With only a few weeks of shows left, Stephen Colbert begrudgingly invited one final “liberal lion” guest onto his show for an interview: Jon Stewart.
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The problem with Twitter is, anyone can see what you write. For comedian Artie Lange, that meant losing a television appearance and being banned from ESPN after a series of tweets.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you just decided to stop showing up to work? Dave Chappelle has. And in 2005, he did — walking away from his hit Comedy Central series Chappelle’s Show midway through its third season.
The reclusive comedian explained his reasoning in an interview with David Letterman on Late Night Tuesday. “Technically, I never quit. I’m seven years late for work,” he joked. Work briefly continued in his absence, however, as the network aired three episodes from the show’s incomplete third season in 2006 before calling it quits.
Sadly, Jo(h)ns Oliver and Stewart did not bring back the Carlos Danger dance when the former Daily Show correspondent stopped by his old stomping grounds last night.
The pair did, however, discuss Oliver’s new series, Last Week Tonight, which debuts on HBO Sunday. And you know what that means: “HBO will let me say whatever the f— I want!” Oliver bragged to his old boss. Additionally, we can expect a whole lotta nudity: “I’m pantless for the first three episodes.”
But seriously, folks: It’s a treat to watch Oliver and Stewart reunited, and both comedians were clearly thrilled to be in each others’ company again. Watch the magic happen below — after a brief decoy segment about the royal family’s recent tour of Australia and New Zealand. (The bit involves TDS‘s new senior British correspondent, “Jessica Smythe-Williams,” as well as Oliver’s reaction to meeting his American replacement Jordan Klepper. Pip pip!)
In a new Comedy Central video, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron audition for the most coveted role of them all: the fourth member of Adam, Blake, and Anders’ cubicle on Workaholics.
Their appearance in the Workaholics world is part of a promotional tour for the duo’s upcoming movie Neighbors, in which Rogen plays a new dad who clashes with his family’s new neighbor, a rowdy frat — and let’s just say Efron lives up to his role as cocky frat boy in the clip. READ FULL STORY
Caveat: There’s no guarantee that Comedy Central will program another topical nightly talk show in The Colbert Report‘s place when Stephen Colbert leaves to take over CBS’s Late Show in 2015.
After all, Colbert isn’t just another late night gabfest — it’s a parody of a very specific type of news program, starring a character who’s a very specific caricature of folks like Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh. (Limbaugh, naturally, has already spoken out against Colbert’s move to CBS, saying that the network has “declared war on the heartland of America.”) It would be strange and sad to see Comedy Central try to capture similar lightning in a similar bottle by ordering another show that parodies cable news the same way Colbert did.
That said, I can’t see the network scrambling to find a whole week’s worth of new programming for the 11:30 timeslot — and if it’s going to go with another nightly program, some sort of talk show revolving around some sort of central comedic figure would make the most sense. So, with that in mind, here are eight options for Colbert replacements — both realistic and more pie-in-the-sky.
Let’s put aside whether the tweet was offensive or not.
I know that’s difficult. Judging by the reactions on Twitter and the comments on last night’s post, you probably have strong feelings, one way or another, about Stephen Colbert’s joke about Asians — a joke that wasn’t supposed to be a joke about Asians at all, but about Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
First, here is the context (in a story that is all about context): During a sports-themed segment of Wednesday night’s The Colbert Report, the host mocked Snyder for responding to complaints about his team name by announcing a foundation to help Native Americans. Then on Thursday, The Colbert Report‘s Twitter account echoed his on-air punchline: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”
Twitter exploded with #CancelColbert outrage. The tweet was deleted. Later that night, Colbert tweeted that he does not control the @ColbertReport feed:
Is Patton Oswalt throwing his name in the ring for True Detective season 2?
Unlikely — but his spot-on Matthew McConaughey impression will make some fans hope so. To promote his upcoming Comedy Central stand-up special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, Oswalt channels McConaughey’s iconic interrogation scene from the HBO show, perfecting his southern drawl and helpfully asking leading questions like, “Is the Yellow King my Xbox nickname?”
Maybe time is a flat circle, man. Watch the promo below:
As of yesterday, the best damn news team in America has a new member: Jordan Klepper, an Upright Citizens Brigade veteran who happens to look a lot like the vast majority of SNL‘s new featured players (read: blandly handsome; white). The Daily Show — which, in the fairly recent past, has come under fire for a lack of onscreen and behind-the-scenes diversity — made a joke of this in Klepper’s very first segment Monday night, naming him the program’s new Senior Caucasian Correspondent. And naturally, the self-referential humor didn’t stop there.
Theoretically, Klepper’s Caucasian-ness made him the perfect choice for a piece focusing on the situation in Crimea. In practice, the poor guy was so nervous that he ended up turning the entire segment into a self-conscious commentary on his own situation as a new member of the Daily Show family — culminating in a fourth-wall busting act that might have gotten Klepper the ax if, you know, it hadn’t been planned. Nicely done, Jordan; we’re sure Dad is very proud of you this morning.
Nobody likes a boaster. That’s why God (or self-conscious social media users) invented the humblebrag — a prideful statement couched in a layer of self-deprecation. (You’ll find exhibits A through infinity at Parks and Rec writer Harris Wittels’s eponymous Twitter account.)
Celebrities, particularly, are well-schooled in the art of the humblebrag. They want to seem cool and relatable and down-to-earth, but it’s impossible to keep up that appearance while simultaneously describing what their lives are actually like. After seeing Ronan Farrow’s appearance on last night’s Daily Show, though, I’m convinced that he is to humblebragging what Kanye West is to actual bragging.
Any way you slice it, Farrow’s got an impressive resume. In his 26 years of life, he’s already 1. graduated college at the age of 15, 2. graduated from Yale Law at the age of 21, 3. traveled to Darfur as a UNICEF spokesperson, 4. been a Special Adviser for Humanitarian and NGO Affairs for the Obama Administration, 5. been Director of the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues, and 6. snagged a Rhodes Scholarship. And, oh yeah, he’s also about to start hosting his own daily news show on MSNBC. Add in that Farrow has achieved all this despite a family life that’s been… unstable at best, and it’d be easy to forgive him a few straight-up boasts.
Ahh, but that’s not Ronan’s way! Check out how he tries to soften the blow of Jon Stewart’s praise:
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