Last night Stephen Colbert addressed the incredibly misguided #CancelColbert hashtag flame war that erupted on Twitter this past Thursday. In a nutshell, a joke that the show made on Wednesday’s episode was taken out of context and posted online. Nearly a day and many reruns of the initial show later, the Tweet in question was made via a Twitter account that Colbert nor his staff don’t have control over (Comedy Central does) and never used. Hashtag activists picked up on it and decided that it was insensitive without knowing the full context of the joke Colbert made on the show and, boom! A 2014 internet controversy is born. Since last night was his first night back on the air since things went amok, Colbert laid it all out in his signature satirical style. Thus hopefully putting an end to any second rounds to the dance of the idiots. Read More
After plenty of speculation, it has now been made official, Chelsea Handler will be leaving Chelsea Lately once her contract wraps up. Handler’s manager, Irving Azoff, made the announcement official, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires. She hired me to figure out her life after E! We have at least seven suitors and many ideas.” Azoff also mentioned that plans could include, radio and some form of another late night show with a different network.
While it is a big deal to see someone pack up and leave their own show after eight years, Handler has made her frustrations clear. Back on May 5th she made an appearance on The Howard Stern Show and discussed her dissatisfaction with E!, “They don’t know what they are doing. They have no ideas. It’s a failure.”
So where does E! stand on all of this? Well, they seem to be staying in the shadows saying, “Chelsea has nine months left on her contract and E! will not comment on the future of Chelsea Lately at this time.” Hard to blame them too. After those shots Handler fired at them, it makes sense to just stand back, instead of giving her any more ammunition.
Want to ask Chelsea what’s going on? Catch up to her at one of her many shows on her, Uganda Be Kidding Me tour. If she says anything new about the story to you, be sure to let us know. Thanks in advance.
The other day, it had been pointed out that E! had allegedly stolen a bit from the MTV show Nikki & Sara LIVE. The bit that was started in season one centered around co-hosts Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer working the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards, delightfully spoofing entertainment news personalities’ tendencies to try to get touchy feely and chummy with every passing celebrity. The pair played a secret game to see who could sneak in the most celeb touches and even got Steve Carell to join in on the fun.
Well the E! network must have loved this bit a little too much, seeing as they’ve turned around and self-parodied themselves in the exact same manner. Check out and compare the clips. Do you think E! stole their bit from NSL? Read More
With the popularity of the social web, it seems everyone can weigh in on something. A great idea for things like citizen journalism. But it’s also opened the world up for a lot of often misguided criticism.
Let’s go back a few days to New Year’s Eve on NBC and talk about comedian Natasha Leggero. Leggero, along with Anthony Anderson, Jane Lynch and Carson Daly helped ring in the new year for NBC. During the live broadcast the group recapped moments of the year and when they came to the moment the food company Spaghetti O’s tried a lame marketing ploy by tweeting a picture of it’s mascot holding an American flag asking followers to “take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us.”
Daily chalked it up to a bad ploy to play up on sentimentalism. Lynch joked that she was, “offended because they were referring to SpaghettiOs as pastas.” Then came Natasha Leggero’s joke as she added, “It sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew.” An obvious joke. But it sent off a suposed firestorm of ire on Twitter (I really don’t know nor care from where else really) calling for Leggero’s head. Read More
Looks like Comic Relief was looking for relief in all the wrong places. The British charity “Comedy Relief” was founded in 1985 and works hard to raise and donate millions of pounds each year to those in need. However, a recent BBC documentary found that while the charity preaches cutting down the use of alcohol, tobacco, and guns, it was actually investing in all three from 2007 to 2009. Can you say awkward?
Comic Relief fired back though, saying they were only trying to maximize their profits to meet regulations put in place by the Charity Commission, an agency that regulates charities in England and Wales. Comic Relief spoke about the matter, “To fulfill our legal obligation, Charity Commission guidelines are clear that charities are required to maximize returns on money in their care.” They continued on saying, “For Comic Relief, because the range of issues we support is so broad, ethical screening would significantly limit our ability to invest as well as seriously increase financial risk. Ethical screening would have left us unable to meet both our legal and moral obligation to maximize returns and look after the money in our care with an appropriate level of risk.”
After hearing this, Sam Younger the chief executive for the Charity Commission weighed in, “If a charity says ‘we need to invest for the maximum financial return’ that is right. If they go on to say ‘we therefore can’t have an ethical investment policy’, that’s wrong.” Read More
This weekend Saturday Night Live revisited one of its more beloved sketches, “Bill Brasky.” The revamped sketch involved host Paul Rudd, SNL legend Will Ferrell, current SNL cast member Taran Killam, and the hilarious David Koechner. Having Ferrell and Koechner there with Rudd only made sense with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hitting theaters soon. Adding to that was that Adam McKay, who’d written the originals, wrote the sketch. Killam also made sense because you can’t have a sketch without any of the present cast members. So what was the problem? The problem was Tim Meadows, another SNL great, not getting asked to join in on the loved sketch. A sketch that he was total regular in! One other thing to consider, Meadows has only been asked back twice since leaving the show 13 years ago, a number that Kristen Wiig has already matched since leaving…last year.
Meadows took to Facebook to vent and share some frustration on the situation. Ok, vent and share frustration might be too light, Meadows was plain old pissed off about it. “They did Brasky with out me…” Meadows posted. Tons of Meadows’ friends commented on his status, but Meadows wasn’t done either. Posting “Not even a ‘hey would you want to come to do one line and bring your kids to see 5 directions…?’ nothing… wow…” He went on to say “I guess I know my place…” Read More
Note to self, if you want to moonlight as a stand-up comedian in New Jersey, you need to make sure your day job isn’t as a part-time municipal judge.
Yesterday the NJ Supreme Court ruled that Vince Sicari, a part-time municipal judge, would have to step down from the bench if he wants to continue spending his evenings as a stand-up comedian. The unanimous opinion of the court read, “The judge’s acting and comedy career is incompatible with the Code of Judicial Conduct and therefore he may not serve as a municipal court judge while continuing with that career.”
Sicari, who goes by the name Vince August on stage has been carving out a comedy career in NYC clubs, had some network TV time, and warmed-up audiences for Comedy Central. He handles municipal judging duties like traffic tickets and disorderly persons offenses in South Hackensack. It was there where several other judges questioned whether Sicari’s public persona would infringe with his daytime roles, especially after he appeared on ABC’s hidden camera show What Would You Do? where he portrayed a homophobic and racist character. It was this role and other elements of Sicari’s act that were central element to the court debate. Read More
Last week, Russell Brand was doing what he gets paid for, which is being a provocateur. Onstage at London’s GQ Magazine Men of the Year Awards, Brand was doing his routine when accepting an award, which as anyone that’s ever seen the MTV Video Music Awards knows, involves taking shots at the industry whose event he’s appearing at. Making reference to another speaker that made light of the Syrian chemical weapons attack, according to the London Daily Mail, he said:
‘If anyone knows a bit about history and fashion, you know it was Hugo Boss who made uniforms for the Nazis.’ He then added, with less than subtle irony, ‘But they looked f**king fantastic, let’s face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality.’
Shortly afterwards, GQ editor Dylan Jones kicked Brand out of the after-party, telling him, at least according to Brand’s Twitter, that what he did “was very offensive to Hugo Boss,” who was a sponsor of the event. Brand responded that “what Hugo Boss did was very offensive to the Jews.” It’s a fact that Hugo Boss was one of the suppliers of Nazi uniforms, but as the Daily Mail points out, it was likely more for business reasons than being an actual supporter of the genocide of 6 million people. However, Boss did use forced laborers from occupied countries.
At the end of the day, GQ should have known what they were getting into when having Brand up, however. He’s bitten the hand that feeds throughout his career, not to mention the fact that a previous speaker had brought up Syria, who are currently committing genocide. We have a feeling Brand will bounce back from this just fine.