Much like the Ewoks and Rebel Alliance midway through Return of the Jedi, Stewart and Colbert join forces for a greater cause: a promotional video for Star Wars: Force for Change, a fundraiser to benefit UNICEF in which fans can earn a part in J.J. Abrams’s upcoming film. Stewart proclaims to Colbert that he’s the biggest Star Wars fan, which prompts a competitive retort from Colbert. Then, determining that a knife fight probably isn’t the best plan, Colbert and Stewart decided to settle the matter through a trivia contest.
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Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, is “an incredibly complex and well-reasoned eyewitness view” to the former Secretary of State’s four-year term holding that office, Jon Stewart declared on The Daily Show Tuesday. “And I think I speak for everybody,” Stewart continued, turning to his guest, “when I say no one cares. They just want to know if you’re running for president.”
Clinton, naturally, replied with her trademark Hillary laugh—then quipped, “You know, Jon, I was going to make an announcement. But I saw—I mean, you kind of spoiled it for me. So I’m just going to have to reconsider where I go do it.”
Which means that she’s totally running for president in 2016. Right? Riiiiight? Even though absolutely all signs point to “yes,” the ex-First Lady refused to come out and formally throw her hat into the ring… though she did give a few loaded answers to the “career aptitude test” Stewart asked her to take. READ FULL STORY
Satire isn’t for everyone, apparently: Egyptian television host Bassem Youssef has canceled his Daily Show-esque series, saying “the present climate in Egypt is not suitable for a political satire program.”
Youssef, who’s often described as the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” hosted successful satirical news show Al-Bernameg (The Program) for three years. During that time, he frequently ran into trouble because of Egypt’s tense political climate: Just last year, a warrant was issued for Youssef’s arrest when he was accused of insulting then-president Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith.
TMZ released video footage of Solange Knowles attacking brother-in-law Jay Z in an elevator as Beyonce stood by — and naturally, the media was on it.
The video came out Monday, and since then, cable talking heads have been tirelessly trying to figure out what caused the incident — because, apparently, there’s nothing better to talk about. Jon Stewart mocked all the coverage of the elevator affair on The Daily Show Wednesday night, showing clips from outlets like CNN and Fox News and poking fun at their baseless theories — including that Jay Z has been cheating on Beyoncé, and the mogul wanted to ditch his wife and her sis to go to Rihanna’s party after the Met Gala. “With all these incredibly well-sourced motives, I can’t believe Solange didn’t spend the entire Met Ball kicking Jay Z in the face,” Stewart said. “Why wait until the elevator?”
“On the Mount Rushmore of stand-up comedy, there are four faces, in my opinion: Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Cosby — and Don Rickles,” Jerry Seinfeld declared at the top of Tuesday’s all-star tribute to legendary insult comic Rickles. The show — taped two days before Rickles’ 88th birthday — will air on Spike TV Wednesday, May 28.
Clearly, the biggest names in comedy agree with Seinfeld’s assessment. The evening, filmed in Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater, included tributes and mini-roasts of “the Merchant of Venom” from Bob Newhart, Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and David Letterman, as well as some good-natured ribbing from Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro (who worked with Rickles on 1995′s Casino), and a truly bizarre, rambling reminiscence from Johnny Depp. (The general gist: When they first met, Rickles didn’t make fun of Depp — and the actor’s had a complex about it ever since.)
Give or take a few old-fashioned groaners — blame These Changing Times, which make the sort of racial humor Rickles often employed feel outdated — the event was packed with laughs from beginning (when Newhart, who’s been best pals with Rickles since the dawn of time, dropped in via video) to end (when Rickles finally got a chance to fire back). Even more impressive: The octogenarian, famous for improvising putdowns, apparently performed his final set without the help of either notecards or the teleprompter. Here’s a preview of the night’s funniest gags, in roughly chronological order:
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!)
Stephen Colbert stopped by Jon Stewart’s show Wednesday to tell the Daily Show host what we already knew: He’s leaving The Colbert Report.
Why? Because “it’s become clear to me that I’ve won television,” Colbert told Stewart before blowing kisses to a cheering audience.
The Daily Show just got major props from the White House.
Obama press secretary Jay Carney told the audience at a George Washington University forum on Thursday that Jon Stewart was the president’s “toughest” interviewer during the 2012 campaign. He offered the compliment despite admitting that the Obama team wasn’t sure that the president should appear on Comedy Central in the first place.
“I remember we had some discussion during 2012 about, well, is it appropriate for the president, the sitting president and candidate, to give interviews with Jon Stewart and others,” Carney recalled. “And the answer was yes, again, because young voters we were trying to reach are more likely to watch The Daily Show than some other news shows. 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.
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.
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