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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caption “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” source CBS Stephen Colbert on Tuesday mocked Infowars host Alex Jones for getting removed from the online platforms of companies like Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify this week. The “Late Show” host brought back a Jones-like character called Tuck Buckford to parody Jones and Infowars in reaction to the news. Stephen Colbert on Tuesday mocked Infowars’ host Alex Jones over the news that companies like Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify had kicked his show off of their online platforms this week. “Why now? Why did this happen now?” the “Late Show” host asked in his monologue. “Alex Jones has been spreading vile conspiracy theories that hurt real people for years. Well, Jones earned this latest scrutiny when he addressed Russia investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller on his show, imitated firing a gun, and said, ‘You’re going to … [Read more...] about Stephen Colbert mocks Infowars’ Alex Jones for getting banned by Silicon Valley ‘soy flakes’
source Inside Edition / YouTube The US President once pretended to sexually harass his now-lawyer in a comedy skit recorded in 2000. Footage shows Trump, then a celebrity businessman, and Rudy Giuliani, then New York’s mayor, engaging in a bizarre drag encounter. The footage was made for a joke – but keeps re-emerging as the pair’s fortunes remain intertwined. Millions of people have seen the video on YouTube. It also trends routinely and has been dredged up for late-night TV. Giuliani’s latest gig is trying to downplay the Stormy Daniels scandal as part of Trump’s legal team. President Donald Trump once thrust his face into the ample chest of his now-lawyer Rudy Giuliani for a drag-queen-themed comedy sketch – and the video refuses to die. Footage recorded in 2000, when Giuliani was mayor of New York City and Trump was a celebrity … [Read more...] about Donald Trump once stuck his face into Rudy Giuliani’s chest for a drag-queen comedy skit — and the video refuses to die
(THE WASHINGTON POST) - Like another classic figure in history whose name begins with C: He came, he saw, he conquered. Cookie Monster, at The Washington Post. Then again, there were no signs of resistance. The beloved blue Sesame Street character has a new book, you see, called The Joy Of Cookies: Cookie Monster's Guide To Life" (Sesame Street Imprint, US$16). It is postcard-size, thick as a flat-iron steak and chockfull of aphorisms put through the spin cycle of monster-speak. Me Eat Cookie, Therefore, Me Am. Before any serious publicity tour got underway, he paid us a visit. By non-monster standards he is 49, having evolved, initially unnamed, from an early cast of characters created by the late Muppets founder Jim Henson. To most of us, though, he is ageless, with a sensibility rooted in gentle humour and innocence. His message of joy through cookies has been amended in recent years to a state of gustatory correctness. Of course, he recommends a balanced diet. Sure, he eats … [Read more...] about Cookie Monster dishes out cookie wisdom, and recipes, in new book, The Joy Of Cookies
source CBS/YouTube Sean Penn’s first novel just made its debut and it’s getting terrible reviews. “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” is a satirical novel that’s a comment on the current culture in America. One critic called it a “garbage novel” and another called it “a book-shaped thing.” Penn’s been doing press for the book, which included an awkward appearance on Colbert where he smoked and said he was on Ambien. “What have you done this time, Sean Penn?” Jeff Giles of The New York Times wrote of Oscar winner Sean Penn’s debut novel. Penn has been all over the media recently, but he’s not promoting a new movie, or an edgy HBO show. He’s promoting his debut novel, a satirical book called “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,“ published on March 27. The book is described on Amazon as a … [Read more...] about Sean Penn’s debut book is getting gleefully torn apart by critics who are calling it a ‘garbage novel’