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Michael Che Is Making His 'Daily Show' Debut Tonight

Standup and former SNL writer Michael Che is set to make his debut as a Daily Show correspondent tonight. He'll be doing a segment on current election news. Che was hired by The Daily Show in April, joining Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Aasif Mandvi, Jessica Williams, Al Madrigal, and Jordan Klepper as the latest addition to the show's news team. Che is the second new correspondent this year, following Klepper, who debuted in March.

In a recent interview with us, Che discussed joining The Daily Show:

My agency was like "They're looking for somebody. Would you be interested in taping?" so we sent in [...]

Satire Is Hard: Why Most 'Onion' Ripoffs Don't Work

Working as an editor for my college’s satirical newspaper, I learned one unassailable fact: we would never be as funny as The Onion. As proud as I was of the work we produced at that publication – the Kenyon Collegiate, for those Ohio liberal arts college comedy aficionados among you – it never came close to the consistency, scope or focus of America’s Finest News Source. Part of this, of course, is due to a limited talent pool and zero resources. Part of it is due to a blatant aping of their style (a working title for the newspaper was The Kenyon Carrot). Mostly, though, it’s because good satire [...]

Watch John Oliver's Excellent Debut as 'Daily Show' Host

Last night was John Oliver's first episode hosting The Daily Show, while Jon Stewart spends the summer directing a movie, and he had a smooth and funny transition into the anchor's seat. Oliver masterfully covered the NSA wiretapping scandal, interviewed Seth Rogen, and did a fun bit in which the other correspondents joined him to talk about how jealous they are he got to take over for Jon Stewart. It should be an enjoyable summer for The Daily Show if Oliver's stint as host continues to go this well.

Check out the rest of the episode below:

Inside John Oliver's Other Weekly Satirical News Show, 'The Bugle'

John Oliver's new late night show, Last Week Tonight, premiered yesterday on HBO. It’s obviously a big step for the British expat, formerly of The Daily Show, but in practice, it might not be as big of a challenge for Oliver than you might think. That’s because, on top of being a correspondent for The Daily Show, he’s already been doing a weekly satirical news roundup for nearly seven years now on his podcast, The Bugle.

The Bugle is one of the longest-running and most consistently hilarious podcasts on the internet. Launched in 2007 under the auspices of Rupert Murdoch’s London newspaper The Times, it’s a delightfully cheery review of the [...]

After Three Months Away, Jon Stewart Returns to 'The Daily Show' Tonight

After his June 6th show, Jon Stewart left The Daily Show for a three month hiatus to direct his first movie, the geopolitical prison drama Rosewater, but he's finally back tonight. This is the longest break Stewart has taken from the series since he started hosting it in 1999. Temp host John Oliver did an amazing job and will be missed now that he's just a correspondent now, but it'll be nice to see Stewart back behind the desk. Expect John Oliver to pop up in tonight's episode for a bit where he pretends to be upset with Jon Stewart for taking the show away from him.

Anthony Jeselnik: "I Would Throw Everything Away to Be the Weekend Update Anchor"

"I would give away everything that I have to be a 'Weekend Update' anchor, and I don’t think it will ever happen. It’s one of those things that would have been my dream job, but as I was coming up, SNL never called me. They never asked me to submit a packet or come on board … I’ve always told agents and managers if that job is ever in play, I want to be in the conversation, even if it’s just to have my name brought up in the room. But I would throw everything away to be the 'Weekend Update' anchor."

-Anthony Jeselnik to The AV Club in a long [...]

People Think 'The Onion's Report on NYPD's Stop and Kiss Program Is Actually Real

An Onion video released Tuesday about a fake NYPD "stop-and-kiss" policy, "which allows officers to kiss anyone who they think looks suspicious," is upsetting a lot of people on the internet who think it's real. Dumb people treating Onion stories as fact is nothing new, but reactions to this one are still pretty fun.

Check out these real tweets about the story:

Watch 'The Daily Show' and 'Colbert Report' Cover the George Zimmerman Verdict

Comedy Central's dual fake news juggernauts, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, returned from a two-week hiatus last night with a lot of stories to cover. Here's both of them addressing Saturday's controversial George Zimmerman verdict, which results in summer Daily Show host John Oliver calling for us to change Florida's motto to "The Worst State" and Stephen Colbert declaring the end of racial injustice.