The television reunion show we all need is hitting the small screen May 9th.
“The Daily Show” alums Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry are reuniting on Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” for what is sure to be an epic half-hour of political satire.
All five comedians were correspondents for “The Daily Show,” and have each gone down their own, notably successful, comedy career paths since — with Bee, Oliver and Colbert landing late-night hosting gigs, and Helms and Corddry making a name for themselves in film and television. Here’s hoping former “Daily Show” correspondent Steve Carrell makes a surprise appearance, so we can get a little “The Office” reunion as well.
It’s official: Comedy Central has canceled “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”, after almost a year and a half on air.
The Nightly Show, which stemmed from Wilmore’s stint as “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show, which replaced “The Colbert Report” when Stephen Colbert left to host The Late Show, will itself be replaced by “@Midnight.”
The loss of the Nightly Show is a blow to those who found its unique combination of news parody and pundit parody entertaining and its fearlessness when tackling important social issues important. Though Wilmore stated that he was grateful to have had the opportunity to air the show for a year and a half, he also echoed the sentiments of many fans in his disappointment that he will no longer have a platform with which to cover the election. In a separate statement, Wilmore expressed that he is “saddened and surprised we won’t be covering this crazy election, or ‘The Unblackening’, as we’ve coined it… I guess I hadn’t counted on ‘The Unblackening’ happening on my show.”
Fans shouldn’t fret, though: Wilmore who self-describes as being formed in part by self-deprecating Jewish comedy, isn’t going anywhere. His new show “Insecure”, co-created with comedian, writer, and performer Issa Rae, will explore the intersections of identity, race, gender, and social interaction in a way that, in classic Wilmore style, will be as funny as it is thought-provoking.
“Insecure” will air on HBO on Sunday, October 9th.
Until then, enjoy this classic Stewart/Wilmore clip:
You might have already gotten used to us sharing Jon Stewart’s amazing jokes about news-worthy item du jour, and let’s face it, since he’s leaving the Daily Show soon, we want to share as much as possible. But last night, Jon Stewart’s regular sobering dose of truth came unmasked with humor.
“Sorry, no jokes tonight,” Stewart declared in his opening monologue.
Because as he said: “We once again have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other in the nexus of a gaping racial wound that just won’t heal yet we pretend doesn’t exist…” and yet “we won’t do jacks—t.”
It’s the disparity in our reaction to that internal racial violence and our reaction to “Islamic terrorism”, that blows Stewart’s mind.
When Al-Qaeda attacks, he argues, we don’t hesitate to invade countries and start wars. But when a white guy goes into a church and shoots nine people, we chalk it up to crazy.
“There’s not nuance here, this is black and white,” Jon Stewart says. “This wasn’t a tornado, this was a racist”.
Charleston still is ridden with “racial wallpaper”, Stewart added, dumbfounded, with streets named after confederate generals and buildings that fly confederate flags, and yet “the white guy is the one who feels his country is taken away from him.”
Watch the whole speech here:
New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind just keeps getting into more trouble for his massive faux-pas dressing up in blackface as a “black basketball player” for Purim. After he got blasted by pretty much everyone, including the Anti-Defamation League, Hikind issued a begrudging apology, saying he did not mean to offend anybody and was sorry if anyone was. But that didn’t stop Jon Stewart for calling him out last night on The Daily Show.
After an opening segment detailing Hikind’s many, many, many protestations against anti-Semitism, Stewart showed Hikind in his ill-chosen costume, wondering “what possible excuse” he could have for doing this.
That was just the start: In the next segment, Stewart transitioned to Jessica Williams, “Senior Purim Correspondent,” who claimed that Hikind was actually waging a War on Purim, trivializing the holiday by dressing up as a basketball player. “At what point in the Book of Esther do the Harlem Globetrotters show up?” she asked. What “a low-down dirty shanda!”
Watch both clips below:
You heard about the new documentary film “The Island President” here in the Forward first. Now Jon Stewart has gotten a hold of the story. More specifically, he invited the film’s star, Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives, to appear on The Daily Show for an exclusive interview.
On April 2, Stewart questioned Nasheed about his recent forced ouster from the presidency, and about his dramatic fight to save his country from the devastating effects of climate change. Without a serious global effort to significantly cut carbon emissions, the Maldives will sink into the sea before too long.
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