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Lena Dunham shutters feminist Lenny Letter effective immediately

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 16:32

Lena Dunham’s Lenny’s Letter is shutting down. Lenny’s Letter was a newsletter and blog that was created by the Girls creator and her producing partner, Jenni Konner. The site featured stories on feminism, style, and politics.

In the early days of the newsletter, which launched in 2015, subscribers flocked to read the bi-weekly blasts of articles from celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Obama, Roxanne Gay, and Alicia Keys. Of course, part of the appeal was following the famous Lena Dunham brand.

The project ended this week, but there were rumblings for some time that Lenny’s Letters might be in trouble. In 2017, it was reported that the newsletter had about 500,000 subscribers with about half still opening the email blasts. Later reports would show that the letter in fact had fewer subscribers, closer to 350,000. Even with readership declining, the publication was in talks about changing its advertising management from Hearst to Conde Nast. Advertising sales had always been an issue for Hearst and the deal was supposedly happening sometime in 2018. Three months ago the newsletter was shaken again when Konner and Dunham announced they were dissolving their partnership.

Konner was the executive producer and showrunner of Girls and co-created the new HBO show Camping with Dunham. Despite her close relationship with Dunham, Konner has stayed out of the controversy that often dogged her partner. Recently, Dunham came under fire for supporting Murray Miller, a former writer for Girls who was accused of sexual assault, which prompted many to call her a hypocrite given her feminist branding.

Contributors to the newsletter recently received an email telling them they would be given “kill fees” for their unpublished work. Staff members were told of the close last week.

A farewell announcement has been posted on the site but does not go into reasons for the shutdown.

6 hilarious Twitter accounts that don’t even do stand-up

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:30

You may be following a bunch of professional comedians and writers on Twitter, but that is by no means the limits of finding the funny online. Here are some of the best non-comedian Twitter accounts you should be following right now!


Okay, you knew this one would be on this list. The model and TV personality revealed to the world that she is also funny as hell, whether dunking on her haters or mocking her EGOT-winning husband John Legend. But seriously, he does look like Arthur.

John when you tell him he looks like Arthur pic.twitter.com/0NW3NDtAb1

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 21, 2017


If you’re in any way a political junky, you probably already follow darth, but if not, you should rectify that mistake immediately. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on his epic photoshop jobs like this gem: Edward Snowden riding a red panda

@Snowden pic.twitter.com/TadWB7DCxH

— darth (@darth) January 22, 2016

and Snoop — then Snoop Lion — chilling with some fellow lions.


If you’d like some feminist rage with your lulz, then look no further than this wildly popular Twitter account. You’ll laugh, but you may also learn a valuable lesson like we did from this classic:

Oh. My. God. Becky, look at her but don’t judge her based on her appearance. Women should support each other, not tear each other down.

— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) May 22, 2015

Well said.


Timothy Simons is a great example of an actor who uses his platform for good — and bonus! He’s funny while doing it. The Veep actor frequently uses his Twitter account to mock conservatives and encourage people to get out and vote. Oh, and he doesn’t pull punches: “shut up you weak ass bitch,” he recently tweeted at the much-loathed Jeff Flake. Well, at least we know where he stands!

shut up you weak ass bitch

— Timothy Simons (@timothycsimons) October 16, 2018


This is probably the best example of humor that will make you feel warm, cuddly, and happy. Jonny Sun is a cartoonist who recently partnered with Lin Manuel-Miranda, the other most-positive person on Twitter, to illustrate Gmorning, Gnight!, a book that is designed to give you a case of the feel-goods. Go follow him for laughs and for the distinct feeling that the world maybe isn’t so terrible after all.

a fun prank is when ur friemd about to sit in a chair u pul the chair out from under them and replace it w/ a fancier mor comfortabal chair

— jonny sun (@jonnysun) February 10, 2015


Yes, that’s right. The brooding actor who portrays Jughead on cult-fav Riverdale will have you cracking up if you follow him on Twitter. And he’s not above poking fun at the fan obsession with his show:

Man, writing all this Sweet Pea fan fiction sure is exhausting.

— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) October 4, 2018

But his humor isn’t all Riverdale-related. Sometimes it’s just solid life advice:

Guy Fieri didn’t struggle for years just to have people wear flame tees ‘ironically’.

— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) October 6, 2018

Indeed, he did not.

Orange is the New Black ending next year (Video)

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 09:30

Orange is the New Black announced via Twitter that this will be their final season. The tweet includes a video of the actresses who have been on the Emmy Award-winning show since 2013 talking about the series, their friendships, and what the 7th and final season has in store. The post proclaims, “Warning: This may make you cry. The Final Season, 2019.”

Kate Mulgrew (Red) says, “I’m going to miss playing and living on the edge of one of the most groundbreaking, original and controversial series of this decade.” When Orange is the New Black exploded onto the scene in 2013, it truly was a phenomenon. Netflix was on the forefront of video streaming and the show was only the third original series to be made by the service (preceded only by House of Cards and Hemlock Grove). But OITNB was revolutionary for other reasons as well. The show delved into race, class, sexuality, and the harsh realities of the justice system while both featuring a largely female cast and being funny.

The first season received 12 Emmy nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. While a change in category rules forced later seasons to be categorized as a drama, the show never lost its unique take on dark humor.

The release date of the final season has not been announced yet, but the actresses promise that the final season will be one to remember. As Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes) says in the video, “Season seven, you will not be disappointed. It is a season you will not forget and we are going to give you everything and more that you could have ever wanted.”

Watch the video here after you grab some tissues.

Warning: This may make you cry. The Final Season, 2019. #OITNB pic.twitter.com/bUp2yY0aoK

— Orange Is the New… (@OITNB) October 17, 2018

Big Jay Oakerson leads Netflix’s degenerate stand-up series

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 08:30

Netflix has released a trailer for their new stand-up showcase The Degenerates. The new original series will feature, what the trailer promises to be, crude, rude, and offensive comedy. The show has been confirmed for six 30-minute episodes featuring raunchy comics like Big Jay Oakerson, Joey Diaz, Liza Treyger, Yamaneika Saunders, Christina P., and Brad Williams.

The trailer doesn’t feature any jokes, rather it merely promises the viewer that this will be an all-out dirty and depraved night of comedy. With comedians like the often controversial Big Jay Oakerson—who was once called the “master of the dirty joke” by The New York Times’s comedy editor Jason Zinoman—the show will surely push the limits of acceptability. There will surely be tweets about one joke or another. Other comedians are more surprising additions to the Degenerates, such as Yamaneika Saunders who has gone on the record as being a church-going Christian.

Netflix is no stranger to comedy that pushes the envelope. From the new Ron White special, If You Quit Listening I’ll Shut Up, to the Netflix original movie, The Package, politically incorrect and gross-out comedy has always had a place in the streaming service’s line-up.

The Degenerates will premiere Tuesday, October 31st. What the trailer here:

Nathan For You, Animals not returning despite critical acclaim

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 14:00

Fans of quirky TV comedies will be sad to learn that both Comedy Central’s Nathan for You and HBO’s Animals will not be returning for a new season.

Nathan for You was an improvised docuseries where comedian Nathan Fielder helps small businesses in surprising and ridiculous ways. The show made waves after a stunt to rebrand a local coffee store as “Dumb Starbucks” gained national news attention. The show is ending after four seasons. The news came as a shock given the critical acclaim for its recent season finale.

The fourth season ended with a two-hour special episode which sought to reunite a fan favorite with a long lost love. The special, titled Finding Frances, explored the nature of love and the passage of time and even had a B-plot of Nathan himself becoming enamored with a local sex worker. The AV Club called Finding Frances “one of the most captivating things I’ve seen on television in a long time.” Erroll Morris in the New Yorker declared the special “my new favorite exploration of love.”

Fielder reportedly decided not to continue the show for a fifth season as confirmed in a statement by Comedy Central. From a statement, “For the past five years, Comedy Central had the pleasure of working with the brilliant Nathan Fielder on Nathan For You. His innovative and quick-witted humor has made the show a comedic touchstone and we’re proud to have been a part of it. We respect Nathan’s decision to end the series and look forward to geeking out over his next project.”

HBO’s Animals similarly went out on a high note. Vulture called the show during its 3rd season “the best TV comedy you are not watching.” The show, produced by the Duplass brothers, was structured around animated vignettes of animals dealing with New York City life from pizza rats to Central Park horses. The show never attracted a huge or rather mainstream audience but did have an impressive list of voice talents including Jon Lovitz, Fred Armisen, Demi Moore, Jessica Chastain, Jonah Hill, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Andre, and many more.

Animals was self-produced by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano and shown at Sundance before being connected to the Duplass Brothers, Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries, and finally HBO. The premium cable channel confirmed the show’s cancelation to Deadline yesterday.

Both shows will be missed by comedians and comedy fans alike.

Amy Schumer and 7 comedians with odd arrest records

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:00

Comedian Amy Schumer was arrested in Washington, D.C. earlier this month while protesting the confirmation of then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She joins a long list of comedians with a police record, so there’s no chance this is a comprehensive list. While they might not have as good of a reason for their arrests as Schumer, there are some pretty crazy stories to be found when comedians run into trouble with the law. Here are seven comedians who may have had to deal with a cop who said, “What’re you? A comedian?”

Chelsea Handler: DUI

Many comedians (and people) have gotten a DUI, but stand-up comic and talk show host Chelsea Handler’s is special. She believes her 1996 DUI is the reason for her career. She was arrested for drunk driving and made to take a safe driving class. As part of the class, members had to share the reason that they were assigned to the class. At the time, Handler was terrified of public speaking. However, forced to do the assignment, she fell in love with telling stories on stage.

Paul Reubens: Indecent Exposure

Paul Reubens, better known for his character Pee Wee Herman, was arrested in 1991 for indecent exposure. To be more specific, he was masturbating in an adult movie theater in Florida. The incident tarnished Reubens’ squeaky-clean image, though many in Hollywood spoke out to support him—including Bill Cosby! Surprisingly, he isn’t the only improv actor who has been arrested in an adult theater, Best in Show star Fred Willard was similarly arrested for a lewd act in a theater in 2012. In 2002, the suit-clad comic was arrested for possession of obscene material improperly depicting a child under the age of 18 in sexual conduct: the infamous Rob Lowe sex tape!

TJ Miller: False Report

TJ Miller is known for his roles in hits like Silicon Valley or Deadpool, but he is now also known for allegedly calling in a fake bomb threat. The comedian apparently called 911 reporting he thought a woman had a bomb on an Amtrack Train. Investigators found that Miller was not on the train he claimed to be on, no evidence of a bomb was found on either train, and he changed the woman’s description after questioning. The case is still pending, but the Cloverfield star is reportedly negotiating a plea deal.

Richard Pryor: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Richard Pryor is a comedy legend that had some bumpy years when it comes to the law. He was famously arrested for chasing two of his wife’s friends out of a New Years party. He then smashed his Mercedes into their car before he riddled it with bullets. The incident caused his then-wife, Deborah Pryor, to leave him. In 1978, People Magazine interviewed Deborah, Pryor, and also for some reason Bill Cosby for an article entitled, “Richard Pryor’s Ordeal.” In that article, there is a line that perfectly sums up the type of trouble Pryor was getting into at the time. Written by Sue Reilly, “He was snorting $100 of cocaine a day, had been arrested for assault and battery, sued for wife-beating, and accused of stabbing a landlord with a fork.”

Kat Williams: Assault (and a lot more)

Standup and actor, Kat Williams was arrested for slapping a Target employee in 2012, but that isn’t all. 2016 was a crazy year for Williams. He racked up a long list of arrests including stealing five women’s phones, getting into a fight with a teenager, threatening to kill a bodyguard, throwing a salt shaker at a restaurant manager, amongst other arrests for assault and property damage. Yes, all of that was in 2016.  He had 10 brushes with the law in one year. One felony warrant was also issued after Williams failed to appear in court because he was at the Emmy’s. He blamed his management for not reminding him of the court date.

Lenny Bruce: Obsentity

No list of comedy crimes would be complete without Lenny Bruce. The stand-up was arrested for obscenity four times between 1961 and 1964. One arrest was for using the word ‘cocksucker’ in San Francisco. Another was for saying the Yiddish word ‘schmuck.’ The arrests rattled Bruce, who towards the end of his career took to reading legal documents to his audiences. He was pardoned posthumously for the two charges that happened in New York in 2003 by then NY governor George Pataki.

George Carlin: Being a smartass

If you think being arrested for saying ‘schmuck’ is a little harsh, imagine getting arrested for being in the audience of that performance. That’s what happened to a 25-year-old George Carlin. After Bruce was arrested at a Chicago performance, the police IDed the audience and believed the young stand-up was underaged. He was over 21 at the time, but told the police he didn’t believe in government IDs (he was admittedly pretty drunk) and thus was taken to the same station as Bruce. He would also later rack up an obscenity charge in 1972 for his 7 Dirty Words routine at a Milwaukee festival.

Honorable Mention: Busted by Homeland Security over a tweet!

He wasn’t arrested, but rising New York City stand-up Jake Flores had a serious run-in with Homeland Security earlier this year. After making a joke about an extreme way to dismantle ICE on Twitter, four agents showed up at his Brooklyn apartment the next morning as he woke up very hungover. The officers left eventually, but now the comic knows he has the wrong kind of followers over @DHSgov.

Lmao Homeland Security just busted down my door over a joke

— Jake Flores (@feraljokes) May 6, 2018

Zach Braff, Scrubs cast to reunite for first time at Vulture Festival

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:30

Scrubs fans rejoice! Zach Braff and the rest of Sacred Heart Hospital’s staff are coming together at the Vulture Festival Los Angeles to talk about the medical dramedy many fans and critics felt was ahead of its time.

The reunion will take place on November 17 at the famous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel as the festival kicks off its second year. Creator Bill Lawrence and cast members Braff, Sarah Chalke, Christa Miller, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Ken Jenkins, Judy Reyes, and John C. McGinley are all scheduled to appear together for the first since the show went off the air in 2010.

The two-day long Vulture Festival Los Angeles, an offshoot of the New York-based entertainment expo now going in its sixth year, will feature a wide array of live performances, interview panels, and a live museum tour. Most of the show will take place at The Hollywood Roosevelt, while some of the festival’s attractions will occur in other yet-t0-be announced venues.

Also on the schedule of this year’s Vulture Festival Los Angeles:

True Blood – 10th Anniversary and Live Commentary with Alan Ball. It’s been ten years since a telepathic waitress first met a vampire in the swampy depths of Louisiana as the living and the dead learned to somewhat coexist. Reminisce with us as we look back at the pilot episode with creator Alan Ball providing live insight and behind-the-scenes stories throughout the screening.

Comedians You Should Know – Hosted By Pete Holmes and the cast of HBO’s Crashing. Vulture presents Comedians You Should & Will Know, a live show featuring comedians from Vulture’s annual list of up-and-coming comedic talent. The show is hosted by star and creator of HBO’s Crashing, Pete Holmes, with special appearances including Emo Phillips.

Big Mouth Table Read With Nick Kroll — and only Nick Kroll (and Andrew Goldberg Reading Stage Directions). At Vulture Festival, Nick Kroll is going to take on all the voices in his animated series Big Mouth — all the pubescent teens, all the Hormone Monsters, and all the talking pubes — for an incredibly ambitious, sure-to-be-hilarious one-person table read. Co-creator Andrew Goldberg will be on hand to narrate stage directions and probably help keep Nick hydrated.

Tickets for the reunion and the festival at large go on sale to the public today, October 18. For further information on ticket availability, check out the show’s official website. For the full line-up, visit www.vulturefestival.com/events.

For those not familiar with the antics of Sacred Heart Hospital’s staff, check out some of the series’ highlights below:

Hasan Minhaj teases new Netflix talk show in Instagram video

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:00

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj on Netflix will make history when Minhaj becomes the first Indian-American host of a weekly comedy series. Ever. The series premiere is on Sunday, October 28 with new episodes available every week. The 33-year-old stand-up told Time.com that “he hopes to tackle large social issues like immigration around the world, the rise of conservatism in different countries, sports as a vehicle for political debate, and climate changes.”

The topical show is committed for 32 episodes–a surprisingly large order for Netflix. The streaming giant has toyed with original talk shows over the years. Their experiments have not lasted terribly long. The Break with Michelle Wolf got 10 episodes and an ax. Norm Macdonald Has a Show is starting out with 10 shows. The Joel McHale Show lasted 19 episodes before getting canceled. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman continues to make headlines but started with just six monthly episodes for its first season. Only Chelsea Handler’s eponymous talk show went the distance with 120 episodes, but even that was canceled in 2017.

Minhaj, a Daily Show correspondent from 2014 until this past August, is no stranger to exploring uncharted territory through his work. As a first-generation American, Minhaj’s comedy combines relatable, at times poignant, storytelling with the satirization of issues like racism, politics, and religion in America.

2017 marked a serious breakout year for the comedian. In 2017, Minhaj made a memorable appearance hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, roasting everything from “fake news” and Vladimir Putin, to the media elite and POTUS himself (President Trump opted to skip the annual event). Not long after, Minhaj’s comedy quartet, Goatface, was featured in a Comedy Central hour-long sketch show, and he made his Netflix debut in a May stand-up special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, which earned him stellar reviews and a Peabody Award.

Here’s a sneak peek of Patriot Act shared on the show’s Instagram account.


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Please watch Patriot Act so we can afford to pay our electric bill. Find it on Netflix starting Sunday, October 28.

A post shared by Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (@patriotact) on Oct 17, 2018 at 5:30am PDT

Bill Maher HBO special celebrates 25 years of political punditry

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 08:00

Happy Anniversary Mr. Maher.

Comedian Bill Maher is celebrating his 25th year as a talk show host and political pundit with his upcoming Real Time With Bill Maher: Anniversary Special, which debuts this Friday on HBO. The hour-long retrospective will take a look at Maher’s long career as a late night host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and his previous show Politically Incorrect, which aired first on Comedy Central and then on ABC from 1993 – 2002.

The special will spotlight memorable guest interviews via archived footage with some of the world’s most famous—or in some cases, most infamous— journalists, entertainers, and pundits such as Ben Affleck, Ann Coulter, Salman Rushdie, and Maureen Dowd. The anniversary show will also feature new commentary from notable celebrities like former President Barack Obama, Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, author Fran Lebowitz, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, and icon Barbra Streisand.

Over the past quarter-century, Maher’s unique perspective on current events—using monologues, roundtable discussions, and interviews—has left an indelible mark on mainstream culture. Some view him as the “Godfather” of political comedy, putting those who “go against the family” to task. Others see his viewpoints as archaic and his observations as a part of comedy’s bygone era. Ultimately, whether one loves or hates him, his production of such a massive library of television content for three different networks over the course of 25 years is a notable entertainment milestone to accomplish. All while still putting out the occasional stand-up special.

Real Time With Bill Maher: Anniversary Special will air on October 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT on HBO. The special will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and other streaming platforms after its initial broadcast.

Lena Dunham shares vulnerable Instagram surgery photo

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 14:48

Lena Dunham posted a photo on her Instagram post-surgery to remove her left ovary on Tuesday. The 32-year-old Girls star posted: “Yesterday I had a two hour surgery to remove my left ovary, which was encased in scar tissue & fibrosis, attached to my bowel and pressing on nerves that made it kinda hard to walk/pee/vamp.”

The surgery follows Dunham’s decision last year to have a hysterectomy. “The pain becomes unbearable. I am delirious with it, and the doctors can’t really explain… With pain like this, I will never be able to be anyone’s mother. Even if I could get pregnant, there’s nothing I can offer,” said Dunham.

Never one to shy away from a confrontation, Dunham responded to critics who insist on having an opinion about her health. “A lot of people commented on my last post about being too sick to finish promoting my show by saying my hysterectomy should have fixed it (I mean *should* is a weird one). That I should get acupuncture and take supplements (I do). That I should see a therapist because it’s clearly psychological (year 25, y’all. These are the fruits!).” The HBO darling recently pulled out of some press commitments for her upcoming show Camping. The lead character Kathryn, played by Jennifer Garner, has also had a hysterectomy and had both ovaries removed.

Ultimately, Dunham says that surgery was her best course of action and she has taken a valuable lesson from her struggles. “Health, like most things, isn’t linear- things improve and things falter and you start living off only cranberry juice from a sippy cup/sleeping on a glorified heating pad but you’re also happier than you’ve been in years.” And in the midst of everything, she’s choosing to be optimistic (and to make solid political points!). “I feel blessed creatively and tickled by my new and improved bellybutton and so so so lucky to have health insurance as well as money for care that is off my plan.”

Camping premiered on HBO Sunday night.


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Yesterday I had a two hour surgery to remove my left ovary, which was encased in scar tissue & fibrosis, attached to my bowel and pressing on nerves that made it kinda hard to walk/pee/vamp. Over the last month it got worse and worse until I was simply a burrito posing as a human. *** My mother took this picture after I spent 9 hours in the post op recovery area with v low blood pressure, the nurses were diligently monitoring. I was so out of it that I thought I looked sensually moody a la Charlotte Rampling (turns out it was more of a constipation vibe.) *** A lot of people commented on my last post about being too sick to finish promoting my show by saying my hysterectomy should have fixed it (I mean *should* is a weird one). That I should get acupuncture and take supplements (I do). That I should see a therapist because it’s clearly psychological (year 25, y’all. These are the fruits!) But a big lesson I’ve learned in all this is that health, like most things, isn’t linear- things improve and things falter and you start living off only cranberry juice from a sippy cup/sleeping on a glorified heating pad but you’re also happier than you’ve been in years. I feel blessed creatively and tickled by my new and improved bellybutton and so so so lucky to have health insurance as well as money for care that is off my plan. But I’m simultaneously shocked by what my body is and isn’t doing for me and red with rage that access to medical care is a privilege and not a right in this country and that women have to work extra hard just to prove what we already know about our own bodies and beg for what we need to be well. It’s humiliating. *** My health not being a given has paid spiritual dividends I could never have predicted and it’s opened me up in wild ways and it’s given me a mission: to advocate for those of us who live at the cross section of physical and physic pain, to remind women that our stories don’t have to look one way, our pain is our gain and oh shit scars and mesh “panties” are the fucking jam. Join me, won’t you? ***

Donald Trump Twitter ‘library’ heads to Miami

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 13:31

The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library is headed even closer to President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat. Trevor Noah and The Daily Show are bringing the critically-acclaimed library to Miami ahead of a week of live shows. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will broadcast at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami from Monday, October 29 through Thursday, November 1 at 11:00 p.m. ET.

The Daily Show exhibit is a spoof on the presidential library, which is a nationwide network of 13 libraries that preserve and showcase the papers, records, and other historical materials of every American president since Franklin Roosevelt. This monument to tweets has toured Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago since its unveiling last summer in New York City. Its debut in a 4,000-square-foot museum space—just steps from Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan—drew 7,500 visitors in just a single weekend.

Admission to the Miami exhibit is free and open to the public featuring visual installations and fully-interactive experiences. One such experience is Trump vs. Trump, an exhibit that documents “Trump’s unique ability to hold a variety of different opinions on the same subject,” according to a press release. The Commander-In-Tweet is the marquee attraction. Attendees walk into an Oval Office replica and have 30 seconds to respond to a crisis situation by composing a tweet while sitting on a golden toilet. Also on view is Sad! A Retrospective, Verified Survivors, and Masterworks.

The library received the Grand Prix award at the 2018 Cannes Lions International Festival, one of the most prestigious awards in the creative and marketing industry, and has even been turned into a keepsake book, The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library.

In addition to the week of shows in Miami, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will also be broadcasting a Live Midterm Election Night episode titled, “Democalypse 2018: Let’s Try This Again, America” on Tuesday, November 6 from 11:00-11:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

The Fall of Donald Trump mockumentary suggests we might survive this

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 13:00

Donald Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik is making comedy that’s predictive instead of reactive. Comedy Central’s The President Show is premiering a new mocumentary titled The Fall of Donald Trump on October 22. The half-hour special accomplishes where much of today’s parody has failed; it is a funny and well-executed lampoon of our current administration.

The President Show has already logged a full season of political satire, but The Fall of Trump does something new and creative in a market that can often feel overloaded with lazy jokes and bad wig impressions. The media moves at such a breakneck pace that even a good joke feels instantly stale. The problem with making jokes about Trump is that in any other era, Trump is the joke. How can one parody the news when it already feels like a farce?

While shows like Saturday Night Live sometimes feel like they are just replaying the news, The Fall of Trump feels like a true lampoon. The special is set in 2030—so I guess we will survive this presidency after all—and checks in on the main players of the administration for a 20/20-style news program.

The mockumentary makes use of real news footage, Atamanuik’s scarily accurate Trump impression, and a cast of comedians to replay events from 2019 to 2030. By anchoring the story in the future, the cast has more room for comedy than just replaying the tweets of the last week. Aside from some questionable gay jokes, the special feels like a remarkably fresh take on America’s most joked-about presidency.

The cast includes Adam Pally, Mario Cantone, Peter Grosz, Kathy Griffin, and maybe most impressively, Stephanie March of SVU fame who does a spot-on impression of Ivanka Trump.

A President Show Documentary: The Fall Of Donald Trump will debut on Comedy Central on Monday, October 22 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

South Park teaser spells bad news for Butters (Video)

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:00

South Park will take a shot at vaping in Tegridy Farms, a new episode airing tonight October 17 on Comedy Central. The episode will center around the lovable, but easily corruptible, Butters.

“Butters is selling vape pens and all kinds of fruity-flavored vape accessories at school,” says the Comedy Central website. “Meanwhile, Randy decides he should move the family to the country and take up farming.” A clip of tonight’s show has the gang confronting Butters about his side racket, and Cartman landing a stern punch to the boy’s face.

Vaping has become a major topic of discussion in recent months, due to its unknown long-term effects. Vapes have become popular among children and have been labeled an epidemic by some because they are easy to conceal and come with a number of appealing flavors. It should provide easy fodder for Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who have long been known for their spot-on cultural criticism.

This is not the first time South Park has addressed the topic of nicotine in schools. In an episode called Butt Out (season 7, episode 13), the gang takes up smoking after a truly horrendous hip-hop dance troupe advocating against cigarettes has an unintended effect. That episode, which also contained a self-aware criticism on the way the town escalates issues with its mob mentality, was met with positive reviews.

Tegridy Farms premieres Wednesday, October 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Comedy Central. It can also be streamed on Hulu and later watched on the Comedy Central App.

Amazon docuseries follows Just For Laughs New Faces hopefuls

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 09:00

Amazon is set to release Inside Jokes, a six-part docuseries that captures the trials of getting selected for New Faces, a career-defining showcase at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. The series, from Emmy Award-winning producer Jimmy Fox (United Shades of America), follows seven comedians as they go through the process of trying to make the cut.

Amazon made the announcement through Twitter on Monday.

7 comedians from 2 cities audition for 1 career-changing @JustForLaughs showcase. Watch Inside Jokes 11/30. pic.twitter.com/ZU3gCPJ2rY

— Amazon Prime Video (@PrimeVideo) October 15, 2018

The series follows the lives (both on- and off-stage) of Rosebud Baker, Robert Dean, Kellen Erskine, Simon Gibson, MK Paulsen, Alzo Slade, and Daphnique Springs. It also features more recognizable New Faces alumni such as Hannibal Buress, Gary Gulman, Pete Holmes, Gabriel Iglesias, Colin Jost, and Chelsea Peretti.

The Canadian company Just for Laughs began in 1983 and has become a comedy giant by producing one of the biggest stand-up festivals in the world. It’s also produced a number of specials, live shows, and television programs. However, their biggest TV hit has been a hidden camera prank show called Gags.

Inside Jokes is Amazon’s latest venture into the world of comedy, as it tries to keep up with a slew of Netflix-produced stand-up specials and series targeting stand-up fans. Even Hulu has tried to compete for the comedy nerds. Prime Video was nominated for 22 Emmys this year, including 14 for the comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Inside Jokes premieres November 30 on Amazon Prime Video.

Conan O’Brien pop-up comedy club joins New York Comedy Festival line-up

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 08:30

Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco and TBS are bringing TEAMCOCOHOUSE to this year’s 15th Annual New York Comedy Festival, a few months after premiering their hit pop-up comedy club at the San Diego Comic-Con this past July. Starting November 7 at Sony Hall, TEAMCOCOHOUSE will feature three days of stand-ups, podcasts, musical acts, magicians, and more all hand-picked by Conan O’Brien himself. Big names include Tig Notaro, Craig Robinson, Chris Gethard, and Sasheer Zamata. The Conan host will also make an appearance and bring along some surprise special guests.

The pop-up comes on the heels of the recently announced live tour Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips. “There are a lot of exciting changes coming up for me in 2019 and I wanted to kick it off this fall with an 18-city live tour,” Conan said. “The idea that I hit the road for seven weeks was pitched by my wife, with the full backing of my children.” Sarcasm, we’re sure.

The tour launches on November 2 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. and wraps December 15 at The Masonic in San Francisco. Headliners include  Rory Scovel, Deon Cole, Laurie Kilmartin, Taylor Tomlinson, and Marina Franklin.

One of those big changes for Conan in 2019 will be a shift from an hour-long show to a new 30-minute format that will feature a new set, less celebrity interviews, more road appearances, and overall less structure. “At this stage in my career I’d like to do much more of the stuff I love and am passionate about,” O’Brien said. “That seems to resonate with my fans who are online, less of this format I inherited because that’s what I was handed in 1993.”

Here’s the full TEAMCOCOHOUSE New York Comedy Festival schedule. Tickets for the TEAMCOCOHOUSE shows are available at www.teamcoco.com/teamcocohouse.

Wednesday, November 7
7:30 – Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People – Chris Gethard
9:30 – Justin Willman

Friday, November 9
8:30 – Tig Notaro
11:00 – Running Late with Scott Rogowsky – Scott Rogowsky

Saturday, November 10
6:00 – Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious
8:30 – Big Terrific – Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri

Alec Baldwin: Donald Trump must be overthrown (Video)

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 21:14

Alec Baldwin demanded we overthrow Donald Trump and the government he’s installed. Although the actor and ongoing Saturday Night Live Donald Trump stand-in was impassioned throughout a speech he delivered Sunday night at a Democratic fundraiser in New Hampshire, Baldwin – who owns a history of hot-headed behavior – made it clear the this dismantling should be done by peaceful means.

“It is time to overthrow the government of Donald Trump. Not in any violent or unlawful way but it must be overthrown nonetheless,” Baldwin said at the Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner. “The way we implement change in America is through elections. In that orderly way, we need to overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump.”

“Let’s overthrow the government of Donald Trump peacefully, lawfully and with extreme prejudice,” Baldwin said, his voice’s volume rising. “Let’s make America great again, by making Donald Trump a casino operator again.”

Beyond campaigning for Trump’s ouster, Baldwin laid out why he felt that needed to be done. The recent swearing-in of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh, as you may have guessed, has a lot to do with it.

“[Republicans] view and treat women as human beings that are not entitled to the same constitutional protections that men are. They, themselves, are sons, husbands, fathers. And yet when the time arrived in the thick of the #MeToo movement to set politics aside and establish that women’s rights were more important than political expediency, they failed. And it was ugly,” Baldwin said. “You could’ve stood on the steps of any federal courthouse in this country and found a man or woman who was as qualified or more qualified than Kavanaugh. And the appointment of that person would’ve assured the American people that justice was all that matters inside the chamber of the Supreme Court. They did not do that.”

You can watch Alec Baldwin’s full speech below.

Adam Sandler is 100% Fresh in Netflix comedy special trailer (Video)

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:51

Netflix dropped its trailer for their latest Adam Sandler collaboration, a stand-up special titled 100% Fresh. This is the first special in 20 years for the comedy veteran who rose through the comedy ranks in the late ’80s. The trailer notably doesn’t contain jokes, but instead focuses on capturing the essence of the 52-year-old’s trademark sophomoric appeal through a series of live performances in comedy clubs, concert halls, arenas and even one subway station around the country.

The special is the latest Sandler-Netflix project after the streaming service signed the Saturday Night Live alum to a four-film deal in 2014, and renewed it again in 2017. Their current portfolio of Happy Madison originals contains the films: The Ridiculous Six, The Do-Over, Sandy Wexler, and The Week Of. “People love Adam’s films on Netflix and often watch them again and again,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said. “His appeal spans across viewers of all ages, not just in the US but all over the world.”

Sandler has been working on his stand-up for the past few years, even taking a residency at the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas where his friends David Spade and Rob Schneider would occasionally pop in and perform. We got a tease of his return to set-ups and punchlines in the 2009 Judd Apatow comedy Funny People where he played a successful comedy actor who hasn’t done stand-up in years until a dire diagnosis pushes him back on stage. Sound like someone you know? (except the cancer part)

Longtime Sandler collaborator Steven Brill (Little Nicky, Sandy Wexler) directed the special, but made headlines earlier this year when eight-time Oscar-nominated Punch-Drunk-Love director Paul Thomas Anderson showed up to direct a portion of the special at The El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

100% Fresh starts streaming on Netflix on October 23.

Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande: the complete timeline

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 13:44

If you haven’t heard, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson split up this weekend. While the couple’s time together was short, every moment of their 5-month engagement was obsessively dissected by Grande’s legion of fans. If you aren’t a devoted follower of stan Twitter, it was hard to keep up with the rumors, the timeline, and tumultuous ups and downs of their relationship. Lucky for you, we have you covered with a full breakdown on everything you need to know about America’s most talked about young couple.

March 12, 2016: Ariana Grande hosts Saturday Night Live

The couple first meets on the set of SNL over 2 years ago. The singer hosted the show to promote her album Dangerous Woman. In the opening monologue, Grande sings a song about wanting a celebrity scandal. Davidson comes out to interrupt her song asking if she wants to smoke some weed to which she responds, “Let’s smoke crack.” The song closes with Grande singing, “What will my scandal be?” Oh, if only she had known.

May 10, 2018: Grande breaks up with Mac Miller

Grande publically beaks up with rapper Mac Miller on her Instagram story. Miller and Grande officially began dating in September of 2016 but had been seen publicly canoodling before then. The two had met over Twitter in 2012 and collaborated on the 2013 hit The Way. Some sources have said the pair had broken up in April, but Grande only announced the split in May.

May 12, 2018: Grande at SNL after-party with Pete Davidson’s mom.

US Weekly reports that Grande spent the whole night at the SNL afterparty at Zuma with Davidson’s mom. The article, published on May 21, is the first to confirm the couple is “casually dating.”

May 16, 2018: Davidson breaks up with Cazzie David


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A post shared by CAZZIE (@cazziedavid) on Sep 11, 2016 at 11:22am PDT

Cazzie David—actress, producer, and daughter of Seinfeld creator, Larry David—dated the Staten Island native somewhat quietly for 2 years. The split, while on the heels of Grande’s break up with Miller, seems drama free.

May 21, 2018: Keeping it ‘casual’

After Davidson is spotted backstage at the Billboard music awards as Grande performs No Tears Left To Cry, several outlets report the couple is keeping their relationship casual and Twitter loses its mind over the mismatched couple.

This isn’t how this is supposed to work, guys. Can the crazy hot celebs please leave the SNL nerds for us commoners? I’m still mourning over Colin Jost https://t.co/4ckwxG3CgD

— Charlotte Warwick (@c_warwick) May 21, 2018

Ariana Grande and…Pete Davidson?! pic.twitter.com/L5I1zLP3PH

— Mel (@piney61) May 21, 2018

May 24, 2018: Davidson speaks up against critics who question his mental health

Davidson has often talked publicly about his Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis. Fans of Grande suggest that the singer should not date Davidson because of his BPD. The comedian takes to Instagram to set the story straight on dating and living with BPD.

May 30, 2018: Instagram official

In a now-deleted Instagram, Davidson declares, “the chamber of secrets has been opened …” with a photo of the couple dressed in Harry Potter robes. Grande comments, “U tryna to Slytherin (I’m deleting my account now).”

June 2, 2018: Davidson gets some Grande-inspired tats


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We had a good night.

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Tattoo artist London Reese posts an Instagram photo of Davidson with a tattoo of the bunny mask Grande wore on the album cover of Dangerous Woman. Davidson also gets AG on his thumb. Davidson had previously gotten a tattoo of a cartoon face for his ex, Cazzie David. He reportedly had that tattoo covered up in mid-June of 2018.

Also June 2, 2018: Grande wears an engagement ring

The giant ring reportedly cost nearly $100,000. The custom piece, made by jeweler Greg Yuna (aka Mr. Flawless), is made specifically for Grande and took 2 weeks to create. The fact that the ring took 2 weeks caused a small scandal, given he had reportedly only broken up with Cazzie David 17 days before, some speculated that he had commissioned the ring while still with his ex.

June 5, 2018: Grande fans cause Davidson joke to resurface

Back in May of 2017, Davidson joked about the tragic bombing at Grande’s concert in Manchester. The act of terrorism left 22 dead, including the suicide bomber, and many others injured. Davidson, performing stand-up at a charity event, talked about Grande’s growing fame and then remarked, “Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert.” In 2017, the joke didn’t get much attention, but after the engagement, many of Grande’s fans do a deep dive into the comedian’s history and find the comments. Some call to end the engagement because of the joke, but Grande defends her man on Twitter:

this has been v tough & conflicting on my heart. he uses comedy to help ppl feel better ab how f-ed up things in this world are. we all deal w trauma differently. I of course didn’t find it funny. it was months ago & his intention wasn’t/ is never malicious but it was unfortunate

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 5, 2018

June 11, 2018: Leaving bread crumbs…

While Grande doesn’t confirm engagement fully, she leaves a cheeky remark to a fan account on Twitter

June 20, 2018: Davidson confirms engagement on Fallon

While rumors circulated and unnamed sources confirmed the engagement, Davidson announces it on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He tells the host, “It’s f**king lit.”

June 23, 2018: The couple moves in together

The couple moves into a $16 million apartment in New York City. It has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, plus access to a sauna, spa, pool and an IMAX theater in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

June 29, 2018: Grande is spotted with 8418 tattoo

A small ‘8418’ is seen on Grande’s foot. Davidson also has a tattoo of ‘8418’ which is the badge number of Davidson’s father, a firefighter who died trying to save people on 9/11.

July 14, 2018: Davidson gives Grande his father’s FDNY badge

Davidson gives Grande the badge his father wore on 9/11. The comedian immediately receives comments about how he had also given the badge to Cazzie David when the two were dating. Davidson fires back, “Actually I didn’t give that to my ex. Yes she had one but it was a replica. I had a bunch of replicas made. My sister and grandpa also have one. The one that Ari has is the one my dad actually died in and he wore his entire career and the one I’ve worn for over 17 years. I’ve actually never taken it off other than for SNL or work. So it means a lot to me.”

July 23, 2018: Davidson wipes his Instagram

Davidson removes all content on his Instagram account leading to rumors about the couple not doing well. He then makes an Instagram story to combat the rumors.

Aug 4, 2018: Fan theory about surprise wedding doesn’t come to fruition

Fans of Grande long speculated that the couple would get married on August 4, 2018, or 8/4/18, as a tribute to his father and his FDNY number 8418.

the tattoo they both have for his father are the numbers 8418, his badge number

I have a theory that Pete and Ariana might get married on August 4, 2018 (it’s a Saturday)

I’m tweeting this so I have my prediction on the record in case this does actually happen https://t.co/sr5XPLYJy0

— michael (@michael_tedesco) July 1, 2018

if pete davidson and ariana grande don’t get married on august 4th 2018, I will be shocked

— lillian

Epix docuseries Unprotected Sets gives story behind the stand-up

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 13:20

EPIX is giving the story behind the sets as it follows up-and-coming stand-up comedians in its new docuseries Unprotected Sets. The series premiered earlier this month on the premium network. Unlike most televised comedy, nothing is off limits. The comedians don’t only perform a set on the show, but also offers insights into what it’s like to entertain for a living.

The EPIX channel is primarily known for re-releasing Hollywood films but has recently started producing original series and stand-up specials. The network has put out hours from big names like Marc Maron, Wanda Sykes, Michael Ian Black, and the joint special between the married couple, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.

Unprotected Sets will feature comedians who are poised to be the next big names in comedy. The show shoots in Portland, San Diego, Minneapolis, Austin, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. The show chooses comedians who are on the launch pad for comedy stardom. Performers on the show include Rocky Dale Davis who was selected by Conan O’Brien’s staff for the Comics to Watch showcase at the New York Comedy Festival; Daniel Webb who is a finalist on StandUp NBC; Mia Jackson who has worked closely with Amy Schumer both on Schumer’s show and after; and Jessa Reed who was featured on Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening.

New episodes of Unprotected Sets will air every Friday at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on EPIX.

Tiffany Haddish, Lena Waithe give powerful speeches at Variety Power of Women Luncheon (Video)

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:16

Variety honored funny ladies Tiffany Haddish and Lena Waithe at their 10th Annual Variety Power of Women Luncheon in Beverly Hills this past weekend. The celebration, presented by Lifetime, also honored gun control activist Emma Gonzalez, Regina King (Seven Seconds), and Natalie Portman (Thor) for their humanitarian efforts.

Haddish was recognized for her work with The Unusual Suspects Theater Company, an organization that helps underprivileged kids produce original stage productions. The Girls Trip star gave an acceptance speech focused on the importance of understanding personal identity and staying true to oneself. She said she was fortunate to have “a lot of people along the way that mentioned I needed to be me. I thought I was a white woman for a long time. I’m not. I did my 23AndMe,” she joked. “You become a bitter-ass bitch when you being somebody you not.”

Insecure’s Waithe was honored for her work with The Trevor Project, a non-profit dedicated to preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth. She said she couldn’t remember a time when women in Hollywood have come together, “not just to discuss strategy, but to share baby pictures and words of encouragement.” Waithe is an outspoken member of the Time’s Up movement, and said the recent changes in Hollywood started when women, “decided to rise up and scream at the top of our lungs and become a chorus of rebels that won’t be treated like second-class citizens.”

Presenters included George Clooney, director Gina Prince-Bythewood, actress Gina Rodriguez, and ABC Entertainment Group president Channing Dungey. Attendees included #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, Alyssa Milano, Molly Ringwald, Kathryn Hahn, FX Networks head John Landgraf and SAG/AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. Variety holds the luncheon every year to recognize philanthropic women across the entertainment industry and the work they’ve achieved with their causes.

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