Al Franken and Conan O’Brien Talk Humor in Politics and the “Terrifying” Election
Here’s a clip from Al Franken’s visit to last night’s Conan, where he explains to O’Brien why, even though there’s no place for humor in politics and Conan would probably not make a great senator, he’s still got an important job as the dean of late night TV. &ldqu... [Read More]
Idiocracy screenwriters wrote some 2016 videos for Terry Crews to revisit future President Camacho, but you won’t see likely see them in 2016
Enough people have compared the state of our 2016 presidential campaign with the 2006 film Idiocracy that its filmmakers decided to write some new copy for future "President Camacho," but all of your advance spin on it scared off both the actor who'd star in the videos and the studio that owns the r... [Read More]
Idiocracy screenwriters wrote some 2016 videos for Terry Crews to revisit future President Camacho, but you won’t see likely see them in 2016
Enough people have compared the state of our 2016 presidential campaign with the 2006 film Idiocracy that its filmmakers decided to write some new copy for future "President Camacho," but all of your advance spin on it scared off both the actor who'd star in the videos and the studio that owns the r... [Read More]
Jordan Klepper Quizzes Trump Supporters with the “Extreme Vetting” Ideology Test on ‘The Daily Show’
Donald Trump recently proposed a new approach to allowing Muslim immigrants into the country using an “extreme vetting” technique involving an “ideology test,” so The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper decided to take that test — which calls for immigrants to embrace rel... [Read More]
Edinburgh fringe performers swept up in 2016's political whirlwind
From the Brexit vote to the US presidential race, the tumult of the year’s news shows how nimble – or lucky – artists need to be to stay relevantMost would agree that timing is vital to the comedians in Edinburgh this summer. But, this year, it has also proven crucial for political... [Read More]
Ayesha Hazarika review – former Labour adviser's gossipy Westminster gags
Gilded Balloon Teviot, EdinburghFrom Gordon Brown confusing LGBT and BLT to her ‘conscious uncoupling’ from Corbyn-era Labour, the former Whitehall insider reveals a political culture as amusing as it is appalling“I feel like Jeremy Corbyn at a rally,” says Ayesha Hazarika, t... [Read More]
Review: Triumph’s Summer Election Special on Hulu
A foul-mouthed puppet dog has persuaded me to finally sign up for Hulu. Hulu just announced this week it'd end its free streaming service (although you can find some of that programming via Yahoo! in a new deal), putting it more in line with Netflix with $7.99/month (ads) and $11.99/month (no ads) s... [Read More]
Bridget Christie five-star review – an electrifying Brexit tirade
Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh The comedian ditched her planned show when the EU referendum shock gave her something better to dig into. The result is splenetic, alarming – and hilariousDeath and mortality were the intended subjects of Bridget Christie’s new set: a swerve away from the ove... [Read More]
'If I get laughs, I will have failed': Chilcot report recital begins in Edinburgh
Comedians kick off Iraq Out and Loud, the reading of all 6,000 pages of the Iraq war report in a small shed at the fringeThe most talked about performance at the Edinburgh festival fringe kicked off less with a bang and more with the clearing of a throat, the donning of some glasses, and the grippin... [Read More]
Review: David Cross, “Making America Great Again!” (Netflix)
David Cross has been mocking Trump both in his material and in the title of his stand-up comedy tour throughout 2016, but he couldn't have picked a better time to release his tour performance as a Netflix special than now. If it weren't for all of the profanity and the button-pushing when it comes t... [Read More]