Conan O'Brien hosted the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner this weekend, and here's his entire 27-minute speech. It was O'Brien's second time hosting the event, following his first in 1995. Don't worry, fans of Conan's 1995 WHCA speech: this one has just as many George Stephanopoulos zingers.
Check out Barack Obama's comedic speech at the event below:
Here's a rare out-of-character appearance by Stephen Colbert as he introduces his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch at a fundraiser for her South Carolina congressional campaign with a funny speech. I think he's only helping her out so he can butter her up to do a "Better Know a District" segment on The Colbert Report.
Last year, Stephen Colbert teased throwing his hat into the ring for a Senate seat in South Carolina, but now it looks like his sister is the one getting involved in politics in his home state. Patch reports that Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, who currently serves as Director of Sales and Marketing for Clemson University’s Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility, is planning on Tuesday to file papers to seek the Democratic nomination for a vacant South Carolina Congressional seat. Colbert-Busch is a mother of three and grandmother of two and has never sought public office before. Hopefully, she'll be able to convince a certain basic cable fake news show host to [...]
Parks and Recreation is racking up an impressive roster of real-life politician guest stars. Joe Biden and John McCain each cameoed on the show earlier this year, and now, ex-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will be appearing in an upcoming episode, the Indy Star reports. The Parks and Rec gang was filming a scene at St. Elmo's Steak House in Indianapolis with the male contingent of the show's cast when Gingrich happened to be there. Showrunner/co-creator Michael Schur "quickly huddled with the episode's writer and director to incorporate Gingrich into the script." While in Indianapolis, the Parks and Rec guys also took this photo (and presumably filmed a scene) with the [...]
Will Ferrell and Chris Rock have added their voices to the chorus of comedy people endorsing Barack Obama, leaving Dennis Miller and the character Stephen Colbert awfully lonely as the only two people in the humor industry backing Romney. Here's Will Ferrell's funny campaign ad, released via Barack Obama's YouTube channel.
The Hollywood Reporter just released a list of celebrities hitting the campaign trail for Obama. Folks like Jon Hamm, Cedric the Entertainer, Jack Black & Kyle Gass, Fran Drescher, and Happy Endings stars Zachary Knighton and Adam Pally are helping Obama do some last-minute campaigning, along with the cast of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, who were [...]
Former President Jimmy Carter went on The Daily Show last night for a long chat with Jon Stewart about terrifying health problems in underdeveloped countries and current events. Carter is the second US President to appear on Comedy Central this week, following Bill Clinton's interview with Stephen Colbert Monday night. Here's hoping Comedy Central keeps this presidential streak going by booking George W. Bush as a guest voice on Daniel Tosh's Brickleberry.
Celebrated actor Will Ferrell ("star of Expendables 2, The Day of the Dolphin, and Harlem Nights") has just released this video endorsing LA mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti. Now, I don't live in LA, so I don't know a ton about this race. But between this endorsement and his name sounding very similar to The Wire's Baltimore mayor Tommy Carcetti, he's got my vote. My theoretical vote because, again, I don't live in LA and it would be quite illegal for me to vote in this race.
Stephen Colbert announced his intentions to win a recently-vacated Senate seat in his home state of South Carolina on his show last week, and now, a new poll reveals that he's the top choice for South Carolina residents. Public Policy Polling released the poll, which says 20% of South Carolina voters support Colbert, with the states Congressmen Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy in second and third place with 15% and 14%, respectively. The voters, though, won't be deciding who wins the position. That choice is in the hands of Governor Nikki Haley, but hopefully, this new data will sway her to make the right choice and [...]
As if you're not already sick of hearing about the election, a bunch of great comedians called into Southern California radio station KCRW to share their election night plans. Here's a three-minute audio clip of comments from the comedians who called in: Jonah Ray, Cameron Esposito, Paul F. Tompkins, Jackie Kashian, Moshe Kasher, Kristina Wong, Tom Sibley, Will Weldon, Dana Gould, and Kurt Braunohler. I swear this is the last election post I'll write unless Louis C.K. or Dan Harmon punches Mitt Romney in the face or something.
There's now hope for folks who are worried Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's election coverage will be too serious. Comedian Chris Gethard will be hosting a live election special on his silly New York public access program The Chris Gethard Show, beginning at noon EST on November 6th. The special will be streamed online, in addition to airing on public access station MNN4. If the Gethard Show election coverage is a big hit, maybe CNN will bring in a Human Fish to analyze Electoral College maps in 2016.
Stephen Colbert interviewed President Bill Clinton this weekend at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative, and their 15-minute-ish conversation aired on The Colbert Report last night. While Colbert has talked to Barack Obama briefly via satellite, Clinton is the first U.S. president to sit down with him for a long interview. Given how well this went, he probably won't be the last. I imagine Colbert's phone is ringing off the hook with calls from both George Bushes right now.
Hit the jump to watch the rest of the Clinton/Colbert chat:
Stephen Colbert's sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, threw her hat into the ring for an open Congress seat in South Carolina last month, and here's Colbert talking about it for the first time on his show last night. Hopefully, if Elizabeth Colbert-Busch gets elected, she'll be able to keep her brother from speaking before Congressional subcommittees again.
This whole self-created fiscal cliff crisis is both complicated and simple at the same time: complicated in that it involves a whole slew of specific tax hikes and spending cuts that, if enacted, would have a huge effect on the economy, and simple in that it's just a bad thing that congress created in order to force themselves to actually do their jobs and they really hate that the time is now upon them to deal with it. Why stress about something you have no control over that'll almost definitely be taken care of in a satisfactory-enough manner when you can just have reliable old heartless billionaire Monty [...]
Just Jared has compiled a list of which celebrities are voting for which presidential candidate (the choices are Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, for those who haven't been keeping up). It's no surprise that much of Hollywood tends to gravitate towards Obama, and the comedy industry does too, in particular. We've whittled out all the boring, dreary non-comedy people from Just Jared's list to give you this list of who all the big comedians are putting down on their ballots. Voting for whoever your favorite celebrity chooses is how democracy works now, so make sure you examine this list closely before heading to the polls:
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