When the Daniel Tosh firestorm started my initial reaction was to shrug and say "who cares?" It was a comedian making an off-hand offensive joke not on television, not on a CD, but to a live audience. The jokes weren't great and they weren't in any way PC, but I felt like they were a non-issue; I had seen many comedians say worse things to hecklers. (I thought it was much worse when he encouraged his fans to “Lightly Touch Women's Stomachs While They're Sitting Down.”)
But then it became a discussion that was being had everywhere by comedians and non-comedians alike, and I started looking at the [...]
With all the talk of Comedy Bang Bang and Bunk, it seems like IFC's other new comedy series has been somewhat ignored. I mean, I hadn't even really heard about it until now, while the ads for those other two shows are hard to miss. But there might be a reason for that: Bullet in the Face is apparently really, really violent. And IFC has decided to run the entire thing across two nights instead of weekly as a series. Here's Deadline's summary: It stars Canadian actor Max Williams as Gunter Vogler, a brutally psychopathic, deliriously misogynistic German assassin-turned-cop. The character is utterly without conscience or filter, shooting [...]
Big week for NBC late night hosts getting sued for unexpected reasons! The Bol Punjabi All Regions Community Organization is suing Jay Leno and NBC after Leno showed a slide show in which he joked that Mitt Romney's summer home was the Sikh holy shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The suit claims the joke "exposed Sikhs and their religion to hatred, contempt and ridicule because it portrayed the holiest place in the Sikh religion as a vacation resort owned by a non-Sikh." India's foreign ministry has also lodged a formal complaint with the State Department. I guess it's possible that Jay Leno really has it in [...]
Casey Anthony is fun to hate. She’s a relatively attractive woman. She’s a compulsive liar. She leads the kind of small town party life that is somehow both hokey and titillating. She probably killed her daughter. Fun to hate.
So when the “Not Guilty” verdict came down on her trial, Twitter was aglow with jokes and jokes and spaghetti. I wrote a bunch myself. Although I wasn’t really following the trial — which, let’s face it, is literally every person’s response when discussing it — Casey Anthony was easy to hate. And from my whole total five minutes of reading headlines about the circus, I guess she seemed kind [...]