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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Sep 12, 2019 at 17:37.

Trump's undocumented workers fight back, tell Sam Bee he cheats at golf

Trump's undocumented workers fight back, tell Sam Bee he cheats at golf

Samantha Bee hopped a golf cart for some “rage air” and to go undercover as a “day-drunk white woman” on Wednesday’s Full Frontal, getting out of the studio to talk to some people with a bone to pick against Donald Trump. And while Bee could have pointed her cart in literally any direction and found someone fitting that description before the battery had time to fully engage, she steamed...

Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Sep 11, 2019 at 17:27. 13 comments

The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of She Said assess #MeToo after Weinstein on The Late Show

The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of She Said assess #MeToo after Weinstein on The Late Show

New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey told Stephen Colbert about the time that an enraged Harvey Weinstein finally barreled right into the NYT offices, toting folders of “material to smear his accusers.” That’s after the now-disgraced movie mogul had already hired ex-Mossad agent private investigators to “put a stop” to the reporters’ efforts, and threatened to file a...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Sep 10, 2019 at 17:11. 9 comments

Bill Skarsgård teaches Stephen Colbert the Pennywise smile, is only a little terrifying

Bill Skarsgård teaches Stephen Colbert the Pennywise smile, is only a little terrifying

Whether you know it or not, we are living in the age of Skarsgård. Showing a photo to guest Bill Skarsgård on Monday’s Late Show of father Stellan and brother Alexander , Stephen Colbert only touched the tip of the Skarsgård iceberg, leaving out younger brother Valter and everyone’s favorite Viking holy fool, Gustaf. (There are even more Skarsgård siblings who haven’t gone into acting…...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Sep 09, 2019. 15 comments

John Oliver filibusters the filibuster on Last Week Tonight

John Oliver filibusters the filibuster on Last Week Tonight

Last Week Tonight finally came back from mini-hiatus on Sunday, blessedly relieving a nation’s backed-up outrage with a freeing torrent of ingeniously rapid-fire comic catharsis from John Oliver. This week’s main topic was the filibuster, that Senate tactic from Mr. Smith Goes To Washington where a lone Senator heroically talks himself into brain-melting exhaustion until the rest of that body...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Sep 06, 2019.

Julio Torres tells SNL writing alum Seth Meyers about his greatest rejected sketch

Julio Torres tells SNL writing alum Seth Meyers about his greatest rejected sketch

For anyone who wishes Saturday Night Live would take some comic chances with premise, tone, and general ten-to-one weirdness rather than slapping that Trump wig on Alec Baldwin and calling it a night, Julio Torres is your guy. Taking time off from prepping the second season of his genuinely odd and delightful HBO series Los Espookys (which features SNL pal and Meyers occasional bandleader...

Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Sep 05, 2019. 19 comments

Joe Biden tells Stephen Colbert the Obamas would make great running mates, Supreme Court justices

Joe Biden tells Stephen Colbert the Obamas would make great running mates, Supreme Court justices

For a lot of voters, the question of which Democratic candidate to vote for instead of Donald Trump will be an academic one. In the sense that at least he or she will not have been behind a fraudulent academic institution scam , nor will he or she appoint a discriminatory dilettante grifter to oversee all of academics. Still, the Democratic race is heating up, as the overcrowded field of...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Sep 04, 2019.

Justice Sotomayor tells Seth Meyers her nickname for Supreme Court colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Sotomayor tells Seth Meyers her nickname for Supreme Court colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The United States Supreme Court remains the shadowiest branch of the federal government, what with the robes, no video recording of proceedings, and the general air of apparent disinterested sequestration from the rest of us ding-dongs that the nine justices traditionally observe. (Minus the occasional red-faced public pledge to make his political enemies pay for daring to ask about a...

Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Aug 29, 2019.

Niecy Nash tells Conan how getting nearly killed by Oprah isn't so bad

Niecy Nash tells Conan how getting nearly killed by Oprah isn't so bad

Nobody said success wouldn’t bring some trouble along with it, but getting killed in a fiery golf cart crash by Oprah Winfrey? That was the dilemma Claws star Niecy Nash told Conan O’Brien of on Wednesday’s Conan, as the Emmy-nominated actress explained just how she wound up in a hurtling Hawaiian recreational vehicle with Oprah’s “lead foot” behind the wheel. Nash might forever be beloved...

Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Aug 28, 2019.

Natasha Lyonne has Conan in stitches dissing her Emmy chances

Natasha Lyonne has Conan in stitches dissing her Emmy chances

“You’ve said 15 things that make absolutely no sense to me,” said Conan O’Brien appreciatively to his Tuesday guest, Natasha Lyonne. “Thank you!,” was the Russian Doll creator and star’s reply, “My work here is done.” And, indeed, if you’re looking for an outside-the-box talk show guest, Lyonne’s your ticket. After 35 years in the business, Lyonne’s comfortably leaned into her role as this...

Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Aug 23, 2019. 5 comments

Flula Borg shows Conan his new music video with Ninja Sex Party, about a certain lazy Sunday

Flula Borg shows Conan his new music video with Ninja Sex Party, about a certain lazy Sunday

Comedian, actor, YouTube fixture, and DJ Flula Borg is a frequent enough Conan guest that longtime Conan O’Brien co-host Andy Richter had better start watching his ass. With Borg taking on comedy henchman (and DJ) duties on O’Brien’s 2018 comedy tour , “Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips,” and appearing in memorably comic-German roles on Archer and...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Aug 22, 2019. 8 comments

Jane Lynch tells Conan why Hollywood Game Night cut back the booze, cueing celebrity speculation

Jane Lynch tells Conan why Hollywood Game Night cut back the booze, cueing celebrity speculation

Hollywood Game Night might not be the most challenging game show in TV history, with its roster of chummy celebrity party games coming in just a hair above Saturday Night Live’s version of Celebrity Jeopardy in terms of intellectual rigor. But, hey, if you want to see some mid-range famous folks goofing around on your television without having to watch Jimmy Fallon, then the Jane...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Aug 21, 2019. 23 comments

Marc Maron has some thoughts about newbie Conan O'Brien being named a podcasting pioneer

Marc Maron has some thoughts about newbie Conan O'Brien being named a podcasting pioneer

Look, Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend is a really good podcast, okay? All 30-plus episodes of the late-night legend’s first foray into the “no makeup, no hair” world of online celebrity chit-chat are genuinely funny, thoughtful, and filed with the sort of loose, faux-fraught banter (among Conan, assistant Sona Movsesian, and producer Matt Gourley) that makes for solid podcasting fun. Of course,...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Aug 20, 2019. 24 comments

Because hell is real, David Spade invites Rob Schneider to reprise his worst SNL character

Because hell is real, David Spade invites Rob Schneider to reprise his worst SNL character

David Spade has a new late-night talk show, thanks to Comedy Central, where Spade can essentially do a heavily Kardashian-flavored “Hollywood Minute” and schmooze for 20 minutes a night. An while the cast of Barry (Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, D’Arcy Carden, and—via dismissively funny cell phone call—Stephen Root) were reliably charming and entertaining goofing on their host on Monday’s Lights...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Aug 19, 2019. 11 comments

John Oliver enlists Wanda Sykes and Larry David to kvetch about medical bias

John Oliver enlists Wanda Sykes and Larry David to kvetch about medical bias

Sunday’s Last Week Tonight took on racial and gender bias in medicine, something host John Oliver noted he, a a white male, was pretty unlikely to experience. For one thing, Oliver is, as he put it, the human equivalent of a cider donut, in that he is “pale, filled with cake, and found at every farmer’s market in the Northeast.” For another, as a white dude, he is far less prone to having a...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Aug 16, 2019.

Jim Gaffigan returns from the brink for some reliably funny Quality Time

Jim Gaffigan returns from the brink for some reliably funny Quality Time
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When Jim Gaffigan took his sixth standup special, Noble Ape , from his cozy and profitable Netflix home to the relatively risky Comedy Dynamics Network, it was, as he explained to The A.V. Club , because he was at something of a crossroads. Noble Ape was his first special to address the near-death experience of his wife and writing...

Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Aug 16, 2019. 15 comments

Even elf king Lee Pace can't stump Tolkien expert Stephen Colbert

Even elf king Lee Pace can't stump Tolkien expert Stephen Colbert

There’s something about Lee Pace’s persona that lends itself to inhabiting charismatic, vaguely otherworldly types. Apart from a galactic conqueror , a magical pie maker, or the odd vampire , Pace’s eerie intensity sees him making for a fine elf king in The Hobbit ’s Thranduil, something that no doubt perked up Late Show host and Tolkien fanatic Stephen Colbert’s human ears when Pace was...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Aug 15, 2019. 17 comments

Sam Bee investigates how Tom Arnold, Jerry Falwell Jr., Michael Cohen, and a pool boy fucked America

Sam Bee investigates how Tom Arnold, Jerry Falwell Jr., Michael Cohen, and a pool boy fucked America

Promising an episode of Full Frontal filled with only stories of “joy, inspiration, and/or moist eroticism,” Sam Bee instead plunged viewers right back into the oily, suspiciously shady swamp of Donald Trump’s America on Wednesday. And while her main story was merely Trump-adjacent, everyone came out splashed with scandal, innuendo, sleazy lawyers, kinky hostels, possible blackmail, nude...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Aug 14, 2019. 17 comments

Henry Winkler tells Jimmy Kimmel about the time he saved a life over the phone

Henry Winkler tells Jimmy Kimmel about the time he saved a life over the phone

If there’s one good thing in this benighted world, it’s that renowned nice guy Henry Winkler is a big star once again. (Not 56 percent of the viewing audience big, but there were only three networks the first time around.) On Tuesday’s show, Jimmy Kimmel brought out some vintage Happy Days memorabilia from Winkler’s long-ago first foray into TV stardom, with the clearly tickled Winkler...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Aug 13, 2019. 21 comments

On Late Night, George Takei calls Trump's camps "a grotesque new low" for America

On Late Night, George Takei calls Trump's camps "a grotesque new low" for America

George Takei’s position as Lieutenant (then Captain) Hikaru Sulu has long made him the revered goofy grandpa of nerd-dom, with the now 82-year-old actor parlaying his Star Trek fame into a career as his inimitably droll, sonorous, and happily self-parodying self. And, as he showed Seth Meyers while whipping out a double-handed Vulcan salute on Monday’s Late Night, he’s all too happy to give...

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Dennis Perkins Dennis Perkins Aug 12, 2019. 13 comments

John Oliver batters Guinness World Records' cozy relationship with stunt-happy dictators

John Oliver batters Guinness World Records' cozy relationship with stunt-happy dictators

“I promise you, in 20 minutes you’re not so much going to be wondering why we talked to much about Turkmenistan, as why we’d ever talk about anything else ever again.” Bold words from Last Week Tonight host and deadpan assassin John Oliver, but, well, he was talking about one Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, Turkmenistan’s President since 2007, and, as Oliver began by seriously underselling the...

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