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South Park strikes against Amazon working conditions (Video)

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:15

South Park is taking another shot at Amazon on this week’s show. In the all-new episode titled Bike Parade, an Amazon fulfillment center opens in the small town of South Park and working conditions cause a strike. The episode will be airing on Wednesday, December 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Back in 2004, South Park lampooned Wallmart and the damage to local businesses that the megastore causes and now, in 2018, they have set their sights on Amazon. The company has long been the center of scandals stemming from their working conditions. Last week’s South Park, called Unfulfilled, also centered on the topic of Amazon’s dangerous work environment.

Last week’s episode aired under a day after an incident where a can of bear mace got punctured by a robot at an Amazon fulfillment center causing 24 workers to have to go to the hospital. As always, the South Park episode felt extremely timely.

In its impressive 22 seasons, the show has gone after everything from Muhammad to the n-word. The show has never been shy about making a statement. They have done episodes about police protests, child molestation, and Scientology. No topic has ever seemed to be off-limits for the comedy show to tackle.

This week South Park is sticking to the Amazon plot and taking the narrative further by depicting a workers’ strike. Amazon has had several strikes in real life this year including a mass strike across Europe to protest working conditions during Black Friday.

You can watch a clip from the all-new episode below, complete with boxes, Alexas, and Jeff Bezos himself.

Bill Burr Presents: Jessica Kirson poised to be Comedy Central’s next special from All Things Comedy

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:30

It seems Jessica Kirson is (finally) getting a one-hour Comedy Central special. Bill Burr and his All Things Comedy banner appears to be producing the special, which tapes in New York City next month.

Kirson is a comedy powerhouse long overdue for her own hour special. In recent years, her star power has picked up appearances on HBO’s Crashing, CBS’s Kevin Can Wait, and a role in the 2016 Robert De Niro film The Comedian. She’s been no stranger to late night TV, but the Comedy Central special will surely become her calling card in an age where it seems like everyone’s got a Netflix special. Most recently, she performed on an episode of This Week at the Comedy Cellar, also at Comedy Central.

“BILL BURR PRESENTS” MY ONE HOUR COMEDY SPECIAL FOR @comedycentral. Tickets just went on sale!
I am so excited for this!!! Jan. 11th, 2 shows, 7pm & 9:30pm at The Highline Ballroom in NYC!!! #alwaysbesilly @wilfredburr @allthingscomedy pic.twitter.com/sLRKy5s7T6

— Jessica Kirson (@JessicaKirson) December 10, 2018

The special is part of Burr and Al Madrigal’s overall deal they signed with the network earlier this year. In the deal, All Things Comedy will produce a half-hour stand-up series hosted by Burr as well as three hour-long specials. The first of those specials, Paul Virzi: I’ll Say This, premiered last month.

Kirson will tape the special during two shows on Friday, January 11, 2019. Tickets are available here.

The Case for Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland from Oh, Hello To Host the Oscars (No, Seriously.)

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 18:35

The hunt for a new Oscars host is back on and, apparently, no one in Hollywood wants the gig. For a hot second, it seemed as though Kevin Hart would host the awards ceremony until negative backlash erupted over past tweets featuring homophobic slurs. Now the hunt has resumed and, over the weekend, the Twitter account for Oh, Hello has been claiming that Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland (played by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, respectively) are hosting the Oscars.

The account tweeted, “We were asked to host the Oscars and we have accepted. We are hosting the Oscars.”

We were asked to host the Oscars and we have accepted. We are hosting the Oscars. Thank you to ABC and the Oscars. Who knows WHO will win? Maybe your favorite movie star. Tune in.

— OhHelloShow (@ohhelloshow) December 8, 2018

It’s been a great running gag the last few days, but here’s the thing: Gil and George really should host! Let’s think about the most successful awards hosts in recent memory: they are almost always funny individuals with improv backgrounds. Think Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes. A unique comedic mind that is capable of adapting on the fly is essential for the Oscars stage. Otherwise, the Academy runs the risk of landing another stilted, awkward performance like the year Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted. Yikes.

Yes, actors are capable of memorizing lines, but they lack the comfortable versatility of comedians, especially a pair like Kroll and Mulaney who just hosted the Independent Spirit Awards earlier this year to rave reviews. The 11+ minute opening was shared by the Film Independent on YouTube, and currently has over 790,000 views.

Marketing roll out has begun and it feels underwhelming . This is a clear sign that George and Gil #charmedImsure don’t have the right team behind them. pic.twitter.com/sqdebBpuWQ

— John Mulaney (@mulaney) December 8, 2018

The Oscars recently made a big push to diversify its voting pool, and that included inviting younger actors to The Academy. Mulaney and Kroll would attract younger viewers to the ceremony, especially following their respective successes in the form of Mulaney’s Netflix special Kid Gorgeous as well as Mulaney and Kroll’s hit animated series Big Mouth (which was just renewed for a third season). These guys are hot and the Oscars would be dumb to ignore that momentum.

This feels undercooked. I’m worried the boys aren’t taking this opportunity seriously. pic.twitter.com/pxRotcdNk9

— nick kroll (@nickkroll) December 8, 2018

Would the appearance of octogenarian characters millions of Americans are unfamiliar with confuse the hell out of some people? Sure! But at least it wouldn’t be the same thing we’ve seen a thousand times from the Academy Awards: a parody song about the nominated movies complete with back-up dancers, awkward banter with actors in the audience, and weepy acceptance speeches. At least Gil and George would shake things up. Can you imagine the two barking orders from the stage to their potentially non-existent intern Ravi?

Gil and George should host the Oscars. But if they can’t make it, we’ll take Mulaney and Kroll in a pinch.

Dane Cook announces first stand-up tour since 2013

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:32

Veteran comedian Dane Cook announced his upcoming Tell It Like It Is tour, his first national tour since 2013. The run will go from February 21, 2019 to November 16, 2019 ending at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. While he has been running sets all across Los Angeles in recent months, this year Cook will be taking his new hour to most major U.S. cities before it ends up on one streaming platform or another.

This tour will join the ranks alongside Cook’s numerous other specials like Rough Around The Edges: Live From Madison Square Garden; Vicious Circle; ISolated INcident, and Troublemaker. His 2005 album Retaliation went double platinum and to many was seen as the resurgence of comedy’s cool factor. Alongside a prolific stand-up career, Cook has developed an acting career, having run the gamut of theatrical roles. From the romantic lead in Employee of the Month and Good Luck, Chuck to playing a supporting role to Kevin Costner in the dramatic Mr. Brooks. Cook is also one of the lead voices in Pixar’s Planes.

After taking 6 years between full-scale tours, anticipation for the Tourgasm comedian’s new material runs high. Tell It Like It Is will stop in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, San Francisco, and many more cities. While known for his physical comedy and energetic style, Cook’s new material debuts a maturity and thoughtfulness that’s hard to dislike. Pre-sale for the Tell It Like It Is tour begins this Wednesday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m. local time, with tickets going on sale to the general public on Friday, December 14. Tickets are available at LiveNation.com.

Tell It Like It Is tour dates

February 21 – Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY

February 22 – Palace Theatre in Albany, NY

February 23 – DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC

March 1 – Stifel Theatre in St. Louis, MO

March 2 – Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL

March 8 – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI

March 9 – Wang Theatre in Boston, MA

March 22 – Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, CA

March 23 – The Masonic in San Francisco, CA

March 29 – Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre in Red Bank, NJ

March 30 – The Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, PA

April 5 – Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH

April 6 – Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, IN

April 13 – Bellco Theatre in Denver, CO

April 26 – Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC

April 27 – Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC

May 3 – Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI

May 4 – Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI

July 20 – Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, HI

September 6 – Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY

September 7 – Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, NY

September 13 – Hippodrome in Baltimore, MD

September 14 – Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY

September 20 – Palace Theatre in Louisville, KY

September 21 – Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN

September 27 – Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, FL

September 28 – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL

October 3 – Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA

October 4 – State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN

October 5 – The Fillmore in Detroit, MI

October 11 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR

October 12 – Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA

October 18 – Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, OH

October 19 – Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT

October 25 – ACL Live @ Moody Theatre in Austin, TX

October 26 – Toyota Music Factory in Dallas, TX

November 1 – Revention Music Center in Houston, TX

November 2 – Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ

November 7 – Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL

November 8 – Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL

November 9 – Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA

November 16 – Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

Holiday shopping gift guide based on their favorite comedian

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:02

Picking out the best gifts for your loved ones can feel like a never-ending maze of lofty price tags and vague memories of shoes they said they liked years ago. Of course, in concept, the best gifts are deeply personal—a weird lamp that made you think of your sister or a bear-shaped lighter that just screams Uncle Dan. But finding the inspiration for these intimate gifts is much harder than it sounds. Have no fear though, as I have concocted a foolproof way to holiday shop for your closest loved ones—and it all starts with pinpointing their favorite stand-up comedian.

Sports fans often receive sports regalia during the holidays, art enthusiasts often receive books of illustrations or museum entry, so why not give the comedy fan in your life something that reminds them of their favorite stand-up? Now, I know what you’re thinking: buying everyone stand-up DVDs might feel in vain since so many specials are streaming, and tickets to shows can be utterly expensive (and not possible for months on end). This is where we diverge from the sports fans buying season tickets and the art lovers stocking up on books. Comedy is an absurd art form, so buying someone prank gifts based on their favorite comedian feels far more satisfying than doling out cash for a Blu-ray when they can watch Dave Chapelle on their ex-boyfriend’s roommate’s Netflix.

For this reason, I’ve created a list of gift ideas based on your loved ones’ favorite comedians, and I think these will hit it out of the park.

Amy Schumer: the movie Zookeeper, a Hitachi Magic Wand, and condoms

Amy Schumer has dedicated a good portion of her stand-up to speaking up for a woman’s right to orgasm, so a Hitachi Magic Wand (or another high-caliber vibrator) is an ideal pick for your Schumer-loving friend. Regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, they’ll be able to use the vibrator on themselves, a partner, or as a prop to freak people out at parties. (And don’t be cheap—go for the wireless rechargable.)

Condoms are an obvious addition to any sex-positive gift, and the movie Zookeeper is the subject of one of Schumer’s jokes on her HBO special Live at the Apollo, where she mocks the possibility of Rosario Dawson swooning over Kevin James. This gift set is a trifecta of Schumer-inspired fun.

Dave Chappelle: an Oscar The Grouch shirt and a vape pen

A lot of comedians talk about weed and the various subcultures of people that live from joint to joint, but few have as many hilarious and wide-ranging jokes on the topic as Dave Chapelle. If the die-hard Chappelle fan in your life doesn’t already have a vape pen, get them a super luxurious one they can use while staring into the abyss of existence.

Up your reference game by weirding them out with an Oscar the Grouch shirt. On Killin’ Them Softly, Chappelle has an iconic bit about how Sesame Street enforces classism via the whole neighborhood’s attitudes towards Oscar. So, showing some solidarity with this puppet’s plight is a deep cut into Chappelle fandom.

Maria Bamford: a 12-pack of Diet Coke and a People Magazine subscription

There are endless things to buy a Maria Bamford lover that would inadvertently reference her comedy: blankets for sitting around time; anything pug related; a vat of warm, rising bread dough to dip themselves in. But getting your loved one a supply of Diet Coke and some extra juicy People magazines would be a mega clever gift since it directly references Bamford’s bit about how her religion of preference is magazines and soda.

With these supplies in tow, your family member will be able to fully immerse themselves in the LA-based religion of Bamford.

Eddie Pepitone: a notebook for to-do lists and the book It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis.

Anyone both familiar and in love with the comedy of Eddie Pepitone knows he’s staunchly critical of the oppressive effects of capitalism, and how often and quickly America has embraced fascism throughout history. His leftist comedy feels particularly prescient given the current political climate, and the writing of Sinclair Lewis speaks directly to that (plus, Pepitone is a fan).

If your loved one is a big Pepitone fan, they are likely already familiar with his ongoing “to-do list” bits which take shape in both tweets and videos. Pepitone’s to-do lists tend to escalate into the absurd. Also, giving your friend a notebook is useful in general. Who’s honestly been that bad at receiving a leatherbound notebook?

Margaret Cho: a Loveboat box set and a bottle of booze

A majority of comedians have at least one joke about drinking (or their reasons for sobriety), which makes sense given the bar culture of comedy and the depressive people it draws. But Margaret Cho could teach a MasterClass on telling stories that feel fresh and original. The Cho-lover on your holiday list will immediately get the joke if you buy them a Loveboat box set and their favorite booze of choice. She has a whole bit about taking a shot when her favorite Loveboat character comes on screen, and how true alcoholics pick the boat as their character.

Obviously, there are many more comedians your family and friends might name as their favorite. But I’m hoping this guide will help give you a running start towards some creative and ridiculous gift ideas.

Kenan Thompson talks Good Burger Sequel on Watch What Happens Live (Video)

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:00

A Good Burger sequel is in the cards according to Kenan Thompson. He has even talked it over with his former co-star, Kel Mitchell, and they are both interested in doing the movie—they’re just waiting for the studios to greenlight it.

The Saturday Night Live star talked about the sequel to the 21-year-old comedy classic on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. The topic of Good Burger arose when a fan called in to ask Thompson about how it was to reprise his role for a sketch back in 2015 on The Tonight Show and if we would ever get a Good Burger sequel.

“We’ve been talking about it for a long time. We’ve had meetings about it,” Thompson said to the caller, “so it’s in the higher powers’ hands cause we’ve both said that we’re down to do it.”

The original Good Burger film was based on a recurring sketch from the hit Nickelodeon show All That, on which Thompson and Mitchell were cast members. The two went on to have their own show, Kenan and Kel, which ran from 1996 to 2000. Thompson joined the cast of SNL in 2003, but Mitchell seemingly vanished from show business for several years after also auditioning for SNL in 2003.

Thomspon also talks about his relationship with Mitchell before they reunited in the 2015 sketch. He revealed that before their appearance on Fallon, the once-iconic comedy duo had not spoken in a long time. They reconnected only when asked to put the uniforms back on. “We played phone tag for three days, but we finally talked and we were like, ‘Yeah, we might as well do it,’ or whatever. It was a nice 40-minute conversation that we had,” he continued, “It was nice to reconnect because it was like picking up right where we left off.”

Since 2015, the two have been talking “all the time.” They even reunited together on their old network for an episode of Double Dare.

Watch the full clip here:

Natasha Leggero, Morgan Murphy developing Ratchet at CBS

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:00

Another period might begin for Natasha Leggero at CBS. Leggero is writing Ratchet with comedian Morgan Murphy. The multi-camera comedy centers on Jessica Ratchet, played by Leggero, who must start a new life and make new friends after her rich fiancé dies suddenly, leaving her to fend for herself.

Leggero is poised to wrap her Comedy Central series Another Period in 2019. Ratchet gives her a chance to continue leading a series as an actor. Her Netflix special, The Honeymoon Stand-Up Special, turned heads with its alternative format. She and her husband, Moshe Kasher, each did a half-hour of stand-up. Then the two share the stage as they invite couples on stage from the audience to roast their relationships. Part-stand-up, part-roast the special deviated from the typical comedy special.

Murphy is also shopping working on Danny Issues, a sitcom she is co-writing with Michelle Nader, which received a put pilot commitment over at Fox. Most recently, she was a writer on the ABC Roseanne revival. Before that, she served a long stint writing for the CBS hit 2 Broke Girls.

Saturday Night Live recap: Jason Momoa is really hot, but is he funny? (Videos)

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 12:10

We all know Jason Momoa is very hot. This week the Aquaman star hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time. It’s surprisingly more difficult when the host is a hot man. Not because hot men aren’t funny, but because the show often leans too heavily on the fact that they are stone cold hunks for jokes. Sometimes these jokes work, sometimes they don’t. It hinges on the host’s likeability. While the writing this week was a little hit or miss, Momoa really shined in everything he did. He committed to every bit—even the ones that will leave the audience scratching their head saying, “What did we just watch?” Laughspin is giving you all the hottest takes on what worked and what didn’t this week using our yet-to-be-patented star scale.

Disagree with us? Let us know your favorite sketches in the comments!

Cold Open

The cold open this week featured the Trump brothers Don Jr. and Eric. It is hard to write about sketches that feature the Trump brothers. The writing is always well-structured and you find yourself laughing. SNL has reverted Eric into a literal childlike state with Don Jr. (and Robert Mueller) trying to comfort the scared and confused Trump offspring. Don Jr. plays like a big brother reading to a child and has to explain things to him through a twisted Trump lens. At times, the sketch could be interpreted as giving Eric a developmental disability, but Alex Moffat seems careful to play it like a child rather than a slow Eric.

Monologue

This week’s monologue is a little all over the place. Momoa is very charming and likable, but the monologue feels like just a string of things that happen instead of a unifying story or goal. Aidy Bryant asks him to open a pickle jar and then, out of nowhere, Leslie Jones, Kenan Thompson, and Chris Redd come in to pitch a theme song for the new Aquaman movie. The jar opening is fine (he’s strong; we get it), but the theme song is really out there and weird. The song they pitch is word-for-word the P-Funk song Aqua Boogie. In some ways, the song bit is much funnier than the jar opening, but the two don’t flow very well together.

First Impression

This is not the first “first impression” sketch that SNL has done, but it will leave you asking, “What did I just watch?” The frustrating thing about this sketch is it is almost there. It feels like it is one joke away from being funny. Without that final touch though, it just feels like absurdism for absurdism’s sake. It is almost maddening that it could be good, but it is not. This also relies a little too heavily on the joke Momoa is gonna break stuff, which we are going to see a lot of through the night.

Day of the Dorks

This could have been more of a ’90s parody and less of an excuse for Momoa to break stuff, but you will find yourself laughing at Momoa’s insane energy. This sketch isn’t amazing, but it is enjoyable.

Khal Drogo’s Ghost Dojo

 

This reviewer doesn’t watch Game of Thrones—a crime in today’s modern era, I know. However, if you watch Game of Thrones, in my limited knowledge, this is good. The impressions are fun. The pace is great and you can tell by the audience’s laughter that the jokes land. The talk show is a classic SNL premise and this one is well-executed. Now excuse me as I frantically Google, “What is a high sparrow?”

Rudolph’s Big Night

Pete Davidson characters often don’t work. Sometimes it’s Pete Davidson playing Pete Davidson, and sometimes he’s too much of a straight man. This one works! This sketch explores the question, “What if Rudolph wanted revenge?” It certainly feels fresh. Davidson is funny and there is something visual here that makes this sketch even funnier. The simple fact that everyone is wearing fake reindeer hoofs for hands makes this sketch just so silly.

Weekend Update

The jokes this week have their ups and downs, but like with most Weekend Updates, the memorable part is the featured characters. Bryant delivered a great child travel agent character, but Michael Che really stole the segment. He leaves his host chair and moves over to the guest chair to talk about bidets. Che gives his best Leslie Jones impression and it strangely works really well. Che’s jokes sometimes feel like rants, but the rant nature of this humor makes perfect sense in a different chair.

GE Boys

 

This is one of the best parody commercials I have ever seen. It is laugh-out-loud funny and packs a punch about the ridiculous nature of fragile masculinity. It is well-written, well-acted, and a perfect fit for a guest host like Momoa. The Aquaman star gets to show off that he is strong and also cares about feminism. What a star!

Elf on the Shelf

There were a lot of Christmas sketches on this week’s show, and this one is really weak. The premise of the elf on the shelf watching someone masturbate feels like it has been done before even though I’ve never seen it. And that is really the only joke of this sketch. It is nice that they go out of the way to say that masturbation is healthy and normal, but the whole sketch rests on the joke that masturbation is gross.

Them Trumps

Trump has been the butt of so many jokes that sometimes it feels like every joke has been done before. But in this sketch, they imagine a Black Donald Trump and make an Empire-style show about him. Thompson really shines as Trump. The voice he does for the character is 50% Trump and 50% Terrence Howard. It is pretty amazing to watch him pull of both impressions in the same character!

Gemma Sleigh Ride

This reoccurring bit feels like it needs to be retired soon. SNL has a habit of running it’s returning characters into the ground. Gemma sketches always have the same jokes, and this time around wasn’t very different. From weird maybe-trans jokes to a slapdash ending, maybe skip this one and watch an old Gemma sketch instead.

An Extra Christmas Carol

This sketch feels like an excuse for Momoa to take his clothes off, which maybe makes it worth a watch—but it doesn’t really make sense. The joke is that he’s “extra,” but Momoa can’t really pull it off despite his commitment. The line about the two capes is funny, but this one could have been taken further. He could have been…more extra.

10 Facts about Sam Kinison on the deceased comedian’s 65th birthday

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 11:24

Today would have been Sam Kinison’s 65th birthday. The comedy legend died in a drunk driving accident in 1992 at the tragically young age of 38. On his way to a sold-out show, his car was struck by a teenaged drunk driver. Kinison was a beloved comic known for his larger-than-life stage presence and primal yell. He would scream into the microphone and run around the stage with unmatched intensity. His death rocked the comedy world and his memory still lives on. Just last year, a documentary was made about his life called I Am Sam Kinison.

In honor of his would-be birthday, we are bringing you a list of 10 facts about the comedy legend that you might not have known.

1). Prior to becoming a comedian, he tried to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a preacher. He actually preached from age 17 to 24 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His brother Bill said that “ironically, he had no stage presence” as a preacher and hated the aspect of having to raise money.

2) He started comedy in Houston, Texas by taking a one-week class on stand-up.

3) A known abuser of drugs, his first drink wasn’t until age 25.

4) After a performance at The Annex comedy club in Houston, Kinison broke a stool. He then took the broken stool and smashed it, resulting in the club banning him. He then tied himself to a sign for a local convenience store across the street from the club. The comedian tied himself up in a crucifixion pose and dressed as Jesus. He caused such a commotion that The Annex un-banned him. His first show back, he broke another stool.

5) Kinison loved rock music. He appeared in the music videos for Bon Jovi’s Bad Medicine and Mötley Crüe’s Kickstart My Heart. He lent his voice to The Kid Goes Wild by Babylon A.D. and his voice can also be heard in Anthrax’s 1987 song I’m the Man. Remixed and almost unintelligible, you can hear him scream, “Dick in your mouth all day!” multiple times in Run D.M.C.’s Beats to the Rhyme. He also recorded a novelty version of Wild Thing, the music video for which was a hit on MTV.

6) When Kinison first moved to Los Angeles, he was employed as a doorman.

7) He has an on-air fight with Howard Stern after he promised to bring Bon Jovi, but they didn’t show. The two eventually made up, but not before Stern and comedian Gilbert Gottfried ridiculed a phone call he had made to Stern on-air. After Kinison’s death, Stern purchased the movie rights to Kinison’s biography written by the Back To School star’s brother. In 2008, it was reported that HBO would make the biopic with Kinison played by Dan Fogler, but it was never made (though an epic screen test was leaked to the public). Later Josh Gad was also attached to the biopic.

8) At the time of his death, he was set to be in films with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rick Moranis.

9) George Carlin dedicated his eighth HBO stand-up special, Jammin’ in New York, to Kinison. In the beginning of the special, “this show is for SAM” appeared on the screen.

10) He was hit by a truck twice in his lifetime, first when he was three-years-old. He survived that incident, but it left him with some brain damage and some say it shifted his personality.

The world misses you, Sam. If you’re feeling sentimental, watch the screen test below and get chills watching Fogler’s Kinison.

Who’s left to host the Oscars? (List)

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 16:42

Once Kevin Hart was announced as next year’s Academy Awards host, the internet dug up old homophobic tweets leading to a mess of controversy. Last night, the Get Hard star announced that he would be stepping down as this year’s Oscar host. Now the Academy is back to square one. Picking a host for the 2019 Oscars has been a difficult task. The Hollywood Reporter published a viral take on why no one should want to host the Oscars earlier this week.  So Laughspin is here to help! We have compiled a list of comedy stars we would like to see up on 2019’s biggest award show stage.

Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones

We already know Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones have great chemistry. From Saturday Night Live to Ghostbusters, these two feed perfectly off each other. It could be like when Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosted the Golden Globes (thrice). Can you see it? Jones in a perfect Christian Siriano dress, McKinnon probably in a suit. They would look perfect up on that stage. Plus, McKinnon was great at the 2018 Emmys, so we already know that she can command an award show audience.

Billy Eichner

If you want to distance yourself from a homophobic scandal, the best remedy is to get a gay icon. Billy Eichner is a slightly unconventional choice, but he sleeps, eats, and breaths celebrity culture. He’s the kind of host who will have actually seen all the movies and already knows every industry secret. He could pull off doing a song for the opener and practically oozes Broadway glamor. He has been on top of all the 2019 Oscar news and has been a fair voice without compromising his integrity as a gay man. That is the kind of attitude that the Oscars need to recover from Hart stepping down.

I’m no saint. We just wanted a little understanding, a little explanation. Apologies are tough – they leave you vulnerable. Toxic masculinity is real. I deal with it in my own way too. So on that note, I appreciate @KevinHart4real  apologizing. And apology accepted. That’s all.

— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 7, 2018

Tiffany Haddish

Kevin Hart’s Night School co-star Tiffany Haddish is the Oscars host we need right now, and the Academy should have asked her before Hart (maybe they did, maybe they didn’t). How fun would a Haddish-led Oscars be? You just know she would bring an amazing energy to the stage and keep the too-long telecast funny even in hour four. She’s got the heat behind her even if her celebrity status is much newer than Hart’s.

Seth Meyers

Sometimes you need a safe pick for your list. The Oscars love giving the hosting job to a (white) man that already hosts something every night. Late night television has always been a breeding ground for Oscar hosts. Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Johnny Carson, and David Letterman have all hosted. Having the well-liked Late Night host would be a classic move for the Academy. Seth Meyers has great politics, but isn’t as political as John Oliver or Samantha Bee, who could be good choices for name recognition amongst young people but might not be able to pull off the camp factor needed at award shows. He’s an NBC guy, but the show is less than 3 months away and the Academy (I mean, ABC, I mean, Disney) may have to make a consolation.

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes is a comedy legend and LGBTQ icon. She would bring decades of comedy experience to the stage. She came out as a lesbian while fighting for same-sex marriage in California and has publically championed grassroots organizations that work with homeless and abused LQBTQ youth.  She has never stopped becuase “that’s gay.” But more importantly, she is funny and deserved recognition before this whole scandal. She would be a great host, even Eichner agrees:

YES. https://t.co/zTAwE8el3a

— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 7, 2018

Terry Crews

While his Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star Andy Samberg is hosting the Golden Globes, we could have Terry Crews for the Oscars. Last year, the Oscars championed Time’s Up. What better way to keep that momentum going than having a survivor of sexual harassment host the night? Crews is a deeply thoughtful person who also shines as an unlikely comedic actor. It is the perfect juxtaposition to host a night like the Oscars where a host has to balance the gravitas of the night while making people laugh.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele
This comedy duo could reunite for Hollywood’s biggest night. Jordan Peele produced BlacKkKlansman while Keegan-Michael Key is in the upcoming Lion King remake (made by Disney which owns the network airing the Oscars). They are also reuniting as voices in Toy Story 4 (also Disney). Aside from being funny, they are becoming Hollywood royalty. Peele won an Academy Award for his film Get Out last year and gave an iconic speech.

Patton Oswalt
If Stephen King personally thinks you should host the Oscars, maybe you should host the Oscars? Or at least get on a few lists.

Hey, Oscar, two words for ya: PATTON OSWALT. He’a funny,sharp-tongued, and he knows film.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 7, 2018

Okay, but let’s get serious…

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Hamilton is still selling out—and they’re on their third Alexander Hamilton. The Mary Poppins remake is already nominated for the Golden Globes. and the In The Heights movie is in pre-production. Let Lin-Manuel host. We all want it.

Grammy Nominations: Jim Gaffigan pre-congratulates Chris Rock or Dave Chappelle

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 15:19

Grammy nominations were announced on Friday morning, including the contenders for Best Comedy Album. And there are plenty of big names up for the honor.

Dave Chappelle, who won the 2018 Grammy in this category, is nominated for his album Equanimity & The Bird Revelation. He is up against the 2017 winner, Patton Oswalt, who is nominated for his album Annihilation. Oswalt jokingly tweeted Friday morning that he and his fellow nominees were going to coordinate their outfits for the big ceremony.

What a humbling list of friends and creative influences to be on. Thank you @RecordingAcad! We’re all on a group DM coordinating our #Grammy ourfits. pic.twitter.com/5aIIKnUhSf

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 7, 2018

Another 2019 Best Comedy Album nominee, Jim Gaffigan, also tweeted in response to his fourth Grammy nomination. Gaffigan, who is nominated this year for Noble Ape, joked that the 2019 award will likely go to Chappelle or Chris Rock, a three-time winner who is nominated again for Tamborine.

Honestly honored to be nominated. Thank you @recordingacademy. Congrats to fellow nominees @pattonoswalt & @sordociego Huge congrats to inevitable winner @chrisrock or #davechapelle. pic.twitter.com/wW0t0R6dQv

— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) December 7, 2018

Also up for the 2019 Best Comedy Album Grammy is first-time nominee Fred Armisen, who was nominated for Standup For Drummers. The unconventional album was recorded as a Netflix special in front of an audience of drummers featuring a lot of, well, stand-up for drummers.

As The Interrobang noted, this is the first time in 11 years that no women are nominated in the Best Comedy Album category. Lisa Lampanelli received nods in 2008 and 2016, while Kathy Griffin was nominated for six consecutive years, finally winning in 2014. Sarah Silverman was nominated in both 2015 and 2018, and three women were nominated in 2017 (though they all lost to Oswalt).

However, one female comedian, Tiffany Haddish, was nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category for the audiobook version of her memoir, The Last Black Unicorn. She faces an eclectic field that includes fellow comedian David Sedaris along with musician Questlove, actor Courtney B. Vance (who is nominated for the spoken-word version of a Neil deGrasse Tyson book), and former President Jimmy Carter, a two-time winner in the category.

Another comedian, Donald Glover, is making headlines for his nominations in several musical categories. Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, is up for five Grammy awards. That includes his nods for Record of the Year and Song of the Year for his single This Is America. Glover took home his first Grammy earlier this year, winning the 2018 award for Best Traditional R&B Performance.

Kevin Hart withdraws from Oscars gig in impassioned Instagram video; apologizes to LGBTQ community

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:55

Kevin Hart will not host the Oscars in 2019. The Night School star withdrew from the job mere days after being selected for the prestigious—but possibly least wanted—gig in all of Hollywood. Hart made the announcement on social media late Thursday night.

The blockbuster comedian fell under intense scrutiny from the LGBTQ community after old tweets of his surfaced using homophobic slurs as well as more recent interviews addressing the tweets. In those interviews, he pointed to cultural sensitivity—not the material itself—as the reason he doesn’t do that kind of jokes anymore.

In an Instagram video, he claimed to get a call from The Academy asking him to either apologize or be fired. “I passed,” he said. “I passed on the apology. The reason why I’ve passed is I’ve addressed this several times…I’ve said who I am now vs. who I was then…I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I’ve moved on and I’m in a completely different space in my life.” The video currently has been viewed over 1.4 million times.

Hart is what people in the industry would call a four-quadrant star. He appeals to men and women both old and young. He can dominate the box office in a PG or PG-13 comedy, and he is a component that can make an R-rated comedy a must-see instead of a ‘Netflix, later.’ Selecting him as an apolitical Oscars host seemed like a fantastic decision by the Academy. He even advocates for better pay for his female co-stars. But his attitude towards the LGBTQ community—specifically, it would seem, queer men—have dogged his past and now his present.

Before stepping down from the Oscars, Hart posted an Instagram video blaming others for making the world “crazy.” He claimed he’s in “a great place, a great mature place where all I do is spread positivity.”

 

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Stop looking for reasons to be negative…Stop searching for reasons to be angry….I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. I am truly happy people….there is nothing that you can do to change that…NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all….with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love….Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please….What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY…..ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you….Have a beautiful day

A post shared by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) on Dec 6, 2018 at 3:20pm PST

This seemed to only ignite people on social media seeking some semblance of an apology from the box office darling.

WELL he definitely didn’t hire a PR team pic.twitter.com/97gYnt3QN3

— Ira (@ira) December 7, 2018

a complete lack of ownership of your own actions & no acknowledgment of the community you’ve negatively impacted – did nobody teach you how to apologize in your first 40 years? everyone makes mistakes, it’s how you fix them… & this ain’t it.

— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) December 7, 2018

Tweets sent shortly after the Instagram video included that apology, though they do not address what the problem was with his past statements and jokes. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past…I’m sorry that I hurt people.”

I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.

— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018

I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.

— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018

It is not easy to mess up in the public eye in front of millions and millions of followers. Most people will never know how hard it is to admit you were once wrong and then endlessly try to convince people you have changed, like a neverending trial where you repeatedly take the witness stand. Some argue that it is an undue burden on a celebrity to judge them on old behaviors—but then again, that’s the same defense Bill Cosby defenders use. The one benefit his post-withdrawal apology will have is that we can believe it to be genuine. It would have been much easier for Hart to apologize to save the job. It’s much harder to refuse to apologize to save the job…and then apologize from your heart.

The mogul’s personal insecurities around potentially having a gay son are his own to deal with and, frankly, not the public’s business. Maybe we’ll get to hear how he struggled through that internal dialogue on stage one day. One thing is for sure: Kevin Hart is going to keep being Kevin Hart. He’s just not going to host the Oscars. And maybe that’s best for everyone involved.

 

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I know who I am & so do the people closest to me. #LiveLoveLaugh

A post shared by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) on Dec 6, 2018 at 7:31pm PST

Crashing Season 3 has a premiere date

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 18:31

Crashing returns to HBO on January 20. The second season ended with creator and star Pete Holmes embarking on a two-month college tour and the third season will pick up with the fictional version of Holmes returning to New York City with a new found confidence in his craft and a new set of life changes. Ironically, in season three, Pete will no longer be “crashing” on any couches and instead be working on getting a place of his own. Jamie Lee will be reprising her role as Ali and Madeline Wise will be joining the cast for the new season.

The new season will have a star-studded cast featuring a wide range of comedian cameos. Comedians who are set to appear in the new season include Dave Attell, Artie Lange, John Mulaney, Ray Romano, Amy Schumer, Estee Adoram, Wayne Federman, Greg Fitzsimmons, Chris Gethard, Kevin Brennan, Emo Philips, Colin Quinn, Wil Sylvinces, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Jermaine Fowler, Aparna Nancherla, and Jaboukie Young-White.

Young-White has the distinction of having the first episode named after him. The premiere is simply titled, “Jaboukie.”

TV shows about comedians have been popular over the last few years. While Lady Dynamite, Louie, Maron, and I’m Dying Up Here are all now off the air, new sleeper hits like Nobodies are here to fill the void.  Earlier this week the Marvelous Mrs. Masiel premiered its second season and was nominated for multiple Golden Globes. Crashing has not been nominated for an Emmy or Golden Globe for its first two seasons, but has a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Will Season 3 be both real Holmes and TV Holmes’s year?

Jimmy Kimmel’s daughter took a dump in Jennifer Aniston’s backyard (Video)

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 18:05

Stars! They’re just like us! Jennifer Aniston proved this, and then some, last night when she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Because who hasn’t insulted one of their best friends on national television about the way in which they handle Thanksgiving? That’s exactly how Aniston’s appearance began– with Jimmy complaining about Aniston’s tradition of having a FAKESGiving the night before Thanksgiving– you know, to hang out with your friends before dealing with your family the day after. Turns out Kimmel doesn’t like that Aniston serves turkey because HE makes turkey the following day, which, in his mind, becomes a total bummer since everyone in his immediate family already ate the dry bird hours ago.

Not one to be made a fool, Aniston defended herself by bringing up that one time one Kimmel’s daughter relieved herself on Aniston’s lawn. After Aniston considers changing her menu for next year’s FAKESGiving, she shot back.

“Listen, I’ll make a deal. If we do this, can we talk about your children not using my back yard as a bathroom?” After Kimmel admitted that did, indeed, happen Aniston explains that a year went by without her even knowing. “Molly [Kimmel’s wife] and Kelly [Kimmel’s sister in law] wanted to confess. They said we have to tell you something that happened. They said last year Jane took a shit in the backyard right next to the beautiful pool.”

Hannah Gadsby complains about ‘good men’ at Women in Entertainment Gala (Video)

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 16:30

Hannah Gadsby spoke about the concept of “good men” as opposed to “bad men” during her speech opening The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment Gala.

The Australian comedian became a household name seemingly overnight when Netflix released her comedy special Nanette earlier this year. The special is half comedy and half a deep delve into the trauma of being a queer woman, the pain of sexual assault, and ruminations on the nature of writing comedy.

While the special caused quite a bit of backlash over if it counts as ‘comedy’ (no similar debates were raised over other alt-y specials produced this year), Gatsby has been unafraid to speak publically about feminism. She spoke at the 2018 Emmys saying, “ That’s a joke, of course. Just jokes, fellas, calm down. You know, #NotAllMen, but a lot of ’em. No, it is just jokes, but what are jokes these days? We don’t know. Nobody knows what jokes are. Especially not men. Am I right, fellas? That’s why I’m presenting alone.”

In her most recent public speech, Gadsby said, “I want to speak about the very big problem I have with the good men, especially the good men who take it upon themselves to talk about the bad men.” She goes on, “I find good men talking about bad men incredibly irritating,” noting the new role men have in call-out culture and with heavy topics such as #MeToo. “You know why we need to talk about this line between good men and bad men? Because it’s only good men who get to draw that line… And guess what? All men believe they are good.”

She calls out “the Jimmys,” in a possible reference to talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, who are only able to see bad men as extreme predators or simply friends who have made mistakes. She punctuated this with, “We need to talk about how men will draw a different line for a different occasion.”

You can watch the full, nearly 8-minute, explosive speech here:



Netflix turning Between Two Ferns into a movie…somehow

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 16:01

Between Two Ferns, the viral online talk show hosted by Zach Galifianakis known for its extreme awkwardness, is heading to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has ordered a movie based on the show and production is already underway. Co-creator Scott Aukerman of Comedy Bang! Bang! fame is directing. No other details have come out such as plot or how they plan to turn a short interview show into a feature length film or if Barack Obama is coming back. But it’s happening.

Between Two Ferns premiered in 2008. Originally part of a pilot by Aukerman and B.J. Porter that didn’t get picked up, they put the short segment featuring guest Michael Cera up on Funny Or Die and it quickly turned into a successful web series. In the show, Galifianakis hosts as an exaggerated version of himself. The set and the show itself are styled after low-budget cable access talk shows, with the guest and host sitting and talking between the titular ferns. He often insults the guests or asks inappropriate questions. According to Galifianakis, almost no prep is done before the show and the guests do not know what he is going to ask or do.

The show gained massive popularity and attracted high profile guests. In a 2014 episode, the Baskets star interviewed President Barack Obama. The episode was an effort to get people to enroll for the Affordable Care Act at Healthcare.gov (which you can still do through December 15). After the episode aired, it was the largest single referrer to Healthcare.gov for that time period. In 2016, Galifianakis interviewed Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign, and the episode’s initial 30 million views remain the highest viewership for any Funny Or Die video in the first 24 hours.

No release date is known for the upcoming movie.

Comedy Central signs Chris Distefano to exclusive deal because they just can’t get enough

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:45

Comedian Chris Distefano has signed an exclusive overall deal with Comedy Central that will have the Guy Code star creating content across multiple platforms for the network. The deal also includes on-air and off-air services and first look at any content created or developed for any platform. Basically: Comedy Central wants as much Distefano as they can handle. In fact, he already has some projects in the works including a new stand-up special, an unscripted series, an animated series, and a continuation of the already-running interstitial series Stupid Questions With Chris Distefano.

“Chris strikes the perfect balance of Brooklyn-born edge and nice-guy charm,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Executive Vice Presidents and Co-Heads of Talent and Development at Comedy Central. “He’s razor-sharp, magnetic, and relatable — key to success on all platforms — so we couldn’t be more excited to enter into this deal with him.”

Outside of the agreement, Distefano already has in production a new weekly podcast that was greenlit straight to series on Comedy Central’s Global Podcast Network.

Distefano is a New York-based actor and comedian that can be seen co-hosting Ultimate Beastmaster on Netflix and goofing around on his web series Bay Ridge Boys with comedian Yannis Pappas. He recently shot a pilot for Amazon pilot called Making Friends and starred on the IFC comedy Benders, which only ran for one season. Chris is probably best known for being a talking head on MTV2’s Guy Code and Girl Code, as well as truTV’s Comedy Knockout.

“I couldn’t be happier and more excited to be working with Comedy Central! They are truly like family to me,” said Distefano. “I am honored at the opportunity they’ve given me and I can’t wait to bring these new projects to life! #ChrissyCentral.”

Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist, his newest hourlong stand-up special, premieres January 18 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT as part of Comedy Central’s Stand-Up Month.

Miracle Workers with Steve Buscemi as God drops first trailer (VIDEO)

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:47

I have no doubt in my mind that Bible-thumpin’ holly rollers will lob nothing but complaints toward the makers of Miracle Workers as soon as TBS premieres it on Feb. 12. They should, however, find solace in the number of episodes slated for the new comedy series — seven! — which I’ve heard is the foundation of God’s word. Or something.

Based on author Simon Rich’s 2012 novel What in God’s Name, Miracle Workers finds Steve Buscemi as God. This God, if you can even begin to believe it, is the type of God that doesn’t seem to give a shit. In fact, it seems this God is bent on destroying the world. Hey, at least he’s motivated to do something. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on your current opinion on human existence), God has two entry-level angels — Daniel Radcliffe (also a co-executive producer) and Geraldine Viswanathan — who desperately attempt to convince God to maybe not kill everyone. In order to stop Earth’s obliteration, Radcliffe and Viswanathan set out to prove to God they can make two seemingly incompatible people fall in love.

You’ll see in the first trailer released by TBS that Buscemi’s God is all but a little distracted by the less-important things in life. Check it out and let us know if you’ll tune in to the first episode. Or will you continue to be a huge disappointment to God?

Golden Globe nominations are in; Andy Samberg, Sandra Oh to host 2019 awards ceremony

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 12:37

It’s Golden Globes season and the nominations are out. Yesterday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced that Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg are (confusedly) hosting the 2019 ceremony together on January 6.

Samberg stars in the popular show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Both the Saturday Night Live alum and the show won Golden Globes back in 2014, but have not been nominated since. Oh won her only Golden Globe for her roll on Grey’s Anatomy back in 2006, but the actress is nominated this year for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for her role on Killing Eve. Oh will also be the first person of color to host the event.

Aside from the comedy categories, comedian Melissa McCarthy is up for a dramatic best actress award for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Adam McKay has been nominated for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture for Vice.

Comedies that are absent from this list include critically-acclaimed films like Sorry to Bother You, Love, Simon, and The Death of Stalin. Comedy TV absentees include Bojack Horseman, Big Mouth, It’s Always Sunny, Veep, and blackish. No one comedy is poised to dominate this year, but shows like Barry and the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel should take home multiple awards. No one should feel bad, as it’s hard to respect a group that awards the Best Comedy Series award to Mozart in the Jungle.

See the full list of comedy (well and musical) nominations here:

Best motion picture, musical or comedy
Crazy Rich Asians
The Favourite
Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns
Vice

Best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Christian Bale, Vice
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Robert Redford, The Old Man and the Gun
John C. Reilly, Stan and Ollie

Best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron, Tully
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best television series, musical or comedy
Barry
The Good Place
Kidding
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy
Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown
Alison Brie, Glow
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Debra Messing, Will & Grace

Best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy
Sasha Baron Cohen, Who is America
Jim Carrey, Kidding
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry

Kevin Hart’s homophobic past is catching up with him

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:48

Kevin Hart is in hot water for some homophobic tweets coming back to haunt him. Earlier this week, it was announced that Hart will host the 2019 Oscars. Shortly after the announcement, Twitter started shining a light on tweets, mostly from 2009-2011, where the Night School star made homophobic comments and used anti-gay slurs.

Aside from comedian’s habitual use of the word fag, Hart also talks about his son and how gender roles must be maintained at all times in his household. [Ed. note: This tweet appears to have been deleted early this morning.]

Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice “stop that’s gay”

— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 11, 2011


The ‘joke’ about not wanting his son to be gay appears word-for-word in his 2010 special Seriously Funny. The only thing that seems to have changed is public sentiment towards anti-gay slurs.

In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Hart said of the joke about his son, “I wouldn’t tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now. I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren’t necessarily big deals, because we can. These things become public spectacles. So why set yourself up for failure?”

In the same year, Hart gave an interview to the Breakfast Club in which he revealed he would not consider playing a gay character because “people are going to think.”

In 2014, Hart had said during an AMA on Reddit that he was done doing jokes about gay people. “It’s just a sensitive topic and I respect people of all orientations,” Hart wrote. “So, it’s just best left alone.” But he didn’t. In 2016, GLAAD—one of the largest LGBTQ advocacy groups in the nation—noted in its yearly report about positive and negative portrayals of queer people in Hollywood that Get Hard and The Wedding Ringer contained “more blatant and incessant gay panic humor than we have seen in a Hollywood film in years.” Both movies starred Hart.

I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets

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