Day: April 7, 2015

Hustling with the Funny Girls of Oxygen’s “docu-reality” series about stand-up comedy

It’s OK to approach Oxygen’s Funny Girls with at least a bit of apprehension. Billed as a “docu-reality” series about six aspiring stand-up comedians too young to see the title as wordplay on the 1964 Broadway musical and 1968 movie that starred Barbra Streisand, but old enough to already know that too many people still have a problem putting the words “funny” and “girls” together — let alone the feminists who may balk at labeling women as girls — the premiere tonight doesn’t do us or itself any favors with a focus on “girl drama” between two of the comedians....

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Jon Stewart defends his replacement, Trevor Noah, on The Daily Show

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart happened to be on vacation last week when the network announced correspondent Trevor Noah would replace Stewart as anchor later this year. So Monday night’s episode was Stewart’s first chance to address the upcoming transition, as well as the backlash and the backlash to the backlash that happened over the rest of the media — social and mainstream — during their absence. He opened the show with these remarks: “I know there was a large kerfuffle – on Twe…Twe…Twitter. But I can say this without hesitation. Trevor Noah will earn your...

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