Posts tagged as russia

Louis C.K. Looks Back on His Depressing Solo Trip to Russia in the '90s

Last night, Louis C.K. took a break from rehearsing for SNL to attend the annual Moth Ball in New York, where he accepted an award for storytelling by sharing a story of his own. It's a dark, depressing look back on a two-week solo trip he took to Russia in the '90s when he was about to quit his writing job at Late Night with Conan O'Brien. It involves the Moscow subway system, a group of dirty kids wearing oversized coats, and an old man with a broken shoe — so yes, it's very Russian.

Buddy Cole Gets as Close to Sochi as Possible for 'The Colbert Report'

Scott Thompson's Sochi Olympics coverage as Buddy Cole continued in a third segment on last night's Colbert Report (watch the previous installments here and here), and it's the best one yet. Cole sports an enormous fur coat and attempts to combat the "rampant gay propagandizing" in Sochi, or at least as close to Sochi as he is legally allowed. Come for the Buddy Cole, stay for the Nervous Producer Cam when Russian cops approach Buddy and crew to inform them that they can't protest without the government's permission.

Inside KVN, Russia's Mega-Popular Comedic Talent Show

What is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and traditions of how the rest of the world makes funny in their respective native tongues. Don’t forget your passports! Just kidding, you don’t need your passport. Or do you? (You don’t.)

It’s New Years Eve in Moscow. Alexander Maslyakov, the veritable Dick Clark of Russia, takes to the stage in front of a packed house in a large auditorium. Techno music thumps out the speakers just as one might expect from an Eastern European television show. The stage decorations are appropriately flashy. Welcome, [...]

The Russian Knockoff of 'Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Is Much Tamer

Philadelphia's City Paper has a piece out this week looking at It's Always Sunny in Moscow, the Russian adaptation of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia that premiered in May. Here's the official plot description from the Russian network the series airs on, turned into English via Google Translate:

Four young heroes: Sergei Kovalev and Alain, Maxim Borisenko and Roman Makarov. They went to school together. They have their own business – a pub "Philadelphia." But revenue it almost does not work. All their hopes and plans – love and money – are crumbling, when confronted with reality.The reason for this – their selfishness, laziness and stupidity.

It was only natural cheerfulness [...]

Jason Jones Searches Moscow for Signs of Gay Rights Support

Last night on The Daily Show, Jason Jones continued his "Sochi-ish" Olympics coverage by interviewing Vladimir Putin's spokesman Sergey Markov and a bunch of cold, sad Russians on the street. Jones was in search of some sign of straight Russians in support of gay rights, but he was only met with American responses circa 40 years ago. If you didn't catch Jones's earlier segment this week where Gorbachev threatens to slam him against the wall, click through.

Exporting Raymond: Trying to Remake Everybody Loves Raymond for Russia

Here's the trailer for Exporting Raymond, a new documentary that follows Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal to Russia, where he's supposed to help them remake the show for local audiences. It looks pretty good! I very much want to know more about that terrifying-looking "head of comedy." It's done the festival circuit and is due to hit theaters on April 29th in what I'm assuming is a relatively limited release.

Samantha Bee Proves that Brighton Beach Is the Next Crimea

On last night's Daily Show, correspondent Samantha Bee paid a visit to the very Russian Brooklyn neighborhood of Brighton Beach, which she's convinced is the next stop on Putin's grand takeover plan. Experts might say the chances of Putin taking over Brighton Beach are on par with an asteroid hitting the planet, but for Bee those odds are good enough to believe in.

Samantha Bee Tries to Reason with Russia

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.