Stephen Colbert tests Sarah Palin's "satire" defense, calling her a 'f--king retard' | NY Daily News
Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert put Sarah Palin's "satire" defense over the word "retard" to the test Monday night - and used it to describe the former Alaska governor. "We should all come to her defense and say that Sarah Palin is a f---ing retard," Colbert said. "It's satire." [Read More]
Comedian Artie Lange for Mayor of Hoboken | MyFoxHouston
When the mayor of a city is forced to resign after a corruption investigation, citizens would not likely be ready to support a recovering alcoholic and heroin addict to be his replacement, but one grassroots web campaign is seeking to accomplish just that result. The administrator of MayorArtie.com provides instructions on the website for registered voters in Hoboken , New Jersey, to vote for comedian and radio personality Artie Lange, whose struggle with depression and dependence on narcotics a... [Read More]
Republican politician Chris Christie campaign ad rips off Monty Python | Chortle
Members of Monty Python have threatened to sue a Republican politician after he illegally used a clip from the show in his campaign ad. Chris Christie, who is standing for governor of New Jersey, used a Flying Circus sketch in which Michael Palin repeatedly asks viewers if they have ever suffered from déjà vu, while superimposing captions about his opponent's record. However, despite being a former attorney, Christie never sought permission to use the clip in the commercial, which has aired se... [Read More]
Nick Di Paolo - "Nobody's carrying the baton for the right (wing) side" | Boston Comedy interview
Nick Di Paolo was a regular part of Colin Quinn's Tough Crowd, a show that featured comedians busting each other's chops and speaking off the cuff. Di Paolo was one of the few comics commenting from a conservative standpoint, and with a Democrat in the White House again, Di Paolo says the political quotient in his act is rising. [Read More]
Eddie Izzard: I've run the UK, now will run for office | Ledger-Enquirer
Eddie Izzard says he plans to stand for Parliament, or as a European legislator, at some point in the next 10 to 15 years. He has previously campaigned for Brown's governing Labour party. [Read More]
Security Think Tank: 'Comedians are our best defence against terror' | Chortle
Comedians are doing more in the fight against terrorism than the Government, according to one senior defence analyst. Professor Michael Clarke, a former advisor to the UN who now runs international security think-tank Royal United Services Institute, says that mocking extremists is the best solution to home-grown terrorism as it strips them of any supposed glamour. [Read More]
Wanda Sykes Kills At White House Correspondents' Dinner (VIDEO)
Wanda Sykes, the comedian featured at tonight's White House Correspondents' Dinner, took shots at Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and former VP candidate Sarah Palin. She speculated that Limbaugh was actually the 20th hijacker on 9/11, derided Hannity for not living up to his pledge to be waterboarded for the troops, and made a fabulous off-color joke about Sarah Palin pulling out at the last minute. [Read More]
Why We Can't Get Enough of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher | AlterNet
That's My Bush! and Lil' Bush bookend the Bush presidency. Both proved popular with audiences, but more important, both served as vehicles for processing the "meaning" of the president in real time (as does the news). If the president himself spends great effort in manufacturing and shaping his own imagery (again, as does the press), then it is rather significant that satirical television programming does the same, for the president is nothing if not symbolic. [Read More]
Michael Winship: How Comedy Impacts Politics
In retrospect, we knew we were done for the night Johnny Carson said George McGovern sounded like Liberace. Those of us working on McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign staff had seen some highs and lows: the extraordinary campaign of primary victories that won him the Democratic nomination; the screwed-up party convention and crash dive when his vice presidential candidate Tom Eagleton was forced to withdraw after revelations of electroshock therapy. But Johnny Carson making that joke on "The T... [Read More]
Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala's Comedy of Hate | WSJ
With his attacks on Jews and Israel and his effortless switch from the far left to the far right, French comedy star Dieudonné has probably done more to expose the faux distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism than any true defender of Israel. The comedian has a strong fan base among Muslim immigrants in the banlieues, but his audience has been mostly white middle class. Of African background (his father is from Cameroon) and politically left, he couldn't possibly be a racist in the e... [Read More]