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Netflix cancelled American Vandal and the internet is not happy about it

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 14:50

Netflix just made a boo boo. American Vandal will not return for a third season, the leading streaming service announced on Friday. “We’re very grateful to the creators, writers, cast and crew for bringing their innovative comedy to Netflix,” according to a statement that called the show’s high brow jokes on low brow subjects “unique and unconventional humor.” Well, people are mad.

American Vandal was a mockumentary true crime series where teenaged documentarians Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck) tried to solve bizarre, over-the-top high school pranks. Season 1 found them figuring out if recently-suspended Dylan Maxwell, played by YouTuber Jimmy Tatro, spray painted 27 dicks on faculty cars. They followed it up this year with a high school-wide laxative prank dubbed The Brown Out. The first season was honored with a Peabody Award citing its “surprisingly insightful rumination on contemporary life.” The show currently holds a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The internet was not pleased with the announcement. Variety’s Caroline Framke complained, “American Vandal was so smart and insightful about Teens and Social Media Today in a way that literally no other TV show even tries.” Others are questioning Netflix’s decision to commit to less-raved about shows but cancel the smartest dick jokes on television. Recent cancellations include Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and All About the Washingtons. Orange is the New Black is also ending, but after seven seasons.

How the fuck did Fuller House get more seasons than American Vandal!?! https://t.co/2YDhJaW8z7

— Alex Musibay (@ANM90) October 26, 2018

The series touched upon topics that resonate hard with tech-infused youngsters in a way that only ever exceeded your expectations. On season 2, the use of a particular emoticon and a common iPhone update glitch became a sticking point in the entire investigation. Framke tweeted, “Oh, your show’s texts pop up onscreen? That’s cute. American Vandal…examined how social media shapes lives with actual empathy.”

However, hope is alive for the show to get revived elsewhere. Vulture reports that the show’s producer CBS Studios have already received multiple inquiries from other outlets to pick up a third season. CBS’s All Access streaming service is even a possibility, although the show is way too raunchy to ever live on broadcast television.

There are a plethora of bodily fluids and juvenile depictions of body parts that have yet to be explored for the next big high school prank. Or Peter and Sam could take their crime-solving to the collegiate level! For now, we will mourn the loss of one of the low-key smartest comedies on TV.

American Vandal was so smart and insightful about Teens And Social Media Today in a way that literally no other TV show even tries. Would LOVE for the series to get a third go, but if not, thx for the memories, ya dicks

— Caroline Darya Framke (@carolineframke) October 26, 2018

American Vandal is canceled because none of us deserve to have nice things.

— Hannah Orenstein (@hannahorens) October 26, 2018

The cancellation of American Vandal is the Red Wedding of my personal life ty

— Carrie Wittmer (@carriesnotscary) October 26, 2018

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— keke salvatore (@soyaslut) October 26, 2018

Hasan Minhaj gets Tan France Queer Eye treatment in Netflix promo video

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 13:19

Hasan Minhaj gets the Queer Eye treatment for his new political Netflix series Patriot Act. In a video released by the streaming giant, Minhaj and Queer Eye star Tan France pick out an outfit for the Homecoming King comedian. The video is called But First and hopefully won’t be the only time we see a new Netflix star get a makeover.

The two joke and bond over the course of the video as they talk about their South East Asian heritage and their style preferences. Minhaj even teaches France what a ‘fuckboi’ is while roasting the various outfit options.

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj will center around the host’s comedic takes on the political topic of the week. Unlike your typical fake news program, the former Daily Show correspondent will do his commentary from a stage where he can move around instead of being confined to a desk.

France casually slips in that he’s currently filming Queer Eye 2019’s season 3, which does not have a release date yet. This is not the fashion guru’s first comedian makeover. He styled comedian Joe Gallios on the show’s first season. He also made over Pete Davidson for a Saturday Night Live segment that showed the two shopping at Saks Fith Avenue.

The nearly 10-minute video is a departure from more conventional trailers, but Netflix also put out a short promotional teaser earlier this month if you’re super traditional

Patriot Act with Hasan Minaj debuts October 28 on Netflix. See the full Patriot Act/Queer Eye cross over video here:

F is for Family introduces Vince Vaughn on Netflix next month (Video)

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 14:30

Bill Burr and his dysfunctional cartoon F is for Family will return to Netflix for a third season next month, the streaming service announced Thursday. Earlier this month, Netflix confirmed that the series had added Vince Vaughn as a guest star for the new season.

Burr has recruited an impressive voice cast for his show based on his 1970s Irish-American upbringing. The Breaking Bad star voices flawed patriarch Frank Murphy, a Korean War veteran prone to angry politically incorrect rants. Also a part of the family are Laura Dern, who plays his wife Sue, and Justin Long, who plays teenage son Kevin. Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell voices the braggadocious neighbor Vic who always slightly intimidates Frank in a low-key man-off that gets on his nerves. The cast is rounded out by incredible talent like Michael K. Williams (The Wire), Allison Janney (Mom), David Koechner (Anchorman), and T.J. Miller.

Vaughn will play Colonel Chet Stevenson, a new neighbor who may challenge Frank’s masculinity even more than Vic. Netflix describes the character as “a true man’s man and a legendary Air Force fighter pilot who’s spent the last few years in Vietnam before recently transferring back stateside to the local Air Force Base where Young Frank did his Air National Guard service. In short, Chet is everything Frank wishes he could have been.”

We look forward to seeing how Frank handles having an idol on the cul-de-sac when F is for Family season 3 debuts on November 30.

Broad City final season ends Age of the ‘Gross’ Girl

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 13:13

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson are running all over Broad City in the trailer for its fifth and final season. The hit Comedy Central series returns one last time on January 24, 2019.

Broad City, created by Glazer and Jacobson, has been critically acclaimed since its debut in 2014, boasting a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Its rabid fan base of young women have been overjoyed to see a hysterically flawed, possibly more honest look at being in your 20s in New York City after being shoveled cleaner (and super whiter) misrepresentations like HBO’s Girls. These main characters aren’t just your typically flawed characters. These millennials are women who fart, who smoke weed, who slack off, who make questionable sexual decisions. They’re not here just to get a guy. Four years ago, in my opinion, dawned the Age of the Gross Girl. And audiences have been eating it up!

The series truly entered the cultural discourse when it may have single-handedly brought back pegging—the act of a (typically) woman having (typically) anal intercourse on a man with a strap-on dildo. The moment went viral, spawning all sorts of think pieces and Google searches about the role-reversal sex act. In fact, there’s even a Broad City-branded ‘Pegasus Pegging Kit,’ complete with pink dildo and ample lube.

With Broad City exiting and historical reality TV parody Another Period’s future still up in the air, Comedy Central may be absent a female-led series for the first time in years.

The January 24 season premiere will serve as a lead-in for newcomer The Other Two starring Drew Tarver and Heléne Yorke as brother and sister entertainers who have to cope with the emotional kick in the gut when their younger, 12-year-old brother becomes internet famous overnight.

The Age of the Gross Girl was an empowering era for the channel which had previously leaned into very male audiences with shows like South Park and Workaholics. Back in 2013, Inside Amy Schumer brought a new, excited female audience to the network, and they capitalized quickly by picking up Glazer and Jacobson’s web series (thanks to some help from Amy Poehler). One wonders if programming will shift away from this or if we will see a like-minded replacement in 2019.

Broad City was for every woman whose aunt asked, “How are you going to get a husband if you act like that?” We saw women curse, burp, be creepy, and fuck up in a way millennials can actually relate to. Because regardless of gender, we’re all just out here trying to pay rent while staying on our parents’ cell phone plan.

Check out the trailer for the final season of Broad City below. Let’s hope we finally meet Melody before it’s all said and done.

Steve Carell returns to TV…Apple TV

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 11:00

Nearly a decade after retiring his beloved Michael Scott character from NBC’s The Office, Steve Carell is returning to television. The Golden Globe winner is back, this time courtesy of Apple. He’ll star opposite Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in a currently untitled drama that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the competitive landscape of morning television.

Carell joins the series inspired by CNN anchor Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV. The Daily Show alum will play Mitch Kessler, “a morning show anchor struggling to stay relevant in a changing media landscape,” according to a release. The comedy legend returns to television after converting a prolific small-screen career into reliable returns at the box office. He’s appeared in recent critically-acclaimed films such as The Big Short, Foxcatcher, Battle of the Sexes, and Beautiful Boy, which is currently in theaters.

Aniston and Witherspoon will also be on the executive production team alongside their respective production companies Echo Films and Hello Sunshine. The series also marks Aniston’s first return to television after the season finale of Friends in 2004. Production of the drama begins next week on a two-season, 20-episode order. The untitled project is the latest addition to Apple’s push for original content and Hollywood domination. The New York Times reported earlier this year that the tech giant is planning a rollout of original programming sometime between March 2019 and summer 2019 at a projected cost of more than $1 billion.

One can only wonder if that original programming will include stand-up specials that Netflix allegedly ‘overpays’ for.

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel extended trailer is here for you

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 09:00

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will debut its second season on Amazon Prime sooner than you can say, “What’s the deal with airplane food?” The new season of the 8-time Emmy Award-winning show will be available to stream on Amazon’s Prime service on December 5. Amazon announced the date with a banner on their site.

The show follows fictional stand-up comedian, Midge Maisel (played by Rachel Brosnahan), as she tries to break into the comedy scene in New York City in the late 1950s after her recent divorce. The show mixes the fictional with reality as Maisel meets real comedians like Lenny Bruce and visits actual comedy venues like the Gaslight Cafe.

The streaming giant released a trailer for the season back in August but had not confirmed the release date. A new, longer trailer was released Wednesday alongside a launch date.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2 trailer shows her trying to rise her way to the top. The peak shows that the series will feature a further exploration of the themes of sexism, the price of seeking fame, and what life in the late ’50s was really like.

Amazon’s Emmy darling offers the line, “Men in general run around telling everyone only men are funny. Comedy is fueled by disappointment and humiliation. Now, who the hell does that describe more than women?” A line like that packs a punch even today.

Full Frontal thinks Fox News has white power on the mind

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:54

Samantha Bee spotted a glaring typo on a Fox News tweet about Wednesday’s bomb deliveries. Someone with the keys to the Twitter account mistakenly wrote ‘white power’ instead of ‘white powder.’ In a clip from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the host points out the odd autocorrect while suggesting there’s only one way for Siri to default to the racist catchphrase.

Fox News has since deleted a breaking news tweet that read, “Suspicious package sent to CNN contained ‘some kind’ of ‘white power.’”

The conservative media outlet has had their fair share of mistakes, inaccuracies, and abusive hosts. That may be why Fox News was recently polled to be less reliable than CNN and MSNBC. Known more for its punditry than its ‘fair and balanced’ reporting, the cable news network is frequently a punchline for late night hosts. “Fox News tried to do a journalism,” Bee joked when referencing the embarrassing typo.

The TBS late night weekly recently enjoyed a facelift with a new set design and opening credits sequence. The network is calling it Full Frontal 2.0. Much deserved for a show that was nominated for eight Emmy Awards this year. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee airs on Wednesdays on TBS at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Rosie O’Donnell is engaged!

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 15:30

Rosie O’Donnell is engaged! The 56-year-old comedian announced the engagement to her girlfriend of a year, police officer Elizabeth Rooney. Radar reported that the League of Their Own star proposed back in the summer, but her new fiancé confirmed the speculation in a Tuesday Instagram post.

 

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Lizz Winstead, Lady Parts Justice blend comedy and activism at Golden Probe Awards (Interview)

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 14:15

Lady Parts Justice League, founded by Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, will unveil the second annual Golden Probe Awards this weekend from the historic Town Hall theater in New York City. The satirical award show seeks to raise awareness about legislators restricting women’s reproductive rights by nominating local politicians for tongue-in-cheek awards like Best Original Science or Best Adaptation of Reality. The event had all the trappings of a real award show: clip packages, celebrity presenters like Stormy Daniels and Sandra Bernhard, a red carpet, and a comedian host (the marvelous Margret Cho). The event is the group’s latest stunt to use comedy and digital media to sound the alarm on threats to women’s bodily autonomy. Earlier this year they hosted a State of the Union hate-watch party, providing ample cheezeballs for viewers to throw at the screen.

Laughspin’s Rosa Escandon spoke with LPJ’s founder Winstead about comedy, activism, and the Probes in the days leading up to the big show.

What inspired you to create Lady Parts Justice and this event?

So the thing is, I realized about five years ago a couple of touchstone things happened. I’m a pretty politically savvy person, and then I realized that I was not as aware as I needed to be about the power that state legislatures have and local politics have when it comes especially to reproductive rights. So five years ago was when Wendy Davis stood on the floor of the Texas State House and about 27 states enacted horrifying laws that between 2011 and now caused 200 clinics to close, I was like, wait: I’m pro-choice. I’m active on this issue. I know about Wendy Davis, but how come I don’t know about other states and my own state. And so when I started doing some digging, I realized I want to give people a really fun civics lesson about how much power states have and who are the people who are running for office in these states.

So with the Golden Probes, we have done all this extensive research on politicians who are running for state legislatures or governor and we find sound bites of them. We found out that a lot of them ran for office to get legislation passed that would destroy access to reproductive care in their state. So we have taken all these clips and created categories for 35 different people. And then we run the clips as though they are performances from movies. And so throughout the course of the night, people learn about all these people as they represent almost 30 different states in our country. And it really gets people motivated to know these people running in their state. And then we also will put on our website—ladypartsjustice.com—a voter guide that shows you that people running against them who are really great.

Do you think an event like this is especially important now in the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court?

This was not only happening before Kavanaugh, but it was happening before Trump. We formed our organization long before, so we didn’t panic about Trump. We had movement in place at that point because we saw what was going on. What’s important now, I think especially, is that the laws that get passed in the states, by these politicians, are the laws that are going to be challenged in federal courts and then up to the supreme court. Now that we have Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, he’s going to decide that these horrible [new] laws will trump Roe v. Wade. People need to know that getting people in place in your state government to not pass these laws in the first place is one of the big lines of defense we have against having to have our lives depend on a Supreme Court who’s going to agree with these complete lunatics who are running for office.

Do you think it’s important to meld comedy and politics?

I’ve always been a political person, but when I realized that the very act of just being a woman and taking the stage and saying, “Hey, I’m demanding you listen to what I have to say,” was a radical act for a lot of people that I wanted to say something with it. If you’re going to already be judging me because I did that, I might as well make it work. But, you know, [political] comedy is twofold. There’s the old adage that people say a lot, you know, you can catch more flies with honey. And I believe that’s true. When comics are good at doing political satire, it means that they are calling out hypocrisy wherever they see it. Not just calling a hypocrisy on the people who they don’t agree with. So if you’re constantly gauging who has power and who is using it stupidly or using it for evil, then you become a trusted narrator. If comics are good at it, they were a trusted narrator and then people will listen to you.

Secondly, sometimes if you just do a really cool, fun comedy show and you gather hundreds of people together to watch it, and then after the show or during the show you offer them up some really cool information, you get more people listening than just saying we’re going to have a potluck in my kitchen and we’re going to have somebody come and talk. You might get 12 people, right? But if you do a comedy show, that’s really fun! And then you add some calls to action and some activism, you can grow your movement and just get more ears to hear the story. And then you can activate them right there in the room. Give them a direct action right there. Have them sign a petition. Have them call them or email. Also, it’s just nice to gather and look around the room and see a whole bunch of people who think like you and say, wow, I’m not alone in this. Like, this is really cool. All these people are here. Can you imagine if all these people signed up to go lobby their congresspeople or to go talk to their state reps to say, this is my belief system and if you don’t vote on it the way that I would like, I’m gonna vote against you. You know, I think that’s really good. Good to just be with people who think like you so you can plan and strategize and get motivated.

You really encourage people to host their own watch parties for the webcast. Why was that an important piece of this night for you?

It’s not unlike an Oscar party that somebody would have. Why not get people together and watch it with friends? Have conversations about what you saw. The other thing that’s cool is the Lady Parts Justice website is a pull-down with scary facts about your state and there’s some information about how you can take action in your state. Watch with people you know and then join a national conversation with the hashtag as you’re watching it. There’s only so many people that can come to the live event. The show is going to give you a really good overview of what’s happening in state houses, who’s running to create the laws that affect your body, policing how you can vote, and who you can love. It’s important for you to know that. Being able to create this really fun two hours of a show that people can watch at home is better than sitting through a lecture.

What’s it like approaching celebrities to do a charity show like this?

A lot of these folks have worked with us before. Lady Parts Justice, itself, is an organization formed by comics and writers and editors and producers and people and activists—people who work in the entertainment field. A lot of people who are busy doing films or TV shows and they don’t have a lot of time to plan their own benefit, we are able to provide a space for them and say, “I know you’re a really busy person. Can you donate a finite amount of time? You’ll really make a difference.”

Lady Parts Justice will stream the Golden Probe Awards on October 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Pete Holmes new HBO special has a premiere date

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 12:59

Pete Holmes is crashing HBO with a new hourlong stand-up special Pete Holmes: Dirty Clean. The You Made It Weird podcast host will tape the special at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland. Naturally, go where the weirdos roam.

Holmes, who recently celebrated the birth of his first child Lila in September, has been on a tear with HBO. He began his relationship with the premium subscription channel in 2016 with his special Faces and Sounds. His series Crashing—which follows a comedian who starts comedy in New York after his wife leaves him—will begin its third season next year and has been incredibly well received (currently at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes).

Dirty Clean will find Holmes confronting “personal truths about the mechanisms of consciousness, Michael Jackson, the afterlife, and Elon Musk” according to a press release from HBO. We’ll also hear him talk about becoming a father.

The Boston-bred stand-up has been praised for showing a very realistic look at the present day New York City comedy scene (other than his character’s questionably quick rise and access to opportunities usually reserved for multi-year veterans). Many local comics appear on the show as bit-part comedians and extras. He’s taken special care to feature some of the city’s infamous venues or re-inventing old ones like the Boston Comedy Club where he first paid his dues.

Pete Holmes: Dirty Clean will debut on Saturday, December 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET on HBO. The special will also be available on HBO Now, HBO Go, and HBO On Demand.

Sarah Silverman says Louis C.K. masturbated in front of her

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 12:14

Sarah Silverman has had a wild 24 hours after she made comments about Louis C.K. and his propensity to whip it out in front of female comedians. Silverman went on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show Monday morning and made shared that C.K. used to consensually masturbate in front of her.

The former Louie star admitted last November that the accusations of his sexual misconduct were true. While he confirmed the events described by five women and issued an apology, the statement left many critics wanting a better apology.

After the bombshell New York Times report, Silverman spoke about the misconduct on her Hulu show I Love You America, saying, “I love Louis. But Louis did these things. Both of those statements are true. So I just keep asking myself, ‘Can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them?’ I can mull that over later certainly because the only people that matter right now are the victims.”

Silverman might be done mulling because her comments on Howard Stern have caused instant pushback. “I don’t know if I’m going to regret saying this,” Silverman began. “I’ve known Louis forever. I’m not making excuses for him, so please don’t take this that way. We are peers. We are equals. When we were kids, and he asked if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go, ‘Fuck yeah I want to see that!’ … It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them. He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends. So sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it, it was amazing. Sometimes I would say, ‘Fucking no, gross,’ and we got pizza.”

Actress and C.K. victim, Rebecca Corry, quickly tweeted about Silverman’s comments breaking down the realities of power dynamics in her own case.

To be real clear, CK had “nothing to offer me” as I too was his equal on the set the day he decided to sexually harrass me. He took away a day I worked years for and still has no remorse. He’s a predator who victimized women for decades and lied about it. https://t.co/xrfI6HwXqx

— Rebecca Corry (@TheRebeccaCorry) October 22, 2018

Silverman responded to the tweet with an apology to Corry and blamed the press for hounding her to speak about her 25-year friendship with the sexual harasser.

Rebecca I’m sorry. Ugh this is why I don’t like weighing in. I can’t seem to do press 4 my show w/out being asked about it. But you’re right- you were equals and he fucked with you and it’s not ok. I’m sorry, friend. You are so talented and so kind.

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) October 22, 2018

Corry replied to Silverman’s apology saying, “I’m sorry your friend created this situation. We deserve to do our art without having to deal with this shit.”

Laura Silverman, the Wreck-It Ralph star’s sister, had tweeted last year that C.K. had masturbated in front of her. In response to Vice writer, Eve Peyser, she called the multiple acts, “not criminal. But compulsive, rude, & gross.”

After that, it’s was Louis C.K., on a cross country trip before he was famous. About 20 times. Not criminal. But compulsive, rude & gross.

— B Kavs’ Future Cauliflower Nose (@LauraJSilverman) November 9, 2017

C.K. has already found his way back onto comedy stages in New York including the Comedy Cellar and Caroline’s. Silverman, to Stern on Monday, “I’m not saying everyone should embrace Louis again… I believe he has remorse. I just want him to talk about it on stage. He’s going to have to find his way or not find his way.”

After the appearance, she told Andy Cohen in so many words that she’d like to not be asked to chime in about one of her oldest friends in comedy knowing she is biased. “I’d like to be taken off the case.”

Amy Schumer pregnant in sneaky Instagram announcement

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 09:00

Amy Schumer and her husband, chef Chris Fischer, are expecting a baby. The pregnant Schumer made a very mysterious Instagram post Monday afternoon. The image featured the heads of her and her husband with the bodies of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex (the royal couple recently announced their pregnancy and seems like the I’m Pretty star is dropping hints for future playdates). The caption told fans she’d be making a major announcement on Jessica Yellin’s Instagram, directing us to follow the former CNN correspondent.

 

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About to announce some exciting news on @jessicayellin insta page. Please follow her for up to the minute #newsnotnoise she breaks down what’s really going on. She agreed to post a lil noise today for me! Follow her and VOTE!!

A post shared by @ amyschumer on Oct 22, 2018 at 1:26pm PDT

As part of a series of Instagram stories about the upcoming midterm election, Yellin shared what she referred to as “happy noise” about the comedian.

“We are 15 days out from the midterms…but first I wanted to share some news from our community, maybe it’s noise but it’s happy noise…I’m not in the business of making voting recommendations, but these are the recommendations of Amy Schumer, one of the most consistent and early supporters of News Not Noise.”

Yellin then urged her followers to read all the way to the bottom of the next story, that included a list of Schumer’s candidate endorsements. The list included Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams, and Beto O’Rourke of Texas, among others. And then, in the last line, the cheeky comedian dropped the news in her savvy social media way.

Schumer, who’s been politically active since a man shot up a movie theater during a showing of her 2015 film Trainwreck as well as in recent months, also tied in a call to action with a message encouraging her followers to vote.

This will be Schumer and Fischer’s first child. Congratulations to the happy couple.

Pete Davidson tells Judd Apatow why he is America after Ariana Grande break-up

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 15:30

Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson has finally broken his silence on his break-up with pop star Ariana Grande. The 24-year-old comedian co-hosted Judd & Pete for America, a fundraising event Davidson and Judd Apatow threw for Swing Left at Largo at the Coronet in West Hollywood.

Davidson told the crowd: “Well, as you could tell, I don’t want to be here. There’s a lot going on. Does anybody have any open rooms? Looking for a roommate?” Caught up in young love, the two had moved in together, bought a pig, got engaged, and broke up in just five months. He also joked about the infamous tattoo he acquired as a tribute to his then-fiancé:

“So, obviously you know I, we broke up or whatever but when me and her first got engaged we got tattoos. And it was like in a magazine like, ‘Was Pete Davidson stupid?’ And 93% of it said yes. So my boy, he was like, ‘Don’t listen to that shit man. They’re literally fucking haters.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, fuck that. I’m not stupid.’ And the other day we were in my kitchen and he was like, ‘Yo bro. Turns out you were stupid.’”

Apatow praised Davidson for having the courage to appear in public post-break-up, to which Davidson replied that he feels like he has a lot in common with the U.S. “I feel like I am America,” Davidson said. “I’m a good guy that just keeps getting kicked in the dick. You’re like, ‘Ah, that fucking poor kid. Hope he doesn’t kill himself.’ That’s America.”

The Laughspin Interview with Jason Salmon (Exclusive Tracks)

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 14:32

Jason Salmon operates on one principle: If it’s funny, it’s funny. Unlike comedy purists, the engineer-turned-actor-turned-comedian is not above altering his jokes if he finds them to be too offensive. He ultimately arrives at the same decision in an end-around fashion that doesn’t involve morals, political correctness, or empathy for those offended by jokes. Salmon, whose album Force of Nature debuts October 23, wants everyone in the room to be brought into the joke. Recognizing that if you’re offending a minority group (or Long Island Trump supporters), you’re limiting who can enjoy whats’ at the heart of his humor. We also discussed returning to perform in his conservative home state of Texas and the hardest part about the comedy grind.

You’re in Texas now?

Yeah, I’m doing a couple shows down in the Forth Worth area.

What’s it like leaving Texas—growing up there Baptist—coming to the liberal bastion New York City, then going back to a conservative place like Fort Worth to perform?

It’s great because I really think that—you know how they say there’s blue and there’s red? There’s a lot of purple, and I really think that I’m able to package it. I sound like I’m from here. I lead with, “I love Texas and I love New York City.” I don’t do a lot of stuff that’s edgy political. I do a little bit on politics, but more like, “This is crazy!” So for me, coming to Texas is great because they eat it up. I can’t think of an audience that I’ve had here that I didn’t think was fun. I mean, they’ve got some great clubs and I’ve done a few one night venue things, so that definitely helps. I think part of the other thing is you do stuff in New York so much, you know you’ve got to have a universality with what you do. If you’re doing a niche thing in New York, you can get away with it. But if you’re doing clubs in New York, you’ve got two people from Alabama in every third crowd. You know what works.

I feel like when you have that twang in your voice, you can be more of a semi-liberal Trojan horse than when I go out there and they say, “He sounds like one of them liberal queers I’ve heard about.” You can reach them from the get-go because “he sounds like one of us!”

It’s interesting cuz it’s really just getting people to keep the door open to come into the jokes. You create the jokes where if people listen till the end, they’re going to laugh whether they agree with the premise or not. You just gotta get people to not bail out before you get past the premise. I remember working on my gay marriage joke, which is on my album, I would work it hard down here because I wanted to make sure everybody could get into the joke. Cuz I knew that by the end of the joke, I would have everybody laughing. Every once in awhile, you’d see somebody in the crowd just cross their arms when you start talking about gay marriage. So every time I was in the South—not even just the South, any time I was in a place that was more conservative, because Long Island is by far the most conservative place I have been in the entire country—it’s good to work the material in places where they’re not automatically receptive to it.

Have you heard of this Deplorables Comedy Tour?

No. Who are they?

A bunch of people I’ve never heard of and will probably never hear of, but it’s a bunch of unapologetically Trumpy comedians doing conservative cities.

The interesting thing with that is, if it’s funny great. If it’s not…I don’t care who you believe, who you vote for, if you’re funny you’re funny. Nick DiPaolo is hardcore conservative, but that guy is a funny dude. That’s the great thing about funny: it transcends all that stuff. You just gotta get people to not bail out. I had a dude come up to me after a show in Annapolis. Guy came up to me and said, “Me and my wife are big Trump supporters. You shouldn’t do that Trump joke.” I said, “Oh, you didn’t think it was funny?” He goes, “No, no. We laughed at it, but you shouldn’t do that.” I couldn’t hear anything after he said he laughed at it.

Yeah. That’s the only metric we’re going by.

That’s the beauty of comedy. It knows nothing but laughter. It knows no religion or political affiliation or race or creed or anything.

And there are still many comedians who thinks that way. Although we as a comedy community have started to shift towards taking some responsibility for the jokes that we tell. Even when they are funny, we may acknowledge that a joke is funny but also that we shouldn’t do it or we could alter it to be more inclusive.

I think that’s a tenet of comedy anyway. I would say that it’s a niche that is aggressive in-your-face ‘if you don’t like me, you’re the enemy’ kind of comedy. But the whole point to me of comedy is I want everybody in the room to laugh. I don’t want everybody in the room to agree with me necessarily. I don’t want to change your mind on something, but I do want you to laugh. I think the greatest comedy that I listen to—my favorite jokes are where the premise is something I disagree with, but by the end of the joke, I laugh and I think about the premise differently than I did. That’s the perfect style of that joke. I just, even if you disagree with a premise, and you laugh, that’s a good joke. Yeah, we do have ownership. But part of the ownership is the reality that, look, if I know something is going to be outright offensive towards somebody, that’s going to prevent them from coming into the joke. So without losing what’s true about the joke, can I still bring them in? And for some jokes I’m sure that’s not the case. For some jokes I’m sure part of it is that you’re going to offend some people. In my book, the way I do it, so long as it doesn’t cut into what’s true about my joke, what’s substantially important about my joke, it’s actually helpful because it helps bring the joke in tighter and tighter.

I don’t know how much you know about filmmaking, but that Dogme 95 thing that they did ? Lars von Trier and a bunch of Dutch filmmakers, they made all these rules of things that you couldn’t do all these things. And it created this movement that was really creative trying to make a film around those constraints. As comics, we’re telling a funny story but with as few words and as few spaces and as efficiently as possible. And part of that is getting people to buy into the premise and take that journey. So to me, it inherently is inclusive.

Have you stopped doing a joke or altered a joke, not because it wasn’t as funny, but because you realized it might be outdated or offensive?

I mean, my gay marriage joke initially was, “I went to a gay wedding and it was one of the most amazing things I ever been to.” But I always started out by talking about somebody saying gay marriage will tear apart the fabric of traditional marriage. And so that automatically gets people ruffled on both sides. But the good thing is that it…gets people ruffled on both sides. So then when I diffuse it with, “And I actually think that might be true, because if you go to enough gay weddings you might stop going to straight weddings altogether.” What I realized is I can’t just do the words of that, I have to get visibly excited. because that is what it takes to make them realize, “Oh, this is about having fun at a wedding.” And for a dude to have fun at a wedding, it’s just good to go to a wedding that’s planned by two dudes. I still have that wording in there. Initially, it was a lot harsher—

Harsher how?

I think it was just, I tainted the friend who had said that—said that gay marriage would tear apart the fabric of traditional marriage. I painted him as sort of a mean dude[, someone anti-LGBT audience members see themselves in]. I realized I had to make that just a statement that’s out there instead of here’s a guy who said that who’s an asshole and an enemy of gay people being married. Because that immediately splits up sides. So I changed it to, “He said this and you know what? I think he’s right. And this is why.” Boom. You get into it quick and you get them excited as you get them into it and that kept people from ruffling up at the beginning of the joke. It got people curious, “Why is this guy excited?” And that’s all I need is your curiosity.

So you’ve been doing stand-up a long time (9 years) and this is your first album. Some of these things we’re talking about—adjusting material for certain audiences—are things you learn over the course of the grind and lots of trial & error. What’s the toughest part of the comedy grind?

I think the hardest part is going and hanging out when you don’t have a show.

PREACH!

It’s not the hanging out. I really enjoy hanging out with comics, and I really enjoy the conversations when I’m hanging out with comics. It’s always some level of interesting. Way better than hanging out with normal people, because nobody in comedy is worried about talking about anything. I can talk about feminist stuff with female comics; I can talk about race with black comics. There is no tiptoeing with a lot of comics. I really find that comics tend to understand that we’re all just trying to search for answers, and we’re all just trying to figure out how to talk about subjects that other people haven’t thought of or find unique perspectives and point of views. So a little bit of talking with comics is this experimental conversation, which is interesting to me. But my problem is, when I don’t have a show, there’s something about walking into a building where I know I’m just there to hang out with people who have a show, and it’s probably in my head psychologically going, “And by virtue of that, are more successful than me in this one hour time slot of my life.” So sometimes just walking through that threshold of a door that you don’t have a show in to hang out with other comics is the hardest part for me.

There’s also a lot of the “How’d you get that?” swarmy small talk that can feel gross. And as a guy who seems to be in every other Sunday football commercial, I gotta imagine you get some of that.

You know what’s weird? It’s a very natural thing, but somehow it’s imbued with this weight of “I’m trying to glom on to whatever success you have.” But the reality is that there is no absolute path to anything in this business period. So we are wondering what’s a way to do that. I have a hard time asking that question because I agree with you: it feels like I’m trying to glom on or diminish what you did. I agree with you, that’s what I go through in my head. But in reality, there shouldn’t be any problem in asking people, “How’d you get that? Who’d you know?” The more people you know, the more opportunities you’re going to have to potentially get something.

There’s also something to be said talking about what we’re getting paid. In the same way women are being encouraged to talk about what they get paid so that women everywhere can have some better negotiating power with that knowledge, I don’t think comedians generally know what we’re supposed to get paid. We should talk about, “Hey what do I charge to feature in central Pennsylvania?”

That’s true, absolutely. I think that is a thing that I find myself wondering when something comes up. I’m like, “What’s the value of this?” For me, the time that I think about that is when an opportunity comes up and they ask, “How much would you charge to do this?” And I don’t even know. Because a part of you knows the value that I’m bringing to you is thousands of dollars. But I would also perform for an hour for fun. You know? Somewhere between those two numbers is the reality. I’d do it for a piece of gum.

When we’re coming up, when we’re in that grind, we’ll travel to places for a loss just to perform or take stage opportunities that don’t make sense financially. What was one of your biggest losses financially to do a gig?

I did a gig at a tiny town in Nebraska because I was like, you know what?, this is a state I’ve never been to. I didn’t need the money, and I hadn’t really headlined a bunch, and they were like, “We want you.” I didn’t know how far it was from the airport, but I just got so excited and agreed to it. I think I got paid $200, and I think the flight itself was like three-something. On top of that, I had to rent a car; I had to get a hotel. They actually paid for a hotel but it was only for that night, and in order to make that trip it was like four hours from Omaha. Financially, I probably spent $600 and got paid $200. Because I just wanted to do it! There were two factors. One: I wanted to perform in Nebraska, which is a horrible way to run your career, by the way. If anyone says to you, “My goal is to perform in Nebraska,” you should walk away from that person because they will not help you be successful in comedy. Second was getting to headline. “Oh, you value me talking for 60 minutes? Of course I want to visit you.” Essentially, I took a $400 vacation to Nebraska where I was required to talk to some people for an hour.

In addition to stand-up you do a lot of acting. Which came first: stand-up or acting?

The acting. I actually quit my job to be an actor in a children’s production of a stage play in New Jersey.

Because once you make it in New Jersey…

…that’s really the gateway to fame. I actually got a degree from Texas A&M, studied engineering, was a productive member of society for a year before I realized I hated my job. I had taken acting classes to meet women, because I didn’t know anybody in New Jersey where I was living, and I got cast in my first play: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. It was the first thing I ever auditioned for. It was a terrific play and I got bit by the acting bug and I sort of got in with this children’s theater. They had an equity traveling troupe, and so suddenly after my third production of being an actor I was an equity member, which is the stage union. I’m thinking, “Well this is not hard.” And then I realized how much less money you make acting for the children’s traveling show than you make working in an engineering job.

What was the transfer from acting to stand-up?

I did stage acting. Then I did some small films. I did improv comedy—I studied at UCB. I had a team that we formed from the UCB So I had a troupe. Then I did sketch comedy. Then after all of that, I thought, “If I’m going to be a performer in New York, I need to at least once get on stage and just me and the mic and the audience.” I did it…and I stunk at it. But fortunately there were several people who were way worse than me at that mic. And you know Luke Younger? We met at an improv class years ago and we had always thought, “Oh we should write something together.” We have similar sensibilities and we always have fun and we always make each other laugh. So he was starting to get into stand-up after doing it a little when he was in Kansas City. I had done a little bit, so I did a couple of open mics with him. But I really wasn’t in it. I was just like, “Oh this is an interesting thing to try.” Then I went and saw a show he did and he had started going to mics a lot more often, and I thought that was crazy. He had gotten so much better than when we had gone the few times. I was like, “Oh! Maybe that’s what this takes. Just a lot of work!” And that’s when I decided I’m going to try this. I felt a kinship with that style of performing that I hadn’t felt with anything else. So I sort of got into it after everything else as opposed to starting with stand-up and expanding from there.

Jason Salmon’s debut album Force of Nature comes out October 23 on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.

Bill Cosby court motion denied (again)

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:45

Comedian Bill Cosby’s bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction has been denied, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Earlier this month, Cosby asked Judge Steven O’Neill to recuse himself and overturn a key February 2016 ruling in which he found that Cosby’s due process rights were not being violated in prosecuting him despite an alleged non-prosecution agreement from then-Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor.

On Wednesday the court denied Cosby’s motion and O’Neill called the request meritless and claimed it came too late.

“And now this 19th day of September, 2018, upon consideration of the Defendant’s Motion for Disclosure, Recusal and For Reconsideration of Recusal, and supporting Memorandum of Law, filed September 11, 2018, and the Commonwealth’s Response thereto, filed September 13, 2018, it is hereby ORDERED and DECREED that the Motion is DENIED in its entirety,” Judge Stephen O’Neill wrote on Wednesday.

O’Neill added: “This Court simply has no bias against any witness called by the defense or the Defendant himself. This Court finds no merit in any of the bases alleged by the Defendant and the Court will not recuse itself.”

The ruling marks the second time the 81-year-old’s recusal motion has been denied. The Cosby Show star was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison. More than 60 women have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault and/or drugging them.

Judge Steven O’Neill’s full decision:

Order and Memorandum – 09.1… by on Scribd

Nathan For You business ideas were more brilliant than we gave it credit

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:30

Nathan for You will not be returning for a fifth season. Fans of the cult hit are taking the news especially hard since the recent season finale was a critical darling. Over four seasons, comedian Nathan Fielder “tried to help” local businesses with his quirky and often outright insane ideas. Most famously, Fielder made national news when he tried to rename a local coffee shop “Dumb Starbucks,” but many of his other wacky business plans slipped under the radar. His schemes often have a Rube Goldberg-esq quality to them. Each episode he starts with a simple goal like selling more souvenirs and ends up with Fielder having to accomplish a big task like starting an independent film festival. While most aren’t good plans, every once and awhile a plan might actually be crazy enough to work. Here are seven Nathan for You projects that would actually make good businesses:

7) Cab Babies – Season 4, episode 3

In season 2, Fielder helps a small cab company by encouraging people to give birth in their taxis for media attention. After the episode aired, Uber started a “baby onesie” promotion for anyone who gives birth in the back of one of their cars. Fiedler’s next idea is to help the company blackmail Uber. While blackmailing a major corporation is not exactly a stable business model, Fielder’s original idea was good enough for the rideshare giant. So in all, his ideas for the cab company are not as silly as they sounded.

6) Fear For Your Life- Season 1, episode 5

People love immersive experiences. From theater to virtual reality, audiences love feeling a part of something. Fielder might have taken this idea a little too far when he tried to make a haunted house scarier by telling visitors that they had been exposed to an airborne disease. Haunted houses are always pushing the limits of what they can do to visitors. It usually has to do with how much actors can touch or mess with guests, but having a more psychological terror in a haunted house isn’t a terrible idea.

5) The Movement- Season 3, episode 3

Fielder tries to source free labor by renaming a moving company “the movement” and selling it as an exercise class. People do CrossFit. In New York, there is a class where people do yoga with goats. People would at least try this class.

4) Steal This Dress – Season 1, episode 3

Fielder convinces a clothing store to allow attractive people to shoplift an item if they promise to promote the store. This was ahead of its time in 2013, but giving out free giveaways to influencers is now a part of most trendy brands’ advertising strategies. If you replaced “shoplifting” with “gift boxes” and “attractive customers” with “Instagram models” this is a 100% viable strategy.

3) Hero Pig- Season 1 episode 2

In hopes of promoting a petting zoo, Fielder attempts to fake a viral video featuring a pig rescuing a drowning goat. The video made national news and achieved viral status. In the end, Fielder feels guilty that the video is fake and does not attach the name of the petting zoo too it. The response to the video shows that, as humans, we love cute animal videos. Not a bad marketing move.

2) Jackets that don’t deny the Holocaust- Season 3 episode 2

After learning that his favorite jacket brand allegedly supports a famous Holocaust denier, the Jewish Fielder starts his own clothing brand, Summit Ice Apparel. The brand’s mission is to produce quality outdoor apparel and to raise awareness of the Holocaust. The brand makes surprisingly good jackets and all their proceeds go to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. Celebrities like Ellie Kemper, John Mayer, Jack Black, Blake Griffin, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have all been photographed in the jacket. The brand has donated over $150,000 to the VHEC.

1) Ghost Free Homes – Season 2 episode 1

Fielder is usually committed to staying in character and seldom breaks on the show. One of the only times he loses composure is in the episode where he convinces a realtor to rebrand as a “the ghost realtor” by guaranteeing, with help from a medium, that every house she sells is spirit-free. On a walkthrough with the medium, the realtor confesses that she had a ghost experience in her youth and gets extremely into the idea of checking the house for paranormal activity. Fielder cannot contain his shock that this is something she actually likes and breaks character for a moment in pure confusion. While a ghost real estate agent might not be the most universally praised idea, the fact that the client loves it so much makes it the most viable plan in the four seasons of the show.

5 mistakes that will tank your indie comedy show

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:59

Emily Winter is a stand-up comedian, writer, and producer based out of New York City. She runs three Time Out NY Critics’ Pick comedy shows in Brooklyn: BackFat Variety, Comedy at Rose Gold, and Side Ponytail. Last year, she co-created WHAT A JOKE, a nationwide anti-Trump comedy festival with shows in over 20 cities that raised more than $50K for the ACLU.

In early 2018, I began recording a miniseries podcast called How To Produce Live Comedy. I’ve been co-producing and hosting critics’ pick live comedy shows in Brooklyn since 2012 and wanted to share my producing spreadsheets with the world…or at least one incredibly niche market. I also wanted to interview people who are better and more experienced than myself and was lucky enough to snag some of the best live comedy show producers in New York City for the pod.  Each episode tackles producing from a different angle (monetizing, opening a venue, etc.). The final episode comes out Monday, October 20 and features producer-comedians Shelby Taylor and Chris Calogero responding to questions and producing pet peeves from my listener mailbag.

To mark the finale of this podcast, I culled my notes from the series and pulled the five most common mistakes new and underperforming producers make.

1. “If You Built It…”

Not to be confused with the popular live comedy shows in Los Angeles and New York, this refers to the fact that so many producer/comedians believe that the act of securing a venue and a lineup will be enough to draw in a crowd. But the truth is: If you build it, no one will come. Especially in a market already saturated with comedy. Booking and promoting properly are the only ways to get a good audience in the door.

2. Shows That Are Too Long

Most audiences start to close their mental tabs at the 75-minute mark. 90 minutes should be your max show length, no matter how good the lineup. If your show is two hours, ask yourself why. Because you were trying to cram on as many comics as you could? Your show should serve the audience, not your friends in the comedy scene. If you’ve overbooked and you need to move a comic to a future show, that’s not the end of the world.

3. Not Acknowledging Failures

Everyone throws a bad show now and again. It’s unavoidable. But if you were forced to cancel a show because there was no audience, or you had stellar comedians perform for just seven people, acknowledge it. Tell the performers you’re sorry and you’d love the rebook them on a future show that you’re confident will draw a big crowd. Also, acknowledge this failure to yourself. Why was this show so sad? What can you do to improve? A bad show is a kick in the pants to work harder next time, not make the same mistakes over and over. Be smart, kind, prepared, empathetic, and organized. The rest will fall into place!

4. Underselling the Draw

There’s no point in booking headliners if you don’t promote them. I often see lineups with names that I recognize from appearing once or twice on Conan, but your average casual comedy fan won’t know at all. It’s important to book credits on your show, but it’s also important to sell them: as the biggest name on your poster with their credits next to their name, in promotional emails, and at the show. In fact, all performers should be promoted and introduced with their best credits. It makes the audience trust in the booking, and then they’re more prepared to laugh.  

5. It’s Not You, It’s Your Space

When you walked in your venue for the first time, did you say to yourself, “I can’t wait to perform here!” or did you think, “Maybe I could make this work?” If it’s the latter, find a better spot. If your venue is too big, too small, too depressing, too far from the beaten path, doesn’t have a microphone, is run by a monster, or is just in the wrong neighborhood for the type of comedy you do, you might be shooting yourself in the foot before you even get started. Creating a perfect atmosphere for comedy is a tough thing to do even in the right venue, so there’s no sense making it extra hard on yourself by trying to throw a show in a freezing cold, mirrored hallway, or in the main area of a bar with TVs during Monday night football.   

Of course, there will always be the exception that proves the rule—a too-long show with no accredited performers in a terrible space that wasn’t promoted with a producer who acts like he’s God’s gift. But typically, the best shows are the ones that you’d want to go to if you weren’t a comedian!

For more producing tips from experts, listen to the entire How To Produce Live Comedy podcast on Apple or most major podcast apps. Follow Emily Winter on Twitter @EmilyMcWinter.

Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan fed up in new Audible album

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 09:30

Lewis Black has had enough of America. Donald Trump is still president. An alleged sexual harasser was just named to the Supreme Court. Republicans are still trying to take away Social Security and affordable health care.

So Black and his longtime partner Kathleen Madigan decided to leave the U.S. and spend some time with our friendly neighbors to the north. The result is the duo’s latest comedy album, Lewis and Kathleen Escape To Canada.

On this album, the Grammy-winner tours Canada and explains (with his own unique brand of humor) how things got so bad in America. He also encourages Americans who have not been north of the border to take a trip there.

“If you’ve not been to Canada, especially those of you in America, who, like, fucking live, like, literally, near the 49th parallel, you’re fucking near the border, you’ve never crossed it, get your fucking ass up here,” he says to cheers from the crowd. “Because the way things are going, I’m telling you, in two years, they could be building the wall, assholes.”

Black doesn’t just give his own unique takes, either. He even reads rants sent in by audience members, like on his Audible show The Rant Is Due, including one about how hard it is to find an unsweetened ice tea in Canada. Of course, since this is Lewis Black, he can’t read the letter without throwing some shade at Canadian spellings. When he notices that the audience member spelled flavorful with an extra ‘u,’ Black says, “Notice the ‘ou’ in ‘flavourful’ and ‘humour,’ because Canadians are all about you, not me.”

When he’s not ranting about America or Canada, Black reflects on his lengthy comedy career. He even reveals why he never completely ties his ties.

Lewis and Kathleen Escape To Canada is available now on Audible.

Weird Al, Lonely Island jam on Carpool Karaoke

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 12:23

“Weird Al” Yankovic and Lonely Island teamed up for an epic comedic collaboration on Carpool Karaoke. The legendary parody singer joined Andy Samberg’s band on a recent episode of the Apple TV series.

Carpool Karaoke, based on the popular Late Late Show with James Corden sketch, features celebrities driving in a car together and belting out some of their biggest hits. Past episodes have included Jamie Foxx with his daughter, Billy Eichner with Metallica, and Seth MacFarlane with Ariana Grande.

In this week’s episode, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Shaffer understandably geek out about being in a car with their comedic hero. The trailer shows the quartet jamming out to Weird Al’s Fat. Throughout the 15-minute episode, the group also sings along to Weird Al’s Amish Paradise and Lonely Island’s I’m On A Boat. They even perform a hilarious version of 867-5309/Jenny.

Carpooling with the boys. @thelonelyisland pic.twitter.com/SQLoYMfUGU

— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) June 12, 2018

Weird Al, of course, has been writing and performing song parodies for decades. And he remains as relevant as ever. His 2014 album Mandatory Fun, which features parodies of Blurred Lines and Happy, was his first record to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. He also recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Lonely Island, meanwhile, rose to fame on Saturday Night Live thanks to hit shorts such as Dick In A Box and Jizz In My Pants. Since then, the trio has released three albums and starred in two feature films, Hot Rod and Popstar. Despite a mild amount of fangirling from Samberg, this actually is not the first time Weird Al and Lonely Island have met. The comedy superstars also teamed up for a GQ photoshoot back in 2013. Taccone said at the time that Lonely Island had a busy schedule but agreed to “cancel f–king everything” to spend time with Weird Al. The respect was apparently mutual.

“You guys found success early, ” Weird Al told GQ. “I was 10 years into my career before I even started working on my own videos—you guys are directing movies. You guys are like monsters. I can’t believe you’re only working your third album because you’re such a big part of the culture now, it feels like you’ve been around for a long time.”

You can watch Weird Al and Lonely Island’s episode of Carpool Karaoke (complete with a blooper reel!) for free without a subscription via the Apple TV app or Apple TV’s website. For now, enjoy some Michael Jackson-inspired fat jokes below.

Stephen Colbert slams Donald Trump’s reaction to Khashoggi murder (Video)

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 17:07

Stephen Colbert addressed the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the top of the Late Show last night and, to be expected, lambasted President Donald Trump and his uncharacteristic, ‘meh reaction. After all, this is a man who’s gone on Twitter tirades against everyone from Beyonce to Bette Midler to Mac Miller. You’d think our president could’ve mustered up some vitriol for the horrifying killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey. According to multiple reports, based on audio from Turkish press, Khashoggi was tortured before being dismembered.

“Of course the big story,” Colbert began, “continues to be Donald Trump reacting to the likely murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with a firm ‘I don’t know,’” at which point Colbert delivers a shrug. “This afternoon Trump gave his hot take on the journalist’s fate.”

As a clip rolls we find the always-articulate Trump standing on an airport tarmac, a United States of America chopper in the background, when a reporter asks, “Mr. President, do you believe Jamal Khashoggi is dead?”

After a pause to collect his thoughts (probably?), our president came out with, “Uh, it certainly looks that way to me. It’s very sad.”

“Trump’s getting some criticism for his bold soft-on-murder stance,” Colbert continued. “But some people still have his back, including televangelist and human estate sale Pat Robertson. Robertson has spent the past few days downplaying Khashoggi’s murder and prioritizing the financial benefit of siding with Saudi Arabia.”

Cue the clip.

“You have a hundred billion dollars worth of arms sales,” Robertson began. “But more than that we have to have some Arab allies. I know it’s bad but we’ve had all kinds of stuff. You don’t blow up an International alliance over one person. I’m sorry.”

Watch the full Colbert video below.

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