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  • Unsealed 2005 deposition reveals Bill Cosby acquired drugs to give women for sex

    Bill CosbyDocuments have surfaced from an unsealed 2005 report revealing what’s been suspected about Bill Cosby for a long time. Under sworn testimony given in his first lawsuit against Andrea Constand, the comedian stated that he acquired quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with.

    The documents also state that Cosby’s lawyers insisted two of the accusers knew they were taking quaaludes from the comedian. While not a full confirmation of the rape allegations by the comedian, it’s a big smoking gun and implies Cosby intended to at least attempt to alter the state of women before having sex with them. The current question is whether this was a voluntary or involuntary action performed by both parties. However, where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. What we are sure of is that it’s definitely not helping the comedian in the court of public opinion and just another in a long line of bruises to the shred of good-guy image the comedian has left and spent his entire career cultivating. Read More

    Amy Schumer responds to ridiculous racism accusations

    Amy SchumerThis weekend Amy Schumer took to Twitter to respond to an article in The Guardian that at the same time praised her but then declared that the comedian contained a “shockingly large blind spot about race.” Particularly singling out jokes she made about Latina women at the MTV Movie Awards and latest stand-up special. Adding onto a previous article calling her feminism into question.

    Never one to back down from critics, Schumer posted a lengthy response stating, “I am a comic,” adding “I will joke about things you like and I will joke about things you aren’t comfortable with.” Schumer ended the statement saying she has no plans to keep things safe and will continue the fight to treat all people equally, which when it comes to comedians means no one is safe from being made fun of. Read More

    Has Dane Cook been permanently banned from The Laugh Factory?

    Dane Cook

    It’s a story we’ve heard rumblings off for the last few days. That story is that Dane Cook has been permanently banned from The Laugh Factory in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Cook has been a constant at the club for a long time, performing there and drawing crowds during the club’s lean years and remaining a fixture ever since. Basically helping keep things afloat during the lean years. Because of this, he had a special relationship with the club and its owner Jamie Masada. The club repaid Cook with plenty of time on stage and what seemed like permanent promo on the club’s exterior amongst other perks. In many ways, it was the house that Dane Cook built, well at least for the last decade or so. Read More

    Watch the video of Ridiculous Six Native actors talking with producers on set of Adam Sandler’s film

    Vanilla Ice, Adam Sandler, David SpadeAdam Sandler’s latest film, Ridiculous Six, has been under a lot of scrutiny over the last few weeks. News had come out that Native American actors had left the set over what is being reported as offensive jokes and character names. Parts of the script that are under fire have also been leaked. And now this. Video obtained by Indian Country Today shows numerous Native actors on the set of the Netflix film (which Sandler co-wrote and is starring in) arguing with a producer, who has yet to be identified, as well as two crew members. Included in the discussion are these very said topics including the naming of one character, Beaver Breath. Also in the video, many of the actors made it clear they weren’t particularly happy with Sandler playing a faux-Apache and being portrayed as the film’s “hero.” Read More

    Chappelle has a bad night in Detroit and fans want their money back


    It was an interesting evening in Detroit this past Thursday for Dave Chappelle. He’s been on a tear as of late with sold-out shows all along his current tour. However, the second leg of a doubleheader during his two night stay in the Motor City left something to be desired. TMZ reports the crowd became disruptive and frustrated with the comedian as his slurry speech led to claims of Chappelle being too drunk to perform. Was it just a bad set? Was he drunk? Either way, the people are demanding a refund as tickets to the performance went for upwards of $240. You be the judge. As we all know in the comedy world, not every show is homerun. Roll the clip. Read More

    About Andres du Bouchet’s tirade about the state of late night comedy

    Andres du BouchetThis weekend comedian, and longtime Conan writer Andres du Bouchet went on a Twitter tirade about the current state of late night television.

    Du Bouchet was seemingly fed up with the scene and its very broad approach to what it puts on the air. Du Bouchet didn’t name names, but declared that current shows are chock full of pranks, nostalgia plays, celebrity sketches, karaoke, mash-ups, and hashtags… summing everything up by calling it “Prom King Comedy,” and stating “shove your lip-syncing up your ass.”

    Du Bouchet has since deleted his tweets which is chock full of NSFW language, but does he have a point? Read More

    Russell Peters states he was just “pranking” Trevor Noah when he called him a joke thief

    Russell Peters

    Remember back on Monday when Russell Brand called Trevor Noah a joke thief? Ya know, that time he went on a TV news show in another country and said that Noah not only stole some jokes, but he also stole the jokes from another comedian as well? Well, surprise ya’ll! It turns out Peters was just jokin’ and prankin’. Read More

    Russell Peters on Trevor Noah, “he’s stolen material from me”

    Well, this news to us. Russell Peters was at at taping of an interview segment with Channel NewsAsia, when the host Lin Xueling ased Peters his thoughts Trevor Noah taking over as host of The Daily Show, Peters didn’t have kind things to say about the young comedian. While Peters openly admitted that he himself wouldn’t be a good fit as host of the show, he didn’t mince words either when he claimed that Noah was a joke thief and stole material from both Peters and comedian David Kau. In the comedy world calling another comedian a thief is pretty severe an accusation. So coming from Peters, arguably one of the biggest comedians in the world, it’s not a great look for Noah indeed. But is this a new round of bad press for the future Daily Show host, or just sour grapes?

    Trevor Noah Isn’t the Problem. You Are.

    “We’re addicted to the rush of being offended… He [Noah] also neglected to take into account that Western culture as a whole has become an increasingly reactionary mob of self-centered narcissists who all have their own personal lines drawn in the sand. A comedian is fine unless he crosses their particular line, which, of course, in the mind of a self-centered narcissist, is the only line that matters.”

    – Jim Norton pens a piece for TIME Magazine about how our culture is currently looking for reasons to be outraged a.k.a Manufactured Outrage. Using the current backdrop of the recent news of newly announced host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah having jokes on Twitter that seemed to offend someone.

    T.J. Miller at the Crunchies Awards 2015, he won’t be coming back

    TJOn Saturday TechCrunch responded to a firestorm over the offensive performance of the emcee of its annual Crunchies awards Thursday night, saying Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller won’t be asked back. Miller started the show edgy and then went headlong over the edge after getting into a verbal joust with Uber founder Travis Kalanick’s date, during which he called her a “bitch” more than once. Gabi Holzwarth, Kalanick’s date, forgave Miller in a tweet right after the show but added later in another,”10 yrs ago, I was called a bitch…not ok. Yesterday I was called a bitch… still not ok. Let’s try moving away from that word. #stayclassy” The situation puts the spotlight back on gender diversity in Silicon Valley’s tech community and echoes an incident at a TechCrunch hackathon in the fall of 2013 after which the tech news site issued an apology and adopted an anti-harassment policy for its events. For those who don’t remember, one of the pitches at that hackathon involved an app concept built around men staring at women’s breasts. Another involved a guy simulating masturbation during his pitch. Miller clearly violated that policy and it took TechCrunch two days to acknowledge that officially. Read More