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The Real Israeli-Palestinian Crisis is My Lack of Knowledge About it, by Evan Waite

My ignorance of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict shows no signs of stopping, and is from all indications worse than ever. It’s time to take a good, hard look at how uninformed I am.

Just this week, I heard someone say that the death toll rose in Gaza after Israel escalated its air assault. Whatever side of this conflict you find yourself on, I think we can all agree it is truly heartbreaking that I don’t understand what the term “Gaza” means.

Is it some sort of army base? Or a mythical mountain where the gold is hidden? I’m pretty sure it’s not underwater.

Left unchecked, the repercussions of this ignorance [...]

Frank Rich Dives Deep Into the Current State of Conservative Comedy

"Anyone who believes in free markets, as American conservatives profess to, should understand that few markets are as ruthless as show business. It is the customers, not some shadowy conspiratorial gatekeepers, who give comedians the hook—or catapult them into the capitalist nirvana of the one percent."

-Frank Rich, in an excellent piece for The New York Times called "Can Conservatives Be Funny?," which dives deep into the current state of conservative comedians and asks why there aren't more of them and why they aren't more successful.

White House Press Secretary Says Jon Stewart Was Obama's Toughest Interview in 2012

Barack Obama's press secretary Jay Carney told students at Georgetown that Jon Stewart was actually the president's "most substantive, challenging interview" in 2012, instead of, you know, any interviews with real journalists. Here's what Carney said (via The Wrap):

I remember we had some discussion during 2012 about 'Well, is it appropriate for the president, the sitting president and candidate, to give interviews with Jon Stewart and others?' And the answer was yes, again, because young voters we were trying to reach are more likely to watch The Daily Show than some other news shows.

But also, I think if you look back at 2012 and the series [...]

How Barack Obama Ended Up on 'Between Two Ferns'

This morning, Funny Or Die released an episode of Zach Galifianakis's web series Between Two Ferns featuring Barack Obama as the special guest. Variety has the story on how this ended up happening.

Basically, the White House wanted to get young Americans to sign up for health insurance before a March 31st headline. Last summer, Obama attended a meeting with White House advisers and a bunch of movie/TV people about how to use Hollywood to spread the word about health care reform. Funny Or Die President of Production Mike Farah was at said meeting and pitched the idea of Obama doing Between Two Ferns there, but didn't discuss [...]

Watch Seth Rogen Talk to the US Senate About Alzheimer's Research

Movie star Seth Rogen testified before a Senate committee on Alzheimer's research today, giving a touching speech about the effects of the disease, which his mother-in-law has, and the charity he and his wife set up. He makes jokes too.

Nick Offerman Jokes About the Time Warner-Comcast Merger and Gun Control in His Correspondents Dinner Speech

Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman hosted the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. yesterday night, and here's his speech from it, in which a mustache-less Offerman makes a bunch of jokes about Eric Cantor, gun control, and his hatred for Time Warner and Comcast.

Check out the second half of his speech below:

Watch Joel McHale's White House Correspondents Dinner Speech

Community star and The Soup host Joel McHale hosted the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner over the weekend, and you can watch his entire speech above, in which he mocks everyone from Chris Christie to CNN to the Secret Service. Click through to watch Obama's speech as well as four pre-taped segments with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer from Veep with Joe Biden, Michelle Obama, and more.

Rush Limbaugh Sure Is Unhappy That Stephen Colbert Got 'Late Show'

America's racist uncle, Rush Limbaugh, weighed in on the Colbert Late Show news on his show yesterday, and – surprise! – he is none too pleased that a guy who's spent the last few years dismantling everything Rush stands for is getting a bigger stage. Here's his reasoned and hyperbole-free take on it: CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America. No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatism. Now it's just wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny, and a redefinition of what is comedy. They're blowing up the [...]

Hillary Clinton Considered Guest Starring on 'Home Improvement'

The Bill Clinton library released a bunch of previously-confidential documents from his time in the White House, and Politico detailing a time that then-First Lady Hillary Clinton came close to guest starring on the Tim Allen sitcom Home Improvement in the early/mid-'90s. Here's the internal White House memo about Home Improvement's offer to have Clinton do the show:

I know this may sound like a wild idea, but I think it is an interesting one to discuss. Rick Kaplan [a TV executive friend of the Clintons] brought to my attention that Home Improvement would very much like to have Hillary make a guest appearance on its show. Home Improvement is [...]

Support Eugene Mirman's Uganda Petition on the White House Website (2ND UPDATE)

Comedian Eugene Mirman managed to sneak a vulgar petition past the folks at the open petition section of The White House's website. Mirman spread the word about it via Twitter, writing, "I'm somewhat surprised my petition to have Barack Obama tell Uganda to go fuck themselves was approved."

Here's what his petition says:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: To tell Uganda to go fuck themselves.

I would like Barack Obama to go on television and tell Uganda that their new anti-gay law is an outrageous crime against mankind and that they should go fuck themselves. I want him to keep saying "fuck you Uganda" until it [...]

A Documentary Was Made About Roseanne Barr's 2012 Presidential Bid

It seems so long ago at this point, but Roseanne Barr did run for President of the United States in 2012 and apparently, somebody filmed a documentary about her campaign. THR reports today that longtime Michael Moore collaborator Eric Weinrib made a documentary called Roseanne for President!, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at Barr's campaign. A year and a half after the election, the movie is currently in post-production and is expected to be finished sometime this year.

Roseanne for President! "followed Barr's gonzo campaign from its inception and gained access to her home, friends and family … [and] aims to illuminate how the system works by highlighting [...]

James Adomian Plays Jesse Ventura in a Campaign Ad That May Not Actually Be a Campaign Ad

Here's a video comedian James Adomian made for Funny Or Die, in which he brings the impression of former Minnesota governor/pro wrestler Jesse Ventura he's popularized on Comedy Bang! Bang! and other podcasts, to the screen for a campaign ad, even though he hasn't decided whether he wants to run or not.

Adam Scott Revives His 'Step Brothers' Character for Funny Or Die Affordable Care Act Video

Following Barack Obama's appearance on Between Two Ferns a couple weeks ago, here's Funny Or Die's latest video in support of the Affordable Care Act. In it, Adam Scott reprises his douchebag brother character from the movie Step Brothers to talk about how terrible health insurance is with his fellow members of The Cool Squad (Jeff Probst, Mark Cuban, Chris Daughtry).

Michelle Obama to Guest Star on 'Parks and Rec'

Michelle Obama is set to make her sitcom debut. THR reports that the first lady is set to cameo in Parks and Recreation's one-hour season finale, titled "Moving Up," which was filmed recently and will air Thursday, April 24th. Obama shot her cameo in Miami, where she was working to raise money to fight childhood obesity. Past political figures to land on Parks and Rec include Joe Biden, John McCain, and Barbara Boxer.

Parks's showrunner/co-creator Mike Schur told THR that his dream political guest star is Leslie Knope's idol, Hillary Clinton:

"I always imagined the perfect ending to the series — and I hope it's not for a while [...]