Comedy Central announced today that they've hired comedian Jordan Klepper to be a new correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Klepper will make his first appearance on the show tonight, reporting "live" from the Ukraine.
Klepper has been a regular improv and sketch performer at New York's UCB Theatre for three years. Prior to that, he got his start via Chicago's comedy scene, performing at the Second City and iO theaters. Along with his wife and frequent collaborator Laura Grey, Klepper co-created and co-starred in the UCB Comedy-produced pilot presentation Engaged, which they later turned into a web series. His TV credits include IFC's Bunk and MTV's [...]
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 [...]
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.
On hiatus from The Daily Show to direct his first movie, Jon Stewart dropped by the set of Egypt's equivalent to The Daily Show to tape an appearance that airs tonight. Called Al-Bernameg (The Program), the show is hosted by Bassem Youssef, who's been called "Egyptian Jon Stewart" and appeared on The Daily Show in the past. Stewart is in the region prepping to direct his movie Rosewater, which takes place in Iran and starts filming in Jordan next month.
"Why r ppl not RT this surely they cannot be that stupid!" writes Michael Robinson on Twitter, in response to this video about the CIA using Facebook via their "Overlord" Mark Zuckerberg. But they can be that stupid, Michael. They can. As evidenced by the fact that tons of people are flipping out over the video even though it's an Onion story from last March. C'mon, humans. We're better than this.
Fake news juggernaut The Onion turned 25 yesterday. It was 1988 when two college students started the publication as a print newspaper. Now, The Onion is now a comedic institution, boasting a website with multiple sections, various TV projects, several books, the Onion News Network, and various other web videos. Two and a half decades after its inception, The Onion is sharp as ever and a home to some of the sharpest comedy writers around.
Longtime Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac will be leaving the series at the end of the year, Vulture reports. Cenac, who joined the show as both a correspondent and writer in 2008, will make his last appearance on December 13th, The Daily Show's last new episode of 2012. No word yet on what Wyatt Cenac's post-Daily Show plans are, but the guy's got a lot to keep him busy. Cenac was developing his own Comedy Central series this past year, an 80s-style public affairs show he created and hosted, but the network passed on the project. Since then, he's been working on his stand-up career, appeared in Mike [...]
Seth Meyers rolled by The Colbert Report last night and Colbert cut right to the bone! No pussyfooting around. He asked straight-up if Seth feels any remorse for young people's reliance on Weekend Update's "fake news," rather than "mainstream straight news options" like The Colbert Report. Colbert went on to wonder aloud – just speculating, of course – why he's never been asked to host SNL. He's right that the two shows really don't cross paths that much, so the idea of Colbert as a host sounds incredibly fun but also a tiny bit strange. Like eating pop rocks or sitting in a deep-tissue massage chair.
Last week, comedian Scott Thompson made an appearance on The Colbert Report as his Kids in the Hall character Buddy Cole. Cole, a gay socialite prone to long rants, popped up as Colbert's Sochi Winter Olympics correspondent to cover Russia's anti-gay laws. His appearance was well-received, both with the live audience and online, and Thompson has since appeared two more times as that character. It's an interesting move for the show, not just because it's the return of a beloved sketch comedy character but because The Colbert Report hasn't used a recurring character correspondent in a long time.
From last night's Daily Show, here's correspondent Samantha Bee talking to Andranik Migranyan, leader of a Russia-US policy group, about handing over Edward Snowden and fixing Russia's whole gay rights situation.
In the midst of his reelection campaign, President Obama will be stopping by The Daily Showon Thursday, October 18th, marking the commander-in-chief's seventh appearance on the fake news program. He did the show last October when The Daily Show was filming in Washington. Jon Stewart recently criticized Obama for appearing on The View, so they'll have that to talk about, as well as Stewart probably chastising the President appearing on his show.
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