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O’Reilly’s Exit









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Jimmy Dore: Television Comedians Are ‘Corporatists’ Who Are ‘Propping Up the Establishment’

In a discussion with Truthdig, the political commentator and comedian argued that “brilliant comedians” are becoming establishment mouthpieces.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Jimmy Dore on Corporate Sellouts and Why Political Comedy Is About More Than Just Ridiculing Trump

The Truthdig team sat down with comedian and political commentator Jimmy Dore Thursday to discuss the intersection of humor and politics in the age of Trump.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Richard Pryor 40 Years Ago: ‘Promoting Racism Is Part of Capitalism’

In a television interview with journalist Bill Boggs, the late, great comedian explains why America wants to keep people separated and perpetuate racial prejudice.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Alec Baldwin’s Trump Reanimates ‘Saturday Night Live’ in Season Premiere

The actor’s venomous impersonation of the GOP nominee has been called the jolt the late-night comedy show needed.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Samantha Bee on Racist, Sexist, Historically Ignorant Responses to Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

Placing one of the most important black women in American history on the 20 dollar bill hasn’t been so popular among some conservatives, the “Full Frontal” host explains. 

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Samantha Bee Sits Down With Young Trump Supporters, and It Nearly Destroys Her

Setting out to prove that a presidential candidate can’t win on the “racist thug vote alone,” the “Full Frontal” host brought together several college-educated Donald Trump fans to ask them some questions on everyone’s mind these days. 

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Samantha Bee Mourns the Loss of the GOP, ‘a Great Institution, Gone Before Its Time’

“This week, the Republican Party, home to more than a century of great statesmen, died ... violently, tearing itself in half,” the “Full Frontal” host announces.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: John Oliver Finally Breaks His Silence on Donald Trump and Completely Tears Him Apart

The “Last Week Tonight” host had been steering clear of the Donald Trump media frenzy. But now that the business mogul’s nomination is starting to look inevitable, Oliver has decided it’s time to take him on.

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Top 10 ‘Luxury Items’ to Tax in Addition to Tampons


Across the United States, tampons and other feminine hygiene products are being taxed as luxury items, an entirely appropriate idea when you consider what a luxury having your period is.

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: Funny or Die Releases Donald Trump Mockumentary Starring Johnny Depp

The comedy website greeted the GOP front-runner’s victory in the New Hampshire primary with the surprise release of “The Art of the Deal,” a 50-minute streaming film starring Depp as a very convincing Trump.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Jon Stewart: Donald Trump Is an ‘Internet Comment Troll’ Running for President


“Are we really doing this Donald Trump thing? We’re really doing that as a country?” the former “Daily Show” host said of the GOP presidential front-runner.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Watch Donald Trump Epically Fail Foreign Policy Quiz

On the Hugh Hewitt radio show, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination fumbled his way through a foreign-policy pop quiz before announcing, “I will be so good at the military, your head will spin.” Oh, dear.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Mexican Video Game Lets Players Throw Stuff at Donald Trump

Players knock the GOP presidential candidate down by throwing objects at him onstage. It started with shoes, bottles and cactuses, but Trump supporters have also asked for flowers and cash to shower on him. A mariachi band congratulates winning players.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Watch the Promo for Banksy’s New Dystopian Theme Park, ‘Dismaland’

In this promotional video for the anonymous graffiti artist’s “bemusement park,” catch a glimpse of the not-so-family-friendly attractions in store.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Charlie Hebdo Will No Longer Draw Muhammad Cartoons


Six months after the Paris attack that claimed the lives of 12 staff members, the French magazine’s editor says it will no longer feature satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. “We’ve done our job,” he said. “We have defended the right to caricature.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: This Sexual Consent Instructional Video Is Everyone’s Cup of Tea

So, how do you like your tea (nudge nudge, wink wink)?

Posted on May 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Jon Stewart Calls Fox News Out on Its Hypocrisy and Racism Regarding Ferguson

“The lesson Fox News is getting at is very clear,” says the “Daily Show” host: “ ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if people who jumped to conclusions and peddled a false, divisive, anger-stoking narrative had to apologize for misleading America?’ ”

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Russell Brand on the ‘Greek Revolution Against Corruption’ and the Fall of Capitalism

The host of the YouTube series “The Trews” takes a look at Syriza’s victory in Greece’s recent elections and considers whether capitalism has “finally crumbled.”

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

‘It’s Getting Harder to Tell the Difference Between Someone Running for President or Joining a Cult’

It’s been 2015 for only a few days but all the media can talk about is the 2016 presidential election, and that includes “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

The Year in Review in ‘Daily Show’ Clips

It’s been a bit of a crazy year for news, but thankfully Jon Stewart and the Best F#@king News Team Ever helped us get in a few laughs as we came to terms with the world as it was in 2014.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Stephen Colbert: Wouldn’t It Be Wonderful If Tobacco Could Cure Ebola Like It Once Cured Uncoolness

Scared about the Ebola outbreak? Let Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, DFA, cure your worries with laughter.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Stephen Colbert on the Republican Party’s Failed Attempts to Court Female Voters

The midterm elections are coming up, and despite the fact that a Politico poll shows Republicans have serious “lady problems,” as the “Colbert Report” host puts it, most GOP candidates seem hellbent on continuing to ignore and belittle more than half the country’s population.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Funny or Die’s Satirical ‘Cops: Ferguson’ Episode Shows Just How Far Police Militarization Has Gone

“A lot of cities like to use violence as a last resort,” a Ferguson policeman played by David Koechner says in a recent Funny or Die video clip, “but we’ve found it’s pretty fun to use it as a first resort.”

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

John Oliver Pokes Fun at Online Headlines by Literally Destroying a Piñata

To prove a hilarious point about how over-the-top headlines on news websites tend to be, the “Last Week Tonight” host takes a bat to the “Trojan donkeys of diabetes.”

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

John Oliver on Why You Should Resort to ‘Anything Else’ Before Taking Out a Payday Loan

Payday loan providers have been around for 20 years or so, and in that time their growth rate has been exponential for one reason alone: The services they provide are a huge, undeniable, legal scam. Watch John Oliver and comedian Sarah Silverman explain why you need to avoid them at all costs.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Stephen Colbert on ‘My Parents Open Carry’ Children’s Book

Though a storybook designed to explain a day in the life of a family that walks around with loaded guns sounds like something “The Colbert Report” host would make up for a laugh, it’s a real thing.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Russell Brand Uses ‘Trivial’ Sean Hannity Spat to Discuss ‘Worst Conflict on the Planet’ in Gaza

In response to the Fox News host’s attempt to “educate” Russell Brand with a panel that quickly went awry, the comedian posted another episode of “The Trews” in which he aimed to provide context and facts about the situation in Gaza, and gave a blistering critique of right-wing pundits’ trivialization of serious world matters.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Russell Brand Takes on Sean Hannity and His Skewed Debate on Gaza

Let’s just say the Fox News host did not take kindly to Russell Brand’s recent critique of a “Sean Hannity Show” segment and his implying that Hannity is a terrorist.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Kristen Bell Sings Revamp of Mary Poppins Tune With Minimum Wage Message

The hit “Funny or Die” video casts Kristen Bell as a fed-up Mary Poppins, quitting her “choice” nanny position in protest of earning a minimum wage that has her living below the poverty line. But the timeless Disney character has a good idea about what will make her stay.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

John Oliver: ‘Our Drug Laws Seem a Little Draconian and a Lot Racist’

Clocking in at nearly 18 minutes, Oliver’s recent segment on the broken prison system could be one of his most inspired rants yet. This time, the “Last Week Tonight” host even got the help of America’s favorite Muppets to drive home his incredibly important point.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

The Best of ‘Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ on Independence Day

Missing your (somewhat) daily dose of late-night satire while Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are on summer break? Fear not; we’ve rounded up some great clips from each show about the 4th of July.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Stand Up Planet’: Hasan Minhaj Follows the Funny Around the Globe


Hasan Minhaj wants everyone to see “Stand Up Planet.” But that’s not because he’s the host—Minhaj believes the documentary shows how comedy can change the world a joke at a time.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE

Glassholes and Glasswipes


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The nerds have come full circle, shedding their recently acquired soft fuzzy status as lovable underdogs to once again be reviled.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE

We’re Running Out of Ways to Kill People—Legally


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You’d think that we Americans would have enough stuff to worry about. Severe drought desiccating a third of the country. A political system whose major talent is demonstrating stasis in action. The rich using the poor as fleshy paving stones for the road to mansions on the hill. Ben Affleck as Batman.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE

50 Shades of Cool


It was more amusing than piano-playing kittens to see Barack Obama plug the Affordable Care Act on Zach Galifianakis’ Internet comedy show.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE

Stephen Colbert on Healthcare.gov and Fox News’ Rage Over Obama’s Funny Interview

The “Colbert Report” pundit will not fall for President Obama’s trap and plug the Affordable Care Act on his show.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

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