do, run in there and stab them with your bone spurs?’