“No one cares, they just want to know if you’re running for President,” Jon Stewart quipped to Hillary Clinton… Read More
Let’s take a pop quiz. Please select the stupidest human being from the following three choices:
a) a famous actor who, when pulled over while intoxicated, goes off on a bizarre rant about Jewish people.
b) a famous actor who, when harassed by paparazzi, spews a homophobic slur.
c) a famous actor who, in the calm of an interview situation, looks into the eyes of a journalist, points his mouth in the direction of a tape recorder, and defends actors a) and b) as victims of “political correctness” and a culture where “no one can take a joke anymore.” … Read More
When John Oliver opened up last evening’s premiere episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver by welcoming viewers to “whatever this is,” he wasn’t totally off the mark. The latest show to feature Daily Show alumni as a host (a year, give or take, before its most famous former correspondent, Stephen Colbert, moves on to an even bigger gig) had a strong first showing, but definitely has a long way to go. In theory, it all looks pretty good for Oliver: he wrapped up a great run filling in for Stewart as host of The Daily Show, and is now free to curse as much as he wants on premium cable, right after television’s best political comedy series,Veep, wraps up for the night. It really isn’t such a bad spot to be in, yet Oliver has a pretty massive mountain ahead of him before the show truly defines “whatever this is.” … Read More
After John Oliver left to start his own HBO weekly and Al Madrigal departed for NBC’s About a Boy, The Daily Show was due for a new hire. Yesterday, they announced Jordan Klepper, who made his first appearance last night “live from Ukraine” as “New Senior Caucasion Correspondent.” Klepper is the Comedy Central program’s first new face since TDS brought on Jessica Williams two years ago. We gathered all the essentials on Klepper’s comedy career thus far, from his Second City days to his collaborations with his wife. … Read More
The perceived success of Oscar night hinges on many factors — how dull the speeches are, how interminable the musical numbers are, whether Debbie Allen is involved, etc. — but no element, it seems, is more important than the host. A good Oscar host has to be something of a miracle worker: they keep the show moving, react spontaneously to whatever clusterfucks occur (and they always do), rib the royalty but only gently, and make the night edgy enough for home viewers, but not too edgy for the Cryptkeepers in the audience. Many have tried, but only a few have succeeded, so in anticipation of Ellen Degeneres’ second run at the job, we’ve ranked every Oscar host from the last 25 ceremonies (save 1989, which had no host). … Read More
On the 15th, a Florida jury reached a conclusion at Michael Dunn’s trial: the man — who, at a gas-station,… Read More
Thanks to BuzzFeed’s entertaining roundup, we’ve discovered Mindy Kaling’s college comic strip, Badly Drawn Girl. A shrewd look at the facts of coed life, from frat bros to dining hall food, it’s a peek at what Kaling’s comic sensibilities were like long before she wound up in The Office‘s writers’ room. Other cultural notables have had their fair share of cool college projects, too. We took the liberty of looking up what some of our favorite famous people were up to while they were still living in dorm rooms. … Read More
Well, 2013 is over, and thank goodness for that. Sure, it was one of the best years in recent memory for movies, but the year-end box office returns indicate it was a year where people mostly wanted to sequels and remakes. And there are plenty of those on tap for 2014 — and a few of them even look promising! (A very few.) So in the spirit of looking forward, let’s have a glance at some of the films we’re most looking forward to in the new… Read More